THE SERIAL KILLINGS OF ACRES HOMES

Jasmine Clark, 21, found Jan. 19, 2006; Pamela Ann Goss, 50, found April 2, 2006; Patricia Duffy-Garcia, 45, found June 24, 2006; Lisa Holland, 31, found June 26, 2006; Lakita Stubblefield, 21, found July 19, 2006; Willie Bianca Jones, 18, found Sept. 22, 2007, and an unidentified woman.

They were found by adults, children, men, women. One was found  lying down with the side of her face propped up by her arms, as if she were resting. But there were stab wounds on her neck and head.

The grisly finds occurred between Jan. 19, 2006, and Sept. 22 this year. Behind a church. On the side of the road. In ditches. On trash-strewn vacant lots. Some of the women were found with no clothes on, no underwear, no shoes, nothing. Thrown away—discarded—like they were so much trash, used, abused, destroyed, then balled up and tossed as if they were torn apart and crumpled pieces of paper thrown to the side like litter.

They were found by denizens on the neighborhood of Acres Homes going about their daily ritual of life;  adults running an errand, families taking a break from teaching Sunday school, children playing tag.

They are the women whose murdered bodies have been found in the neighborhood of Acres Homes ever since 2004.  The citizens of Acres Homes live in fear that the killer of these women still walks among them. The police have detained suspects in the last year, but, have yet to gather conclusive evidence to arrest, indict and convict the killer of these seven women.

The following will be articles I will post on a timeline since the news of the grisley horrible deaths of these women first came to the attention of the public.

These women died deaths from stabbing and strangulation.

They were human beings.

They had lives.

They had names.

They were not discarded trash.

They need to be remembered as someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s aunt, someone’s mother.

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HOUSTON POLICE HUNT A SERIAL KILLER

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Houston Police Frustrated in Search for Possible Serial Killer; DNA Is No Help So Far

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A man rides past a warning sign about surveillance cameras in the Acres Homes area of Houston, Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Starting in Jan. 2006 the nude bodies of seven women, who were victims of a possible serial killer have been found near churches in this hardscrabble Houston neighborhood. The slayings of the women, all prostitutes, have spurred the longest homicide investigation in Houston police department history. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

The Associated Press

The “CSI”-style wizardry increasingly being used to solve crimes is running up against its limitations in Houston, where police are hunting for a possible serial killer in the slayings of seven prostitutes.

The victims’ nude bodies were discovered over the past 22 months, with most of the victims dumped near churches in Acres Homes, a neighborhood where shabby bungalows and gleaming new homes share the same streets.

The slayings have spurred one of the most intensive homicide investigations in Houston history, filling seven 4-inch-thick binders and yielding a 695-page report. But investigators say the hunt has become a roller coaster ride of frustration and 18-hour work days.

The women lived in a shadowy, secretive world, where their final movements are extremely difficult to trace and witnesses reluctant to step forward.

“These girls are working late at night. No one’s out there. There are no witnesses,” said Lt. Ron Walker, who is overseeing the investigation. “They get into a car with a man they don’t know and they end up in a ditch.”

Some of the women could have picked up as many as 10 customers in one night, and several had semen from a number of men on their bodies, making it nearly impossible for police to figure out the last person they were with or to determine if they had been sexually assaulted.

Police are entering the DNA into an FBI database that contains genetic samples from convicted felons and from crime scenes. So far, the database has yielded no suspects, said homicide Capt. Steve Jett.

Some of the DNA on the prostitutes probably belongs to customers who have no criminal record and are not even in the database, investigators said.

“DNA does not come with a driver’s license,” Jett said. “So we are not able to determine exactly who was involved with this person.”

Pamela Ann Goss, 50, and Lakita Stubblefield, 21, were both stabbed to death. Vanessa Lackey Franklin, 45, and Willie Bianca Jones, 18, were strangled. It is unclear how Jasmine Clark, 21, Patricia Duffy-Garcia, 45, and a still-unidentified woman died.

All were found dead in Acres Homes except Franklin, whose body was eight miles away. But she was added to the list because her death seemed to fit the pattern: She had worked as a prostitute, and her nude body was dumped by a church.

Police have shipped hundreds of pieces of evidence to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Va., and to North Texas State University for testing. They have also interviewed dozens of people, including men who may have picked up the victims.

One theory is that the killer or killers may be from Acres Homes or familiar enough with the neighborhood to know remote spots where a body can be discarded. Originally, investigators thought that the dumping of the bodies near churches was meaningful perhaps a message from a killer on a crusade to clean up the city but now they are not sure.

Police have questioned other neighborhood prostitutes, hoping that one of them might remember something useful. Many told of sexual assaults or frightening encounters, but never reported them and couldn’t identify the customer, Walker said.

Ten officers worked full-time on the case at one point, but that has dwindled to three.

“You have no idea how frustrating this whole case is. We get some leads that we think are good, then have to eliminate them,” Walker said.

