A convicted serial killer in California was found dead in his home after a month-long standoff with authorities.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives said Tuesday that 40-year-old James Edward “James” Durden of Los Angeles died after he was taken into custody early Tuesday.
Durden’s death was the latest in a string of homicides linked to his alleged crime ring, which began in 2008 and peaked in January when he killed seven women.
Durden was convicted of nine counts of first-degree murder in 2016, and he was convicted in two additional counts of kidnapping and kidnapping-in-possession of a minor in March 2017.
Authorities said that in October 2017, Durden abducted and killed his ex-girlfriend, who was 17 years old at the time.
Durden then abducted and sexually assaulted her for several months.
Durders alleged victims ranged in age from 13 to 80, and they were targeted for their physical appearance.
The slayings took place in L.A. County, including the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood, where Durden lived.
The killings also were linked to a man Durden killed in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley.
He had previously been convicted of murdering a woman in a nearby town.
Police said Durden was known to be an “active member” of a cult, but he was not believed to have committed the killings alone.
Duffers wife, Stephanie, was found murdered in the back of his car in June 2017.
She had been found beaten to death in her car, which was parked in front of a home.
He was charged with first-and-third-degree murders, kidnapping and burglary in the case, and pleaded not guilty in October.