Paul Durousseau

Paul Durousseau - Criminals, Family and Childhood

Violet FieldHome › AmericanPaul DurousseauAugust 11, 1970326 views

1 based on 1 rates
Paul Durousseau Biography Stories 

Paul Durousseau's Personal Details

Paul Durousseau is an American serial killer convicted of killing seven women

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 11, 1970
NationalityAmerican
FamousCriminals, Serial Killers
City/StateTexas
SpousesNatoca Durousseau (m. 1995)
Known asThe Jacksonville Strangler
Birth PlaceBeaumont
Height198
GenderMale
Sun SignLeo
Born inBeaumont
Famous asSerial Killer

// Famous Criminals

Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper is a convicted serial killer from America who murdered ten people. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, crimes and other facts about him.

Irma Grese

Irma Grese

Irma Grese was a notorious German Nazi concentration camp guard during the Second World War. This biography profiles her childhood, life, horrifying acts, death and other facts.

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri is the current leader of terrorist group al-Qaeda. This biography profiles his childhood, family, personal life, terror activities, and other facts.

Paul Durousseau's photo

Who is Paul Durousseau?

Paul Durousseau is an American serial killer convicted of killing seven women (including two who were pregnant) in the south-east United States between 1997 and 2003. He was initially sentenced to death which was later overturned. A native of Texas, Durousseau was raised by his mother on her own after his father deserted the family. He graduated from high school and later began working as a security guard. This was the time when he started committing offences as an adult. In November 1992, he decided to enlist in the US Army and was briefly stationed in Germany. He met his future wife there before he was dishonourably discharged for possession of stolen goods. He subsequently came back to the US and settled down with his wife in Florida. They had two children but their relationship was an abusive one. He was even jailed for 48 days for domestic battery in 2001. Despite having a criminal record, Durousseau managed to get jobs and maintained a persona that led people who knew him to refer to him as a “lewd womaniser”. The body of his first victim, Tracy Habersham, was found in September 1997. In the following six years, he killed six other women before getting arrested in June 2003. German authorities have stated that Durousseau might have murdered several local women while he was stationed there.

// Famous Serial Killers

Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper is a convicted serial killer from America who murdered ten people. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, crimes and other facts about him.

Karla Homolka

Karla Homolka

Karla Homolka is one of Canada’s most infamous female serial killers. Check out this biography to know more about her childhood, family, personal life, crimes committed, etc.

Gary Ridgway

Gary Ridgway

Gary Leon Ridgway is a dreaded American serial killer. This biography profiles his childhood, family life, crimes and timeline.

Childhood & Early Life

Paul Durousseau was born on August 11, 1970, in Beaumont, a city and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas. His parents never married and not long after his birth, his father deserted the family. He then went to stay with his mother’s family in Los Angeles. He faced many problems and got into trouble with the law often. Besides this, very little information is available on his childhood and early life.

He graduated from high school and got a job as a security guard at the age of 19. As an adult, he committed his first offence on December 18, 1991, when he was apprehended for carrying a firearm in California. He was arrested again for the same offence about a month later, on January 21, 1992.

Military Career

Paul Durousseau joined the US Army in November 1992 was later sent to Germany. There, he started a relationship with Natoca Spann, a soldier who was also stationed in Germany at the time. They got married in 1995 in Las Vegas. A year later, he was transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia.

He was arrested for kidnapping and raping a young woman in Georgia on March 13, 1997, but was later acquitted of those charges in a court-martial. However, he faced the military court again in January 1999, this time for possession of stolen goods. Durousseau was subsequently court-martialed, found guilty and dishonourably discharged from the army.

Return to the US & Domestic Violence

Paul Durousseau and his wife returned to the US and settled down in Jacksonville, Florida. They had two daughters. While he did find jobs quite frequently, he failed to keep any of them for a long period. He was employed as a school bus driver and an animal control worker in 2001 despite his history. In 2003, he found work as a taxi driver in Jacksonville.

It is generally agreed now that Durousseau met most of his victims while working as a taxi driver. Although the media reported that Gator City Taxi Company, which hired Durousseau, had failed to run a background check on him, this is not true. It was the city’s responsibility to do so and they are ones who issued him a taxi driver permit.

Durousseau and his wife frequently fought about the financial issues and the fights often turned violent. The authorities suggested that Natoca should seek a restraining order against her husband. During her testimony, Natoca told the court that Durousseau would get violently angry every time she mentioned divorce. Between September and October 2001, Durousseau was sent to jail for 48 days for domestic battery.

During the investigation and afterwards, his neighbours and friends characterized him as a “lewd womaniser”. He went about asking young women when they would “make flicks” with him. A witness even stated that he had seen Durousseau trying to flirt with a girl who looked to be just 13 or 14 years old.

