Gerald Eugene Stano (September 12, 1951 March 23, 1998) was an American convicted serial killer. He killed at least 22 women; he confessed killing 41. He was born in Schenectady, New York. His given name at birth was Paul Zeininger. His natural mother neglected him to such an extent that when she finally gave him up for adoption when he was six months old, county doctors declared him unadoptable because he was functioning at what they described as 'an animalistic level', even ingesting his own faeces to survive. He was eventually adopted, however, by Norma Stano, a nurse, who renamed him Gerald Eugene Stano. By all accounts, the Stanos were loving parents, but discipeline problems nevertheless plagued their adopted son all his life. He earned C's and D's in all subjects in school (except music, at which he excelled). He was a bed wetter until the age of 10.
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