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New California Serial Killer Targets the Homeless

Orange County police officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying what they call a “serious, dangerous serial killer operating in Orange County.”

Police believe one person is responsible for stabbing three middle-aged homeless men between Dec. 20 and 30. The men were stabbed multiple times, said Anaheim Police Chief John Welter during a news conference Wednesday morning.

“We believe these murders were likely committed by the same suspect and feel he is extremely dangerous to the public,” Welter said.

At one murder scene, police obtained a photograph of the suspect as he approached a victim. Police said the suspect is a male who was wearing a dark hoodie or sweater.

Welter said that investigators, including the FBI, believe that a white 4-door Toyota was involved in the crime, as shown in a surveillance video.

“This vehicle is of particular interest to homicide investigators,” Welter said.

Police said that two attacks occurred at night and one during the late afternoon and are urging the homeless to stay aware of surroundings.

The body of the first victim, James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was found near a shopping center in Placentia on Dec. 21. Police said their best lead so far is footage from a security camera that showed a man of thin build and average height, dressed in black and “lying in wait.”

A week later, the body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found on a riverbed trail near Tustin Avenue in Anaheim. A third man, Paulus Smit, 57, was found dead with stab wounds outside a library in Yorba Linda last Friday.

On Tuesday, police officials announced that they had formed a task force to investigate the incident.

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There are warnings being issued.

Homeless men in southern California are being warned by police to stick together and remain on high alert for a suspected serial killer who may be preying on them.

All three men were stabbed to death by their attacker, who police believe is a man captured on surveillance video during one of the crimes. The deaths occurred in Anaheim, Yorba Linda, and Placentia, from Dec. 20 to Dec. 30.

Anaheim police, together with neighboring police departments, the county sheriff, and the FBI, are warning homeless people throughout the area to take precautions, including traveling and sleeping in well-lit, well-populated areas. They have launched a campaign to get the information to the vulnerable population, handing out fliers, notifying homeless shelters and soup kitchens, and asking churches to notify those who seek services, Dunn said.

They are also asking the homeless to report any suspicious behavior, which they are often reluctant to do, the police spokesman said.

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Even though many are seeking protection in shelters not all homeless are heading the warnings.

But as authorities ask the homeless to practice extra precaution, officers are running into a similar problem they’ve encountered in the past.

Some of the homeless folks they encounter prefer to remain by themselves rather than to camp with a group or head to a shelter. Those who provide shelter services are also coping with limited resources.

“All you can do is make them aware,” said Sgt. Louise Callus of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Beds are still available at shelters around the county, where the homeless can be in a safer environment, said Orange County’s administrator of homeless services.

“There’s definitely more room for the homeless,” said Karen Roper, director of Orange County Community Services.

On Thursday, the Orange County Rescue Mission was also handing out flashlights and whistles to homeless people, she said.

After police announced they were now searching for a serial killer, attendance at shelters increased by about 40 percent this week, said Larry Haynes, executive director of Mercy House, a non-profit organization that provides services to the homeless.

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Anaheim Police Dept. via Orange County Register, via Associated Press

Authorities in Orange County believe one man killed three homeless men last month: from top, Paulus Cornelius Smit, Lloyd Middaugh and James McGillivray.

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 I hope that they find this guy soon. Since many homeless have so few contacts in daily life the killer could victimize so many without the police finding out for a while. That might have already happened.

I hope not but it is possible that these are not the first killings just the first ones that fit into a pattern and that have been linked.

 

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A grainy still photo cropped from a video frame shows a shadowy figure, upper right, dressed in black and a wearing hooded sweatshirt, approaching Placentia stabbing victim James McGillivray. The Homeless Homicide Investigative Task Force believes the dark-clothed person is the main suspect in the Placentia stabbing.          Source
 
 
Paulus Cornelius Smit was 57 and a father of three with 10 grandchildren.

“He was an honest and sincere soul,” said Smit-Lozano, who remembers her father helping her out on elementary school projects.

Smit-Lozano’s father, who is from Amsterdam, went by the nickname Dutch, but his daughters called him “Papa.”

