Updated: Jun 13
The 1980s which were smack dab in what criminal justice experts call the “Epidemic Years” or “The Golden Age of Serial Murder”, was nothing if not a hodgepodge of frenzied criminal activity: from bogus claims leading to the Satanic Panic to falsely accused Daycare child sex abuse, the rumors of heinous crimes were rampant. In a time when people were fixated on stranger danger, hunting monsters, and saving the children, some of those monsters slipped through the cracks. The bad guys of the 1980s weren’t exactly as the rumors described, but they did do reprehensible acts. Today’s case took place in the final year of that decade; A man known as The Vancouver Child Killer, who could have been the most prolific and horrific child sex abuser of our time, was apprehended thanks to a combination of impatience, coincidence, and the bravery of two people.
Lee Iseli, photos from Findagrave.com
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Driven to Kill - Gary C King | Leagle.com - State v. Dodd | Lori Steinhorst and John R. Rose - When the Monster Comes Out of the Closet | Frontline - Monster Among Us Documentary | Kisap Sun - Killer’s Final Words | History Link - Washington resumes the death penalty | Radford Department of Psychology - Dodd, Westley Allan | Reddit - Excerpt from Dodd Diary | Seattle Times - Westley Dodd | Google Groups - Westley Allan Dodd’s Diary | Spokane Chronicle - 11.16.1989 - Suicide Watch Ordered | Spokane Chronicle - 11.16.1989 Child Killing suspect’s father | Longview Daily News - 11.15.1989 If not for heroics of man, boy, suspect wouldn’t be in jail | Longview Daily News - 11.15.1989 Suspect in slayings has history of sex offenses invovling kids | The Columbian - 11.16.1989 Dodd deviancy extensive | The News Tribune - 11.17.1989 Abducted Youngster Recalls Real-Life Horror | The Columbian - 11.19.1989 Charges against Dodd allow two tries at death penalty | Rolling Stone - Why Were There So Many Serial Killers | Wikipedia - Serial Killer | Wikipedia - Richard Ramirez | Wikipedia - Dennis Rader | Longview Daily News - 09.06.1989 Distraught dad mourns loss | Tri-City Herald - 09.10.1989 Peaceful City Shocked | The Columbian - 11.02.1989 Boy’s Murder a Mystery | Namnab.com - Volunteering to Die: Wesley Allan Dodd |