Acres Homes is a black community just minutes from the skyscrapers of downtown Houston. Horses are still a common sight on the roads, and modest shotgun houses and dilapidated shacks sit across the street from newly built luxury homes shuttered behind iron gates. It is a place where families go back generations and neighbors still know each other. But it also has pockets of drug use and prostitution.

The body of the most recent victim, Jones, was found in a drainage ditch Sept. 22. She was last seen alive at the Bluemagic Lounge, a ramshackle beer joint.

“I’m just scared. I’m afraid. I was born and raised here and we never had problems like this before. We could sleep with our windows open,” said Daphene Tyler, 42, whose family has operated the Bluemagic Lounge for 62 years.

Investigators believe at least two of the women were killed by the same person, but say that more than one killer may be at work.

The first victim, Clark, was found amid trees near New Macedonia Church in January 2006. Two more victims were discovered near the Pine Grove Church of God. A fourth woman was discovered along a dirt road dubbed Jesus Street on a makeshift sign that leads to a church-owned piece of land.

“We’re asking people to concentrate on the victims. Do you know what happened to these women? These were people. They have families. They have mothers. They have sisters. They have children,” Walker said. “Yes, they may have been prostitutes, but they didn’t deserve to die or have done what was done to them.”

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SERIAL KILLER SUSPECTED IN 7 HOUSTON DEATHS

Fear stalks Acres Homes

Pastor James Porter talks about his discovery of the body of Pamela Ann Goss, 50, near the Pine Grove Church in the Acres Homes area of Houston Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Starting in Jan. 2006 the nude bodies of seven women, who were victims of a possible serial killer have been found near churches in this hardscrabble Houston neighborhood. The slayings of the women, all prostitutes, have spurred the longest homicide investigation in Houston police department history.

A photo of Willie Bianca Jones, 18, hangs on the door frame at the Bluemagic Lounge, where she was last seen before her body was found Sept. 22. ‘I’m afraid. I was born and raised here, and we never had problems like this before,’ says Daphene Tyler, whose family runs the lounge.

HOUSTON — They are the victims of a possible serial killer: Seven women — all prostitutes at one time — whose nude bodies have been found near churches in a tight-knit but struggling Houston neighborhood known as Acres Homes.The slayings, which began in January 2006, have spurred the longest homicide investigation in Houston police department history — filling seven 4-inch thick binders, and a 695-page report too thick to be printed on the office’s regular machines. Ten officers worked full time on the case at one point, but that has dwindled to three as leads dry up.Houston police investigators say the hunt to track down the killer has become a roller coaster ride of frustration and 18-hour work days. The women lived in a shadowy, secretive world, where their last paces are nearly impossible to trace and witnesses are reluctant to step forward.Pamela Ann Goss, 50, and Lakita Stubblefield, 21, were stabbed to death. Vanessa Lackey Franklin, 45, and Willie Bianca Jones, 18, were strangled. It is unclear how Jasmine Clark, 21, Patricia Duffy-Garcia, 45, and an unidentified woman died.Some of the women could have picked up as many as 10 customers in one night, and several had semen from a number of men on their bodies, making it nearly impossible for police to figure out the last person they were with or to determine if they had been sexually assaulted.Police are entering the DNA into an FBI database that contains genetic samples from convicted felons and crime scenes. The database has yielded no suspects, said police Capt. Steve Jett.Some of the DNA on the prostitutes probably belongs to customers who have no criminal records and are not in the database, investigators said.

“DNA does not come with a driver’s license,” Jett said. “So we are not able to determine exactly who was involved with this person.”

Police have questioned other neighborhood prostitutes, hoping that one of them may remember being picked up by someone who matches the killer’s profile. Many told of sexual assaults or frightening encounters but never reported them and couldn’t identify the customers, Walker said.

Initially, investigators thought the murders might have been connected to a string of sexual assaults in Acres Homes. But a suspect arrested in those attacks turned out to have no link to the deaths.

“You have no idea how frustrating this whole case is. We get some leads that we think are good, then have to eliminate them,” said Lt. Ron Walker, who is overseeing the investigation.

In Acres Homes, a black community where family roots go back generations, the deaths are a grim and frightening reminder that urban reality is intruding on a neighborhood where country living lingers just minutes from the skyscrapers of downtown Houston.

Horses are still a common sight on the roads, and modest shotgun houses and dilapidated shacks sit across the street from newly built luxury homes behind iron gates. Residents know their neighbors despite pockets of drug use and prostitution.

Yet people now wonder if a serial killer walks among them — and whether enough is being done to catch him.

“The perpetrators need to be caught, if nothing else than to bring justice to the victims,” said the Rev. Edwin Davis, pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, site of a recent community meeting to address concerns about the unsolved cases. “It would bring a lot of ease to a lot of people.”

The first victim — Clark — was found in a wooded area near New Macedonia Church on Jan. 19, 2006. The death initially was ruled a drug overdose, but after the bodies of other women were found nearby, police included her case in the Acres Homes investigation.

