Missing Women Rocky Mount – Serial Killer

Well this is interesting:

“Smallwood’s brother in prison for serial killingsBy MIke Hixenbaugh
Rocky Mount Telegram


Friday, October 30, 2009

The brother of one of seven Rocky Mount women found dead since 2003 is a convicted serial killer two states away, officials in Lexington, Ky., confirmed Friday.

Robert Franklin Smallwood Jr. was sentenced in November 2007 to three life sentences after pleading guilty in the slayings of three women from December 1999 to April 2006.

Robert Smallwood, the 35-year-old brother of Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, is considered Lexington’s first-ever serial killer.

The revelation comes a day after dozens of Rocky Mount residents gathered to remember Elizabeth Smallwood, one of seven Rocky Mount women found dead under similar circumstances since 2003.

Robert Smallwood, 33, pleaded guilty in 2007 to nine separate counts connected to the deaths of Doris Roberts in 1999, Sonora Allen in 2002 and Erica Butler in 2006, as well as the rape of Viola Greene, a retired school teacher, in 2003, all in Kentucky.

Each of the murder victims in Kentucky was known to have traded sex to feed drug addictions, according to criminal records and 2007 media reports.

Roberts was found dead in her apartment, apparently from strangulation and suffocation, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office. Allen also died of strangulation and was found dumped in a parking lot. Butler appeared to die of injuries caused by blunt trauma; she was found inside her home.

Robert Smallwood is being held at a high-security prison in Sandy Hook, Ky., according to Kentucky Department of Corrections officials.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Robert Smallwood has been incarcerated on the charges. Rocky Mount police found his sister, Elizabeth Smallwood, dead in a thicket earlier this year off Melton Drive. Elizabeth Smallwood, known by friends as a drifter, wasn’t close with family, and it is unclear how she arrived in Rocky Mount a decade ago.

Rocky Mount police were not immediately available to comment.”

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One thought on “Missing Women Rocky Mount – Serial Killer”

  1. This is indeed interesting!
    A piece of the puzzle, I would say.
    Many curious similarities between the murders in Rocky Mount and Lexington. So Smallwood was convicted in 2007. How long ago did the Rocky Mount murders occur?

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