Chicago Task Force On Women's Slayings Faces Daunting Task

Nancy Harty
May 14, 2019 - 3:54 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago police have formed a task force to review dozens of women's violent deaths.

For a couple of months, the Murder Accountability Project has been looking at 51 unsolved deaths of women in Chicago. 

Vice Chair Eric Witzig said the group is happy to see police assign detectives to the cases.

The former homicide detective in Washington D.C. said he doesn't know if the deaths are the work of a serial killer but says it's possible, given the number of women strangled or smothered to death.

The Tribune first reported on 55 unsolved cases of women killed in various parts of the city, sparking calls for a task force.

Witzig says it will take detectives weeks to review the cases and any DNA evidence.