suspect in ypsilanti sexual assaults is arraigned, dog killer still on the loose

There still don’t seem to be any leads on the local serial-killer-in-training who’s trapping, torturing and cutting the heads off of dogs, but it looks as though we might have finally caught our local serial-rapist. I was just forwarded the following note from Eastern Michigan University’s security unit.

James Holland, Jr., the suspect in the sexual assault cases that occurred on campus, was arraigned on six different counts related to the May 11,2005 attack on a student at Mark Jefferson. Magistrate Camille Brown read the six count case which included: four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, armed robbery, and larceny in a building. The first five counts carry a maximum life sentence. Holland will be held without bond until his preliminary examine April 4. Holland also was arraigned in four other non-EMU related cases that included a combined 18 counts, one of which was murder.

So, it’s now officially safe to come back to Ypsilanti. Our serial killer is imprisoned. Our serial face-stabber is off the streets. And, our serial rapist is in custody… If I were you, I’d take advantage of the opportunity and come out for a visit soon. (We should probably launch an ad campaign.) The window may not stay open long, especially if history is any guide. It is, after all, a well known fact that those who torture and kill amimals often graduate on to humans, and my guess is that if we don’t apprehend the person, or persons, responsible for these local animal killings soon, that we might have a something truly horrible to contend with. (Thankfully, local police have been persuaded that this is a serious matter, and have now assigned a detective to the case full-time. Hopefully, between that and the $5,800 reward for information, a suspect will surface soon.)

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  1. murph
    Posted March 29, 2006 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Isn’t the reward for the dog-killer up to around $15,000 now?

    Not that I think that serial dog-killing is okay, or not stomach-turning, or anything, but – were there $15,000 in donations for a reward to catch the serial rapist?

  2. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted March 29, 2006 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Is you neighborhood full of flyers like this one? If so, you should start a gallery.

  3. Poley
    Posted June 5, 2007 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Ever think that they could have been the same person? I’m starting to think so…my friend was a victim of Holland’s.

  4. dr. teddy glass
    Posted June 6, 2007 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    That’s an interesting question. I wonder if the police have considered it?

  5. egpenet
    Posted June 6, 2007 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    A recent cover story in the NYT Sunday Magazine featured a group of three retired law enforcement officers in the southwest who worked on cold cases … Arizona, California, Colorado … etc. Anyway, after careful studing of several solved serial crimes they noted patterns and contacted the men imprisoned for those crimes. Bottom line, one of those guys eventually gave clues, more or less confessing to the other unsolved serial crimes.

    With some similar effort, the police here might get Holland or the other s guys now in jail to cop to the dog killings as well. It “fits” that the dogs were targeted either in lieu of one of their owners, who was being watched, or simply out of periodic frustration.

    In any of these cases, the perpetrators are one or two, but few, and in the area as floaters, part-time laborers, even registered college students (great cover).

    Sorry, Poley, that one of your friends was a victim.

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