Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Predator's Killer: A Movie Waiting to Be Written

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Predator's Killer: A Movie Waiting to Be Written

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SOMEWHERE on the streets of this city, a man is sitting on a gold mine.

He is, most probably, a man of limited means. But that's an educated guess, based on the fact that he must be close to somebody of limited means.

That was the milieu in which Darnell McGee operated. He was known as "Boss Man." He was, quite literally, a lady-killer. He was HIV-positive since at least 1992. In the time since his test, he had unprotected sex with dozens and dozens of girls and young women. Health officials in Missouri and Illinois know of more than 60 sex partners in the last two years alone. Twelve of them have tested positive for the AIDS virus. One delivered an HIV-positive baby. Several others are pregnant. His known sex partners ranged in age from 12 to 22. The system seemed powerless to stop McGee. Vulnerable young women seemed unable to resist him. Authorities say he fathered at least 14 children. On a wintry afternoon three months ago, justice caught up with McGee. He was driving in the 4700 block of Vernon Avenue. A young woman was in his car. A man flagged him down. When McGee stopped the car, the young woman got out. The man who had flagged him down walked to the driver's window and fired a shot at point-blank range with a .45-caliber pistol. The round pierced McGee's heart, and he died instantly. The gunman then opened the car door, pulled McGee partly out of the car and went through his pockets. Then the killer walked away. As murders go, this wasn't much. The next day, this newspaper ran the following item: "A man in his late 20s was shot and killed shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 4700 block of Vernon Avenue. He was shot once in the left shoulder. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of relatives. Investigators believe that robbery was the motive." Well, they did, and they didn't. If it was a robbery, it was a strange one. Sure, the front pockets of McGee's trousers were pulled out, but the killer didn't take the wallet from his back pocket. Furthermore, there was the woman. What was her role in this? Frankly, it didn't look like a robbery as much as a murder that somebody had wanted to look like a robbery. …

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