Denver Authorities: Dead Inmate Was Serial Killer

By Salon Staff

Published March 7, 2012 2:36PM (EST)

DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities say a man convicted of three murders who died in prison in 1996 killed four other women and might be responsible for as many as 20 homicides.

Vincent Groves was convicted of killing Tammy Sue Woodrum in 1982 and was paroled in 1987. In 1990, he got life in prison for killing Juanita "Becky" Lovato and 20 years for the death of Diane Montoya Mancera.

Authorities say that by using DNA from one of those cases, crime analysts linked Groves to the slayings of three other women who were strangled in 1979. And a detective says strong circumstantial evidence also ties him to a 1988 slaying.

The Denver Post ( ) reports that some of the women Groves targeted in Denver were prostitutes, while others were acquaintances.


Information from: The Denver Post,

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