Los Angeles’ new “End Of The Month Killer” – my armchair detective theory

One of the questionable joys of being a crime-blotter obsessive blogger is that conjecture is my luxury.

Police cannot publicly indulge in guesswork or intuitive postulation because this would obviously lead to panic, overreaction and needless fear. These qualities in a populace can lead to some deadly and otherwise uncomfortable situations.

So I’m about to lay out my latest conjecture. Because I can.

On April 8, I wrote a post about two young Hispanic women in Los Angeles’ east side who were killed similarly in 2011. Police, using evidence from the crime scenes, concluded the killer was the same person. It only took 3 years, but the point is, the deaths of these women was determined to have come at the hands of the same person.

I farcically and darkly concluded the post with a link to the story of a woman’s corpse who had been found floating in a lake at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights east of Los Angeles at the end of March.

Arellano post

The farce here was in my linking the killings of 2011 with the murder of 36-year-old Lorenza Arellano, the woman whose body was found floating in the lake. I had pretty much forgotten about that post until this morning when I read a breaking local news tidbit (very local) that popped up on my news feed by way of the eastsider LA blog. I had to re-read it just to make sure I wasn’t reading re-hash of Arellano’s death from the end of March.

The body of a woman was found floating in Echo Park Lake this morning, according to police. There were no signs of foul play involved but an investigation continues, said Lt. Orlando Chandler with the LAPD Rampart Division. The woman was believed to be between 40 to 50 years of age, he said.

It’s a very fresh story and details are vague.

On NBC-LA’s news page.

At inagist. The police seem anxious to assume the woman’s death is an accident. Why do they feel impelled to spew such comforting words when clearly, there can be no proof either way this early?

From KTLA, no “sign of foul play.”

Look, I’m not saying everyone has to be as knee-jerk suspicious as me (I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a lunatic about this), but why the readily optimistic willingness to believe there is nothing wrong on the part of public police proclamations so soon in the chain of events? The body was just fished from a lake but we already know there were no signs of foul play?

Various snapshots:

lafd echo park

inagist echo park

Most intriguing is that the date is April 26, almost a month to the day after the Arellano’s discovery in Hollenbeck Park.