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Tanja Doss speaks about escaping Anthony Sowell


In April this year, she said, he invited her over for a beer. They went to the third floor of his house and were talking.

“And then he just clicked,” Doss said. “I’m sitting on the corner of the bed and he just leaped up and came over and started choking me.”

Shocked, she said she lay back and tried not to struggle.

“He said, ‘If you want to live, knock three times on the floor.’ And I knocked on the floor,” she said.

Still holding her throat, she said, he told her using profanities that she could be “dead in the street” and no one would care.

He made her strip off her clothes and lay on the bed but did not try to rape her, Doss said. She said she curled up in a ball and tried to talk him down, saying things like, “Why you gotta act like that?”

Then she prayed.

Sowell wouldn’t let her leave, Doss said, so she fell asleep and awoke to him acting as if nothing had happened.

“He said, ‘Hi, how you doing? You want something from the store?'” Doss said.

She picked up her cell phone and pretended to call her daughter.

“I said, ‘Oh, wow, my granddaughter is sick. She’s got the flu,'” she said. “He asked if I wanted to go to the store with him, but I told him I had to go home. He went to the store, and I went in the other direction.”

Doss didn’t immediately report the confrontation to police because she had done jail time on a drug charge and assumed they wouldn’t take her seriously.

It is an amazing story. Ms. Doss goes on to speak about the guilt that she felt for not reporting it.

“Now, I feel bad about it, because my best friend might be one of the bodies,” she said.

I hope that she can come to grips with the fact that she did not kill her friend, or any of the victims. She should not feel guilty, Sowell should. Her reporting it might have helped catch him sooner, it might not have. I hope that she can let that guilt go.

At the time, Doss said, she didn’t think about what had happened with Sowell. She assumed he had just lost his mind for a few minutes. And Cobbs, she said, didn’t know Sowell.

Now, it’s all she can think about.

“It goes through my mind all the time,” she said. “Every time I think about it, I start shaking. I can’t get it out of my mind.”

Doss said she finally reported the attack to police on Monday, three days after news surfaced of the discovery of bodies.

Survivor’s guilt is terrible and can lead to depression and worse. I hope that Ms. Doss gets help.

Police Hoping That Familial DNA Can Help Catch Another Serial Killer

Daytona Beach Victims

Daytona Beach’s top cop believes new DNA technology will help his department catch the serial killer who has eluded police since 2005.

Familial DNA has helped police in California nab the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer.

He was called that because he lay dormant in between murders for 18 years.

“We’re extremely interested in this because of our serial killer. Our serial killer may have an offspring, which is in the database,” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

Police in California had DNA of the Grim Sleeper in a nationwide database.

The killer is responsible for the deaths of 10 women dating back to the 1980s.

New software emerged that tracks DNA of the killer’s family members, in this case his son, who was arrested on an unrelated crime.

Investigators used the information and followed the father, Lonnie Franklin, 57.

They took a DNA sample from pizza Franklin had recently eaten, made the exact match and then arrested the former garage attendant.

The Daytona Beach serial killer left behind DNA samples inside three of the four women he raped and killed.

The first was Laquetta Gunther, 45, who’s body was found on Beach Street on Dec. 26, 2005.

On Jan. 14, 2006, the body of Julie Green, 34, was found in a construction site off of LPGA Boulevard.

Iwanna Patton, 35, was found on Williamson Boulevard six weeks later on Feb. 24.

The killer then laid dormant for two years.

Twenty-year-old Stacey Gage’s body turned up Jan. 2, 2008 in a wooded area on Hancock Boulevard.

The DNA sample was turned over to Florida Department of Law Enforcement where it waits for a perfect match.

But Chitwood wants to use familial DNA to track down the serial killer’s family members, which in turn could lead back to the killer.

However, familial DNA is only approved in states like California, Colorado, and recently in Virginia. It has been used in Great Britain for several years.

Chitwood is working with the State Attorney’s Office, who is trying to convince both the state attorney general, as well as Gov. Rick Scott to sign off on it for use in Florida.

The police chief said familial DNA would only be used in major crimes, like the serial killer case.

He believes that if approved, it could be in use within a year.

