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Police Slow to Release Details on Oregon Serial Killings

By Belal Awad · July 20, 2023

Photos (Left to Right) of Ashley Real, Bridget Webster, Kristin Smith and Charity Lynn Perry  Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau

Police are looking at Jesse Lee Calhoun as a “person of interest” according to an AP report in an investigation involving the bodies of four women found dead by the roadside in Portland Oregon metro area in 2022. The development, announced this week, could provide a link to the deaths of the four women, sparking speculation that Calhoun is suspected to be behind the deaths. Calhoun, who was released from jail in July 2021 on a “conditional commutation” due to his service as an inmate firefighter, is now in police custody, according to the report. He had been serving time following his 2019 conviction on stolen vehicle and burglary charges

Former NYPD Sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Joseph Giacalone, told Fox News that time is of the essence in solving the case, saying, “The police need to… ask the public if they’ve seen anybody… together with these girls or where they come from.” Giacalone also called for a thorough search with cadaver dogs.

The case, which has been unfolding over the past month, remains somewhat of an enigma to the public as local police seem reluctant to release details of the grisly alleged serial murders. Giacalone, urging transparency, said, “The police have an obligation to establish an information tree… drive more information regarding these cases.”

Giacalone emphasized the importance of determining both the cause and manner of death of the victims, noting that two of the deceased had been struggled with mental health and drug issues, according to family members. One of the victims died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

Meanwhile, Calhoun is now back in prison on unrelated charges and being held at the , Oregon.

The Oregon case coincides with other high-profile, multiple-murder cases, including the Gilgo Beach murders on Long Island, New York and a case out of Dallas involving three murdered women.