Found Deceased VA - Morgan Dana Harrington, 20, Charlottesville, 17 Oct 2009 - #15

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  1. LadyBug99

    LadyBug99 New Member

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    Thanks! I agree that the link doesn't need to be with AF directly but I truly believe that whoever brought Morgan to this location knows the area. This was not a random location IMO. Maybe sketch had help with disposing of her. I do believe he was the one to attack her, given the brutality of his previous crime.
     


  2. carbuff

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    No, I doubt very much that it's a random location.
     
  3. goldiegirl

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    I should be more clear. I wasn't for a second suggesting that the connection to the rapist in the other case ("Sketch") was a coincidence. I do believe it's the same guy. So yes, the grocery store part fits into that. I was talking about profiling who he is based on Morgan's cultural interests and such.
     
  4. Walker

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    The neighbors would have reported the crime, if she didn't.
     
  5. Walker

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    Do you have a link? Didn't they describe him as "black" -- meaning just skin tone, and not race/ethnicity?


    This link is from the VSP site, and uses the term "black."
    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/wanted/Wanted 2005 Fairfax City Poster.pdf
     
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    Just to clarify, my theory is not that Morgan was profiled for having certain cultural interests; just that those shared interests led to her becoming acquainted with a group of particular individuals at VTech who happened to be dangerous. The individuals were the problem, not the interests.
     
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    I just meant that I don't think her killing had anything to do with her interests. I enjoy reading everyone's theories, and mine is just mine, of course. I just don't think the killer was anyone who had ever met Morgan before. And I wasn't talking about profiling Morgan, I was referring to profiling who the killer might be based on Morgan's interests, etc. It's just a guess, but I believe it was random.
     
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  11. LadyBug99

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    And you believe that her friends with shared cultural interests followed Morgan to C-ville with the intentions to 1) Kidnap her or 2) lure Morgan into running away with them?

    Why at the arena? Why not do this at VT? To me it seems a little out of the way. They could not have known that Morgan would become separated from her friends that evening.
     
  12. LadyBug99

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    They could have reported it, however she obviously was a willing participant if LE was able to obtain Sketch's DNA from her.
     
  13. carbuff

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    Okay, I don't know what this means, but the articles I saved have been "corrected" in the online version to use the phrase "African American."

    They have to be looking at the East Coast rapist for this. They just have to. According to the articles just released, they don't have a direct DNA match for him until just now -- the other "hits" are on "familial" DNA. New Haven Register article with DNA info and copy of the arrest warrant (which includes upsetting detail so read with caution)
     
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    Wasn't the other way around? African-American corrected to "black"? Do you have a link?
     
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    I was looking at the Hook article from the anniversary tour. http://www.readthehook.com/88650/hes-still-here-and-other-revelations-harrington-case. That's also where it has the statement about possible doubt about the sketch being accurate.

    "The victim in that case survived after her assailant was likely startled by a passerby; the composite sketch produced from her description of an average sized African American male, aged 25-35, is the only publicly known information about the suspected perpetrator, whose DNA now exists in the State's DNA databank, though his identity remains unknown.

    "Because eye-witness accounts--- particularly from traumatized witnesses--- are notoriously unreliable, police have been cautious in confirming the suspect's race."

    The description does fit the man arrested as the East Coast rapist.
     
  16. cluciano63

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    LE would already know if the DNA from these cases matched the DNA of East Coast rapist, wouldn't they? Surely they have checked before now?

    Serial offenders often choose a type of location to "operate" from, i.e. a grocery store is not out of the question. And they usually scout the location of their dump sites in advance (at least, organized ones do.) So poor Morgan could well have just fallen into this guy's line of sight, and if not her, it would have been some other victim that night. The moon was right for him, or whatever lunacy they use to determine when to strike.

    I'll bet he has a record, but just not one that allowed LE to take his DNA. I fear he will need to make a mistake in order to be captured, which probably means another attack, with either a witness or a victim who escapes.
     
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    That article seems to say that they only just got the east coast rapist's DNA at the end of February, so it might not have been submitted to the national database yet. And they might not have released the information even if they have it. I dunno. It seems like everything like this takes way longer than we think it should.
     
  18. cluciano63

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    Even if they didn't have his DNA, you would think they would have known if what they found on Morgan matched other unsolved cases, i.e. a "cold" hit, I think they call it, when they know it matches other victims but don't have the suspect yet.
     
  19. carbuff

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    Yes, the match with the 2005 rape was a "cold hit," so you're probably right. And as far as I know, they don't suspect him of anything other than rapes, which are bad enough but they're not murder, either.
     
  20. zinc

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    Agreed, many other people had the same thought. Shortly after the East Coast Rapist was captured, the Virginia State Police stated that his DNA profile does not match the DNA profile of the Morgan Harrington suspect.

    http://www.wset.com/Global/story.asp?S=14204325
     
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