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Serial killers put fear in Phoenix

TWISTED RIVALRY Police have been hunting for months for two murderers, who between them have killed 11 people in 55 attacks and injured many others

THE OBSERVER , PHOENIX, ARIZONA

In the case of the Baseline Killer, there is one intriguing possibility. A man who could know his identity is already in jail. He is James Dewayne Mullins and, while in jail in Kentucky on different charges, he confessed to killing 19-year-old Phoenix stripper Georgia Thompson.

However, her death, with a single shot to the head in her apartment complex's car park, has now been forensically linked to the Baseline Killer.

Mullins subsequently retracted his confession but transcripts of his police interview show tantalizing hints he knows other men who were involved. He talks of a unnamed "guy" who took him to Thompson's strip club. He then warns that he fears a terrible retribution if he ever implicated him in the crime.

The Angels have pledged to keep up patrols until the city is safer.

Last week, as his Angel night patrol walked down a dark street behind a complex of bungalows, McClintick admitted he was haunted by the sheer evil of serial killers.

"It is the wiring in their brain. Some people are just born that evil," he said.

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