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September 30, 1991 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After almost five years, there are 17 bodies now, 17 dead faces. Urban reality has followed a serial killer into the western reaches of Riverside County. It has crept into the rustic, sunlit places where people move in the hope of some respite from city life and city crime. For the longest time, if people gave much thought to all the murdered women, the bodies flopped onto a trash heap or under a eucalyptus tree or in an alley, it was perhaps with the defensive notion that it can't happen here.
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October 27, 1995 | From Associated Press
Calling him "a cruel and indifferent man," a judge sentenced William L. Suff to death Thursday for strangling 12 prostitutes during a sex-murder rampage that ended in 1991. Superior Court Judge W. Charles Morgan followed the jury's recommendation in sentencing Suff, who was paroled to California in 1984 from Texas, where he served 10 years of a 70-year sentence for beating his baby daughter to death.
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February 17, 1992 | PATRICK J. MCDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than three years, Bill Suff answered telephones, sorted mail and assisted customers at John's Service Center on Main Street in this formerly elegant resort town, now frayed at the edges. "He seemed real nice--he used to buy sodas for all the grandkids," said Eric Snyder, grandson of the store's owners. When Suff showed him a book he was writing, though, even the young Snyder was struck by its macabre premise.
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August 19, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors deliberated only 10 minutes before recommending Friday that William L. Suff be executed for the serial murders of 12 Riverside County prostitutes between 1989 and 1991 and the attempted murder of a 13th woman. The courtroom audience--filled to capacity with relatives of the dead women--erupted in cheers, and some cried.
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March 26, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The prostitutes trolling along Main Street in Lake Elsinore were the first ones turning up dead, and then it was the women who worked University Avenue in Riverside. Two bodies were discovered within two days. Then five, 10, 15, 19, over the next five years. All were strangled. Some had been stabbed, too, their chests punctured in tight patterns. Several were mutilated. Some of the bodies were posed nude in lewd positions to shock whoever found them.
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January 15, 1992 | JENIFER WARREN and PATRICK J. Mc DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A beefy stock clerk who served 10 years in a Texas prison for the beating death of his infant daughter was charged Tuesday with two of the 19 grisly killings of women that have haunted Riverside County since 1986. Detectives said that William Lester Suff, 41, of Colton is being investigated in the 17 other murders of women who were known prostitutes or drug users.
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September 14, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Riverside County detectives on Friday were seeking to determine if the body of a woman found on a construction site near the community of Lake Elsinore was the 17th victim of a serial killer. The body was found about 1 p.m. Friday by a contractor driving through a tract graded for home building on Summerhill Drive above Canyon Lake three miles east of Lake Elsinore. She was described only as being between 35 and 45 years old and decomposition had not started.
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December 24, 1991 | From Associated Press
The body of a woman who authorities believe is the 19th victim of a serial killer preying on prostitutes and drug users was found Monday in an orange grove. Riverside County officials had not identified the woman late Monday, but one detective at the scene tentatively identified her as a local prostitute.
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March 29, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In dramatic fashion, a witness Tuesday identified William L. Suff as the man who tried to strangle her six years ago, the first in a series of alleged attacks by Suff that prosecutors say left 13 other prostitutes dead. "That is the man who attacked me," Rhonda Jetmore said firmly, looking at Suff, who looked down and scribbled notes on a legal pad. "Is there any doubt in your mind?" asked Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Zellerbach. "None whatsoever," she responded. "That's him.
NEWS
September 16, 1991
The Riverside County coroner's office has identified a woman police say is the 17th victim of a serial killer who preys on women with histories of prostitution. The body of Catherine McDonald, 30, of Riverside was found Friday on a construction site near the community of Lake Elsinore by a contractor driving through a tract graded for home building on Summerhill Drive above Canyon Lake.
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July 20, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An easygoing government stock clerk who promoted car-pooling and concocted savory chili at office picnics was convicted Wednesday of murdering a dozen Riverside County prostitutes in a serial killing rampage that baffled authorities for 2 1/2 years. William L.
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March 29, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In dramatic fashion, a witness Tuesday identified William L. Suff as the man who tried to strangle her six years ago, the first in a series of alleged attacks by Suff that prosecutors say left 13 other prostitutes dead. "That is the man who attacked me," Rhonda Jetmore said firmly, looking at Suff, who looked down and scribbled notes on a legal pad. "Is there any doubt in your mind?" asked Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Zellerbach. "None whatsoever," she responded. "That's him.
NEWS
March 26, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The prostitutes trolling along Main Street in Lake Elsinore were the first ones turning up dead, and then it was the women who worked University Avenue in Riverside. Two bodies were discovered within two days. Then five, 10, 15, 19, over the next five years. All were strangled. Some had been stabbed, too, their chests punctured in tight patterns. Several were mutilated. Some of the bodies were posed nude in lewd positions to shock whoever found them.
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January 20, 1993 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Accused serial killer William Suff was linked to 14 murders by such forensic evidence as cat hairs, by the victims' belongings and because of gruesome similarities in the killings, according to grand jury transcripts released Tuesday. The transcripts offered a glimpse into how prosecutor Paul Zellerbach persuaded a Riverside County grand jury to indict Suff, portraying him as one of Southern California's most infamous serial killers.
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November 4, 1992 | Associated Press
A man accused in a series of prostitute killings is entitled to a review of whether grand jury transcripts in his case should be unsealed and made public, a state appellate court has ruled. The court found that Riverside Superior Court Judge J. Thompson Hanks failed to give William Suff's defense lawyer a chance to show why the transcripts should remain sealed. The three-justice panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal also ruled that Hanks erred Sept. 14 in not reviewing the transcripts.
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July 29, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Lester Suff, the Texas parolee suspected of being the Riverside County serial killer, was formally accused Tuesday of murdering 14 female prostitutes whose bodies were found in the county between 1986 and 1991, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday.
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November 4, 1992 | Associated Press
A man accused in a series of prostitute killings is entitled to a review of whether grand jury transcripts in his case should be unsealed and made public, a state appellate court has ruled. The court found that Riverside Superior Court Judge J. Thompson Hanks failed to give William Suff's defense lawyer a chance to show why the transcripts should remain sealed. The three-justice panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal also ruled that Hanks erred Sept. 14 in not reviewing the transcripts.
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August 19, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors deliberated only 10 minutes before recommending Friday that William L. Suff be executed for the serial murders of 12 Riverside County prostitutes between 1989 and 1991 and the attempted murder of a 13th woman. The courtroom audience--filled to capacity with relatives of the dead women--erupted in cheers, and some cried.
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February 29, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Lester Suff, the convicted baby killer and former Riverside County stock clerk accused in two of a series of 19 murders of women, formally denied his involvement for the first time Friday. The 41-year-old suspected serial killer, arraigned over a video linkup between a court and Riverside's County Jail, entered not guilty pleas to charges that he murdered Elenor Ojeda Casares, 39, and Catherine McDonald, 30.
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February 17, 1992 | PATRICK J. MCDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than three years, Bill Suff answered telephones, sorted mail and assisted customers at John's Service Center on Main Street in this formerly elegant resort town, now frayed at the edges. "He seemed real nice--he used to buy sodas for all the grandkids," said Eric Snyder, grandson of the store's owners. When Suff showed him a book he was writing, though, even the young Snyder was struck by its macabre premise.
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