Westley Allan Dodd (July 3, 1961 January 5, 1993) was a convicted American serial killer and child molester. He has been called 'one of the most evil killers in history'. His execution on January 5, 1993, was the first legal hanging (at his own request) in the United States since 1965. Westley Allan Dodd was born in Toppenish, Washington, on July 3, 1961. Unlike most serial killers, Dodd claimed he was never abused or neglected. He also reported that he grew up in a wealthy, happy family. However, The Seattle Times reported that Dodd described in a diary written during his imprisonment that his childhood did include pathnogenic experiences including enduring a father that was physically and verbally abusive, witnessing fights between his mother and father, and comporting an attempted suicide by his father. Dodd began sexually abusing children when he was a teenager; his first victims were his own cousins.
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