Chitwood said the person who came up with the software is making it available to FDLE for free.

But he said the clock is ticking.

“You have a killer on the loose who has killed four women, who is not gonna stop,” Chitwood said. “We may be in a cooling off period here. But if we have learned anything in the history of this country with serial killers, they’ll continue until they get caught.”


I am all for the use of familial DNA especially in cases involving serial crimes. I do not know why people worry so much about using it. It helped to catch the Grim Sleeper, Lonnie Franklin and DNA has helped to link unknown victims to their killers. I think we need to give law enforcement all the help that we can.

DNA Argument in Prisons

Police, prison system at odds over DNA

Musk prisoners refused DNA testing

  • By Ken Kolker

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) – They included men convicted of murder, sexual assault, home invasion and drug dealing — the 118 state prisoners who had refused to take DNA tests.

They are at the center of a dispute between police and the state prison system over a state law that requires all prisoners to provide their DNA.

“It baffles me why the Department of Corrections set up a policy to allow the inmates to have control over whether they’re tested or not,” Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague told 24 Hour News 8.

Tague authorized search warrants that allowed state police, working with corrections officers, to get DNA samples — swabs from inside their cheeks — from 118 prisoners in the West Shoreline Correctional Facility and the Ernest C. Brooks Correctional Facility, both in Muskegon Heights.

Police were forced to hold down six prisoners who fought them, Tague said.

State police say as many as 6,000 inmates in prisons across the state have refused to take the tests.

“I am convinced that if we do the 6,000 inmates, we will solve numerous brutal serious crimes across the state,” Tague said.

The dispute is over the law that requires DNA samples. Tague says state law is on his side. Prison officials disagree.

“If we changed a simple policy within the Department of Corrections, we could avoid releasing people who have been involved in serious crimes,” Tague said.

Among examples cited by Tague and police:

Mark Ball, whose DNA was taken at his release from prison, linking him to the 1998 rape of a 13-year-old girl in Kentwood. He had broken into her home and raped her as her family slept. He’s now serving 40 to 100 years in prison.

Rodrigo Hernandes, whose DNA was taken as he was released from prison in February 2002. It linked him months later to the 1994 rape and murder of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a 55-gallon drum in San Antonia, Texas, and to the 1991 murder of a homeless woman, Muriel Stoepker, in Grand Rapids.

“Had we had that sample, he would have never been released, so we had a double murderer on the streets of our community for six months who’s now on death row in Texas,” Tague said.

And, there was the case of Nicholas Brasic, a suspected serial killer who died in a Michigan prison and was buried before the state could get his DNA. The Kent Metro Cold Case Team exhumed his body last summer. So far, DNA hasn’t linked him to any other cases.

Today, prison officials told 24 Hour News 8 that Tague and the State Police are mis-reading the law. They say the Attorney General has told prison officials that prisoners are allowed to refuse DNA tests, until just before they’re released.

“It’s not a simple policy decision,” Prison spokesman Russ Marlan said. “If it was, we would have changed the policy and taken these tests by force.”

State prison officials say they are working with state police to change the law.

“We don’t want people to slip through the cracks; we want these tests to be done earlier,” Marlan said.


Give law enforcement every tool we can to stop criminals.

I get so tired of hearing about the rights of criminals.

Considering many serial criminals are arrested for lesser charges at least  once before or during the time that they are killing DNA testing might stop many with the first, or first few murders.

Alcala’s Lawsuits, Unbelievable


SANTA ANA – Serial killer and jailhouse lawyer Rodney Alcala bungled the defense of his death penalty murder trial last year when, among other things, he put on no evidence to refute testimony that he murdered four women in Los Angeles.

Note From Me: That says much!

While acting as his own attorney, Alcala also won no points with his Orange County jury when he brutally cross-examined the mother of a fifth murder victim – a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl – and played Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant” during his summation.

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Serial-murder suspect Rodney Alcala, displays gold earrings during his opening statements that he said are similar to the earrings in question in the Robin Samsoe case in this 2010 file photo.

It took his jury less than an hour to condemn him to death for the five sexual assault and torture slayings in the 1970s.

