Not serial killers until they have a cute name

All great, and not so great, serial killers are obligated to have a snazzy and very catchy nom de plume. They must have a “handle” that represents the darkest and deadliest synopsis of their murderous ways and evil style. The name must be succinct and evoke the subterranean horror that strikes our heart at the very thought this monster is out there, possibly scoping ME out right now.

The serial killer’s username must condense their inhumanity into a poetically descriptive sensation that captures their unique psychopathy.   If it scrapes that gallows-humored surface just enough to exude a that’s-not-funny twist, better yet.

Like these 2 dudes who appear poised to become the next Los Angeles serial killing duo.

What is their name?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is offering an $80,000 reward for information leading to the capture of two killers. The suspects are wanted for three separate murders between 2014 and 2018. Detectives say the men are armed, dangerous and likely to kill again.

Most recently, there was Nicole Lopez, the latest victim.

Rozelle says Nikki was having trouble with family members and had moved temporarily into a tent just outside the field office for Supervisor Hilda Solis in East Los Angeles.

Surveillance video shows the killer being dropped off by an accomplice around the corner . They were in a silver PT Cruiser. It was April 22, 2018, at 2:40 am.

“The suspect exited right here, a silver PT cruiser, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a black ski mask,” says LASD Homicide Detective Ray Lugo.

Detective Lugo says the killer walked through a courtyard outside the East L.A. Courthouse before walking up to Nikki’s tent.

“The suspect was armed with a gun,” says Detective Lugo. “He walks up to the tent here which was right underneath this canopy in front of Hilda Solis’ office, opens the tent and fires at least one round hitting the victim in the upper torso.”

I lived in East L.A from 2008 through 2016, about 3/4 mile from the scene of this killing.

What’s even more frightening — detectives have linked the same two suspects to two other murders.

Before Lopez, there was Eddie Robles who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, basically the motto which sums up all things East LA.

On July 6, 2015 Eddie Robles was shot and killed outside an apartment building on Eagle Street in East Los Angeles.

“It was a cold-blooded killing, Eddie was just standing there,” says Detective Lugo. “The suspect jumped over and punctured the victim’s tires to his SUV. He left for approximately five minutes and returned and walked up to the victim as if nothing had occurred and shot him numerous times in front of 15 to 20 witnesses.”

The killer was seen by witnesses leaving with that same accomplice.

At the time of this killing, I did call East LA my home, about 1.25 mile away from Robles’ killing.

But before Robles, before Lopez, there was Avalos.

The first victim linked to these two killers was Jesse Avalos, a father of three. Avalos was shot and killed on Feb. 11, 2014 on East Telegraph Road just off the 5 Freeway in East Los Angeles.

Detectives say Jesse got a call that night at around 11pm — someone asking him to jump their car.

“The victim’s car was found right around this area here,” says Detective Lugo. “Three-thirty in the morning, Jesse was found shot numerous times in his vehicle while still strapped to his seatbelt and the hood of his SUV up as if he was giving somebody a jump.”

Los Angeles is a topographical host to dark malevolence and murderous shadowy deeds. The physical size of the inhabited city is vast and porous; building nooks and alley crannies compete with rivers, mountains, hills, canyons, ghettos, tent cities. The city’s physical mass reduces density and crowdedness and human clusters are diminished by hidden swaths of sinister shadows that shield misdeeds too numerous to count.

East LA shootings

Perhaps these murders are the work of a serial killing duo;  that would not be a very original team-up in this town.

It’s hard to be original in Los Angeles’s municipal rap sheet.

Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi
Angelo Buono & Kenneth Bianchi

One must surmise that the police have solid evidence which ties the 3 murders if they are offering such a reward.

The wanted poster is a little disconcerting. The photos of the victims are eerily close matches to artist renditions of the suspects accused of killing them.

Yes, we all do look alike, I suppose.  In East LA, the line between victim and perp is a thin one.

Murderers wanted...or is it victims?

While it is very important that this murderous duo is apprehended, a more pressing matter presents itself.

What do we call them?

 


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