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TV Crime Program Credited In Arrest Of Homicide Fugitive

March 24, 1988

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A man arrested in the poisoning death of a California beauty queen on a tip resulting from a TV show waived extradition today, saying he wanted to ″get it done with.″

During a three-minute hearing before 5th Circuit Judge Paul G. Grant, Paul Steven Mack, 39, said he wouldn’t oppose efforts to return him to Sacramento, Calif., to face charges in the 1987 slaying.

″I am fully knowledgeable of the extradition proceedings and I wish to waive it and get it done with,″ a handcuffed Mack told Grant.

Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney Bud Ellett said he expected Mack, accompanied by Sacramento County sheriff’s officers, to be flown out of Salt Lake City later in the day.

Mack, who had been working as a restaurant chef for the past eight months under the name Sean Paul Lanier, was arrested Tuesday near his home, said police Sgt. Bill Brusik.

He was wanted in the slaying of Karen Grace Winslett, 21, of Carmichael, Calif., who disappeared in February 1987, shortly after winning the title of Miss English Leather in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mack was arrested by police acting on a tip from a Marion, Ohio, woman who watched Fox Broadcasting Co.’s ″America’s Most Wanted″ program Sunday night and recognized Mack as having once worked at a country club where she worked.

The woman also remembered receiving a call from a man in Salt Lake City who wanted information about a man named Lanier, said Sharon Telles, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

She ″put two and two together and called authorities,″ Telles said.

Ohio authorities contacted Sacramento County officials, who alerted Salt Lake City police. A check revealed that a Sean Paul Lanier had been involved in an October 1987 traffic accident and had produced an Ohio driver’s license.

Sacramento police contend Mack lured Winslett to his apartment to be photographed for a possible calendar spread, then killed her with an overdose of the painkiller Percodan, Telles said.

Winslett’s body was found in her car in the parking lot of a North Sacramento motel 12 days after she disappeared. Detectives said Mack was linked to the crime by physical and other evidence that they would not detail.

Mack also is sought for questioning by Ohio authorities in the 1981 slaying of a young woman who had worked as a secretary for him at the Marion Country Club.

Salt Lake City Police Detective Don Bell said records showed Mack has used six or more aliases and has been married seven or eight times, including a marriage last month to a Utah woman.

Telles said police view him as a con artist who dabbled in ″all kinds of fraud schemes.″ A convicted forger and burglar, Mack served two prison terms and was paroled in 1985.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detective Bob Bell said the ″America’s Most Wanted″ show generated 170 calls, most of them involving ″look-alike″ tips about men who resembled Mack.

The arrest was the fourth stemming from the ″Most Wanted″ show, according to Fox.

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