Serial Killer in Tampa Bay Area Caught After DNA Testing

The case of Tony Ables

Dani Erinn
3 min readSep 10, 2022

Born on December 28th, 1954, Tony Alvin Ables killed a man in cold blood when he was just fifteen years old.

Not much is known about the early life of Tony, but while this was his first murder, it would not be his last. Here is what we know about the four murders that initially got him the death penalty.

Tony Ables. Image from Wikipedia.

First murder

Tony committed a robbery in 1970 in St. Petersburg, Florida when he was fifteen years old. During the robbery, he killed an innocent man. Shortly after, Tony was apprehended and put on trial. Tony pled guilty to first-degree murder in March of 1970 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Obviously, that didn’t stick because he went on to kill three more victims.

Tony was released after 12 years in 1983 because the justice system is stupid. He got a job as a construction worker but remained on parole after being released.

Second murder

It took Tony precisely six months after being released to decide he wanted to kill again. On June 25th that year, he broke into the apartment of an 83-year-old woman named Adeline McLaughlin. The woman was a retired widow from Massachusetts who lived alone.



Dani Erinn

I love writing true crime and fascinating stories about humans.