Case 62

The Honolulu Strangler

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Since the tourism boom of the 1950’s, the Hawaiian islands have been enticing tourists into their relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. From the early days, honeymooners and holidaymakers could arrive in droves, welcomed by smiling hula dancers with floral leis.

Hawaii is made up of 132 islands with a total area of six and a half thousand square miles. The Island of Oahu is home to the state’s Capital, Honolulu, and the famous Waikiki Beach. It has a large port, Army and Naval Bases and is home to Pearl Harbour.

In 1985, Oahu saw a huge influx of young adults migrate, often for the Army or Navy – and also due to the huge boom in telecommunications companies that had expanded into Hawaii.
The central years of that decade were an unusual period between the early eighties recession, and the stock market crash of 87′ – and the dark years that followed.

Like the mainland and much of the developed world, Hawaii was hit with high unemployment and financial stress in the early 80’s. Many hotels couldn’t survive, and some of the largest travel companies were forced to close. But during the mid-eighties, the economy shifted. During this small window, there was a temporary period of new growth. Although there had been a significant decline in tourism since the boom of the 50’s and 60’s, in the years 1985 and 1986, ten and a half million people visited the islands of Hawaii.

This boom period brought in huge Japanese investment and money started rolling in. The grand old hotels of the 50’s and 60’s were renovated and redeveloped, and the prime land was subdivided for golf resorts. In 1986 alone, Japanese investors spent between one and two billion dollars on property.

The resort development boom of the mid 80’s helped slow the unemployment rate which had spiked a few years earlier. But during this period, Hawaii also saw an increase in violent crime, rape and murder in particular. The Aloha state—with its swaying palm trees and mysterious rich volcanic landscape—was about to change. The laid-back paradise was about to experience a time of fear.

Time no one was prepared for…

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

MAP:

Map of the attacks

 

BOOK:

Honolulu Homicide: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise – Gary A. Dias and Robbie Dingeman

 

ARTICLES:

Serial Killer Case Still a Mystery – Hawaii News Now

Murder victim’s brother says revisiting cold case could finally lead to closure – KHON2

The Mystery Of Hawaii’s Honolulu Strangler Still Baffles People Today – Only In Your State

The following articles from the Honolulu Star Newspaper archives;

  • December 18th 1985
  • January 18th 1986
  • January 27th 1986
  • April 5th 1986
  • April 9th 1986
  • May 2nd 1986
  • May 4th 1986
  • May 6th 1986
  • May 10th 1986
  • May 14th 1986
  • January 1st 1987
  • September 3rd 2000
  • July 22nd 2001

 

VIDEOS:

Murder victim’s brother says revisiting cold case could finally lead to closure

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

The Snowman – New crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson

Suburbicon – New film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac

Casper – $50 off any mattress

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Since the tourism boom of the 1950’s, the Hawaiian islands have been enticing tourists into their relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. From the early days, honeymooners and holidaymakers could arrive in droves, welcomed by smiling hula dancers with floral leis.

Hawaii is made up of 132 islands with a total area of six and a half thousand square miles. The Island of Oahu is home to the state’s Capital, Honolulu, and the famous Waikiki Beach. It has a large port, Army and Naval Bases and is home to Pearl Harbour.

In 1985, Oahu saw a huge influx of young adults migrate, often for the Army or Navy – and also due to the huge boom in telecommunications companies that had expanded into Hawaii.
The central years of that decade were an unusual period between the early eighties recession, and the stock market crash of 87′ – and the dark years that followed.

Like the mainland and much of the developed world, Hawaii was hit with high unemployment and financial stress in the early 80’s. Many hotels couldn’t survive, and some of the largest travel companies were forced to close. But during the mid-eighties, the economy shifted. During this small window, there was a temporary period of new growth. Although there had been a significant decline in tourism since the boom of the 50’s and 60’s, in the years 1985 and 1986, ten and a half million people visited the islands of Hawaii.

This boom period brought in huge Japanese investment and money started rolling in. The grand old hotels of the 50’s and 60’s were renovated and redeveloped, and the prime land was subdivided for golf resorts. In 1986 alone, Japanese investors spent between one and two billion dollars on property.

The resort development boom of the mid 80’s helped slow the unemployment rate which had spiked a few years earlier. But during this period, Hawaii also saw an increase in violent crime, rape and murder in particular. The Aloha state—with its swaying palm trees and mysterious rich volcanic landscape—was about to change. The laid-back paradise was about to experience a time of fear.

Time no one was prepared for…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

MAP:

Map of the attacks

 

BOOKS:

Honolulu Homicide: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise – Gary A. Dias and Robbie Dingeman

 

ARTICLES:

Serial Killer Case Still a Mystery – Hawaii News Now

Murder victim’s brother says revisiting cold case could finally lead to closure – KHON2

The Mystery Of Hawaii’s Honolulu Strangler Still Baffles People Today – Only In Your State

The following articles from the Honolulu Star Newspaper archives;

  • December 18th 1985
  • January 18th 1986
  • January 27th 1986
  • April 5th 1986
  • April 9th 1986
  • May 2nd 1986
  • May 4th 1986
  • May 6th 1986
  • May 10th 1986
  • May 14th 1986
  • January 1st 1987
  • September 3rd 2000
  • July 22nd 2001

 

VIDEOS:

Murder victim’s brother says revisiting cold case could finally lead to closure

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

The Snowman – New crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson

Suburbicon – New film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac

Casper – $50 off any mattress

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