HEART OF DARKNESS
From August 2005 to September 2006, residents of Phoenix lived in fear of a serial killer roaming the streets, terrorizing and striking without warning. Incidents of robbery, assault, kidnapping, and murder wove throughout central and southern parts of the city. The suspect was dubbed the "Baseline Killer" as the initial crimes occured near Baseline Road in south Phoenix. On September 4, 2006, Mark Goudeau was arrested in connection with the "Baseline Killer" crimes. Friends and neighbors described him as a loving husband and friendly neighbor who took pride in the care of his lawn. He was convicted of nine murders and given nine death sentences with more than 60 felony convictions, later upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016. This project traces the locations in the Phoenix Metro area where these incidents occurred and the timeline in which they unfolded.
After repeatedly claiming his innocence and wrongful arrest, despite evidence linked to the crimes found in his home, Mark Goudeau appealed his nine death sentences in October 2015. Goudeau had previously served 13 years in prison related to charges of aggravated assault, rape, and kidnapping. Goudeau's wife, Wendy Carr, has maintained his innocence throughout his arrest, trial, and conviction. Friends and family of Goudeau believe he was framed by the police.
In June 2016, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the convictions against Goudeau.