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20070313: Serial Killer Accused in Homeless Stabbing AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
PHOENIX - A man arrested in one of the city's two serial killer investigations pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting a homeless man with a knife, and prosecutors agreed to drop an attempted murder charge.

Jeff Hausner's brother, Dale Hausner, is charged with seven counts of murder in the shooting spree, which wounded at least 17 people and killed seven. Jeff Hausner's former roommate, Samuel Dieteman, is charged in two of the killings.

Investigators initially said Jeff Hausner's April 14 stabbing of the homeless man was linked to those serial shootings. But Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Tuesday that prosecutors have since decided that Jeff Hausner was not involved in the shootings.

"This defendant, although related to one of the so-called serial shooters, was not part of those crimes, as far as we know," Thomas said after the hearing.

Jeff Hausner, 40, faces a maximum of nearly nine years in prison when he is sentenced April 20.

Police have said he attacked the homeless man after the man approached him and Dieteman outside a supermarket.

Jeff Hausner's lawyer, Candice Shoemaker, said the cases were connected only "because of the presence of Mr. Dieteman. Jeff feels he was wrapped into everything that was going on."

Police said Dieteman had nothing to do with the stabbing.

Jeff Hausner did not agree to testify in the case against his brother and Dieteman as part of the plea agreement, prosecutor Vince Imbordino said. Thomas would not say whether he would be called to testify.

Shoemaker said her client just wanted the case resolved.

"He didn't want to go to trial given that the top charge was attempted murder, a charge which carries substantially more time," she said.

Authorities spent weeks looking into his involvement after arresting Dale Hausner and Dieteman last August in the serial killer investigation. Investigators said Dale Hausner and Dieteman cruised Phoenix-area streets late at night in a car, randomly blasting at people with shotguns.

The attacks are thought to have started May 17, 2005, with the fatal shooting of Tony Mendez, who was riding his bicycle at night along a downtown street.

 

20070112: Baseline Killer suspect gets new neighbor in jail AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Baseline Killer suspect Mark Goudeau was moved to a new jail cell Friday, following a Tribune report that he had been housed in an adjacent cell to Serial Shooter suspect Dale Hausner. “They’ve already been moved,” jail spokeswoman Lisa Allen McPherson said Friday afternoon. She said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio made the decision because he did not like the misleading implication in the Tribune article that the suspects had a “growing friendship.” A news release from the sheriff’s office acknowledges that Goudeau and Hausner had been housed in adjacent cells until Friday in the Special Management Unit at Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail. Arpaio said the unit is where the most dangerous suspects are housed, and each inmate is separated by several feet of concrete and steel and no one is within view or earshot of one another. “Hausner would appear to have quite an imagination,” Arpaio said in the statement. “My detention staff says there has not been any direct contact between these men and that Hausner misled the reporter in order to get more publicity for himself.” Hausner and Samuel Dieteman were arrested Aug. 4 at their Mesa apartment and charged with 37 random shootings linked to the “Serial Shooters.” The case spanned 14 months and included seven slayings in Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix. Hausner said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he had been moved to the cell next to Goudeau after he attempted suicide in December. “I see him every day and we talk,” Hausner said. “He seems to be a very nice person.” Goudeau, apparently, did not return the sentiment. Arpaio’s news release said Goudeau told jail officials Friday morning that he has never spoken to Hausner and “would not want to affiliate himself in any way ‘with a mass murderer.’” Phoenix police have named Goudeau a suspect in 19 incidents linked to the “Baseline Killer.” That case includes rapes, robberies and slayings across the Valley from August 2005 to June 2006 and overlapped the Serial Shooter investigation. The sheriff’s statement did not address one question: If Hausner and Goudeau had no contact with each other, how did Hausner know the identity of his next-door neighbor? “People talk,” Allen McPherson explained. But she emphasized that this did not include the possibility that Hausner and Goudeau had talked to each other.
 

