Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Michael Mullen, Sex Offender Vigilante

Threats Reported

All three roommates were home when the agent knocked on Friday, Aug. 26. He explained he was investigating vigilante-style threats that had been made against registered sex offenders. He said a "hit list" had surfaced on the Internet, two sex offenders had already been killed, and he had stopped byoff-dutyto warn them.

Eisses invited the agent in, and the four men sat in the living room and, later, on the patio outside. They had a long and apparently amicable chat. When he found the men had no beer, the agent went to a nearby shop and bought a six-pack of Coors.

They sat on law furniture outside as the agent drank the beer and smoked Camel cigarettes. He was acquainted with each of their offenses and questioned the men about how and why they assaulted their victims. 

Victor Vazquez
Victor Vazquez

Russell had to work late that night, and he departed at about 9:30 p.m., leaving Eisses and Vazquez with the agent. He phoned from work at 1:15 a.m. and got no answer. Concerned and suspicious of the strange visitor, he drove home during his lunch break at 3 a.m. to find his roommates murdered. Both were lying dead on a bedroom floor, near a running computer.

Hank Eisses had been shot in the right ear and Victor Vazquez in the right temple. In each case, the gun barrel had been so close that it was touching the men's skin when fired. The murders were executions.

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