Is the public attention trained on these private lives a sign of disrespect, a reflection of the lack of dignity accorded poor black women? Or it is a make-up call, an overdue acknowledgement of the horrible toll of a murderous rampage ignored too long?
It's both to me. Det. Kilcoyne sees something else. This is less law enforcement tactic than moral mission, he told me.
"Quite honestly, I don't believe if we found another handful of victims in there we would even pursue prosecution of those cases," he told me. "But the families of these people would like to know an answer.
"I don't want to upset people, but weigh that against: that's your daughter, your sister, and you've been looking for her for 10 years." Kilcoyne admits that police have not always handled this case with sensitivity. "I've made some stupid mistakes along the way in the last couple of years," he said. And he'd worried about how the gallery would be perceived.