20070103: Judge Bans Photos in Serial Killer Case AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
A judge on Wednesday barred news media from photographing or filming two serial killing suspects in court, saying the publicity could prevent a fair trial. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle said photographers and cameramen could still attend court hearings regarding Samuel John Dieteman and Dale S. Hausner. "The court was concerned that continuing publicity would affect whether the defendants would receive a fair trial," Steinle said during a court hearing. He did not restrict photos of the men in other situations. Hausner, 33, and Dieteman, 31, are accused of randomly shooting numerous people with shotguns as they cruised Phoenix area neighborhoods late at night. Hausner has been charged with seven counts of murder and Dieteman has been charged with two counts. The two are to be tried separately, and prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if they are convicted. Both men have pleaded not guilty. A former lawyer for Hausner previously failed to change the court venue because of the intense media attention. His current lawyer, Ken Everett, did not return a phone message Wednesday. Dieteman's lawyer, Maria Schaffer, said she didn't plan to ask the judge to move the case. No trial date has been set. The next hearing for Dieteman is scheduled for May 21, while Hausner has a court hearing set for Jan. 8.
 

20060831: Serial killer suspects charged with arson AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
The two men accused of shooting 16 people in a string of late night attacks now face even more criminal charges. Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman were indicted in federal court yesterday on two counts of arson. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the two men torched two Wal-Marts in Glendale over the summer. But federal prosecutors say they'll stand by while Hausner and Dieteman face murder and attempted murder charges in state court. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office hasn't said whether it will seek the death penalty against the pair. Authorities say the federal investigation into the Wal-Mart fires was key to identifying and catching Hausner and Dieteman. Tipsters from the arson first led federal agents to Dieteman and Hausner. Later, the two men became suspects in the Serial Shooter investigation.
 

20060830: Serial Killer suspects charged with arson AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News

The two men accused of shooting 16 people in a string of late night attacks now face even more criminal charges.
Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman (DEET'-mihn) were indicted in federal court today on two counts of arson.

The U-S Attorney's Office says the two men torched two Wal-Marts in Glendale over the summer.

But federal prosecutors say they'll stand by while Hausner and Dieteman face murder and attempted murder charges in state court.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office hasn't said whether it will seek the death penalty against the pair.

Authorities say the federal investigation into the Wal-Mart fires was key to identifying and catching Hausner and Dieteman.

Tipsters from the arson first led federal agents to Dieteman and Hausner.

Later, the two men became suspects in the Serial Shooter investigation.

 

20060829: Police bring brother of serial killer suspect in for questioning AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Phoenix police have questioned the older brother of Serial Shooter suspect Dale Hausner. A police spokesman says Jeff Hausner is not a suspect in the case. Jeff Hausner tells The Associated Press that he was brought into the police station in handcuffs. He said he agreed to a DNA test and allowed police to search his vehicle and his home. eff Hausner said police also asked him for a polygraph test, but he declined. Dale Hausner and his roommate Samuel Dieteman both face murder and attempted-murder charges in connection with 16 shootings in the past year. In a jailhouse interview earlier this month, Dale Hausner said he met Dieteman through his brother Jeff. Dale Hausner said Dieteman was at one time roommates with Jeff and that the three men would hang out from time to time.
 

20060829: Accused serial killer's brother questioned AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Phoenix police have questioned the brother of accused serial shooter Dale S. Hausner as part of their investigation into a string of random attacks that left seven people dead and wounded 17 others. Police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said Jeff Hausner, 39, spoke to police voluntarily last week. Hill said Jeff Hausner is not a suspect in the case. Jeff Hausner told The Associated Press in an e-mail Monday that police handcuffed him when they brought him in for questioning.
 

