Known as the Roadside Strangler, Michael Ross is a good example of the classic organized offender. Between 1981 and 1984, Ross murdered eight girls and women aged between 14 and 25 in Connecticut and New York, raping seven out of his eight murder victims.

At the time of his arrest, the Roadside Strangler was working as an insurance salesman and traveled his route in a blue Toyota. He was extremely effective in avoiding apprehension and the authorities didn’t even realize a serial killer was responsible for the deaths. In fact, there was hardly any physical evidence in these cases except for the recovered bodies.

Ross confessed to each of the eight murders and was convicted for the last four of them. He was sentenced to death on July 6, 1987 and spent the next 18 years on death row.

In 2005, Ross was executed by the state of Connecticut, making it the first execution in Connecticut (and the whole of New England) since 1960, and the last execution in Connecticut before the state repealed capital punishment in 2012.

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