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Man Arrested in Kansas City Prostitute Murders

By February 18, 2013

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Kansas City authorities have arrested a man in the deaths of two prostitutes who bodies were found a year apart posed along the side of rural Missouri roads. Derek Richardson has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse.

Police said Richardson has confessed to "intimate details of the crimes."

Investigators believe there could be other victims and have begun a nationwide search for crimes that have similar victims and details.

'Was Going to Kill Again'

"We absolutely stopped a person who was going to kill again," Kansas City police Sgt. Doug Niemeier told reporters. "We do know that he had travels elsewhere, so we will be contacting those states just to make sure."

Tamara Sparks, 40, was found dead Oct. 4, 2011 on the northeast side of Kansas City. Nicoleone Reed, 24, was found Aug. 21, 2012 in the rural Kearney community, also northeast of the city. Both bodies were found with their pants down and their shirts up, posed in places where they could easily be seen.

Both women were last seen on St. John Avenue in an area known for prostitution.

Shoe Linked to Suspect

Earlier this month, investigators announced that the two murders were linked. They asked the public for help, specifically for information about a canvas, Crocs shoe found near Sparks' body. Someone called in a tip last week linking the shoe to Richardson.

"Basically the tip was to say he was the one and the shoe was what really matched it," Niemeier said.

Investigators are trying to determine if a woman who survived after being abducted from the St. Johns Avenue area and dumped along the side of a road in Caldwell County in 2011, is another possible victim.

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Man Charged in Deaths of 2 Women Whose Bodies Were Found Posed on Side of Roads

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February 18, 2013 at 10:26 am
(1) Astro says:

He appears to be yet another bastard who thinks his right to sexual gratification is more important than another person’s right to live. Lock him up forever.

February 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(2) c says:

i doubt that he was looking for sexual gratification. i do believe he should be looked up, but dont call him a bastard, you dont know him. he probably just had some psychological problems that hadn’t been addressed or weren’t being treated it probably wasnt even him in his head. but honestly i know that a prostitute is just trying to find a way to survive, but if you see a guy in gloves in august… what does that tell you? come on now. not justifing his behavoir, just stating, you dont know what happened in his head so dont be so quick to judge.

February 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(3) S' for sure says:

I dont belive nothing is wrong with him. People like him should expreince the same kind of pain he caused on them women. No matter what he’s was going through in his life or even in his mind, dont give him the right to hurt people/women. No one should have to suffer by the hands of another human begin because that man/woman went through hard times in their life, it’s just not right. If the judgement was left up to me, he would suffer as well but it’s not my call or the call of any one else but courts and the judge. One thing I do know, he will meet his judgement day when he has to answer to God…………. May them women rest in peace and their families have closure now, knowing that their bodies have been found.

February 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(4) H.Davis says:

Those who say no death penalty cry what if it’s the wrong person,etc.Well in this case what say ye? He confessed to the most” intimate details” of each case. He DID it and should receive the death penalty!!! No if ands or buts here!

February 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm
(5) Anonymous says:

They are not charging for capital murder. They’re charging for two first-degree murders and abandonment of a corpse which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. I don’t know how sick this person is, or what he “deserves”, but I’m so sorry for the women he killed and for the families that are suffering. Regardless of their decision on sanity or insanity, I hope they see no choice but to put him away for life, so that he can’t do this again.

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