When it comes to serial killers, John Robinson makes the list as one of the earliest to use the internet to lure his victims. Born in the early 1940s to a stern mother and an alcoholic father, he struggled to find his place in the world but failed to do so through academics.
However, that didn’t stop the con man from using falsified credentials to secure a decent job. He was arrested for embezzling money from the practice rather than a failure to do his duties properly. Although he attempted to act and interact with the community as an average citizen, that was simply not the case.
Though his first victim has not been found, investigators believe his employee Paula Godfrey fell prey to him in 1984. It appears that he found his next victim the following year while using an assumed name. A young mother in a shelter for abused women, she thought he was going to help her and her daughter. Instead, he forged paperwork and sold her daughter to his own brother, taking money from him for the effort. Lisa Stasi, the mother, was never seen nor heard from again. A third potential victim vanished after being hired by Robinson, but her case is still open.
Incarcerated from 1987 to 1993 for various fraud and related convictions, John Robinson stepped up his game by the time that he got out. In addition to luring the prison librarian to leave Missouri and return with him to Kansas, where she was never heard from again, he also began to cruise the web under the name of Slavemaster in search of new victims.
While the name might seem twisted, he used the dominant cover in the early BDSM chat rooms. After luring several victims to his farm, he began to make mistakes and eventually authorities were able to search his property due to allegations of theft.
What they found was a grisly discovery: two dead women. Missouri authorities then had probable cause to search a storage facility rented by Robinson where they found five additional bodies, bringing the total number of dead women to at least seven.
Considered by some to be the first internet killer, John Robinson sits on death row in Kansas. He is the first sentence upheld since the 1994 reinstatement of capital punishment in Kansas. It is feared by police that there are additional victims which have yet to be found, leaving this harrowing tale with potentially more to come.