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50+ strangulation deaths in Chicago, IL - Serial killer?

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Families Push For Answers In Cases Of 50 Strangled Women; Some Blame A Serial Killer


    More than 50 women have been killed by strangulation in Chicago going back to 2001. The CBS 2 Investigators have highlighted patterns that some say suggest a serial killer could be behind the murders.

    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said right now there is just not enough information to say a serial killer or killers are responsible for strangling the women, but until arrests are made their families will continue pushing.

    Thomas Hargrove of the Murder Accountability Project identified a pattern dating back to 2001.

    “Disproportionately these women have a history of sex work and illegal drug use,” he said. “It is highly unlikely these women were murdered by 50 separate men.”

    Riccardo, his family and volunteers vow to keep walking in the search for answers not just for their loved on but for all of the murdered women.

    “If we continue to allow this to happened everyone’s going to lose their family members,” he said.

    Johnson called for a review of 51 strangulation cases to see if there was any DNA taken and if any links can be made from that.


    Growing fears that a serial killer targeting women could be on the loose in Chicago

    There are new concerns that a serial killer could be on the loose in Chicago following a series of cases involving murdered or missing women.

    On Thursday, Congressman Bobby Rush brought together a panel of police, prosecutors, and criminologists to address growing fears that the unsolved strangulations of more than 50 black women on the south and west sides could be the work of a serial killer.

    “I’m here to say and to tell law enforcement: do not dismiss this! Don’t keep going about this like you’re trying to prove a point that it’s not a serial killer!” said Riccardo Holyfield, whose cousin was found strangled.

    Second, 76 percent of the victims are African American and 75 percent of the murders had a clear sexual component to them.

    Third, the median age of the victims has gradually been increasing over the last 15 years, which experts say may indicate this could be the work of one party.

    "This would be commensurate with a killer who is comfortable with older targets, and perhaps becoming more comfortable as he or they age,” said Hargrove.

    He ended his presentation with a warning that the killer or killers are targeting sex workers and women with a history of drug addiction. He says anyone in that demographic should take precautions.

  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush Asks FBI For More Help Investigating A Possible Serial Killer In Chicago

    United States Rep. Bobby Rush has asked the FBI to help in the investigation into if Chicago has a serial killer or serial killers on its streets.

    “They found my cousin in a dumpster, and nobody can tell me how, why, what was her last words,” said Riccardo Holyfield.

    At a panel discussion organized by Rush, Holyfield spoke about dozens of Chicago deaths that share similarities and growing concern around them.

    Since 2001 more than 50 women have been beaten, raped, strangled and had their bodies dumped in secluded places, some set on fire.

    “I’m here to keep everybody aware that this can be stopped if we do something,” Holyfield said.

    As the CBS 2 Investigators reported, Thomas Hargrove of the Murder Accountability Project believes similarities in many of the cases point to a possible serial killer as early as 2004.

    He said almost all the 51 killings he’s scrutinizing occurred in places like alleys, involving trash bins or abandoned buildings; and it’s possible the killer or killers are using public transportation based on the locations of the crimes.

    Most victims are described as African American women in their mid 30s.

    “Most of these victims were sex workers,” Hargrove said. “Victims disproportionately had histories of sex work, illicit drug use, or both; and this historically is identified as a preferred victim type for serial killers.”

    In a panel discussion law enforcement said they’re finished with the forensic analysis of all the evidence and added they’ve found 21 different DNA profiles among 51 women.

    But all of those profiles are unknown at this time. No matches have been found.

    “Every single swab, every single fingernail, every single thing has been worked up at this time,” Chicago Police Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

    There is a call for communities to better watch abandoned buildings and light streets better.

    Police also emphasize that people should be more aware of their surroundings.

  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Crime experts with the Murder Accountability Project, a D.C.-based nonprofit group that tracks unsolved homicides in the United States, used a web algorithm to map 51 unsolved strangulation cases that took place on the west and south sides of Chicago between 2001 and 2018. The 51 murders have striking similarities: all the victims were women, most were discovered outside in a public place, 76 percent were black, and 75 percent of the crimes had a “clear sexual component,” according to an analysis by Thomas Hargrove, head of the Murder Accountability Project.

    Hargrove performed his in-depth analysis of Chicago’s strangulation cases at the request of WBBN, a CBS affiliate in Chicago, back in February 2019 because his group “has a knack for finding patterns in unsolved murder cases.” He analyzed information about thousands of homicide victims and the way they died, ultimately identifying 51 cases with strong similarities that are now the focus of this investigation. Hargrove told WBBN that the algorithm he used to map these 51 cases is “essentially a serial-killer detector,” which has been used to help solve serial murders in other cities before.

    Chicago detectives started this new investigation under pressure from activists, community organizers, and family members of victims and women who’ve gone missing in Chicago in the past several years. Like many other cities around the country, Chicago has a substantial backlog of untested DNA kits, which many believe could hold the key to finding what Hargrove suggests is a serial killer.

    “We honestly don’t understand why it’s not already known that some of these are connected killings,” Hargrove said at a recent hearing. He later explained that the “inability to recognize serial murder is a universal problem called linkage blindness,” according to WGN9 Chicago—which is, um, terrifying.

    The analysis received new attention this week in a meeting held Thursday evening by U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, who recently asked the FBI to join the investigation, reports the Washington Post. At the meeting, community members asked if more recent cases of missing black women in Chicago, like Kierra Coles and Chaunti Bryla, could potentially be related to this hypothetical serial killer.

    MORE: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a27816111/chicago-serial-killer-strangling-women/

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