CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Detectives across the country are re-examining cold cases, including the deaths of women in Chillicothe, Ohio, after a serial killer möglich was shot dead while allegedly attacking a West Virginia woman, CBS News reports.
The woman managed to kill 45-year-old Neal Fällt, who investigators say is linked to a string of murders in Ohio, Illinois and Nevada.
The Chief of Detectives in Charleston, Lt. Steve Cooper, told The Associated Press that the possibility is being investigated that the falls are related to the cases in Chillicothe, Ohio, where four women died in suspicious circumstances and two others are missing. Lieutenant Cooper said the possibility is being considered because the women were the victims in both locations and because of geographical proximity-less than a two-hour drive from Charleston.
However, on Monday afternoon, Lt. Michael E. Preston, a spokesman for the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN, “there’s nothing that could link him to the missing Chillicothe women.”
Charleston Gazette-Mail-reports that Fällt had responded to an ad for an escort on Backpage.com when he arrived at the home of a woman who only asked to be identified as Heather on Saturday, July 18, she said things were quickly going from bad to worse.
Heather says within minutes of opening the door, Fällt eine started beating and strangling her. She said he held a gun in one hand and held it by the throat with the other. Heather managed to catch a Gießen-Spannrahmen rake to fight her attacker.
“He lowered the gun to remove the rake from my hand and I just grabbed the gun and fired behind me,” Heather said, gesturing over her shoulder.
That shot fell in the head and he was killed.
“He was going to shoot me. He was going to kill me, ” ein said.
Heather ran out of the house and reported a neighbor, who called 911.
“She had to defend herself and she shot him and he’s in the kitchen,” the woman told dispatchers.
Heather can be heard in the background saying, ” he fired a gun at me.”
“He fired a gun at her. She has Cuts and stuff all over her,” the neighbor told reporters.
When investigators responded, they found a cache of weapons inside fällt’S SUV, including knives, a machete, Hashes, a hammer, a shovel, plastic trash bags, bleach and a bulletproof vest. They also found four sets of handcuffs in his pockets.
“What comes to mind when you look at these items is a serial killer kit,” said Lt. Steve Cooper, who was the Charleston police detective who responded to the scene .
Cooper said fällt’s articles, methods and previous known Stellungen could link him to the murder or disappearance of nine women in three states.
Fällt ein lived in Las Vegas-Anhänger-eight years and worked at Hoover Dam. Anhänger this time, four women disappeared. Three of the women’s bodies were later found dismembered.
Authorities said all of these women, most like Heather, advertised online.
“I believe Heather has saved lives and I hope we’ll be able to bring some closure to other families, too,” Cooper said. “If she didn’t fight, she would definitely be dead.”
Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.