- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2002

BATON ROUGE, La. This southern Louisiana capital city is stalking a stalker a serial murderer who has struck at least three times in the past year.
In the city's malls and shopping centers, on its Louisiana State University campus and environs even at the airport few talk of anything else these days.
Radio talk shows offer rumors, ideas and even calls to arms. Gov. Mike Foster might have contributed to the frenzy as he suggested that women maybe should arm themselves.
"You have the right to get a gun permit. Learn to use it," he said on his weekly radio show. "I mean if its really gets to the point where any more of this happens, get Mace, carry a baseball bat. Lock your door. Don't let anybody in you don't know."
But while a large task force assures the city it is making progress, some residents complain that they are not reassured.
"They don't even have enough to get a sketch to release," said one secretary who works downtown and acknowledges that she has been taking shooting lessons with a gun she bought last month.
Gun shops report greatly increased sales. Pepper spray and Mace is flying off the shelves, local merchants say. Will Saint, manager of Precision Firearms, said Mace sales had skyrocketed from "a couple a week to 600 in the past two weeks."
State police reported Thursday that they have received applications for more than 500 concealed weapons permits the first week of August, compared with 260 the corresponding week of August 2001.
Very little evidence has been pinpointed publicly by the local police, some said because they don't want the killer to see authorities approaching closer; to others an indication they have little evidence. But although public clues seem few and far between, the investigators do not appear dismayed.
"We don't know the guy's name right now," FBI Agent Joe Gonzales said. "But you know what, he's made a lot of mistakes, for example the DNA. He's left DNA. He's a high-risk individual, we know that, so we know a lot about this guy in general."
A task force from all jurisdictions meets the media daily and works long hours behind the scenes. A serial murder analyst from the FBI's famed Quantico center arrived last week, and officers through this part of Louisiana have been answering calls of suspicious activity all week.
The three connected deaths Gina Wilson Green, 41, a nurse strangled in her home last Sept. 24; Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, an LSU business school graduate stabbed to death in her house May 31; and Pam Kinamore, 44, an antiques store owner found along Interstate 10 on July 12 with her throat cut share some common features.
In each of the cases, the killer entered their homes without incident. Though crime-scene evidence indicated that Miss Pace fought her attacker vehemently, there was nothing to indicate the killer forcibly entered. Though Mrs. Kinamore's body was found in a secluded area close to the interstate, police said they felt certain she had been abducted from her home.
"They are operating on the theory, and it seems strong enough to me," said a local lawyer with close ties to the local sheriff's office, "that either the murderer knew the victims or was not considered a threat originally. Like a cop, a delivery person, somebody possibly wearing a uniform."
Such theories have fueled their own problems, authorities say.
Lt. Darrell O'Neal of the local sheriff's office said anyone not comfortable with opening a door to an officer should call the sheriff's office to verify the person is there legitimately.
"Same with a delivery person. If there is any doubt, call us. We will respond," he said.
Baton Rouge police acknowledged last week that they were searching for a 1996 or 1997 white pickup truck in connection with the last slaying.
Several hours after reports of Mrs. Kinamore's disappearance, a witness told police of seeing a white man drive such a truck off the highway exit with a nude white woman slumped over in the passenger seat.
Two days after that, a St. Tammany Parish officer received an old report about a man posing as a police officer who had pulled a woman over on Interstate 10 and raped her only a few miles from where Mrs. Kinamore's body was found.
Earlier last week investigators met with the families of the three victims to exchange information and try to develop possible new leads.
In addition, police in other Louisiana cities have been checking their files for unsolved cases that could be connected to the killer and some, particularly in neighboring parishes, have found things they thought should be compared.
"We have one [murder] that occurred back in 1998 that we have submitted some information for comparison," said Police Chief Bill Landry in Gonzales, about 25 miles east of Baton Rouge.
Debby Wilson, a woman in her 30s who lives close to an LSU-area jogging path where two of the victims often ran, said she had just signed up for shooting lessons.
"And my husband is going with me this weekend to buy me a gun," she added. "I never thought it would come to us, not in Baton Rouge."

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