Timothy Wilson Spencer an American serial killer and burglar known as The Southside Strangler, The Southside Slayer and The Southside rapist . Spencer raped and murdered four women in Virginia from 1987 to 1988, with one murder in 1984. Spencer was the first person in the United States to be convicted of a capital crime through DNA testing. David Vasquez who was wrongfully convicted of Spencer's 1984 victim, became the first to be exonerated following conviction through DNA testing. In 1994, Timothy Wilson Spencer was executed in the electric chair at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia.
Serial Killer Timothy Wilson Spencer (aka) The Southside Strangler, was active for 4 years between 1984-1987, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 5 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Timothy Wilson Spencer was born on March 17th 1962 He had at least one brother, Travis Spencer. His father, a man who Timothy had been told was dead when in fact he was still alive.
He never married. He had no children mentioned.
Prior to his spree he had killed, commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs.
In 1984 (Age 21/22) Timothy Wilson Spencer started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone at a South Richmond halfway house.
He was arrested on January 20th 1988 (Age 25), convicted on September 8th 1988 (Age 26), sentenced to death by electrocution at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Timothy Wilson Spencer was executed on April 27th 1994 (Age 32).
Timothy Wilson Spencer died on April 27th 1994 (Age 32), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by electrocution via electric chair at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, US.
Timothy Wilson Spencer has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Name:||Timothy Wilson Spencer|
|Nickname:||The Southside Strangler|
|Victims:||5 - 5|
|Years Active:||1984 - 1987|
|Ages Active:||21/22 - 24/25|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1962 - 1994|
|Ethnic Group:||African American|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♓ Pisces |
Feb 18 - Mar 20
|Marital Status:||never married|
|Children:||no children mentioned|
|Living With:||himself, alone at a South Richmond halfway house|
|D.O.B.:||Mar 17, 1962|
|Siblings:||at least one brother, Travis Spencer|
|Father:||a man who Timothy had been told was dead when in fact he was still alive|
|Arrested:||Jan 20, 1988 (Age 25)|
|Convicted:||Sep 8, 1988 (Age 26)|
|Sentence:||death by electrocution|
|Prison Location:||Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, US|
|Executed:||Apr 27, 1994 (Age 32)|
|Death Date:||Apr 27, 1994 (Age 32)|
|Manner of Death:||capital punishment|
|Cause of Death:||executed by electrocution via electric chair|
|Death Location:||Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, US|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 13 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Timothy Wilson Spencer. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Mar 17 1962||birth of Timothy Wilson Spencer #19620317|
|Mar 17 1982|
|Timothy Wilson Spencer started his serial killing spree. #1984|
|Timothy Wilson Spencer ended his serial killing spree. #1987|
|Jan 20 1988|
|Timothy Wilson Spencer arrested. #19880120|
|Jul 11 1988|
| murder trial started #19880711 |
Location: a court in Arlington, Virginia, US
Timothy Wilson Spencer went on trial for the rape, burglary and murder of Susan Tucker.
|Jul 16 1988|
| found guilty of capital murder #19880716 |
Location: a court in Arlington, Virginia, US
Timothy Wilson Spencer was found guilty of the capital murder of Susan Tucker. This was the first case in the country in which a person was found guilty of a capital murder and received the death penalty… based on DNA evidence.
|Sep 08 1988|
|Timothy Wilson Spencer was convictedand sentenced to death by electrocution at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, US. #19880908|
|Sep 22 1988|
| found guilty of capital murder #19880922 |
Location: Richmond, Virginia, US
Timothy Wilson Spencer was found guilty of the capital murder of Debbie Dudley Davis.
|Nov 04 1988|
| sentenced to second death sentence #19881104 |
Location: a court in Richmond, Virginia, US
Timothy Wilson Spencer was sentenced to death by electrocution for the capital murder of Debbie Dudley Davis.
|Jan 17 1989|
| convicted of capital murder #19890117 |
Location: Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Manchester Courthouse, Richmond, Virginia, US
Timothy Wilson Spencer was convicted of the capital murder of Dr. Susan Hellams.
|Mar 17 1992|
|Apr 27 1994|
|Timothy Wilson Spencerwas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by electrocution via electric chairat Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, US. #19940427|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Timothy Wilson Spencer (1984-1987).
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|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
|ISBN10||Book Title||Author||Killers Mentioned||Killers|
|1733630600||Serial Killer Stranglers||Kevin Smith|| 164 Total Including |
|1733630619||Serial Killer Rapists||Kevin Smith|| 266 Total Including |
Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour
|1439187517||Postmortem||Patricia Cornwell||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|1439107815||Journey Into Darkness||John E. Douglas|| 3 Total Including |
|0759528306||The Last Victim||Jason Moss|| 25 Total Including |
John Wayne Gacy
|0671001302||Signature Killers||Robert D. Keppel|| 6 Total Including |
|0671002015||Stalking Justice||Paul Mones||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|0738206024||Blood Evidence||Henry C. Lee||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|1576071944||Forensic Science|| 3 Total Including |
William J. Tilstone
|Timothy Wilson Spencer||2|
|1438132131||Evidence||Colin Evans||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|0761804501||Good Murders and Bad Murd...||Wayne Wilson||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|0788188836||Postconviction DNA Testin...||Ronald Reinstein||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|0788143514||Financial Investigations||Don Vogel||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
|1523916311||Southside Strangler||Natalie Marshall||Timothy Wilson Spencer||1|
Timothy Wilson Spencer (March 17, 1962 – April 27, 1994), also known as the "Southside Strangler", was a serial killer who committed three rapes and murders in Richmond, Virginia and one in Arlington, Virginia in the fall of 1987. In addition, he is believed to have committed at least one previous murder, in 1984, for which a different man, David Vasquez, was wrongfully convicted. He was known to police as a prolific home burglar.
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