Tuesday, March 12 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-03-12 16:34:38 GMT
There is a tranquil beauty about the Pacific Northwest, but for decades the region has also hidden dark secrets. Oregon and Washington have the dubious distinction of being home to some of the nation'sMore >
The Northwest was home to Ted Bundy, the Molalla Forest Killer, the Green River Killer, the I-5 Killer and the Shoe Fetish Slayer. We asked a forensic scientist why so many infamous serial killers come from the Northwest.More >
Tuesday, February 26 2013 10:31 AM EST2013-02-26 15:31:50 GMT
If you type the phrase "serial killer addresses" into an Internet search engine, you'll get results that are disturbing. There are a number of web sites that list the prison addresses of convicted killers. PoliceMore >
"A lot of them get caught up in the drama that's associated with these people forever," says criminal psychologist Dr. Frank Colistro.More >
Tuesday, February 12 2013 10:25 AM EST2013-02-12 15:25:36 GMT
Several web sites are selling the personal items of notorious serial killers, including Northwest murderers, the I-5 and Green River killers. Dubbed murderabilia, the macabre memorabilia can cost fromMore >
Websites are selling the personal items of notorious serial killers, including Pacific Northwest murderers like the I-5 and Green River killers. It's dubbed "murderabilia."More >
MOLALLA, OR (KPTV) -
On a recent hike through a secluded part of the Molalla Forest, bow hunter Everett Banyard remembered an August afternoon more than 25 years ago.
"It's changed so much," Banyard said.
Banyard recalled he had gone out hunting not far from his home. He said late-afternoon sunlight filtered through an overhead canopy of foliage and, as he glanced down, he saw some unusual matted fern. He then made a gruesome discovery.
"Right over there, is where I found the two bodies," he said, as he walked through the woods.
Banyard had found the nude bodies of two young women, one on top of the other.
"That's when I took my foot and pushed it back and seen what looked like a bare butt and then I seen a leg and I just backed off and got out of the area," he said.
Until now, Banyard had never spoken publicly about that August day and the days that followed, when police and criminalists combed the forest. They would find the bodies of four more women - six in all - victims of Dayton Leroy Rogers, later dubbed the Molalla Forest Killer.
At Rogers' murder trial in the late 1980s, prosecutors exposed his double life. He was a quiet repairman with a family who also tortured and murdered prostitutes. In 1989, a jury convicted Rogers of killing seven women, one outside an Oak Grove restaurant, along with the six women whose remains were found in the forest.
Using dental records, all but one of the discarded bodies was identified.
Identifying Jane Doe No. 6 has become a personal mission for forensic anthropologist Dr. Nici Vance.
"Jane Doe No. 6 is a huge mystery for us," Vance said.
Digging through archive evidence at the Oregon State Police crime lab late last year, Vance found some of Jane Doe No. 6's scalp and hair.
"We decided, well it's a biological material and we've got a chance to do DNA on it. So let's go ahead and get it done," she said. "We had a perfect storm. A good resource in the fact that it was packaged correctly. Investigators in 1987 were very diligent in the way they maintained the evidence. It was stable, basically."
Stable enough for analysts at the University of North Texas to create a mitochondrial or maternal DNA profile. For the first time, investigators now have a genetic picture of the mystery woman.
"You might think that if someone on the fringe of society isn't reported missing, that no one is looking for her, but I beg to differ," she said. "I am committed to getting a name to this face and these remains."
Back in the Molalla forest, Rogers' dumpsite has become a popular hiking trail.
"Right here is the Hardy Creek Trailhead and that's the spot," Banyard said.
Banyard still lives just up the hill from where he found the bodies. It still crosses his mind what went on in these woods, what torture those six women may have suffered.
"We had noticed the dog barking," he remembered.
And he hopes the sordid story may finally end, when Jane Doe No. 6 has a name, not just a number.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 06:54:01 GMT
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:00:58 GMT
A masked man barged into a local marijuana dispensary and robbed two people at gunpoint. It happened at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning at the Relief Medical Marijuana Facility on Southeast 122nd near Glisan.More >
An armed robber held a gun to the back of a woman's head and threatened to shoot her if he didn't get marijuana. More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyMore >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 4:23 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:23:49 GMT
A SWAT team serving a search warrant in Vancouver arrested two men on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment.Sergio Leon, 21, and Aaron-Blair Davey, 24, were taken into custody in connection with aMore >
Two men accused of holding a woman down and raping her were arrested in a raid at a Vancouver home yesterday. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:10:42 GMT
SWAT teams arrested three men accused of pointing a loaded gun at a black man at a Vancouver bar and threatening to kill him. Brent Luyster, 32, and his brother Robert Luyster, 31, were both taken intoMore >
SWAT teams arrested three men accused of pointing a loaded gun at a man at a Vancouver bar and threatening to kill him because of his race.More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes has shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air in an ongoing eruption that has drawn attention from a nearby community but isn't expected to threaten air traffic.More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an ongoing eruption that is visible for miles when the weather allows.More >