Suspected serial killer Neal Falls’ body count may have matched the number of weapons in his arsenal.
Police around the country are working Monday to determine whether Falls — who was shot and killed by a West Virginia escort as he tried to strangle her — is linked to the unsolved murders of prostitutes in at least three other states.
On July 18, Falls, a 45-year-old drifter, knocked on the door of a Charleston, W.V. prostitute who advertised her services on Backpage.com.
When the woman — identified as “Heather” — opened the door, Falls asked her only one question: “Live or die?”
The woman said she lunged for a rake to fight him off as he grabbed her throat from behind. Falls placed his handgun down during the struggle, said the woman, who grabbed for it and fired one shot, killing him.
When authorities later inspected his car, they found an arsenal of items that aroused suspicions he could be responsible for the killings of sex workers in Nevada, Illinois and Ohio. A machete, knives, axes, a shovel, a sledgehammer, bleach, plastic trash bags, bulletproof vests and four sets of handcuffs were found inside the Subaru Forester Falls was driving.
In the southern Ohio city of Chillicothe, where six prostitutes were murdered in a little over a year’s time and two remain missing, police chief Keith Washburn said detectives were en route Monday to West Virginia to investigate the possibility Falls is connected to the killings.
Washburn told FoxNews.com forensic evidence obtained in the Chillicothe investigations will be used to determine whether Falls is linked to the crimes.
“The task force is diligently working this case and we will get a conclusion to it, hopefully sooner rather than later,” said Falls.
SOURCE: Cristina Corbin