Four other women were killed in the next six months. Goss’ body was tossed behind Pine Grove Church of God, a block away from where Clark was found. Duffy-Garcia was discovered in a heavily wooded area on “Jesus Street,” where small signs declare: “Church of God Property. Please no dumping.”

The skeletal remains of another, unidentified, victim, were found in ditch on an undeveloped street. Stubblefield’s body was found behind Parlay Cafe, near Pine Grove Church. She had also been stabbed.

Franklin’s body was found eight miles from Acres Homes. But she was added to the list because her death seemed to fit the pattern: She had worked as a prostitute, and her nude body was dumped by a church.

The nude body of the latest victim — Jones — was found in a drainage ditch Sept. 22. She was last seen alive at the Bluemagic Lounge, a ramshackle beer joint on a residential street.

A small photograph of Jones wearing a mischievous grin is now taped above the club’s front door.

“I’m just scared. I’m afraid. I was born and raised here, and we never had problems like this before. We could sleep with our windows open,” said Daphene Tyler, 42, whose family has operated the Bluemagic Lounge for 62 years.

Investigators say they may be close to solving the murder of Jones, whom they believe was caught in an interstate juvenile prostitution ring. But they are still slamming into dead ends on the other cases.

“We’re asking people to concentrate on the victims. Do you know what happened to these women? These were people. They have families. They have mothers. They have sisters. They have children,” said Walker. “Yes, they may have been prostitutes, but they didn’t deserve to die or have done what was done to them.”

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/11/13/1113serial.html

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Keamira Roney, 10, center, was with her legal guardian, Sherretta Trahan, left, and friend Francisco Karr, 12, when the two children discovered the remains of Lakita Stubblefield last year.

SHARÓN STEINMANN: CHRONICLE

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Nov. 18, 2007, 4:26PM
Acres Homes residents cope with grim reality
Slayings, discoveries leave images ‘you just can’t forget’

 

Keamira Roney was “it” and she did what every 9-year-old caught in the heated throes of tag is supposed to do: She chased Francisco Karr through an overgrown lot behind the Parlay Cafe in Acres Homes.

That’s when the smell hit them.

“I thought it was a dead horse,” said Keamira, who is now 10.

But it wasn’t. The children saw the body of Lakita Stubblefield, her remains so decomposed they didn’t think she had a head.

“I wish it had been just me — not the kids,” said Sherretta Trahan, 40, the legal guardian of Keamira. “They are going to have to live with that image for the rest of their lives.”

Since 2006, several Acres Homes residents — young and old — have come across murdered women in various stages of decomposition, thrown out like trash. Finding a body in your neighborhood is not supposed to happen. But it has in Acres Homes. Six times. The murders remain a mystery.

“I see her legs in my sleep,” said Atakqua Jetson, 32, who found Patricia Duffy-Garcia in a vacant lot at 8300 Sunnyhill. “She had white socks on.”

The grisly finds occurred between Jan. 19, 2006, and Sept. 22 this year. Behind a church. On the side of the road. In ditches. On trash-strewn vacant lots.

Neighbors stumbled upon the bodies during the minutiae of daily life: running an errand, taking a break from teaching Sunday school, playing tag. Since making those 911 calls, however, they say nothing seems ordinary. Not even driving down the street.

“You’re always going to remember that, you’re always looking for another one along that same spot,” said Lonnie Harrison, 71, who found the latest victim, Willie Bianca Jones, 18, about 200 yards from his front door. “It’s something about that you just can’t forget.”

The young ones and the adults all remember. Although they have never met, they live or work within blocks from one another, sharing this unfortunate bond.

“We are human beings who have emotions, and I don’t care how hard or how tough of a person you are — finding a dead body when you least expect it is dramatic,” said Darcus Shorten, one of two city homicide detectives investigating the Acres Homes murders. “If it doesn’t have an effect on you spiritually or mentally then I think you have a problem.”

Police have not ruled out that a serial killer may be responsible for the murders, but they say it is unlikely. The women, many of whom had a history of drugs and prostitution, were either stabbed or strangled. Investigators say the slaying of a seventh woman, whose body was found several miles outside the community, is no longer part of the Acres Homes investigation. Police are uncertain about the cause of death of one victim whose remains were skeletal.

Since the killings, Houston police officers have swamped the nine square miles of Acres Homes with patrol cars and horse-mounted officers. City workers and residents cleared abandoned lots of weeds, bushes and old tires. Street lights have been fixed.

Although the dead didn’t come from Acres Homes — where some residents own horses and have pecking chickens in their front yard — they are now connected to this rural neighborhood, a shady hamlet in northwest Houston that has its share of urban problems. The victims are: Jasmine Clark, 21, found Jan. 19, 2006; Pamela Ann Goss, 50, found April 2, 2006; Patricia Duffy-Garcia, 45, found June 24, 2006; Lisa Holland, 31, found June 26, 2006; Lakita Stubblefield, 21, found July 19, 2006; Willie Bianca Jones, 18, found Sept. 22, 2007.

