~ Task Force Press Release ~

The task force has provided some good information for the public to be aware of as far as murder suspect(s) behavior characteristics.  Although “he/his” is referenced in the following press release, everyone needs to be acutely aware that the suspect(s) could be female and not rule that possibility out.

PRESS RELEASE

The Multi-Agency Investigative Task Force comprised of the Acadia, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Offices, Jennings Police Department, 15th and 31st Judicial District Attorney’s Offices,  LA State Police, LA Attorney General’s Office and the FBI, is continuing to investigate the recent series of homicides of women who resided within Jennings, LA.  To date, the Task Force has thoroughly pursued the leads generated by public response.

On Wednesday 08/19/2009, another female homicide victim was discovered in Acadia Parish.  The body found has been positively identified as Necole Guillory, the young lady that was reported missing to Jennings Police Department on Wednesday.

This most recent, unfortunate discovery has prompted the Task Force to request the public’s continued assistance and vigilance. Our first goal is public safety, which necessitates the gathering of as much information as possible.

The Task Force has reason to believe that there may be individuals who have information pertinent to this investigation, who have yet to come forward. We are appealing to these people specifically, and the general public, to contact the Task Force with any information they believe may pertain to this investigation and/or the people, facts and circumstances surrounding these murders.

Additionally, the Task Force is asking the public’s assistance in identifying possible suspects through observations of changes in their behavior. Violent offenders often exhibit some noticeable behavioral changes following the commission of a crime. Often, members of the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of a crime, and may observe behavioral changes in that person. While they will recognize the changes, and may even question the offender about such changes, they may not recognize the relationship between such behavioral changes and the offender’s involvement in the crimes. The following are behaviors and characteristics that the offender may exhibit:

In reaction to heightened public awareness and intensive law enforcement investigation, the offender has changed his method of operation. For instance, the most recent victim’s body was discarded off to the side of Interstate 10 in Acadia Parish. Previous victims’ bodies were discarded off to the side of smaller, rural roads.

The offender is likely to pay very close attention to the police investigation, media coverage and even private discussions pertaining to this series of murders.

The offender is likely to have displayed increased nervousness in the time periods immediately following the murders and the body discoveries.

The offender may have increased his use of drugs and/or alcohol to contend with the nervousness and experienced stress resulting from increased awareness and vigilance of both the police and the public.

In the time period immediately following the murders and the body discoveries, the offender may have altered       his daily routine. He may have left the area temporarily; he may have been absent from work, cancelled appointments and/or social engagements.

The offender may have changed his mode of transportation, e.g., changed his vehicle, sold or claimed to have sold his vehicle, cleaned or had his vehicle cleaned, possibly including the vehicle’s interior.

The offender is someone with significant ties to the Jennings and Jefferson Davis Parish area. He has demonstrated a strong familiarity with the area, and is someone known to residents there.

The offender may have been seen in the area of Jennings where these young ladies disappeared from.  He may have been, and perhaps is still frequenting the area.

The Task Force encourages anyone with information to contact them at (337) 824-6662.

EVEN IF IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE INFORMATION IS UNIMPORTANT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT PREVIOUSLY, PLEASE CALL: YOURS MAY BE THE CALL THAT SAVES LIVES!

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  1. Has any information been released as to if the serial killer has left any type of “signatures” (not the handwritten type). See below…

    A “signature” is explained in an article “How Serial Killers Work” posted here:

    http://people.howstuffworks.com/serial-killer5.htm

    “…In the aftermath of any homicide, inv­estigating the crime scene and performing an autopsy are routine steps that law enforcement takes in an attempt to solve the crime. Once all of this information has been collected, it can be entered into a nationwide database run by the FBI, as part of ViCAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program). This program can help to determine patterns, or signatures, that link separate homicides…

    According to FBI profiler John Douglas, a signature “is a ritual, something the subject does intentionally for emotional satisfaction — something that isn’t necessary to perpetuate the crime” [source: JohnDouglas.com]. Some serial killers pose their victims in a certain way or leave them in a certain place after killing them. Another signature might be a method of torture or mutilation. It’s what the killer does to fulfill his fantasies, and it can tell investigators a lot about his personality.

    Investigators also look at the MO, or modus operandi, of the crime. The MO reflects what the killer had to do to commit the crime. This includes everything from luring and restraining his victim to the way that he actually murders her. A serial killer’s MO can change over time. Essentially, he learns from past mistakes and improves with time…”

    In an article entitled “Types of Serial Killers” located here:

    http://karisable.com/crserial1.htm

    signatures are discussed further:

    “…Some serial killers repeatedly, leave psychological markers, called a signature. Signatures include posing, concealing victims, or inserting objects in the bodies after death for the killers gratification. As a killer needs to punish and degrade victims intensifies as they may develop unique preferences.

    Robert Keppel, consultant to the Green River Task Force and author of Signature Killers, said:

    “They like to (leave signatures). They enjoy it. It’s one of their favorable pastimes. It’s my belief that all serial killers leave a sign. It’s also my belief that we don’t find it all the time because of decomposition or because he doesn’t want you to find it … It’s what their sexual enhancement is.”

    James Fox, a Northeastern University criminal justice professor, says signatures aren’t as common as people believe. They may use the same weapon or sexually mutilate in the same way, but use different methods to kill and prey victims.

    Ted Bundy enjoyed sadism, rape, and murder but no signatures weren’t found. A signature goes beyond the act of murder, such as posing, which is present in less than 1% of murder cases. Inserting objects in a body after death is even rarer. Posing is not staging, moving a body to cover the crime and mislead pursuers.

    A signature is different from a modus operandi, (mode of operation, MO) the way they find, overpower, and kill a victim without getting caught. The MO changes as the killer refines their methods…”

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