The Chicago Tribune is reporting the death of William Heirens, 83, who allegedly wrote “For heaven’s sake catch me before I kill more. I cannot control myself” in lipstick on a mirror at a 1945 crime scene.
Heirens was convicted of killing Josephine Ross, Frances Brown and Suzanne Degnan, a young girl who was kidnapped and dismembered in 1946.
The Degnan killing is sometimes linked to the 1947 Black Dahlia case because Norton Avenue, where the body of Elizabeth Short was found, is three blocks from Degnan Boulevard. People who stare at maps for a long time have come up with the notion that Elizabeth Short’s body served as some sort of “pointer” to Degnan Boulevard and was intended as a clue.
Steve Hodel’s “Most Evil,” the latest installment in the ever-expanding franchise on Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel, explores this – well I can’t even call it a theory – to great length. However, credit for originating this view belongs to a fellow who used to write to me under the alias of Jack Pico (he used another alias with Mary Pacios – I can’t recall what it is now).