A pastor’s prayer

As Pastor Wesley Virgin took a break from teaching Sunday school, his deacon, James Porter, shouted from outside to take a look at a bloody sandal, a puddle of blood and a trail that led to Goss. Her naked body was sprawled behind a tall mound of dirt.Virgin said she appeared to have been dragged from across the yard, a place where prostitutes bring their customers at night. Goss was lying down with the side of her face propped up by her arms, as if she were resting. But there were stab wounds on her neck and head. He called the police at about noon.

“It looked like an old fender had been thrown to the side,” said Virgin, 56. “Just discarded, stripped down — there were no clothes, there were no undies, no shoes, no nothing.”

It was Palm Sunday 2006 and about 20 members of the Pine Grove Church of God in Christ came running out to see what the commotion was about. The pastor did not want them to see the body and encouraged everyone to return to the small sanctuary, a converted old house. He then went into his office to pray.

“There was so much on my mind — I’m just not focused to preach a sermon today,” Virgin recalled thinking. “But then the Lord said, ‘You remember death is in the air back there, but next Sunday, I’m going to turn death into life.’ So I drew from that.”

Virgin doesn’t like to think about Goss and has relied on prayer to get him through.

City Councilman Jarvis Johnson’s office sent a crisis counselor to talk to the churchgoers.

“It could have done something to my membership, like they don’t want to come here anymore, lose faith in God,” Virgin said. “It could have done that, but it didn’t.”

The following week, Virgin held Easter service in the backyard because he wants the church grounds to be associated with life — not death.

All is not well, however. Residents, mostly working-class, say they feel powerless.

“There’s this sense typically of safety in your home environment,” said Patricia Averill, a clinical psychologist and an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical School. “You don’t expect to see a dead body near your home. And when those things happen they tend to shatter your sense of safety.”

From excitement to horror

Atakqua Jetson was excited. She was showing her buddy Jennifer Menifee several plots of land she had purchased. She wanted to build an apartment duplex on the land and rent it.But she and her friend didn’t get too far on 8300 Sunnyhill on June 24, 2006. When Jetson was backing up her car on the lot, to the right side, Menifee saw the legs of Duffy-Garcia.

“She said, ‘It looks like legs’ but we thought it was a mannequin because the legs were so stiff,” said Jetson, who sells medical equipment supplies. “We got out of the car to take a look, but didn’t get far with the smell. You could see her hair and that she had a bra that was already on. The face was gone.”

She called her husband, George, and when he came, she said she made the call to 911 at 3:35 p.m.

“It doesn’t seem like it could happen that close to home,” said Jetson, a mother to two teens and a foster mom to one infant boy.

Since last summer, she has refused to return to the property and has been trying to sell the land. There are no takers.

“I don’t want to have anything to do with that land,” she said.

For a time, she would regularly call the detective who interviewed her at the crime scene, an image she has saved on her cell phone.

She just wanted to know whether the case had been solved and the name of the faceless woman.

“That’s somebody’s daughter, that’s somebody’s mother,” she said.

‘It puts fear in your heart’

Lonnie Harrison’s wife already had left for the beauty salon when he got into his truck to run an errand on Sept. 22.He pulled out of his driveway and thought the stable owner down the road had thrown out a dead horse for animal control pickup. But when he got closer to the carcass, it was no horse. It was a naked Willie Bianca Jones. He called 911 at around 9:15 a.m. and was annoyed with the police and the crowd of curiosity seekers, many of them children.

“The ambulance put a sheet over her, but when the police came they would take the sheet off and she was swelling up, and I didn’t think these children should be standing there watching this,” he said. “I don’t think if it had been in another neighborhood, they would have left her uncovered like that. But it’s just another black woman laying there nude. It was a pretty horrible thing to watch all day long.”

He couldn’t eat for a week, he said.

“Every time I would get ready to eat, I would see the body,” he said.

Then there were the nightmares. He said he watches his wife now when she drives away from the house.

“When you walk out the door every day it makes you more cautious — you never know what to expect,” said Harrison, a homebuilder. “It puts fear in your heart.”

He drives by Jones’ spot every day and looks down at the dirt, expecting to find another woman lying there.

A child’s nightmares

It was summertime in Acres Homes. Keamira Roney and Francisco Karr, then 11, were helping Sheretta Trahan mow lawns all day on July 19, 2006. Trahan, Keamira’s guardian and the roommate of Francisco’s mother, didn’t pay much attention to the smell behind the Parlay Cafe, thinking that it was probably discarded shellfish.For three years, Trahan had been cutting people’s grass as a way to supplement her city water and sewer inspector job. She quit after that day.

“That made me stop,” said Trahan, who made the 911 call at 6 p.m. “I don’t want to find another dead body.”

She said the kids couldn’t sleep in their beds for two months after that. Keamira, who takes Tae Kwon Do lessons, now sleeps with a night light. Nightmares come and go.

“My window is right there, and I think he could come one night and get me,” Keamira said.

