Joel Rifkin (born January 20, 1959) is an American serial killer convicted of the murders of nine women, mostly drug addicted prostitutes, from 1989 - 1993 in NYC. There were probably 17 or 18 victims in all.
Joel Rifkin was a quiet landscaper in NY. NYC, averaging 2K murders/yr., was unaware a serial killer was at work. He was caught in '93. While driving to dump his 17th vic, his license tag fell off and he was pulled over by passing police officer. The officer had no idea who he had apprehended or what he was about to find. The body had been decomposing in the trunk for 3 days. By nightfall, officials realized they'd caught the most prolific serial killer in NY history.