Craigslist Rapist Probe: Cat And Mouse With A Cautious Suspect


The Washington Post details the investigation into the so-called Craiglist rapist, a suburban Washington, D.C., man suspected in nine attacks on female escorts, most of whom he met through the classified ad website. The paper characterized the probe as a case of “cat and house,” with the suspect conducting a type of countersurveillance on police to try to determine what they knew about him.

In May, the suspect in the case, Mark Humphries, approached Prince George’s County police Maj. Daniel Dusseau late one night and said he was being harassed by law enforcers. Dusseau said Humphries clearly was probing to see how much police had on him. Last week, a day after Humphries killed himself as police waited at the door of an apartment, Dusseau and his team reflected on their lengthy probe and the moment they felt sure they were chasing the right man.


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