A detective recommended to Trahan that she get the children some therapy. They had one session, she said, and drew pictures of their fears. Keamira sketched her bedroom with a man peeping through her window. Francisco drew a man behind bars.

“The lady (the therapist) said one day, ‘They’re going to catch that man,’ ” Keamira said. “But they still haven’t.”

leslie.casimir@chron.com

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DNA samples from family members helped identify the remains of 31-year-old Lisa Holland. Her cause of death is still unknown. Anyone with information is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477 (TIPS).

Houston Police Department

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Nov. 17, 2007, 1:01AM
Acres Homes’ victim identified; body found 18 months ago

Houston police this week learned the identity of a woman whose body was found dumped in a ditch in Acres Homes almost a year and a half ago.

Lisa Holland, 31, was one of seven women whose bodies were found dumped in overgrown lots and ditches in and around the northwest Houston neighborhood since January 2006.

Initially, investigators thought the deaths may have been related, but now they think more than one person is responsible for attacks on women in the area.

Police have yet to arrest or charge suspects in any of the women’s deaths, but positively identifying Holland gives them one more piece to a puzzle they’re still struggling to solve.

“It helps a lot,” said Steve Straughter, an HPD homicide detective assigned to the Acres Homes cases. “But the main thing is that it brings some closure to her family.”

A construction worker discovered Holland’s body in a ditch in the 2000 block of Del Norte about 8:30 a.m. on June 26, 2006, authorities said. Her cause of death is still unknown.

She was reported missing on July 25, 2006, and was last seen by her mother on May 15, 2006, about 2 p.m., authorities said.

When her body was found, her identity was listed as unknown due to the advanced stage of decomposition.

Her remains were sent to the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth for testing and a family reference DNA sample of several people was sent with her remains. Holland was positively identified on Tuesday.

Anyone with information in regarding the death of Holland is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477 (TIPS).

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ACRES HOMES SERIAL KILLER

2006_10_13: Serial Killer Victim Identified Houston TX Serial Killer News
A suspected victim of the Acres Homes serial killer has been identified, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday. Houston police released a sketch last week of a woman whose body was found on June 24 in the 8300 block of Sunnyhill. Someone recognized the sketch and called the victim’s daughter in Montgomery County, who then contacted the medical examiner. Investigators identified the victim as Patricia Katherine Garcia, who went by Kathy. She disappeared in June. Her family is devastated. “She was the last parent I had left. She has three grandbabies. None of them are going to see her anymore,” said Wendy, the victim’s daughter. “I just want to know why. Find out who did it so they can pay for what they’ve done,” said Kristi, the victim’s daughter. The daughters did not want to be identified because their mother’s killer remains on the loose. Six women have been murdered and then dumped in and around the Acres Homes area in northwest Houston area since January, police said. Officials said they believe the victims were abducted in the Third Ward, Sunnyside and possibly the Fifth Ward. Most of the victims were believed to be prostitutes or drug users, according to authorities. Police said the killer has a very friendly approach of walking up to women and luring them into his car. HPD set up a special task force to catch the killer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.
 
2006_10_06: Victim’s Sketch Could Lead To Serial Killer Houston TX Serial Killer News
Houston police released a sketch Thursday of a woman believed to be a victim of a suspected serial killer in hopes of finding the killer, KPRC Local 2 reported. The woman is known only as a Jane Doe. Her body was recovered in the 8300 block of Sunnyhill. Investigators said they believe finding the woman’s identity could help solve the case. We’ve done a lot of work trying to identify these people already through our regular resources, investigative-wise. But, they haven’t led us anywhere. So, that’s where we need some help in trying to possibly identify this (woman),” HPD Homicide Lt. Ron Walker said. Police said the woman is one of six found in the Acres Homes area. She is described as a white woman with straight black hair and over 35 years old. She had been dead for at least three days before her body was found, leaving little for facial recognition. But, a main clue to her identity is a scar on the bridge of her nose. “That may be significant to people out there because it’s apparently an old injury, but it was a significant injury — maybe a car accident, some type of significant head injury at some point in her life,” Walker said. Investigators said they have received nearly 300 leads. They made an arrest, but only linked that suspect to a string of sexual assaults. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she believes the public is the key. “Frankly, I believe this will be solved through community involvement and through individual citizen activity,” Jackson Lee said. Six women have been murdered and then dumped in and around the Acres Homes area in northwest Houston area since January, police said. Officials said they believe the victims were abducted in the Third Ward, Sunnyside and possibly the Fifth Ward. Most of the victims were believed to be prostitutes or drug users, according to authorities. Police said the killer has a very friendly approach by walking up to women and luring them into his car. Lakita Stubblefield, 21, is believed to be the suspected serial killer’s latest victim. Her body was found in a field on July 19. HPD set up a special task force to catch the killer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.
 
