WHITE SERIAL KILLER WHO TARGETED BLACK WOMEN:
Larry Bright (pictured above) was a Peoria, Illinois serial killer who targeted black women for murder. He also burned half of his victims to ash yet his crimes were never reported.
After the police nabbed him, Bright pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of drug-induced homicide in the deaths of women whose bodies were burned and dumped along deserted Illinois roads during a 15-month killing spree in 2003 and 2004. Three of his victims are are pictured below.
Authorities say DNA tests have been unable to identify charred pieces of bone recovered from about a half-dozen sites where investigators say Bright told them he dumped the women’s remains.
Under a plea bargain, prosecutors say Bright confessed to eight killings after he was arrested in late 2004 by a task force investigating the deaths and disappearances of black women who authorities say all led lives that included drugs and prostitution yet Bright was never charged with ‘hate crimes,’ which legal experts considered odd since all the victims were black women.
Black leaders alleged that authorities were slow to launch an investigation into the deaths and disappearances because of the victim’s race and lifestyles. Many blacks also felt victimized because Bright is white.
In court, Bright said, “I know I’ve committed some horrible and unthinkable acts. I am very sorry for the grief and heartache that I have caused.”
Authorities have declined to discuss a motive but say Bright developed a fascination with sex and pornography involving black women.
Under the plea agreement with prosecutors, who had sought the death penalty, Bright waived all appeal rights and will serve the entire life sentence he received in a maximum- security prison without the possibility of parole.
Source: Associated Press