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  • Serial killers find prostitutes easy prey: Column

    USA Today - 10/23/2014

    The discovery last weekend of the bodies of seven women, mostly prostitutes, in Indiana did not result from an intensive manhunt for a serial killer, the kind of sleuthing often featured in television crime dramas. Rather, it was the arrest of Darren Deon Vann, 43, in connection with the disappearance of one woman, 19-year-old Afrika Hardy that had the registered sex offender spilling his guts about crimes of which the authorities had had little knowledge.

    This is a familiar story to those who pay close attention to such crimes in real life. Serial murders of prostitutes — streetwalkers, escorts, and outcall sex workers — have occurred in virtually every state of the nation, with many of the cases unsolved and frustratingly cold.

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