He came to California via Colorado and got into trouble in his teens, Winters said, spending a stint in Juvenile Hall on a theft-related arrest.

Smit-Lozano said that her father started living on the streets regularly in the mid-’80s, after his wife left him when Smit-Lozano was 8.

Smit, she said, at times held down odd jobs, including tow-truck driver and plumber. But he never embraced full-time work for long, she said.

“Instead of being called a ‘transient,’ Papa preferred the term ‘wanderer,’ ” Smit-Lozano said. “He thought there was more nobility to that term. He also liked ‘nomad,’ but he thought that you had to live in the desert to be one.”

Lloyd Middaugh had two packs of cigarettes and $12 in his pocket the last time some of his friends saw him, a few nights before he died. They hadn’t seen him so happy in a long time.

Middaugh was new to the streets. He had taken shelter under an overpass just a few months ago after he lost his room at a transitional-living apartment where sex offenders like him could live.

He spent his days begging for cigarettes. He spent his nights wrapped in three sweaters and a leather jacket under that overpass – and his friends are still surprised that his attacker could stab him to death through all that clothing.

James McGillivray was a quiet presence at the Placentia shopping center where he lived and died. He had been there for at least a few months; some remember him shuffling past the storefronts in the morning, offering an occasional hello, for more than a year.

He had few possessions. A sleeping bag. A backpack decorated with the children’s cartoon characters Phineas and Ferb. A cap that he often wore that said “Vietnam Veteran,” although he was too young to really be one.

He would carefully roll up his sleeping bag and line up his belongings against one wall when he headed out in the morning. That’s what stands in people’s minds now: how humble and unobtrusive he was. 

 

Man Thought to be Victim of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Found Alive.

Siblings who feared their brother was one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy‘s eight unidentified victims were amazed and overjoyed to learn that he’s been living in Florida for decades.Tim Lovell and Theresa Hasselberg hadn’t seen their brother, Harold Wayne Lovell, since he left their family’s Chicago home in May 1977 in search of construction work. At the time, Gacy was trolling for young men and boys in the area. He was a contractor, and he lured many of the 33 young men and boys he killed by offering them work.

Cook County Sheriff’s detectives reviewing unidentified remains cases discovered that eight of the 33 people Gacy was convicted of murdering never were identified, and they obtained exhumation orders over the past few months to test the remains for DNA, hoping relatives of young men who went missing in the area in the 1970s might submit to genetic testing.

Lovell’s siblings, who now live in Ozark, Ala., were planning to do just that when they discovered a recent online police booking photo of their brother taken in Florida. They reached their brother, who goes by his middle name, by phone and bought him a bus ticket, and the family was reunited Tuesday for the first time in 34 years.

Wayne Lovell, now 53, described the reunion as “awesome.” He said he left for Florida all those years ago because he wasn’t getting along with his mother and stepfather. Over the years, he’s worked various manual labor jobs and has had occasional brushes with the law in and around Tampa, including charges for buying marijuana.

“I’ve gone from having nothing to having all this,” Lovell said. “I’m still pinching myself.”

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has said dozens of families of men who disappeared during the 1970s have come forward for DNA testing. Investigators searching Gacy’s home following his 1978 arrest found most of his victims buried in a basement crawl space, although detectives said Gacy dumped four victims in a nearby river after he ran out of room at his house. Gacy confessed to the slayings after his arrest and was executed in 1994.

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FBI to Search Lake for Ray’s Murder Victim

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Investigators think he could be one of the worst serial killers ever in New Mexico. Problem is, they’ve never found any bodies to prove it. But now the FBI says new tips, and the drought, have prompted a new search of Elephant Butte Lake.

David Parker Ray‘s toy box is infamous; his Butte trailer home was a little slice of hell, filled with sinister devices he used to rape and torture women. But there may be another place ray used to keep his victims.

FBI agents will search Elephant Butte Lake again next week, all on a new tip that Ray’s forgotten victims will be found. The FBI isn’t talking except to say it has new information, and a chance now with the drought to search caves and ravines once covered by water.

