Hubert Geralds, Jr., 34, was convicted by a jury on November 14, 1997, of murdering six women in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The first victim, Rhonda King, 18, was found strangled to death on December 21, 1994. The last, Mary Blackman, 42, was found by Geralds’s sister, Angela, on June 17, 1995, in a trash bin behind a neighbor’s house. She contacted authorities, describing her brother as a drug addict who occasionally became violent when doing drugs, and Geralds was arrested. A seventh woman identified Geralds as the assailant who raped her on April 14, 1995, and from whom she narrowly escaped.
Under interrogation by police, Geralds confessed to all six murders. After the three week trial, the jury found nothing in mitigation to preclude imposition of the death penalty, and on January 9, 1998, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael P. Toomin sentenced Geralds to death.
On February 10, 2000, prosecutors moved to vacate the conviction for the King murder after a different serial killer, Andre Crawford, gave a credible confession to the King murder. Geralds remained on death row for the other five murders until January 11, 2003, when Governor George H. Ryan commuted his sentence, and those of more than 150 other death row prisoners, to life in prison without parole.
— Center on Wrongful Convictions