Family and Friends of Victims on Arrest of Serial Killer

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

"Thank God it doesn't have to go on," Doug Redman says with a lump in his throat.

The wounds of grief are fresh for the Redman family--their sister Karen Yates' murder Wednesday the last straw, police believe, in a killing spree that took 5 women.

"I've been worried about it for 3 years because I've noticed the path she's been on, the people she's been around," Redman says of his 41-year-old sister.

Karen, her brother says, struggled for many years. The person murdered Wednesday is not the sister he holds in his mind's eye.

"Someone with the best of intentions," he says, through tears, "but she let other things overtake that. I'll always think of the real Karen, not the person she became."

The Redman family is asking for donations to help pay for her funeral. You can send checks to The Karen Redman Fund at 2404-D Aurelius Road; Holt, MI, 48842.

The arrest of her suspected killer is some justice, but not yet closure. Redman says he won't be truly relieved until he hears the words, "has been charged."

The feeling is the same on the westside at Harry's Place where GM retiree Sandy Eichorn was a fixture.

"She played her Keno, had her cocktails, enjoyed," manager Harea Bates says.

With the man they spent the week worrying over behind bars, they'll now make time to mourn. They'll close Friday morning for the funeral.

"She wouldn't hurt a fly. She didn't have a bad thing to say about anybody, and nobody had a bad thing to say about her," Bates says. "Shouldn't have happened to her."

Carol Wood, whose mother Ruth Hallman was the first of the five women killed connected to the man arrested, says she has mixed feelings. She wonders if she'll ever know why he did what police say he did to her mother.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    this article makes it sound like it was her fault she was killed. I glad they caught the suspect
  • by Andrea Location: Lansing on Aug 31, 2007 at 06:34 AM
    I am glad that you caught the suspect. I'll be able to walk around without fear that he would be waiting to attack again. I have a cane that I could have used as a weapon, but that didn't mean that I would have not wound up injured or worse. My condolences to those who lost loved ones.
  • by Kelly on Aug 30, 2007 at 10:13 PM
    I, too, am greatly relieved that an arrest has been made. My family and I were on extremely high alert everywhere we went. However, we must remember two things. One: the suspect is innocent until proven guilty, and Two: if he did do it, he must be found guilty in a court of law, and not in the media through hype and conjecture. A rush to judgment benefits no one.
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