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    CA - San Francisco, Male body parts in suitcase, Jan'15 - Omar Shahwan

    Police responding to a suspicious package call in SoMa at 11th Street between Market and Mission streets discovered a suitcase stuffed with human body parts, the case is being treated as a homicide. Officers opened the suitcase to find the body parts just after 4 p.m. and subsequently discovered more remains nearby. The suitcase is being described as roller-type luggage.

    Investigators have a rough suspect description but that police are not releasing any other details because the investigation is ongoing.

    http://sfist.com/2015/01/28/suitcase...an_remains.php

    http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/...in-6047152.php

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...co-street.html

    The roller-type suitcase had been left next to a pile of garbage and debris at 11th and Market streets. More remains were found in the surrounding blocks. "It is unclear at this time if all the remains belong to one victim."
    http://www.11alive.com/story/news/20...r-hq/22513849/

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    "Investigators are still searching to determine if there are any other body parts in the area," police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan told the San Francisco Chronicle. "This was an extremely gruesome crime scene." http://newsfeed.gawker.com/suitcase-...11176/+jparham
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    As investigators searched the city's South of Market neighborhood, human remains were found at three locations within a three-block radius.

    "There was one crime scene -- it was just very large."

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...129-story.html

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    y it's unclear if all the remains belong to one person

    Gatpandan says investigators have a rough suspect descriptio


    http://www.enquirerherald.com/2015/0...smembered.html

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    San Francisco police have identified a person of interest in connection with the discovery of a suitcase full of body parts in the South of Market area, authorities said.

    http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/a...se-6048364.php

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    This sounds horrible, but I've always had a hankering for cases involving torsos and suitcases (or bin liners). Hope the suspect thing pans out and justice is swift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    This sounds horrible, but I've always had a hankering for cases involving torsos and suitcases (or bin liners). Hope the suspect thing pans out and justice is swift.
    I find these cases intriguing myself, this one even more so because I've walked (and still do, on occasion) that area frequently. Mind-boggling.

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    A couple links, the UK first one deserving of being better-known, the second a U.S. mystery, a grisly one for the ages:

    The Thames Torso Murders of 1887-89 (casebook.org)

    The Cleveland Torso Murders aka Kingsbury Run Murders (Crime Library)

    ETA and, back to Blighty, there were the....Brighton trunk murders (Wiki)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catlike View Post
    I find these cases intriguing myself, this one even more so because I've walked (and still do, on occasion) that area frequently. Mind-boggling.
    me too. the amount of labor to put into that gruesome task is... well, shocking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvaldez1975 View Post
    me too. the amount of labor to put into that gruesome task is... well, shocking.
    Exactly. These aren't impersonal drive-bys, by any means.


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    ^ gets grossed out cutting up a whole chicken

    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Exactly. These aren't impersonal drive-bys, by any means.

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    So when I googled to see if this had hit websleuths yet, OLD San Fran body in a Suitcase headline from 2006 cropped up...

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...tcase-Jan-2006

    I'm too cynical to think these would be related, as lots of unrelated weird crimes in Cali happen in close proximity. I just found the coincidence interesting.

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    Yeah, wow!

    1993 - body of Stephanie Jensen found in suitcase in a creekbed off Highway 9 (suspect ID'd, not sure if arrested)

    2006 - body of Donna Rossi found in suitcase near the Golden Gate Bridge (no arrest made)

    2010 - body of Pearla Louis found in suitcase floating in the Bay (boyfriend arrested - can't find any info on conviction or other updates)

    2015 - UID found in suitcase on sidewalk south of Market

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    Click on the tag "suitcase"at the bottom of this thread, and you'll find other WS threads where victims' remains were found in suitcases.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/tags.php?tag=suitcase
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyseven View Post
    Yeah, wow!

    1993 - body of Stephanie Jensen found in suitcase in a creekbed off Highway 9 (suspect ID'd, not sure if arrested)

    2006 - body of Donna Rossi found in suitcase near the Golden Gate Bridge (no arrest made)

    2010 - body of Pearla Louis found in suitcase floating in the Bay (boyfriend arrested - can't find any info on conviction or other updates)


    2015 - UID found in suitcase on sidewalk south of Market
    is the 2010 case the one where her bf was married, she was pregnant from him and her other child was never found?

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