Wisconsin police arrest serial killer suspect linked to 9 slayings

September 8, 2009

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (ChattahBox) — A Milwaukee man has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with more charges expected later this week, after being linked to DNA found on each of the bodies of the nine women killed from 1986 to 2007, police and prosecutors said Monday.  Police used a search warrant Aug. 29, to obtain a DNA sample from the home of Walter E. Ellis, 49, who was arrested after a struggle at a motel this  Saturday.  Investigators said of the nine woman ranging in age from 16 to 41, eight were prostitutes and one was a runaway who was “involved in the drug trade.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn said during a press conference, “This case was solved with shoe leather and science. Continuing advances in DNA technology have enabled us to link these homicide cases, and it was good police work pursuing numerous leads that led to the arrest of a suspect.”

Ellis has so far been charged in the 1992 killing of Irene Smith, 25, and the 1994 murder of Carron D. Kilpatrick, 32, whose bodies were found within a block of each other. Both women were strangled and stabbed, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said.  Police declined Monday evening to release a photo of Ellis who may also be linked to several other unsolved murders, so it could be shown to possible witnesses for identification.  Court records show Ellis once lived close to the area where many of the homicides occurred.

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3 Responses to “Wisconsin police arrest serial killer suspect linked to 9 slayings”

  1. Wisconsin police arrest serial killer suspect linked to 9 slayings : on September 8th, 2009 6:01 am

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  2. pretty gertie on September 8th, 2009 11:47 am

    well, all i can say is, IT’S ABOUT TIME… It’s a shame they didn’t catch this monster sooner.

  3. Karen Foster on September 8th, 2009 5:41 pm

    My heart goes out to the families. This is going to be a long relentless road that will open old wounds. Wisconsin needs to get DNA o All Felony arrest legislation so that murders and rapists are identified earlier in their careers. DNA on Arrest will save investigation time, prosecution time and a lot of money. It will help balance the scales of justice. Tell your lawmakers that WI needs DNA on all felony arrests. The Federal Government and 21 states already have legislation in place. Don’t let WI be a safe haven for criminals.

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