Archive for January, 2012

Serial Killer Was Nice and Friendly

More in formation is coming out about Loujack Nougues Café . Some of  it is quite contradictory.

A neighbor of victim George Washington Burnett remembers Loujack from the area in an interview.

Adam Bomberry knew the young man as RJ and believed he was a friend of Burnett. His wife Angel, who often brought the 82-year-old Stirton Street man food and did his laundry, said the young man was seen in the neighbourhood all the time, sometimes on a bike, and described him as “quiet and friendly.”

That’s why they were shocked when the saw a picture of the young man on TV — the man who Hamilton police say killed Burnett and a well-known panhandler and is the random stabber who terrorized central Hamilton late last year.

The Bomberrys also recall the accused showing up at their home, which is across the street from Burnett’s, when police were searching the crime scene last September.

“He asked permission to come on our property,” Adam Bomberry said, adding the young man was polite and wanted to know what happened.

“He looked like he was concerned, that’s all. I’d seen him conversing with George. I thought they were friends.”

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It is common for serial killers to be around crime scenes, they like to immerse themselves into their crimes in as many ways as possible.

Another article paints a very different view of Loujack from the statement above.

He calls himself Apollyon Vetis Mastema. King of the Demons of Hell.

And he is accused of being a serial killer.

His real name is Loujack Nougues Café and he is charged with fatally stabbing two people — leaving a knife in the throat of George Washington Burnett, who was found in his own bed, and dumping the body of Laura Young in a back alley snowbank. He is also charged with randomly knifing three pedestrians on the sidewalks of our city. Those attacks — perhaps even more so than the murders — sent a chill over the community for nearly three months.

Café’s Facebook pages paint a portrait of a man interested in demonology, gangstas and Marxism.

On one page The Spectator has learned belongs to Café, he draws from a lexicon of demon names from various cultures and dubs himself Apollyon Vetis Mastema and “Hansom Dvil” (sic).

One photo of Café, digitally manipulated, shows him with red eyes, blood dripping from his mouth, a pitchfork-carrying devil on his shoulder and two handguns placed near his head in a way that evokes horns.

Words superimposed on the doctored photo say “Blood King,” “Blood Killa 666,” “Great Original Devil (GOD)” and “Beast Blood.”

Rap lyrics on the page say “Redrum/Pouring out some redrum for my fall soldiers/Tdot (sic) eastside Scartown to downtown redtown/Regent Park, the Parkers/It ain’t just pouring liquor it’s repaying with murder.”

Redrum is murder spelled backwards.

Café is facing two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Photos and more information here.

Two sides of the same coin. 

Louisiana Serial Killer’s Art For Sale

BY KORAN ADDO Westside bureau January 30, 2012



Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee has artwork for sale online with at least one drawing selling a day afterit was posted on the site.

A colored pencil drawing of a panda bear eating bamboo is selling for $75 and another colored pencil drawing of two swans against a sunset backdrop,which is listed as “out of stock,” were both posted on, a crime memorabilia website started by Jacksonville, Fla., husband and wife,Eric and Jessika Gein.

The site offers certificates of authenticity for the locks of hair, artwork,Christmascards and other personaleffects provided to the site by convicted killers.

But, without an explanation, Lee’s drawings and a letter he wrote — that was on sale for $30 — were removed Friday from the website’s main page. The drawings, however,were still available on the website’s online store Sunday evening.

Although a disclaimer says the cannibals, mass shooters and serialkillers promoted onthe website don’t profit from the items they submit, records from aninmate services website, called JPay, show that since January 2010 co-founder Jessika Gein has sent installments totaling $700 to at least six convicted murderers nationwide,including a $20 payment to Lee earlier this month.

During a telephone interview last week,Gein denied sending money to inmates. She also said she has never directly corresponded with Lee. Prison authorities, however, said they have records disputing those claims.

