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Episode 9

Is There an Active Serial Killer in Chicago?

May 27, 2019   Tags: , , , ,
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Since the beginning of 2001, the bodies of over 50 women have been discovered in vacant lots, abandoned buildings, alleys and garbage cans. The victims vary in race, age and occupation but they were all strangled or asphyxiated. 

Law enforcement has not confirmed or even stated that they believe there is even one serial killer active in Chicago. However, The Murder Accountability Project became aware of several clusters. Founder of the Murder Accountability Project have alerted authorities. While they haven't agreed with the data, they are currently reviewing the cases.


Victims by Year:

2001:
-Angela Marieanna Ford was found strangled in an abandoned building on January 4.
-Charlotte W. Day was found in a vacant lot strangled on March 28.
-Winifred Shines was found in the back lot of a Shop and Buy clothing store strangled on August 2.
-Brenda Cowart was found strangled in a vacant lot on August 22.
-Elaine Boneta was found strangled, faced down on the sidewalk on November 5.
-Saudia Banks was found strangled in her apartment on December 28.

2002:
-Bessie Scott was found strangled in a an abandoned beauty salon on February 16.
-Gwendolyn Williams was found strangled behind a Dollar Store on June 12.
-Jody Grissom was found strangled in an alley on August 14.
-Lorraine Harris was located strangled in an alley on August 25.
-Dellie Jones' body was found strangled in the garage of an abandoned building on September 7.
-Celeste Jackson was found strangled in an alley on December 20.

2003:
-Nancy Walker was strangled and dismembered. Her remains were found by a cleaning crew picking up trash on the side of the road on March 19.
-Linda Green was found strangled in an alley in May 20.
-Tarika Jones was strangled in the basement of an abandoned building on May 20.
-Rosenda Barocio was located strangled in an alley on August 14.
-Latonya Keeler's body was found strangled in a garbage can on August 16.
-Latricia Hall was found strangled in a vacant lot on October 15.
-Lucyset “Mary” Thomas' body was found in the garage of an abandoned building on October 15. She had been strangled and also had blunt force trauma to the head.
-Ethel Amerson was found on December 26th on the second floor of an abandoned building. She was strangled and had blunt force head trauma.


2004:
-Michelle Davenport's body was found in a garbage can, strangled on July 15th.
-Tamala Edwards was found strangled in an alley on October 16th.
-Makalavah Williams' body was found strangled behind Wood Brothers Stamping Steel on November 5.

2005:
-Precious Smith was found strangled in an alley on January 13.
-Denise Torres was located strangled in an alley on February 1.
-Wanda Hall was found strangled in a vacant lot on August 30.
-Yvette Mason was found strangled in an alley on December 25.
-Shaniqua Williams' body was found behind an abandoned building, strangled on December 30.

2006:
-Margaret Gomez's remains were found in a junkyard on January 12. She had been strangled.
-Antoinette Simmons' body was found in a city trash container on July 14. Simmons had been asphyxiated and still had a plastic bag around her head.
-Kelly Sarff was found strangled in an abandoned building on September 24. 
2007:
-Veronica Frazier was found strangled in an alley on March 25.
-Mary Szatkowski was found strangled on an enclosed porch on May 2.
-Theresa Bunn remains were found strangled and burnt in a garbage can on a vacant lot on November 13.
-Hazel Marion Lewis remains were found strangled and burnt in a garbage can on November 14.

2008:
-Genevieve "Jenny" Mellas was located strangled in a wooded area on October 9th.

2009:
-Charlene Miller was found strangled in her apartment on June 13.
-Latoya Banks was found in an alley on July 5th.
-Shannon Williams was found strangled in an alley on August 6.
-Vanessa Rajokovich's body was located next to the river. She was asphyxiated and found with a plastic bag over her head.

2010:
-Lafonda Sue Wilson was found strangled on June 25th.
-Quanda L. Crider was found strangled with blunt force trauma in the first floor closet of an abandoned building on July 16th.

2011:
-Angela Profit was found strangled in a vacant lot on August 28.
2012:
-Pamela Wilson's body was located in the grassy area of a vacant lot on August 9th.

2014:
-Velma Howard was found strangled in an alley on February 21st.

2017:
-Diamond Turner's body was found in a garbage can on March 3rd. She had been asphyxiated and had blunt force trauma.
-Catherine Saterfield-Buchanan was found strangled in a parkway on June 22.

2018:
-Valerie Marie Jackson was found strangled in a yard on March 17.
-Lora Dawn Harbin's body was located in a grassy yard of an abandoned resident on May 25.
-Nicole Lynell Ridge was found strangled in a garage of an abandoned building on June 12.
-Reo Renee Holyfield's body was located in a grabage can in an alley due to possible strangulation on September 10th.



ASSIGNMENT
This week's assignment is a little different than our usual weekly assignments. Beyond researching the cases and looking for other commonalities, we want you to make noise. Get loud about these cases. Below is a list of organizations calling for the review of these cases:

Freedom First International,
Violence Interrupters,
Chicago Social Justice Network,
Demand Justice,
Black Lives Matters Lake County
Care2 has started a petition.


CODE OF CONDUCT:

1. Do not name names publicly. Do not post side by side photos. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police.
2. Do not contact any family members.
3. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here.

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