by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Scraps of information from unsolved cases of
sorts - rapes, attempted kidnappings and murders - are pouring in as police
try to find some clue that fingers a serial killer.
Baton Rouge police said they are checking evidence from cases in
neighboring parishes and across south Louisiana to determine if the murderer
committed any crimes outside the city or any other crimes at all.
Linking another case to the killer could give police new angles to
investigate or just the right piece to finish the puzzle as they try to
capture the man who strangled Gina Wilson Green, stabbed Charlotte Murray
Pace and cut Pam Kinamore's throat over the past 10 months.
"We have met with numerous other jurisdictions discussing some of the
cases," said East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's Lt. Darrell O'Neal. "We've
had other agencies contact us about possible links, but so far only three
(murders) have been linked."
When new crimes occur in the city of 230,000, questions immediately
emerge about a possible tie to the serial killings.
"We're all working together, and we're not going to overlook anything,"
O'Neal said. "We're not going to disregard any of the other cases."
Police around the state checked their files to see if they have any
unsolved cases they might want to review again considering the serial
killer. Authorities surveyed in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Bossier City,
Hammond, Kenner and several parish sheriff's offices said they didn't have
any cases to send.
"We don't have too many unsolved cases pending involving women at all,"
said Kacee Hargrave, a spokeswoman for the Shreveport police.
But other police agencies, particularly in neighboring parishes, found
some items they felt should be compared.
"We have one (murder) that occurred back in 1998 that we have submitted
some information for comparison," said Gonzales Police Chief Bill
Gonzales, about 25 miles east of Baton Rouge, also sent over a list of
arrests made for crimes like indecent exposure and obscenity.
Baton Rouge police haven't said Pace, Green and Kinamore were sexually
assaulted, but Landry said people arrested for "perverted acts" need to
Some cases sent to Baton Rouge police were long shots, unlikely to offer
any hint of information that could be helpful to tracking the murderer,
police were scavenging through them.
"If there's a link, we're trying to find it," O'Neal said.
Police in St. Tammany Parish, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans
and about 70 miles from Baton Rouge, sent over information about a recent
unsolved rape at an Interstate 10 rest stop.
The rapist reportedly drove a white truck, and Baton Rouge police said
they were looking for a 1996 or 1997 white Chevrolet pickup truck in
connection with Kinamore's murder.
St. Tammany Parish officials don't necessarily believe there's a
connection between the rapist and the serial killer, but Baton Rouge police
asked for information, according to St. Tammany Parish sheriff's spokeswoman
"There's nothing that suggests that they were perpetrated by the same
person," Tate said. "The only similarity is the color of the truck we're
The truck is what piqued speculation the serial killer could be involved
in two attempted kidnappings in neighboring Ascension and Livingston
The suspect was described as driving a black pickup truck in both cases.
Investigators were checking auto shops to see if anyone recently had a white
truck painted black.
The trouble in linking other cases to the murders is few similarities
exist even among the three victims or their murders, besides the DNA
evidence police said connects them.
A few overlaps: there were no signs of forced entry into any of their
homes, and Pace and Green at one point lived on the same street near the
Green, a 41-year-old nurse, was found strangled in her home Sept. 24.
the time, Pace lived just three doors away.
Pace, 22, a recent graduate of Louisiana State University, was stabbed
death May 31, two days after she moved to a town house in another
Family members said it doesn't appear the two women knew each other,
that street connection got another murder victim's family interested in
Eugenie Boisfontaine, 34, lived on the same street as Pace and Green
she was murdered in 1997, and like the other three women, there was no sign
of forced entry at Boisfontaine's home.
Boisfontaine's family has been meeting with family and friends of Green,
Pace and Kinamore to swap bits of information and look for any overlaps
among the women's habits and interests that could lead them to the serial
killer - and prove Boisfontaine was one of his victims.
Boisfontaine's family wants to find "anything that could possibly link
these women together," said Lynne Marino, Kinamore's mother.
Kinamore, 44, a decorator and antique store owner, had been abducted
her home July 12. The killer slit her throat and dumped her body at an exit
off I-10, about 30 miles away from Baton Rouge.
Kinamore's family is offering a $75,000 reward for information leading
the conviction of the murderer. Police have set up a hot line at
1-866-389-3310 for information about the more than three dozen unsolved
murders in the city.