Louisiana doesn’t have a law preventing inmates from profiting from their notoriety, but authorities at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola launched an investigation Wednesday into whether Lee violated prison policy by mailing items he knew were going to be sold,and whether he expected to profit from their sale.

Lee, 43, was sentenced to death in 2004 for the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Baton Rouge resident Charlotte Murray Pace. He is also serving a life sentence for the murder of Geralyn DeSoto, 21,of Addis. Authoritieshave identified him as a suspect in the murders of five other south Louisiana women between 1998 and 2003.

May 31 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Pace’s murder. Her mother, Ann Pace, reacted Friday to Lee’s most recent pursuit.

“It’s like we can never be rid of him. Like he reaches out from some dark place and stabs you in the heart. Who in the name of heaven buys these things,” she asked. “It’s like it sucks the breath out of you and takes you back to such a dark place.”

Jessika Gein,29, who said she used to work in real estate,and her husband, Eric, 42, a graphic designer, launched in 2008 after years of corresponding with inmates.

The couple’s shared interest inthe macabre led them into what’s she called “murderabilia”or the murder memorabilia industry, she said. They run their website full-time.

“A lot of serial killers enjoy doing art. It’sa nice outlet for them,” Gein said. “We found out there’s a strong market for this stuff. We have a very broad range of customers: doctors, lawyers, soccer moms; you name it.”

Gein said she and her husband each correspond with about 50 inmates at any given time.

“I genuinely have an interest in these people,” Jessika Gein said. “I have questionsto ask them. If they seem like a person I’d like to get to know, I’ll pick up a pen and write to them.”

Gein said a friend of Lee’s approached her a few months ago, offering to sell the killer’s artwork. She declined to say how much she paid.

Gein said she knew the artwork was authentic because it arrived signed and dated by Lee in an envelope with Angola’s address on it. The envelope also had a death row stamp on the front, she said.

Gein posted the items on her website two weeks ago. The drawing of the swans sold in one day, she said.

Jessika Gein said she and her husband don’t put too much thought into how their business affects crime victims.

“I’m not really thinking about the victims. We don’t go out of our way to advertise our website; it’s for certain people who are looking for the kinds of things we sell,” she said. “We’re not out to hurt feelings,but feelings do get hurt.”

Angola WardenBurlCain said investigators spoke to Lee on Thursday after learning his artwork had been posted online.

Lee admitted mailing his drawings to Gein, but indicated that he didn’t know they were going to be sold, Cain said.

Lee, one of 80 offenders on death row at Angola,spends 23 hours a day in his cell. Death row inmates are given sketch pads, colored-pencils and glue to keep themselves busy. They are allowed — with some restrictions — to mail their drawings and letters to whom they choose, Cain said.

“It looks like the website scammed him; they’re horrible people,” Cain said. “He was being nice because she was flirty. He didn’t have a clue they were going to be sold. This is appalling to us because we have to think of the victims. Victims trump in our business.”

Col. Bobby Achord, head of  investigations at Angola, said Gein sent Lee a Christmas card in December to which the inmate responded, hoping to establish a penpal relationship.

Identifying herself as Jessika Miller, Gein sent Lee another note on Jan. 5 with a picture of a blonde woman and wired $20 to his prison account using JPay.

A portion of Gein’s letter to Lee reads: “I’m sorry to hear about you not being able to send pictures, some people have to ruin it for everyone, I guess… I’m glad you took the time to write me back! I’d like some of your art you speak about. Thanks for letting me know that you can accept JPay. I sent $20 to your account.”

Lee mailed his drawings to Gein shortly after receiving the note, Achord said.

While Lee may have violated state Department of Corrections rules,there is no Louisiana law preventing him from earning money from his drawings.

A deadline also has passed for Lee’s victims’ families to seek compensation through the state’s victims reparations statute.

East Baton Rouge Parish First Assistant District Attorney Prem Burnssaid the statute allows relatives of murdered victims to apply for up to $25,000 from a convicted offender within one year of the conviction being finalized,or once the state Supreme Court denies a defendant’s first application for appeal.