Alcala, who is now 67, did not limit his self-taught so-called legal skills to the criminal courtroom, The Orange County Register has learned.

It turns out that during his time in Orange County Jail awaiting his three headline-making trials (his first two convictions were reversed on appeal), Alcala busied himself filing more than two dozen civil claims and/or lawsuits for money.

This has made me so angry. The fact that we allow serial killers to abuse the legal system the way that they do.

In those legal actions, mostly presented in neat, cursive handwriting, Alcala alleged a litany of perceived slights by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, a number of deputies, and the county’s Health Care Agency.

Alcala claimed that he was occasionally denied television in the jail dayroom, denied access to his subscription to Playboy magazine, and that he did not get two candy bars one Thanksgiving when other inmates were given candy bars.

He filed claims with the Orange County Clerk of the Board and in Superior Court that alleged he was denied his rights when he had to pay for his own eye exams and his own root canal, that jail deputies lost his civilian clothes and failed to provide him with “climatically suitable clothing adequate for seasonal comfort and protection” because he was too cold at night.

But the kicker was a claim for monetary damages that alleged he was “negligently and carelessly treated” by a jail doctor for his “acute tinea unguium infection,” or toe-nail fungus.

“I suffered the detriment of an ineffective treatment that made the infection more resistant to treatment, and that allowed the infection to spread,” Alcala wrote in June 2006.

In all, Alcala filed 26 claims against the county for damages while he was incarcerated in the Orange County Jail, according to Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the county.

Most of the filings were initiated after 2006, when Alcala began insisting in Superior Court that he should be allowed to act as his own attorney in his murder trial.

There have been other jail inmates who have filed a large number of claims against the county in the past, Sutter said, but few have been as litigious as Alcala.

“I would say he is at the high end of the scale,” Sutter said.

Senior Deputy County Counsel Laurie A. Shade, whose office reviews all claims filed against the county, put it this way: “He’s filed so many claims, it is kind of hard to keep track of them all.”

Alcala has been as unsuccessful in his civil cases as he was in his criminal case.

Nearly all have been denied, Sutter said.

Orange County Risk Management did settle one case with Alcala in 2009, for $72.03 for losing some of his clothes, and another case in 2005, for $21, for some lost magazine and personal items, Sutter said.

And two recent cases are deemed still pending.

In one of those filings, Alcala wants $250 for personal injury he says suffered when a jailer yanked him away from a confrontation with another inmate, who had spit on him.

Alcala claimed that all deputies knew he was a “total separation inmate,” yet allowed the other inmate to come in close contact with him while he has chained and handcuffed.

“My face was splattered with the assaulter’s vile spit,” Alcala said. “My forehead received a red welt, and I was prohibited from pressing charges against my assailant.”

You killed people! You deserve So much more than just being spat on!

In the second case, Alcala seeks $452 for the loss of his use of plastic scissors, which he claimed were confiscated by jailers even though he had a court order to possess them to prepare his defense in the murder case. His computation for damages in that case includes $2.50 for the scissors and $5 per day for 65.4 days of being denied the use of the scissors.

Alcala usually estimated his loss in each claim by gauging what he called “the value of (his) suffering. He asked for cash in most cases, usually piddly amounts.

For example, he filed one claim for $1.50: the jail commissary price of the two candy bars he did not receive on Thanksgiving Day.

In another filing, Alcala asked for $5, the amount he said was assessed for five welfare packs, which he claimed are given at no cost to inmates.

He also asked in another claim for $3 per day for every day he was not allowed to watch television in the day room, and $3 per day for every day he was denied a newspaper during his dayroom time. He wanted $5 per day for “the detriment of being denied my right to an accessible wash basin/drinking fountain with hot and cold running water…”

But he bumped his estimate of his loss to $10 per day when he filed a claim in 2006 for damages when he was “denied my right to occupy a cell with a polished metal mirror.”

Alcala is now on death row at San Quentin Prison appealing his Orange County conviction for the five murders.

Let’s hope they expedite his sentence! Each case costs tax payer money!

