Face To Face
Composite sketches have been vital in identifying some of the world’s most dangerous serial killers. Can you guess them from their sketches? Turn the page to reveal their true identities
13- year- old James Romero Jr. spotted this serial killer prowling outside his California home on the evening of 25 May 1985, before the prowler fled in his car. James made note of the car and phoned police, believing he had thwarted a thief. But the suspect was connected to more than a dozen murders, multiple rapes and burglaries. That same night the suspect attacked a couple. They survived and described their attacker to police.
After multiple disappearances of women in Washington in 1974, police released a composite sketch of the suspect to the public. This suspect turned out to be one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, who raped and killed women in states such as Washington, Colorado, Utah and California until 1978.
This serial killer murdered several women between 1992 and 2003 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A surviving victim, who had been attacked on 9 July 2002, described him to police. Police had ( incorrectly) assumed the serial killer operating in the area was Caucasian. A composite sketch was drawn up. Police tracked him down in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2003.
Five- year- old Samantha Runnion was snatched from her own front garden in California on 15 July 2002. The only eyewitness was her five- year- old playmate who provided forensic artist Michael Streed with a description of her friend’s abductor. Samantha’s body was found the following day. She had been sexually assaulted and murdered.