It was about a year and a half ago that I posted this piece called “Who’s killing all the great Hispanic girls of Los Angeles?”
It detailed the similarities of two unsolved murders involving young Hispanic girls in the Northeast neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Hispanic girls are common here, so the fact they are Hispanic sounds more like a geographic limitation than an ethnic one.
In fact, there is no official connection between the death of the young women; all conjecture was my own. Although, there is a tenuous “official” connection.
The bodies of Michelle Lozano, 17, and Bree’Anna Guzman, 22, were discovered in Northeast Los Angeles a few years ago.
The suspicion is difficult to avoid.
Both girls were similar in appearance, age, and their bodies were found near the Golden State Freeway.
A serial killer is defined by killings, after all, and two victims with similar death backgrounds certainly points toward a connection, but police agencies are renowned for avoiding the “serial killer” nomenclature unless the evidence is unmistakable and can be spotted by outside, neutral parties. In this case, police are not coughing up anything related to such a possibility, but one must wonder.
Los Angeles’ dark hills and dark shadows lend themselves to the eerie invasion by serial killers. The city’s topographical anonymity which co-exists with a massive population living on “the other side of the ridge” begs for the faceless nature of the serial killer. The suspicious and random deaths of Guzman and Lozano begged for an explanation. Begged. And I went one step further.
I postulated that perhaps, Lorenza Arellano, 36, whose body was found floating in a Boyle Heights lake in March, 2014, was a possible victim of the same killer.
Arellano certainly did not fit the age profile of the two girls, but she did fit all the others: Hispanic, long hair, found a stone throw’s distance from the Golden State Freeway in Boyle Heights. No known motive.
But perhaps, the most intriguing connection to all three deaths, as stated in a postscript in my post:
…interesting that Lozano and Guzman were killed/found around the 25-27 of each month, as was Arellano.
OK, so that was my case.
I laid out an argument that perhaps a serial killer was responsible for these three unsolved murders. As I’ve pointed out, serial killers are defined by…murder. Right? I wrote this in 2014 about a murder that year, and a couple from 3 years previous. Hardly enough data to hang your serial killer hat on.
So guess what just hit the local Los Angeles news today?
A creepy discovery.
A very pathological discovery.
Two dead bodies.
Both Hispanic girls, one 17, the other, 19.
Long hair, in a secluded hillside area, about 3 miles from the Golden State Freeway, but less than a mile from the Pasadena Freeway, which connects to the Golden State Freeway about 2 miles downstream.
The creepy, pathological part of this discovery is that they were found together. Were they killed in unison? Did they know each other?
Gabriela Jennifer Calzada, 19
Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17
From the Los Angeles Times:
A woman walking her dog discovered the bodies Wednesday afternoon, and a day later the circumstances surrounding the deaths remained mostly a mystery. Regulars were left shocked and frightened to go to a park they once turned to for serenity.
It was unclear how long the bodies had been at the park before they were discovered.
[LAPD Cmdr. Andrew] Smith said that the two had suffered blunt-force trauma, but the LAPD was waiting for coroner’s officials to determine the cause of death. Detectives were trying to determine where they were killed, Smith said, but believe their bodies were in the park for a “short period of time.”
The bodies were found fully clothed near a trail, about 300 yards from the street, and there did not appear to be any signs of sexual assault, officials said.
The area is popular with gang members, who are known to fire their guns there from time to time, Bermudez said.
“These things happen, even in the best of neighborhoods,” Bermudez said.
Lopez, the frequent visitor, said this week’s incident has only deepened her worry about her safety at the park. She and other women have discussed how unsafe they feel now.
A 53-year-old woman, who declined to give her name because she feared for her safety, said she and a group of friends were working out at the park about 11 a.m. Wednesday when they came across two young women who appearded to be in their 20s on a trail.
She didn’t know whether they were the same two whose bodies were later found. As she and her friends continued, they passed a man who was wearing a cap and carrying a backpack. The man quickly turned his cap forward and looked away from them as he passed. Then he blasted rock music.
She said she was startled by the music and told her friends, “Hurry up, let’s walk faster.”
There is so much we still can’t connect in these deaths and the LAPD isn’t biting.
The parallels are striking enough to warrant attention. Even the commenters on the Eastsider are speaking of it openly.
And the red herring, the flasher who has been assaulting women in the same park.
Perhaps it’s an old-fashioned notion, but flashers don’t frighten me. They are usually deranged, asocialized individuals whose final gesture of certitude is pulling out their dick; they are not murderers. Murderers have transcended a new level of attention-seeking, so anyone who has murdered derives no pleasure from pointing his penis at strange women.
But my ultimate fallback in this case, as always, are the dates of discovery.
The bodies of Calzada and Gallegos were found on Wednesday morning. We can infer that the bodies were dumped overnight…meaning, the 27th or 28th.
The date period remains the same. The end of the month strikes, yet again. In fact, on my last post, I thought of penning this killer “The End of the Month Killer” but I refrained since we didn’t have enough corpses.
Location of dead bodies and approx dates of discovery