Fredrick Scott, 22, suspected of murdering of five men, was arrested in Kansas in connection with the Indian Creek Trail murders. He was charged for the killings of Steven Gibbons and John Palmer, both in their 50's. Scott is suspected of murdering five middle-aged men, with four of the incidents occurring at the Indian Creek Trail in Kansas City.
Scott has also been named a suspect in the shooting deaths of David Lennox, Timothy Rice and Mike Darby, all males in a specific area of Kansas City and also aged in the 50's and 60's. All of the men were shot from the back in ambushes as they walked their dogs or were in public parks. One victim was shot on a downtown street.
It's possible that his motivation for murder was racially charged as all victims were white males. Scott has previously said to a court, after threatening to shoot up a school, that he wanted to kill himself and "all white people" as well.
The alleged serial killer has had a long history of mental illness including paranoid schizophrenia. He has a violent past, most notably when he reportedly shoved his mother around and she called the cops on him for his aggressive and violent behavior.
Scott's mother was asked if he had ill feelings toward white people, or if she had been known to date white men and she said no. She noted that as far as she knew, Scott had worked for many white people and had no problems with them.
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Police have stated that there is no clear motive for the killings.
Upon being arrested, Scott told police that he was mad about the killing of his brother, Gerrod Woods, who was fatally shot during a botched drug deal in which both parties were supposedly armed. When the deal went south, the killer, Jimmie Verge, a black man, was recently charged for the double homicide and sentenced to 45 years in state prison.
The police search for important clues in the other deaths that Scott is suspected of and request that the public contact them with any tips leading to further information of the five murders.
Police Captain Stacey Graves relayed the message that they're all working hard on the case.
Without a clear motive for the five murders, friends and family of Scott can only guess that the death of his brother could have pushed him towards the crime. Scott felt like he was the only person in the world who cared about him, so the absence of that has potentially left Scott erratic.
Police identified Scott by using camera technology. Then they found him, picked up one of his cigarette butts, tested the DNA, and matched it to DNA from the scene of one of the crimes.
Scott is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bond.