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Border Patrol Agent Accused of Being Serial Killer Likely Used His Service Weapon in Murders

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Juan David

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of being a serial killer likely used his government-issued weapon to murder four women in September.

The .40-caliber casings found at the scene of each murder “were consistent with the agency issued .40-caliber HK p2000 semiautomatic pistol” that police found in Juan David Ortiz’s truck when he was captured on Sept. 15, the USA Today reports, citing the district attorney involved in the case.  

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s crime lab in Laredo is examining the handgun and casings to determine whether the match is precise.

Ortiz, 35, was arrested after a woman escaped his truck after suspecting that he had killed her friend.

Police said Ortiz drove four women between the ages of 28 and 42 to the side of rural roads and shot them in the head.

Questions Raised about Border Patrol After Agent Described As Serial Killer

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Juan David

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The arrest of a Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women this month has raised an obvious question: Did the federal law enforcement agency miss red flags about a man described as a serial killer?

Eighteen members of the House of Representatives are questioning Customs and Border Protection about its hiring practices and whether it missed warning signs about Juan David Ortiz.

“Like you, our priority is to provide for the well-being and safety of the populations we serve,” the members wrote in a letter sent to CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “To do so, we must learn from any mistakes made in this case.” 

Ortiz was arrested after a sex worker’s daring escape at gunpoint in Laredo, Tex., and authorities said he has confessed to killing four women by shooting them in the head and leaving their bodies on rural Texas roadsides. 

According to the Associated Press, the former Navy veteran appeared to be living a “typical suburban life” in Laredo, raising two children with his wife. 

‘‘We’re seeking truth, and we’re seeking justice for these victims,’’ Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz told the AP. ‘‘Hopefully, even though motive is not an element to the crime of murder, we will be able to try to piece together what was going on in the mind of this accused killer as to why he did it.’’

In the meantime, investigators are trying to determine whether this month’s four murders were the only ones committed by Ortiz, who joined the Border Patrol in August 2009.

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Being a Serial Killer After Woman’s Daring Escape

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Juan David

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A supervisory Border Patrol agent accused of being a serial killer was tracked down after a sex worker’s daring escape at gunpoint in Laredo, Tex.

Juan David Ortiz, a 10-year veteran of the agency who worked in intelligence, confessed to four September murders, including two in a five-hour span early Saturday morning, the Washington Post reports.

“We consider this man to be a serial killer who was preying on one victim after another,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said. 

A sex worker who suspected Ortiz had killed her friend was in a white pickup truck with the alleged killer when he pulled out a gun and grabbed her shirt. She managed to escape, and he fled.

The woman flagged down a state trooper, and after a pursuit, police found the 35-year-old hiding in a hotel parking lots at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ortiz faces life in prison on four counts of murder, aggravated assault and unlawful restrain.

All of the victims are believed to be sex workers, some of whom may not have been chosen at random.

FBI Revives 40-Year-Old Manhunt for California’s ‘Most Prolific Serial Killer’

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For 40 years, the FBI has been trying to track down California’s “most prolific serial killer.”

Known as the “East Area Rapist” and “Golden State Killer,” the unknown man has eluded authorities since he’s been accused of committing at least 12 murders, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s, Fox News reports.

The FBI said on Wednesday that its renewing its search for the elusive killer, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Authorities called the man the “most prolific” serial killer in California history.

The victims and their families deserve justice,” FBI Special Agent in Charge, Monica Miller, told reporters. 

FBI Called to Help Track Possible Serial Killer in Suffolk County, NY

Suffolk County map.

Suffolk County map.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities believe a serial killer may be on the loose in Suffolk County, New York.

Two FBI agents are now assisting local police as they investigate the discovery of 10 sets of human remains scattered along Giglo Beach and Ocean Parkway, NBC New York reports. 

The FBI is helping develop a profile of the killer or killers as part of a behavioral science team.

Authorities still have not identified five of the 10 victims.

Netflix Series ‘Mindhunter’ Will Focus on Elite FBI Unit Tracking Down Serial Killer

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron are developing a crime drama involving the FBI for Netflix called “Mindhunter,” TV.com reports. 

The movie is based on a 1996 book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Netflix and Fincher are responsible for the largely successful show, “House of Cards,” which won an Emmy for directing the show’s pilot.

The show will involve the “pursuit-of-a-serial-killer” genre, which Fincher used in his films “Se7en” and “Zodiac.”

Playwright Joe Penhall will write the series.

Disgraced Police Chief Thwarted Federal Investigation into Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a man in 2012, stymied a federal investigation into a suspected serial killer in the Gilgo Beach murders, the New York Post reports. 

A source close to the investigation said Burke didn’t keep the feds updated on the unsolved murders of eight women, a man and a toddler in Long Island because he was under an FBI investigation for assaulting a man accused of stealing his sex toys.

“Burke never wanted us involved in this [serial killer] case because he knew we were ­investigating him,” said a federal source.

Burke was charged last week with viscously attacking a handcuffed suspect who stole items from his car, including pornography and sex toys.

“We’re going to take a good, hard look at this case with fresh eyes,” the federal source said. “We have the extensive resources and experienced investigators to solve this type of case.”

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FBI Joins Investigation of Possible Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities began discovering the remains of 11 human beings five years ago along a New York highway.

Now the FBI is joining the investigation to determine if a serial killer was responsible for the deaths, Fox News reports. 

Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Tim Simi announced the FBI’s involvement in the case Thursday, on the eve of the fifth-anniversary of the first body being discovered.

“Law enforcement techniques, particularly with homicide investigations, are ever changing, and we wanted to ensure that we are doing everything we can to solve these murders,” Sini said.

“Bringing the FBI to the table with all of its expertise and resources is a step in the right direction,” toward possibly finding a killer, Sini said. “Working together is the best way to solve complex cases.”

The bodies included eight women, a man and a toddler. They were found near Ocean Parkway on Long Island.