Suspect in Phoenix cold case killings is fan of deviant artPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – 3TV has learned that the Valley man arrested more than 20 years after he allegedly murdered two young women spent time online looking at and "liking" pictures depicting graphic violence against women.
Bryan Patrick Miller was interested in what can only be considered a grisly, morbid type of pornography.
"It's creepy," said former homicide detective C.W. Jensen.
Jensen has arrested many suspected killers. He said the details of Miller's life create a strange profile.
There's the hoarding issue, discovered by police searching Miller's home. Then there's Miller's zombie hunter mobile -- an old police cruiser Miller drove daily, often with zombie mannequins in the side seat.
"The zombie car. Is that significant? Yeah, because it's not normal," Jensen said. "All the other things … the hoarding, bizarre. All these are mental problems."
Plus, we now know Miller was also a fan of gruesome, disturbing, so-called art.
Miller belongs to a deviant art website. Many of the pictures and drawings in his gallery are of women tied up, stabbed, strangled and even beheaded.
Police said at least one of the young women Miller is suspected of killing was beheaded -- like some of the women in his favorite artwork.
Some of the pictures are titled "Strangler Victim Morgue," "Used, Abused, & Left for Dead," "Bloodbath" and "Victim of Homicidal Maniac."
"This is significant," Jensen said. "It's pornography. It's disgusting."
He said this case proves that reality can be stranger and more disturbing than fiction.
"This is the kind of case that if it was on one of these cop shows, you'd turn to somebody and go, 'I think hoarding was enough, did they really need to go zombie hunter? I mean, you're making the guy out to be a complete loon,'" Jensen said. "He's a complete loon."
If they don't reach a plea deal in this case and end up going to trial, things like these pictures could be used in court to speak to Miller's character.