Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's law enforcement career stretches back decades. So I asked him earlier tonight if he had ever run across a case involving a serial killer like the Kensington Strangler before.
"I don't remember the specifics, but we had them in Chicago" where his career started, he said.
"It's not all that uncommon. A lot of times it involves prostitutes ... how many people are willing to get in a stranger's car? How many are willing to walk with a stranger to a remote area?"
Police have never quite described the strangler's three victims -- Elaine Goldberg, Nicole Piacentini and Casey Mahoney -- as prostitutes. All three had dealt with drug problems, and were found partially nude and strangled in desolate Kensington lots known to attract prostitutes and drug addicts.