“There really isn’t any law in Louisiana stopping someone like Derrick Todd Lee from doing this,”Burns said. “It’s offensive and I would think one of our legislators would want to address this.”


I agree that convicts should not be able to profit from their crimes. I am still against banning all murderablilia, I just do not know how regulations would work or what kind of nets can b put into place to make sure the killers are not making the money.

I also think that the law restricting how long a family has to collect or file for compensation from a criminal has to be changed. 1 year is way way to short. Actually there should never be a deadline. A judge should set the compensation and it should have to be paid off, no time limits.
As far as Lee being taken advantage of, ha! I hope that was not supposed to make me feel bad for him.

Another Canadian Serial Killer

Hamilton police have charged an alleged serial killer with the murders of two people and the random stabbings of three others last year.

Loujack Nougues Café, 25, of no fixed address, was arrested Friday in and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Laura Young, 37, was the first victim, found stabbed to death just after 9 a.m. dumped in a snowbank behind 116 Cathcart St. on Feb. 16. She was a well-known panhandler in the downtown, whose death sparked a community-organized vigil.

Her mom, Fay McPhail, said she was “smiling” and “happy” when police came to her home to share news of the arrest. But when she found out he is charged in four subsequent attacks she was horrified but not surprised her daughter’s alleged killer may have struck again.

McPhail calls Young her “angel.”

It was seven months after Young’s murder, on Sept 6., that George Washington Burnett, 82, was found lying in his bed, with a knife in his neck, at 55 Stirton St. His son David and concerned friends had come to check on him and found his body.

The next three attacks took place between Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, when three people were randomly stabbed on city streets. Police had been looking for a “random stabber” associated with all three incidents.

“I believe it’s probably a relief in our neighbourhood,” said Adam Bomberry of the arrest. Bomberry kept an eye on Burnett along with his wife Angel, bringing him food and doing his laundry.

“Every day I look across the street and think of my friend.”

A member of Burnett’s family reached by The Spectator did not recognize Café’s name.

The random stabbing caused widespread fear among many in central Hamilton, as police had warned residents to be vigilant.

Staff Sgt. Steve Hrab would not comment on how Café allegedly chose his victims.

Hrab said police continue to believe Burnett’s murder “wasn’t a random act.”

McPhail said her daughter didn’t know Café.

The arrest happened after police received new information in the last 48 hours, Hrab said.

Café briefly appeared by phone in a Hamilton courtroom Saturday morning. He spoke quickly and clearly, with no emotion, indicating that he understood the charges against him.



Tracy Edwards Gets Prison Sentence

Tracy Edwards, the man who two decades ago helped police capture one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer, was sentenced to prison on Monday for involvement in a fight that led to the death of a homeless man.

A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge sentenced Edwards to one and a half years in prison and two years of extended supervision after the 52-year-old pleaded guilty to aiding a felon.

Edwards and two other homeless men were involved in an argument on July 26, and one of the men fell from a bridge into the Milwaukee River and drowned.

The other homeless man, Timothy Carr, 45, was sentenced to four years in prison and five years extended supervision last week after pleading guilty to recklessly endangering the victim.

Carr is a convicted felon after pleading guilty to a drug charge in 2006.

Twenty years ago, Milwaukee police found Edwards, half naked and partially handcuffed, in the street near Dahmer’s apartment. Edwards told police he had just escaped Dahmer’s apartment and led them back there.

Police arrested Dahmer that evening after finding body parts in his refrigerator and human remains throughout his apartment.

Dahmer, who is believed to have raped, killed and dismembered as many as 17 boys and men, often having sex with their remains before eating them, was later convicted of 15 murders. Dahmer died in prison in 1994.

Edwards, according to court records, has had several run-ins with the law involving drugs over the years.



