Serial killer: Police say James Dale Ritchie committed 5 murders in 2016
Anchorage police today announced they have concluded that James Dale Ritchie shot and killed five people in three locations across Anchorage last year, officially making Ritchie the latest in a series of Alaska serial killers.
Ritchie was killed Nov. 12 by police when he opened fire on Officer Arn Salao. Police had previously said Ritchie was responsible for the July 29 killing of Treyveonkindell Thompson in East Anchorage, and that the Colt Python revolver Ritchie used in that shooting had also been used in two pairs of unsolved double homicides.
At the time, detectives had not ruled out that others might be involved in the deaths. Today, police are officially accusing Ritchie of the four remaining homicides linked to the revolver, including:
- The July 3 killings of Brianna Foisy and Jason Netter at the 200 block of Post Road.
- The Aug. 28 killings of Kevin Turner and Brie DeHusson at Valley of the Moon Park.
The five killings were among a record 34 homicides in Anchorage in 2016. Police said today they have concluded that Ritchie, 40, acted alone and had possession of the murder weapon before the killings began.
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Here is the full statement from Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad today: