EP164: The Route 40 Killer

Steven Pennell

Steven Pennell is the only known serial killer from Delaware. He is about as cliche as serial killers come. He drove a creeper van filled with tools from his trade and got pleasure from torturing sex workers.

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  • Caddell, Ted. “Chilling testimony awaits jurors in ‘serial killer’ trial.” Delaware News Journal, September 10th, 1989. Print.
  • Caddell, Ted. “Pennell alibi for night of murder involves cat.” Delaware News Journal, November 8th, 1989. Print.
  • Cadell, Ted. “Pennell guilty in 2 slayings.” Delaware News Journal, November 24th, 1989. Print.
  • Caddell, Ted. “Series of clues led police to killer.” Delaware News Journal, March 8, 1992. Print.
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  • Mordock, Jeff. “Route 40 Serial Killer Remains an Enigma After Convicted 30 Years Ago.” Delaware Today, October 28th, 2020. https://delawaretoday.com/life-style/route-40-delaware-serial-killer/
  • Partington, Verity. “The Route 40 Killer – and the Rookie Female Cop Who Caught Him.” Medium.com, May 14th, 2021. https://veritycreates.medium.com/the-route-40-killer-and-the-rookie-female-cop-who-caught-him-6ba93b1869aa
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  • Van Sambeck, Becca, “‘Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare’: Serial Killer Stalks Delaware Highway and Mutilates His Victims for Pleasure.” Oxygen.com, April 12th, 2021. https://www.oxygen.com/mark-of-a-serial-killer/crime-news/route-40-killer-steven-brian-pennell-murders-woman-off-delaware

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