Hunting the West Mesa Serial Killer AMW

More Stupidity From the Speed Freak Killers

Loren Herzog, a parolee,  hanged himself on Monday in his trailer outside the gates of the High Desert State Prison in Susanville. Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla said he had a phone conversation with Herzog that same day, warning the paroled killer to hire an attorney because Shermantine was promising to lead investigators to bodies and was planning to pin their murders on Herzog. “There’s a certain way to do things with felons,” Padilla said. “I didn’t want this to come as a surprise to him.”

Authorities found Herzog dead inside his Lassen County trailer hours later. Herzog is believed to have hanged himself in his state-issued trailer just outside the gates of the High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

“I told him I was communicating with Shermantine,” said Padilla, who agreed to pay Shermantine a little more than $30,000 if bodies were found. “He knew what was coming down the road.”

Padilla said he hoped to recoup the payment through outstanding rewards offered by the state of California for information on the missing. The state is offering at least $200,000 combined for finding at least four people suspected of being murder victims of the pair. Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon said “all evidence indicates” that Herzog’s death was a suicide. Growdon said Herzog left a note, but he declined to disclose details other than to say the note was meant for his family and “made no reference to his criminal history, crime victims, etc.” Herzog was married with three children.  

 Investigators believe Herzog and Shermantine killed as many as 19 people during a methamphetamine spree in the 1980s and 1990s. The two were dubbed the “Speed Freak Killers” when arrested in 1999. Each blamed the other for masterminding the murders. Shermantine is on death row after he was convicted of killing four, including 16-year-old Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler in 1985. In letters to the Stockton Record, Shermantine has promised to lead authorities to the bodies of Wheeler, Cyndi Vanderheiden and a covered well holding at least 10 more bodies.

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I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of Herzog getting that call, realising that he was about to be busted again and then hanging himself. I hope him bladder slipped a bit before he hung the phone up.

In my opinion I am doubting that Shermantine will really give up any information. I mean there is still a chance that Shermantine will talk. I just have a feeling that money will not be enough of a motivator, he really wanted to get even with Herzog. Herzog is now dead which leaves only the money.

SAN FRANCISCO — It was dubbed Operation Closure in hopes that a serial killer on Death Row would finally lead authorities to where at least a dozen bodies were buried decades ago, ending the torment of families who still wonder about their missing loved ones.

Prison officials had mapped out a route from San Quentin State Prison to the Central Valley and assigned a well-armed security detail to travel with Wesley Shermantine, one half of the notorious “Speed Freak Killers” who terrorized the region in the 1980s and 90s. An FBI forensics unit was prepared to excavate the graves after the clandestine search planned for Wednesday in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties.

Then, San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore brought the operation to a screeching halt, complaining he was left out of the planning and that he had concerns with the security measures and Shermantine’s credibility.

Sherriff Steve Moore sounds like a whiny ass. He stopped it because they did not involve him? What the hell is that?  I would think those putting up the money should be the ones worrying about credibility and I am pretty sure that the FBI had a plan for some kind of security. Oh wait! Look at that, they did.

It is a scarry thought that this insecure, petty and immature man is in anyway in charge of others.

On Friday, Moore signed on to the plan after meeting with federal, state and local officials in his Stockton office. Moore, San Joaquin District Attorney James Willet and Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz will co-write a letter to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to formally request prison officials transport Shermantine to the region “to pinpoint possible burial sites in the near future.”

But now there’s concern that Shermantine may change his mind. Those involved in the initial planning are disappointed they couldn’t go through with the planned search Wednesday and are fearful the opportunity may have been lost.

“Everything was set to go,” said retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek, who was intimately involved in the planning process and opened negotiations with Shermantine on Saturday during a San Quentin visit. Two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials joined Rinek in interviewing Shermantine, and the trio secured details about three locations from him.

“It was really going well,” Rinek said. “Then Moore single-handedly shot everything down.”

I wonder how much Herzog’s death effected the deal.

