Harvey Glatman

Demographic Info

The Glamour Girl Slayer, The Lonely-Hearts Killer3 or 4MaleCaucasianUSAStationarySexual, Sadistic1927/12/10 (The Bronx, New York, USA)1959/09/18 (Gas chamber)


Rope: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Harvey GlatmanMichael NewtonAmazon

Harvey Glatman was born on December 10, 1927, in New York. He was the only child in his family. From the age of 4, Glatman would find pleasure from sado-masochism when he would tie a rope around his neck and pull it while masturbating. He continued to perform this act throughout his life. At the age of 12, Glatman broke into homes and stole items from inside the home, this included the theft of a .26 caliber handgun. He would occasionally follow women home and force them into their bedrooms, gag and bind them and then undress them. Throughout his teen years, Glatman would threaten women with guns to make them undress, break into apartments, molested women and was convicted of first-degree robbery and assault.

Glatman’s murder series is suspected to have begun in 1954, but his proven murder series began in 1957, at the age of 30, and continued until his arrest in 1958. All of his victims were females between the ages of 19 and 24 and were located in California. All of the women were lured by Glatman with the promise of being in a photo shoot. The victims were usually placed into bondage positions and then were raped. Glatman would then tie or lasso a rope around their necks and strangle them to death. Glatman would take pictures of the women both before and after their murders. Each of the victims were buried in the desert.

In July of 1958, Glatman was arrested when one of his potential victims escaped and police witnessed the struggle at the side of a road. When Glatman was arrested he confessed to murdering 3 women. On December 15, 1958 he was found guilty of the 3 murders and sentenced to death. Glatman was executed by inhaling cyanide on September 18, 1959.

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Victims of Harvey Glatman

on July 8th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Harvey Glatman was found guilty for the murders of three women. We currently have information on his suspected victim and all of his known victims. Dorothy Gay Howard Dorothy was murdered in 1954. Glatman was a suspect in this murder. Judith Dull Judith Dull was murdered in January of 1957….

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