An 83-year-old man who was dubbed the "Lipstick Killer" after three murders in Chicago in the 1940s and who became Illinois' longest-serving inmate has died.
The Cook County medical examiner's office told the Chicago Tribune William Heirens died Monday at a Chicago hospital after officials at Dixon Correctional Center found him unresponsive in his cell. An autopsy is planned.
Heirens was a 17-year-old University of Chicago student and petty burglar when he confessed to killing two women in 1945 and a 6-year-old girl in 1946. The child's remains were scattered in Chicago's sewers.
Investigators at one of the women's homes found a message scrawled in lipstick that read: "For heaven's sake, catch me before I kill more."
Heirens later said he'd only confessed to avoid the electric chair.