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Use your Lone Star email address to create an account via this link. Once you've made an account, you can go straight to the regular NYT site (nytimes.com) and log in as if you were a paying subscriber.
US Major Dailies provides access to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. The content is available by 8am each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1985.
There are certainly news articles accessible through Google, of course (though with our databases you don't have to worry so much about paywalls and monthly limits). Some tips for targeting your search:
Try searching the site of the killer's local newspapers (where they committed their crimes and/or were being tried, and maybe their hometown paper).
Search for court documents from the trial (assuming the killer was caught). Just "court documents [killer name]" will get you started. The case will probably be named something like Killer v. US or State.
The FBI probably has at least some info for US-based killers! You can search their site (or government sites more generally) by appending site:fbi.gov or just site:.gov to your Google search.
Top Article Databases for Scholarly Info
Digging Deeper As you ask the WHY questions on this topic you will want to dig deeper into the psycho-social aspects of your topic. What do the subject experts, the researchers, and the scholars say?
Scholarly sources and credible sources can be found in these collections. Articles from journals are usually scholarly. Articles from newspapers and magazines are examined for credibility. Some of the database collections allow you to limit for scholarly articles.
Centered on the discipline of law and legal topics, this collection provides articles from law journals that provide information for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world. Some news/magazine sources included as well.
A scholarly book, like a scholarly article, has more going on than just "nonfiction." A good sign of a scholarly book is to check the publisher to see if it's from a university press (e.g. University of Texas Press) or professional society (like the American Psychological Association). Scholarly books will also be much more diligent with their citations.
Scholarly and credible book: It provides a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the motivation and dynamics in a range of serial offenses. Part I of the book deals with the history, crucial issues, methods, theory, and treatment in the mainstream media. Part II discusses serial crime in detail, including bullying, stalking, rape, murder, and arson.
Credible but NOT scholarly book: Journalists Carlton Smith and Tomas Guillen covered the murders for the Seattle Times from day one, receiving a Pulitzer Prize nomination for their work. They wrote the first edition of this book before the police had their man. Revised after Ridgway’s conviction and featuring chilling photographs from the case, The Search for the Green River Killer is the ultimate authoritative account of the Pacific Northwest killing spree.
Explains connections between American culture and the incidence of serial murder, including reasons why most identified serial murderers are white, male Americans. It describes the omnipresence of serial murder in American media and investigates what it would take to decrease its occurrence.