Cops Liken Doctor to Serial Killer

He's charged with 4 murders in apparent revenge killings
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 12:32 PM CDT
Cops Liken Doctor to Serial Killer
Anthony Joseph Garcia is pictured in this photo released by Omaha police.   (AP Photo/Omaha Police Department)

Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia got fired as a pathology resident from Omaha's Creighton University a dozen years ago for erratic behavior. Since then, four people linked to his firing have been murdered, and now the 40-year-old is under arrest and charged with four homicides, reports Reuters. "At this time, and every member of the task force feels this, but he does fit the elements of a serial killer," says Omaha's police chief. The four deaths:

  • Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, both 65, were killed in their Omaha home in May, reports CNN. He was shot, and she was stabbed. Brumback, newly retired, had been a pathology professor at the medical school.

  • In 2008, 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family's housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, were stabbed to death by an intruder in Omaha. (In Warren Buffett's neighborhood.) Police don't think they were the intended targets. The boy's father, William Hunter, is a pathology professor at the school. He and Brumback were involved in Garcia's firing.
Police picked up Garcia without incident at a traffic stop in southern Illinois yesterday. He appeared to be drunk and had a .45-caliber gun. He also didn't appear to be working as a doctor anywhere: He had since the firing held licenses in Indiana, Illinois, and California, but a temporary license for Indiana—his current home state—expired earlier this year, reports AP. (Read more Creighton University stories.)

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