One That Got Away
Oregon lawmen drew a bead on this violent wacko, they found out that he
preferred prostitutes as his prey, had an appetite for kinky sex, and
liked to start things rolling with vodka and orange juice. During the
course of their investigation they also learned that he was Oregons
worst serial killer to date, a murderer whose blood lust knew no bounds.|
July 7, 1987, a Tuesday, was another hot, sultry summer day in Oregon. Heather Brown, 31, a prostitute, had worked the night before in her area along Portland's Union Avenue, a high-crime area dominated by prostitutes, pimps, and drug dealers. Several other hookers had been in place that night, but despite the others, Heather, dressed in a skintight outfit that left nothing to the imagination, never had to wait long for a customer to come along. It had been a busy night for her, and as a result she had slept in until nearly noon.
When she climbed out of bed, she reached for her pack of cigarettes but found that it was empty. Needing a smoke, she left her two small children with her roommate and began walking toward a nearby 7-Eleven store, again dressed in the skintight outfit that she had worn the night before. About halfway to the store, a man in a blue Nissan pickup stopped and offered her a ride. Figuring that she could make a few quick bucks, Heather accepted and climbed inside. The driver headed out of the city toward a wooded area known as the Molalla forest.
|The john introduced
himself as Steve, and explained that he was a professional gambler from
Nevada. They drove along for some time, and at one point stopped at a
convenience store so that Heather could buy a pack of cigarettes and a
Coke and so that Steve could purchase a six-pack of beer. Afterward they
continued driving until they reached the wooded area, when their
conversation turned to business. He said that he was going to drive into
the hills, and that he wanted to tie someone up and fuck them. He moved
to touch her thigh, but she pushed his hand away and demanded that he
take her back to Portland. However, he refused and turned off onto an
unpaved logging road where he sped up to about forty miles per hour.|
Heather grabbed her shoes off of the floor, ready to make a break for it when the time was right. But the john caught her eyeing the door handle, and he reacted instantly. He swerved the pickup recklessly, so she would lose her sense of balance, and reached toward her, placing his hand over her chest to prevent her from jumping out of the truck. He then stepped on the accelerator and was soon speeding to more than sixty miles per hour. Nearly out of her mind with fear, Heather struggled violently and managed to break free of the mans hold. In one swift move she opened the door and jumped from the speeding truck. The john slowed his vehicle a little but, apparently aware that a log truck was close behind, kept on going.
When the logger rounded the curve, he saw Heather lying in the road and slammed on his brakes. Seeing that she was injured and grateful that he hadnt hit her, he helped her into the cab of his rig. One of her eyes was bleeding, which he helped her to cover, and she had other scrapes and cuts. She told the logger that she had to jump out of the mans pickup because she feared that he was planning to kill her. Since she was obviously very shaken up, the logger didnt probe her with questions. Instead, he arranged to have her driven to a medical clinic in Molalla, where it was determined that she had suffered a concussion and multiple abrasions to her left temple area, right forearm, and hand.
Turner had no way of knowing it yet, but the evil outrage that was taking its toll on Portlands streetwalkers would virtually consume his life for much of the next two years and would eventually lead him to the most vicious and remorseless killer with whom he had ever dealt or would likely ever face again.