The accidental death of Philip Husereau, on February 18, 1988, was no more curious or twisted than the drifter's life. Police in Rochester, New York, report that Husereau was suffocated while engaged in masturbation, with his head inside a plastic bag of nitrous oxide "laughing gas." Next day, his sister told authorities of Husereau's confessions in the deaths of five successive girlfriends, during 1983 and '84. His victims included Phyllis Weathers, a cocktail waitress and topless dancer whose body was found on a vacant lot in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 10, 1984. According to Husereau's confession, kept secret by his sister while he lived, the murders occurred during sex, when Husereau lost control of himself and strangled his partners or beat them to death.