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  YORK George     USA        
  LATHAM James D. ... ... GA
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Urteil: Death by Hanging / Tod durch den Strang
 
 

John LATHAM (19) of Mauriceville (TX) and George YORK (18) of Jacksonville (FL) were headline makers in May and June of 1961. They were among the first modern serial killers to attract nationwide attention. Their career in murder began on May 29, 1961. Mrs. Althea Ottavio, forty-three and Patricia Ann Hewitt, twenty-five, of Valdosta, Georgia, had gone to the dog races in Florida to place a "dream bet." Instead they encountered Latham and York, who strangled them. Over the next twelve days, driving cars they took from a succession of victims, York and Latham robbed and killed people in Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas and Colorado. They killed for pocket change, never attempting to score big as robbers do. After their arrest, they laughed and joked about their victims and argued with each other over who was going to the electric chair first. Latham had a tattoo on his arm that expressed the pair's attitude perfectly: "I HATE THE WORLD." York explained their homicidal rampage: "WE THOUGHT WE WERE DOING THEM A FAVOR BY PUTTING THEM OUT OF THEIR MISERIES IN THIS RAT RACE." On June 22, 1965, they were both hanged.

John LATHAM (19) aus Mauriceville (TX) und George YORK (18) aus Jacksonville (FL) sorgten Mai und Juni 1961 für landesweite Schlagzeilen. Ihre Mordserie begann am 29. Mai 1961.
Althea OTTAVIO (43) und Patricia Ann HEWITT (25) beide aus Valdosta (GA) wollten bei den Hunderennen in Florida eine “Traumwette” plazieren. Anstatt dessen liefen sie ihren Mördern in die Hände und wurden stranguliert.
Während der nächsten 12 Tage benutzte LATHAM und YORK verschiedene Autos von Opfern, um in Tennesse, Illinois, Kansas und Colorado weiter zu rauben und zu morden - meist ging es um Kleingeld. Nach ihrer Verhaftung scherzten die beiden und machten Witze über ihre Opfer. Sie wetteten, wer der erste am Elektrischen Stuhl sein würde.
LATHAM trug ein Tattoo, das alles über ihre Einstellung aussagte: “Ich hasse die Welt”. YORK erklärte die Mordserie so: “Wir dachten, wir tun ihnen einen Gefallen, wenn wir sie aus diesem unseligen Ratten-Wettrennen rausnehmen.”
Am 22. Juni 1965 wurden LATHAM und YORK gehängt.
Copyright 1995-2005 by Elisabeth Wetsch
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