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Serial Killer: Thor Nis Christiansen *The Hitchhiker Slayer * Killed 4 women, with a 5th victim that survived

Isle Vista victims

Jacqueline Anne Rook, 21 [11/20/1976]
Mary Ann Sarris, 19 [12/6/1976]
Patricia Marie Laney, 21 [1/18/1977]
Laura Sue Benjamin, 22 [5/26/1979] (no picture)
Lydia Preston, 24 [4/18/1979] survived (no picture)

Thor Nis Christiansen was stabbed to death in prison in 1981.

Third Body Found In ‘Look Alike’ Murders
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Body Found
Killing, Assault Plea Changed
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Killings in ’76-77.

3 More Murders Admitted
Murderpedia: Thor Nis Christiansen
Wikipedia: Thor Nis Christiansen
CrimeLibrary: Thor Nis Christiansen
CA – Thor Christianson, 1976-79

Twisted: The Hitch Hiker Hunter
Born to Kill? The Hitchhiker Slayer

Thor Nis Christiansen


8 Responses

  1. That picture does not look like him. He was big and blond.

  2. the picture of Thor Christiansen is wrong. Thor was young (in his 20’s) and blond. Maybe the picture is his dad?

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