NY Serial Killer Theories

Theories abound in mysterious NY beach bodies case

WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) — Is there a serial killer on the loose in Long Island? More than one? Could he be a police officer or an ex-cop? Are some of the victims rubbed-out mobsters sleeping near the fishes? Or could they be the long-undiscovered victims of New York’s most prolific serial killer of them all, Joel Rifkin?

With police saying next to nothing about the discovery of 10 sets of human remains dumped off a highway near Jones Beach, amateurs and experts alike are offering a multiplicity of theories — some outlandish, some entirely plausible.

Many of the theories have been compiled on the Web site or offered up in the daily papers.

“It’s mostly fodder for laughter by the investigators,” said attorney Bruce Barket, a former prosecutor in the Nassau County district attorney’s office. “Because the investigators know much more than they have revealed publicly, they’re sitting there chuckling at this theory and that theory. Because it really is irrelevant to what they are doing.”

The biggest tabloid sensation to hit Long Island since Amy Fisher shot Joey Buttafuoco’s wife in the ’90s began to unfold in December. That’s when a police officer and his cadaver dog happened upon the first set of remains while searching for a 24-year-old New Jersey prostitute last seen in the area a year ago.

Two days later, police found three more bodies; all four were women in their 20s who booked clients for sex on the Internet. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said at a news conference that a serial killer could be at work.

The New York Daily News quickly dispatched a reporter to an upstate prison to interview Rifkin on his “expert” thoughts since he admitted killing 17 prostitutes in a murder spree in the late 1980s and ’90s. Four of his victims have never been found. The New York Post immediately hung the moniker “The Ripper” on the killer.

Dormer tried to calm the chatter, telling reporters days later: “I don’t want anyone to think we have a Jack the Ripper running around Suffolk County with blood dripping from a knife. This is an anomaly.”

Months passed with few updates on the case — until the snow melted in late March. Police found one, then three more, then two more sets of remains not far from where the first four were discovered. None of the recent six have been identified or linked to the deaths of the four women found in December.

The New York Times cited experts as speculating the culprit may have a law enforcement background because he has managed to elude capture for so long. The experts noted that relatives of one victim had gotten brief, taunting phone calls from the possible killer — perhaps an indication that he knew how to avoid having the calls traced. Police tracked the calls to busy Penn Station and the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan — crowded areas that made it hard to hear the caller — before the signal went dead, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Other reports suggested that some investigators believe some of the newly found remains, which police would describe only as having been there for “some time,” may have been Rifkin’s work. He denied that in a Newsday prison interview this week.

Franny Louis, a Carle Place, N.Y., resident, said she agreed with Rifkin when he told Newsday that the killer could be someone nearby. “Someone who works along the shoreline and may have access to burlap bags and things of that nature,” she said.

Police have not commented on various reports that the first four women were found in burlap, while the most recent remains were not. They have also left open the possibility that more than one killer could be dumping bodies.

Xavier Molina of Lake Grove, N.Y., wasn’t buying that theory: “It’s really hard to find two serial killers out there dumping bodies in the same spot.”

One blogger on the site The Stir theorized the killer could be a real-life Dexter, the TV character who works as a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department and in his free time kills people he believes have eluded justice.

“There are a few differences, of course,” according to a recent blog. “Dexter only kills those who deserve it. And in this case no one would ever argue that the women targeted by the Long Island Serial Killer deserved to be killed.”

Carina Atteritano of Oceanside, N.Y., said she suspects someone in law enforcement could be involved, since the killer hasn’t been caught.

“I definitely have friends who are up late at night because they are concerned about it. We joke about it that it could be somebody in our town, but it really could be and that’s scary,” she said. “Nobody really knows.”


Associated Press Colleen Long contributed to this report.


I do not think that the bodies found are victims of Rifkin. If nothing else he is too critical of this killer. Serial killers have big egos and there is no way he would call his own work sloppy.

I also do not think that there are 2 serial killers dumping bodies within this short of a distance of each other. It is possible but I doubt it is happening here.

The 4 identified victims were asphyxiated (strangled most likely) but the cause of death of the other 6 has not been released.

I doubt that these victims are linked to the New Jersey victims  Then again there is so little information there is nothing to really base an opinion on. I guess since the police have not been linking them I will have to say I do think that it is 2 different killers.

