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    http://www.clintonherald.com/news/se...006edbceb.html

    PHOENIX — In a blue-collar Phoenix neighborhood known for gang and drug violence, Margarito Castro’s 19-year-old son Manny was learning to be a welder just like his father. Father and son carpooled together to work until June 10, when Manny was shot dead as he sat in his car in front of his girlfriend’s house by a suspect identified this week as the city’s first serial killer in a decade.
    Now Margarito Castro goes to visit Manuel “Manny” Castro Garcia’s grave daily, mystified why someone targeted his son and killed six other people since April. Police say all were shot by a thin, lanky man with a handgun who is probably in his 20s and that there is no known motive.
    He is possibly Hispanic, like many of the 208,000 people living in the Maryvale neighborhood where all but one of the killings happened after dark and just before dawn.
    Shootings often ring out at night in Maryvale, a neighborhood of strip malls and auto parts stores where most of the stucco single-story homes feature bars on windows and chain-link fences protecting yards.
    People who don’t live in the neighborhood frequently avoid driving through it at night, but Margarito Castro said his son never got involved with crime or gangs. And a police detective who went through the young man’s belongings and pored over his social media accounts told Castro he couldn’t figure out why someone would want to kill his son.
    “He was a good boy,” Castro said from under the shade of a tree in the cemetery, where he tries to stay half an hour on every visit despite temperatures hitting 110 degrees.
    The six killings in Maryvale — and one in another working class neighborhood about 10 miles away — come after six people were killed and 19 wounded in 2005-2006 series of seemingly random shootings that terrorized Phoenix.
    But those happened all around the sprawling city of 1.5 million spanning more than 500 square miles. Airport janitor Dale Hausner and his roommate Sam Dietman, a petty criminal, were given life sentences. Hausner killed himself in prison by overdosing three years ago.
    All of the latest victims were Hispanic or black, and one was a 12-year-old girl. The men and women were shot outside homes as they stood or sat in cars by a suspect or suspects firing a handgun from inside a car described as both light and dark or while on foot near the victims and then fleeing in the car, police said.
    “We’re talking about people outside of residential areas or outside of a home in the street, next to the street, with a description of a suspect that drives up, gets out, almost without any prior contact just starts shooting and then flees in that vehicle,” Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.


    He added: “Everybody has reported one person. Some of our witnesses have reported that they believe there were additional people or another person in the car, and certainly we’re keeping an open mind.”
    A 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were also shot but survived. One gave enough information for police to create a composite sketch of the suspect with short-cropped dark hair. Police have few other leads about the suspect and the vehicle and are appealing to the public for tips.
    So far, detectives have not identified a motive, alarming Maryvale residents who say gunfire at night is relatively routine but call the latest killings scarier because they’re not attributed to the neighborhood’s longstanding problems with drug violence and gang members settling scores.
    “What’s going on, what’s next, who’s next?” asked Rosa Pastrana, an organizer of a Maryvale neighborhood watch group. “You never know if it’s (going to be) my kids or my grandpa, my father or maybe me.”
    At the community YMCA, employees now take extra care to make sure that children are picked up by parents or relatives they know. The employees themselves leave the building as a group instead of heading outside on their own, YMCA worker Jenny Mendez said.
    Those precautions were supposed to be routine before the killings were labeled the work of a serial killer, “but now we make sure we do it,” Mendez said.
    Retired casino cook John Tang does his grocery shopping during the day, fearing he could be shot if he walks outside after dark.
    “I don’t shop at nighttime,” Tang said. “I don’t want to be another victim.”
    At Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Castro held back tears and said he wants justice for the killing of his son.
    “Nothing is going to bring him back,” Castro said. “Everything is with God. He’s the one that’s going to make this person or persons pay for this.”









