An 83-year-old man who was dubbed the "Lipstick Killer" after three murders in Chicago in the 1940s and who became Illinois longest-serving inmate has died. William Heirens died Monday after officials at Dixon Correctional Center found him unresponsive in his cell. An autopsy is planned. Heirens was a 17-year-old University of Chicago student and petty burglar when he confessed to the 1945 killings of two women and a 6-year-old girl. The child's remains were found scattered in Chicago's sewers. Investigators at one of the women's homes found a message scrawled in lipstick that read: "For heaven's sake, catch me before I kill more." Heirens later said he'd only confessed to avoid the electric chair.
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