2006_08_01: DNA samples taken from 24 in hunt for killer Houston TX Serial Killer News
Police release new details about a possible suspect in series of slayingsHouston police investigating a series of possibly related sexual assaults and slayings in north Houston have taken voluntary DNA samples from 24 “persons of interest,” and are developing a profile of the killer.Those samples, said Capt. Dale Brown, who heads the department’s homicide unit, were taken voluntarily from people suggested as suspects by the public. No arrests have been made in the case.Brown said a serial killer could be connected to numerous sexual assaults and the slayings of six women whose nude or partially clothed bodies were discovered hidden in wooded areas in Acres Homes.Surviving victims and witnesses have told police that the man, believed to be in his late 20s or 30s with closely cropped or shaved dark hair, may have tattoos of scales or a zodiac sign, and “Old English” lettering on his back or shoulders, Brown said.He may recently have served time in prison, perhaps for sexual assault, Brown said, without detailing the reasons for that speculation. Later, through a spokesman, he declined to elaborate on what evidence investigators collected.
Wore Celtics jersey
Brown said the killer may have committed a recent sexual assault in which the assailant wore a white Boston Celtics jersey, the number 62 in green letters on the front.
At a City Hall news conference, Brown and Councilman Jarvis Johnson urged residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior — especially at night in areas frequented by prostitutes.“This needs to be a citywide effort,” said Johnson, who represents Acres Homes, noting that some victims could have encountered the killer in other parts of Houston. “It’s important that everyone understand that we have to be on a heightened alert.”The killer, Brown and Johnson said, could be a charming man able to lure women into his vehicle, which is described as a black or dark blue four-door 1990s sedan. He also could have used force to get the women, some of whom had a history of prostitution, into his vehicle, Brown said.“We have a very dangerous person in our city,” Brown said, adding that the man might be a former or current Acres Homes resident. “We need the whole city to be vigilant.”
‘Addicted to killing’
At a town hall meeting Monday night, local and federal law enforcement agencies detailed how their offices can contribute to the search, capture and prosecution of the killer.
“We have put all the resources we possible can into this investigation,” Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt told the crowd of about 200 people.Some residents said they were encouraged by the focus from law enforcement and the community on solving the deaths.

“I’m just thankful that the people have a mind to catch him,” said Vicki Pringle, who has lived in Acres Homes for 35 years.

“The community needs to come together to try to catch this guy because if we leave him on the loose, he will kill again. It seems like he’s addicted to killing.”

Eric Lakey, who said he was born and raised in the Lincoln City area of Acres Homes, was also optimistic, but guarded. Lakey said it will take a sustained effort, especially from the community, to catch the killer.

“It’s going to take time,” he said. “It didn’t happen overnight, and it’s not going to be solved overnight. Crime only stays where its welcome, and its not welcome in Acres Homes.”

So far, Brown said, police have received at least 171 tips. Those led to interviews with the men who agreed to DNA tests.

The body of the last known homicide victim was found two weeks ago behind the Parlay Cafe on Rosslyn. Police first noticed a pattern in the deaths in April after a body was found in the 1900 block of Mansfield.

 
2006_07_31: New Clues Released About Serial Killer Suspect Houston TX Serial Killer News
Houston police released new details Monday about a suspected serial killer preying on women and dumping their bodies in Acres Homes, KPRC Local 2 reported.Officials said a victim who survived an attack provided the new clues about his identity.She said he wore a white Boston Celtics jersey with green lettering and No. 62 on the front as well as white high-top tennis shoes.
 
Investigators also provided details about the suspect’s possible history.”The possibility that this person has been in prison before, has been in prison for sexual assault of adults and possibly even juveniles and may have been released during the years of 2004 and 2005,” said Capt. Dale Brown with the Houston Police Department.Six women have been murdered and then dumped in and around the Acres Homes area in northwest Houston area since January, police said. Officials said they believe the victims were abducted in the Third Ward, Sunnyside and possibly the Fifth Ward. Most of the victims were believed to be prostitutes or drug users, according to authorities.But police said the potential danger is citywide.”It is important that our city consider this as a potential problem that could occur universally in any part of our city — low-income areas that possibly have prostitution or other street activity — or just areas where we have women who walk along, particularly during the hours of darkness,” Brown said.

Police said the killer has a very friendly approach by walking up to women and luring them into his car.

Lakita Stubblefield, 21, is believed to be the suspected serial killer’s latest victim. Her body was found in a field on July 19.

HPD has set up a special task force to catch the killer.

Investigators said the man has tattoos with gothic writing on his back and the scales of justice on his left arm.

He is described as a black man, 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 to 220 pounds, with a muscular build and a small gut. He is bald or wears his hair close cut.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.

A town hall meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, located at 6719 Montgomery.