San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department spokesman Les Garcia declined to discuss Rinek’s comments Friday. On Wednesday, Garcia said Moore was concerned the original plan was “half-cocked” and that the sheriff wanted to “slow things down” to ensure Shermantine couldn’t escape once he was removed from Death Row.

Because he single handedly has more knowledge, experience and expertise on transporting dangerous prisoners than the FBI has.

Rinek said his involvement in the case began when an FBI agent asked him in December to check out Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla’s claims that Shermantine was divulging locations of missing bodies. Padilla is offering Shermantine a little more than $30,000 for the information with plans to collect some $200,000 in state of California rewards. Rinek had a good relationship with Padilla, who he said helped find a missing infant during his time with the FBI.

Rinek said Shermantine wants to disclose the locations for two reasons. He wants the money to pay off an $18,000 restitution order that prevents him from buying the limited luxuries like candy bars that inmates with money in their accounts can afford. He also said he want to buy headstones for his deceased parents. Shermantine also appears motivated by the fact that his partner in crime didn’t contact him when he was paroled.

So I guess that there is a small chance that he will talk. He is not able to buy stuff for himself so maybe that will be enough? His own ‘discomfort’. I am sure that he wishes that he could still ‘get even” with Herzog though.

This isn’t the first time Shermantine has offered to disclose the locations of bodies. Shermantine has reneged on a promise to do so in 2001 and has made other unfulfilled offers through the years, another reason the San Joaquin County sheriff cited for throwing a monkey wrench into the initial search plans.

The families supported this even though they no longer have any faith that Shermantine will devulge any truthful or helpful information, they still wanted to give it a try.

 Moore was more worried about himself. He was not worried about anything other than he wanted to be included in the history reports if Shermantine did say anything.

Rinek said he told Shermantine on Saturday that this had to be the last discussion of the bodies’ locations.

“You have been torturing victims’ families for 20 years,” Rinek said he told Shermantine. “It has to stop.”

Family members of Shermantine’s and Herzog’s victims agree, including the mother of 16-year-old Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler. Shermantine was convicted of killing Wheeler even though her body was never found. Shermantine said Saturday that he would lead investigators to Wheeler’s grave, which he said is on property in remote Calaveras County once owned by his parents.

“He has taken us on an emotional roller coaster for 26 years,” Paula Wheeler said in a phone interview from her home in Crossville, Tenn. “I’m sick and tired of it.”

Nonetheless, Wheeler said she supports transporting Shermantine to the area for a search.

“Grab him while the grabbing’s good and drive him down there,” Wheeler said. “I want to bring Chevy home.

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I hope that the families find the bodies and are able to finally close that chapter. It has been way too long.

One last thing on the suicide.



For one family, the news of serial killer Loren Herzog’s death, even by suicide, means justice has been served.


However, John Vanderheiden, of San Joaquin County, said he wants to see either Herzog’s body or autopsy photos for full proof the man — who is responsible for his daughter Cyndi’s 1998 death — is dead.


“I really would like to see him personally to see if he’s really dead. And if it is him, and if he is dead, I would say justice has been served because he should’ve been dead a long time ago,” Vanderheiden said.


Vanderheiden said he is even willing to drive the four hours to Susanville.


“I would definitely take the time to come up and confirm his death,” he said.


Serial Killers Can Spend Life In Prison

Britain’s most dangerous and notorious criminals can be kept behind bars for the rest of their lives, European judges have ruled.

North Wales serial killer Peter Moore and two other convicted murderers lost their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that whole-life tariffs condemning prisoners to die in jail amounted to “inhuman or degrading treatment”.

The whole-life tariff is not “grossly disproportionate” and in each case London’s High Court had “decided that an all-life tariff was required, relatively recently and following a fair and detailed consideration”, the judges ruled.

Moore, who ran a theatre and cinema, was convicted of four counts of murder in 1996 after killing four gay men for his sexual gratification.

Dubbed “the man in black”, Moore’s first victim was Henry Roberts, 56, stabbed to death at his home in Anglesey in September 1995.

