For those of you who may not have heard about a man named Alfred Gaynor allow us to kick some knowledge to you. Mr. Gaynor was convicted in 2000 for the brutal murders of 8 women between 1995-1998, all of whom were strangled, and some raped. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, Gaynor is now copping to even MORE bodies that he caught during his killing spree.
The scale of his killing spree only recently became clear when Gaynor, imprisoned on four murder convictions, confessed this fall to four other unsolved slayings in which he’d been a longtime suspect. Charges are possible in two more deaths for which he’s confessed: a 20-year-old mother and her toddler daughter in 1996.
The Deaths terrorized this western Massachusetts city, where Mace permit requests soared as the women’s bodies were discovered in alleys, vehicles and their own homes between 1995 and 1998.
His new confessions came as part of a convoluted plea deal for his imprisoned nephew, who’d been convicted in another murder for which Gaynor, 44, now claims responsibility.
The families of the strangled women — including the victims’ 16 children, now teens and adults — vacillate between relief to see him held accountable and anguish over learning details of the deaths.
“Some people are just evil through and through,” said Janice Ermellini, whose 34-year-old daughter, Jill Ann, was killed in 1997 by Gaynor in an abandoned truck shortly after she moved to Springfield from Windsor Locks, Conn.
“When he finally confessed, I felt like a weight was removed from my shoulders. But that day in court when I heard the gruesome details … it’s different. There’s no peace. It goes through my mind constantly,” Ermellini said.
It is reported that Gaynor did not want to confess to the murders for many years, in fear that he would disappoint his mother, who passed in 2006. After which, he kept it funky and admitted to murking at least 4 other women
Gaynor insisted for years that he was innocent, even after his first four murder convictions in 2000. It was only after the 2006 death of his 67-year-old mother, a woman described as his family’s matriarch and one of his strongest supporters, that he admitted he was a rapist and killer.
He told police and prosecutors in a 2008 interview that he kept quiet until after her death because he “just couldn’t destroy everything she believed in.”
As sweet a sentiment as that is, this cat is a still a sick mickiefickie. Hide ya kids, hide ya wife.