Randy Kraft was one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, and also one of the most brutal, cruel and sadistic. It is believed he killed at least 67 young men and boys from 1971 to 1983, marking each victim down in code on a score card.
Join us for the third and final installment in our Freeway Killers series, where we have taken deep dives into the methodologies, histories and psychologies of Patrick Kearney, William Bonin and Randy Kraft, three men who became known as the Freeway Killer. Three men who were all killing the same victim profile, in the same place at the same time.
Today we will be studying Randy Kraft, also known as the Score Card Killer and the Southern California Strangler, as well as taking a look at the pervasive homophobia present in law enforcement at the time that enabled to him to kill for so long, including having the murder of male sex workers considered a “misdemeanor homicide” by detectives.
By day Randy Kraft was a successful computer analyst, in a healthy, committed and long-term relationship, but by night he was one of the most savagely cruel and sadistic killers the world has ever seen. How was he able to commit so many brutal crimes? Did he have an accomplice? Why weren’t homicide detectives ever able to track him down? These are but some of the questions we will delve into today on the finale of our thought-provoking, disturbing and truly terrifying series: The Freeway Killers.
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ANGEL OF DARKNESS by Dennis McDougal
THE SCORE CARD KILLER: Life of Serial Killer Randy Steven Kraft by Jack