Number of victims: 3+
Date of murders: 1991 - 1998
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: New York City
Arohn Kee, a New York City native, began his career of rape and murder by killing thirteen-year-old Palo Illera on January 24, 1991. Six years later, he claimed another young victim. Johalis Castro, 19, was raped and killed before her body was set alight on a tenement rooftop. Less than a year later, Kee raped, sodomized, and murdered 18-year-old Rasheeda Washington.
Although Kee was a suspect in the murders ( as well as a series of rapes) almost from the outset, the police had nothing to connect him to the crimes until DNA technology became available. In 1999, Kee was requested to submit a sample for analysis but refused. However, DNA was eventually obtained from a paper cup that Kee drank from and then discarded. It identified him as the killer of the three girls.
With a warrant out for his arrest, Kee fled with his girlfriend to Florida. He was arrested in Miami days later, after detectives found him hiding under a bed in his hotel room.
Arohn Kee was eventually convicted of three murders and four counts of rape. He was sentenced to 400 years in prison, the verdict sparking scenes of celebration by spectators in the courtroom.