Potential Serial Killer in California


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Stockton police have not shared any new details about the suspect involved in these crimes.

Last Tuesday, California police shared details about a possible serial killer in the Golden State. Police have linked seven crimes to this case, five of them committed in the last six months in Stockton. Stockton is a city of 320,000 people, 50 miles from Sacramento, the capital of California. One of the victims of the other two incidents that occurred in April of last year in the city of Oakland, fortunately, survived the altercation. Unfortunately, the fatal victim was a 40-year-old Hispanic.

The surviving victim of the April attack was a Black woman who identified the perpetrator as a tall man approximately 6 ft tall wearing all-black clothing with a black mask. Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden described that six of the seven victims linked to this case had been men between the ages of 21 and 57, murdered between July 8 and September 27 of this year; four of them were Hispanic; however, the police still do not have a clear reason why this person has committed these crimes.

The police also mentioned that none of the shootings involved robbery or violence before the events occurred. They said that according to their investigations, none of the victims appeared to know each other. Also, the cases did not appear to have a gang or drug connection.


During the press conference, Stockton police shared images and asked for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest. Police said this person has appeared in several images near the crime scenes.

Currently, the reward has been raised to $125,000 for information leading to an arrest. Likewise, Chief McFadden did not rule out the theory that these crimes have been committed by more than one person, so the police have alerted the residents of the area to be aware of what is happening around them and avoid going out alone late at night to avoid other deadly events in the city.

In Stockton, fear and concern have grown among the community since the police mentioned that everyone is at risk.