UPDATED ARTICLE WITH EDITOR’S NOTES: GRINDR APP BEING USED AS HUNTING GROUND BY PITTSBURGH SERIAL KILLER
Throughout the counties of Western PA there have been several young men who have been murdered and their bodies left in neighboring rivers. The latest example of this is Dakota James who was just twenty-three years old. At 8:45am his body was discovered by a Debbie Dohmlo who was walking her dog when she saw Dakota in the river. Although the medical examiner is refusing to provide a cause of death at this time, it is safe to say we have already seen it before.
Paul Kochu was twenty-two last year when he went missing from the South Side before he reappeared in the Ohio River just twenty days shy of when Dakota was discovered. Except he was not found alone, but with another man, Andre Gray. Where Andre’s death was released as a homicide then quickly pinned on another man, Hubert Wingate, authorities refuse to release the autopsy for Kochu. There is good reason for this, as they are manipulating the media to alleviate fears of exactly what is occurring in the sleepy town of Pittsburgh. Now there are undeniable facts they cannot dodge any longer for the safety of young men everywhere.
All men were chosen in the small geographic area of the South Side, a neighbor within the city itself. While two out of three of the men are white, this should not rule out suspicions of the killer or killers to go beyond the racial line. As was made evident in Milwaukee with serial killer Jeffery Dahmer, there is no racial blueprint for who a murderer may or may not strike out against. This blindness on the part of the authorities will only lead to more deaths and finger pointing later on. That is why the public must urge Pittsburgh Police to release the details that they are consciously withholding in order to do their jobs and protect the public at large. Due to this killer’s clear knowledge of forensic evidence, as indicted by use of the rivers, and jurisdictional boundaries, it cannot be ruled out that the reason they have held onto this information is to allow themselves more opportunities to look within their own departments for a possible culprit.
Whatever the case, the lives of these three young men and possibly many more in the past or future lie in the hands of these officials and they must be held accountable. If they choose to deflect, then it is to be assumed they have something worth covering for personal sakes. Continuing to not release the cause of deaths in these two young white men from the same area and of the same physical build is stupefying. The Pittsburgh Predator must be acknowledged with all resources the city has to offer.