Ray was arrested in 1999 after a woman wearing just a dog collar and padlocked chains escaped his house of horrors he called his toy box, full of torture devices he called his friends.

He was convicted of kidnapping and sexually torturing three women, all of whom lived to tell their stories. From the start investigators have suspected he was a serial killer.

In 2002, shortly after Ray was sentenced to life, he dropped dead of a heart attack in prison. After his death police released audio tapes he played for his captives, where he hinted he was a serial killer.

“I’ve tortured girls in ways that I’m not very proud of. When I’m p***ed off, I don’t mind having blood all over the place, and sometimes they didn’t survive,” Ray says on the audiotape.

Investigators also found Ray’s diary in his home with a timeline of his abductions dating back to 1955, when he was just a teenager.

Investigators believe Ray may have killed up to 60 people. Ray’s girlfriend Cindy Hendy helped kidnap and torture the women. She accidentally left a set of keys out, that’s how the woman escaped, bringing Ray’s reign of terror to an end. Cindy Hendy is serving 36 years in prison.

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I do wonder if Hendy is trying to cut some new deals or get privileges. I doubt the police are just now acting on her previous statements. It does sound as if the leads that they were following fell through though.

No bodies were found during a search of a reservoir for possible victims of a man known as the Toy Box Killer, convicted a decade ago of kidnapping and sexually torturing women.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said federal and local law enforcement agents searched a canyon in New Mexico for three hours on Tuesday but found only animal bones.

“We plan to come back in the near future to do a more thorough search of a few points there,” Fisher told The Times. “There are some areas we want to take our time with.”

About 30 people fanned out on the southern end of Elephant Butte Reservoir on Tuesday after authorities received information about possible remains of the missing victims of David Parker Ray.

Authorities have long believed that Ray, who died behind bars in 2002 while serving a life sentence, chose the reservoir as a burial site for some of the 40 people he claimed to have killed.

None of the bodies have been found there, however.

New Mexico police suspect that the remains of 22-year-old Jill Troia, who disappeared in 1995, may be buried near the reservoir in southern New Mexico, about 150 miles south of Albuquerque.

Ray wrote that he sexually tortured his victims in the trailer he dubbed his “toy box” in the New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences, within view of the reservoir, Fisher said. Ray said he then buried his victims, including an Asian woman investigators believe may have been Troia.

Ray was arrested in 1999 after a naked woman fled from his home wearing only a dog collar and chain.

The woman told police Ray had tortured her. Investigators who searched his home found a “Satan’s Den” sign on the wall, skull-shaped candelabra, surgical tools, video cameras, a makeshift coffin and a black box he apparently used to cover victims’ heads when he tortured them, the Daily Mailreported.

In 2001, Ray pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape charges in the case of the woman who had fled his home; he was also convicted of kidnapping and torturing a Colorado woman.

Ray’s girlfriend at the time of his arrest, Cynthia Lea Hendy, told police that Ray disposed of bodies in Elephant Butte Reservoir. Hendy was sentenced 11 years ago to 36 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to accessory and kidnapping charges, and agreed to cooperate with investigators to avoid a life sentence. She remains in prison, Fisher said.

Troia was last seen in October 1995 at a restaurant in Albuquerque with Ray’s daughter, Glenda Jean Ray, whom she had dated. Albuquerque police have long believed Ray and his daughter were connected to Troia’s disappearance, which remains the Albuquerque Police Department’s only known cold case related to Ray. But neither was ever charged in connection with the case.

In 2001, Glenda Jean Ray pleaded no contest to kidnapping charges and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, plus five years of probation in connection with her father’s sex torture case. She was later released, Fisher said.

Fisher said authorities are reopening other missing persons cases from the same time period to see if they might be connected to Ray. A new missing persons DNA database could help identify remains, he said.

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I would think that decomposition in that type of condition (lake in the desert) would be quick and pretty complete. I wonder what would / could be left after all this time?

 

 

Investigation Discovery on Hendy

Family member sees ‘justice’ differently

I noted the Rev. Jeremy Tobin’s description of the justice system (“Poor, minorities paying price of ‘justice’,” Oct. 2 letter).

