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Michiah SHOBEK





Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Declared that his victims were "angels of Lucifer"
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: December 5, 1973 - January 26, 1974
Date of birth: 1954
Victims profile: Irwin Borstein, 44 / Paul Howell, 50 / Katie Smith, 17 (American tourists)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Nassau, The Bahamas
Status: Executed by hanging on October 19, 1976

A 22-year-old handyman from Milwaukee, Shobek changed his name from James Michael Shoffner - on emigrating to Nassau, in the Bahamas. 

On October 18, 1976, he was sentenced to hang on conviction in the stabbing death of Irwin Borstein, a New York accountant murdered on vacation.

During the course of his trial, Shobek also confessed to the murders of attorney Paul Howell, from Massillon, Ohio, and teenager Katie Smith, from Detroit, declaring that his victims - slain within a two-month period - were "angels of Lucifer," dispatched on orders from God. 

The first American sentenced to death in Nassau for fifteen years, Shobek was hanged on October 19 and buried in a pauper's grave.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans


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

MO: Stabbed male American tourists, describing them as "angels of Lucifer".



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