Authorities said they are convinced that the woman stopped a cold-blooded serial killer when she shot and killed Falls with his own gun July cahrleston in her Charleston, West Virginia, apartment.
They described the scene as a "textbook case" straight from Law Enforcement Neal Falls was shot and killed July 18 by a woman Charleston, West Virginia, police described as a sex worker whom he'd attacked. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said his detectives has shared information with investigators in eight other states to determine whether there may be a link to similar cases, including: Nevada, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and New York, Texas, Oregon and California.
No links have yet been found, but in all of the states, investigators are reviewing cases in which prostitutes or escorts disappeared or were found dismembered about the same time that Falls, 45, most recently of Springfield, Oregon, is known to have been living in the vicinity.
Falls has actually been," Cooper said. Falls met the Charleston woman — whom NBC News is identifying only by her first name, Heather — on Back, an online personals portal often used to arrange sexual liaisons. When Falls chxrleston at Heather's home, he pointed a 9mm handgun at her chest, asked her, "Live or die?
She grabbed Falls' gun when he set it down personalw overpower her and shot him one time in the head, killing him instantaneously. Police found handcuffs, several long knives, a box cutter, two axes, a machete, a sledgehammer, a bulletproof vest, another gun, shovels, a rubber tub large enough to hold an pesonals, and bleach and other cleaning supplies that could be used to help dispose of a body in the back of Neal Falls' car.
Charleston, West Virginia, Police Department Police found what they described as a "kill kit" in the trunk of Falls' car — including handcuffs, several long knives, a box cutter, two axes, a machete, a sledgehammer, a bulletproof vest, another gun, shovels, a rubber tub large enough to hold psrsonals adult, and bleach and other cleaning supplies that could be used to help dispose of a body.
In Falls' pockets, they found a neatly handwritten note listing the names and phone s of six other women in the area, all of whom investigators said are believed to be involved in sex work. Related: Possible Serial Killer Neal Falls Had List of Six Other Women: Police Suspicion almost immediately arose charlestob Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, where Falls worked as a security guard at Hoover Dam for several years about a decade ago — the same time that three local women whom police described as prostitutes were found dismembered and one other disappeared.
Interest soon spread to Chillicothe, Ohio, where a multi-agency task force is investigating the deaths of four women and the disappearances of two others there — all described as young and suffering from drug addiction, and some believed to have been prostitutes.
Investigators from the task force arrived in Charleston this week.