Derrick Todd Lee, the Baton Rouge serial killer known as the “Ghost of Baton Rouge,” has inspired another television crime documentary based on his case. The latest documentary airing the story is the Oxygen show It Takes A Killer. The name of the episode is appropriately titled, “The Ghost Of Baton Rouge.” Louisiana law enforcement will help provide the narrative. Derrick Todd Lee was sentenced to death for the murder of his victims. He died in prison in 2016 from heart disease.
In this episode of It Takes A Killer, Baton Rouge investigators have a slew of female bodies on their hands. The victims have all been bound, sexually assaulted, and tortured. Police exact a profile of the killer, indicating that the serial killer is white. But when a new test is performed on the DNA and a survivor of the serial killer comes forward, police are shocked to discover that the serial killer is a black man.
Derrick Todd Lee, a ladies man with a knack for dressing well, terrorized Baton Rouge from the 1990s to the 2000s with a series of murders that plagued the city, according to NOLA.
It took a while before police were able to see that the murders were not the work of several individuals but of one individual. His female victims were all sexually assaulted during the attacks, and many times he used a telephone cord to strangle the women. When he wasn’t placing the chords around their necks, he was stealing the telephones.
Eye witnesses told police that they had seen a white man in a white vehicle, which was in line with the idea that the serial killer was most likely a white man. Detectives couldn’t have been more wrong. A new test on the DNA led to shocking results–the killer was African American.
Investigators asked for the public’s help with information about the killer. A woman named Diane Alexander had plenty. She had been attacked in her mobile home after an African American man knocked on her front door, asking to use the phone. Instead of leaving the residence after he was unable to find the person he was looking for, he began questioning Diane Alexander about her husband. When she finally blurted out that her husband was not home, Derrick Todd Lee snatched the phone cord out of the wall and began strangling her with it. Alexander’s son came home and interrupted the attack.
Derrick Todd’s DNA was connected to evidence left behind in Diane Alexander’s attack and to the other victims. The Baton Rouge serial killer murdered seven innocent people, and detectives believe that there are even more victims.
A List Of Derrick Todd Lee’s Victims, according to Susan Mustafa.
- Randi Mebruer, 28
- Gina Wilson Green, 41
- Charlotte Murray Pace, 21
- “Geralyn Barr DeSoto, 21, was stabbed to death and almost beheaded in her home off of Highway 1 in Addis, Louisiana, just across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, on January 14, 2002. She was discovered by her husband, Darren, when he returned home from work that day.”
- “Pamela Kinamore, 44, disappeared from her home in Briarwood Estates in Baton Rouge on July 12, 2002. Her body was discovered four days later under the Whiskey Bay Bridge, which stretches over the Atchafalaya Swamp just west of Baton Rouge.”
- “Trinesha Dene Colomb, 23, disappeared from beside her mother’s grave in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, on November 21, 2002. She was discovered November 24 in a wooded area off of Renaud Drive in Scott, Louisiana, by a hunter. She had been raped and beaten to death.”
- “Carrie Lynn Yoder, 26, had just returned from a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras when she disappeared from her home on Dodson Avenue in Baton Rouge on March 3, 2003. Her body was found floating under the Whiskey Bay Bridge on March 13.”
To see how the case of Derrick Todd Lee, the “Ghost of Baton Rouge,” ended, be sure to watch It Takes A Killer this Sunday, August 28, at 9:30 p.m., on Oxygen. A few weeks back, It Takes A Killer profiled the story of Chandra Levy.
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