Many serial killers get their monikers from news or law enforcement agencies once they determine a pattern in the crimes. But in the case of the Sick Ripper crimes, the perpetrator himself, William Devin Howell, created his own, albeit unoriginal, title. By no means the tale of a particularly prolific or intelligent killer, the true story of the Sick Ripper follows William Devin Howell's "murder mobile," where he took advantage of vulnerable populations in order to fulfill his twisted fantasies. In total, Howell killed six women and one man - all of them in Connecticut in 2003. Howell buried his victims' remains behind a strip mall, adding to the surprising number of crimes linked to strip malls.
Like many other cars belonging to criminals, Howell drove around a frightening vehicle, a van where he committed all his murders over the course of a single year. Though initially captured and imprisoned for one of the murders, the murder mobile serial killer remained in custody for a decade before authorities realized the extent of his killings. But attention seekers like Howell never cease to make themselves known, as he did when he confessed to his cellmate about being the man behind the Sick Ripper crimes.
He Called Himself A "Sick Ripper"Photo: New Britain Police Department
He Had A 'Garden' Where He Buried The Bodies
He Named His Van The Murder Mobile
He Slept Next To One Of His Victims Dead Body And Named Her "Baby"
He Became Connecticut's Most Prolific Serial Killer
He Was Already In Prison For Manslaughter When He Was Charged With The Murders Of Six More