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Finding the pieces

Updated Nov. 20, 7:11 p.m.: Revised to include new information from the Dallas Police and arrest affidavits.

The Dallas shooting victims were random.

A Southern Methodist University student waiting for a ride after a Halloween party downtown. A panhandler asking for help. A husbandheading home.

Each time, the gunman pointed a gun from the window of his driver’s seat, police say. As they died, he drove off. Once, he drove a white Ford Taurus. The other times, the killer fled in a black Chevy Tahoe.

On Friday, Dallas police announced they had charged Jeremy Harris, 31, from Red Oak — south of Dallas — with murder stemming from those killings, which started on Oct. 31 and ended with his arrest on Wednesday in Celina on a fourth murder charge.

Reuben Ramirez, a Dallas Police deputy chief who oversees the criminal investigations division, said the shootings were committed by a “serial killer.”

Assistant Chief Avery Moore said: “We don’t believe there was any other motive than it was random.”

Dallas police in recent weeks had asked for the public’s help to solve these crimes, releasing videos of the vehicles. They also launched a multi-agency manhunt this week. It ended with the U.S. Marshal’s North Texas Fugitive Task Force, which includes some Dallas officers, apprehending Harris.

Harris’ arrest marks a major break in a number of violent crimes that Dallas police had been investigating that involved a black Chevy Tahoe with black rims. Two of the victims were shot last weekend in one of the city’s deadliest this year. They were both gunned down on Saturday.

Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall said the uptick in violence last weekend was “alarming because it was separate and apart from anything that we’ve seen.” She applauded the law enforcement efforts that resulted in Harris’ charges.

“The knowledge that someone is randomly, with no real reason and reckless regard for human life, going around murdering individuals is a separate kind of fear,” Hall said.

Dallas police linked Harris to the crimes after he was charged with killing a 60-year-old Celina man on Wednesday.

Harris was being held in the Collin County Jail on bonds totaling $3 million on Friday.

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said in a statement on Friday that he was working with numerous law enforcement agencies on the case.

Authorities suspect Harris in a series of shootings in North Texas that unfolded in Frisco, Prosper and Denton.

Dallas Police Chief U. Rene� Hall listens to a question from the media during a press conference regarding a homicide update on Microsoft Teams meeting Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 in Dallas.

Deadly shooting spree

Robert “Jaden” Urrea, a 19-year-old SMU student, had just called a rideshare around 3 a.m. on Oct. 31 and was crossing the intersection of South Harwood and Jackson streets in downtown Dallas when a white Ford Taurus with chrome rims and tinted windows pulled over.

The driver appeared to summon Urrea to the passenger side and shot him, according to an arrest affidavit.

Surveillance cameras captured the Ford speeding through red lights with its headlights off.

Dallas police found that car in a repair shop on Thursday and discovered a single fired cartridge under the passenger seat, court records show.

An interview with an unnamed witness confirmed that Harris was driving the car the night of the shooting, according to the affidavit. Police on Friday said that it belonged to Harris’ girlfriend. He took it after a fight and was gone for four hours. Police did not provide other details.

The shooting spree began to escalate around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, when Adam Gautreau, a 36-year-old man, was shot multiple times from a black Chevy Tahoe on the northbound service road of I-35 near Empire Central. His mother told WFAA (Ch. 8) that her son was panhandling when he was summoned to a black Chevy Tahoe and was shot multiple times.

About 40 minutes later, Kenneth Jerome Hamilton, a 57-year-old man was found fatally shot in the driver’s seat of a car in east Oak Cliff, police say. It happened at a red light and the gunman in that incident also drove a black Chevy Tahoe. His wife told WFAA (Ch. 8) that her husband was shot randomly and for no reason.

Assistant Chief Avery Moore said Harris was also being investigated in connection to an aggravated assault on the 6020 block of Grand Avenue around 12:40 a.m. Monday. No other details were provided.

