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LOOKING FOR A SERIAL KILLER CAUGHT IN brevard county florida around 1972-73. He was in his early 20's but I don't recall his name. I knew his family in Titusville, someone sent me the newspaper clipping when he was caught. Maybe he murdered around 15 female hitchhikers around the Titusville area from around 1971-73. He was deemed insane by authorities. He had attended Brevard community college around 1970ish.

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Bernard Eugene Giles is his name.

I knew one of the victims. We went to school together and I remember my Mom taking her home after school functions, the year that she passed.  Ironically, I was told she was hitchhiking when Giles picked her up.  If memory serves, my friend had actually met him through waitressing in a local establishment.  I still think about her; it made me a more cautious person.

Bernard Eugene Giles, the orange grove murderer was convicted of killing 5 young women in the Titusville/ Brevard County area in the early 1970s. There is an extensive list of serial killers worldwide in the Wikipedia by number of known victims, which descends to 3 and Giles  is not listed. So much for the credibility of the Wikipedia. I thought about the case while reading the list and googled "Brevard Orange Grove Murders" and quickly came up with his name in newspaper articles of the day. I remember the murders going on before they were solved and learning over the years in the 1970's of 3 Baconesque connections to me (reference to the parlor game 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon), but didn't remember (probably forgotten) the case being solved or Giles' name. According to my friends and family at the time, none of whom knew each other: one of the bodies was found in my almost inlaw's (my stepfather's second wife's son) yard or grove (unclear which): another victim was a slightly older friend of mine's (Randy from Titusville) high school sweetheart (definitely true, but I don't remember any victim's names) & yet another tenuous connection to me were female acquaintances from the Titusville area where I hung out as a teenager, saying that he raped a friend (they told me her name back then but I don't even remember theirs now) but escaped (the articles mention rape victims & Giles being charged with them) & subsequently helped authorities catch him or at least identify him in a lineup. I grew up in Christmas, some 15 miles west of Titusville across the St. John's River. Population-wise, Florida was a lot smaller back then, a place where "everyone (seemed to) know everyone"

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