I did find an article that also reports that there are 2 different killers.

Police said on Wednesday that the bodies of four prostitutes found around Atlantic City, New Jersey back in 2006 do not seem to have anything to do with the eight bodies (and maybe ninth and tenth sets of remains) found on Long Island, near Gilgo and Jones Beach, since late 2010. Thought to be the work of a serial killer, four of the latest bodies have been identified as belonging to women who worked as prostitutes on Craigslist and were all found near Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County. The other bodies and remains have yet to be identified, and may not even be connected to the first four.

But on Wednesday, the Suffolk County police commissioner, Richard Dormer, said there seemed, at this time, to be no connection with the bodies found in Atlantic City. Mr. Dormer said there were “items connected with the two cases” that indicated the same killer was not involved, but he declined to elaborate. There have been no links established between the four bodies discovered in Suffolk in December and the four sets of remains found more recently, which have not yet been identified. Increasing differences are emerging that set the two groups apart, officials have said.

Evidence that may separate the two sets of bodies includes the burlap sacks, which held the first four bodies, but not the rest, and the fact that some remains are thought to belong to a child, which complicates the question of motive. The F.B.I. is now assisting on the case as searches of the area continue.


I just hope that with all of the publicity and the speculation the murdered women, the dead girls, daughters, mothers and sisters do not get forgotten.

The named victims so far

BTK Summary of Evidence

An interesting although disturbing document.

It does get graphic so if you are easily offended or upset you might not want to read it.

Serial Killer News

MARIN CO., Calif. — A suspected serial killer was in the Marin County jail Monday (04/11) night following his arrest on four counts of murder involving cold cases from around northern California.

Joseph Naso, 77, had been living in Reno, Nev. and was arrested Monday in South Lake Tahoe after being released from the El Dorado County jail on unrelated charges.

The homicides took place in northern California in 1977, 1978, 1993 & 1994.

Investigators did not release many details Monday but at least one of the killings was involved a Marin County woman.

KTVU learned the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Department have scheduled news conferences for Tuesday morning.

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian told the Marin Independent Journal that authorities were still trying to notify family members after his arrest.

Naso, who is being held without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.



Elsewhere a parole board is deciding if a serial killer should be released on parole.

A state parole board heard testimony Monday about why a convicted killer — whom police believe was behind a grisly string of Clark County homicides in the 1970s — should remain locked up.

Warren Forrest, a Vancouver native and Army veteran, was suspected of slaying at least six women in Clark County between March 1972 and October 1974. He was convicted in 1979 of one of the homicides and received a life sentence.

Now 61, Forrest is eligible for parole in 2014, and the Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board is hearing testimony this week before deciding whether to release him. Today, two board members will interview Forrest at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen to determine whether he’s shown significant signs of rehabilitation.

The board is expected to reach a decision in four to six weeks, according to Portland KATU-TV reporter Dan Tilkin, a Columbian news partner who attended Monday’s hearing.

Forrest was sentenced prior to an overhaul of the state’s sentencing guidelines that now mandate set sentences; prior to the current guidelines, defendants in certain violent crimes were given indeterminate sentences and their cases were to be periodically reviewed by a parole board.

This is the first time Forrest has been eligible for parole.

On Monday, family members of the women spoke vehemently before the board at its Lacey headquarters about why Forrest should never be freed.

Among them was Starr Lara, the sister of Jamie Grissim, a 16-year-old Fort Vancouver High School student who disappeared Dec. 7, 1971. Sheriff’s investigators later found Grissim’s identification in remote Dole Valley, about a mile away from where the remains of two young women also were found.

Investigators believe Grissim was Forrest’s first victim, according to 1970s police reports. However, her remains were never found.

Lara of Hillsboro, Ore., said Monday that she thinks about her sister every day and still seeks answers from Forrest about her disappearance.

“I’ve gone without my sister all these years,” Lara told the board, according to KATU video footage of Monday’s hearing. “And he doesn’t deserve any less of a secure place.”

She said he shouldn’t receive any privileges “because they didn’t get that.”

