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Old 12-27-2010, 12:10 PM
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A serial killer probably was responsible for murdering nearly a dozen young women in New Mexico between 2004 and 2005, Albuquerque police said.

The victim's bodies were discovered last year in Albuquerque's West Mesa, before the area was developed into a residential neighborhood. Except for one, all the victims were from Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police Sgt. Trish Hoffman said in a telephone interview that the serial murders targeting young women apparently stopped in that city.

Although police have scrutinized several suspects, no one has been charged in connection with the slayings. Police said they believe the killer could be anywhere, including the El Paso area, which is about 250 miles south of Albuquerque.

"The killer could be anywhere," Hoffman said. "We do not know who it is, if he is dead or if he is in another city or state, and we have not ruled out any suspects."

NBC TV's "Dateline" featured the West Mesa murders in a two-hour special on Dec. 10. According to the TV program, FBI profilers told Albuquerque police that the killer was a white or Hispanic male in his 30s.

Albuquerque police also released photos of still-missing women who are similar to the ones who were slain, and are asking for the public's help to identify and find them.

El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry said El Paso investigators are aware of the West Mesa murders but do not suspect serial murders are taking place here.

"Our Crimes Against Persons detectives have
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not seen these type of serial murders since the Northeast El Paso murders of 1987," Petry said.

The El Paso serial murders of young women in 1987 ended with the arrest of El Pasoan David Leonard Wood. He was granted a stay of execution pending the outcome of his latest appeal. El Paso police linked Wood to the victims but he denied killing them.

West Miami police Capt. Nelson Andreu, an expert on serial killers, said finding people who commit serial murders is not an easy task for law enforcement.

"They tend to be cunning," Andreu said. "They really don't have a motive for murder. Serial killers also don't stop because they can't stop the drive they have that compels them to kill."

Though a serial killer might have an ideal victim in mind, he or she will often settle for a victim who is available, and that usually means people involved in risky lifestyles. They may also prey on children because they make easy victims.

"Most of them enjoy the media attention they receive," Andreu said. "The ones who collect items from their victims - hair, clothing or jewelry - use them to relive the murders and obtain some kind of sexual gratification from this."

When serial killers bury their victims, the bodies may deteriorate to the point that forensic experts find it harder to collect useful evidence.

Authorities in Juárez also reported unusual murders of young women beginning in 1993. Women's bodies were found in mass graves in 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2002-2003.

Retired FBI profiler Robert Ressler and FBI profilers from Quantico, Va., who examined dozens of files of the Juárez murders, theorized that two or more serial killers were at work, but Mexican officials rejected this theory.

Petry said, "The Southwest seems to attract these kinds of killers. But, just like with the Albuquerque police, we have access to the FBI profilers if the need arises."

Other convicted serial killers with ties to the El Paso border region include:
# Angel Maturino Resendiz: Known as the "Railway Killer," he confessed to multiple murders in Texas and other states. He surrendered to a Texas Ranger in 1999 at the El Paso border, and was executed in Huntsville in 2006.
# Ricardo "Richard" Leyva Muñoz Ramirez: Called the "Night Stalker," the former Jefferson High School student was convicted in 1989 of several murders in Southern California; he is on death row in that state.
# Henry Lee Lucas: Confessed to killing hundreds of people across the United States but recanted the confessions. Was charged in the 1983 death of Lower Valley resident Librada Apodaca, a relative of former Sheriff Chief Deputy Jimmy Apodaca. The charge was dismissed after his confession was thrown out. Then Gov. George W. Bush commuted Lucas' death sentence to life in prison; he died of natural causes in 2001.
# Pedro Padilla Flores: A convicted serial killer in Juárez who confessed to killing several people during the 1980s and tossing their bodies into the Rio Grande. He was arrested in 1986, escaped later and has not been found.

Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at dvaldez@elpasotimes.com; 546-6140.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:16 PM
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Albuquerque to El Paso 266 miles via Interstate 25

El Paso to Juarez -0- miles, is sister city,

Albuquerque to Juarez via IH 25 266 miles
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Here we have the IH roadway connection .

"They tend to be cunning," Andreu said. "They really don't have a motive for murder. Serial killers also don't stop because they can't stop the drive they have that compels them to kill."

Though a serial killer might have an ideal victim in mind, he or she will often settle for a victim who is available, and that usually means people involved in risky lifestyles. They may also prey on children because they make easy victims.

"Most of them enjoy the media attention they receive," Andreu said. "The ones who collect items from their victims - hair, clothing or jewelry - use them to relive the murders and obtain some kind of sexual gratification from this."

When serial killers bury their victims, the bodies may deteriorate to the point that forensic experts find it harder to collect useful evidence.

