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Milwaukee Serial Killer Linked to Eight Deaths

Authorities found Ellis on Saturday at a motel in Franklin

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    DNA from a toothbrush may link a man to the deaths of at least eight women in Milwaukee. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009)

    He was a lady killer ... in the worst way possible.

    Milwaukee police arrested a 49-year-old man suspected in the killings of at least eight women over 21 years, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    Walter E. Ellis of Milwaukee has been charged in connection with two of the homicides.

    Joyce Mims, 41, and Ouithreaun Stokes, 28, were stabbed and strangled a decade apart.

    Authorities found Ellis on Saturday at a motel in Franklin, one day after they linked DNA from his toothbrush with samples found on the deceased women's bodies.

    The Milwaukee County D.A. says Ellis could be charged this week with some of the other killings.

    According to police, Ellis' DNA was found on at least nine women killed between 1986 and 2007. Police say one of those victims -- a white 16-year-old runaway whose throat was slashed -- may have been killed by someone else, says the Sentinel

    The other victims, all prostitutes and African-American, were strangled or stabbed.

    Police charged other men with Ellis' alleged crimes over the years. One of the men, Chaunte Ott, was convicted of killing Jessica Payne, the 16-year-old runaway. Ott served 13 years in prison before DNA analysis revealed that the semen on Payne's body was not his.

    Read the full story at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.