The next, Edward Carthy, 28, was stabbed and buried in a forest after meeting Moore in a gay bar.

Keith Randles, 49, a traffic safety manager, was similarly killed as he slept in his caravan at roadworks on the A5 in Anglesey in November 1995.

The last man to die was Tony Davies, 40, a married father of two. He was stabbed at a beach near Abergele on the North Wales coast in December 1995.

At his trial, it was claimed that Moore attacked more than 50 other men in what the judge described as “20 years of terror”.

Moore, who befriended serial killer Harold Shipman in prison, claimed the killings were carried out by a fictitious homosexual lover named Jason.

He received four life sentences, the Home Secretary later recommended he should never be released.

Moore’s legal team also represented convicted killers Jeremy Bamber and Douglas Vinter.

Bamber attacked the court decision.

I am sure that the court was upset that Bamber and his ‘supporters’ did not agree with them.

In a statement released by his supporters, he said: “If the state wishes to have a death penalty, then they should be honest and re-introduce hanging.

“Instead, this political decision that I must die in jail is the death penalty using old age or infirmity as the method.

“It is a method whereby I’m locked in a cell until I’m dead – no matter if it should take 70 or 80 years to happen. I shall be dead the next time I leave jail.

“This despite that the trial judge said 25 years was punishment enough for a crime I did not commit.”

Oh Please! This guy has had SOO many appeals. Many people who did support him have stopped supporting him as the evidence keeps coming out, it all points to him. Yes, the police investigation was horrible but the inital mistakes made were made in his favor.

Know something else, I support them bringing back the D.P. Hang him and the other 2 a.s.a.p. Save some tax payer $$, stop allowing them to get ‘supporters’ and ‘fans’ and let the victim’s families finally have peace.

Moore’s legal team submitted the application to the ECHR in December 2009.

But their claims were strongly opposed by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, who has said the Government has been “fighting the case vigorously and defending the principle of the whole-life tariff”.

Under current law, whole-life tariff prisoners will almost certainly never be released from prison as their offences are deemed to be so serious.

They can be freed only by the Justice Secretary, who can give discretion on compassionate grounds when the prisoner is terminally ill or seriously incapacitated.

 Bamber has been behind bars for more than 25 years for shooting his wealthy adopted parents June and Neville, his sister Sheila Caffell and her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas at their farmhouse in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex.

The 51-year-old was given a whole-life tariff after being convicted of the murders in October 1986.

But he has always protested his innocence and claims his schizophrenic sister Ms Caffell shot her family before turning the gun on herself in a remote Essex farmhouse.

In 2009, Bamber lost a Court of Appeal challenge against the order that he must die behind bars. He has twice lost appeals against conviction.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission reached a provisional decision not to refer his case back to the Court of Appeal last February despite claims by his legal team that they had new evidence that could overturn his conviction.

Vinter was released from prison after serving nine years for the 1995 murder of work colleague Carl Edon, 22. Three years later he stabbed wife Anne White four times and strangled her, before being given a whole-life order.

Really, he is a perfect poster boy for why we do should not release these violent offenders.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The Government strongly welcomes this decision.

“We argued vigorously that there are certain prisoners whose crimes are so appalling that they should never become eligible for parole.

“We are pleased that the European court has upheld the whole life tariff as a legitimate sentence in British courts.”
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Yay! A great decision.

Robert Picton Police Videos

Convicted serial killer Robert Pickton claimed he was innocent as recently as last August, telling an Ontario police officer tasked with preparing a report ahead of a public inquiry that he never did anything wrong.

Jennifer Evans, deputy chief of the Peel Regional Police, interviewed Pickton in August in preparation for a report she was commissioned to prepare for the inquiry. The inquiry is examining why police in B.C.’s Lower Mainland did not catch the man — ultimately convicted of the murders of six sex workers — sooner than they did.

Evans told the inquiry Wednesday that she asked Pickton during their 90-minute interview at the Kent Institution near Agassiz, B.C., how he had been able to evade police for so long.

