Beware of a person online named SLAVEMASTER-Truth! and Fiction!

  “SlaveMaster,” An Internet Killer who Prowls Via EmailTruth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor: 
An email said to be from the Maryland State Police warning directed toward women that says there is someone on the Internet who goes by the name of “SlaveMaster” and who contacts women online.  He is said to have killed 56 of them.
This is also other version of the story circulating with various other names identifying the killer.

The Truth:

At the time of our initial investigation there was a man in custody in Kansas who called himself “Slavemaster” and who was being investigated in connection with the deaths of five women in Kansas and Missouri, according to CNN.
There were not 56 victims, and he is no longer stalking victims on the Internet.
The killings were called “The Barrel Slayings” because the bodies of the victims were found in barrels.
Authorities in Kansas said John Edward Robinson was arrested in June, 2000, at his home in Olathe, Kansas.  Investigators said he toured the Internet for sadomasochistic sex and was arrested after two women told police that Robinson had brutalized them during an encounter in a Kansas hotel.
Robinson was found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection.   He is currently on death row at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Some of the other names that have been substitied for “Slavemaster” and circulated on the Internet include DreamWeaverGrey, SweetCaliGuy4evr, MonkeyMan, Monkeyman935, Jason Stallings, and Buc Vet.

Posted  1/2/08  Updated 10/01/13