The following day at about 10:40 p.m., officers responded to a shooting on East University Drive in Denton — northwest of Dallas — where a driver and passenger, both 20, said a vehicle pulled up beside them and started shooting. Both women suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, Denton police said in a news release.

On Wednesday, firefighters found 60-year-old Blair Carter dead inside a burning home in the Greenway subdivision in Celina, which is north of Dallas.

Witnesses said they had seen a man running away from the house with a backpack after hearing gunfire, Celina police said in a news release. They also described seeing a black Chevy Tahoe.

Police officials said the Celina murder investigation caught the attention of detectives, and on Friday, Moore confirmed that Carter was related to an ex-girlfriend of Harris.

Dallas police officials said they are looking at other potential shootings to see if Harris was involved but would not elaborate on how many because they did not want to compromise the investigation.

Arrest warrant affidavits filed in the three murders in Dallas illustrate how homicide detectives connected Harris to the incidents.

According to court records, police got a critical tip after Harris was arrested by Celina police for murder.

Harris was connected to the scene of the crimes through cellphone records, according to an arrest warrant.

When police searched Harris’ apartment, they found black rims that Harris had attempted to remove from his SUV a few days before his arrest — as news outlets circulated images of his black Chevy Tahoe. Witnesses said they saw Harris remove the rims and told police, according to records.

Police would find the handgun in his SUV — taken apart, destroyed and burned. An analyst confirmed it was the weapon used in the offenses.

Ramirez, Dallas’ deputy police chief, called it “extraordinary” detective work.

“We really started to find the pieces,” Ramirez said. “Through collaboration with our federal partners, as well as the municipalities in this region ... we really started to piece this thing together.”

Staff writer Nic Garcia contributed to this report.

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Serial killers still lurking today- in case a 2020 Friday the 13th isn’t scary enough

When you hear serial killer, you might imagine Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, or Jeffrey Dahmer, a few famous serial killers from the past century. Perhaps the most famous serial killer of all was nicknamed Jack the Ripper who killed prostitutes from the Whitechapel district of London, England in 1888. Though several suspects were arrested and tried for the crimes, he was never caught.

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The magic number that defines a murderer as a serial killer is three. That means each of these killers were found to have the same M.O. (Modus Operandi), signature, and/or victimology for at least three murders. At any time, there are approximately 25-30 serial killers active in the United States alone searching for their next potential target. Here is a sample of some disturbing cases from the past few decades that have not been solved to this day.

The Long Island Serial Killer

This New York killer was active from 1996 to 2010, killing and scattering bodies of eight prostitutes along Gilgo Beach and Manorville, Long Island. Their remains were found along with those of a toddler’s and a cross-dressed male’s while local police were searching for a missing prostitute from New Jersey. A movie on Netflix titled Lost Girls explains the story of Shannan Gilbert who was missing for almost two years before her remains were found and her family got closure. However, this mystery killer has not been found and his identity remains hidden. Several suspects were apprehended but no ties were found to the crimes. There are theories of him having a law enforcement background, which might explain how he was able to elude capture for so long.

One of Shannan’s sisters, Sarra Gilbert, suffered from schizophrenia and was in and out of psychiatric hospitals starting in 2014. In February 2016, Sarra was arrested and charged with child endangerment and animal cruelty. She was reported to have drowned a puppy in front of her eight-year-old son before threatening to kill him and his father. She had a violent psychotic break in July of that same year in which she invited her mother over to her apartment complaining she was hearing voices, and then proceeded to stab her 227 times. Sarra is now serving the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

The Jefferson Davis 8

The bodies of eight women ages 17-30 were discovered in the swamps of Jefferson Davis Parish in Jennings, Louisiana from 2005 to 2009. Several of the victims knew each other, two were cousins, and some assisted in the investigations of the other victims before their own murders. A series titled Murder in the Bayou from Showtime was released in 2019 to ensure that these women would never be forgotten. Like the Long Island Serial Killer, the suspect is presumed to have a background in law enforcement. Suspicions of police misconduct and negligence from both police departments have left families from Long Island and Jeff Davis fighting for justice and truth.

