Serial Killer Suspected in Deaths
WASHINGTON, DC- Dennis Martin, Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has confirmed that a worldwide search is underway for the individual responsible for the deaths of at least ten, though the body count may be higher.
Edna Morris, 115, of Salt Lake City is only the latest victim, according to Martin. “Edna was recently revealed as the world’s oldest living person,” the Assistant Director explains. “Then, only a couple months later, she dies. Suspicious? Most definitely; especially when you examine the facts of the case.”
Martin points out an alarming pattern: Morris was awarded the title of world’s oldest person, after Emil del Mercado, 115, of Cuba died. Del Mercado only held the title six weeks. Prior to Del Mercado, Elizabeth Mortenson, 116, of Toronto, Ontario held the distinction. Mortenson died just three weeks after attaining the title.
For the FBI, Martin explains, the pattern is clear. “Someone is very resentful of the attention being given to the world’s oldest living person. As soon as these individuals’ identities are made public by the media their lives are put in jeopardy.”
The FBI first became involved six months ago. Ira Clausen, of Lafayette, Indiana, was 115 years and 312 days old the day he died. Authorities suspected foul play. Initially, the investigation focused on Tomoji Izumi, of Akita, Japan, who was 115 years and 279 days at the time.
“The motive seemed pretty clear,” according to Martin. “Knock off the current world record-holder and she obtains the title by default.” The investigation seemed to derail, however, when a team of FBI agents and local authorities staged a raid on Izumi’s hut. Upon entry, the law enforcement officers found the woman dead. “It was disappointing,” admits Martin. “It looked like we just missed the killer. Based on her posture, we conjecture that she died only moments before we stormed the house. That we somehow missed the culprit is something I wrestle with every day.”
But for Martin and the rest of the FBI, the nightmare was just beginning. “We’ve been around the world chasing this sicko,” he laments. “Despite our best intentions, the holder of the oldest person in the world title keeps dying.”
The FBI are now taking a proactive approach to protecting potential victims. “We’ve taken a number of individuals into protective custody,” Martin explains. “Extraction teams led by our finest agents have recently traveled to Norway, Taiwan, Mexico and Germany.” Using government records, the FBI is gathering the world’s oldest living people and transplanting them to new locations. Martin says maintaining secrecy is crucial to the safety of the seniors.
“We have instituted a system very similar to the witness relocation program. We’ve moved these individuals to new locations where they are complete strangers. They have new names, new homes and a fresh start on new lives without having to live in fear that they will be targeted next.
Results have been mixed, however, as three of the four persons relocated died within two weeks of relocation. “There does seem to be a bit of a tough transition,” Martin admits. “But if we give up, then the serial killer wins.”
Martin says the search for whomever is causing the deaths of the world’s oldest people will continue. “We will continue to put every available agent on this case. Right now the killer is making us look foolish, but we are confident that he or she will soon be brought to justice.”