20060810: Serial killer suspect wants case moved out of Phoenix area AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
A man accused of shooting 16 people in a string of late night attacks wants his murder trial moved outside of Maricopa County because of the ‘‘carnival atmosphere'' surrounding the investigation. Defense lawyer Garrett Simpson said in a motion filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court that Dale S. Hausner, 33, won't get a fair trial in Phoenix, where news coverage has been ‘‘beyond extensive.'' ‘‘The change of venue is appropriate because of the uncommon and overheated publicity in the matter,'' Simpson told The Associated Press. ‘‘I'm afraid it's only going to get more overheated.'' Simpson also asked Superior Court Judge James Keppel for a gag order preventing authorities from giving out information about the investigation. In the nine-page motion, Simpson said thousands of news stories already have circulated on the Internet about Hausner and his alleged accomplice Samuel John Dieteman. One in The Arizona Republic included a banner headline where Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon called them ‘‘monsters.'' ‘‘Respected local medical doctors - who have never seen the defendant - have gone on-camera to give televised opinions about Mr. Hausner's mental state,'' Simpson wrote in the motion. ‘‘One declared him to be a sociopath and a liar.'' An Aug. 18 hearing is scheduled for Simpson's motion. Barnett Lotstein, special assistant county attorney, said prosecutors would fight the gag order request and the motion to change venue. Lotstein said Superior Court in Arizona's most populous county hasn't had problems selecting impartial juries in other high profile cases such as the AzScam political-corruption trial in the early 1990s and Bishop Thomas O'Brien's fatal hit-and-run case in 2003. ‘‘We're confident in the fourth largest county in the United States that there will be an impartial jury,'' Lotstein said. Hausner and Dieteman are in jail on two counts of first degree murder, 14 counts of attempted first degree murder and 16 counts of drive-by shooting. Neither has entered a formal plea to the charges. Their arrests are part of the so-called ‘‘Serial Shooter'' investigation that includes seven fatal shootings since May 2005. Authorities continue to investigate those other shootings as well as a rash of attacks by another serial predator known as the ‘‘Baseline Rapist.'' Dieteman's lawyer, Maria Schaffer, wouldn't comment Thursday about Hausner's request to move the case. Hausner, a janitor who moonlighted as a radio talk-show host and boxing ring announcer, already has spoken with reporters on two occasions about his arrest. During his second news conference, Simpson rushed in and told him to stop talking. ‘‘I found out I was appointed to that case minutes before I walked into that room,'' Simpson wrote. In his motion, Simpson said he expected the County Attorney Andrew Thomas to pursue the death penalty against Hausner. Given the stakes, Simpson said the judge had to move the case. ‘‘There is no reason to think the avid interest in the case will abate locally, even as the case might fade in the public mind the further away from Phoenix one goes,'' Simpson said.
 

20060808: AZ suspect: a St. Paul connection AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Reporting on the background of alleged serial killer Sam Dieteman has been focusing on south central Minnesota, but there’s actually a St. Paul connection to the case. Dieteman was divorced in 2003 from Dorothy Dieteman, formerly Dorothy Iverson, and her Washington County petition for dissolution of marriage was up on the Pioneer Press home page this morning. You can find it right here. The Scoop, mindful that former spouses are often well aware of the trouble their erstwhile beloved might be in for, read the order with some curiosity. There’s not much there, until you get to the bottom. The attorney for the petitioner, Dorothy Dieteman, is none other than West Side denizen Gloria Bogen, executive director of Legal Assistance of Washington Co., Inc., and one of the two main attorneys there. She’s likely even better known as one of the co-chairs of the committee that picked John Harrington to be St. Paul’s police chief, the treasurer for Ward 2 city council member Dave Thune’s recent election campaigns and the long time partner of former Thune aide Chuck Repke. “Dorothy was very nice,” Bogen told the Scoop this morning, remembering her former client. He was living out of state at the time and had warrants for his arrest in Minnesota. The divorce wound up a “default” case, granted on the petitioner’s terms. So she never got to face down a serial killer in court then? “He was down in Arizona at the time,” Bogen said. “As far as I know, he never came up here.”
 