Authorities in Juárez also reported unusual murders of young women beginning in 1993. Women's bodies were found in mass graves in 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2002-2003.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:20 PM
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THIS IS A SHORT LIST OF SERIAL KILLERS WITH CONNECTION TO EL PASO. THERE ARE OTHERS WHO FOR WHATEVER REASON, AVOIDED NOTORIETY IN THE PRESS.



Other convicted serial killers with ties to the El Paso border region include:
# Angel Maturino Resendiz: Known as the "Railway Killer," he confessed to multiple murders in Texas and other states. He surrendered to a Texas Ranger in 1999 at the El Paso border, and was executed in Huntsville in 2006.

# Ricardo "Richard" Leyva Muñoz Ramirez: Called the "Night Stalker," the former Jefferson High School student was convicted in 1989 of several murders in Southern California; he is on death row in that state.

# Henry Lee Lucas: Confessed to killing hundreds of people across the United States but recanted the confessions. Was charged in the 1983 death of Lower Valley resident Librada Apodaca, a relative of former Sheriff Chief Deputy Jimmy Apodaca. The charge was dismissed after his confession was thrown out. Then Gov. George W. Bush commuted Lucas' death sentence to life in prison; he died of natural causes in 2001.

# Pedro Padilla Flores: A convicted serial killer in Juárez who confessed to killing several people during the 1980s and tossing their bodies into the Rio Grande. He was arrested in 1986, escaped later and has not been found.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:22 PM
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AUGUST 10, 2010


http://valdostadailytimes.com/todays...-Joplin-Mo-man

Joplin, Mo. —
Four police officers from Albuquerque, N.M., searched two properties in Joplin, Mo. Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into what has been called the West Mesa Murders.
Parts of 12 bodies — all women — plus remains of a fetus have been uncovered in a remote area of Albuquerque since 2009. It is being characterized as one of the largest crime scenes in that city’s history.
Police from Albuquerque's 118th St. task force were being tight-lipped Tuesday as they searched two properties on Main Street in Joplin. Detective Tod Babcock, who is with the task force, described Ron Erwin of Joplin as a “person of interest,’ but added he is “one of many.”
Erwin is the owner of a building and house that were searched. Law enforcement officials from Albuquerque, Joplin and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were on the scene.
Nadine Hamby, spokesperson for the Albuquerque Police Department, would not provide any details other than to say it was a sealed search warrant being served in connection with a cache of bones that were found in the West Mesa area in early 2009.
She said the investigation is in the evidence-gathering phase and no one is in custody.
The investigation began when hikers accidentally came across some remains in an area that was being cleared for a housing development.
The initial discovery brought detectives, anthropologists and medical investigators to the scene, which ultimately measured about 10 yards by 30 yards.
Some of the bodies that were identified as those of women who had a history of prostitution- and drug-related charges.
Some of the women had been on Albuquerque’s missing persons list since 2003.
Information for this story was provided by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe and the Associated Press.
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December 10, 2010
Albuquerque police release photos in West Mesa murders investigation

Globe Staff Writer The Joplin Globe Fri Dec 10, 2010, 01:23 PM CST

Albuquerque, NM — Albuquerque police have released photos of unidentified women in connection with the West Mesa murders investigation that prompted a search of Joplin resident Ron Erwin’s home and business properties in August.

Police Chief Ray Schultz asked for the public’s help in identifying seven women pictured in six photos. Four of the women appear to be unconscious in the photos. None of the women are among the 11 female victims whose skeletal remains investigators uncovered on West Mesa in February 2009 along with the bones of an unborn child. All of those women have been identified.

The police in Albuquerque have declined to say how the photos released Thursday were obtained.

Thousands of photographs, including many of women, were among the property seized in searches of Erwin’s properties. Erwin is a photographer who has operated a studio in Joplin for a number of years and was known to travel to Albuquerque during the period that the West Mesa victims went missing, between 2003 and 2005.

Investigators reportedly returned two cameras last week to Erwin, but Albuquerque media are reporting that a camera strap belonging to Erwin was retained by police.
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THE FOLLOWING ARE PHOTOGRAPHS RELEASED BY THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING THEM.

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In Dec 2006, an Albuquerque pimp who had followed his girl to the the home of a customer was concerned that she had not left at the agreed upon time. He knocked on the door of the customer's moble home. The customer confronted him with a gun but the pimp had one too and was able to shot first. The customer, Lorenzo Montoya, was DOA but inside the moble was the girl, tied up and dead. The Moble home court was two miles from the West Mesa burial site, and there was a dirt track conecting them (this was pretty much undeveloped desert at the time). Albuquerque PD was unaware of the West Mesa site at the time, but they were aware of the many missing prostitutes. They apparently did not make the connection. The West Mesa Women were probably victims of Lorenzo Montoya
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