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18 July 2007 :: 18:07:09 pm 43793

ABUSED THAI PEDOPHILE SUSPECTED OF US SERIAL KILLINGS

Thai national, Terapon Dang Adhahn, a 42 -year-old construction worker, who has legal US residency on a green card, is currently being investigated by police in Tacoma, Washington State, USA, initially suspected of one abduction-murder and possibly involved in another five serial killings of young children.
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a convicted sex offender and pedophile, suffered abuse and extreme hardship during his childhood in Bangkok. His father was apparently a fearsome alcoholic who subjected the boy to abuse, until his parents divorced when Adhahn was 3 or 4. Later, when the boy was aged between 7 and 9, he was sexually abused by his elder brother until their mother married a soldier from the U.S. Special Forces in 1975 and moved to the States.
The family subsequently moved to a German-US military base, in 1983, after which Adhahn joined the US Army, himself, and served two tours of duty, during which he travelled extensively. He got married in 1986, the union producing two children, but the marriage ended in 1998.

He had apparently moved into the Tacoma, West Washington area in 1989, although investigators believe he may have visited the area previously. He evidently inherited the alcohol gene from his father as he fell severely foul of the influence of alcohol. He was initially described in a psychological profile as “an angry and poorly controlled man with a plethora of psychological, emotional and behavioral problems,” which also included feelings of sexually inadequacy and lack of sexual confidence. He was also subsequently diagnosed as a pedophile with sadistic tendencies.

In 1990, he was charged with the violent rape of his 16-year-old half sister; a charge which was later changed to incest, for which he served a minimal 2 month jail sentence, during which he had to undergo therapy. During therapy, when he was again diagnosed as having an “extremely problematic” personality, it is considered that the authorities were negligent in not recognizing the danger. He was only classified as a level I, or low risk sex offender.
Following his jail sentence, Adhahn worked in the food industry, for American Nicheri Food and as travelling delivery man for Pizza Hut.

His next conviction was for intimidation with a deadly weapon in 1992. This, being his second conviction ought to have resulted in Adhahn being deported to Thailand, though because of legal technicalities like not regarding incest as a felony, merely a “crime of moral turpitude”, it would take a second offence to effect deportation.

During the period 1986 to 2006, at least 5 girls disappeared, presumed abducted in the Tacoma area. Most of these girls were later found dead. However, it was with the abduction of the latest victim, Zina Linnik, that the police and FBI dragnet began to suspect Adhahn’s involvement in a series of abduction-murders.

Zina disappeared on July 4, abducted by an individual in a grey van, according to witnesses. The van’s owner, Adhahn, was identified following further evidence given by witnesses, including some of the numbers on the number plate. On searching Adhahn’s home, incriminating evidence in the form of girl’s underwear, among other things, was discovered. Adhahn was subsequently arrested by U.S. Department of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement as an immigration violation suspect, although he actually has US residency. Charges relating to the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Zina Linnik have yet to be filed, but are anticipated. Especially considering the evidence given by Adhahn’s lawyer divulged by Adhahn, himself, which resulted in the discovery of Zina’s biody near Silver Lake, west of Eatonville in Pierce County.

The FBI are currently reopening “cold” cases relating to murders and child abductions countrywide as it is now suspected that some of them may be pinned on Adhahn. Five in particular are noteworthy: Michella Welch, 12, a Tacoma girl murdered in March, 1986, Jennifer Bastian, 13, August, 1986. Lenoria Jones, 4, of Tacoma, July 1995, Teekah Lewis, 2, January, 1999 and Adre’Anna Jackson, 10, of Tillicum, Pierce County, December 2005.

One of the most deplorable factors in this and other cases, according to interested parties, is the lack of intercommunication between the various authorities involved and the failure to identify potential offenders, which could well pre-empt further cases of this nature. Adhahn’s case continues to be under investigation.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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