An artist’s sketch shows Robert Pickton in the prisoner’s box on the first day of his trial in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 2007. (Felicity Don/Canadian Press)”His answer essentially was, ‘Because I never did anything wrong,”‘ said lawyer Cameron Ward, representing the families of several murdered and missing women.

“Because he didn’t do anything,” Evans said.

“He maintained his innocence?” said Ward.

“Yes, he did,” said Evans.

“And did you think he was telling the truth?” asked Ward.

“No, I did not.”

Admits picking up women
Pickton said he did pick up sex workers in Vancouver, but said he did not kill any of them, Evans said.

Pickton was convicted in 2007 of six counts of second-degree murder.

Investigators found the remains or DNA of 33 women on his farm.

“Did he strike you as someone capable of murdering 49 people by himself, given your police experience?” asked Ward.

“Yes,” replied Evans.

Pickton did not testify at his trial.

Evans was commissioned to prepare a report for the Pickton inquiry which examined the timelines and contents of the various investigations into Vancouver’s missing women prior to Pickton’s 2002 arrest for murder.

Computer Analyst Identifies Serial Killer Cluster

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A computer analyst turned amateur detective used old FBI crime files to identify a cluster of unsolved murders of young women in upstate New York that police agree was the work of a little-known serial killer active in the early 1990s.

Kevin Fallon, 38, an information technology analyst from Buffalo, N.Y., has proven it’s possible to spot serial murders by carefully studying FBI records of America’s 190,000 unsolved homicides committed since 1980. About a third of all homicides go unsolved each year in the United States.

Fallon, who has taken graduate classes in computer forensics, used the federal crime database — called the Supplementary Homicide Report — that Scripps Howard News Service posted online more than a year ago in an ongoing national reporting project examining unsolved murders. Fallon contacted wire service reporters about his discovery.

“I was just playing around,” Fallon said. “I was searching for unsolved murders involving knives, strangulations and cases in which the cause of death was undetermined.”

Fallon found an unusual bulge of unsolved strangulations in the Rochester area.

“If that wasn’t a pattern, well, then I don’t know what a pattern looks like,” he said. “It was just so obvious.”

New York authorities, asked about Fallon’s discovery, are talking for the first time about the extraordinary efforts they made to solve a string of killings of women in the Rochester area that occurred in the shadow of the much-heralded arrest of “Genesee River Killer” Arthur Shawcross. He died in prison in 2008 after confessing to 11 murders.

Fallon detected a second group of strangulations of women, whom police say were mostly prostitutes, killed after Shawcross was apprehended.

“Yes, we did have a second serial killer,” said Capt. Lynde Johnston of the Rochester Police Department’s homicide division. “I think we all agreed that he had killed seven. Some of us think eight.”

Retired FBI supervisory special agent Gregg McCrary, who worked as a profiler in the Shawcross cases, remembers the second series of killings vividly.

“What are the chances of having two of these guys in the same city?” McCrary asked. “The focus was on the Genesee River Killer. But we had an unsettling feeling that something else might be going on.”

The problem for police was that, statistically, too many women were dying, especially prostitutes and drug users. Although women account for 22 percent of all murders nationally, they were 34 percent of the 343 homicides reported to the FBI from the Rochester metro area from 1986 to 1992.

That elevated rate of female homicides did not neatly end with Shawcross’ capture in early January 1990. Authorities became convinced they had a second serial killer when five bodies were discovered near the Lake Ontario State Parkway from May through November of 1992.

“The timeline for us started with a woman named Alenda Height. She was found naked in a creek. A prostitute and a drug user,” recalled Neil Flood, former captain of detectives for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, which headed up the ensuing task force investigation.

Four more women were found in the coming months, prompting debate among investigators about how many unsolved cases in upstate New York should be linked to a possible new serial killer.

“There were 19 — mostly prostitutes — I’m sure of that,” recalled former Monroe County Sheriff Andrew Meloni. “They all died in a 2 1/2-year period.”

