Lorenzo Jerome Gilyard, Jr. (born May 24, 1950) is an American serial killer. A former trash company supervisor, Gilyard is alleged to have raped and murdered 13 women and girls from 1977 to 1993. He was convicted of six counts of murder on March 16, 2007. Gilyard's background was dysfunctional; his father, Lorenzo Gilyard (February 24, 1927 October 24, 1999) was convicted of rape in 1970, his brother Darryl E. (also Daryle E.) (born February 12, 1953) was convicted of a drug-related murder in 1989 and sentenced to life without parole, and his sister, Patricia D. Dixon (born July 20, 1958), a prostitute, was convicted of the murder of a customer in 1983 and served a 10-year sentence. In his teen years, Gilyard was known to bully and sometimes beat women. Most, if not all, of Gilyard's victims were prostitutes. All were found shoeless and dumped in secluded spots around Kansas City, Missouri.
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