November 23, 2019

Harvey Murray Glatman

Harvey Murray Glatman (October 10, 1927 — September 18, 1959) was an American serial killer active during the late 1950s.

Early life

Born in the Bronx and raised in Colorado, Glatman exhibited antisocial behavior and sadomasochistic sexual tendencies from an early age.

He was an amateur burglar and sex offender as a teenager, breaking into women’s apartments so he could tie them up, molest them and take pictures as souvenirs. He was caught in one such act in 1945 and charged with attempted burglary. Less than a month later, while still out on bail awaiting trial, he kidnapped another woman and molested her before letting her go. She went to the police, and Glatman went to prison for eight months.

Once out of prison, Glatman moved to Albany, New York, where he was eventually arrested in 1947 for a series of muggings. He was given a 5–10 year prison sentence in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where prison psychiatrists diagnosed him as a psychopath. He was nevertheless a model prisoner and was granted an early release in 1956.


Glatman moved to Los Angeles, California in 1957 and started trolling around modeling agencies looking for women to satisfy his violent sexual urges. He would contact them with offers of work for pulp fiction magazines, take them back to his apartment, tie them up and rape them, taking pictures all the while. He would then strangle them and bury them in a nearby desert plot.

Glatman is also a suspect in the slaying of “Boulder Jane Doe”, a victim whose corpse was discovered by hikers near Boulder, Colorado in 1954. Her identity remained a mystery for 55 years. In October 2009, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by Dr. Terry Melton, of Mitotyping Technologies in State College, Pennsylvania, that her lab had made a match between “Jane Doe’s” DNA profile and that of a woman who thought the unidentified murder victim might be her long-lost sister. The positive identification of “Boulder Jane Doe” was an 18 year old woman from Phoenix, Arizona, named Dorothy Gay Howard.

Glatman was in Colorado at the time and was driving a 1951 Dodge Coronet. The body had damage that was consistent of being hit with the same car.

Arrest and death

He was arrested in 1958, caught in the act of kidnapping what would have been his fourth known victim, and confessed to the other three murders. He was found guilty of first degree murder and executed in the gas chamber of San Quentin State Prison on September 18, 1959.

Method: Glatman would pose as a photographer, and encourage the girls to pose bound and gagged by saying that it was for a detective magazine. Bound like this, they were at his mercy. He then raped them repeatedly, gloated over them for some time, adn eventually strangled them, using the same piece of rope each time. He took a momento of each crime — the girl’s pair of knickers or the photographs that he had taken. Ruth Mercado had touched him in a different way to the other two, and he liked her. Apparently he didn’t really want to kill her.

The victims

August 1, 1957 — Glatman murdered Judy Ann Dull in Riverside County, California.

March 9, 1958 — Glatman murdered Shirley Ann Bridgeford in San Diego County, California.

July 24, 1958 — Glatman murdered Ruth Mercado in San Diego County, California

The survivor

October 27, 1958 — Glatman was arrested in Orange County, California,
while assaulting Lorraine Vigil.

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