Joel Rifkin

 

Joel Rifkin was convicted of murdering nine prostitutes between 1989 and 1993.

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
Joel the RipperConvicted of 9, Suspected in 17MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual1959/01/20 (New York, USA)n/a

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Crossing the Line: The True Story of Long Island Serial Killer Joel RifkinLisa Beth Pulitzer and Joan SwirskyKim Cantrell Review
From the Mouth of the Monster: The Joel Rifkin StoryRobert MladinichAmazon, Kindle eBook
Garden of Graves: The Shocking True Story of Long Island Serial Killer Joel RikfinMaria EftimiadesAmazon

Blog Posts

Episode 060: Interview with Scott Bonn

on March 14th, 2012 in Interviews, Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Unsubs by | 3 Comments

We’re taking a brief break from Pee Wee Gaskins to have our first interview show. Our guest today is Scott Bonn, a criminology professor and expert on serial killers and the media. Doc Bonn and I discussed issues such as serial killer myths, why people are fascinated by serial murder,…

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Victim Studies 010: Joel Rifkin

on January 30th, 2012 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Joel Rifkin is known for being New York’s most notorious serial killer. Rifkin was formally charged for the murders of nine women, but is suspected of and confessed to the murders of 17 women. His known murder series spanned from 1989, at the age of 30, until his arrest in…

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Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Joel Rifkin’s House Sells

on March 3rd, 2011 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

After being on the market for nearly a year, but Joel Rifkin’s former home has sold. The 1952 two-story, ranch-style home in Long Island’s East Meadow went on sale after Rifkin’s mother died in March 2010. The original asking price was $424,500, but it sold for $322,000. Some of Rifkin’s…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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Why Do Serial Killers Target Prostitutes

on December 17th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Both Philadelphia and Long Island seem to currently have serial killers targeting prostitutes. They’re a very common target. Joel RIfkin, Richard Cottingham, and Gary Ridgway targeted sex workers almost exclusively. What makes prostitutes so attractive a target for serial killers? There certainly are mission-oriented serial killers who target prostitutes to…

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Joel Rifkin Unimpressed by Long Island Serial Killer

on December 16th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Unsubs by | No Comments

The New York Daily News reports that Joel Rifkin is dismissive of the sloppy tactics of the Long Island serial killer. Specifically, he says the the unsub should never have left all the bodies in a single place. I dumped them hundreds of miles apart. he proudly declared. Using “clusters”…

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