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'Thrill Killer' Richard Biegenwald Dead At 67

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  1. Stalker2

    Stalker2 Registered User

    Jun 7, 2001
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    'Thrill Killer' Richard Biegenwald dead at 67

    by South Jersey News Online Monday March 10, 2008, 5:37 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Richard Biegenwald, who was known as the "Thrill Killer" and convicted of killing five people including three young women, died Monday, a corrections official said.
    Corrections Department spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer said Biegenwald, 67, died at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, which treats inmates at New Jersey State Prison.
    Fedkenheuer said Biegenwald had been ill and at the hospital for some time. The cause of death was not determined Monday, she said.
    Biegenwald had a troubled childhood; he was taken to a psychiatric hospital for children in New York when he tried to burn down his family's home at age 5. Three years later, records from a private school for disturbed children showed he had a drinking problem, according to a 1983 New York Times article.
    Biegenwald was just 18 when he killed Stephen Sladowski, a Bayonne store owner who was also an assistant city prosecutor, in a robbery in 1958.
    He was paroled in 1975 and spent the next several years in and out of jail for parole violations.
    In 1980, he married a recent Edison High School graduate named Diane Merseles.
    The couple moved to Point Pleasant Beach and later Asbury Park. And eventually, he killed again.
    He was convicted of killing three female teenagers -- all with dark hair -- and a man, drug dealer William Ward, in 1981 and 1982.
    The bodies of two of his victims, Maria Caillella and Deborah Osborne, both from Ocean County, were found dismembered and buried together in a shallow grave in the yard of Biegenwald's mother's home on Staten Island.
    He was also suspected in at least one other murder, but never charged with it.
    He was sentenced to death twice for the killing of Anna Olesiewicz, whom he lured from the Asbury Park Boardwalk with the promise of marijuana. It was among the earliest death sentences handed down in New Jersey after the state reinstated the death penalty in 1982.
    Twice, the state Supreme Court overturned the death sentences. Last year, the state Legislature abolished capital punishment. The state did not execute anyone in the 25 years that it had the penalty.
    Biegenwald remained incarcerated for the rest of his life.

    LINK: http://www.nj.com/southjersey/index.ssf/2008/03/thrill_killer_richard_biegenwa.html
  2. Creasy Bear

    Creasy Bear gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh

    Mar 10, 2006
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    Goodnight, funny man.
  3. CougarHunter

    CougarHunter Lying causes cat piss smell.

    Mar 2, 2006
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    This fucker should be 20 years in the ground. What the fuck is wrong with us when death penalty cases die of old age?
  4. TheDrip

    TheDrip I'm bi-winning.

    Jan 9, 2006
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    Fucking party animal!
  5. SatansCheerledr

    SatansCheerledr Ideologically Unsound

    Apr 6, 2005
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    Jeezzz, when did just acting silly become a crime?

    Seemed like a nice a-nuff feller to me.

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