SERIAL KILLER: William Henry Hance

William Henry Hance committed a series of brutal murders in the late 1970s. As an Army Private, the uniform made him trustworthy to his unsuspecting victims. You may think you know all there is to know about the military. However, there is another side to the Armed Forces, that is rarely brought to light. Just like in the civilian world, there are men and women who have their demons.

Above it all

Hance thought no one could see through his plot. Brazen in his acts of violence, he thought he could outfox the authorities.

He was convicted of murdering three women, and sentenced to death. His case sparked a publicized debate about the death penalty which went right up to the Supreme Court. He was executed by the state of Georgia in the electric chair.

As Hance killed, he left a trail of blood in his wake that would leave Fort Benning marred with murder and infamy. His victims:

  • Gail Jackson
  • Irene Thirkield
  • Karen Hickman

A fictional account of Hance can be seen on Mindhunters Season 2.

Show Notes

  • 01. https://casetext.com/case/hance-v-state-2
  • 02. https://murderpedia.org/male.H/h1/hance-william-henry.htm
  • 03. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/173897773/karen-ann-hickman
  • 04. Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI, By Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
  • 05. https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/07/archives/police-certain-they-have-solved-4-georgia-slayings-gi-accused-of.html

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