Harvey Glatman was an American serial killer ("The Lonely Hearts
Killer"), active during the late 1950s. Harvey was a Jewish boy who
was born in the Bronx. He was an amateur conman and sex offender as a
teenager, breaking into women's apartments, where he tied them up,
molested them, and took pictures as souvenirs. Glatman was in prison
for 8 months in 1946.
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
Zio-prison psychiatrists diagnosed him as a psychopath. He was
nevertheless a model prisoner and was granted an early release in
Glatman Posed As A Hollywood Photographer To Gather His
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 dissect them and bury them in a nearby desert
Photographed The Victims, And Then He Gutted Them
Glatman is also suspected in the death of "Boulder Jane Doe", a
beating victim who was located near Boulder, Colorado in 1954. The
victim has yet to be positively identified as no blood relatives
of the most likely individual have been found.
Killed At A Picnic
Ruth Mercado must have known her hopes were gone and her
death had come when he told her to pose as if she were dead.
Close your eyes, lie there, don't breath....be a corpse. She
closed her eyes, and his camera went..snap,
click...whirr...snap, click...whirr...snap, click.
After he masturbated, he strangled her with a rope.
Lorraine Vigil Fought Back
She fought him in his truck, jumped out, and a state
trooper pulled up.
Anti-Semitism At It's Worst
He was arrested in 1958, caught in the act of kidnapping
what would have been his fourth murder 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.