Harvey Murray Glatman (December 10, 1927 – September 18, 1959) was an serial killer active during the late 1950s. He was commonly known
as "The Lonely Hearts Killer".
Born in the Bronx to a Jewish family and raised in Colorado, Glatman showed antisocial behavior and sadomasochistic
sexual tendencies from an early age. He was an amateure burglar and sex offender as a teenager, breaking into
women's apartments, where he would then tie them up, molested them and took pictures as souvenirs. He was
caught in one such act in 1945 and charged with attempted burglary. No more than a month later, while still out on
Glatman went to prison for eight months.
Once out of prison, Glatman moved to Albany, New York, where he was eventually arrested in 1946 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 1951.
Glatman is also a suspect in the slaying of "Boulder Jane Doe", a beating victim whose corpse was discovered
by hikers near Boulder, Colorado in 1954. Her identity remained a mystery for 55 years. On October 28, 2009,
the Boulder County Sheriff's Department announced a positive identification of "Boulder Jane Doe" as an 18
year old woman from Phoenix, Arizona named Dorothy Gay Howard.
Arrest and death
Glatman was arrested in 1958, caught in the act of kidnapping what would have been his fourth murder victim.
He confessed to the other three murders when police found a toolbox containing pictures of the victims that he
had taken. He was found guilty of first degree murder and executed in the gas chamber of San Quentin State
Prison on September 18, 1959.
Glatman: The reason I killed those girls was 'cause they asked me to. (pause) They did; all of them.
Officer: They asked you to?
Glatman: Sure. They said they'd rather be dead than be with me.
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Glatman moved to Los Angeles, California in 1957 and started going around to modeling agencies looking for potential victims. He would contact
them with offers of work for pulp fiction magazines, take them back to his apartment, tie them up and sexually assault them, the whole time
taking photos. He would then strangle them and bury them in a nearby desert.