The Smiley Face Murders

In 11 different states of the United States, 45 male college students were found and classified as “accidental drownings” in large bodies of water. Detectives believe they were abducted, drugged with sedatives, held for long periods of time, tortured, murdered, and then disposed of in water by a team of serial killers over a period of two decades. Authorities connected them due to the similarity in signature and victimology. Detectives and crime scene investigators reported graffiti of smiling faces near at least 22 of the crime scenes, dubbing them the Smiley Face Killers. All of the victims were young, male, white, athletic, successful, and well-liked. Whether or not all of the deaths are connected, nobody can explain the coincidence of the smiley faces.

Monster of the Andes

In the early 1970s, Pedro Lopez from Columbia raped and murdered young females across South America. In 1980, he was arrested after a failed abduction in Peru and told detectives that he was captured and sentenced for execution by a native tribe for one of his murders. He confessed to killing “about three girls” a week for two years, raising his total number of victims to well over 300 and led the police to a mass grave with the remains of 53 victims. Despite having one of the largest known body counts in history, Lopez was set free from prison in 1994 to a mental home where he was again set free in 1997. Lopez was suspected of another murder in 2002, but authorities have not been able to trace him since 1998.

West Mesa Bone Collector

In February of 2009 on a mesa near Albuquerque, New Mexico, the remains of eleven female sex workers ranging in ages 15-32 were found in the same area of land. Most of the women were of Mexican descent and one was pregnant when she was murdered. While the case is still open today, authorities have two main suspects, though one of them is dead while the other is incarcerated for an unrelated charge. A few miles from the mesa, Lorenzo Montoya was killed in his home in 2006 by a sex worker that police believed was his next victim. A known rapist and sex offender in the area named Joseph Blea was also suspected though police found no definite ties to him or the crimes. He was arrested for theft of women’s underwear and jewelry and is currently in prison.

Peter Manfredonia

UConn student Peter Manfredonia was caught and taken into custody 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 in Hagerstown, Maryland after a six-day manhunt. His two victims were a 62-year-old male whom he killed using a machete and a 23-year-old friend from high school whose girlfriend he abducted but later left at a rest stop in New Jersey. Sightings led local and federal authorities including the FBI to Manfredonia’s location in Hagerstown to which he took an Uber from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The families of the victims were relieved and appreciative of the authorities for bringing him in, and it is bizarre to believe that a recent killer was caught in such a close proximity to our county.

Today is Friday the 13th, an unlucky superstitious day popularized by the 1980 horror film named after this unofficial ‘holiday.’ Normal superstitions are cult murders combined with black cats, broken mirrors, and the malicious supernatural; but this is 2020 and nothing is normal. It’s happened twice this year and you may recall the last day we all went to school was Friday, March 13, 2020. Let’s all just cross our fingers that after this Friday, our superstitions will become less super.

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What Explains the Decline of Serial Killers?

From the 1970s through the ’90s, stories of serial killers like Ted Bundy and the Green River Killer — both of whom pleaded guilty to killing dozens of women — dominated headlines. Today, however, we see far fewer twisted tales in the vein of the Zodiac Killer or John Wayne Gacy.

After that three-decade surge, a rapid decline followed. Nearly 770 serial killers operated in the U.S. throughout the 1980s, and just under 670 in the ’90s, based on data compiled by Mike Aamodt of Radford University. The sudden plummet came with the new century, when the rate fell below 400 in the aughts and, as of late 2016, just over 100 during the past decade. The rough estimate on the global rate appeared to show a similar drop over the same period. In a stunning collapse, these criminals that terrorized and captivated a generation quickly dwindled. Put another way, 189 people in the U.S. died by the hands of a serial killer in 1987, compared to 30 in 2015. Various theories attempt to explain this change.

