NC Couple Gets $30,000 SC Serial Killer Reward

Officials have decided a Dallas, N.C., couple will get a $30,000 reward for calling in the tip that led to a man who authorities say was a serial killer who shot to death five people in South Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported Friday that while Crimestopper
rewards are anonymous, authorities had already identified Michael
and Terry Valentine as the tipsters who led them to Patrick Burris.

The Valentines say the credit goes to their new puppy, who barked and woke them up early Monday morning.

While letting the dog out, the couple saw an SUV matching the type of vehicle police were looking for pull up to a nearby home and called police.

Officers say they killed Burris after he pulled a gun and fired at them.


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  • by everyman Location: pitt county on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    People will not come forward to report crimes because perhaps they do want their identities posted all over the news!! Sometimes will get back at you for "tattletelling". Sounds minor but is deadly serious. The people how gave the tip should NEVER EVER be mentioned!!! then crime would go down because people would give more tips.
  • by keda Location: martin county on Jul 11, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    I do not believe that this is the serial killer. He didn't look like the profile. I find it strange that once he was caught, the police and news media would no longer show his profile so citizens could compare the two picture. South Carolina is a tourist site. During the summer, how many people would deter plans if a serial killer was at large. The police can make crimes look anyway they want to. Where are the other people with this man? What is their connection? Serial killers are normally loners. They don't keep witnesses around unless the person is a part of his/her sickness. Show us the two pictures again.
  • by Aunt b Location: greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    At last! Something for the good guys! Buy that puppy a bone!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 03:25 AM
    I am sure that they will gladly pay the $30,000 since they don't have to worry about this scumbag anymore! Talk about being at the right place at the right time!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    Maybe this will encourage those who tell the police "I ain't seen nothing" start comning forward reporting crimes! Even lazy, do nothings will get up off the arse for $30,000. Glad you got the money!!!
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    Good for them. They deserve the reward! They did their civic duty and now a psycho serial killer is off the streets.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    Wish it was me! I hope that it is tax free, or greedy Uncle Sam will take half off the top.
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