Edward Edwards

Sweetheart Murders

  Active for 20 years
(1977-1996) in United States

5

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

5

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  5. Characteristics
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  9. Death
  10. 32 Timeline Events
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Edward Edwards (Edward Wayne Edwards) (born Charles Wayne Murray) an American serial killer known for committing the Sweetheart Murders. In 1955, Edwards escaped from a jail in Akron, Ohio. He robbed gas stations around the country and was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1961. He was imprisoned and later paroled in 1967, publishing a book titled Metamorphosis of a Criminal in 1972. Edwards shot a young couple in 1977. He stabbed and strangled another couple in 1980. He was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, for the 1980 Sweetheart Murders. Edwards died on April 7, 2011, months prior to his execution for shooting his foster son in a 1996 insurance murder.

Edward Edwards Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Edward Edwards (aka) Sweetheart Murders, was active for 20 years between 1977-1996, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 5 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Edward Edwards was born on June 14th 1933 in Akron, county seat of Summit County, Ohio, United States. He was raised by his mother until (Age 2/3), an orphanage until (Age 15/16), reform school until (Age 17), juvenile detention until joining the Marines (Age 17/18). Edwards was raised as a only child and had no siblings. His father, (biological) Charles Murray, (adoptive) Fred Edwards. His mother, (biological) Lillian Myers, committed suicide in 1937, (adoptive) Mary Ethel Edward. Edward Edwards was physically psychologically abused at some point of his life.

Edwards a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Edward Edwards had an IQ of 108. Edwards completed 7 years of school, no degree received. Edwards married Peggy in 1954, married Verna in 1955, married Jeanette White using the name James Langley in 1956, married Marlene Hayworth Harmon in 1960, married Kay Hedderley in 1968. He had at least three children, two sons, Wayne and Jeff Edwards, one daughter, April Lynn Balascio (Edwards) who tipped off police about his possible involvement in the Sweetheart Murders.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison.

In 1977 (Age 43/44) Edward Edwards started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Edward Edwards used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill victims at his own home. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone when not incarcerated, with multiple wives in various states, where Edwards was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on July 30th 2009 (Age 76), convicted on March 11th 2011 (Age 77), sentenced to death by lethal injection at a prison in Columbus, Ohio, US. Edwards was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Edward Edwards died on April 7th 2011 (Age 77), cause of death: natural causes at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, US.

Profile Completeness: 99%
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Edward Edwards has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 months ago.

Edward Edwards a known:

Edward Edwards
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-07-21 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Edward Edwards
Nickname: Sweetheart Murders
Victims: 5 - 5
Years Active: 1977 - 1996
Ages Active: 43/44 - 62/63
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1933 - 2011
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Gemini
May 21 - Jun 21
Birth Month: June
Marital Status: married Peggy in 1954, married Verna in 1955, married Jeanette White using the name James Langley in 1956, married Marlene Hayworth Harmon in 1960, married Kay Hedderley in 1968
Children: at least three children, two sons, Wayne and Jeff Edwards, one daughter, April Lynn Balascio (Edwards) who tipped off police about his possible involvement in the Sweetheart Murders
Living With: himself, alone when not incarcerated, with multiple wives in various states
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jun 14, 1933
Family Name: Edwards
Given Name: Edward
Birth Location: Akron, county seat of Summit County, Ohio, United States
Birth Order: 1st of 1
Siblings: no siblings
Raised By: his mother until (Age 2/3), an orphanage until (Age 15/16), reform school until (Age 17), juvenile detention until joining the Marines (Age 17/18)
Birth Category: only child
Mother: (biological) Lillian Myers, committed suicide in 1937, (adoptive) Mary Ethel Edward
Father: (biological) Charles Murray, (adoptive) Fred Edwards

Cognitive Ability
IQ: 108
Highest School: 7 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Jul 30, 2009 (Age 76)
Convicted: Mar 11, 2011 (Age 77)
Sentence: death by lethal injection
Prison Location: a prison in Columbus, Ohio, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Apr 7, 2011 (Age 77)
Cause of Death: natural causes
Death Location: the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, US
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
32 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Edward Edwards

The 32 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Edward Edwards. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jun 14 1933Edward Edwards was born in Akron, county seat of Summit County, Ohio, United States.  #19330614
Oct 03 1945
(Age 12)
Edwards' foster-mother, Mary Ethel Edward died #19451003
Location: Ohio, US

Feb 04 1946
(Age 12)
grandmother became legal guardian #19460204
Location: Ohio, US

Apr 25 1952
(Age 18)
arrested #19520425
Location: Chillicothe, Ohio, US

Edward Edwards was arrested for impersonating a Marine and interstate transportation of a stolen car. He was sentenced to a federal reformatory in Chillicothe, Ohio, for two years.

Jun 14 1953
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Mar 09 1955
(Age 21)
arrested #19550309
Location: Akron, Ohio, US

Edward Edwards was arrested for burglarizing the Glenn Potts home, 742 Coburn st., a clock radio was taken.

Apr 05 1955
(Age 21)
escaped from jail #19550405
Location: Akron jail in Akron, Ohio, US

Edward Edwards escaped from the Akron jail by shoving aside the jailer and running after being let outside of his cell to use the phone. Edwards had been arraigned before Municipal Judge: C B. McRae on a charge of burglary and had been held for Grand Jury action. The escape was reported in the Akron Beacon Journal on April 6,1955 and April 7,1955 but occurred on Tuesday, April 5, 1955.

Mar 06 1956
(Age 22)
arrested #19560306
Location: Billings, Montana, US

Edward Edwards arrested in connection to at least five service station burglaries and the escape from Akron, Ohio.

