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(November 22, 1943 - July 6, 1999)
Heidnik was an American criminal who kidnapped women and kept
them prisoner in his basement. He is often referred to as a serial
killer, although having committed only two murders, he would
not fit the standard FBI definition of a serial killer. FBI standard
dictates "three or more murders" to classify as serial
Beginning in November 1986, Heidnik
abducted five women and held them in the basement of his house
in Philadelphia. The captives were sexually abused, beaten and
tortured in front of each other. When the first one died of her
mistreatment, Heidnik dismembered her body. Heidnik ground it
in a food-processor and mixed it with dog food, which he then
fed to the surviving victims.
Captured and convicted of two counts
of murder in 1988, Heidnik was sentenced to death and incarcerated
at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh. He was executed
by lethal injection on July 6, 1999.
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