In reality it’s not clear whether there truly was a surge of serial killing, or at least not one as pronounced as the data suggest. Advances in police investigation (for example, the ability to link murders more effectively) and improved data collection could help explain the uptick. That said, no one doubts that serial killing rose for several decades, and that rise fits with a general increase in crime. Similarly, everyone agrees on a subsequent fall in serial killing, and that, too, fits with a general decrease in crime. But where did they go?

(Credit: Data from Radford University/Florida Gulf Coast University study)

Adapting Justice

One popular theory points out the growth of forensic science, and especially the advent of genetic approaches to tracking offenders. In a recent high-profile example of these techniques, police used DNA samples from distant relatives to identify Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, decades after he killed 12 women between 1976 and 1986. The higher prospect of capture may deter potential killers from acting out.

“Serial murder has become a more dangerous pursuit,” says Thomas Hargrove, founder of the Murder Accountability Project. “Because of DNA and improved forensics, and because police are now aware of the phenomenon, serial killers are more likely to be detected than they ever were.” The awareness he refers to begins with late FBI agent Robert Ressler, who likely coined the term “serial killer” around 1980. “There’s a power to naming something,” Hargrove says.

Many researchers also cite longer prison sentences and a reduction in parole over the decades. If a one-time murderer — or robber, for that matter — remains behind bars longer, they’ll have less of a chance to reach the FBI’s serial threshold of two kills (or three, or four, or more, depending on who you ask).

Safer Society

Would-be murderers may also have succumbed to the absence of easy targets. James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University, says that these days people are generally less vulnerable, limiting the pool of potential victims. “People don’t hitchhike anymore,” he says. “They have means of reaching out in an emergency situation using cell phones. There are cameras everywhere.”

Similarly, helicopter parents are more common than in generations past. Aamodt recalled his own childhood, spent walking or riding his bike unsupervised all over town. “You wouldn’t let your kids do that today,” he says. As a result, “a lot of the victims back in the ’70s or ’80s are almost impossible to find now.” The predator starves when prey are scarce.

It’s also likely that society has gotten better at detecting and reforming potential serial killers, especially in their youth. Often, Hargrove says, the early catalysts for serial murder (family dysfunction, sexual abuse) can be remedied by “quality time with a child psychologist.” He adds that pornography may quench the sexual impulses that often precede sexualized killings. “It’s possible that the sewer that is much of the internet is providing a non-violent outlet for these guys,” he says.

Yet another theory speculates that serial killers didn’t disappear, but rather transformed into mass shooters, who have skyrocketed in both numbers and prominence over the past three decades. Most experts agree, however, that the two profiles don’t overlap enough. “The motivation for a mass killer versus a serial killer tends to be different,” Aamodt says.

Hidden Killers

Serial murder is rare, comprising less than 1 percent of all homicides in the FBI’s estimate. With the annual homicide rate hovering around 15,000 in the U.S., that equates to fewer than 150 serial murders a year, perpetrated by perhaps 25 – 50 people. Aamodt’s data place the rate well below that. But considering the limitations of forensic science, many believe this is an undercount.

Police only make an arrest — or “clear” a case, in justice jargon — in about 60 percent of all homicides. The other 5,000 end without closure. In other words, murderers have a 40 percent chance of getting away with murder. The question is, how many of those unsolved cases are the work of a serial killer? 

Hargrove, who argues that America does a shoddy job of accounting for such cases, set out in 2010 to write an algorithm that would analyze them in an effort to detect serial killers. Essentially, the computer code searches for similarities among murders that detectives may overlook. “We know that serial murder is more common than is officially acknowledged,” he says. And serial offenders may be responsible for an outsized portion of the unsolved cases because, by definition, “serial murders tend not to be solved. They’re good at killing.” Hargrove has estimated that as many as 2,000 serial killers, dating back to 1976, could remain at large.

But an algorithm, like an organic brain, struggles when confronted by a dataset without a pattern. Intentionally or not, many killers vary their tactics, targeting people of different races and genders in different locations. With no way to draw comparisons between these seemingly unconnected cases, computers and humans alike are helpless to link them. “Even today,” Fox says, “it’s a challenge.”

