11:33 AM on 1st November 2011
A jury yesterday found a construction worker
guilty of murdering nine people in the so-called Baseline Killer case that
terrorised Phoenix during the summer of 2006.
Mark Goudeau was accused of attacking his
victims, eight of them women, as they carried out every day activities like
leaving work or washing their cars in Phoenix, Arizona.
Prosecutors had called the 47-year-old a
‘ravenous wolf’ driven by a hunger to rape women and kill those who didn’t
cooperate with his demands.
Goudeau faced 72 counts, including the nine
murders and various counts of kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery. He was
found guilty of all but four counts, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on
Alvin Hogue, 53, whose wife was killed with
another woman as they cooked food inside a lunch truck in the city, said:
‘Hopefully there’s going to be some closure in my mind now.’
His wife left behind her husband and six
children, including their 4-month-old twin boys. He added: ‘They’ll never know
their mother. I’ve been waiting a long time for this… it’s pretty clear he’s
the one who did it.’
Goudeau kept his head bowed as the verdicts
were read out and shook it from side to side periodically.
The verdicts in the four-month trial mean he
is now eligible for the death penalty. Sentencing will begin
39, was found in Goudeau’s apartment. Ms Washington was shot dead and found in
an alleyway in December 2005
He was already serving a 438-year prison
sentence in a sexual assault case connected to the Baseline Killer crimes for
raping a woman while pointing a gun at her sister’s stomach, but prosecutors
pursued the nine murder charges in a separate trial to get him the death
The killings started in August 2005 and ended
with the murder of Carmen Miranda, in what police described as a ‘blitz attack’
on June 29, 2006.
The mother-of-two was hoovering her car and
talking on her mobile phone at a car wash when she was kidnapped and shot in the
She was killed outside her Tempe apartment on September 8, 2005
Her body was shoved in the back seat of the
car, partially naked.
The other eight victims were also attacked at
random. For example, Tina Washington, a 39-year-old pre-school teacher, had been
waiting at a bus stop after a Christmas party when she was killed on December
All the victims were shot in the
Prosecutors told jurors that DNA, ballistics
and other evidence tied Goudeau to the crimes. Inside his home police found
traces of victims’ blood and a ring belonging to Ms Washington.
Randall Craig, defending, questioned the
integrity of the investigation.
During the trial he said: ‘The Phoenix Police
Department suffered from a severe case of tunnel vision.
‘The key result of all this was they
apprehended the wrong guy.’
Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery said
in a statement that ‘a terrible scourge on our community has now been held
accountable for his crimes’.
“It is now the charge of the criminal justice
system to see that the sentences for death are carried out as expeditiously as
possible,” he said.
In 2007, Goudeau was sentenced to 438 years in
prison for the 2005 attack. When the judge in that trial handed down Goudeau’s
sentence, he said he must have two ‘diametrically opposed’ personalities — one
calm and respectful in court, and the other sociopathic and brutal.
after Baseline Road, where most of the earliest attacks took place
found on it matched George Chou, 23, his only male victim
was abducted from this self-serve carwash on 29th Street and Thomas Road,
Goudeau had also been imprisoned for 13 years
after being convicted of beating a woman’s head against a barbell. The Arizona
Board of Executive Clemency paroled him eight years early in 2004.
He has previously acknowledged being a
recovering drug addict and once blamed his history of violence on a weakness for
Police named the series of killings and other
crimes after Baseline Road in south Phoenix where many of the earliest attacks
happened. Goudeau lived only a few miles from many of the attack
He was the last of three suspects to go on
trial for a rash of killings and attacks that terrorised the Phoenix area for
more than a year.
jail and attended every court hearing during his trial for the nine
Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman were arrested
in the so-called Serial Shooter case in August 2006. Hausner was convicted in
March 2009 of killing six people and attacking 19 others in dozens of random
nighttime shootings and was given six death sentences. Dieteman testified
against Hausner and was sentenced to life in prison.
The two serial killer cases had Phoenix-area
residents on edge at the height of both sprees in the summer of 2006. Women felt
particularly vulnerable because the Baseline Killer targeted them, while the
Serial Shooter case made everyone nervous because the attacks happened at random
and targeted pedestrians and bicyclists at night.
Some even changed their daily routines,
avoiding being out late or keeping away from busy streets to avoid notice.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
4192 7634513 45
his path of destiny = 45 = Hardcore. Scary. Violence. Sex addict. Deep dark secrets. Things went horribly wrong.
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