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Michael Hughes
Number of victims: 4+
Country: United States
State(s): California
Date apprehended: 1993

Michael Hughes is an American serial killer convicted and sentenced to life without parole for the murders of four women in California between 1992 and 1993. In July 2008, he was charged with the sexual assault and murders of four additional women.



In December 1993, Hughes, a security guard, was arrested in Culver City. In 1998, he was convicted and given a life sentence without parole for the strangling murders of Teresa Ballard, Brenda Bradley, Terri Myles and Jamie Harrington.[1][2]

Ballard, 26, was found in Los Angeles' Jesse Owens County Park on September 23, 1992. The other victims were found dumped in alleys in a Culver City commercial area: 38-year-old Bradley; Myles, 33, found on November 8, 1993; and Harrington, 29, found on November 14, 1993.[2]


On July 3, 2008, Hughes was charged with sexually assaulting and strangling two women and two teenage girls in the Los Angeles area between 1986 and 1993, after homicide detectives linked him to DNA samples from the victims using new forensic technologies. At least one of his victims, Verna Williams, was considered to be a victim of the prolific, still unidentified serial killer known as the Southside Slayer. Prosecutors allege Hughes killed 15-year-old Yvonne Coleman on January 22, 1986. Her body was found in a park in Inglewood, California. The other three were killed in Los Angeles. Verna Williams, 15, was discovered in a stairwell on May 26, 1986. Elizabeth Tuppeny, 30, was found in a garage on August 30, 1990. Deborah Jackson, 32, was found on June 25, 1993.[3] As of 2008, detectives are investigating Hughes' possible involvement in other killings around the U.S. While Hughes was in the navy he spent time in Michigan, San Diego and Long Beach.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Watkins, Thomas (2008-07-03). "Convict appears in court in cold-case killings". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  
  2. ^ a b Leonard, Jack (2008-06-28). "Inmate accused of murder in deaths of four women over 7-year span". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  
  3. ^ Watkins, Thomas (2008-07-04). "Convicted serial killer faces more charges". San Francisco Chronicle: pp. B-6. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  


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