Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Help Solve A Murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff's investigators say they have been flooded with telephone calls and e-mails since releasing photographs of women they fear might have been raped or killed decades ago by the condemned murderer who took the photographs.

Posing as a photographer, this sick piece of work took pictures of victims and potential victims. He picked out the ones he liked... and killed them.

The photographs belonged to William Richard Bradford, who is on death row for killing two aspiring models in the early 1980s. Authorities say Bradford, now 60, posed as a freelance photographer and shot photos of women he met at bars and elsewhere.

In the penalty phase of his 1987 trial, Bradford asked jurors to sentence him to death, telling them, "Think of how many you don't even know about."

These photographs were recovered as evidence in Bradford's home in 1984 but have not been released until now. His attorney states that since these photos are twenty years old that they are"old news" and that since her client was a photographer, no one should be surprised that he took photographs of women.

Except that one of those women was found in 1978. With her head cut off.

A sheriff's official said Tuesday that the body was found a few days after the woman met Bradford at a bar. Bradford was never charged in that case.

A decapitated woman's body dumped in a canyon
twenty-eight years ago. Yeah Counselor, I guess that's old news.

"Bradford was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1984 stranglings of Shari Miller, 21, who he met in a bar, and Tracey Campbell, 15, a neighbor. Prosecutors said he lured them into accompanying him with promises to help their modeling careers."

"The photos date to the mid-1970s and could have been taken in any of several states: Bradford's past whereabouts extend to Illinois, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and elsewhere."

Again, these photographs are here. If you recognize any of these women, please contact:

(323) 890-5500


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