Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Obscure Streetwalker Strangler

A Flurry of Hooker Homicides

The first was on March 14, 1986, when the body of Catherine Barry was found under scrap plywood in a derelict building a few miles from downtown, her usual haunt.

Catherine Barry
Catherine Barry

Barry, 34, was the only victim who was not a prostitute. She was a mother of three who had a mental breakdown and ended up on the streets.

Naomi Kelly
Naomi Kelly

Two other women were killed 14 weeks apart later that year, Naomi Kelly, 23, found on Aug. 16, and Debbie Blevins, 32, found on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day.

Kelly, a single mother, was found strangled in a needle park downtown. The body of Blevins, naked except for socks, had been dumped outside a church not far from the trendy Westport neighborhood.

In 1987, five more corpses turned up.

Ann Barnes
Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes, 36, a stripper, was found murdered on April 17, 1987, which was both Good Friday and the 10-year anniversary of the murder of Stacie Swofford, the first victim.

Kellie Ann Ford
Kellie Ann Ford

Seven weeks later, Kellie Ann Ford, a 20-year-old junkie hooker, was found strangled in a city park. On Sept. 12, the shoeless corpse of Angela Mayhew, 19, turned up in North Kansas City.

Angela Mayhew
Angela Mayhew

Next was Sheila Ingold, 36, found dead in a van on Troost Avenue, a popular trawling ground for johns. Carmeline Hibbs, 30, was found murdered on Dec. 19 in parking lot on Broadway about 16 blocks from where Ingold's corpse turned up. Like Mayhew, Hibbs was shoelesson a cold December night.

Sheila Ingold
Sheila Ingold

The pace of the serial killings slowed after that brutal stretch. The body of Helga Kruger, 26, an Austrian national, was found on Troost Avenue on Feb. 12, 1989. Four years later, Connie Luther, the presumed final victim, was found dead in January 1993.

Carmeline Hibbs
Carmeline Hibbs

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