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Prostitute Probably Not Southside Slayer’s 18th Victim, Police Say

November 5, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A prostitute whose nude body was found in a Watts alley probably isn’t the 18th victim of the ″Southside Slayer,″ police say.

Trina Beatrice Chaney’s death Monday doesn’t fit the criteria that have linked 17 stabbing or strangulation deaths since 1983, Detective Rudy Lemos said Tuesday.

He refused to elaborate on the differences between Ms. Chaney’s death and the previous killings, mostly involving black prostitutes. The bodies all have been found in South Central Los Angeles.

Authorities were awaiting the results of an autopsy today before officially dropping Ms. Chaney from the case, Lemos said.

Until police decide whether Ms. Chaney indeed was a victim of the Southside Slayer, the killing will be investigated jointly by area detectives and by the city-county team looking into the serial murders, police Cmdr. William Booth said.

Besides the 17 victims connected to the Southside Slayer, three other killings have neither been linked to the serial killer nor ruled out.

Police Lt. John Zorn, who heads the city-county team, has said from the beginning that more than one killer may be involved. The original killer may have moved on and others now may be copying his method, Zorn has said.

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