The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 5, 1986 · Page 24
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 24

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 5, 1986
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Prostitutes work despite fear of killer The Salina Journal Sunday, January 5,1986 Page 24 EDITOR'S NOTE - On Friday, two victims were added to the list of dead attributed to the Green River killer, the nation's most prolific serial slayer still at large. This report looks at how the 34 killings — most of them prostitutes — have affected the women who still walk the streets of the Pacific Northwest. SEATTLE CAP) — Down at vice, they have a big board with the pictures of the missing and the dead. Wendy, Debra, Opal, Shawnda. ... Denise, Shirley, Kase, Kelly.... This could be you, the detectives tell the prostitutes they haul in off the streets. You could be the next victim of the Green River killer. Jennifer Wilson, Tonya Washington and Tracy Martin have heard the rap, and they are scared. But for the street prostitute, fear goes with the territory, particularly when that territory is stalking ground for the Green River killer. " A lot of them think this could only happen to someone else, it will never happen to them," Seattle police Vice Sgt. Gene Doman said. "Some of them we've had in this office and given them the little talk about how this could happen to you. And now they're on the missing list. So it probably did happen to them." In 1982, they pulled the first five bodies from the Green River in southern King County. Last Friday, the skeletal remains of two women found in a ravine near a cemetery were linked to the killer. Both died of "homicidal violence of "Just another dead prostitute, that's what they say. Just let (the next victim) be a citizen with a square job. — Jennifer Wilson undetermined origin" at least two years ago, police said. In all, authorities have now blamed the killer for the deaths of 34 women and the disappearances of 11 others. All the victims have been dumped in the Puget Sound area, except two found outside Portland, Ore. Most had lived on the streets as runaways, transients or hookers. "Just another dead prostitute, that's what they say," said Wilson, taking a deep drag on her cigarette and settling into a chair in a tiny conference room at the King County Jail. She has been a hooker for 11 of her 25 years, a tall blonde with high cheekbones and green eyes so pale they seem almost transparent. "Just let (the next victim) be a citizen with a square job. Everybody would be out trying to find him. Now they just say, one more off the streets, "she said. The frustrating search for the killer has forged an alliance between the more than 40 detectives of the Green River Task Force and the women most likely to be his next victims. Every night, officers talk to the prostitutes, gathering any tips they can. Martin, an area resident who didn't want her real name used, explained: "If a girl is out working and is scared, they will come out, send an officer in a car, and every trick that girl takes, the officer .will be right behind." The vulnerability of the street prostitute makes her an easy target, and every woman seems to have met a self-professed Green River killer, "I tried to get him to stop the car, but he just laughed," said Washington, a slender 23-year-old with glasses and blue-glitter polish on her fingernails. "He said, 'I don't like whores. I've never liked whores. My mother was a whore, and I'm out to kill all whores.' He said, 'Didn't you know I'm the Green River killer?' " She holds up an arm to display the scars left from skidding along the highway after her leap from the moving car. Martin nodded, remembering her own experience. "I got into his pickup truck, and he put a gun to my face and said if I didn't do this, that and the other, I'd end up in the river like the rest of the girls," said the 24-year-old mother of two. "He started driving to where the Women's trends skip generation SEATTLE (AP) — Women today generally are more like their grandmothers than their mothers, largely because they are more independent, a study by the Battelle Human Affairs Research Center has concluded. Steven McLaughlin, leader of Battelle's comprehensive study, "The Changing Life Course of American Women," said women today are much more independent than their mothers, becoming more educated, marrying later and divorcing earlier. They're also spending fewer years in marriage, having fewer children and spending more years in the labor market. Such trends also occurred two generations ago, McLaughlin said. Reports of women's progress seem dramatic because women's status is Bhagwan's luxury wheels going fast CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) - A planned auction of 85 Rolls-Royces formerly owned by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh has been canceled because the cars are selling fast without it, says the seller. "The demand was just too great to hold people off," said Robert L. Roethlisberger, owner of European Auto Group in Carrollton, Texas. He said 22 have sold in the past week without advertising. "I have no willpower when it comes to cash," Roethlisberger said with a laugh, adding that he has had prospective buyers call from "almost every continent. "I couldn't see spending another half-million (dollars) on the auction, "he said. "They went to some dealers, business people and a lot of doctors, mostly right here," he said. "One (car) went to San Diego and one to New York." Roethlisberger bought the cars for an undisclosed price last month from members of the Rajneesh commune in Oregon who remained behind when their leader returned to India. Rajneesh was ordered out of the United States Nov. 14 after he pleaded guilty to two immigration charges and paid $400,000 in court costs and fines. His commune since has been closed. usually compared with the previous generation instead of put in a longer historical perspective, he said Thursday. McLaughlin considers the last generation to be "aberrant" because their members lost educational ground, married earlier, had more children and remained dependent on their families longer than their mothers. The Battelle research team, which includes demographers, sociologists, economists and a social psychologist, is working on a $500,000 research project commissioned by Cosmopolitan magazine to find out how women's attitudes, values, beliefs and expectations are changing. The study is to be completed later this year. McLaughlin said the information is intended primarily for Cos- mopolitan's advertisers, as a guide to how changing lifestyles and attitudes affect products women buy, and how those products should be advertised. For example, he said a significant number of women marrying later and divorcing earlier means that women are running independent households longer "and making all the decisions about buying things for those households, from carpets to la wnmowers and automobiles.'' McLaughlin believes the shock of the Depression and World War II made women of the previous generation depart from the path taken by their mothers. "When they were children, they suffered from the deprivations of the Depression," he said. "Then, upon reaching adulthood, they experienced the economic and social upheaval of World War II." I WINTER 30%-50% Fall & Winter Fashions KIDS ET CETERA 150 S. 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They've just got different names," Wilson said. "There are a lot of guys out there doing the same thing he's doing. It's not just him you've got to be scared of." Officials say they suspect that as many as four distinct serial killers operating in Washington over the last three years may be responsible for 50 deaths, many of them young female transients and prostitutes, in addition to Green River's 34. "The fact that people can get away with it fuels other people," said Cookie Hunt of the Women's Coalition to Stop the Green River Murders. "As more and more women are being killed, and it becomes known that they can't ca^ch someone who randomly kills a prostitute or a runaway or a girl hitchhiking, the more it's going to happen." Police say prostitution has dropped dramatically in some notorious areas, such as the strip of fast-food joints, massage parlors and cheap hotels near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport where many of the victims last were seen. 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