The Murders

The naked body of 26-year-old Tracy Habersham was discovered in Fort Benning a month after Durousseau was acquitted of rape charges, on September 7, 1997. According to reports, she had gone missing about 48 hours earlier after attending a party. Subsequent investigations revealed the signs of rape and that she had been strangled to death with a cord. Durousseau, however, was not one of the suspects in this investigation. It was only after a DNA testing that he was linked to the murder and after his arrest, he made a full confession.

His second victim was 24-year-old Tyresa Mack, whom he raped and killed in her own apartment in 1999. There were witnesses who placed him on the scene, leaving her apartment with a TV. He was apprehended by the police in 2001 for raping a woman in Jacksonville. Durousseau served 30 days in jail and two years’ probation.

On December 17, 2002, the police were informed that 18-year-old Nicole L. Williams had gone missing. Two days later, her body was discovered at the bottom of a ditch in Jacksonville, wrapped in a blue blanket.

By late December 2002, the family of 19-year-old Nikia Kilpatrick was worried as they had not heard from her in several days. On January 1, 2003, they visited her place to find her dead in her bedroom. She had two sons, an eleven-month-old and a two-year-old. They were discovered in the apartment as well, malnourished but alive. At the time of her death, she was six months into her third pregnancy.

Durousseau‘s next victim was 20-year-old Shawanda Denise McCalister, a nurse assistant who was also pregnant. She was raped and murdered in her own apartment. There were other similarities with Kilpatrick’s murder, for instance, the scene of the crime was almost identical in the two places. He killed her on his first day at his new job as a taxi driver. Her body was discovered a day later, on 10 January.

On 5 February, the remains of 17-year-old Jovanna Jefferson and 19-year-old Surita Cohen were found in a ditch next to a construction site on New Kings Road, Jacksonville. The authorities estimated that Durousseau killed Jefferson around 20 January and Cohen about 10 days later. According to several witnesses, a taxi driver matching Durousseau’s features was seen with the victims before either of them was reported missing.

Arrest, Conviction & Sentencing

As the investigation into the killings progressed, the authorities discovered several connections between them and Durousseau. The DNA evidence, fibre analysis, and the cab and cell phone records all linked Durousseau to the victims and the murders.

The fibres from the blue blanket in which Williams’ body was wrapped matched the ones found in Durousseau’s home. The police found jewellery that once belonged to Surita and Jovanna in his car and the girls’ cell phone records revealed that they had rung him before they went missing.

Furthermore, there were several similarities that linked the murders. All the victims were African American women and in most of these cases, the killer’s modus operandi was very unique and similar, as the murders were committed with cords such as extension or coaxial cable cords. According to Sheriff Nat Glover, the killer had created a particular type of slipknot with cords which he was using to kill the women.

On June 17, 2003, Durousseau was arrested and charged with five counts of first degree murder. The victims who were named on the charge sheet were Nikia Kilpatrick, Shawanda McAlister, Nicole Williams, Surita Cohen and Jovanna Jefferson. Moreover, he was also charged with two counts of child abuse against Kilpatrick’s two sons.

Soon after his arrest, he was linked to Habersham’s murder because of DNA evidence. In August, he was found to have killed Tyresa Mack as well, for whose murder he eventually received the death sentence by lethal injection on December 13, 2007.

The German authorities believe that he had killed several women in the country while he was stationed there. The law enforcement in Georgia reasserted their claim that he had indeed committed the woman’s murder near Fort Benning in 1997 for which he had been earlier acquitted.

He was held at Florida’s death row at Union Correctional Institution. In January 2017, his death sentence was overturned by the US Supreme Court after the trial jury was unable to provide a unanimous verdict. The split on the death sentence was 10-2.

// Famous Leo Celebrities peoples

Payton Moormeier

Payton Moormeier

Payton Moormeier is an American social-media personality best known for his musical.ly videos. Check out this family, personal life, etc.

Grian

Grian

Grian is an English YouTube gamer and social media influencer. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Kristina Sunshine Jung

Kristina Sunshine Jung

Kristina Sunshine Jung is an American entrepreneur and actor, better known as the daughter of drug-smuggler George Jung and his ex-wife, Mirtha Jung.

