Vidocq read a disturbing article in the New York Times a few days ago. It described how in Jennings, Louisiana, USA, young women have disappeared and were later found murdered. According to the article, there have been eight cases. The women have in common that they were raised by extended family, lost their stability in life, and resorted to drugs and prostitution. Most bodies when found, were too decomposed to determine a cause of death with certainty. The women were both white and black and ranged in age from 17 to 30 years old. Many of the women knew each other as many in the little towns are related or close friends.
Now in and of itself this is disturbing enough but then our eye landed on this: “In 2007, the chief of detectives in the parish sheriff’s office made a deal to buy a pickup truck from an inmate in the parish jail, a woman he knew to be an acquaintance of one of the victims. A witness later said she saw Ms. Lopez [one of the victims] in that same truck on the day of her disappearance, but by then the detective had washed and resold the truck. The detective was fined and taken off the investigation. He now supervises the evidence room at the sheriff’s office.” WAIT! He now supervises the evidence room? Need I explain why this is disturbing?
Now go back to August 2009, and you will find a similar article, again in the New York Times, about nine women. They disappeared, were found murdered but again, the bodies were too decomposed to tell how they really died. Six of these women were found in the area of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA. Three are still missing. Most of these women were prostitutes and addicted to drugs. After the sixth body was found in June 2009, the FBI got involved. According to family and friends, they should have gotten involved much sooner.
Now think…do we have a serial killer walking around in these areas? If so, one or two? Or, did one just move to new territory? Or, is there any chance that this is a local person who does not get caught because the women were considered “just” prostitutes? Or, could it be that local police is not digging into these cases as deep and hard as they could because they know what they will find?
I wonder…what do you think? Read the articles and let me know your opinion!Decomposed, Drugs, Evidence, FBI, Louisiana, North Carolina, NY Times, Serial Killer