One of the victims was last seen getting into a red pickup truck driven by an unknown black man, a fact that Monroe County authorities made known among law enforcement agencies. A break came by chance in 1993.

“A New York State police officer patrolling the parkway comes across a red pickup late at night, midnight or so,” recalls Flood. “Out of the woods comes a male driver. The man says he was going to the bathroom in the woods.”

The owner and driver of the truck was John White, 47, a family man of deep religious convictions who lived in the nearby suburb of Gates, N.Y. He did not have an extensive police record and did not seem a likely candidate for serial murder.

Investigators had found two other prostitutes who survived encounters with the driver of a red pickup truck. One of them, saying the driver tried to tie her up and threatened her with a box cutter before she fled, recalled that the cab of the truck contained religious objects including a Bible.

“They described the interior of this truck,” Flood said. “So we go over to the (White’s) house and we do a kind of knock-and-talk, a very casual encounter. We see indications of property that the women described.”

Monroe County sheriff’s deputies put White under surveillance.

“We had some pretty specific instruction on what to do if he ever picked someone up,” Flood said. “He did drive around on some occasions, but he never stopped and picked anyone up.”

Since it had no hard evidence, the investigative team decided to try a high-stakes confrontation with White.

New York State criminal profiler Edward Grant, who was advising Rochester police in the case, recommended that detectives construct a large detective squad room filled with busy workers and lots of photographs of the women White was suspected of killing.

Monroe County’s actual interview room was deemed too unimpressive.

“It was a real ‘Playhouse 90’ affair,” Meloni recalled. “A dear friend of mine owned a building and gave us the largest room he had. It took us two or three weeks to get the furniture moved in and all the cigarette smoke going. It was quite a scene.”

Deputies detained White, took him to the staged interview area, and spent many hours interviewing him.

“We certainly didn’t waterboard him or do anything physical. But we spent a tremendous amount of time with him,” Flood said. “He never said: ‘I didn’t do it.’ He wouldn’t deny it. But he just wouldn’t admit to it.”

Several teams of investigators took turns with White during the daylong interview.

“My best investigators were with him for hours and hours,” Meloni said. “We prayed with him. We cajoled. But we never yelled or screamed at him because White was a very passive kind of guy.”

White’s Bible had passages about prostitution underlined, Meloni said.

“We were just sure that he would break. But he didn’t,” Meloni said. “I’ll tell you, I had tears in my eyes when we left.”

Without a confession, White was freed.

The suspect suffered a massive coronary a few weeks later on Sept. 18, 1994. Investigators rushed to the hospital, hoping to get a deathbed confession. But White died before they could conduct one last interview.

White’s death made front-page news in upstate New York, although the total coverage given to him and his victims was only a fraction of the attention paid to Shawcross and his 11 victims.

“Talk to anybody in the Rochester area about serial killers, they will think of Shawcross,” McCrary said. “But nobody thinks of White or his victims because he wasn’t arrested and there wasn’t much publicity. It just wasn’t as hot.”

FBI analysts have said there are dozens — perhaps hundreds — of unsolved murder series committed since the creation of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program in 1985. Many of these suspected series have never been made public, criminologists agree.

“Sometimes the pattern isn’t recognized,” said Hickey. “We call it ‘linkage blindness.’ Serial killers are able to operate for a fair amount of time. Those are the ones to worry about.”

Was White guilty? Family members, when contacted for this story, declined to talk about the case and asked to be left alone.

White’s attorney, Roy Wheatley King, was astonished to learn the details of the lengths police went to during their 14-hour questioning, conducted before White hired him.

“The case was largely circumstantial. But he never said or did anything to make me believe he was a violent person,” said King, now a retired municipal court judge.

“It would be nice if police could work these cold cases and bring closure. John White has gone to his grave with this stain on him and his family. It would be nice if we could have closure for his family and for the families of the victims.”

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