Forrest, a former Clark County parks employee, is serving his sentence for the 1974 murder of Krista Kay Blake. In addition to the slayings, he is suspect of attacking two other women. Both eventually identified Forrest as their abductor.

Forrest pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the kidnap and rape of one of his surviving victims and spent 3½ years at Western State Hospital near Tacoma. Meanwhile, sheriff’s investigators began piecing together a puzzle that led them to believe Forrest was a serial killer.

Investigators, though, were stymied by the lack of physical and direct evidence linking Forrest to those disappearances.

In 1978, Forrest was charged with the first-degree murder of Blake and subsequently convicted by a Clark County jury and sentenced.

Monday, two of Blake’s sisters also spoke to the board, decrying the possibility of Forrest’s release.

In response, the board members told family members that it will be tough for Forrest to meet the burden required for an early release; he must show that he’s fully rehabilitated.

Should the parole board decide to release Forrest, he would first be enrolled in a three-year program that helps prisoners reintegrate into society by teaching them life skills, such as using a cellphone, Tilkin said.

Lara told the board that she doesn’t think Forrest has met that burden.

“I don’t think he’s ever shown remorse,” Lara said.


I have no idea why they would ever release him, or any serial killer back into society. It is proven over and over that serial killers can not be rehabilitated. They are basically putting a time bomb on the streets.

This link has a video about the Long Island, New York / Possible New Jersey serial killer.

In West Mesa New Mexico the police are hoping that the press that the serial killer in New York is generating breathes new life into their unsolved serial murders.

Investigators in the West Mesa buried bodies case are keeping a close eye on developments in Long Island, New York.

There, in a rural area of the island, the remains of eight people have been recently discovered. More remains, believed to be human, were found on Monday. The discovery is leading them to think a serial killer may be responsible— a killer with eerily similar victims to the West Mesa Case.

Even though it’s so far away, the case has the attention of the Albuquerque Police Department as they continue to look for the culprit in the West Mesa murders.

“The lifestyles are similar, the women are engaged in a different type of activity given that they’re using Craigslist or different types of calling contacts, where ours are believed to be contacted off the streets so those are a few of the similarities,” said APD Deputy Chief Paul Feist.

From there the similarities end. Investigators say they have confidential evidence with the West Mesa case that doesn’t match up with Long Island case.

Albuquerque police don’t think they’re looking for the same person but say when there’s a mention of a serial killing, like in Long Island, there’s potential for a breakthrough. “Even if this is not the same offender, it might spark somebody here with recollection or give them courage to come forward,” said Feist.

Police believe the answer is out there somewhere, but for now the West Mesa murder case remains a mystery.

If you have information about the West Mesa murders you are urged to call police.

Source and Video here


9th Body Found in New York

INVESTIGATORS found a ninth set of human remains today along a New York beach thought to have been where a serial killer buried victims.

“They are human remains. It’s not a complete body, they are partial human remains,” a source said.

Investigators also said they found a human skull, but it was unclear if it belonged to the ninth victim or was part of another set of remains, according to FOX News Channel.

State Police Captain James Dewar said the remains were discovered about 11.30am (local time) on the north side of Ocean Parkway about 2.4km from Jones Beach, just outside New York City.

Searchers “did locate some bones, and those bones will be transported to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office,” Captain Dewar confirmed, without elaborating.

Cops also found remains that were deemed to be animal bones earlier Monday and discovered a third set later in the day that have yet to be identified.

Investigators believe that the Long Island slays were linked to the serial killings of four prostitutes in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2006 because of similarities in the cases. “It’s the same guy,” a source said.

Another source said that a suspect had been identified – a contention Suffolk County cops have publicly denied.

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Some are speculating that the killer is either a cop or an ex cop. I do not think so. Serial Killers read books about other serial killers and learn. They also are known to be big fans of cop shows. I think the killer is just someone who has studied.

With the new information coming out it does look like it is the same killer.

Police have yet to link their deaths with the four victims in New Jersey –  Kim Raffo, Molly Jean Dilts, Barbara Breidor and Tracy Ann Roberts. But there are several coincidences.