 
2006_07_25: Lead in serial killer case turns cold Houston TX Serial Killer News
Apparently, a promising lead about a motel in the Third Ward didn’t pan out Tuesday morning. And that’s not the news that relatives of the victims wanted to hear.Police were looking into a possible lead coming out that motel. They were given information that possibly the suspect could be on surveillance video from that motel. They were hoping to see the suspect with one or more victims. Authorities say there was nothing on the surveillance video that can help them on this case.Meanwhile, relatives of the some of the victims, as well as volunteers, were out on Houston’s southeast side putting up flyers Tuesday. They hope someone will recognize the suspect and call police.Lakita Stubblefield was the latest victim of the possible serial killer. Stubblefield’s family hope that police get the break they need to find this man.”The only thing I can do is much as I can do,” said the victim’s brother, Victor Stubblefield. “So, I’m trying my best to do everything that I can possibly can.””I hope so. I hope it breaks to something,” said Derrick Wilson, another family member. “I hope he makes a small mistake so he can get caught.”If you have any information in this case, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for these killings is now up to $20,000.The person for whom police are looking is described as a black male, around 5’8”, and 20-30 years old. He may also have a tattoo of the scales of justice or a Libra sign on one of his arms.
 
2006_07_24: FBI joins search for possible Houston serial killer Houston TX Serial Killer News
FBI agents have joined police in the hunt for a possible serial killer suspected in the deaths of six women whose bodies have been found in north Houston, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said today.”I believe that when you have a crime of this magnitude, the loss of life and the allegations of being a serial killer, you need to muster all resources possible,” said Lee, D-Houston, a member of subcommittee on crime and terrorism in the House judiciary committee. Shauna Dunlap, an FBI spokeswoman, confirmed that federal agents will provide DNA lab assistance and investigators to the Houston Police Department, which formed a joint task force to work the case.”We work with HPD very often,” Dunlap said. “When the locals need assistance, we are here to help.”The body of the latest known homicide victim, Lakita Stubblefield, 21, was found Wednesday behind the Parlay Cafe at 5402 Rosslyn.Lee joined Stubblefield’s family and activists Sunday for a memorial in the Acres Homes area where the woman’s body was found.Police first noticed a pattern in the deaths in April after the body of Pamela Ann Goss was found in the 1900 block of Mansfield. Police said the victims have all been nude or partially clothed and hidden in wooded areas. Some victims had a history of prostitution, prompting activists such as Quanell X to hit the streets looking for anyone who might have information.

An admitted prostitute told Quanell X that she might have had an encounter with the man, who police believe has a tattoo of the scales of justice on his forearm. The same man also is suspected in at least six sexual assaults.

The woman, who said she knew Stubblefield, was working a street last week when the man drove up with a crack cocaine dealer, Quanell X told the Chronicle.

The suspect gave the woman drugs, but when he began acting strangely, she left him.

“She said at first he was real nice, then he started getting mean,” Quanell X said.

Once in the car with the man, he offered her crack cocaine. The woman became suspicious when the man took puffs of cocaine smoke but did not seem to inhale.

“At first she thought he might be a cop,” Quanell X said.

The man tried to take her to a motel in southwest Houston, but the woman insisted upon a familiar motel in the Third Ward, where he displayed a tattoo depicting the scales of justice.

When his behavior became odd, she left with some of his money and did not return.

Many prostitutes are addicted to crack cocaine, Quanell X said, which has led some drug dealers in the the Third Ward to believe the man is “luring women with the promise of drugs.”

Quanell X said Stubblefield’s family received tips from some of the woman’s acquaintances about other women who might have talked to the man. The prostitute was reluctant to discuss her alleged meeting with the man until activists brought Stubblefield’s mother to plead for any information.

 
2006_07_23: Vigil held for victim of possible serial killer Houston TX Serial Killer News
A vigil was held Sunday for one of the victims of what police say is a serial killer who is dumping bodies in the Acres Homes area. The families hope someone saw something that could lead police to the man who killed their daughter.Alvin Stubblefield learned just this week that his daughter, Lakita Stubblefield, was the latest victim of a possible serial killer. Her body was found Thursday behind the very club in Acres Homes where the prayer vigil took place.Police believe the same suspect is responsible for six killings. All of the victims have been found nude. A majority were black females and at least two suffered stab wounds. The three who have been identified have been know to have a history of prostitution.Police believe the person responsible is the same person wanted for a series of sexual assaults, at least six since the beginning of the year.”We’re going to find you,” said Alvin Stubblefield. “Whoever you are, we’re going to find you.””I want to say to the serial killer, whoever you are, you’re a coward,” said Lakita’s mother, Mayuricesteen Stubblefield. “You’re not a man who took my baby. And if anyone anywhere knows where you are, I wish they would punch you out. You took my baby away from me and I need closure.”On Monday, volunteers plan to pass out flyers in the Third Ward area, where police believe the suspect may have picked up his victims before dumping the bodies in the Acres Homes area. If you have any information in this case, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for these killings is now up to $20,000.

The person for whom police are looking is described as a black male, around 5’8”, and 20-30 years old, He may also have a tattoo of the scales of justice or a Libra sign on one of his arms.

 
 
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RAPE SUSPECT MAY BE TIED TO MORE CRIMES

By Andy Cerota

– There are new developments in the search for a serial killer in our area. Police released some new information late Monday afternoon — a man arrested for sexual assault may not be connected to a string of murders. Bilford Junious, 35, is behind bars charged with one count of rape. He is now believed to be responsible for six, possibly seven, aggravated sexual assaults in the Acres Homes area. Police say this is based on information Junious provided them.

