Posted on | December 5, 2012 | 21 Comments
Lucius Crawford is 60 years old. A summary of his criminal career:
In 1976, he was released after serving three years in prison for stabbing a woman in Charleston, S.C.
In 1977, Crawford was sentenced to 24 years in prison for stabbing five women, ages 14 to 28, over a five-day period in Charleston.
In 1991, just months after his release, Crawford was sentenced to 184 days in jail after being convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
In 2008, Crawford was released on parole after serving 13 years in prison for attempted murder for stabbing his 31-year-old co-worker 13 times.
In case you lost count, during a 35-year period, Crawford served more than 30 years in prison for violent crime. Any person with ordinary common sense would look at that record and say, “Gosh, this Lucius Crawford guy sure likes to stab women, doesn’t he?”
So when cold-case detectives were trying to solve a 1993 murder — a woman stabbed to death during one of those brief episodes when Crawford wasn’t in prison for stabbing women — the logic led them to a rather obvious suspect:
Detectives hoping to finally arrest a suspect in a 19-year-old killing in New York City didn’t find him when they went to his apartment this week. But they made another shocking discovery: the body of a woman who had been stabbed nine times in the chest.
Once he was located, Lucius Crawford further surprised investigators by confessing to killing the 42-year-old woman found in his Mount Vernon, N.Y., home, along with two other victims in 1993, police said Wednesday. The carnage fit a horrific pattern of violence against women that began in South Carolina in the 1970s.
The ex-con told police that he “has anger issues and he did in fact murder this young lady and that he has done this in the past,” Mount Vernon police Commissioner Carl Bell said at news conference. “He focuses his attacks on young women. He befriends them and at some point he ends up either attacking them or killing them.”
Lucius Crawford “has anger issues.” And, usually, a knife.