MO MO - Lorenzo J. Gilyard - Kansas City serial killer, 1977-1993

Discussion in 'Serial Killers' started by Old Broad, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Old Broad

    Old Broad New Member

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    I couldn't find anything posted on Gilyard here, but this article is linking him to his 13th victim! It does not list the other 12 they'd linked previously. I'm glad they've caught him but wish it had happened faster of course.

    Associated Press
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former trash company supervisor accused of strangling a dozen women over two decades was charged Thursday in a 13th killing.

    Lorenzo J. Gilyard, 55, was already charged with killing 11 prostitutes and another woman between 1977 and 1993. He was arrested in 2004 after the city's crime lab used a federal grant to begin DNA testing of evidence in its cold-case files.

    The new murder charge involves Helga Kruger, a 26-year-old Austrian who was killed in February 1989. She was found dead on a street with a paper towel in her mouth and strangulation marks around her neck.

    Prosecutors have called Gilyard Missouri's most prolific serial killer and say they plan to seek the death penalty.

    Gilyard pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges.

    The crime lab linked DNA from Kruger to Gilyard in February of this year.

    Jackson County prosecutor Michael Sanders would not discuss whether Kruger was a prostitute, but court records show she was convicted of solicitation in 1988 and 1989.

    Kruger moved to the Miami area from Innsbruck, Austria, in the mid-1980s and to Kansas City in 1987, Sanders said. Detectives have been unable to contact anybody who knew her.

    Gilyard was married and described by some neighbors as mild-mannered and friendly when he was charged with the killings. But the suspect had a long history of scrapes with the law, and police had taken a blood sample from him in 1987.

    More at link.
    Old Broad
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  3. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Could this be yet another of this serial killer's victims?

    Unidentified Female
    The victim was discovered on April 18, 1985 in Clay County, Missouri
    Estimated Date of Death: from April 1, 1983
    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 18 - 22 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"-5'6".
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Race undertermined: she may be white, bi-racial, or black. Brown hair.
    Dentals: Available. Several unattended cavities, degree of decay on both sides of right upper incisors would have been visible, enamal hypoplasias (possibly from high fever).
    DNA: Available

    Case History
    The victim was located on April 18, 1985 in a field in the vicinity of Highway 210, approximately 11 miles east of Missouri City, Missouri, next to some farmland near Cooley Lake in Southeast Clay County. Cause of death has not been determined. A Hair comb was found with the body. Photo of comb and composite drawings of victim at link.

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Clay County Sheriff's Department Cold Case Squad
    Deputies Chevalier, Mansell, White 816-407-3715
    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: 0500634
    NCIC Number: U-800017814
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    National Center for Missing Adults
    The Doe Network: Case File 446UFMO


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