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Thomas William HAWKINS Jr.





Classification: Homicide / Murderer
Characteristics: Juvenile (16) - Rape
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1980 / 1989
Date of birth: December 31, 1963
Victims profile: Karen Stubbs, 15 / Andrea Thomas, 14 (his niece)
Method of murder: Strangulation / Stabbing with a fork
Location: Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in 1981 and served five years of a six- to 15-year sentence before being paroled in 1986. Sentenced to death in 1991

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


opinion J-99-2006


Thomas W. Hawkins Jr., 30, was sentenced to die after a 1990 trial for murdering his 14-year-old niece, Andrea Thomas, in June 1989. Prosecutor Castor alleged Thomas was sexually assaulted, strangled with a cord and stabbed in the neck and back with a fork inside her grandparents’ home on Old Reading Pike in West Pottsgrove.

After the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction on a technicality, Hawkins was retried in August 1994 and Castor once again won a conviction and death sentence for Hawkins. Castor called Hawkins “an evil serial killer,” pointing out that in 1981, Hawkins was convicted in Berks of third-degree murder and served a 6- to 15-year sentence in connection with the strangulation death of Karen Stubbs, 15, of Reading.


Former DA Castor recalls ‘evil’ two-time killer


SEX: M RACE: B TYPE: T MOTIVE: PC-nonspecific

MO: Rape-slayer of girlfriend (1980) and other women (1989).

DISPOSITION: Six to 15 years as juvenile, 1980; condemned, 1990.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers



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