A homeless man in Oklahoma was arrested in connection to the slayings of two women in under two weeks, and authorities said they doubt the suspect would have stopped if he hadn’t been caught.
On April 5, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Terryl Brooks, 22, in Tulsa. When local police also responded, officers recognized Brooks as a suspect in two separate homicides and took him into custody for questioning, Tulsa World reported.
Brooks was then arrested and was being held without bond in the Tulsa County jail on two first-degree murder complaints.
“[The crimes] were completely unconnected,” Lt. Brandon Watkins of the Tulsa Police Department’s Homicide Unit said. “He knew both of the victims and had something of a relationship with both of the victims.”
On April 3, police executing a wellbeing check on the home of Star Rainbow Dancer found the 69-year-old woman fatally shot inside her apartment.
Investigators said Dancer allowed Brooks to stay with her for about a week before he allegedly killed her.
According to Lt. Watkins, detectives collected evidence at the scene that allegedly connected Brooks to another recent homicide in the city.
In that case, Elizabeth Dillard, 27, was found shot dead on the front porch of her home on March 25.
“I mean, you kill from [March] 25th to [April] 3rd, and it’s a little over a week. If you kill two people that fast, it’s pretty obvious that you don’t have a problem with killing people,” Lt. Watkins said. “I doubt very, very seriously that he would have stopped.”
“You have to kill three to be a serial killer — that’s where it starts at, and thankfully, as far as we know, there’s no third victim,” he said.