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Serial killer sought; `Person of interest' in prostitute slayings.

Byline: Scott J. Croteau

A Berlin man eyed as a possible suspect in the 1996 slaying of a Fitchburg prostitute is described as a "person of interest" in connection with a string of slayings of Worcester prostitutes over the past five years, according to the Worcester District Attorney's office.

Alex F. Scesny, 38, who last listed an address in Berlin, is being held without bail in a Worcester Superior Court rape case.

Authorities previously said that the suspect's DNA was a match to DNA found on a Fitchburg prostitute killed almost 12 years ago.

Timothy J. Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., yesterday confirmed that Mr. Scesny is a "person of interest" in the suspected Main South serial killer case, which revolves around the deaths of several women who sometimes worked as prostitutes in the Main South area.

A spokesman for the Middlesex District Attorney's office said Mr. Scesny has also attracted the attention of investigators in that office.

"Based on recent developments, he is certainly someone we are interested in speaking with about the Marlboro and Hudson murders," said Corey Welford, spokesman for the Middlesex District Attorney's office. He declined further comment.

While Mr. Scesny's name only recently surfaced publicly in connection with the 1996 slaying of Theresa K. Stone in Fitchburg, investigators involved in the suspected serial killer case have had an eye on him ever since skeletal remains of Worcester prostitutes were discovered in Marlboro and Hudson some five years ago.

Mr. Early's office last week deemed Mr. Scesny a "person of interest" in the slaying of Ms. Stone based on newly discovered forensic evidence. Mr. Scesny had been ordered by a judge to provide prosecutors with a sample of his DNA for comparison with forensic evidence recovered during the investigation into the Oct. 23, 1996, killing of the 39-year-old Ms. Stone.

An affidavit filed by Sgt. Daniel G. Richard, supervisor of the Worcester District Attorney's Unresolved Case Unit, said the state police crime lab discovered a DNA match between biological evidence recovered from a West Boylston motel where Mr. Scesny is accused of raping a woman on March 17, 2007, and swabs taken at the time of Ms. Stone's autopsy. The autopsy determined Ms. Stone died as a result of asphyxia caused by ligature strangulation.

The sergeant said in the affidavit that Cailin L. Drugan, DNA supervisor at the state police crime lab in Sudbury, told him April 10 that there was a "case-to-case hit" between DNA evidence collected from the alleged rape case and the 1996 slaying of Ms. Stone.

Ms. Stone's partially-clad, bruised and bloodied body was discovered by a passer-by on Kinsman Road in Fitchburg.

DNA profiles in both cases had been entered into the Combined DNA Index System. Court records state that Mr. Scesny allegedly raped the woman in the Reservoir Motel. Two yellow pillow cases were recovered and semen samples were collected. The alleged victim in the rape case also told investigators Mr. Scesny tried to smother her after the alleged attack by covering her face with a pillow and applying pressure.

Mr. Scesny had been free on $6,000 bail in the rape case after a relative posted the cash Nov. 27. Last week, he was ordered held without bail for allegedly violating terms of his pretrial probation. Mr. Scesny has pleaded not guilty to the rape charges.

He allegedly admitted to being in the motel room with the woman and told police they had consensual sex.

The affidavit by Sgt. Richard said authorities had recovered semen samples in Ms. Stone's death through swab smears during her autopsy.

Ms. Stone had criminal convictions for prostitution and shoplifting. Her daughter told police she last saw her mother about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 1996, when Ms. Stone returned home from a trip to the supermarket with "a guy" in a pickup truck, according to Sgt. Richard's affidavit.

The investigation into the suspected serial killer case started when the remains of women known to have drug addictions and who worked as prostitutes in the Main South area of Worcester began turning up in 2003. The remains of Betzaida Montalvo and Carmen Rudy were found on the grounds of Hillside School in Marlboro on Sept. 24 and 29, 2003, respectively. Dinelia Torres' skeleton was found on March 3, 2004, off Brigham Street in Hudson, a little more than a mile from the other two women. Wendy A. Morello's body was found on Sept. 13, 2004, in a 35-gallon trash can in Maine.

On Sept. 4, 2007, a hunter found the skeletal remains of 34-year-old Lineida Olivera of Worcester on state-owned land abutting Rutland State Forest. Her remains were about 200 yards into the woods off Route 122, near the Oakham town line.

Autopsy reports on the mother of 11 indicate she was a homicide victim. Officials did not say what in the report led to that conclusion.

A Central New Jersey-based profiling team that helps law enforcement authorities bring serial killers to justice released a profile of the man they believe to be responsible for the killings. The team, System To Apprehend Lethal Killers - STALK Inc. - dubbed the killer the "Main South Woodsman."

The profilers described him as either a construction worker, maintenance worker or truck driver, between 28 and 41 years old, who enjoys the outdoors. They also said he drives a pickup truck or sport-utility vehicle and most likely had drunken driving charges or drug charges on his criminal record.

Contact Scott J. Croteau by e-mail at scroteau@telegram.com.

The investigation: A spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. confirmed yesterday that Mr. Scesny is a "person of interest" in the suspected Main South serial killer case.

The DNA: The state police crime lab discovered a DNA match between biological evidence recovered from a West Boylston motel where Mr. Scesny is accused of raping a woman on March 17, 2007, and swabs taken at the time of Theresa K. Stone's autopsy.

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PHOTOG: T&G File Photo/DAN GOULD

CUTLINE: Alex F. Scesny works on construction of a new riding arena in West Brookfield in this 2004 file photo.
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