By Burl Barer
He appeared So common . . .
By day, Robert Lee Yates, Jr., used to be a revered father of 5, a talented helicopter pilot who served in wasteland hurricane and the nationwide defend, and a guy nobody suspected of a perilous hidden existence. through evening he prowled the streets the place prostitutes collected, gaining their belief ahead of betraying them with a bullet to the head.
On August 26, 1997, the decomposed our bodies of 2 younger women have been found in Spokane, Washington. inside months 4 extra ladies have been further to the mounting demise toll.
In 2000, Yates pleaded in charge to 13 murders to prevent the demise penalty. yet in 2001 he used to be convicted of 2 extra murders and is now on loss of life row in Washington kingdom, looking ahead to the day whilst he'll die by way of deadly injection.
Updated with the newest hectic advancements, awardwinning writer Burl Barer's reallife mystery is a stunning portrait of 1 man's depravity.
"Brilliant investigative journalism. . .a nonstop chilling thrill trip into the...
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We were in a pinch for instructors, and Bob filled the position nicely,” said Rick Ponder, his boss. “My husband’s military colleagues always seemed surprised that he had a wife,” recalled Linda Yates. ” Perhaps Robert Yates Jr. came to believe that he also had a license to kill. With less than eighteen months left to finish a twenty-year career in the army, Chief Warrant Officer Robert Lee Yates Jr. abruptly requested voluntary separation from the army. This was undertaken with the same inexplicable suddenness as his resignation from Washington State Penitentiary.
The body was surrounded by the brush, which had been crushed by the weight of the body, and the surrounding brush restricted the view of the body to a distance of about fifteen feet and offered some degree of concealment. ” The victim’s clothing included a long-sleeved blouse or dress, unzipped and pulled up to the shoulder area, and a black brassiere. The bra had been pulled up over the victim’s head, and the body was unclothed from the chest area on down. “The area east of the body appeared as if it were a trail from the roadway to the field,” Grabenstein said.
During that one-year period, Robert Lee Yates Jr. killed Spokane women whose lost lives, one at a time, would not elicit outrage. “He learned as he went along,” commented Sergeant Walker. ” Yates’s next self-acknowledged kill was the 1988 murder of Stacy Hawn, twenty-five, last seen alive in Seattle on July 7, 1988. Her skeletal remains were found five months later in Skagit County, Washington. , a former Spokane prostitute now living a respectable life in Renton, Washington. “He learned plenty just sitting with us in the Coach House coffee shop.
Body Count by Burl Barer