LA LA - New Orleans Serial Killer "Storyville Slayer" 1991 - 1995

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  1. David_Lohr

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    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/New_Orleans_Serial_Killer

    "Storyville Slayer"
    Location: New Orleans area, USA
    Classification: Serial killer
    Date of murders: 1991 - 1995
    Victims: Danielle Britton, 17 / Tiera Tassin, 21 / Charlene Price, 28 / Regina Okoh, 37 / Jane Doe 1, approximately 20 years old / Lydia Madison, 29 / George Williams, 25 / Noah "Brenda" Philson, 33 / Regetter Martin, 29 / Cheryl Lewis, 30 / Delores Mack, 42 / Jane Doe 2, between the ages of 25 and 35 / Jane Doe 3, between the ages of 15 and 17 / Stephanie Murray, 25 / Jane Doe 4, between the ages of 25 and 35 / Jane Doe 5, age unknown / John Doe, age unknown / Michelle Foster, 32 / Stephaney Brown, 28 / Wanda Ford, 29 / Sandra Warner, 39 / Henry Calvin, 24 / Jane Doe 6, between the ages of 25 and 35 / Karen Ivester, 30 / Sharon Robinson, 28 / Sandra Williams, 39 / Lola Porter, 39.
     
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    Chewing tobacco DNA may finally provide a new break in the case of New Orleans’ infamous Storyville slayer.

    The Huffington Post
    11/03/2016
    By David Lohr, Senior Crime Reporter

    NEW ORLEANS ― Twenty-five years ago, the melting pot of culture and tradition that makes up the Crescent City was overshadowed by a cloud of evil. The historic metropolis that Louis Armstrong once dubbed the “Land of Dreams” had become a nightmare for the families of more than two dozen people who turned up dead in outlying swamps and bayous.

    The murders garnered national attention when a police officer was named a suspect, and a task force assembled to investigate the crimes suggested more than one killer was responsible. The conviction of a cab driver for one of those murders based on testimony from jailhouse informants and scant physical evidence, along with multiple allegations of misconduct against the task force leader, cast doubt on the investigation. The investigation eventually fell from the media spotlight, with all but one of the murders remaining unsolved.

    When The Huffington Post recently began defrosting this cold case, one of the few original investigators remaining on the job decided to take a fresh look at evidence recovered from one of the crime scenes. He’s now pinning his hopes on advancements in DNA testing technology, which could finally bring a killer to justice...

    Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-orlea-murders-cold-case_us_581730c2e4b0390e69d1070c
     
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    Twenty-seven bodies were discovered between 1991 and 1995. Most of the victims, police said, were African-American women involved in drugs and prostitution. Five of the victims were men, but some of them were reportedly transgender. The majority of the victims’ were strangled or drowned and their bodies were dumped in bayous or canals situated along highways bordering the western banks of Lake Pontchartrain. Because of the secluded locations, the victims tended to be in advanced states of decomposition by the time they were found, leaving evidence destroyed and some victims unidentified.

    Victim Timeline:

    July 1991: "Brenda": A young woman, identified by police as "Brenda," was abducted near Memorial Park Drive and Nevada Street in Algiers. The woman, who said she was strangled and left for dead, described the suspect as a clean cut, well-dressed black male with a muscular build. She said he was driving a blue Regal or Monte Carlo.

    Aug. 4, 1991: The nude body of 17-year-old Danielle Britton, of Gretna, was found in a ditch along Nevada Street in Algiers. At autopsy, it was determined she had been beaten and strangled. Britton, a high school dropout, had no prior arrests for drugs or prostitution.

    Sept. 3, 1991: Tiera Tassin, 21, was found dead in Harvey. Fingerprint records from a prior drug arrest were used to identify the mother of three.

    Sept. 21, 1991: In Behrman Park in Algiers, just one mile from where Britton was discovered, the body of 28-year-old Charlene Price, of New Orleans, was found. She had beaten and strangled. It's unknown if she worked in prostitution, but a family member told police she had a history of drug abuse.

    Nov. 21, 1991: The body of 37-year-old Regina Okoh, of Algiers, was found near St. Joseph Street in Harvey. Her death is attributed to strangulation and acute cocaine intoxication. New Orleans Police Department records showed the mother of three had several arrests for prostitution.

    Dec. 14, 1991: An unknown female, approximately 20 years old, was found dead in Algiers near Behrman Highway. The location is not far from where Danielle Britton's body was discovered. At autopsy, it was revealed she was 5'2", 125 pounds, and had protruding front teeth. Her cause of death was listed as strangulation.

    Jan. 4, 1992: Twenty-nine-year-old Lydia Madison, of New Orleans, was found dead beneath the South Claiborne Avenue overpass near Earhart Boulevard. The location is not far from police headquarters. Madison had a prior drug arrest and several prostitution arrests, police said. Her cause of death was ruled as strangulation.

    June 2, 1992: George Williams, 25, of New Orleans was found floating in the LaBranche Wetlands. His cause of death is listed as asphyxiation by strangling or smothering. Williams was reportedly a transvestite, who worked as an exotic dancer in the French Quarter. Authorities said he had prior arrests for drugs and burglary.

