Joseph Christopher (b. 1955) was an American serial killer who was active from September 22, 1980 until his arrest on May 10, 1981. He was known as the '.22-Caliber Killer' and the 'Midtown Slasher.' It is believed that he killed twelve individuals and wounded numerous others, almost all of them African American with one Hispanic male. The motivation behind the attacks is generally accepted to be deep pathological racism. Christopher's homicidal rampage began on September 22, 1980 when he was twenty-five. Christopher started his crimes by shooting African American men while they went about their daily duties, striking in the middle of the day, and into the night with sometimes more than five murders in one day. However, Christopher changed his modus operandi midway through his onslaught of terror by choosing a knife as his weapon, stabbing his victims to death and cutting the heart out of two of his victims.
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