Jason Thomas Scott, the Maryland area serial killer known as the “Mother-Daughter” killer, will have his dramatic case told on the latest episode of Dateline NBC. The title of Dateline Sunday’s episode is “The Unusual Suspect,” and it tells the story of a sophisticated serial killer who used his knowledge of forensics to help him commit the perfect home invasions and the murder of two nurses and their daughters. The heart-wrenching story will be told through the eyes of detectives, forensic experts, friends and family of the victims. Also, expect an appearance by some prior home invasion victims who lived to talk about it. Jason Scott, aka Jason Thomas Scott, is currently sentenced to a century in prison for his crimes against the community.
Detectives had been dealing with a rash of home burglaries since 2007 in the Maryland, Prince George’s County area. But, by 2008 those home burglaries had escalated to home invasions. People described a masked man armed with a gun, who terrorized them and threatened to kill them. In those cases, the victims lived, but, Vilma Butler wasn’t so lucky. The 46-year-old woman was found in her burning home in Bowie in June 2008. An autopsy report confirmed that Vilma Butler had been shot before the home was set on fire.
It was a gruesome crime that worried neighbors. But, something else even more chilling was about to happen. In January 2009, 911 operators received a frantic call from a young lady who whispered that she and her mother had been shot. When detectives arrived at the scene located in the 10800 block of South Hall Drive in Largo, they found the body of 45-year-old Karen Lofton in one room of the house, and the body of 16-year-old Karissa Lofton, under the covers on her bed. Both victims were deceased, according to the Washington Post.
Two months later in March 2009, a car was found burning at 11113 Webbwood Court. Inside, there were two bodies. One body was found in the trunk, and the other badly burned body was found in the back seat. They were identified as 42-year-old Delores Witt, and her daughter, 20-year-old Ebony Dewitt, of the 9700 block of Cedar Hollow Lane in Largo.
Now panic had turned to sheer terror, as parents in the area clenched their jaws and prayed that no one in their family would be next. Were these cases connected? And why was the perpetrator so brazen about getting inside the homes. The general feeling was — if we are locking our doors and the criminal is still getting in, how are we to protect ourselves?
Eventually, police would have their answer. An investigation into a weapons store that had been burglarized, connected guns and other items back to a man named Jason Thomas Scott — a 27-year-old college graduate who was also pursuing a master’s degree. Authorities say that Scott was a handsome and educated man who studied forensics by analyzing crime shows on how to hide his DNA. He also studied and targeted affluent African Americans, using a database at his job at UPS.
The crimes of Jason Thomas Scott were in the making for a long time, judging by his childhood. According to those who knew him well, Jason Scott starting acting out as early as 10 years old. That’s when it became apparent that he suffered from some sort of emotional issue. It started with him peeping at women, then it escalated to stealing, according to ABC News.
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