Violent Felon Accused of Serial Killings in NW Indiana


Accused serial killer Darren D. Vann took Gary, Ind., police on a bloody scavenger hunt last weekend, leading them to bodies of his alleged victims scattered in abandoned buildings all over the rusted-out Steel City, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Police believe Vann used online prostitution services, including, to lure women to Gary and nearby Hammond, Ind. — typically to empty buildings — before killing them. And they said he has enjoyed showing off his handiwork.

“He's basking in the glory,” one detective said. “He is reliving everything, seeing photos of the victims, dead and alive.” Police have connected Vann, 43, to seven victims, but there may be more. He allegedly admitted to killings dating back 20 years. He was arrested after surveillance video evidence linked him to the murder last Friday night of Afrika Hardy, 19, found strangled at a Hammond Motel 6. An Indiana native, Vann is a registered sex offender who spent five years in prison in Texas for raping and attempting to strangle a woman in Austin. He was paroled last July.

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