20060807: Accused killer was struggling before arrest, friend says AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Before he was accused of being a serial killer, Samuel John Dieteman was already grappling with a difficult life. Dieteman, a drifter who was wanted in Minnesota on several criminal charges, had been surviving in Arizona for the past few years with the help of friends, said Kelly Hottowe, a bartender who has known him since 2002. Then, last summer, the bottom fell out. Dieteman's mother kicked him out of her house in Glendale, and he lost his job as an electrician, Hottowe said. "He started drinking a lot," she said. "He'd be at the bar as soon as it opened." It was during this year, police said, that Dieteman started preying on pedestrians and bicyclists with another friend, Dale Hausner. According to court documents, Dieteman said the two would drive around at night and randomly shoot people on the street. The two were arrested last week on two counts each of first-degree murder and 13 counts each of attempted first-degree murder. Phoenix police said the two men are the serial shooters who have terrorized residents in a string of attacks for more than a year. They are being investigated in about three dozen incidents in all, including seven killings and the wounding of 17 people. "Hopefully these arrests in the serial shooter cases will bring some closure for the families," Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said. A sheriff's spokesman said Monday that Dieteman was declining interview requests. Authorities had been searching for Dieteman for more than a month as part of an investigation into arsons at two Glendale Wal-Marts. They found him early last week, according to a federal affidavit. The affidavit said a witness told federal agents that Dieteman was drinking that night at the Stardust bar, a pool hall at the corner of a strip mall in Glendale. Hottowe said she was working in the bar that day. She said Dieteman was playing a game of 3-ball pool when police closed in. "There was an undercover detective sitting right at the bar," she said. Police followed Dieteman as he left in a light colored four-door sedan. They kept him under tight surveillance for four days before capturing the two men at their gated apartment complex in Mesa last Thursday. At the Stardust on Monday, Hottowe shook her head in disbelief at what has played out on the news. "He was my brother - at least that's what I used to call him," Hottowe said. "We were really good friends for four years. He'd do anything for me." "He was very playful. He loves my kids. He took my 15-year-old to some concerts. He went to his Pop Warner games." Hottowe said the two remained friends until last summer, when Dieteman seemed to snap. "When all that (stuff) happened, I just backed off and left him alone." Dale Hausner told reporters Monday he was innocent and had no idea that Dieteman could be involved in the serial shootings. It's possible, Hausner said, that his new roommate might have been sneaking out of the apartment and shooting people on his own. Hausner said he knows Dieteman through his brother, Jeff, who may have hired the electrician to do handiwork at his home. They started to hang out when Jeff wouldn't go out, Hausner said. Hausner said that he let Dieteman into his apartment five weeks ago. Dieteman seemed down on his luck, Hausner said, and he let his new friends stay without paying rent. Dieteman had a low self-esteem, Hausner said. If Dieteman did shoot people, it probably was for attention. "If he did this stuff, it would be for recognition," Hausner said. "Or if he didn't and he is confessing that he did, it would be for the recognition."
 

20060806: Friends of accused serial killer are shocked AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
He was always polite to friends, never rude. A lover of boxing who decorated his room with drawings of his favorite athletes. A father to a 2-year-old girl, and two young sons who died in a car accident. To people who know him, Dale S. Hausner simply is too sweet, too timid, to have terrorized city residents in a rash of late-night shootings as police alleged on Friday. ``He doesn't even look like he would know which end of the [gun] barrel the bullet would come out of," said Mary Ann Owen, a Las Vegas photographer who has known Hausner since 1999. Hausner and his alleged accomplice, Samuel John Dieteman, have each been booked on two counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted first-degree murder for a series of attacks since May 2005. Police arrested Hausner, 33, and Dieteman, 30, on Thursday after keeping both under tight surveillance for four days. Outlining the evidence they said helped them track the suspects, authorities said the two are clearly the men sought in the city's so-called Serial Shooter case. ``We are confident these are the individuals involved," Assistant Police Chief Kevin Robinson said. The men are being investigated in 36 shootings, including some involving animals. They're also suspected of committing two arsons. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 14. An unidentified person tipped off police that Dieteman would drive through cities selecting random targets that he called ``RV" -- Random Recreational Violence. Investigators later searched the Mesa apartment that the men shared, finding shotgun cartridges, shotguns, and long rifles. The two men also apparently kept close tabs on what people were saying about the shootings, which included the killing of six people. Police searching through their trash found a map with red and blue dots representing the locations of the attacks. The bag also contained an America ' s Most Wanted video and news clippings of the shootings and other attacks linked to another serial assailant dubbed the Baseline Killer. Hausner's daughter was in the apartment when he and Dieteman were arrested outside, police said. She was returned to her mother, police said. Friends remembered Hausner having sad moments, recalling the loss of his sons. ``He told me he lost a whole family to a car accident," Owen said. According to a 1994 report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hausner's sons, ages 2 and 3, drowned in a creek after a car crash. The story said Hausner's then-wife, Karen, was driving the car and fell asleep. At the gated complex where Hausner and Dieteman shared an apartment, the news of Hausner's arrest came as a shock to Jill O'Donnell. ``It makes me wonder what kind of background checks they do," she said. O'Donnell, 20, said she spent a lot of time chatting with Hausner, and he was always ``really nice." Still, O'Donnell said, during the past month Hausner ``gave off a vibe of someone you didn't want to be too social with." ``He wouldn't say `Hi.' " she said. ``He wouldn't wave when I passed him. Little things like that." Another friend, Clement Vierra, agreed that something had changed with Hausner. Vierra, owner of the Hard Knocks Gym in Phoenix, said he met Hausner about two years ago and would talk to him at boxing events, where Hausner would take pictures. But about a year ago, Hausner stopped showing up at the fights. ``It was pretty strange because he was really involved with the boxing," Vierra said. ``He just stopped. Nobody knew where he was. He wouldn't return any calls that we left for him," Vierra said.
 

