Crime Suspected Serial Killer Linked to 5 Deaths in Northern California
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It is hard to imagine that Adnan Syed would be standing outside the courtroom a free man if 'Serial' didn't exist. What does this mean for criminal trials of the future?Found guilty in Baltimore at the age of 18, for the killing of his former high-school girlfriend Hae Min Lee, Syed always maintained his innocence. Then 14 years later investigative reporter Sarah Koenig brought world-wide attention to the case with the production of Serial. The podcast did not come to a firm conclusion as to Syed’s innocence or guilt, but suggested that there was not enough evidence to have convicted him in the first place.
Police have "located a person of interest" whom they believe has killed five men in the Northern California community of Stockton.
On Friday, Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden confirmed that investigators have, who is allegedly responsible for the deaths of the men occurring between July 8 and Sept. 27.
"These homicides occurred in the evening or early morning hours and our victims were alone," McFadden said in a post on Facebook.
The fatal shooting incidents include that of a 35-year-old man at 12:31 a.m. on July 8, a 43-year-old man at 9:49 p.m. on Aug. 11, a 21-year-old man at 6:41 a.m. on Aug. 30, a 52-year-old man at 4:27 a.m. on Sept. 21 and a 54-year-old man at 1:53 a.m. on Sept. 27.
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While the department has not officially identified any of the men, according to, two of the victims' family members have stepped forward with their names.
"He was just a person who was out here at the wrong place at the wrong time at the wrong circumstance," Jerry Lopez toldabout his brother, Lorenzo Lopez.
"It's hard to process that this has happened. I mean, me and my brother have been like twins. We were a year apart so we were pretty close," he added.
Victim's family to appeal Syed’s release in ‘Serial’ case
BALTIMORE (AP) — The family of a young woman who was killed in 1999 will appeal a Baltimore judge’s recent decision to overturn the conviction of Adnan Syed, the man imprisoned for decades for Hae Min Lee's death, according to an attorney for the family. Syed, whose case was examined in the popular true-crime podcast “Serial,” was released earlier this month after prosecutors told a judge they had uncovered doubts about the fairness of the investigation. Syed has always maintained that he never killed Lee, his ex-girlfriend.
Paul Alexander Yaw, 35, was killed on July 8, in the 5600 block of Kermit Lane, his mother Greta Bogrow confirmed to ABC News.
"He was a good boy who grew into a good man with a big heart. He will always live on in our hearts. He was always there for you if you needed him," the family said in a statement, per ABC News.
They added, "He was a son, brother, father, grandson, nephew and cousin. I still can't believe he's not coming back. I hope this helps to catch the person(s) responsible."
The Stockton Police Department is offering a $75,000 reward (in addition to Crime Stoppers' $10,000 reward) for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest in the investigation.
Stockton police have also opened a tip line for anyone with information. The phone number is 209-937-8167, and information can also be emailed to email@example.com.
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Six dead and one survivor. One grainy piece of surveillance footage. The trail of death left by a suspected serial killer in Stockton and Oakland, California, has left these communities on edge. Now, the victims’ families and city residents are looking for answers. The Daily Beast spoke to three experts on serial killers about who the Stockton killer might be, why he is killing, and how he might be caught. All agree that the killer is likely local or very familiar with the Stockton area, plans out his crimes ahead of time, and intentionally chooses vulnerable victims.