CA - Princess Berthomieux, 15, beaten & strangled, Inglewood, 19 March 2002

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by Old Broad, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Old Broad

    Old Broad New Member

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    A lot of information in this article.

    http://www.laweekly.com/general/features/the-sex-murder-files/13726/


    Inglewood homicide detective Jeffrey Steinhoff was stumped by the March 2002 killing of a girl named Princess: Only 14 years old, the runaway from Hawthorne had been in and out of foster homes and was working as a prostitute when she was murdered. Her nude body was dumped in bushes in an alley.

    The trail for her killer had gone cold. But in December 2004, Steinhoff learned of a possible breakthrough: The sheriff’s crime lab found traces of the same DNA on her body and two other slain women. In 2005, another match was made, suggesting that four victims could have been killed by the same person. Further, Princess Berthomieux and one of the women had been strangled; the other two had been shot with a .25-caliber handgun. Ballistics tests linked those two cases with six other handgun killings.

    Suddenly, the mystery of Princess’ death triggered more frightening questions: Was a single serial killer responsible for the murders of at least 10 victims in L.A. County? And was this person still on the loose? The DNA didn’t match any names in police databases so there was little the detective could do with the new information. Then, last summer, on August 3, he got a phone call from a Fresno County District Attorney’s Office investigator. A jail inmate named Roger Hausmann, accused of kidnapping two teenaged girls, had allegedly made some troubling statements about killing prostitutes in Los Angeles. Was this guy connected to the murders of Princess and nine others?

    More at link.

    Old Broad
     
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  3. tennessee

    tennessee Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .

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    Very interesting article. Thank you for posting it. I hope the DNA results are back sooner rather than later. This guy, Hausmann, is beyond words.
     
  4. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From August 2011:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lan...-district-attorney-to-seek-death-penalty.html

    From last month:

    http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20151216/nearly-70-being-considered-for-grim-sleeper-jury

     

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