Phoenix police identify additional victim of Baseline KillerPosted: Updated:
More than a decade after the Baseline Killer terrorized Valley streets, Phoenix police have added another, previously unknown name to his list of victims.
Mark Goudeau is on death row, convicted of nine murders and 15 sexual assaults during a crime spree that lasted from 2005 to 2006.
"A cold case detective came across this old case, was able to submit DNA, and that DNA has linked Mark Goudeau to this sexual assault from over 30 years ago," said Sgt. Jonathan Howard with the Phoenix Police Department.
Howard says the attack occurred in 1985. He says Goudeau approached a 22-year-old woman at gunpoint near McDowell Road and 44th Street, forced her to drive him to a different location, where he sexually assaulted her. The victim survived the attack and reported the assault. But the rape kit sat, untested, for three decades, and the case went unsolved.
Police say they will not be able to charge Goudeau because the statute of limitations for a rape case at the time of the attack was just five years. But they say they notified the victim that her attacker is behind bars.
"We were able to call this woman, who is no longer a young woman and give her some closure," said Howard.
The victim, now a middle-aged woman, has since moved out of state and according to police appeared to have moved on with her life.
"She was surprised. She recalls the incident well. She was very pleased. She was happy. I think she was probably shocked. Hopefully, after she had time to process she says, 'Hey, the Phoenix Police Department didn't forget about me,'" said Howard.
In 1985, DNA testing was not used in criminal cases. Investigators had a description of the suspect and possible fingerprints from the scene, but they compared them to possible suspects at the time with no matches.
Maricopa County Bill Montgomery, a huge proponent for testing all sexual assault evidence kits, said he is not surprised that another victim has been linked to Goudeau.
"Given the serial nature of that defendant's crimes, that's not a surprise. "What is both frustrating, as well as affirming, that, had we known at that point in time we may have been able to stop the rampage he went on and all the harm that he caused," said Montgomery.
The affirming part for the county attorney is that he believes the county is on the right track today in having all sexual assault evidence kits tested for DNA.
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