William Heirens Mug shot of William Heirens (2004) Background information Birth name William George Heirens Also known as The Lipstick Killer Born November 15, 1928 Evanston, Illinois Died March 5, 2012 (aged 83) Chicago, Illinois Sentence Life sentence with the possibility of parole. Killings Number of victims 3 Country U.S. State(s) Illinois Date apprehended June 26, 1946
William Heirens applied for release over 30 times during the 65 years he spent in prison, never wavering from his story of innocence. Born in 1928 and imprisoned for life in 1946, William Heirens became the longest serving prisoner in the United States prison system. With evidence which now suggests this was an innocent man, this is a horrifying realisation.
After the arrest of William Heirens, his name was released to the media who reported falsely that he had confessed to the Lipstick Killer crimes. The pressure of the media and the call for his execution was the main reason William Heirens claimed he falsely confessed to the murders one month later.