I thought I would offer another view – one from a victim’s family member perspective. The convicted serial killer in my own case murdered seven women in Louisiana.

Tobin states that our justice system “is built to round up black men, transfer public funds to private companies to warehouse them, and then kill them.”

This is quite different from my experience whereby serial murderer Derrick Lee was represented at trial by three very competent attorneys, one a Millsaps graduate.

As a result of overwhelming evidence – including seven bodies with his DNA, an eyewitness, and other forensic evidence – he was convicted and sentenced to death by a multiracial jury.

It is not true as Tobin says that offenders who are “well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.” Moreover, Lee is being housed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, a state rather than a private institution.

Though Lee’s conviction has been upheld twice already at the level of the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana and Mississippi both allow for what is called post-conviction relief (whenever I use that term, I always pause to appreciate the utter irony of that nomenclature), which is yet another set of appeals allowed in capital cases, even those with overwhelming forensic evidence for guilt.

I will go again to Louisiana District Court on Wednesday as I have for years for yet another hearing whereby the defense attorney Gary Clements – out to “score more wins” as Tobin says the prosecutors do -files endless specious claims on behalf of his serial killer client. The post conviction process allows Clements to hijack the legal system, contrary to a rational application of the law.

To me it appears to be a clear case of defense attorneys failing to care at all about the human or fiscal cost of their actions, failing to value honor or justice for the dead, and – in my experience – contempt for the families of those who died at the hands of killers.

Here I have to agree with Tobin; our justice system is “anything but reasonable.” Were it reasonable in cases where DNA – which is considered absolute proof by the Innocence Project – is available, the obvious would be accepted. There is no logic for post-conviction appeals in such cases.

The post-conviction process should be congruent with scientific fact. Good science is the best certainty for justice for all of us – regardless of ethnicity or sex or income level.

Ann R. Pace

Jackson

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Fact sheet on Derrick Todd Lee

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Serial Killer Ted Bundy Not Linked to Murder of 8 Year Old

Investigators were unable to link notorious serial killer Ted Bundy to the disappearance of an 8-year-old Tacoma girl, Ann Marie Burr, who vanished from her home some 50 years ago. Evidence from the unsolved case was sent to the Washington State Crime Laboratory for analysis back in August. Tacoma police reported this week that forensic scientists failed to develop a DNA profile from the evidence that could have potentially linked the girl’s disappearance to Bundy. Speaking of the DNA link, Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said, “This avenue hit a dead end, but the investigation itself is not over.”

Ann Marie was reported missing by her parents on August 31, 1961. Police believe the abductor entered the house from the back door and exited with Ann Marie out the front door. Many have speculated over the years that the girl was Bundy’s first victim. Bundy had a paper route near where Ann Marie lived, and an uncle he would visit in the neighborhood. Despite the DNA setback, detectives are determined to continue the investigation into the disappearance of Ann Marie.

Ann Marie Burr went missing August 13, 1961. Many believe she was the first victim of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
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I had hoped that there would be a link so that her family could find some sort of closure.

 

Sherry Marino Will Finally Know if Gacy Killed Her Son

For more than 30 years, Sherry Marino has faithfully visited her teen son’s grave site in Hillside, finding solace there in his memory. But one feeling has continued to elude her: peace.

Officially, her son, Michael M. Marino, is listed as body No. 14 recovered from the Norwood Park Township home of John Wayne Gacy. Authorities identified his remains during the spring of 1980, using dental records — the principal means of identification before DNA testing.

But his mother has always carried doubts. Why did it take the medical examiner a year and a half to identify her son?

Now, her quest to find the answer to whether it’s her only son buried in that grave — or if he is still missing after three decades — is likely to come to an end. A Cook County judge Thursday ruled that his body could be exhumed by the family and tested for DNA.

“Mrs. Marino has been waiting some 35 years to finally determine whether this is in fact her son,” said attorney Steven Becker. “And now she’ll have a chance to actually find that out and give her some necessary closure.”

Uncertainties remain. Is there enough DNA on the body to allow for testing? If it’s not him, who is it?

