Phoenix-area residents have dealt with a series of infamous and elusive serial criminals in the past three years, says the Arizona republic. First there was the “A.M. Rapist,” the “Serial Shooter, and the “Baseline Killer.” Now there is a “Chandler Rapist.” The string of serial cases is not uncommon for a growing city, said Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist based in Scottsdale. “It’s not that there’s something in the water here in Phoenix or that it has become the destination resort selection for serial offenders,” Pitt said. “It’s just something that’s part and parcel of what happens when you become a growing metropolitan area.”
In recent examples from other areas: In Philadelphia, Jeffrey Marsalis, 34, was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting seven women, six of whom he met on an online dating site, between 2003 and 2005. He was sentenced in October to 10 to 20 years in prison. Detroit’s Shelly Andre Brooks was accused of raping, beating, and leaving prostitutes for dead between 2001 and 2006. He is serving multiple prison terms. Authorities had searched for the “Houston Serial Rapist” since April 2006 after he raped five men, some of whom he robbed. Police arrested 19-year-old Keith Chester Hill on Feb. 7 on suspicion of the crimes. Pitt said many serial criminals fly under police radar and aren’t immediately recognized as such.