William Neal

Wild Bill Cody

  Active for 1 year
(1998) in United States




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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 10 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 3 Books About William Neal
  14. 2 External References
  15. Internal References

William Neal (William Neal) an American serial killer known as Wild Bill Cody. Neal massacred three women with an ax. He was convicted of the brutal slayings of Rebecca Lynn Holberton, 44, Angela Fite, 28, and Candace Anita Walters, 48. The women, who all had relationships with Neal, were found dead at a gruesome crime scene in Holberton's townhome in 1998. He tied up a fourth victim, forced her to watch one of the murders and then raped her. He said that if he hadn't wanted to get caught, he would have murdered the women in the mountains and disposed of their bodies. By allowing the rape victim to live, he said, he was assured that "her testimony alone could put me to the death-penalty phase". William Neal was sentenced to death in 1999, commuted to life in 2003.

William Neal Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer William Neal (aka) Wild Bill Cody, was active for 1 year in 1998, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

William Neal was born on October 7th 1955 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was born 1st of 5 children and raised by both parents. He was raised as a youngest child and had four, one older brother and three older sisters. His father, an unnamed man who worked as a Chief warrant officer in the Air Force. His mother, an unnamed woman who worked as a homemaker. His father abused alcohol and/or drugs. William Neal was sexually and abused at some point of his life.

He married, separated. He had one child.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.

In 1998 (Age 42/43) William Neal started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. William Neal used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at both his home and the home of the victim. He would keep parts of the victims body after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. He positioned or posed at least one body after death. At the time of his crimes he was living with his current girlfriend.

He was arrested on July 9th 1998 (Age 42), convicted on September 29th 1999 (Age 43), sentenced to death sentence changed to life in prison. at Jefferson County Detention Center.

Profile Completeness: 83%
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William Neal has been listed on Killer.Cloud since August of 2018 and was last updated 3 years ago.

William Neal a known:

William Neal
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-06-21 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: William Neal
Nickname: Wild Bill Cody
Victims: 3 - 3
Years Active: 1998 - 1998
Ages Active: 42/43 - 42/43
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1955 -     
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Libra
Sep 23 - Oct 23
Birth Month: October
Marital Status: married, separated
Children: one child
Living With: his current girlfriend
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Oct 7, 1955
Birth Location: Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Birth Order: 1st of 5
Siblings: four, one older brother and three older sisters
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: youngest child
Mother: an unnamed woman who worked as a homemaker
Father: an unnamed man who worked as a Chief warrant officer in the Air Force

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: Jul 9, 1998 (Age 42)
Convicted: Sep 29, 1999 (Age 43)
Sentence: death sentence changed to life in prison.
Prison Location: Jefferson County Detention Center
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
William Neal

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer William Neal. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Oct 07 1955William Neal was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  #19551007
Oct 07 1975
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Oct 07 1985
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Oct 07 1995
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
(Age 42/43)
William Neal started his serial killing spree. #1998
Jul 09 1998
(Age 42)
William Neal arrested. #19980709
(Age 43/44)
William Neal ended his serial killing spree. #1998
Sep 29 1999
(Age 43)
William Neal was convictedand sentenced to death sentence changed to life in prison. at Jefferson County Detention Center.  #19990929
Oct 07 2005
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Oct 07 2015
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
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The following serial killers were active during the same time span as William Neal (1998-1998).

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Boolean Questions:
father drug abuse TRUE 192
sexually abused TRUE 226
previous crimes TRUE 367
kill at killers home TRUE 320
kill at victims home TRUE 323
used weapon TRUE 453
used gun TRUE 451
rape TRUE 453
bound TRUE 406
mutilated TRUE 447
posed body TRUE 365
totem body part TRUE 365
robbed TRUE 418
living with children FALSE 268
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous jail FALSE 352
previous prision FALSE 336
previous killed FALSE 208
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
strangle FALSE 443
sex with body FALSE 430
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
totem personal item FALSE 354

Books that Mention William Neal

Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer William Neal)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: The Trail Families (mentions serial killer William Neal)
William Neal Hurley
The Trail Families
Book: The Griffith Families (mentions serial killer William Neal)
William Neal Hurley
The Griffith Families

3 Books that mention Serial Killer
William Neal

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0788418319 The Trail Families 1
0788420739 The Griffith Families 1
External References
  1. Juan Ignacio Blanco, William Lee NEAL on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
  2. Jillie A. Beck, Meghan Sullivan, William Lee Cody Neal on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Dec 15, 2018.
Internal References

William Neal is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #33 of 36[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in October
  2. #38 of 42[ Page 3 ] of Libra Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #200 of 651[ Page 14 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  4. #255 of 307[ Page 17 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #263 of 327[ Page 18 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #425 of 651[ Page 29 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #526 of 651[ Page 36 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #572 of 651[ Page 39 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
Serial Killers Statistics, charts William Neal is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Sexual Preference, Birth Category, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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