The Serial Homicide Case of the Day, from "Hunting Humans, the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Serial Killers" , by Michael Newton
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Lockhart, Michael Lee
A drifter who has left his tracks from coast to coast, Mike Lockhart was paroled from a Wyoming prison in December 1986. Authorities suggest that over fifteen months, from Christmas 1986 through March of 1988, he was responsible for crimes including grand theft, robbery and rape , selecting victims from Wyoming to the Florida panhandle, with intermediate stops in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, and Louisiana. If detectives are correct, he also claimed at least four lives along the way.
By June 1988, Lockhart was back in jail, charged with raping his wife in Toledo, Ohio, and stealing a salesman's new car. Police "know for a fact" that Lockhart assaulted a Chicago woman on October 12, 1987, forcing her into an alley where he stole her purse and slashed her skirt with a knife. The killings charged against him started one day later, fifty miles away.
On October 13, Wendy Gallagher was murdered in Griffith, Indiana, southeast of Chicago, stabbed 21 times by her killer. Three months later, on January 20, 1988, a 14-year-old girl was knifed to death in Land O'Lakes, Florida. Both victims were attacked in their homes, choked unconscious and raped before their assailant wielded his knife in a maniacal frenzy.
On March 22, Lockhart surfaced in Beaumont, Texas, where he killed a police officer and was subsequently arrested, held in lieu of $1 million bond. He was connected with the Indiana case when homicide detectives started sharing information, and his fingerprints were matched to suspect prints from Wendy Gallagher's apartment. Charged with Wendy's homicide June 17, the drifter faces further accusations in the murder of a co-ed at Vincennes University, in Indiana. At this writing, police in several other states are scrutinizing unsolved murders and assaults, in search of Lockhart's grisly "signature."
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