Paul Durousseau biography timelines

  • // 11th Aug 1970
    Paul Durousseau was born on August 11, 1970, in Beaumont, a city and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas. His parents never married and not long after his birth, his father deserted the family. He then went to stay with his mother’s family in Los Angeles. He faced many problems and got into trouble with the law often. Besides this, very little information is available on his childhood and early life.
  • // 18th Dec 1991 To 21st Jan 1992
    He graduated from high school and got a job as a security guard at the age of 19. As an adult, he committed his first offence on December 18, 1991, when he was apprehended for carrying a firearm in California. He was arrested again for the same offence about a month later, on January 21, 1992.
  • // Nov 1992 To 1995
    Paul Durousseau joined the US Army in November 1992 was later sent to Germany. There, he started a relationship with Natoca Spann, a soldier who was also stationed in Germany at the time. They got married in 1995 in Las Vegas. A year later, he was transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • // 1997
    The German authorities believe that he had killed several women in the country while he was stationed there. The law enforcement in Georgia reasserted their claim that he had indeed committed the woman’s murder near Fort Benning in 1997 for which he had been earlier acquitted.
  • // 13th Mar 1997 To Jan 1999
    He was arrested for kidnapping and raping a young woman in Georgia on March 13, 1997, but was later acquitted of those charges in a court-martial. However, he faced the military court again in January 1999, this time for possession of stolen goods. Durousseau was subsequently court-martialed, found guilty and dishonourably discharged from the army.
  • // 7th Sep 1997
    The naked body of 26-year-old Tracy Habersham was discovered in Fort Benning a month after Durousseau was acquitted of rape charges, on September 7, 1997. According to reports, she had gone missing about 48 hours earlier after attending a party. Subsequent investigations revealed the signs of rape and that she had been strangled to death with a cord. Durousseau, however, was not one of the suspects in this investigation. It was only after a DNA testing that he was linked to the murder and after his arrest, he made a full confession.
  • // 1999 To 2001
    His second victim was 24-year-old Tyresa Mack, whom he raped and killed in her own apartment in 1999. There were witnesses who placed him on the scene, leaving her apartment with a TV. He was apprehended by the police in 2001 for raping a woman in Jacksonville. Durousseau served 30 days in jail and two years’ probation.
  • // 2001 To 2003
    Paul Durousseau and his wife returned to the US and settled down in Jacksonville, Florida. They had two daughters. While he did find jobs quite frequently, he failed to keep any of them for a long period. He was employed as a school bus driver and an animal control worker in 2001 despite his history. In 2003, he found work as a taxi driver in Jacksonville.
  • // Oct 2001
    Durousseau and his wife frequently fought about the financial issues and the fights often turned violent. The authorities suggested that Natoca should seek a restraining order against her husband. During her testimony, Natoca told the court that Durousseau would get violently angry every time she mentioned divorce. Between September and October 2001, Durousseau was sent to jail for 48 days for domestic battery.
  • // Dec 2002 To 1st Jan 2003
    By late December 2002, the family of 19-year-old Nikia Kilpatrick was worried as they had not heard from her in several days. On January 1, 2003, they visited her place to find her dead in her bedroom. She had two sons, an eleven-month-old and a two-year-old. They were discovered in the apartment as well, malnourished but alive. At the time of her death, she was six months into her third pregnancy.
  • // 17th Dec 2002
    On December 17, 2002, the police were informed that 18-year-old Nicole L. Williams had gone missing. Two days later, her body was discovered at the bottom of a ditch in Jacksonville, wrapped in a blue blanket.
  • // 17th Jun 2003
    On June 17, 2003, Durousseau was arrested and charged with five counts of first degree murder. The victims who were named on the charge sheet were Nikia Kilpatrick, Shawanda McAlister, Nicole Williams, Surita Cohen and Jovanna Jefferson. Moreover, he was also charged with two counts of child abuse against Kilpatrick’s two sons.
  • // 13th Dec 2007
    Soon after his arrest, he was linked to Habersham’s murder because of DNA evidence. In August, he was found to have killed Tyresa Mack as well, for whose murder he eventually received the death sentence by lethal injection on December 13, 2007.
  • // Jan 2017
    He was held at Florida’s death row at Union Correctional Institution. In January 2017, his death sentence was overturned by the US Supreme Court after the trial jury was unable to provide a unanimous verdict. The split on the death sentence was 10-2.

// Famous American peoples

Jason Simpson

Jason Simpson

Jason Simpson is the son of former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O. J. Simpson. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, life, and little known facts about him.

Melissa Brim

Melissa Brim

Melissa Brim is the ex-girlfriend of former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller is an American actor and screenwriter who achieved recognition for his role in the TV series ‘Prison Break’.

Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson is an American child actress with huge fan following. Find more about her family & personal life, relationships, facts and more.

Zoe LaVerne

Zoe LaVerne

Zoe LaVerne is an American musical.ly star. Check out this biography to know more about her family, personal life, including her age, birthday, etc.

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is a Christian author and speaker. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

Paul Durousseau's FAQ

  • What is Paul Durousseau birthday?

    Paul Durousseau was born at 1970-08-11

  • Where is Paul Durousseau's birth place?

    Paul Durousseau was born in Beaumont

  • What is Paul Durousseau nationalities?

    Paul Durousseau's nationalities is American

  • Who is Paul Durousseau spouses?

    Paul Durousseau's spouses is Natoca Durousseau (m. 1995)

  • How tall is Paul Durousseau?

    Paul Durousseau's height is 198

  • What is Paul Durousseau's sun sign?

    Paul Durousseau is Leo

  • How famous is Paul Durousseau?

    Paul Durousseau is famouse as Serial Killer