20060805: Arizona serial killer suspect from area AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
A man police say is responsible for a string of apparently random late-night killings that have terrorized residents of Phoenix was from the St. Peter and Mankato area. Samuel John Dieteman, 30, reportedly attended St. Peter High School, had dozens of run-ins with local police and left the area in 1999. He was arrested along with Dale S. Hausner on Thursday in an apartment complex in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix police say they are confident the two are the serial shooters who’ve terrorized the city since 2005, killing six and wounding dozens more in 36 shootings. Dieteman has a half-sister in the Mankato area as well as his father and other relatives. Records show that from 1992 to 1999, Mankato police had nearly 40 contacts with Dieteman, including DWIs, thefts, and assaults. Nicollet County court records show he had failed to pay child support to his ex-wife. Their last recorded contact with him was in early 1999 when he failed to appear in court for possession of stolen property and theft. It was about that time that Dieteman moved to Arizona according to a reporter covering the case for the East Valley Tribune in Arizona. Mankato Police Comdr. Dan Schisel said his department had not yet been contacted by Arizona police, but he expected they would be soon. “We’ve had some public involvements with him, but I don’t personally remember him,” Schisel said. Dieteman had lived at some five different addresses in St. Peter and one in Mankato. Neighbors at several of those homes said they did not recall Dieteman. Most of the addresses were rental homes.
 

20060804: Arizona police arrest two in serial shooter case AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Arizona police have arrested two suspected serial killers blamed for a string of fatal shootings that terrified Phoenix-area residents, officials said on Friday. Officers arrested Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman at an apartment complex in Mesa, Arizona, 15 miles east of Phoenix, late on Thursday following a tip, Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris told a news conference. Investigators say the men shot and killed six people in a crime spree that began in May 2005. Eighteen others were wounded in the apparently random attacks carried out at night and in the early morning, which targeted walkers and cyclists. "These are the two monsters that we have been hunting," Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said. Harris said police had weapons and incriminating statements linking the two men to the shootings. He did not speculate on motives for the attacks. The gunmen last struck on Sunday, when a woman was shot and killed as she walked near her home in the city. Harris said Hausner, 33, and Dieteman, 30, also shot several dogs and horses in the area. The Arizona Republic and local television stations reported that Hausner worked as a custodian at the city's Sky Harbor International Airport, and took photographs for a boxing Web site. Dieteman had a history of petty crimes and only recently returned to the Phoenix area after living in Minnesota, the media reports added. Residents across the sprawling metropolitan area of 3.7 million people, who had lived in fear since the attacks, expressed relief on Friday. "It's been a worry for months," said coffee shop worker Francis Charfauros as he served customers at a busy cafe. "Let's just hope that they got the right guys so it doesn't continue." Police said they had kept a round-the-clock watch on the two suspects since they identified them four days ago. The investigation also linked Hausner and Dieteman to arson attacks on two Wal-Mart stores in early June, which were carried out within 45 minutes of each other. SECOND SERIAL KILLER SOUGHT Police are also searching for a man wanted in connection with a series of murders, armed robberies and sexual assaults in the Baseline Road area of the city. The "Baseline Killer" is believed to have shot eight people and sexually assaulted 11 women since August 2005. Investigators believe the man responsible for the crimes is black or Hispanic, aged 25 to 40. Some witnesses have described the attacker as a bald man, while others say he wears dreadlocks. Police have set up a tip hot line and are offering a reward of up to $100,000 in both the Serial Shooter and Baseline Killer cases. It was not immediately clear if anyone would receive a reward following the arrests in the Serial Shooter case.
 

20060804: Serial killer linked to Mesa death AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News
Police have linked the fatal shooting of a Mesa woman Sunday to one of two serial predators who have been operating in the Phoenix area for more than a year. The shooting brings to six the number of killings the "Serial Shooter" is believed to have committed. In a second serial murder case in Phoenix, prosecutors on Thursday dropped murder charges against a man jailed since January after confessing to killing a woman in September. James Mullins, 33, recanted his statement last month after forensics linked the killing of 19-year-old Georgia Thompson to a serial criminal called the "Baseline Killer," who is believed responsible for killing seven women and one man and sexually assaulting 11 women and girls in the past year.
 

