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Tuesday
Dec272011

Murdered Women in Detroit Linked to Backpage.com, Cops Say

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Three of four women whose dead bodies were found in the trunks of burning cars in Detroit over the past eight days had profiles on the adult services section of Backpage.com, police said on Monday, warning women that the killer may be trolling the site for more victims.

The bodies of two women were found in a burning car on Dec. 19, and then another pair were found on Christmas, police said.  They were both found within blocks of one another on the city’s east side.

Detroit police chief Ralph Godbee Jr. stopped short of saying the crimes were the work of a serial killer, but said he felt it was important to get the word out about the link investigators had found.

“This tie for us is disconcerting,” Godbee Jr. said Monday at a news conference.  “We’re stopping short of calling it a serial pattern."

“We are not passing judgment on any individual who is utilizing this website, yet we felt it was imperative to alert the public that deciding to meet unknown persons via the Internet can be extremely dangerous,” he said.

Investigators have not determined a cause of death for the four women.

Backpage.com, like craigslist.com, is an Internet bulletin board with listings for everything from child care to auto parts and forums on numerous topics.

Craigslist.com took down its “adult services” section after several widely publicized cases, including the so-called “Craigslist Killer” case, in which Phillip Markoff was charged with the armed robbery and murder of a masseuse he had hired through the website, and the armed robbery of two other women he also found through the site.  Markoff committed suicide in jail awaiting trial.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Psychic Tip Proves False: 'No Bodies Found' at Texas Home

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(HULL, Texas) -- After worldwide media attention on a rural Texas home -- sparked by a tip about dozens of dead bodies possibly hidden there -- investigators announced Tuesday night that no human remains were discovered in an extensive search.

"No bodies were found [and] there is nothing to indicate a homicide occurred here," Capt. Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office told reporters from outside the home.

Earlier on Tuesday, local news outlets reported the sheriff's office said they had discovered 25 to 30 bodies outside the Hull, Texas, home.  Authorities said a pair of tips about the supposed dead bodies came in Monday night and then again Tuesday morning from someone claiming to be a psychic.

Houston law enforcement initially reported that a cadaver dog indicated a spot where a body might be.  Later, law enforcement officials said dogs found no bodies at the location.

Live helicopter images showed dozens of officials at the scene during the search, from local police to Texas Rangers, as well as members of the media.

The owners of the home, Joe and Gena Bankson, told ABC News they had no idea why anyone would tell police there were dead bodies at their house and faxed the FBI permission to search it.  Gena Bankson said it was possible there's blood at the home, but that was likely the result of a recent incident in which her daughter's boyfriend drunkenly attempted suicide by slitting his wrists.

When told a psychic reportedly called in the tip, Bankson laughed.

After Evans' announcement, everyone from law enforcement to members of the media appeared to pack up to leave the area. 

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