William Heirens an American serial killer and burglar known as The Lipstick Killer. Heirens stabbed three females between 1945 and 1946. Heirens was called the Lipstick Killer after a message he left written in lipstick on a wall at a crime scene. The message read "For heavens, Sake catch me, Before I kill more, I cannot control myself". He left other notes at later crime scenes. Heirens was arrested in 1946 on attempted burglary charges when a witness saw him breaking into an apartment and called the police. Heirens fled the scene and was later captured by two uniformed officers, reports of his gun misfiring lead to his arrest. He confessed and recanted numerous confessions. William Heirens was sentenced to life in prison in 1946.
Serial Killer William Heirens (aka) The Lipstick Killer, was active for 2 years between 1945-1946, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
William Heirens was born on November 15th 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, US. He was born 1st of 2 children and raised by both parents. He was raised as a oldest child and had one younger brother. His father, George Heirens. His mother, Margaret Heirens. His father abused alcohol and/or drugs.
William Heirens a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He completed 13 years of school, received a high school diploma. He gained part of his education while attending University of Chicago. He never married. He had no children.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.
In 1945 (Age 16/17) William Heirens started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, strangle, mutilate, and murder his victims. William Heirens used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at the home of the victim.
He was arrested on June 26th 1946 (Age 17), convicted on September 5th 1946 (Age 17), sentenced to life imprisonment, three life terms at Dixon Correctional Center minimum security prison in Dixon, Illinois, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.
William Heirens died on March 5th 2012 (Age 83), cause of death: natural causes, diabetes mellitus at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, US.
William Heirens has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years 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.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||The Lipstick Killer|
|Victims:||3 - 3|
|Years Active:||1945 - 1946|
|Ages Active:||16/17 - 17/18|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1928 - 2012|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♏ Scorpio |
Oct 23 - Nov 22
|Marital Status:||never married|
|D.O.B.:||Nov 15, 1928|
|Birth Location:||Chicago, Illinois, US|
|Birth Order:||1st of 2|
|Siblings:||one younger brother|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Birth Category:||oldest child|
|Highest School:||13 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||high school diploma|
|Educated At:||University of Chicago|
|Arrested:||Jun 26, 1946 (Age 17)|
|Convicted:||Sep 5, 1946 (Age 17)|
|Sentence:||life imprisonment, three life terms|
|Prison Location:||Dixon Correctional Center minimum security prison in Dixon, Illinois, US|
|Death Date:||Mar 5, 2012 (Age 83)|
|Manner of Death:||natural causes|
|Cause of Death:||diabetes mellitus|
|Death Location:||University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, US|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 13 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer William Heirens. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Nov 15 1928||William Heirens was born in Chicago, Illinois, US. #19281115|
|William Heirens started his serial killing spree. #1945|
|William Heirens ended his serial killing spree. #1946|
|Jun 26 1946|
|William Heirens arrested. #19460626|
|Sep 05 1946|
|William Heirens was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment, three life terms at Dixon Correctional Center minimum security prison in Dixon, Illinois, US. #19460905|
|Nov 15 1948|
|Nov 15 1958|
|Nov 15 1968|
|Nov 15 1978|
|Nov 15 1988|
|Nov 15 1998|
|Nov 15 2008|
|Mar 05 2012|
|William Heirensdied.cause of death:natural causes,diabetes mellitusat University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, US. #20120305|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as William Heirens (1945-1946).
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|father drug abuse||TRUE||192|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|problems in school||FALSE||221|
|teased in school||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|
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William George Heirens (November 15, 1928 – March 5, 2012) was an American convicted serial killer who confessed to three murders in 1946. Heirens was called the Lipstick Killer after a notorious message scrawled in lipstick at a crime scene.
William Heirens is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database