20060803: Ariz. Death Linked to Serial Killer Case AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News

The death of a woman who was gunned down while walking has been linked to a serial killer believed responsible for dozens of random shootings across metropolitan Phoenix, police said Thursday.

The shooting was linked to earlier cases because of similarities and forensic evidence, said Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani.

Authorities say the so-called "Serial Shooter" is responsible for three dozen shootings of people, and dogs and horses. The shootings have generally happened late at night, with no witnesses. Six people were killed and 17 _ mostly pedestrians and bicyclists _ have been wounded since May 2005.

Robin Blasnek, 22, was walking to her boyfriend's home in Mesa, a suburb east of Phoenix, at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday when she was gunned down. Neighbors heard a shot and ran to help the young woman, but she soon lost consciousness and died at a hospital.

Her father told the East Valley Tribune that Blasnek grew up as a special needs child and lived part time with her parents in Mesa and a group home in Tempe.

"She was just a great kid. Very, very naive, and pure as far as not understanding the dangers of the world," Steve Blasnek said. "I guess my only regret is that I didn't give her a big hug."

Trapani said Mesa police plan to beef up patrols and have assigned a detective to the Phoenix police serial criminal task force.

That unit already has about 200 officers working to try to solve the serial shooter case, plus another case involving a serial criminal dubbed the Baseline Killer.

The Baseline Killer is believed responsible for killing seven women and one man and sexually assaulting 11 women and girls during the past year. Police think his most recent killing was the shooting death of 37-year-old woman at a Phoenix car wash June 29.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the capture of either killer.

 

20060801: Spanish forum to address serial killer issues AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News

The Phoenix Police Department and the city's Silent Witness Program will hold a community forum in Spanish Wednesday night to inform residents and business owners of the latest developments regarding the rash of violent crimes committed by two serial killers.

Mayor Phil Gordon, Police Chief Jack Harris, Commander Glen Gardner, Detective Mike Fischer and Sergeant Jaqui MacConell are scheduled to speak at the 7 p.m. Aug. 3 forum at Creighton School, 2802 E. McDowell Road.

Several Spanish speaking officers and investigators will be on hand to answer questions.

Univision-TV Channel 33 will run a live feed and ABC-TV Channel 15 will broadcast a streaming video of the town hall meetings on its Web site, www.abc15.com.

Janice Todd, vice president and general manager of ABC 15, said the station will continue to devote significant resources to the coverage of "these dangerous individuals."

"We will do everything we can to provide information to keep our residents safe," she said. "Providing this town hall in Spanish to our Hispanic residents is simply part of the coverage we are devoted to."

Last week, Clear Channel Outdoor and the city of Phoenix launched a billboard campaign to increase public awareness and help catch the serial killers who have evaded capture for more than year.

 

20060208: Suspected serial killer may have struck again AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News

A suspected serial killer may have taken another life early Monday.

Police believe the latest crime scene is 48th Avenue south of Dobbins Road.

A dog brought in to the Humane Society dog had to be euthanized after suffering from gun shot wounds.

Police say the dog may be the latest victim of what Valley police are calling a serial killer.

The shootings began in the far West Valley in June of last year. The shooter seemed to first target horses, then progressed to involve three murders.

The shootings happened all over the Valley and in a span of two months, in a two-mile area, a man, five horses, and two dogs were shot. The victims were all shot by a small caliber weapon.

The latest shooting marks the 19 incident of which police believe are related, but so far only four have definitively been linked.

Police say they know of no witnesses to any of the shootings.

Silent Witness is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

 

20060203: Serial killer reportedly on the loose AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News

A serial killer might be on the loose in the Valley and police are adding two more shootings to the list.

The two shootings happened back in November but detectives say the incidents could be linked to 16 others.

A dog was shot in the leg and was rushed to the vet.

Fortunately, he survived, but another dog Shep was killed when the suspect or suspects shot through a chain-like fence.

Since June, 18 random shootings have taken place, killing three people, wounding two others and hitting 13 animals.

Police are asking for the public’s help. A $5,000 reward is being offers.