Sensationalized in Culture

For years the popular media and even some academic researchers declared that serial murder claimed, on average, 5,000 victims each year in the U.S. Fox says that figure is grossly misleading, based on the false assumption that any homicide with an unknown motive — of which there are about 5,000 annually — is the work of a serial killer. Fox estimates that even in the 1980s the real number was actually fewer than 200, and Aamodt’s data supports this.

Regardless, those sensational claims enthralled the nation, and the world. And today, though their ranks have shrunk, serial killer fascination does seem to be returning. In the 2019 film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Zac Efron plays the infamous Ted Bundy. In the Mindhunter series, which aired in 2017 and explores the origin of criminal profiling in the FBI, one of the two lead characters is based on aforementioned agent Ressler. But Fox points to a curious caveat: “They’re focusing on all the cases of yesteryear.” Culturally, we’re still talking about killers who were active decades ago, and few in the modern age have become household names.

Serial killers are still with us, though, even if they’re less common. And barring major advances in our ability to catch them, we cannot fully grasp their magnitude. As Hargrove put it, “Only the devil knows.” That uncertainty, in its own way, can chill the spine as much as any known killer’s dark deeds.

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Suspected serial killer linked to deaths of 24 seniors in care homes

A suspected serial killer in Texas has now been linked to the murders of 24 elderly women in their care homes — after investigators re-opened case files on at least 750 seniors who died unattended, according to reports.

Home health aide Billy Chemirmir, 48, was first arrested on a capital murder charge in March 2018 as police in Dallas announced a “very large and complex investigation” into possible deaths and thefts at care homes.

On Tuesday, a Dallas County grand jury handed down three new capital murder indictments — taking his current total to 17, the Dallas Morning News said.

He has also been linked through medical examiner reports and civil filings in seven other cases — making it 24 deaths, the paper said.

The charges come after police previously said they were looking into at least 750 seniors who died unattended during the period Chemirmir was working in the region.

Chemirmir, a Kenyan citizen who was living in the US illegally, is in jail in lieu of an $11.6 million bail, the Morning News said.

He would allegedly dress as a maintenance worker or health care aid to get into the homes and kill his victims — whose deaths largely went uninvestigated at the time because they were assumed to have been natural causes due to their ages, People magazine said.

“Chemirmir used his healthcare experience to his advantage, targeting and exploiting seniors, some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” then-Plano police chief Gregory W. Rushin said in a March 2018 press conference, calling it “terribly disturbing.”

He denies the charges, his attorney, Phillip Hayes, told the paper, insisting that the evidence is circumstantial.

“It seems like every unexplained death they come up with, they’re pinning on him,” Hayes said. “If you look at all of it, it doesn’t stand up.”

The three latest charges are all for women killed at The Tradition-Prestonwood, a luxury senior living complex in Dallas.

Doris Wasserman, 90, died in December 2017, found fully clothed and unresponsive on her bed by her family.

Margaret White, 86, died in August 2016, and the executor of her estate, Paul Wright, said he noticed her apartment was missing her fine jewelry — including a wedding ring.

“It’s just a complete violation of trust,” Wright told the paper. “We have to question how facilities are run.”

Joyce Abramowitz, 82, died in July 2016, three months after reporting the theft of jewelry, the Morning News said. After she died, her son reported that a safe was missing.

“It looks like this guy went shopping each week at The Tradition,” her son, Paul Abramowitz, told the paper.

The Tradition-Prestonwood told the paper that it “regards all our residents as family” and has “cooperated with all the authorities and will continue to do so.”

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Samuel Little, The Nation's Most Prolific Serial Killer, Dies At 80

The most prolific serial killer in U.S. history died Wednesday at age 80. Samuel Little had confessed to 93 murders in more than a dozen states over 35 years. Handout/FBI via Getty Images hide caption

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The most prolific serial killer in U.S. history died Wednesday at age 80. Samuel Little had confessed to 93 murders in more than a dozen states over 35 years.

