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White claimed to have found inspiration for his first murder while watching Robocop 2: “The first girl I killed was from a ‘Robocop’ movie… I seen him cut somebody’s throat then take the knife and slit down the chest to the stomach and left the body in a certain position. With the first person I killed I did exactly what I saw in the movie.
This first killing took place on March 25, 1991—after White had been convicted of abducting a 16-year-old girl, but before he started his prison sentence—and police did not make the connection at the time. In a plea bargain that would later be heavily criticized, White had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for the abduction and would therefore be eligible for parole after just one year. White was paroled in April 1992 and returned to Orange County, New York.White’s first victim was the young niece of his girlfriend, whom he killed at the end of June, and he killed four others during the month of July. Angelina Hopkins’s sister, Cecilia, witnessed Hopkins and Whiteside leaving the Blue Note Tavern with four men on the night of their disappearance. Poughkeepsie police did not act on the missing person report as they did not have enough information about the men, so Cecilia and her mother continued investigating on their own.
The New York State Police began investigating on July 30, after the body of Adriane Hunter was found and authorities began to suspect it was related to the earlier disappearances and murders. On August 2, White returned to the Blue Note where Hopkins identified him and he was arrested.White confessed and led police to his dumping ground in Goshen on August 4.
White was arraigned by a grand jury on August 7 for the murder of Christine Klebbe. On September 9, the other five murders were added to the indictment.White was charged with six counts of second degree murder and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. White was convicted on all counts on April 14, 1993 and sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Berry to 150 years to life. His sentence began at Great Meadow Correctional Facility on May 27, 1993.
White’s case was cited by New York governor George Pataki in defense of his push to reinstate the death penalty.