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The ‘Lipstick Killer’ dies at 83

Heirens' attorneys in front of the Degnan home on Kenmore Ave., June 1946. Credit: AP/UPI

William Heirens, known as the Lipstick Killer, was a convicted burglar and burgeoning serial killer who operated in Edgewater, Rogers Park, Uptown and Lakeview during the mid 1940s. He died on Monday at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Heirens had served 65 years in prison for his 1946 confession to killing two women, Josephine Ross and Frances Brown, in their homes and strangling 6-year-old Suzanne Degnan. Ross was stabbed to death in her apartment at 4108 N. Kenmore in June of 1945, and Brown was shot and stabbed in her own apartment at 3941 N. Pine Grove six months later.


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