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The serial killer Harvey Carignan, known as “the Want-Ad Killer” and “Harvey The Hammer” has died of natural causes at the age of 95 at a prison in Minnesota, according to a report.
Carignan used wanted ads to lure women away – he would then rape and murder them using a hammer. He died earlier this month, according to TMZ.
He was initially sentenced to hang in Alaska for the attempted rape and murder of a woman in 1949 when he was stationed in Anchorage with the US Army, but the conviction was overturned in 1951, according to KFGO.
He served another nine years for the assault of another woman before being paroled. Between 1952 and 1960, he served his time at the Alcatraz prison island outside San Francisco, according to The Times-Tribune.
In 1975, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of two women – Eileen Hunley and Katherine Schultz. He claimed at trial that god had ordered him “to kill whores and harlots”. He pled insanity, but he was found guilty.
Ms Hunley vanished in August 1974 and her remains were found five weeks later. She had been raped using a tree branch and her skull had been crushed by several strikes.