Alfred Gaynor, a serial killer from western Massachusetts, has confessed to an eighth murder, placing the 43-year-old among the most prolific serial killers in the state’s recent history.
Gaynor admitted Tuesday that the strangulation death of 45-year-old Vera Hallums in April 1995 was his first killing.
Hallums, a mother of four, was found bound with electrical cords, beaten and strangled in her Springfield apartment, and was the first of several women killed in the Massachusetts town over the next few years.
Gaynor met many of the women he murdered during a mutual quest for crack cocaine.
Police and prosecutors say he robbed some for drug money, raped most of his victims, and often posed their bodies grotesquely to shock whoever found them, which in several cases happened to be the victims’ young children, CBS Crimesider reports.