I have never been able to decide which side of the fence my beliefs firmly rest in this case although if I was forced to pick a side, I would have to believe there was a serial killer on the loose. Granted this case does not fit the typical pattern where the MO of the offender is identical in every case however, the cooling off period and the geographic location in each instance makes the possibility of a serial offender too difficult to ignore.
Five young couples cut down before they could even experience the prime of their lives by an individual who seemed to kill for his own twisted purposes and to see how he could increase the excitement he felt with each attack. What ever was going on in such an obviously psychotic mind seemed to enjoy the experimentation of each instance. Unfortunately we may never gain an insight into this deranged mind, serial killer or not.
The Dowski-Thomas may fit all the hallmarks of a Hate Crime, Just like the Call-Hailey case may seem like the work of a stalker or a jealous partner. Perhaps all of these cases were tragically a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the one thing that discredits this possibility to me is how could couples have been controlled by a single individual. Like the commonly considered factor that it would have been simple for an authority figure or someone impersonating one.
A Police Officer, Park Ranger or a failed attempt at one. Someone who tried to gain acceptance within their ranks but at some stage either became intoxicated with the status of said position or someone who tried to be one but failed and set out on a path of revenge. An individual who decided that he would show law enforcement what he was capable of doing when they told him he was not cut from the cloth they sought.
The way the driver’s side window at least partially rolled down as if they were preparing to greet such a public figure in a routine procedure of checking their identification and simply scoping out the behaviour of those individuals present in any given area. This commonality in each case proved to be the genesis for my belief that this series was the work a serial killer. However given the somewhat failed attempt to cover their tracks in the Dowski-Thomas case, a new consideration came into my mind.
Although now I reside in the United States, I spent most of my life in Australia. In Australia, the name Ivan Milat is synonymous with cold blooded murder. A man who abducted tourists and brutally murdered them in the Belanglo State Forest of New South Wales. The similarities to me are somewhat striking. A calculating individual who lured unsuspecting, good willed people to their deaths by preying on their forgiving nature.
He would lure them into a false sense of security for brutally murdering them, much like the suspect I believe in this case would have done. Yet to this day some of those involved with this case believe that Ivan Milat did not act alone in the cases that he his attributed to. The Milat family had a long history of clashes with law enforcement and made ideal candidates to be considered co-conspirators in a case of serial murder. Perhaps Ivan involved his brothers, Perhaps he did not. Still the crimes seemed like it would be farfetched for a single individual to have carried out.
Controlling another individual while you are caught up in the murder of another. I find it hard to believe that I would not try to escape and get help while a deranged killer took the life of my friend. Yes, I have never been in that situation so I cannot testify to how I would react but it simply seems like an instinctual behaviour to try and preserve ones self.
This is what I cannot help wonder about The Colonial Parkway Predator, did he act alone? For someone Law Enforcement agencies cannot agree upon as a single perpetrator, it can surely not be too much of a stretch to consider that a third party took part in these heinous acts. After all, the suspect would have needed to control two people who are terrified and doing whatever they must to survive.
In the Call-Hailey case, it would most likely suggest that the perpetrator did not immediately make his evil intentions clear as the next morning came and Keith’s father did not notice anything suspicious about the vehicle. If the suspect had of immediately proceeded to engage in murderous intentions then there would have been some form of indication present at this time. This is where I feel the suspect failed in covering his tracks in a manner of speaking. The evidence present in vehicle or lack there of gives us the same MO as the other cases in that the offender or offenders managed to remove the suspects from the vehicle before any sense of alarm was raised.
Like Milat, One can only believe that the suspect gained some initial form of trust with their victims and it was not until they were completely vulnerable would he strike. Like any predator, they would wait until the victims were completely unsuspecting of any misgivings before their intentions became apparent. Perhaps he engaged them in dialogue of some kind along the lines of “how was your night?” and “Where are you headed?”. Then when he had them drop their guard, it was time to engage in his horrific plans.
By the time the victims realised what was happening it would have been too late, the suspect would have been in complete control of the scene. After then all we can do is speculate up until the victims were found after the fact. But that raises even greater questions, who was the The Colonial Parkway Killer and more importantly, where is he now?. Like I have already mentioned, I would not even consider it a stretch of the present facts to consider it a question of – who were they and where are they now?…