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John Norman Collins: A Serial Killer Scrapbook

Case Closed.

Writer Views and Opinions
What is a serial killer?
Victims of John Norman Collins
Case Closed.
Past and Present
The People of the Trial

Collins' Trial and Sentence

The murder of Karen Sue Bieneman is the reason why John Norman Collins was convicted. Blood and hair samples from Karen's underwear were found in John's aunt's home.

On August 19, 1970, after three days of trial, John Noman Collins was convicted of first degree murder of Karen Sue Bieneman. The murders of six other girls are are left unsolved, due to insufficient evidence.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of twenty years. He went through three appeals. He changed his name to John Chapman toget a transfer to Canada. He would have been eligible for parole in 1985, but he tried to tunnel out of jail. As of August 1999, he is still incarcerated in a prison in Northern Michigan.