Thursday, July 7, 2011
Cold cases and unsolved mysteries have always fascinated me. Police in Washington D.C. plan to start a website devoted to catching a serial rapist and murderer, who terrorized Montgomery County during the 1990's. His assaults abruptly stopped in 1998.
The website is a good idea. I don't claim to be any sort of expert on these types of crimes, but judging from cases I've followed, it wouldn't surprise me if the police have already interviewed the killer. The Buffalo Bike Path murderer (Altemio Sanchez), Gary Ridgway (the Green River Killer), and Paul Bernardo(the Scarborough, Ontario rapist), and others were all questioned (and released) years before they were charged in their respective cases. From the Associated Press...
Police say DNA connects eight rapes or attempted sexual assaults in Montgomery County from 1991 to 1998 to the Aug. 1, 1998 death of Christine Mirzayan. She was accosted by a man while walking home to a Georgetown University dormitory after a barbecue with friends. Mirzayan, a 28-year-old biochemist who had a summer fellowship with the National Academy of Sciences, was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with an object weighing about 75 pounds. She screamed for help as she was attacked, Farish said.
The assaults generally occurred between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and targeted women from their teens to their mid- to late 40s and of varying ethnic backgrounds, Mudano said.
The time of the attacks seems pretty relevant also. I'll bet they can narrow the suspects down based on their work schedules, family commitments, etc. This man could be in jail on an unrelated case. He could be dead. Or he could have stopped attacking victims for some other reason. In any event, it will be interesting to see whether the police get any helpful clues from cyberspace...
DC police to start website for tips on suspect wanted in 1998 Georgetown killing, Md. rapes