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Samuel Little, a convicted murderer who the FBI says is the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, died Wednesday at age 80.

Little was serving three consecutive life-without-parole sentences for the deaths of three women in the late 1980s in Los Angeles, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in its announcement of his death.

Little died at 4:53 a.m. An official cause will be determined by the Los Angeles County medical examiner's office.

In 2018, Little confessed to the murder of 93 women nationwide from the 1970s through 2005. The FBI says it believes all of his confessions are credible.

Since then, law enforcement officers from around the U.S. have tried to connect details of his confessions to unsolved homicides in their regions. They had verified at least 50 of Little's murder confessions as of last year.

Work continues on corroborating more than 40 other cases, an effort that is likely to become more difficult now that Little is dead.

Little's victims and crimes

Little was convicted in 2014 for the murder of the three women killed in Los Angeles in the 1980s, after he was extradited to California from Kentucky on a narcotics charge.

Once in custody for the drug charge, detectives collected DNA from Little that tied him to three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989. In all three cases, the women were beaten and strangled, and their bodies were dumped in an alley, a dumpster and a garage, the FBI said. It became Little's modus operandi throughout his 35-year killing spree.

Little's life of crime started when he dropped out of high school and left his home in Ohio in the 1950s. He lived a nomadic life, getting by through stealing, selling his loot and using the money for drugs and alcohol. He had frequent run-ins with police but was often let go after a short stint in jail, the FBI said.

Samuel Little lived a nomadic lifestyle, often stealing to get money for drugs and alcohol. Despite his frequent run-ins with police, he evaded a lengthy stint behind bars until 2012, when he was arrested on a narcotics charge. Handout/FBI via Getty Images hide caption

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He chose his murder victims because they were marginalized and vulnerable — often prostitutes or women addicted to drugs, according to the FBI. Their bodies, if they were found, typically went unidentified, and their murders were not carefully investigated.

Little's method of killing — strangulation — didn't always leave reliable signs for local police to determine whether the woman's death was a homicide. The FBI said he usually stunned or knocked out his victims before strangling them, thus leaving no signs of a struggle.

Law enforcement investigation

Little first confessed to the murders in 2018 when he was interviewed by Texas Ranger James Holland. Holland was investigating an unsolved homicide in Odessa, Texas, at the time. Little shared details of the killings because he sought to move prisons and offered information as a deal with police. It's unclear why he wanted a prison transfer or if detectives agreed to make that deal or if Little shared information separate from any agreement with law enforcement.

His confessions touched off a nationwide effort to confirm that Little was tied to unsolved killings in more than a dozen states. Over the course of almost two years, Little shared detailed information about each of his victims, how he killed them and the general location of their bodies.

Little also drew incredibly detailed pictures of his victims, which the FBI has used to help solve the murders. The FBI created a webpage listing the details Little shared with detectives, his drawings, where he believes each woman was from and Little's videotaped confessions.

Detectives hope that with the public's help and the information from Little, they can resolve the remaining 40 unresolved cases.

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The Killing Grounds - East Cleveland – A Serial Killer Breeding Ground

A man already charged in the murder of a Philadelphia Dunkin’ employee and his own mother earlier this year, as well as two killings in Delaware, will face another two murder counts when he is extradited to Philadelphia.

Keith Gibson, 39, was charged last week with allegedly shooting to death Leslie Ruiz-Basilio, 28, during a robbery on May 15 at a Metro PCS store in Elsmere, Delaware. On June 5 in Wilmington, he allegedly killed Ronald Wright, 42, during a street robbery.

Those killings are in addition to ones he has already been charged with in Philadelphia, including the fatal shooting of his mother, Christine Gibson, in February earlier this year. 

His alleged reign of death in Delaware and Philadelphia since the start of 2021 now includes Eric Flores and Roy Caban, police say. The men were killed in January inside their store, Al Madinah Traders, on Germantown Avenue near Broad Street.