Marino’s attorneys say they’re confident the remains will provide enough DNA for testing. The autopsy report indicated the body was partially mummified, making it highly likely testable DNA could be collected and compared to the boy’s mother, they said.

DNA testing on decades-old bodies has been successful. Fifty years after the 1955 murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi, his body was exhumed from suburban Burr Oak Cemetery as part of an FBI reinvestigation. The DNA testing of bone marrow in his thigh confirmed Till’s identity.

Now that the family has authorization, it will begin raising the $9,000 to $10,000 needed to pay for the exhumation and DNA testing, Becker said.

The family hopes to exhume the body in about a month, said attorney Robert Stephenson.

When that happens, it will be the beginning of the end to a long, painful chapter for the Marinos.

Michael Marino, 14, vanished Oct. 24, 1976. He and a friend, Kenneth Parker, were last seen near a hamburger restaurant near Clark Street and Diversey Parkway. Testimony would reveal the serial killer picked up many of his victims near that intersection.

“Michael was a sweet, kind boy,” Sherry Marino, 67, said Thursday in an email. “He was not the best student, but he tried hard and rarely, if ever, got into trouble. He loved sports and music. He was an excellent drummer. … He had big dreams of being a musician when he grew up.

“On the day he disappeared, he made me a sandwich and we were planning to go to a movie at 6 p.m. As soon as he was more than 10 minutes late I knew something was wrong because Michael was always on time.”

When police arrested Gacy on Dec. 21, 1978, authorities called on relatives of missing males to submit dental records. Marino’s mother “promptly submitted two sets of dental records and X-rays,” according to the exhumation petition.

Authorities said the bodies were buried on top of each other in a common grave under Gacy’s home.

Experts who worked on the case say the task of identification was not easy.

There were 29 bodies on Gacy’s property and four pulled from Illinois rivers, all in varying states of decomposition. Some were skeletons. Others were less decomposed but still difficult to identify, in part because there were so many matches to examine from missing children in the area.

Adding to the challenge was that the forensic tools, dental records and X-rays — while cutting edge in the 1970s — are fairly primitive ways to identify someone.

“It might have been state of the art at the time, but it was as much an art as it was science,” said Clyde Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked as a consultant to the Cook County medical examiner’s office on the Gacy case. “Thank God for DNA. Now we can know with some real certainty.”

Marino’s attorneys said discrepancies nagged at her, including that the body was found in different clothing than she last saw on him.

She hired attorneys and private investigators over the years, but each inquiry ended in a dead end.

It wasn’t until April of this year, when she heard that authorities had discovered another location with possible Gacy victims, that she redoubled her efforts. She hired Becker and Stephenson, who are experienced with Freedom of Information Act laws and obtained her son’s pathology and autopsy reports.

The documentation furthered her doubts. The 1979 report indicated the victim had fractured his collarbone and suggested his molars were coming in. X-rays provided by Marino’s dentist months before the boy’s disappearance show not all his molars had grown in, and he had never broken his collarbone, his mother said.

On Thursday, she gripped her purse tightly as the judge ruled. Her daughter put her arm around her. Becker said she holds out hope her son is still alive.

“I think she’s relieved,” said Stephenson. “It’s almost 35 years to the day that her son disappeared. … And again, a lot of the questions are, if not him, then who? But to her, the main question is, is it him?”

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It breaks my heart that she does seem to be hanging onto a hope that her son is alive. It is worrisome that she is going to break apart if it is him.

I just can not see this boy dissapearing so many years ago and never contacting his family. It would just add to her pain if it is not him and she begins a futile search.

I suppose that I might do the same if it was my kid.

I hope that whatever the DNA tests come up with she finds peace.

Jennings, Louisiana Unsolved Serial Killings

“Kirk Menard mentions that his end of the investigation has slowed down somewhat due to the upcoming Sheriff election. There is concern that whatever tips might be submitted at this time might fall on “deaf ears” until a candidate is in office. He does still have one employee that works undercover in an attempt to continue to gather information. His agency still submits any new tips/leads to the Task Force but now just pretty much gets a “thank you” whereas in the past (prior to the election in progress) they might be asked to try to gather more info on the tip…..go back to the source and ask additional questions. KM was more or less kept at a distance prior to submitting his DNA sample and feels that after he was ‘cleared’ the TF pulled him in closer and at times, even emailed him for information…..and that they were willing to taking any information they could get.”

