Category: Serial Killing
Location: New York, U.S.
Date: 1996 - 1998
Crime: Currently serving life in prison for the murder of eight prostitutes in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Biography: Kendall Francois was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and never really left the house he grew up in with his parents and sister. He was a big man and played on the high school football team. After graduation, he joined the Army and served until 1993. He attended college classes on and off after the military and never held down a job for long. The bizarre twist in this case is that Francois committed each of his murders in the same house that he shared with his family. The first murder occurred in October 1996 and after strangling the young prostitute to death, he left her body to rot in the attic. Two months later, he killed another prostitute and placed her body alongside the first. After the fourth missing persons case involving a prostitute, the F.B. I. was called in to assist local authorities. In early 1997, police set up surveillance on Kendall Francois after several local prostitutes who were interviewed during the investigation, complained about him being rough during sex. Nothing came of the surveillance which included a wiretapped conversation between a prostitute and Francois, causing the police to mov on from Francois. Two months later, he struck again and over the next year had murdered eight women and stored their bodies in the attic. Finally, on September 1, 1988, Francois was strangling an abducted prostitute when she broke free and escaped his home. She led police back to the address and the police had finally caught their killer. To this day, police cannot explain how his sister and parents could continue to live in that house without knowing what he was up to and also put up with the overwhelming stench of decomposing bodies which permeated the entire house.