On Monday Francisco Acevedo, 43, was found guilty of killing three New York women more than 15 years ago.
He had not ever been a suspect in the murders. The police had looked at over 100 suspects and Acevedo was not one of them.
Maria Ramos, 26, of the Bronx, killed in February 1989; Tawana Hodges, 28, also of the Bronx, killed in March 1991, and Kimberly Moore, 30, of Greenburgh, was killed in May 1996. Each woman was found strangled, naked, bound at the hands and facing upward.
All of the murders were linked to each other by DNA but there was no sample on record to lead detectives to a suspect.
Then in 2009 Acevedo wanted parole. He was in prison on a drunk driving charge. Part of his optional parole application was a DNA sample. He gave the sample hoping to get out of prison. I am not sure if he was counting on luck, police incompetence or what when he gave that sample. Did he just forget about the 3 woman he killed? Happily this was not his lucky day.
Acevedo will be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2012.
Thank the Gods that the myth about serial killers all being smart like Hannibal Lecture are NOT true.