Friday, May 16, 2008


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Alisa Marie Beck, 25, was found partially clothed in an alleyway on Nov. 1, 2004. Karen Jane Campbell, 44, was found naked on a roadway on Oct. 24, 2007. Both had been raped and murdered. Authorities today identified and charged Trent Benson, 38, with first-degree murder in their deaths. DNA tied Benson to their deaths, as well as two more sexual assaults. (Courtesy Mesa Police/

Mesa police officers stand outside one of the units in an apartment complex east of Brown Road and Country Club Drive where a search warrant was being served Wednesday in connection with a serial strangling and rape case. (Ralph Freso, Tribune)

May 16, 2008 - 1:34AM
Suspect in serial slayings, rapes identified
Gary Grado, Nick R. Martin, Tribune

Sometimes he bought a hot dog from her deli, and other times she bought ice from his store. They were two business owners in the same Mesa strip mall - both single and both trying to make a living.

Secrecy in serial killings arrest draws fire

Police arrest serial strangler suspect

VIDEO: Mesa Police Chief George Gascon talks about the arrest

But on Thursday morning, delicatessen owner Hgourtlande Just found out her "nice and friendly" neighbor, 36-year-old Trent Benson, was arrested in connection with one of Mesa's biggest crimes in more than a decade.

A DNA match linked Benson to a string of rapes and slayings dating to November 2004, according to police.

"I was shaking," said Just, a native of Haiti, while gripping the counter top and lowering herself in shock. "I couldn't believe it."

The man accused in the stranglings and rapes appeared in court Thursday and will be jailed without the chance to post bail.


On Thursday, Benson's neighbors gathered in small groups at the apartment complex where he lived at 222 W. Brown Road. They shook their heads in disbelief and chatted about how their longtime neighbor was a "family guy" and "the ideal father."

"He's kind of the go-to guy for the neighborhood," said Heather Miller. "We were hoping that it was someone else."



The Merry Widow said...

We will be seeing more and more of this amoral activity.
By destroying our foundations of a moral society, we have sanctioned godless and hateful behavior.
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

Been busy, missed y'all!

CHOMP said...

Merry Widow, so good to hear from you.

We have been very busy at home. Will get over to your blog this weekend. You always have something interesting to talk about.