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Between 1994 and 2004, more than 36 women were brutally murdered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The alarming statistic earned the city a deadly reputation.
“Serial Killer Capital: Baton Rouge,” premiering Saturday, December 10 at 9/8c with a two hour-special and continuing Sunday, December 11 at 9/8c, takes an in-depth look at the unsettling trend and three murderers who stalked the city at the same time during that decade-long period.
Who were these three killers? Before the show airs, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.
Serial Killer: Derrick Todd Lee
Authorities believe Lee killed at least seven women between the mid-’90s and 2003.
Born in 1968 outside Baton Rouge and raised mostly by his mother, he was a high school dropout, according to court documents. Lee had a history of violent behavior: He was arrested for voyeurism, stalking, and burglary, according to the Chicago Tribune, and spent two years behind bars for attacking his girlfriend, the AP reported.
After his release in the early 2000s, his crimes escalated. He used his charms to get access to women and then killed them. Lee stabbed some victims and strangled others; some of the women he raped. His inconsistent m.o. made the case more difficult to solve.
The capture of Lee, who is Black, was also hindered by an FBI profile suggesting that the suspect was likely to be a white man between the ages of 25 to 35, according to ABC News.
DNA evidence eventually tied to him to seven Louisiana murders, which led to his arrest in 2003.
Lee was indicted on the two strongest cases in June 2003. He was convicted of murder in both cases, according to wafb.com.
Serial Killer: Sean Vincent Gillis
Gillis ultimately confessed to eight murders, but not all of the cases were admissible in court. By the time he was arrested on April 29, 2004 and booked for three counts of murder, then-41-year-old Gillis had been killing women for nearly a decade.
In a taped interview with authorities, Gillis said that he plotted his kills and played games with police, according to wafb.com. The ages, races, and affluence of his victims varied.
A tire track found near where one victim was discovered was instrumental in leading police to Gillis. His DNA was determined to be a match to the trio of women connected to his arrest. In 2008, he was convicted of the murders of two women.
Suspected Serial Killer: Jeffery Lee Guillory
Guillory, who grew up in Baton Rouge, is suspected by authorities of at least three killings.
In 2006, the 40-year-old was stopped for a traffic violation in Baton Rouge. His fingerprints were taken and matched to a print found on a beer can at a July 2001 murder scene, wafb.com reported. He was considered as a suspect in the 2001 murder and a DNA sample was taken, but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him with the murder.
In the following few years, Guillory was arrested for an attack on a woman and bank fraud.
In December 2009, according to police, DNA ultimately linked him to the deaths of three other Baton Rouge women and he was arrested. The victims had been strangled and beaten.
He was convicted in 2011 of second-degree murder in the 2002 death of Renee Newman.
To learn more about these murderers and where they are today, watch premiering Saturday, December 10 at 9/8c with a two hour-special and continuing Sunday, December 11 at 9/8c.
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