The Honolulu Strangler

This person is the first known serial killer on the otherwise peaceful islands of Hawaii. This killer is thought to have murdered at least 5 women in the mid-1980’s. The first victim of The Honolulu Strangler was a 27-year old woman, named Vicki Gail Purdy. Her body was found on May 30, 1985. She had been raped, strangled, and her hands were tied behind her back. Then on January 14, 1986, The Honolulu Strangler struck again. 17-year old, Regina Sakamoto’s body was found in the exact same fashion as Purdy’s was. Over the course of the next 3 months, three more would be found raped, strangled, with their hands tied behind their back.

The suspect’s girlfriend told police that, whenever the two would fight, the suspect would leave the house, and then The Honolulu Strangler would attack. Despite this testimony and the fact that the suspect failed a polygraph test, the police were forced to let the suspect go due to lack of evidence. However, strangely enough,the murders stopped right after the police brought the suspect in for questioning.


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