One man linked to St. Louis ‘package killer’ serial murders after DNA breakthrough – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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CLAYTON — Authorities said in a stunning announcement Monday that one man is behind at least five St. Louis-area serial killings, including the grisly murders of four women that went unsolved for more than 30 years.

Gary Muehlberg, 73, is already serving a life sentence in prison for a St. Louis County murder. On Monday, prosecutors charged him with four new counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Robyn Mihan, Brenda Pruitt, Donna Reitmeyer and Sandy Little.

All four women disappeared from south St. Louis within six months in 1990, only to have their bodies discovered by passersby in makeshift containers across the region: One bound between two mattresses. One concealed in a wooden box. Two stuffed into garbage cans.

O’Fallon, Mo. police Det. Sgt. Jodi Weber and Lincoln County prosecuting attorney Michael Wood discuss how one man is behind at least five St. Louis area serial killings, including the grisly murders of four women that had gone unsolved for more than 30 years. Prosecutors charged Gary Muehlberg with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Robyn Mihan, Brenda Pruitt, Donna Reitmeyer and Sandy Little. He is already serving a life sentence for a St. Louis County murder.

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All had ties to the same small stretch of Cherokee Street in St. Louis frequented by sex workers, then known as “The South Side Stroll.”

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All were gagged and strangled. All four were mothers. The killer always covered their faces.

Investigators long suspected the murders were linked to one person, but it took a DNA breakthrough this spring to finally link a name to the crimes.

O’Fallon, Missouri, police Detective Sgt. Jodi Weber reopened the cold cases in 2008.

As lead detective on the case, she repeatedly sent evidence for DNA testing over the years in hopes developments in the technology could find a new lead.

“I got into police work to work these types of cases,” she said. “When I started to look into it, the fact that a woman’s body had been found in a box in our jurisdiction — …….

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