In each case, the killer dumped four prostitutes near water and in close proximity. The bodies were in various stages of decomposition, suggesting he kept some for a  time after they died.

All eight were sex workers, and the four in New York used Craigslist. Each had been strangled.

He had removed the shoes from both sets of bodies, though the women in New Jersey were clothed. Those in Long Island had been stripped naked and were found without jewellery or belongings, each wrapped in burlap.

‘It’s the same guy,’one law-enforcement source told the Post.

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The article also goes into more information about the calls the killer made to Melissa’s younger sister.

The twisted Craigslist Ripper stalked the teenage sister of one of his victims, taunting her in six telephone calls.

He even revealed to 16-year-old Amanda Barthelemy that her sister Melissa was a prostitute – a secret she had kept from her family.

The sadistic serial killer, who police fear may have stalked and strangled to death at least eight vice girls over the past five years, would only talk to the teen.

Four bodies were dug up in Long island near Gilgo Beach last December, including Barthelemy, an aspiring hairdresser, who disappeared from her Bronx apartment in July, 2009.

The 24-year-old had not told her mother she was advertising her services on Craigslist and had been having sex with clients for more than a year.

According to the New York Post, the killer said to Amanda: ‘Is this Melissa’s little sister?’. ‘Yes,’ replied the girl.

‘Do you know what your sister is doing?  She’s a whore.’ Barthelemy had lied to her mother, Lynn, that she was an exotic dancer. Half a dozen more calls and texts followed in the next six weeks.

The killer always phoned in the evenings, spoke for less than three minutes and in a low voice, calmly mocking the youngster. The family feared he had seen Amanda when she visited her sister’s home and stayed over.


Edit, Some are reporting that the 10th set of bones have been identified as human which bring this up to 10 bodies, not 9.

Speed Freak Killer #2 Trying to Get Out


In a 3 page letter sent to the Stockton Record, convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine says he’s ready to reveal where he and former friend Loren Herzog buried the bodies of women they killed during a 15 year spree.

The letter was scrawled on a paper from a yellow legal pad. The offer is simple. “I’ll give up information about Loren Herzog if you let me out of prison in say 10 years,” says Record reporter Scott Smith.

The letter was addressed to Smith or any Record reporter. Smith has had off and on contact with Shermantine for years and has seen him taunt people with the possibility of information before.

“He’ll kind of hint at things, he’ll say, ‘I have some information, would you like to know what it is?’ So I don’t know what you can believe of what he says, really,” Smith told FOX40.

The bodies of at least five women believed to have been killed by Shermantine and Herzog, dubbed “The Speed Freak Duo”, have never been recovered.

Shermantine’s offer is a tempting one for prosecutors and they’ve heard before. Just after his conviction, Shermantine made the same offer, but demanded $20,000. A few years ago, Shermantine again said he’d reveal the location of the missing women – if the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office bought him art supplies.

For their part, the D.A.’s office has been negotiating have the death penalty dropped from Shermantine’s sentence and reduce it life in prison in exchange for the info, but deputy district attorney Thomas Testa says this latest demand won’t fly.

“He wants to get out in 10 years, which is never going to happen,” Testa says. Testa prosecuted both Herzog and Shermantine and believes this latest tease is borne out of jealousy, “I think it really burns Wesley Shermantine up to see Loren Herzog free.”

Loren Herzog was released from custody this summer, though he’s still living on the grounds of High Desert State Prison in Susanville because no California county wanted him to move in.

“As Wesley wrote in that letter, he’s interested in making sure Loren gets back in custody, I think that’s what motivated him in part to show us where the bodies are,” says Testa. The letter to the Stockton Record asks for a “deal”, but it appears Shermantine has finally pushed too far and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office is pulling the plug on the cat and mouse game.

“We are washing our hands of Wesley Shermantine,” says Testa.


Wash your hands and stop letting this killer play games. Just say no.

The California Justice System already let Herzog out. Isn’t that bad enough?

