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Mothers of serial killer victims seek answers

"Something will add up in somebody's head, and they'll come forward, and this will be solved," says Lynn Marino, the mother of victim Pam Kinamore.  


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(CNN) -- Police say DNA evidence links the same man to the slayings of three women that have stunned Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This month Pam Kinamore, 44, was abducted from her home, her throat slit and her body left under a bridge. Her killing followed the cases of Charlotte "Murray" Pace, 22, who was stabbed death in her townhouse in May, and Gina Green, 41, who was found strangled in her house in September.

Lynn Marino and Ann Pace, the mothers of two of these slain women, discussed their search for answers with CNN's Connie Chung on Wednesday night.

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Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are searching for a suspected serial killer after DNA tests linked one man to the slayings of three women. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports. (August 1)

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CHUNG: Joining me now are two women who are also very much victims. They lost their daughters to this killer. Charlotte "Murray" Pace's mother, Ann, joins us from Jackson, Mississippi, and Pam Kinamore's mother is Lynn Marino, and she's in Baton Rouge. Thank you so much for being with us.

Lynn, let's start with you. I'd love for you to tell me about Pam. I know she was 44 years old, married, and she was blessed with an adopted son. Tell me about her.

MARINO: Well, Pam was very vivacious. Pam loved life. Pam loved people. I often say Pam's been a businesswoman since she was 10. Pam loved to do everything. She was very talented.

If you met Pam once for five minutes, you never forgot her. She was just that kind of individual. She had outer beauty, but she had an inward beauty that was reflected in everything she did and every interaction she had with people. And it's just been a terrible loss for us. And that's why we've gotten on this campaign to try to find the person who is responsible for this.

CHUNG: Yes, indeed you have, You and the other mothers. Let's go to Ann Pace now. Ann, tell me about your daughter. I know that she was very smart; she was only 22.

PACE: Yes, she was indeed. She always made me laugh, and she could laugh at herself. And she was very smart. She was only 22 and had managed to finish a four-year undergraduate degree and a two-year graduate degree.

She loved chocolate and Chick-fil-A. She had a pair of fuzzy, leopard-print boots. She loved to have a good time. She could run six miles. She was so young and so promising. And I think her greatest gift was that she made wonderful and cherished friends and was a wonderful and cherished friend herself. And like Gina and Pam, she's so loved by all of us ...

CHUNG: [Gina Green is] the other woman.

PACE: ... and missed every day. Yes.

CHUNG: You miss her every day? I'm sorry, I interrupted you.

PACE: Oh, no, that's all right. Of course. She's -- all three of these women -- I know Murray, she was my youngest child, my baby girl. And they've left terrible empty spaces in three families.

CHUNG: Yes. I know you called her Murray, and everybody else did. You have really taken a lead, you and the other mothers. You're trying to find common links between these three murdered women. Such as what? What are you looking for?

PACE: Well, all of us have looked for any activity or hairdresser, gymnasium, restaurant, anything in common, interests. We've tried to explore all of those things. ...

CHUNG: Have you come up with anything?

PACE: No. We have not been successful so far. And I don't know how the others feel. What I fear is that the parameters that this individual uses to select victims are a product of an irrational mind, and I don't know if they're accessible to us because they're trying to ...

CHUNG: Let's go to Lynn Marino and find out what she thinks as well. Lynn, I know that you've been trying to help out -- one of your other daughters spoke actually to Ann Pace. Have you found any links? And what are your thoughts about this serial killer?

MARINO: No. We thought about church, and that's why we're trying to get together with the other families so that we could have a little session where we could exchange ideas. So far, the only link I know is she rode her bike once or twice by the lake with her son. The other victims were around the lake. But, I mean, you know, that's a shot in the dark.

CHUNG: Now, this person, this killer, apparently was able to go to the homes of every woman. And there was no forced entry. Does it sound like your daughter would have let a stranger into her home?

MARINO: No, Connie. The more I think about it, I think this is a person that these women have seen that's charming, friendly, they feel comfortable with. Now, this is just my theory.

And I think he must use some ploy: He's broken down, he's hurt himself, whatever, and wins their confidence.

I mean, one of these girls they said had taken self-defense, was strong. One girl fought him. And you know, why -- they all had burglar alarms. Why does this guy fool these women like this? I mean, you know, we don't know. We're all speculating.

That's one of the reasons we've launched this campaign to arouse public awareness of what was going on. I really think if Pam had known the danger in Baton Rouge she would have been a lot more careful than she was.

Ann Pace, are the police coordinating with you mothers?

PACE: I do not hear from the police.

CHUNG: Really? They've been very tight-lipped, haven't they?

PACE: They have been very cautious. I understand that it's an ongoing investigation, but it's frustrating not to know more. And I -- in fact I learned of the connection with Pam Kinamore with Gina and Murray through Melissa Moore, who's a reporter for The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge. And I was not called by the police about that at all.

CHUNG: That must be so difficult for you because you're so proactive as well.

Do you think the fact that police have linked these three killings will help actually solve the murders?

PACE: I think that it must be the case, because I think each time information accumulates, evidence accumulates, and eventually, I pray, perhaps through broadcasts such as this, that something will click with someone. Something will add up in somebody's head, and they'll come forward, and this will be solved.



 
 
 
 







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