E11: Timothy Wilson Spencer, AKA The Southside Strangler

On Fruitloops Episode 11 Beth and Wendy discuss the life, crimes and victims of Timonthy WIlson Spencer, AKA The Southside Strangler. Spencer is an African American Serial Killer. Before we get into the show we share our Shout outs, Serial Killer News and we wrap up the show with “how not to get murdered tips” and Listener Leters. This case is notable as the first case in the US where DNA was used to convict a serial killer. DNA had been used in a previous case in the UK when a man by the name of Colin Pitchfork was convicted of murdering two teenagers. Timothy Wilson Spencer was convicted of raping and strangling four women over 11 weeks in 1987. There was very little circumstantial evidence and Spencer did not confess. Then DNA tests linked semen from the crime scenes with Spencer’s blood. Most of Spencer’s victims were killed while he was living at a Richmond halfway house after being released from a state prison, where he had served three years of a 10-year sentence for burglary. The slayings took place on weekends when Mr. Spencer was signed out of the halfway house.


Victims: 5 murder victims and 9 rape victims

Span of Crimes 1984, 1987 to 1988

Venue:  Arlington and Richmond VA.

AKA’s:  Southside Strangler, Southside Slayer and Southside Rapist

Method:  stalking, laying in wait and strangulation

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Wikipedia Article:

Murderpedia Article:

Court Doc:

Magazine Article:

Timothy Wilson Spencer documentary https://youtu.be/yIRU-NFUmwk

Forensic Files – Season 1, Ep 6: Southside Strangler

NPR Article: On The Scale Of Evil, Where Do Murderers Rate?

Dr. Stone video https://bigthink.com/videos/inside-the-mind-of-a-serial-killer

Podcast: Southern Nightmare: the hunt for the Southside strangler https://www.tulsaworld.com/good-friday-shootings-in-tulsa/collection_ae83ec02-66a7-11e3-89b9-001a4bcf6878.html

Style Weekly Article https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/southern-nightmare/Content?oid=9235363

Other info

News:  Mollie Tibbetts article from the Washington Post   “Mollie Tibbetts’s father decries vitriol against Hispanics, saying they’re ‘Iowans with better food’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/08/28/mollie-tibbettss-father-rebukes-anti-hispanic-sentiment-saying-theyre-iowans-with-better-food/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ac88ab0c816a

Colin Pitchfork https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Pitchfork Book: The Blooding, by Joseph Waubaugh, ITV TV series: Code of a Killer

About DNA http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1905706,00.html

First person convicted through DNA evidence https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/july-marks-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-first-use-of-dna-evidence-to-convict-a-killer-10509877/

Border Crossings https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/17_0914_estimates-of-border-security.pdf

Crime and Immigration https://www.businessinsider.com/undocumented-aliens-violent-crime-murder-statistics-data-2018-8

Photo Credit: http://murderpedia.org/male.S/s1/spencer-timothy-wilson.htm


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3 thoughts on “E11: Timothy Wilson Spencer, AKA The Southside Strangler

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    1. Hello Martin, Wendy here, I think you are absolutely right… both played a part it developing the Southside strangler. thank you kindly for participating in the convo. (We see you boo!)


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