Jun 25 1959
(Age 26)
release on probation #19590625
Location: Portland, Oregon, US

Edwards was paroled by the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole after serving three years of a ten year sentence for robbery. He was sent to Portland, Oregon on a detainer for a pending armed robbery from 1955. Portland placed him on five years probation and released him.

Jul 09 1960
(Age 27)
married Marlene Hayworth Harmon #19600709
Location: a Catholic Church in Washington, US

Dec 09 1960
(Age 27)
arrested #19601209
Location: Portland, Oregon

Edward Edwards was arrested for turning in false fire alarms and parole violations. He was also questioned in connection with the double murder known as the lover's lane murders.

Dec 10 1960
(Age 27)
escaped from jail #19601210
Location: a jail in Portland, Oregon, US

Edward Edwards had a friend pose as his probation officer, Mr. McQuiggan, call the jail and lift the retainer allowing Edwards to bond out of jail.

Nov 10 1961
(Age 28)
added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List #19611110
Location: Portland, Oregon, US

Edwards is added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List for interstate flight and robbery.

Jan 17 1962
(Age 28)
bank robbery #19620117
Location: Arlington Plaza branch of the First National Bank in Akron, Ohio, US

Edward Edwards robbed the Arlington Plaza branch of the First National Bank in Akron, Ohio, his wife, Marlene Edwards drove the escape car.

Jan 20 1962
(Age 28)
arrested #19620120
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, US

Edward Edwards was arrested by Detective Larry Bradley of the Atlanta Police Department along with other officers, Edwards was arrested for being on the FBI's most wanted list for interstate flight from a robbery charge, a bank robbery in Akron, Ohio along with other charges.

Feb 05 1962
(Age 28)
attempted escape #19620205
Location: Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio, US

Edward Edwards was caught cutting his cell bars with a hacksaw blade, Edwards had hidden the blade in his shoe and smuggled it into the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio.

May 18 1962
(Age 28)
sentenced to sixteen years in prison #19620518
Location: the Leavenworth United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, US

Judge Connell sentenced Edwards to fifteen years for the bank robbery and one year for the attempted escape. Edwards was Prisoner Number 79812 while at Leavenworth United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jun 14 1963
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Sep 20 1967
(Age 34)
release on parole #19670920
Location: the Leavenworth United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, US

Edward Edwards was released on early parole for good behavior after serving six years of a sixteen year sentence at the Leavenworth United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jul 20 1968
(Age 35)
married Kay Hedderley #19680720
Location: Akron, Ohio, US

Mar 31 1969
(Age 35)
birth of Edwards' daughter, April Lynn Edwards #19690331
Location: Akron, Ohio, US

Jan 28 1972
(Age 38)
published his book Metamorphosis of a Criminal #19720128
Location: Hart Publishing Company, New York, New York, US

Hart Publishing Company in New York published Edwards' book: Metamorphosis of a Criminal: The True Life Story of Ed Edwards.

Oct 17 1972
(Age 39)
appeared on the TV show, To Tell The Truth #19721017
Location: New York, New York, US

Edward Edwards appeared on the TV show, To Tell The Truth, where all three contestants acted like they were the real Ed Edwards.

Jun 14 1973
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
1977
(Age 43/44)
Edward Edwards started his serial killing spree. #1977
Jun 14 1983
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Jun 14 1993
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
1996
(Age 62/63)
Edward Edwards ended his serial killing spree. #1996
Jun 14 2003
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
Jul 30 2009
(Age 76)
Edward Edwards arrested. #20090730
Mar 11 2011
(Age 77)
Edward Edwards was convicted and sentenced to death by lethal injection at a prison in Columbus, Ohio, US.  #20110311
Apr 07 2011
(Age 77)
Edward Edwards died. cause of death: natural causes at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, US. #20110407
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Boolean Questions:
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Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
physically abused TRUE 228
psychologically abused TRUE 221
previous crimes TRUE 363
previous jail TRUE 347
previous prision TRUE 332
kill at killers home TRUE 315
used weapon TRUE 448
used gun TRUE 447
rape TRUE 447
strangle TRUE 437
robbed TRUE 414
living with children FALSE 267
suicide FALSE 216
killed in prison FALSE 210
father drug abuse FALSE 190
mother drug abuse FALSE 192
xyy FALSE 80
problems in school FALSE 218
teased in school FALSE 215
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
sexually abused FALSE 223
drug abuse FALSE 223
alcohol abuse FALSE 222
psychologist FALSE 256
forensic hospital FALSE 255
previous killed FALSE 207
kill at victims home FALSE 318
torture FALSE 421
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
bound FALSE 401
sex with body FALSE 426
mutilated FALSE 440
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
totem personal item FALSE 350


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External References
  1. Q5342742 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Nov 26, 2018.
  2. Edward Edwards (serial killer) on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Nov 26, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Edward Wayne EDWARDS on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Nov 26, 2018.
  4. EJ Dickson, The Clearing Podcast Tells Story of Serial Killer - With Help From His Daughter on www.rollingstone.com, Retrieved on Jul 18, 2019.
  5. Edward Wayne Edwards: A timeline of his life on madison.com, Retrieved on Jul 19, 2019.
  6. Joshua Hehe, Edward Wayne Edwards on medium.com, Retrieved on Jul 19, 2019.
  7. 160. Edward Wayne Edwards on www.fbi.gov, Retrieved on Jul 19, 2019.
Internal References

Edward Edwards is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #9 of 649 [ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  2. #19 of 34 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in June
  3. #24 of 40 [ Page 2 ] of Gemini Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #35 of 72 [ Page 3 ] of serial killers sorted by IQ Level
  5. #49 of 649 [ Page 4 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  6. #152 of 649 [ Page 11 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #161 of 249 [ Page 11 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #197 of 326 [ Page 14 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  9. #197 of 305 [ Page 14 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  10. #402 of 649 [ Page 27 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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