    July 25, 1992: Authorities found the body of 33-year-old Noah Philson floating naked in a canal off Interstate 55 north of LaPlace. An exotic dancer in the French Quarter, Philson reportedly went by the name Brenda Bewitch.

    Sept. 21, 1992: Regetter Martin, 29, of New Orleans, was found dead near an interstate in Botte. According to police, the mother of three had prior arrests for prostitution.

    Feb. 20, 1993: The body of 30-year-old Cheryl Lewis, of Bridge City, was found in a canal along Louisiana 3160, in Hahnville. Her cause of death is listed as strangulation. Lewis, a mother of four, allegedly dabbled in drugs and prostitution. She was last seen alive four weeks before her body was found. Witnesses told police they saw a man drag her into a car and drive off.

    Feb. 21, 1993: Delores Mack, 42, was found dead in a canal along Louisiana 3160. The location is 782 feet north of where Cheryl Lewis' body was found the previous day. A transsexual from Metairie, Mack used to be known as Benjamin. Her cause of death is listed as strangulation. Mack had one prior arrest for a crime against nature, according to police.

    Feb. 5, 1994: A partially clothed Jane Doe, between the ages of 25 and 35, was found dead in St. John the Baptist Parish. Autopsy reports show the woman had been raped and strangled.

    Feb. 10, 1994: The partially burned body of a Jane Doe, between the ages of 15 and 17, was found near Airline Highway in Gramercy. Her cause of death is listed as asphyxiation.

    Feb. 13, 1994: Twenty-five-year-old Stephanie Murray, of Bridge City, was found dead in a small pond in the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

    Feb. 15, 1994: A Jane Doe, between the ages of 25 and 35, was found dead. No further details are available.

    April 2, 1994: A Jane and a John Doe were found dead. No further details are available.

    July 3, 1994: The body of 32-year-old Michelle Foster, of New Orleans, was found.

    Oct. 19, 1994: The decomposed body of 28-year-old Stephaney Brown, of New Orleans, was found in a wooded area off U.S. 90 near Bridge City. Brown had no arrest record.

    Jan. 22, 1995: Wanda Ford, 29, of New Orleans, was found dead in a swamp along Interstate 55 in LaPlace. The mother of three allegedly abused drugs and had prior arrests for theft and possession of stolen property.

    Jan. 23, 1995: Thirty-nine-year-old Sandra Warner, of New Orleans, was found dead in St. John the Baptist Parish.

    Jan. 25, 1995: The body of 24-year-old Henry Calvin, of New Orleans, was found in Gretna. Calvin had prior arrests for crimes against nature, police said.

    March 24, 1995: Police found the skeletal remains of a Jane Doe, between the ages of 25 and 35, beneath a highway overpass in Tangipahoa Parish.

    April 30, 1995: The bodies of 30-year-old Karen Ivester and 28-year-old Sharon Robinson were found along Interstate 55 near LaPlace. Ivester's cause of death is listed as strangulation. Robinson, according to police, drowned. The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office classified both deaths as homicides.

    May 6, 1995: The decomposed body of Sandra Williams, 39, of New Orleans, was found dead along Crowder Boulevard. Autopsy records show she was strangled. Williams, who frequented Treme, had a prior arrest for a crime against nature, police said.

    April 8, 1996: Police found the skeletal remains of 39-year-old Lola Porter, who disappeared in 1992, along South Kenner Road in Waggaman.

    March 22, 1998: Authorities announced they had lost the remains of both Jane Does, whose bodies were found in Tangipahoa Parish in February 1994.
    Jefferson Parish Chief Deputy Newell Normand said authorities exhumed 110 bodies from a paupers’ field where New Orleans sends its unidentified dead and were unable to locate either woman. The news was devastating to the family of Patience Jupiter, a New Orleans woman who vanished on Jan. 28, 1994. According to her family, Jupiter bore a striking resemblance to one of the Jane Does. Authorities also said they suspected Jupiter was Jane Doe but will likely never know for certain. For reasons that are unclear, authorities failed to preserve dental evidence, which could have helped identify the lost victims.
     
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    Thank you for this interesting case. How long have you been researching it?

    Did the task force believe all the victims were killed by the same man? Was anyone arrested based on the surviving victim's description? Did they get a suspect sketch?

    There are very specific gaps in the timeline. Is there a working theory about why that is? Maybe the killer was in jail, or there were victims but they haven't been found?

    What about suspects? Did the task force focus have a profile?

    What is that allegation of police involvement?

    Since it seems the killings stopped in 1995 this killer is probably in prison or dead. Let's hope DNA can identify him.
     
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    David_Lohr Verified Media/Crime Reporter

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    Thanks for the reply. Many of the answers to your questions can be found in the HuffPost story I linked to. There are audio interviews, a detailed timeline and a video. Check it out and then let me know if you still have any questions. Thanks!

