Thursday, December 7, 2006

Pile 'em on: Phoenix police say they believe a man they already had in custody for sexual assault, Mark Goudeau, is the notorious Baseline Killer. They intend to charge him with 71 criminal counts, including nine charges of murder. Normally, I'm all in favor of legal impartiality, but: If Mark Goudeau is the Baseline Killer, he is a terrorist and should face terror-related charges:

The Baseline Killer case originally included 23 shootings, rapes and robberies that left eight people dead between August 2005 and June. The dead, seven of them women, ranged in ages from 19 to 39. They were killed going about their daily activities, such as leaving work, washing a car or waiting at a bus stop.

A ninth killing wasn't publicly revealed until Thursday. The victim was a woman found dead in her Phoenix home by her 8-year-old son in April, police said.

Police have said the killer struck at night and wore disguises, which included a wig of dreadlocks and a fisherman's hat. The name Baseline Killer came from the Phoenix street where some of the earliest crimes in the string were committed.

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