Possible Serial Killer Targeting Prostitutes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Four prostitutes were killed and another woman was shot several times and left for dead. All of these cases happened within weeks of each other in the last two months and sources are now telling FOX13 they are connected.

In Brief:

4 women were found murdered near Mount Carmel Cemetery, one woman was shot in her face but escaped.

Police sources say the murders are connected to one killer.

The first body was found at the end of January. The last one was discovered weeks ago on the 24th. The youngest was 24 years old and the oldest 44.

Other than having prostitution in common and being found in the same central location, investigators still are not sure why these victims were chosen.

"You get to the point now where you almost scared to walk out the door," said neighbor to the crime scenes, Leroy Pierce.

Pierce has lived across the street from the historic Mount Carmel Cemetery near Elliston and Elvis Presley for over 30 years. But it's not those buried that's giving him and his neighbors the creeps.

"Squad cars were parked over at the cemetery and they had crime scene tape roped off and later on I heard they found a body," said Pierce about the body discovered on February 20th.

Four days later on February 24th there was another discovery.

"They found another body in the corner here at the same cemetery."

"Prostitutes, young women's bodies have been dumped here and that's just sad," said John Gray, who has relatives buried in the cemetery.

The victims have been identified as 28-year old Jessica Lewis and 44-year old Rhonda Wells. Police records show they were arrested before for prostitution.

"It's a scary thought that someone would kill people on a consistent basis and bring them to the same spot and dump their bodies. I would think it's the same person," said Gray.

It's a pattern that has not gone unnoticed by police.

Sources told FOX13 the same person is also responsible for two more prostitute deaths not far from the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Two weeks before the bodies of Wells and Lewis were discovered, 31-year old Tamakia McKinney was found a mile away from the cemetery murdered and lying in the middle of Hemlock Street.

Two weeks ago, sources say another prostitute, who goes by the name Katrina, was shot multiple times in the face, thrown from a car, and left for dead on Ledger Street, also less than a mile from Mount Carmel Cemetery. She's been released from the hospital.

The suspect has been described as a black man between 20-23 years old. Sources say he may be driving a Pontiac Bonneville or Grand Am.

"They got an obsession with death," said Pierce.

And the fact he hasn't been caught is a dark, spooky thought for many in that neighborhood.

"Right now, they're saying it's prostitutes being killed but when a person starts killing like that, you have to start getting worried about anybody, said Gray.

Sources say another prostitute, Marnicia Shaw, was found dead inside a hotel room on Brooks Road back on February 12th.

It's in the same area as the others but police tell us that case is not connected.

Anyone with information on the deaths of these women, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2247). You can also submit your tip to 528cash.org, or you can text your tip by typing the keyword AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES). You will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible to a cash reward of up to $1000.

March Story/Case Page

Starlight Inner-prizes.Com

Holly Bobo(4/13/11 -still missing)

John Thrasher (8/14/04 -still missing)

Another Serial Killer In Tennessee Article

This page posted: March 10, 2011 // BMW