 

There have been 17 sexual assaults in the Acres Homes area since February 2004. Police arrested Junious on Friday night.

A victim gave investigators a description of his vehicle and his license plate number. She was even able to identify a Superman sticker on the back of his red Ford Ranger.

Police have not linked Junious to any of the murders of women found dumped in the Acres Homes area. They admit there is a tremendous amount of evidence that still needs to be processed to determine if Junious is involved in any more offenses.

The investigators working the cases shared with Eyewitness News a theory they’re currently exploring.

“It is a possibility that you could have two people that know each other is doing this,” said Lt. Ron Walker with the Houston Police Department. “There is a distinct possibility it is two separate people completely that don’t know each other, that are just using the same area for their operation. I don’t know.”

The first victim of the serial killer, who may still be on the loose, was found dead in the Acres Homes area back in January. In all, six women have been dumped in the same area on northwest side. Authorities say they know three of the women were murdered. There are still questions about the other three deaths.
(Copyright © 2006, KTRK-TV)

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HPD QUESTIONS ANOTHER MAN IN ACRES HOMES MURDERS

 

05:31 PM CDT on Thursday, July 27, 2006

From 11 News Reports Houston police have questioned a man they say is a person of interest, as they search for a possible serial killer that may be targeting women in the Acres Home area.

KHOU-TV

Composite sketch of man wanted in Acres Homes murders.

Thursday, they took DNA samples from the man who lives near a church where the body of one of the victims was found.

The man was not arrested, but investigators say they’re following up on all clues.

Since the beginning of the year, six women have been killed.
The FBI is involved in the case and anyone who knows anything about the crimes is asked to call police.

A $20,000 reward is being offered.

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8 responses to “THE SERIAL KILLINGS OF ACRES HOMES

  1. My God, I hope and pray for this evil to end. The serial killing of Black women in America is not on society’s radar. Had these women been white, the police and the public would have know about it as soon as possible. I don’t believe that all the women are prostitutes, which is derogatory description of the victims society places on them. It goes to show that the lives of Black women in America is cheap.

    I believe there’s a serial killer in Chicago who kill Black women, then dispose the victims as if these women are nothing.

    The racial gynocide of Black women is at an all time high. The epidemic that’s never mentioned in mainstream media and it’s time for us to step up the plate.

    May we give comfort for the victims’ families in both Chicago and Houston as they face the untimely loss of their loved ones, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and grandmothers.

    May the women rest in peace in dignity and respect.

    Stephanie B.

    • Lea

      As I am saddened by this…it isn’t just Black women that are being killed at the hands of serial killers. White women who are thought to be prostitutes are also being killed without the same respect and urgency as white or black women in affluent neighborhoods and areas. It is a crime in itself that just because someone has to prostitute themselves so they can eat or because they’ve become addicted to drugs that their dying is treated and investigated so poorly. It is very sad indeed….. What a person does for living should not deter a thorough investigation!

  2. sharona f

    This is so sad! How could someone do this to people… I pray for all of the victims and their families.. We don’t know if these women were prositutes and even if they were that does not mean that they deserved to die!!!!.. And if these were all white women I bet that the police would be doing more..

  3. Brenda

    The young lady Willie Bianca Jones that was found in houston was my half sister i never got to meet her and wish i knew where she was so i could help her before all of this happened.This is really sad that someone could take a life and just lead theirs so calm and act like nothing ever happened. I know she will be with the Lord and she will be away from this terrible world where she wont have to degraded.. I love you little sis and say hi to God for me ;)..

  4. Angela Jackson

    So much today is just plain senseless and we as people, don’t do enough to help each other. Why aren’t there more shows or alerts like crimestoppers ran everyday if necessary. They do it for high speed chases & house fires. Maybe a line across the bottom of a tv screen could help someone. For those families and friends that have people missing or involved in unsolved crimes, we don’t do enough. With all the technology we have at our disposal, the minutes a child or anyone else is missing it should go across all of our available networks. Why no put blackberries, other cell phones, texting, all resources to better use. We may surprise ourselves. We have yet to realize we are the world… My love & prayers to all who still have no closure, be it a missing person, unsolved homicide or anyting else. AaJai – Houston, Tx

  5. vonda logan

    lisa holland was my baby sister and she left behind 10 kids and 1 grandson she is truly missed and who ever took her from us will have to answer GOD.I forgive you but you need help and you will not get a away i forgive you. but it hurts eveyday that i look at her children and see the pain in their eyes and see that their mother is gone forever.. GOD BLESS all for yall prayers

  6. HMichelle Cooper Self-Published Author of Millennium Christian Experience

    God bless everyone’s sister, mother, best friend, daughter, kind stranger whether she maybe on crack, prostituting, homeless or whatever; everybody is somebody’s child and we all matter…. God loved us as infants before we were even born into this world…. Jesus loves us all because my bible tells me so…….

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