A Philadelphia police spokeswoman said Gibson would face murder charges in their deaths once he is extradited from Delaware. It is unclear when he will be taken back to Philadelphia.

"The charges in this indictment reflect the brutal nature of this individual's crimes, as well as the significant risk he posed to public safety in our community and throughout our region," Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy said last week in a statement announcing charges against Gibson for the two Delaware killings. "I am proud of the efforts of our officers responding to his latest armed robbery, who were able to take him into custody and ensure he is held responsible for his senseless, ruthless crime spree and the harm he brought about so many individuals and families.”

Police believe the man who killed a North Philadelphia Dunkin' store manager is the same man arrested for attacking a Rite Aid worker in Delaware, and they’re looking into whether he may have also been involved in at least four other killings, including that of his mother. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has the details.

Gibson has an extensive criminal record dating to 2010, when he was convicted of manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

In June 2020, Gibson was released from prison and sent to Level IV Community Corrections custody. 

Delaware Department of Corrections spokesman Jason Miller said Gibson violated probation by fighting with other offenders and was sentenced to six more months in prison, followed by 18 months of probation.

In December 2020, Gibson was once again released from prison and began his probation term. 

Then in January 2021, two men were shot dead in a store in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, but police did not recover a gun. Investigators said Gibson may have been involved in that shooting and continue to investigate his possible connection.

In February 2021, Gibson’s mother, Christine Gibson, was shot dead in her place of work in Philadelphia.

Family and friends told police Keith Gibson had been released from jail and raised concerns about his behavior. Police found Gibson had violated probation, but they did not recover a gun, and video didn’t show him at the location of his mom’s murder, meaning any evidence linking Gibson was only “circumstantial,” according to officials. 

In a Delaware Department of Corrections report, Gibson’s probation officer wrote that Philadelphia police had contacted him to tell him Gibson was in their custody and being eyed as a suspect in his mother’s death. The officer requested that Gibson’s probation be revoked and that he be given a maximum sentence.

Toward the end of March 2021, Gibson was extradited from Philadelphia to Delaware, according to Miller.

On April 13, the judge in a probation hearing found Gibson guilty. Sentencing was delayed by two weeks to provide the defense time.

On April 27, at the sentencing hearing, Gibson's public defender presented new evidence that the 39-year-old had community support lined up as well as job prospects. Parole officials did not object to a recommendation by the public defender to sentence Gibson to time served plus 18 months probation. The judge accepted the recommendation.

On May 15, Leslie Ruiz-Basilio, a mother of two, was shot to death by a masked man while working at an Elsmere, Delaware, Metro by T-Mobile store. The man fled in Ruiz-Basilio’s vehicle. Elsmere police later contacted Philadelphia police, saying the man they were looking for fit Gibson’s description. 

On June 5, a masked man carrying a revolver forced Christine Lugo, also a mother, into a Dunkin’ store in Philadelphia’s Fairhill neighborhood.

Surveillance video captured the suspect forcing Lugo to give him money – which Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said amounted to around $300 – before shooting and fleeing. Philadelphia police were then contacted by Elsmere police, and both agencies began working “very closely” together, Vanore said. 

Around 2:24 a.m. on June 6, 42-year-old Ronald Wright was shot and killed in a street robbery in Wilmington, Delaware. Police are investigating whether Gibson was involved in that incident. 

On Tuesday, June 7, Gibson was arrested on suspicion of pistol-whipping a Rite Aid clerk during another Wilmington robbery. Police tracked him down by using a GPS tracker that was in some of the money handed over to him.

They found him in possession of a revolver. The same type of weapon was used in the Philadelphia killing of Lugo at the Dunkin’ store.

On Wednesday, June 9, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner approved murder charges against Gibson in Lugo’s slaying. A week later, he approved murder charges against Gibson in his own mother’s slaying earlier this year.

Sours: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/suspected-serial-killer-keith-gibson-will-face-2-more-murder-charges-in-philadelphia/2875121/

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