Murder In Jeff Davis Parish

Behind The Yellow Tape – A Serial Killer in Jennings, LA – Part 12

Host:  Joey Ortega
Guest
:  Kirk Menard & Michael Dubois
Airdate:  Fri, Sep 16, 2011

A little ‘disclaimer’ prior to the re-cap…..due to my own time constraints lately, the following was basically typed out without much regard to sentence structure, grammar or punctuation.  In other words…..it’s rather raw.  None-the-less, I trust that all reading will get the full gist of the interview.  I was ‘alerted’ via several emails, AND phone calls, that if I hadn’t listened to this particular show yet….I REALLY needed to soon.  It took me a little longer than I would have liked it to but, I did finally listen to it.  I have to say, those that ‘alerted’ me about the show WERE right!  Parts of it were quite surprising and really ‘eye opening’ and some of it rather…

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New York Serial Killer Case: Tips Are Coming In.

The police are getting tips in the NY Serial Killer case. Hopefully we will hear something new soon.

Chilling sketches of a man and a woman found at a serial killer dumping ground on Long Island have spurred dozens of fresh tips about their identities, according to a source close to the case.

Suffolk County cops released the renderings of an Asian man and a white woman yesterday in an attempt to kick-start their investigation into ten sets of remains found at Gilgo Beach.

The victims – eight women, the lone man and a female toddler – were discovered during sweeps of the desolate stretch over the past 10 months and only half have been identified.

A police source said that the Asian male – who likely worked as a prostitute – was wearing a short skirt and some form of female leggings.

The sketch of what the male victim in the Long Island killings may have looked like.

The sketch of what the male victim in the Long Island killings may have looked like.

The source said his discovery initially threw the investigation for a loop because the other identified victims were all petite female hookers. But the cross-dressing revelation makes it plausible, the source said, that their slayer could be one in the same.

There is only one Asian male listed as missing in New York State but no match was made to the Gilgo victim.

The discovery of a female toddler at the site – the other clear departure from the Gilgo pattern – has also frustrated cops. The body of the child’s likely mother was discovered 7 miles away near Jones Beach.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer has not determined if the grisly Gilgo finds are the work of one or more killers.
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Did John Wayne Gacy Kill Michael Marino?

For 30 years Sherry Marino has visited the grave site dedicated to her son, Michael Marino.

She is now asking to have the body exhumed and a DNA test ran to make sure that it is Micheal in that grave.

That may not be my son, mom says 30 years after murder

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CHICAGO More than 30 years after Sherry Marino buried her 14-year-old son, she is asking for permission to exhume the boy’s remains.

Chicago officials identified Michael Marino as one of 33 victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy almost four years after his mother reported him missing. But according to papers filed with Cook County Circuit Court Thursday, his mother has long harboured doubts that the body was that of her son.

Lawyers for the mother point to disparities between autopsy findings by the Cook County medical examiner and her son’s dental records and medical history.

The 1979 pathological report indicated that Gacy’s victim had fractured his collarbone and suggested that the child’s molars had started coming in, according to the filing. But X-rays provided by Marino’s dentist months before the boy’s disappearance show that not all of his molars had yet grown in, and the mother does not believe her son ever broke his collarbone, her lawyers said.

Marino wants a DNA test to determine if the boy buried in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside is her son. She has been visiting the gravesite for more than three decades, according to her lawyers.

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Michael went missing on Oct. 24, 1976, at the age of 14, but wasn’t identified as one of Gacy’s 33 victims until 3 1/2 years later. Over the years, Marino has suspected the body was not really Michael.

On Thursday, her attorney, Robert M. Stephenson, said he will file a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to allow her to have the body exhumed from Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

”She’s always had her doubts,” Stephenson tells CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman. “She says every time she visits his grave one of the things she wonders is, ‘Is this you?’”

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This article has a video as well.

