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Fugitive Arrested in Death Linked to Satanic Cult

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary | The Local Review
/ DEVELOPMENTS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

July 22, 1999

SANTA MONICA — Authorities have arrested a fugitive sought in connection with the slaying of a 14-year-old girl, whose death has been linked to a satanic cult.

Dennis Ronald Scott, 24, was picked up Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., when detectives saw him at a popular hangout, the Five Points South fountain.

Scott is charged in the 1998 strangulation of Shevawn Geoghegan in Santa Monica. Authorities said the slaying had ties to satanic cult activity. Geoghegan's body was found Feb. 26, 1998, in a deserted mental health clinic.

California authorities had been searching for Scott since then.

Two anonymous callers said he was in Birmingham and police believe Scott was able to elude capture for so long by using an assumed name.

Known as "Linus" on the streets, Scott was using the name of Jimmy Ronald Turner, a friend who was killed in a car wreck two years ago, police said.

Scott was featured four times on the television program "America's Most Wanted" which led to his capture, said Santa Monica Police Detective W.S. Brown.

"It wasn't until recently that an anonymous caller told us his real name," Brown said.

Two others have been charged in the slaying. Glen Mason, 23, was convicted last week of murdering Geoghegan by strangling her with a belt. Elizabeth Ann Mangham, 17, of Austin, Texas, pleaded no contest to manslaughter Monday.

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