     
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    Sorry, I missed that link earlier. So, after reading the article I just have a couple more questions.

    The article does a good job of laying out the two murders on 30 April 1995, and why Officer Gant was a suspect. He had ties to the two victims and a history of domestic abuse against Sharon Robinson. But there's a big gap between those two murders and tying him to the prior similar killings. The NOPD chief said , "Pennington stopped short of calling Gant, 33, a suspect in the other slayings. However, he did say he believed all the killings were related — something that did not go unnoticed by Gant’s attorney. “There’s some sort of syllogism at work here,” attorney John Reed told The Boston Globe in August 1995. “If Victor Gant is a suspect in two cases, therefore Victor Gant is a suspect in all.”

    Is it the manner of death that ties them all to the same killer? Did the killings take place when Officer Gant was on duty in the area of his patrol? Or the opposite, did they take place when he was off duty? Is it possible they can get DNA from any of the evidence from the earlier cases?

    This killer is terrifying. If it is this man, who's walking around (in uniform!), this needs to be solved and he needs to go away. There are some very smart people on these boards. I bet they can figure out if the killings followed him to Georgia.

     
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    I remember the case as I am from the area...at one time there was a reward...I'd there still one? It may help to crack the case open
     
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    I think I may have invertently found another victim. Shonta coates. Murdered 1995. Found sexually assaulted possibly throat split around and or in RestHaven cemetery summer 1995. Working on getting more information
     
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    May 6, 1995: The decomposed body of Sandra Williams, 39, of New Orleans, was found dead along Crowder Boulevard. Autopsy records show she was strangled.
    Shonta's body was found 5 minutes from the storyville slings last known victim and it was found six months later than the last known victims body. I still correlating where the other bodies were found in regards to where her body was located. But so far the coincidences I've come across between her unknown killer and this serial killer are uncanny and cannot be ignored
     
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    Remember they stop for a variety of reasons, theyre not always dead or in jail like we used to think

    I vaguely remember this case, weren't they looking at a cop at one point ? Th as soon as the FBI came in they stopped if I remember correctly
     
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    I too am pretty unfamiliar with this case but from what I found online yes they were looking at a cop which kind of correlates with the possible victim I found because one consistency I keep hearing from people is that the police were dragging their feet and were reluctant to investigate her death. Keep in mind this was a child a teenager sexually assaulted and murdered but they're reluctant to investigate? I'm not saying this is a conspiracy theory of a cover-up but I'm just saying this might be a conspiracy theory and a cover-up...
     
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    Police cover ups are almost always a farce, especially in a case, like this , theres way too much to lose even if it was a well respected officer.

    For a conspiracy to work you have to have multiple people all agreeing to work in conjunction to hide something that in this case, is already seeping out into the media.

    Cover ups have happened, but it was usually the guy who was responsible who did the cover up, its also possible by that time the FBI had come on and they were allowing them to take the lead on the investigation.
     
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    Yes I know all of that I just... Authening case was going to qualify as some weird cover-up conspiracy theory I could see it being this one. I would much rather think it's a conspiracy theory and cover up then the police department just doesn't want to investigate the murder and sexual assault of a teenager.
     
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    Hey apologize as I found out some more information and I am correctly posted the year her body was found. Her body was found in 96 but it was still in the very near vicinity of where the last victim was found. At this point the police are dodging my calls but I want to know if she was considered a victim of this killer and I want to know if she was ruled out or just not considered at all and if the latter is the case, then why? well actually either or Is, I'd like would like to know why she was considered and ruled out or why she was never considered at all...
     
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    link?
     
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    Was this serial killer ever caught as someone phoned a radio show and claims that he has killed prostitutes in New Orleans.
    'Serial Killer' Once Called Howard Stern's Radio Show To Claim He'd Killed 12 Prostitutes

    Quote 'The caller, who went by the name Clay, phoned into the comedian's radio show back in 1997 and claimed that he was responsible for killing a dozen women in New Orleans'

    Quote'" I wanted to baffle people, but it turned out that no one noticed for a long time," he told the host.

    "I never sent the clues, I never left anything, you know, I wanted to add my little signature."

    When asked about the timeline of his alleged murders, Clay told Stern and his producer Robin that he hadn't killed in almost a year.

    And when the host asked if he planned on killing himself, Clay said: "If I killed myself, I'd miss the next Batman movie".
     
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    The Modus Operandi is strangulation rather than with a hammer. This may rule out the person I am trying to link up who phoned a radio station to confess.
     
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    Well that may fit the timeline when the call the a radio station was made in 1997 but would be a year out if he stopped in 1995.

    'Serial Killer' Once Called Howard Stern's Radio Show To Claim He'd Killed 12 Prostitutes
    "When asked about the timeline of his alleged murders, Clay told Stern and his producer Robin that he hadn't killed in almost a year".
     
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    Radio station caller also mentioned he had kids, one of the victims looks like his fiancée.

    Could he have been this person rather than the Storyville Slayer. Do we know if Elwood had a family.

    Russell Ellwood | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers
     
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