LA Police: Man Who Killed Up To 30 Women Now Behind Bars

Los Angeles police say they may have captured the most prolific serial killer in city history.

They say he's suspected of killing as many as 30 women over a period of decades. The 72-year-old suspect has been charged with two murders, and the Los Angeles Times reports he may be tied to many more.

The break in the cold case came when the suspect John Thomas gave a DNA sample as part of an effort to build an offender database. The sample reportedly matches DNA found at crime scenes of the 1970s and 1980s.

Detectives say the suspect may be tied to two waves of killings. They include attacks by the so-called "Westside Rapist," who preyed on dozens of elderly women who lived alone.

The suspect has worked for years as an insurance claims adjuster. He's being held in county jail and could not be reached for comment.


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  • by DawnNC Location: Jax on May 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    He his first killing spree was directed at only white women between the ages of 50-90. His second spree after a short vacation and he was right back at killing the elderly women or at least raping them, and yes most of those were white. Serial killings are great examples of "hate crimes".
  • by G Location: Greenville on May 2, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    Wow! I'm surprised. Most serial killers are white. This is out of the norm.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on May 2, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Hey guess what you reverse racist? Those elderly women were mainly white! Now what do you have to gripe about? I'm sure you will think of something. I agree it's a shame he can't be but to death, more than once would also do too! WITN, please print this, it's time you were called on the carpet (in print at least) for your years of reverse racism!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 2, 2009 at 02:49 AM
    Once again, let God be the judge. If I was God, I would be pretty ticked off with you people trying to carry out the punishment. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Protect society from this man by incarcerating him. But let God judge him and punish him accordingly. The very Son of God was crucified because people thought like you so-called Christians think. If all of you are going to heaven, it would be a blessing not to have to be in your company. A true hell would be to have to put up with you hypocrites for all eternity.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 1, 2009 at 10:57 PM
    Hey bloggers: I agree with ya'll! But guess what?! The last time I checked, CA doesn't have a death penalty! Remember Charles Manson? He hasn't been put to death yet!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 1, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    *STANDING ovation* for B Location: NC on May 1, 2009 at 01:59 PM .... But if he had killed one woman of another race in ARUBA ... it would have been all over the news for months, and there would be a Lifetime movie about it!
  • by B Location: NC on May 1, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    These must have taken place in the inner city or the minority based neighborhoods and minority victims. Why? Because I never heard of a string of elderly killings in LA. Justice for all...NOT!
  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on May 1, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    Too bad you can oly kill him once.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 1, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Too bad all those liberal bleeding hearts will not let the state kill him slowly.
  • by Sam on May 1, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    He is a serial Killer. Put him to death. He murdered 30 women come on.
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