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Serial Killer Brings Urban Realities to Lake Elsinore : Crime: There have been 17 victims, mostly drug addicts and prostitutes, in western Riverside County.

September 30, 1991|PATT MORRISON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"The Night Stalker held everybody captive," Pastor Jim Davis says. "But since this has been confined to a particular segment, we're not experiencing that. But of course there's concern about a continuing problem, and concern about the families of these victims."

Fred Dominguez's shop fronts on Main Street. As barber and city councilman, he hears everybody's gripes. "The feeling is we're all sorry its happening in our community and to these girls, but they put themselves on the line.

"It happens to the best of communities. . . . These are things that I guess are part of growing."

Serial Killings The bodies of 17 women have been found in Riverside County since October, 1986. All the deaths are considered homicides and Riverside County authorities are investigating the possibility the victims were murdered by a serial killer. 1 Michelle Yvette Gutierrez, 26, found Oct. 29, 1986. 2 Charlotte Jean Palmer, 25, found Dec. 10, 1986. 3 Linda Ann Ortega, 37, found April 29, 1988. 4 Martha Bess Young, 27, found May 2, 1988. 5 Linda Mae Ruiz, 37, also known as Diane Talavera, found Jan. 17, 1989. 6 Kimberly Lyttle, 28, found June 28, 1989. 7 Julie Lynn Angel, 36, found Nov. 11, 1989. 8 Christina Tina Leal, 23, found Dec. 13, 1989. 9 Darla Jane Ferguson, 23, found Jan 18, 1990. 10 Carol Lynn Miller, 34, found Feb. 8, 1990. 11 Cheryl Ann Coker, 33, found Nov. 6, 1990. 12 Susan Melissa Sternfeld, 27, found Dec. 19, 1990. 13 Kathleen Leslie Milne, 42, found Jan 19, 1991. 14 Cherie Michelle Payseur, 25, found April 26, 1991. 15 Sherry Ann Latham, 37, found July 4, 1991. 16 Kelly Marie Hammond, 27, found Aug. 16, 1991. 17 Catherine McDonald, 31, found Sept. 13, 1991. \o7 Source: \f7 Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

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