April 6, 2020
Los Angeles, California
Just finished listening to this morning’s “Crime Junkie” podcast in which Ashley Flowers with her co-host Brit Prawat present their examination into the investigation and arrest of 17-year-old, William Heiren’s as the purported 1945-6, Chicago “Lipstick Killer.”
Kudos to their 48-minute podcast which I highly recommend as it gives an excellent summary of the overall investigation and a quick look at many of the fabricated pieces of evidence that forced the teenager to “confess” to save his life, (under threat of execution) only to recant it immediately after being transferred to prison. It is important to note that prior to William Heiren’s being sent to prison for life that there was never any evidence presented. No witnesses. No testimony. No evidence introduced. No trial. Just his “OK, I did it.” and off to prison where on March 5, 2012, in his sixty-sixth year of incarceration, he died while still in custody.
Crime Junkie Podcast on Lipstick Murder HERE
*Double kudos for Ashley’s documenting her research on her website with links to articles substantiating her findings. (Scroll down under photos to find more than two dozen links to various articles referenced in the podcast.
For those interested in a deeper dive into the William Heiren’s Lipstick Killer Investigation, here are some previous blogs I have presented over the years. (Also, my main summary of my Heiren’s investigation can be found in “Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel (Dutton 2009).