In Massachusetts, Many Murder Victims but Few Resolutions


Over the past 25 years, the slayings of more than two dozen young women in central Massachusetts have gone unsolved.

Some were drug abusers, transients or streetwalkers. The bodies were found on roadsides, near railroad tracks or under bridges. Some had been buried, some not.

For years, police in Worcester have wondered whether some or all of the slayings were the work of a serial killer, according to the Telegram & Gazette.

Police Lt. Robert F. Rich told the paper that a dearth of clues have made the cases tough to crack. He cited three homicides discovered last year: It is unclear how the women died, when they died, or how their remains arrived at the sites where they were found.

And he said the lapse of time makes many of the older cases unlikely to be resolved.

“There comes a point where there are no more people to interview, no more leads, and nowhere to go,” Rich said.

In Massachusetts, 320 women ages 25 to 35 were slain between 1976 and 2000, according to James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminal justice professor who maintains a statewide database of homicides for the Department of Justice.


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