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Tuesday
Oct252011

Sorority Rapist's Bizarre Obsession

This man is suspected of attacking Delta Sigma Theta sorority alums in Texas. (http://plano.gov)(PLANO, Texas) -- A Texas serial rapist who is attacking older members of one of the nation's most prominent sororities appears to have bizarre and dangerous compulsions, a forensic psychologist told ABC News.

The rapist has assaulted four women in the Dallas area, all in their mid-50s to mid-60s who are alums of the largest Greek-lettered black sorority in the world, Delta Sigma Theta.

"Most often the target population is going to be a younger group of women," said Naftali Berrill, director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. She described the case as "weird and unusual."

"It's typically not going to be middle-aged women who come from a certain subclass," Berrill said.

"Someone with this obsession doesn't cultivate these obsessional ideas overnight," she said. "This is coming from, I'm guessing, something much more historical and deeply rooted in this guy's psychological history. It's just too specific a group."

The age of the women is so atypical that Marisa Mauro, a forensic psychologist who owns a private practice in Austin, Texas, told ABC News, "I have not heard of serial rapist who has targeted that population."

Another oddity: the crimes took place in three different cities over an 11-month time period.

"Rapists don't usually target specific people for any particular reason," criminal profiler Pat Brown said Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. "They usually find victims who are just in their neighborhood who are convenient."

The Dallas-area rapist has attacked between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. at the homes of the victims, who were each alone at the time. Two of the attacks happened in Plano, Texas, one in Coppell and the most recent assault was on Oct. 14 in Corinth.

"The one thing I can say with certainty is that there will be an obsessional component to this guy," Berrill said, but "his motivation for doing this remains to be seen."

Police have identified a suspect on surveillance video, a black man who appears to be in his late 30s to mid 40s, about 5-feet-7 to 6-feet tall, and between 250 and 300 pounds, according to Plano police spokesman Andrae Smith. He may also have a thin or trimmed beard with a receding hairline.

Berill said the rapist is "obviously doing his research and doing some stalking," and it's likely he has been "obsessing about them and has determined that this is the way he can humiliate and pay them back for perceived humiliation, insults, or rejections."

The victims are closer to his mother's age than a girl he would have dated, Berill said, which makes for "an interesting dynamic."

"He's targeting women that might be his mother's age," Berill said, suggesting he might have had issues with his mother, "some dynamic going on with his father or a male in his life."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Plano Police Department Tip Line at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-373-8477.

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Monday
Oct242011

Serial Rapist Attacking Sorority Sisters in Texas, Cops Say

Plano, Texas Police Department(DALLAS) -- Police in the Dallas area are hunting a suspected serial rapist who appears to be targeting alumnae members of one sorority, and each of the victims told investigators the assailant seemed to have personal knowledge about them.

Four alumnae of the same sorority -- black women in their mid-50s to early 60s -- were raped in their Dallas-area homes over the last 11 months, apparently all by the same assailant, according to an alert sent out by the Plano, Texas Police Department.

The most recent of the attacks occurred around 9:15 p.m. Friday in Corinth, police said.

The police statement did not identify the sorority, but the Dallas Morning News reported that it was Delta Sigma Theta, and that the sorority had sent out email alerts to alumnae.

Some alumnae of the sorority told ABC News that they themselves had not received the email alerts, but said they had heard about them from others.

Besides the attack in Corinth, in Denton County, two of the rapes occurred in Plano and the other in Coppell, both of which are in Dallas County.  Each of the four attacks happened between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The suspect, who is seen in a surveillance video released by Plano police, is described as a black man, estimated to be in his late 30s to mid-40s, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall and 250 to 300 pounds.  He has a trimmed beard and short hair, and possibly a receding hairline, police said.

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Friday
Aug262011

Florida Freshman Dies, Fraternity Being Questioned

ABC News Radio(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- University of Central Florida police are questioning a fraternity about the death of a college freshman who was found unresponsive in her dorm and later died.

Ann Hefferin, 18, was just days into her college career when she was discovered unconscious in her room.

"At about 4 a.m., 911 was called, CPR was performed and emergency units responded immediately. The student was transported to Florida Hospital East at about 4:30 a.m.," university officials said in a statement.

University officials are questioning members of the Sigma Chi fraternity about whether Hefferin attended a party at the fraternity's house before she died, ABC affiliate WFTV reported.

University officials have not confirmed if Hefferin was at the fraternity house prior to her death. An autopsy on Hefferin was inconclusive and more tests are being performed, Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaliga told WFTV.

"We lost a member of the university family today," said UCF spokesperson Grant J. Heston on Thursday. "This is a tragedy and we offer our assistance and most sincere sympathies to her family and friends."

Hefferin had recently become a member of the Beta Lamda chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

When ABC News reached Hefferin's grandmother by phone, she asked that the family be left alone to grieve. Hefferin is not the first child that her parents have lost.

Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students participate in the school's Greek system which has 46 fraternities and sororities, according to the school's web site. The university is located in Orlando, Fla.

Sigma Chi, the fraternity reportedly being investigated by campus police, advertised on Facebook for male students to rush this fall.

On the Facebook page, the members write, "Sigma Chi has its hand in just about everything UCF has to offer a college student. And rage harder than any other Fraternity!!"

On the information section on the Facebook page, members boast that the fraternity has the most bartenders and hosts the biggest parties in Orlando.

Calls to Sigma Chi's national office were not returned.

The national office of Tri Delta Sorority said they are cooperating with campus police.

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