Anthony Joyner


Anthony Joyner


Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 6
Date of murders: January-July 1983
Date of birth: May 26, 1959
Victims profile: Elderly women, aged 80 to 92, at rest home where he worked
Method of murder: Suffocation
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison on May 5,1984

Between January and July 1983, six elderly women -- ranging from 80 to 92 years of age -- were raped and murdered at Philadelphia's Kearsley Home, the oldest nursing home in the United States.

An employee of the home, 22-year-old Anthony Joyner, was charged with the crime spree, convicted in May 1984 on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree. He was sentenced to a mandatory term of life imprisonment when jurors deadlocked over capital punishment in the penalty phase of his trial.

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Autopsy Finds Homicide In Nursing Home Death

August 10, 1983

An autopsy has revealed that a third woman who died at a Philadelphia rest home earlier this year had been raped and murdered, the authorities said.

Dr. Herbert Fillinger, an assistant medical examiner, said the examination showed that Kathryn Maxwell, 86 years old, had been suffocated.

Her body was found Feb. 12 in her room at the Kearsley Home, Christ Church Hospital.

A worker in the kitchen at the home has been charged with raping and killing two residents. The police have said it is likely he will be charged in connection with four more deaths.

Anthony Joyner, 24, is to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges he killed Eugenia Border, 90, and Mildred Alston, 83, whose bodies were found in their rooms last month.

Miss Maxwell's death, which occurred in a blizzard, had been attributed to a heart attack. Her body had been donated to science and was at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, awaiting use in an anatomy class, the police said.

Nursing home killings bring sentence of life

May 6, 1984

Anthony Joyner, convicted of raping and killing six elderly woman in a Philadelphia nursing home, escaped death in the electric chair today when a jury could not agree on the death penalty.

The Common Pleas Court jury deliberted about four hours before announcing it was deadlocked on whether Mr. Joyner, 22 years old, should be sentenced to death on his conviction in slayings of the women, aged 80 to 92, at the Kearsley Home.

Because of the deadlock, Judge Edwin Malmud imposed a sentence of life in prison.

Mr. Joyner, a Philadelphian, was convicted Friday on rape and murder charges in the deaths, which occured from January to July of last year.

The panel deliberated for eight hours over two days before convicting him of first-degree murder in five of the deaths and second-degree murder in one. He was also convicted of six counts each of rape and burglary.


MO: Rape-slayer of elderly women at rest home where he worked.

DISPOSITION: Life sentence, 1984.