 

20060127: Police: Valley shootings may be work of serial killer AZ Phoenix Serial Killer News

A series of 16 random shootings has left people and animals dead and wounded from Tolleson to east Phoenix, and police now suspect the shootings may be connected, possibly to a serial killer.

Since June 29, three people have been killed, and two others wounded in the shootings. The death toll also includes three horses and four dogs.

Four of the shootings already have been linked by physical evidence, Phoenix police said Friday. Time, proximity and other details could link the other 12. But police aren't sure if the shootings are the rampage of one gunman or if more people are involved.

"Indications are that we could have an individual or a group of individuals randomly driving around shooting at animals and occasionally people," said Assistant Phoenix Police Chief Kevin Robinson.

"When we look at the pattern of behavior, clearly it gives us cause for concern."

The shots come in the dark of night in areas where virtually nobody is around. Fourteen of the shootings were with a small-caliber weapon; the other two, a shotgun.

The targets appear randomly picked: People outside alone; dogs on corner lots surrounded by chain-link fences; horses. Usually, there are several targets clustered in one area.

"I couldn't believe when the cops told me. All these shootings by the same person or people," said Timmy Tordai, 40, who was shot Dec. 29 in Phoenix. "It freaks me out. I hope they don't come back. There's no reason for it."

Tordai had to miss three weeks of work after his shooting. The same gunman also may have killed two homeless men just blocks from where he was shot. At the time, police said Tordai, Marco Carillo, 28, and Jose Ortis, 44, were shot with the same caliber weapon.

"They might get their jollies off shooting people," Tordai said, "but they have to be sick in the head."

The shootings have occurred in Phoenix, Tolleson and Avondale. The four that have been positively linked stretch from the earliest shootings in the spree to the latest:


• A horse shot to death at 8:50 a.m. on June 29 in Tolleson.


• A dog shot to death at 12:08 a.m. on July 20 in Phoenix.


• The shooting of Tordai at 11:39 p.m. on Dec. 29.
• Two dogs shot, one fatally, at 12:10 a.m. on Dec. 30.

"It's just pure meanness, I guess," said Ron Travis of Phoenix, the owner of the dogs shot on Dec. 30. The dogs were outside in a fenced yard doing their business before bedtime when Travis heard one cry out in pain. His son heard two pops. Payton, an 8-year-old Labrador mix, had to be put to sleep. Martin, a 3-year-old Transylvania Hound, survived but has a bullet lodged in its chest.

"It's senseless," Travis said. "I don't know what's the matter with them when they do things like that. I think it was just somebody driving around, and they were looking for something to shoot."

The 12 shootings police still are trying to definitively link include the killing of David Estrada, 20, in Tolleson on June 29,as he stood on a roadway, and the wounding of Clarissa Stevens, 21, as she walked alone on Van Buren Street at 2 a.m. Dec. 30.

All the shootings appear to have occurred in groups, beginning June 29 then continuing in July and August. In addition to Estrada's murder, five horses and two family dogs were shot, all within a few miles of each other.

The second cluster of shootings began Dec. 29 when Ortis, Carillo and Tordai were shot. Stevens was shot a couple hours later. Two dogs also were killed during that time frame.

Police said Friday they have no witnesses and essentially no clue as to who is doing this.

"We're not sure if we've got two people out there or three people or a group of people or if it's just one," said Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim Humphrey.

Officials declined to disclose what evidence specifically linked the four shootings or why they couldn't definitively connect the others.

The only clue appears to be the description of a vehicle seen near shootings in Tolleson and Phoenix. The vehicle is believed to be a 1995 or newer Honda-type sedan, dark green or gray with tinted windows.

All Phoenix police officers were advised Friday to pay special attention to small-caliber weapons and animal issues. Police said it's likely the shooter or shooters has bragged about what they've done, and they're asking the public to step forward with tips. A $5,000 reward is being offered through Silent Witness, 1-800-343-TIPS.

"We're certainly not trying to frighten the community," Humphrey said. "We're angry this is going on."

Friday afternoon, Tordai walked to the bus stop to catch his usual ride to work. Days, he's fine but at night he worries. Someone now drives him home when his shift in a cafeteria ends.

"No one is safe," Tordai said. He pointed to the spot on the sidewalk where he was shot. His blood still colors the pavement.

"You want to shoot people," he said, "join the Army."

 


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