Violent Past: Edwin Hall was convicted in juvenile court of threatening his sister with a knife when he was 15 years old. Hall pleaded no contest to aggravated assault in May of 1996. The Kansas City Star reports Hall spent three years in four Kansas juvenile correctional facilities between 1996 and 1999, when he was released.
Edwin R. Hall, the surveillance video star charged with the murder of Kelsey Smith, just may be a serial killer: Investigators are looking into a possible connection between Kelsey Smith's murder and the unsolved disappearance of another teenager. 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky disappeared May 4th after classes at her high school. The Kopetsky home is just a few miles away from the Target store where Kelsey was abducted
Our boy "Jack" apparently kept a MySpace page (MIRRORcourtesy Crimeblog). The actual page has been removed. At left there is a screenshot: mouseover and click on it for an enlargement courtesy CaraMaya .Only the name "Jack," by which Edwin Hall is known to neighbors, was used on the MySpace page, and the picture posted resembled the 26-year-old. A person with the same name as his wife, Aletha, has a page linked to "Jack's." By Thursday, “Jack’s” page had more than 200 postings from people hurling invective at Hall. “Aletha’s” page also had many postings _ most in sympathy but many accusatory _ before the page was restricted that evening. By the way, his favorite movie: "A Clockwork Orange."
- Profile name was Jack, which was Edwin's nickname.
- His tagline was "Sweet Troubled Soul".
- He listed his interest as "eating small children and harming small animals".
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Edwin R. Hall, 26, from Olathe, Kansas was arrested Wednesday for the murder of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith and formally charged with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping on Thursday. Hall's arraignment was scheduled for Thursday afternoon and lasted 3 minutes!
Lawmen say Parking lot abductions not as rare as one might think: security consultants and missing-person researchers say such attacks happen more frequently than people realize. The Smith Case case reminds us of other victims who met with similar deadly circumstances. There was 22-year-old Dru Sjodin, who was found dead after disappearing from a Grand Forks, ND shopping mall parking lot in 2003. And 11-year-old murder victim Carlie Brucia, whose 2004 abduction from a Sarasota, FL car wash lot was captured by a security camera and publicized.
“These abductions are far less common than in settings that are less scrutinized, less monitored,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “More people are abducted on city streets than they are in parking lots of malls or stores.”
But Allen agreed that store parking lot abductions are not unheard of. And he believes abductors target shoppers who might have their guard down because they're in a casual setting.
According to the most recent U.S. Justice Department statistics - released in 2002 - less than 1 percent of victims abducted by a nonfamily member are taken from a store, restaurant or mall.
How do you stay safe? Authorities say people can do numerous things so they don't become victims.
- Shop with other people.
- Watch for suspicious people or activity.
- Don't park your car in remote areas.