From Crime Library Tru TV

Release controversy

Much to the mortification of the residents of Lassen County, Calif., Herzog was paroled to their area upon his release from prison in San Joaquin County: some of his victims’ relatives successfully petitioned to have his release moved out San Joaquin County, where many of his alleged crimes had been committed. Originally scheduled for release in July 2010, prison officials discovered that his sentence required him to serve several additional weeks. The discrepancy over the release date was chalked up to a “clerical error.” Although a number of influential politicians had tried in vain to keep Herzog locked up, the prison system said that there was little they could do given Herzog’s sentence and the ruling of the parole board. Dozens of area residents protested in Susanville three days before his scheduled release date.

It was established that Herzog’s parole would be for three years, supervised. Another condition of his parole, according to Sacramento’s News 10, was that Herzog be housed in a modular home on the grounds of neighboring High Desert State Prison in Susanville. Although the property is owned by the state prison system, it is located outside the perimeter of the prison itself. Herzog is required to wear a GPS monitoring device tracked 24 hours a day, and is subject to a curfew.

Nonetheless, thousands of residents are upset over Herzog’s release into their county. At the time of his release, many people were organizing to take their protest to the governor’s office.

“Everybody was completely outraged,” said an area resident to CBS 12 Action News. “The bottom line is nobody heard about it until the last minute.”

Assemblyman Dan Logue, a Republican from the California State Assembly’s 3rd District, was among those who had fought to keep Herzog in jail.

“I cannot believe that the parole board let this guy out so early,” Logue said. “He still has years to serve, so I’m looking into the reasons behind that also.”

Logue’s attempt to keep Herzog behind bars by utilizing a civil commitment law, which would have required the district attorney, through the court system, to have a mental evaluation done to determine if Herzog still possessed a propensity for violence, but was unsuccessful.

“He can still get in his vehicle and go wherever he wants to go,” said an area resident. “The ankle bracelet is not going to stop him from going anywhere in a small town like that.”

“There is no bigger injustice,” John Vanderheiden, Cyndi Vanderheiden’s father, said of Herzog’s release. “All Herzog’s release is doing is making me relive it all over again….Our justice system just didn’t do its job.”

Crime Sider CBS reports on the release

Another look at the injustice

“A tattoo on your brain”

The ripple effect of murder is so often overlooked.


David Wallin’s wife Teresa, who was 7 months pregnant, was murdered by Richard Trenton Chase in 1978. David came home to find his wife lying murdered on the floor of their bedroom, shot twice in the head, her body disemboweled. The article is about how David has survived and coped since then.

For David Wallin, who found her in their North Sacramento home on Tioga Way, the image is still fresh.

“Every time you see something on TV, read anything, it takes you there,” Wallin said. “That image, I wish it could’ve been eliminated, but you can’t get it out of there.”

Instead, as the survivor of a loved one who was murdered, he has had to learn to coexist with the memory.

“You see a lot of victims say there’s no ‘closure,’ ” Wallin said. “You can throw the word out. I don’t care if you put the guy to death – my loved one is not here. It goes on.”

I can not imagine finding my loved one murdered never mind finding in the horrific display that Chase caused.

Soon after the murder, Wallin said, he went back to work, while friends looked after him to make sure he didn’t “go over the deep end.”

But for many survivors of murder victims, the pain of loss is “like a tattoo in your brain,” said Carole McDonald, founder of Volunteers in Victim Assistance, a Sacramento organization that provides crisis intervention and counseling to victims of violent crime and trauma.

“You get to a place where you’re able to function, where you’re able to live your life,” McDonald said. “But that doesn’t mean you forget.”

Wallin lived a “self-destructive” lifestyle for months, he said. He sought counseling briefly. He found himself wondering if Terry’s life might have been saved had he come home earlier that night.

Survivor guilt is so destructive and I see it over and over again when reading of the loved ones of those murdered. Imagine how many “what – if’s” they must suffer through.

In the 1980s, he began volunteering with Volunteers in Victim Assistance, fundraising and helping to counsel other people who had lost loved ones to violence, he said.

“It gave him something positive to focus on, that he felt he could help somebody else,” Fandrich said.

Fandrich said Wallin himself usually emerged from talks with other survivors seeming to carry less of an emotional burden.

Wallin never went back into the house he shared with Terry on Tioga Way, which has since been torn down.

I am happy that he found a positive outlet.

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