Investigators in Indiana have arrested a possible serial killer.
43-year-old Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana has told investigators that he’s responsible for killing seven women over a span of two decades. Vann has even led police to some of the bodies.
EKU professor Dr. Dustin Wygant is a forensic psychologist who practices in Richmond and he says that cases like Vann’s are rare.
“These are not very often. When you look at the amount of murders that take place in this country and in Kentucky almost all of them are non-serial killer based,” says Dr. Wygant.
One of the most well-known serial killers, Donald Harvey, also known as ‘The Angel of Death’, claims to have killed around 87 people throughout Kentucky and Ohio. Dr. Wygant says in his opinion, it’s unlikely Vann crossed state lines, but the number of his victims could increase.
“These crimes are obsessional. So, it’s something this guy has likely thought about every day,” says Dr. Wygant.
If there are more, it may not be long until police find out. According to Dr. Wygant, most serial killers want to talk about and even confess to crimes, just like Vann did.
“Based on what we know so far, he seems to be pretty cooperative. Everyone is describing him as cooperative and again these individuals like to talk about their offenses once they’re caught,” says Dr. Wygant.
Vann has been in police custody since Saturday and just like the rest of the country, Dr. Wygant says he will be waiting and watching how this case unfolds.
“People are inherently interested in this type of offender, we don’t know a lot about them, but when we do apprehend a serial killer, it’s important to get what data we can,” says Dr. Wygant.
As of now, Vann has only been charged in the murder of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy.
The other victims have not been identified.