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April 13, 1993 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of 1990, a serial killer terrorized San Diego, stabbing six women to death and provoking the largest police manhunt in the city's history. No other crime rampage has gripped the city so severely, captivating the media and the neighborhoods where the slayings took place. For much of that year, many women slept with guns, baseball bats and other weapons and organized foot patrols to protect themselves.
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November 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a truck driver who may have left a trail of more than 20 women dead along Interstate 10 from California to Florida, police said Thursday. San Diego police, working with the FBI, have taken DNA samples from a man who has been identified as a suspect in the murders, believed to have occurred between 1980 and 1990. "The information that we have is that the guy is responsible for murders from Florida to California," said San Diego Police Sgt.
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April 27, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER and JUDY PASTERNAK and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police here said Saturday that one of the eight women Chicago security guard Andrew Urdiales confessed to slaying is a prostitute killed in downtown San Diego nearly a decade ago. San Diego Police Lt. Jim Collins said law enforcement officials believe Urdiales shot and killed Mary Ann Wells, 31, on Sept. 25, 1988.
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April 27, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER and JUDY PASTERNAK and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police here said Saturday that one of the eight women Chicago security guard Andrew Urdiales confessed to slaying is a prostitute killed in downtown San Diego nearly a decade ago. San Diego Police Lt. Jim Collins said law enforcement officials believe Urdiales shot and killed Mary Ann Wells, 31, on Sept. 25, 1988.
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April 13, 1990 | United Press International
The FBI has entered the investigation of the murders of three young women in the same San Diego neighborhood, which authorities believe might be the work of a serial killer. "They (San Diego police) submitted the case to us for analysis after the second murder in February," said John Douglas, chief of the Behavioral Science Support Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. He said the agency has intensified its efforts since the third murder, the April 3 slaying of a Michigan teen-ager.
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June 2, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A San Diego man was released from County Jail after police said that, for now, they have eliminated him as a suspect in the murder of one of three young women killed in the city's Clairemont area since Jan. 12. Luis Alberto Lebron, 31, a former Marine employed as a tanker-truck driver delivering gasoline to service stations, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering Holly Suzanne Tarr, 18, who was stabbed to death April 3.
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April 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police say the killing earlier this week of a teen-age tourist from Michigan may be related to two similar slayings of young women in the same area since January. Police had been reluctant to comment on the growing fears about a serial killer stalking young women in the sprawling rows of apartment buildings in the neighborhood near Mission Bay. But police released a statement after the stabbing death Tuesday of Holly Suzanne Tarr, 18, a high school tourist from Okemos, Mich.
NEWS
November 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a truck driver who may have left a trail of more than 20 women dead along Interstate 10 from California to Florida, police said Thursday. San Diego police, working with the FBI, have taken DNA samples from a man who has been identified as a suspect in the murders, believed to have occurred between 1980 and 1990. "The information that we have is that the guy is responsible for murders from Florida to California," said San Diego Police Sgt.
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September 21, 1990 | MARK PLATTE and MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are hiding their knives, avoiding daytime showers, changing their locks, keeping baseball bats beside their beds. They are afraid to show their faces on television or allow their names to be used in print. Women in the San Diego neighborhoods of University City and Clairemont are frantic over reports that a serial killer has fatally stabbed five women since January, two of them last week.
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April 8, 1992 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pat Riccio pulled the coroner's calling card from her front screen door and then she knew. The improbable, drug-scarred life of her vagabond 19-year-old daughter Michelle, promising for the first 15 years or so, was over. That was April, 1986. Jerry Riccio, Michelle's adopted father, had to call the San Diego Sheriff's Department homicide unit to verify what the coroner had concluded: Michelle died of a self-inflicted drug overdose.
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April 13, 1993 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of 1990, a serial killer terrorized San Diego, stabbing six women to death and provoking the largest police manhunt in the city's history. No other crime rampage has gripped the city so severely, captivating the media and the neighborhoods where the slayings took place. For much of that year, many women slept with guns, baseball bats and other weapons and organized foot patrols to protect themselves.
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April 8, 1992 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pat Riccio pulled the coroner's calling card from her front screen door and then she knew. The improbable, drug-scarred life of her vagabond 19-year-old daughter Michelle, promising for the first 15 years or so, was over. That was April, 1986. Jerry Riccio, Michelle's adopted father, had to call the San Diego Sheriff's Department homicide unit to verify what the coroner had concluded: Michelle died of a self-inflicted drug overdose.
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September 21, 1990 | MARK PLATTE and MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are hiding their knives, avoiding daytime showers, changing their locks, keeping baseball bats beside their beds. They are afraid to show their faces on television or allow their names to be used in print. Women in the San Diego neighborhoods of University City and Clairemont are frantic over reports that a serial killer has fatally stabbed five women since January, two of them last week.
NEWS
June 2, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A San Diego man was released from County Jail after police said that, for now, they have eliminated him as a suspect in the murder of one of three young women killed in the city's Clairemont area since Jan. 12. Luis Alberto Lebron, 31, a former Marine employed as a tanker-truck driver delivering gasoline to service stations, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering Holly Suzanne Tarr, 18, who was stabbed to death April 3.
NEWS
April 13, 1990 | United Press International
The FBI has entered the investigation of the murders of three young women in the same San Diego neighborhood, which authorities believe might be the work of a serial killer. "They (San Diego police) submitted the case to us for analysis after the second murder in February," said John Douglas, chief of the Behavioral Science Support Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. He said the agency has intensified its efforts since the third murder, the April 3 slaying of a Michigan teen-ager.
NEWS
April 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police say the killing earlier this week of a teen-age tourist from Michigan may be related to two similar slayings of young women in the same area since January. Police had been reluctant to comment on the growing fears about a serial killer stalking young women in the sprawling rows of apartment buildings in the neighborhood near Mission Bay. But police released a statement after the stabbing death Tuesday of Holly Suzanne Tarr, 18, a high school tourist from Okemos, Mich.
NEWS
December 21, 1988 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A transient living in a van in San Marcos was arrested Tuesday by a law enforcement task force investigating the possible serial murders of more than three dozen women whose bodies have been found in remote parts of San Diego County. Alan Michael Stevens was named in an arrest warrant in connection with the murder of Cynthia Lou McVey, 26, who was last seen in a Carlsbad tavern and whose nude body was found Nov. 29 in a field off California 76 near Pala.
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October 13, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
A San Diego native charged this week with killing two prostitutes in Oakland is being investigated by authorities here to determine whether he had any role in the slayings of 42 street women found dead in the county during the last four years. San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Cooke said Thursday that authorities are interested in Dewain Hall, 25, because of his ties to San Diego and as a possible link to the unsolved series of slayings here.
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October 13, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
A San Diego native charged this week with killing two prostitutes in Oakland is being investigated by authorities here to determine whether he had any role in the slayings of 42 street women found dead in the county during the last four years. San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Cooke said Thursday that authorities are interested in Dewain Hall, 25, because of his ties to San Diego and as a possible link to the unsolved series of slayings here.
NEWS
December 21, 1988 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A transient living in a van in San Marcos was arrested Tuesday by a law enforcement task force investigating the possible serial murders of more than three dozen women whose bodies have been found in remote parts of San Diego County. Alan Michael Stevens was named in an arrest warrant in connection with the murder of Cynthia Lou McVey, 26, who was last seen in a Carlsbad tavern and whose nude body was found Nov. 29 in a field off California 76 near Pala.
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