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20060830: Detroit Serial Killer Arrested by Cops After 5 Years MI Detroit Serial Killer News

Detroit police charged a suspected serial killer with the murder of at least seven prostitutes over the past five years. Police officials report that 37-year old Shelly Brooks is suspected of killing as many as 14 people in Detroit alone.

Brooks has been charged with seven counts of premeditated murder and seven counts of felony murder. If convicted, the Detroit resident faces a maximum of life in prison.

The seven alleged prostitutes who were Brooks' victims were all drug users, and were between 30- and 53-years- old.

According to the police report, all had been violently raped and then beaten to death. The bodies were found in buildings and in vacant lots throughout the city's east side.

Brooks was originally arrested on July 30 for sexual assault of a prostitute, but Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings says he is also suspected of killing seven other prostitutes. She described the murders as "very similar," but declined to provide further details.

 

20060829: Suspected serial killer charged in 7 deaths MI Detroit Serial Killer News
Ending a five-year investigation, authorities Tuesday charged a Detroit man with murdering seven prostitutes on the city's east side and said he may have killed another seven women in a crime spree that may have began in 1999. Shelly Andre Brooks, 37, is scheduled to be arraigned later today in 36th District Court in Detroit on seven counts of premeditated murder and seven counts of felony murder. He has been in police custody since late July after one woman survived an attack and helped identify Brooks as her assailant. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Brooks' mother had a drug problem and he seemed to project his anger about his upbringing onto his victims. "Mr. Brooks is your quintessential serial killer," she said. "He really thought he was killing his mother all over again." Brooks was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in Wayne County years ago, his only other brush with the law, Worthy said. For now , Brooks is charged with killing his first victim, 53-year-old Sandra Davis, on Aug. 31, 2001. Authorities charged him with four other slayings in 2002 and one each in 2005 and this year. The last victim, who remains unidentified, was killed June 5. For Chaunci Cline, a community activist who told police she feared a serial killer was at work in 2002, Tuesday's charges bring a measure of relief. "There's still more work to be done," she said outside police headquarters. "It doesn't take 14 women to die to see there's a pattern."
 

20060816: Detroit police nab serial killer suspect MI Detroit Serial Killer News
Detroit police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected in killing prostitutes in the city over a six-year period. Police said they have DNA evidence to link the unidentified man, who has not been charged, to the killings of four prostitutes. They also suspect him in the deaths of 13 other women, although they have no physical evidence to connect him to those crimes, the Detroit News reported. The women were found dead between 1999 and 2005, killed by "blunt-force trauma," police said. Officials said the suspect was originally taken into custody July 30 on a separate criminal sexual-conduct charge. They did not say if or when they expect to charge him in the serial killings.
 

20060815: Suspected serial killer in custody MI Detroit Serial Killer News
Detroit Police have arrested a man who is suspected of killing prostitutes on Detroit's east side. Police officials confirmed the arrest of a 37-year-old Detroit man Tuesday evening. The suspect was arrested July 30 on a separate criminal sexual conduct charge and has been in custody since then, police said. Four slayings have been linked to one suspect's DNA, Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said at a news conference last month, and the same killer is suspected in the deaths of 13 other women, though no physical evidence was found to connect those victims. On Tuesday, police said the four slayings in question match the DNA of the man in custody. The victims, found dead between 1999 and 2005 in the area bordered by Van Dyke and Alter, and Jefferson and East McNichols, were all prostitutes, drug users and older than 30, police said. Hundreds of witnesses have been questioned in the cases, and at least 150 men have been ruled out as suspects since the investigation began in 1999. In 2002, investigators began to see a pattern linking the killings. The first victim with the DNA link was found dead in January 2002 in the 9700 block of St. Paul; the second was found in April 2002 in the 1300 block of Manistique. Their identities have not been released. Police said a 2002 television news story on the slayings might have forced the killer underground, but he resurfaced. In November 2003, a woman was found dead at Mack Avenue and Holcomb Street. The final victim, linked by DNA, was found in October 2005 at Chalmers and Houston Whittier. Police have created a profile: The killer is male, familiar to the women, and likely lives in the area. He presented himself as a customer, police said. Each of the four women was killed by blunt force trauma, police said. The man in custody was arrested with a blunt object, police said. Anyone with information about the slayings, the victims, or suspect is asked to call the Detroit Police Homicide Department at 313-596-2660, or 800-773-2587.
 

20060731: Possible Break In Serial Killer Case MI Detroit Serial Killer News
Suspect in custody There has been a break in the case in the search for a serial killer in Detroit. Police said they have a man in custody that is accused of assaulting a Detroit woman. A witness told police the man in question assaulted her in the same east side Detroit neighborhood where police said 17 prostitutes have been allegedly murdered since 1999, Local 4 reported. Police will test the DNA of the man in custody to see if there is a match to DNA of four prostitutes that were tested. Police said the man in custody is only a suspect in one assault and not the 17 murders, but since he is in custody, they will investigate to determine if there is a connection.
 

20060723: Search Continues For Man Possibly Linked To Serial Killer MI Detroit Serial Killer News

Police continue the search for the man who they said is targeting prostitutes.

The murders occurred on Detroit's east side, in the area bordered by Van Dyke, Altar, Jefferson and McNichols streets.

Police believe the man in this composite sketch, pictured right, may be linked to a rape in the same area, and believe he may be able to help with the serial killer investigation, Local 4 reported.

Since 2002, police said 13 people have been murdered, and the victims are prostitutes, drug users and people over 30 years old.

Police believe the man lives in the area.

 

20060722: Serial killer targeting prostitutes, police say MI Detroit Serial Killer News

A killer appears to be targeting prostitutes on Detroit's east side, Detroit police said Friday.

Four slayings have been linked to one suspect's DNA, Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said at a news conference, and the same killer is suspected in the deaths of 13 other women, though no physical evidence was found to connect those victims.

Bully-Cummings said the victims, found dead between 1999 and 2005 in the area bordered by Van Dyke and Alter, and Jefferson and East McNichols, were all prostitutes, drug users and older than 30.

Hundreds of witnesses have been questioned in the cases, and at least 150 men have been ruled out as suspects since the investigation began in 1999. In 2002, investigators began to see a pattern linking the killings.

The first victim with the DNA link was found dead in January 2002 in the 9700 block of St. Paul; the second was found in April 2002 in the 1300 block of Manistique. Their identities have not been released.

Police said a 2002 television news story on the slayings might have forced the killer underground, but he resurfaced. In November 2003, a woman was found dead at Mack Avenue and Holcomb Street.

The final victim, linked by DNA, was found in October 2005 at Chalmers and Houston Whittier. Police have created a profile: The killer is male, familiar to the women, and likely lives in the area. He might have presented himself as a customer.

Each of the four women was killed by blunt force trauma, police said.

Anyone with information about the slayings, the victims, or suspect is asked to call the Detroit Police Homicide Department at 313-596-2660, or 800-773-2587.

 


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