Even people who had known Neal Falls find it difficult to believe, but authorities said Tuesday he may have been a serial killer, preying on woman all across the country. Falls, 45, was shot last Saturday, by a Charleston, WV escort he had contacted through Backpage.com. The two met at her apartment, where she alleges that he attacked her and, while he was attempting to strangle her, she was able to grab her gun and shoot him.
Upon hearing her tale, police searched Falls’ vehicle, where they found a machete, axes, a shovel, knives, bulletproof vest, and several sets of handcuffs. Additionally, they found a large bottle of bleach and a list of escorts’ names. This evidence, along with statements he made to the escort he attacked Saturday, led police to believe that he has possibly committed such crimes before. Lt. Steve Cooper, Chief Detective of Charleston Police said, “We have been in contact with a law enforcement agency in the western portion of the United States who has a cold case unsolved homicide. There’s more than one reason to believe Mr. Falls may be a viable suspect in that case.”
Though it is not currently known when he arrived, Falls lived in Henderson, NV circa 2005, which is where 22-year-old Lindsay Marie Harris was last seen on May 5, 2005. Her dismembered remains showed up 3 weeks later, along Interstate 55, in Divernon, IL, which is coincidentally on the way to Butler, IN, where Neal Falls held a firearm permit. It has long been believed that Lindsay’s case could be connected to the disappearances of Misty Saens and Jodi Brewer, women who also vanished while working as escorts in Las Vegas. Misty and Jodi’s dismembered bodies were found, wrapped in plastic and a sheet, then dumped off remote stretches of highway, Misty in Nevada, Jodi in California, not far from the Nevada border.
Authorities are also looking into the possibility that Falls was involved with the disappearances and deaths of 6 women in Chillicothe, OH over the last year. This idea may not be too far off, as it seems he has spent the last several months travelling the country, having recently been pulled over for speeding in Texas. His sister said he “took it real hard” when his mother died in January, explaining that he had lived a troubled life. Where else did he go? Could he have left a trial of murdered prostitutes across the country, believing that no one would notice or care?
Hopefully further investigation will be able to trace Falls movements and possibly solve some cold case crimes. If you have information about Neal Falls or similar cases, please contact the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-6480 or your local police department.