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Did the Cross-Country Serial Killer Murder Valeri Brooks?

Glen Edward Rogers.

In 1990, Valeri Brooks, 22, was stabbed to death in a Kentucky field. More than two decades later, her murder remains unsolved, but police now hope to link her death to a serial killer who’s spending the rest of his days in a Florida prison.

In the mid-90s, Glen Edward Rogers killed at least five women. Nicknamed the “Cross-Country Killer” for his broad geographical range, Rogers confessed to killing as many as 70 people, but later recanted his confession. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1995 murder of Tina Marie Gibbs in Tampa. After his conviction, Rogers reportedly confessed to killing Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman, of whose murders O.J. Simpson was famously acquitted.

According to investigators, Rogers had relatives in Versailles, Ky., where Brooks was killed. Rogers’ DNA will be compared to the DNA found near the crime scene.

The newfound interest in Rogers is due in part to a 2012 documentary titled “My Brother the Serial Killer,” created by Rogers’ brother, Clay Rogers.

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