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John Francis ROCHE





Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Robberies - Rape
Number of victims: 5
Date of murders: 1953 - 1954
Date of birth: 1927
Victim profile: Men and women
Method of murder: Beating / Stabbing with knife
Location: Queens, New York, USA
Status: Executed by electrocution in New York on January 26, 1956


MO: Bludgeoned/stabbed/robbed two men and four females age 13-85; at least one female victim also raped.


New York -- Tight-lipped and unshaven, mass murderer John Francis Roche is accompanied by a Dept. of Corrections officer as he left the Tombs en route to await execution. He was sentenced to die in the electric chair for the rape-murder of Dorothy Westwater, 14 year old schoolgirl. Roche has also confessed to four other homicides. (1954)


November 30, 1954 - John Francis Roche, confessed slayer of five persons, including a 14-year-old schoolgirl, sits in a car outside General Sessions Court, before leaving for Sing Sing's death row. Roche, a 27-year-old plumber's helper, was sentenced to die in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison on January 10th. Roche was convicted November 9th for the murder of Dorothy Westwater, a Manhattan schoolgirl.



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