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Harvey Murray GLATMAN

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Harvey Murray GLATMAN

A.K.A.: "Glamour Girl Slayer"
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape – Sadomasochistic sexual tendencies
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: 1957 – 1958
Date of arrest: October 27, 1958
Date of birth: October 10, 1927
Victims profile: Judy Ann Dull, 19 / Shirley Ann Bridgeford, 24 / Ruth Mercado, 24
Method of murder: Ligature strangulation
Location: Riverside/San Diego Counties, California, USA
Status: Executed by asphyxiation-gas in California on September 18, 1959

Harvey Murray Glatman (October 10, 1927 – September 18, 1959) was an American serial killer active during the late 1950s.

Early life

Born in the Bronx and raised in Colorado, Glatman exhibited antisocial behavior and sadomasochistic sexual tendencies from an early age.

He was an amateur burglar and sex offender as a teenager, breaking into women's apartments so he could tie them up, molest them and take pictures as souvenirs. He was caught in one such act in 1945 and charged with attempted burglary. Less than a month later, while still out on bail awaiting trial, he kidnapped another woman and molested her before letting her go. She went to the police, and Glatman went to prison for eight months.

Once out of prison, Glatman moved to Albany, New York, where he was eventually arrested in 1947 for a series of muggings. He was given a 5–10 year prison sentence in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where prison psychiatrists diagnosed him as a psychopath. He was nevertheless a model prisoner and was granted an early release in 1956.


Glatman moved to Los Angeles, California in 1957 and started trolling around modeling agencies looking for women to satisfy his violent sexual urges. He would contact them with offers of work for pulp fiction magazines, take them back to his apartment, tie them up and rape them, taking pictures all the while. He would then strangle them and bury them in a nearby desert plot.

Glatman is also a suspect in the slaying of "Boulder Jane Doe", a victim whose corpse was discovered by hikers near Boulder, Colorado in 1954. Her identity remained a mystery for 55 years. In October 2009, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by Dr. Terry Melton, of Mitotyping Technologies in State College, Pennsylvania, that her lab had made a match between "Jane Doe's" DNA profile and that of a woman who thought the unidentified murder victim might be her long-lost sister. The positive identification of "Boulder Jane Doe" was an 18 year old woman from Phoenix, Arizona, named Dorothy Gay Howard.

Glatman was in Colorado at the time and was driving a 1951 Dodge Coronet. The body had damage that was consistent of being hit with the same car.

Arrest and death

He was arrested in 1958, caught in the act of kidnapping what would have been his fourth known victim, and confessed to the other three murders. He was found guilty of first degree murder and executed in the gas chamber of San Quentin State Prison on September 18, 1959.


Parts of Glatman's career were fictionalized by Jack Webb in a 1966 TV-movie called Dragnet (often referred to as Dragnet 1966 to distinguish it from the 1954 theatrical release of that name). It convinced TV executives to relaunch Dragnet as a TV series in 1967 for a four year run. Dragnet 1966, however, was not aired until 1969. It is notable for dialogue based on Glatman's own statements to police, including this:

Criminal: "The reason I killed those girls was 'cause they asked me to. (pause) They did; all of them."

Officer: "They asked you to."

Criminal: "Sure. They said they'd rather be dead than be with me."

Capt. Pierce Brooks, LAPD, who helped trick Glatman into revealing where his toolbox was, served as a technical advisor for the film.


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