“It’s going to be expensive to exhume a body, to do DNA testing and compare it. So, there are still a lot of hurdles going forward, but I think that she deserves a definitive answer that science can give her today,” attorney Robert Stephenson told WGN News.

Gacy raped and murdered 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978, and reportedly showed no remorse for the crimes. He ultimately convicted and executed in 1994.

I can only imagine her pain.

I do not know what I would do in her position.

Of course you want to know if that is your child in that grave but what if it isn’t? If that is not Michael what happened to him 30 years ago?

This is so sad and no matter the outcome it will not have a happy ending.

I do hope that they allow the testing so that Ms. Marino can have the answer she needs.

Serial Killer Jeffery Guillory’s Trial Begins.

(CBS/AP) BATON ROUGE, La. – Jury selection is set to begin Monday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory.

The 45-year-old Guillory is charged in the strangulation of 46-year-old Renee Newman of Baton Rouge.

Guillory was arrested in December 2009 and booked in the deaths of Newman, Florida Edwards and Sylvia Cobb. Police have said Guillory has twice denied knowing Newman or Edwards, although his DNA matched evidence found at both women’s crime scenes.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Guillory in May 2010 only in the killing of Newman.

Her body was found April 11, 2002.

Guillory reportedly remains a suspect in several other unsolved killings of women in Baton Rouge that occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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An interesting twist in this case is that there is a chance that serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis  might be called  to testify.

Attorneys for suspected serial murderer Jeffery Lee Guillory have subpoenaed convicted serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis to testify at Guillory’s upcoming trial and have requested Gillis’ taped police interviews and interrogations, one of Guillory’s attorneys said Wednesday.

Whether Gillis actually takes the witness stand at Guillory’s second-degree murder trial, set for Sept. 19, remains to be seen because the defense cannot call Gillis to the stand if all he intends to do is assert his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

Guillory’s defense team contends Gillis associated with Renee Newman, the 46-year-old Baton Rouge woman Guillory is accused of killing in 2002.

State District Judge Tony Marabella said Wednesday he will make a determination Sept. 13 regarding Gillis’ “status as a witness in this case.’’

“Mr. Gillis needs to decide what he wants to do. If he pleads the Fifth, the question is why,’’ Franz Borghardt, one of Guillory’s court-appointed attorneys, said after a hearing in the case.

Authorities have alleged that Guillory and Gillis targeted women who led high-risk lifestyles.

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I doubt that Gillis will testify but there is a chance that he will ‘play along’ for the attention. What are they going to do to him if he agrees and then pleads the 5th? Give him a contempt of court charge?

 

Guillory is also mentioned as a potential suspect in the Jennings Louisiana Killings.

Though Guillory has been in jail since last year on unrelated charges, detectives are also investigating whether he could be involved in a series of murders in Jennings, Louisiana, where cops believe a serial killer is on the loose.

So far, eight women in the town of just 10,546 people have been killed between 2005 and this past August. Many of the murders took place before Guillory was sent to jail on the unrelated charge.

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I have a page on Shutterfly about the unsolved serial murders in Jennings, Louisiana. There are many videos and news links there.

I do not think that that he is the killer in any of the Jennings case though.

The Multi-Agency Task Force in Jefferson Davis Parish is aware of the arrest of Jeffery Guillory by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Although Jeffery Guillory has been on the Task Force’s radar since his arrest by the Jennings Police Department in May 2007, it is important to note that he has been incarcerated since January 25, 2008, and, therefore, could not be responsible for the deaths of Laconia “Muggy” Brown, Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, Brittney Gary or Necole Guillory.

Jeffery Guillory is charged in connection with the homicides of three Baton Rouge women in 1999, 2001, and 2002. Law Enforcement has remained diligent for the last 10 years to solve those crimes. The Task Force will continue to work hard and is committed to bringing closure to the eight victims from Jefferson Davis Parish.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Multi-Agency Task Force at 337-824-6662 or http://www.jeffdaviscrimes.net. The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney’s Office and the FBI are offering a reward of up to $85,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these murders.

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I think some in law enforcement were just hoping that it could be him.

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