Milwaukee Cops Arrest Suspected Serial Killer

Man linked to murders of 9 women from 1986-2007
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2009 7:20 PM CDT
Milwaukee police say Walter Ellis, 49, is their suspect in nine killings of women between 1986-2007.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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(Newser) – Authorities in Milwaukee said tonight they have arrested a man they suspect in the murders of at least nine women during the past 21 years, the Journal Sentinel reports. Walter E. Ellis, 49, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and his DNA was found on nine women killed from 1986-2007.

Eight of the women—all African-Americans and prostitutes—were strangled; police think someone else might have actually killed the ninth, a white 16-year-old whose throat was cut. “We intend to bring justice to these victims and their families,” said the county district attorney, promising more charges to come against Ellis.