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    Suspected Phoenix Serial Killer Now Linked to 7 Deaths, 9 Shootings — Here’s What We Know

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016...ings-7-deaths/

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities investigating the first serial killer in Phoenix in a decade said Wednesday that they have linked a non-fatal shooting to the case, bringing the number of attacks under examination to nine.

    The latest attack occurred in a central Phoenix neighborhood on July 11 when someone fired on a vehicle occupied by a 21-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy. Neither was injured, said police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard, who declined to reveal other details of the shooting.
    In all, seven people have been fatally shot and two others wounded in attacks that began March 17. Most of the attacks occurred in the blue-collar Maryvale neighborhood, though two shootings – including the latest – occurred in central Phoenix.
    Police say the victims were attacked as they stood outside their homes or sat in vehicles after dark. They were fired upon by someone who was sitting in a car or had just stepped out of a vehicle.
    No motive has been established.

    Investigators declined to reveal the evidence that they say ties the cases together.
    They believe the crimes were carried out by a lanky man in his early 20s, but they are leaving open the possibility that someone else may have participated in the attacks. The suspect is believed to have used several vehicles, including a black 5 Series BMW sedan.
    Police have few other leads about the suspect and are appealing to the public for tips. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.
    “Our best hope for the identity for this man will come from the community,” Howard said.
    The last Phoenix serial killing case was in 2005-2006 when six people were killed and 19 wounded in a series of seemingly random shootings. Two men were convicted.

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    This type of serial killer is rather uncommon insofar as he doesn't seek to have his victim under his control for some period of time. His contact with them is extremely brief, and doesn't exhibit the sexual/sadistic/ritualistic aspects so common to serial killers. No rape, no torture, no dismemberment or mutilation. Also, no "signature", as this term is normally used in relation to serial killers. He apparently doesn't take any "trophy" with him either. For him, 100% of the "thrill" seems to come from the very act of a "quick kill" itself.

    Whether it is intentional or not, this guy's MO at least SEEMS very well thought out, and perhaps planned long before he committed the first murder.

    1) His MO leaves no physical or forensic clues behind. Indeed, he maintains a physical distance between him and his victim that would make leaving trace evidence of any type virtually impossible.

    2) His use of a gun, rather than a knife, or a blunt "clubbing" instrument, leaves no blood on him, assuming that he keeps a distance from he victim that avoids "blow back" from the bullet's point of entry into the victim's body.

    3) That he brazenly commits the killing right on the street, primarily in a VERY "high crime" part of Phoenix is, in itself, a "cover". To wit, residents close to the scene of the crime said they weren't overly alarmed by the sound of HIS gunfire since the sound of gunfire is rather common in that area anyway.

    4) That his victims vary in age, gender, & ethnicity makes him very difficult to predict. He doesn't seem to have a target group either, such as prostitutes or college students. This guy is truly an "equal opportunity" serial killer. His victim of choice seem to be the very next person that is available in that part of town, and presumably alone.

    5) The sheer audacity and brazenness of his public attacks seems to (quite understandably) emotionally upset what witnesses that do exist to the point of making them useless as witnesses. Hence, witnesses can't even agree on whether his car is light or dark, much less its make and model. Also, the ONLY descriptions of him came from two victims that survived, only one of whom was capable of giving enough detail to lead to a composite drawing. Even that composite seems rather useless, IMO, because it is so "generic" as to probably fit 100's, if not 1000's of young Hispanic men in Phoenix, AZ.

    Although a few witnesses BELIEVE that someone else was with him in his car, a serial killer who is this well organized doesn't seem likely to have a "witness" accompany him to his crime. Also, most serial operate alone anyway.

    In short, the ONLY way that I see the cops catching this guy is if he makes an uncharacteristic "mistake" of some sort. He seems like the type, as was Seattle's Green River Killer, who could go on undetected for years. That is, unless he quenches his thirst for blood and just stops altogether first, or moves out of the area first.

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    I feel convinced that those around this man have to be at least suspicious that he is doing this. Surprised this has gone on for so long.

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