Category: Serial Killing
Location: United States
Date: 1981 - 1984
Crime: Known as 'The Roadside Strangler', Ross was convicted and sentenced to death for four murders he committed. He eventually confessed to eight murders during the time frame of his killings.
Biography: Born on a chicken farm in Putnam, Connecticut on July 26, 1959, Ross was the oldest of four children. His young life was horrific as his mentally unstable mother beat all four of her children without reprieve. It has been said that a young Ross was sexually abused by a teenage uncle who later committed suicide. In spite of his troubled youth, Ross excelled in school and eventually studied at Cornell University. As a sophomore at Cornell, Ross found trouble when he began stalking female students on campus. As a senior, he committed his first rape and murder. Over the next three years, he would rape and murder eight women. Called 'The Roadside Strangler' because of where the bodies of his victims were dumped, Ross was finally caught when after the last murder, witnesses claimed that the victim was last seen getting into a blue Toyota. Police investigators eventually got to Ross, who owned a car matching that description, and during the interrogation, Ross kept dropping subtle hints that he was their man. Once in custody he confessed to all eight murders. He was put to death by lethal injection on May 13, 2005.