Who is 'Duck Walk Killer'? Cops probe if Stockton serial killer is same man who terrorized Chicago in 2018
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STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA: With the Stockton serial killer terrifying the Californian city, police are reportedly probing whether the mass murderer is the same man who shot dead two people in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood in 2018, popularly known as the 'Duck Walk Killer'. So far, the Stockton suspect has been accused of killing six people and one attempted murder, with lonely Hispanic men as their primary target.
According to new information, ballistics evidence links the Stockton killer to the Duck Walk Killer as all their victims were shot. When police released the surveillance footage of the man they believe is the killer, they asked the citizens to pay attention to the gate as the suspect's stride was uneven and walked with their hands in their pockets. After this claim, CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards informed CBS 13 of the murders and the alleged connection. CBS 2's Edwards told CBS 13 Sacramento, "This double murder that happened struck a chord in Chicago -- no one's forgotten about it, and we have a lot of crime in Chicago. Over and over and over we heard 'pay attention to the gate, the gate...the walk' and it struck a chord. This week, when detectives in Chicago saw the video out of Northern California, and again it was 'pay attention to the gate'. My sources tell me high-level conversations are going on. There is an absolute open book sharing of information." Police are currently speculating whether these two killers are the same people as their modus operandi and walk match.
Who is the 'Duck Walk Killer'?
Back in the fall of 2018, two men, Eliyahu Moscowitz and Douglass Watts were killed in the span of 36 hours. On the morning of September 30, 2018, Watts, 73, was walking his two dogs in the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue when someone shot him in the head. On Monday night, October 1, Moscowitz was walking down the bike path on the 1100 block of West Lunt Avenue when someone shot him in the head as well. CBS reports that then-Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson confirmed that the ballistics tests had confirmed that the shell casings from both shootings came from the same gun. The masked gunman was caught in the surveillance video, and due to his distinct walk, he was referred to as the Duck Walk Killer. CBS 13 further investigated and compared both videos and found uncanny similarities between both the suspects.
Earlier, the Stockton killer has been compared to The Mad Butcher who terrorized the streets and killed homeless people during the Great Depression somewhere in 1934-38. Jason Jensen, a criminal profiler, told The US Sun, "They would kill homeless people before dismembering them before their remains were left in plain sight. I believe the killings were done that way in a bid to scare off the homeless to other cities." The Stockton suspect is said to be killing with the same modus operandi - attacking lonely people when it's dark.