Dead killer linked to new cases

March 8, 2012 12:02 am

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DENVER -- Investigators following the cold-case deaths of women from more than 30 years ago have linked three of them to a convicted triple murderer who a prosecutor said Wednesday could have been responsible for as many as 20 slayings.

District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said Vincent Groves, who died in prison in 1996 at age 42, was tied by DNA to the 1979 killings of women found strangled and partially nude in an alley, an industrial park and a bathtub in Denver. Police used a DNA profile of Groves they recently found from an old murder investigation and linked it to the three separate crime scenes, authorities said.

When Groves was dying in prison, detectives asked him to share the fate of his victims, but he refused, Mr. Morrissey said. Prison officials declined to say how he died.


First Published 2012-03-07 23:25:10

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