Neal Falls, 45, showed up at a woman’s house with killing on his mind and it looked as if this was something that he had done before. The Charleston, West Virginia, woman knew within seconds of Falls showing up at her door that she was doomed. The woman is a sex worker and Falls answered an escort ad that she had posted on Backpage.com, but he had much more than sex in mind for this woman, known only as “Heather.”
According to CBS News on July 26, Heather said she had answered the door to this guy before seeing the gun in his hands. He pointed it at her and asked “Live or Die?” Falls took only seconds to make his intentions known to this woman, but she managed to grab his gun while he was strangling her from behind.
Once she had the gun in her hand, she pointed it behind her, pulled the trigger and killed Falls. Heather said he acted as if this was something he had done before. It appears he might have done this before, more than a few times, which was evident by what police discovered in this man’s car when they answered the 911 call from this woman.
Along with a kill list of his potential future victims, he had what could be a serial killer’s arsenal in his car. Police believe this man could be the serial killer they’ve been hunting for some time now. This woman is not only lucky to be alive, but because of her actions, she may have saved many more lives. If Falls does turn out to be the man who left bodies of sex workers in creeks and streams in the area then this woman shot herself a serial killer, according to MSN News on July 26.
The list of potential victims found in Falls’ car were all sex workers advertising on the Backpage.com website. In Chillicothe, Ohio, a town of 21,000, at least six women have disappeared in about a year’s time. Four of these women were found dead in creeks and streams, dumped there by their killer.
What the investigators found in Falls’ car told the story of a man who was ready to kill and dispose of his prey once done. According to police not only had he showed up with a “kill list” in his car, but he had multiple pairs of handcuffs and an arsenal of weapons and tools one would expect a serial killer to own. This included a shovel, knives, a bulletproof vest, a machete, bleach, trash bags, sledgehammers and axes, according to police.
The dead victims were all sex workers with similar stories of drug addiction and some of them even knew each other from drug rehab. Staff Lt. Mike Preston of the Ross County Sheriff’s Department told The Washington Post last month:
“I don’t want to come out and say ‘yes, we have a serial killer,’ but it’s a small community that we live in … and the number of females who have come up missing, and then the bodies that we’ve found, that’s quite a bit for our community.”
Now that Falls’ DNA will be in the data base that is accessible to law enforcement nationwide, any DNA from unsolved cases can be compared to Falls’ DNA. Police believe he could be responsible for disappearance of nine women across three states, Ohio, Illinois, and Nevada.