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Shannon Schieber. Photo courtesy Schieber family
Shannon Schieber. (Courtesy Schieber family)

Beginning in 1997, an unknown man -- described as rail-thin, agile and calculating -- raped a series of young women in the Rittenhouse Square area. In May 1998, he fatally choked Wharton School doctoral student Shannon Schieber.

In April 2002, Fort Collins, Colorado police arrested Troy Graves, 29, for a series of rapes near Colorado State University. Graves' DNA matched that of the Center City rapist and murderer of Shannon Schieber. He pleaded guilty to those crimes in June 2002, and is serving a life sentence in Colorado.

Misfiled cases from rape unit are resolved
A plea bargain resolves the last of charges brought after a sweeping review of Phila. police sex-crimes practices.
Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, March 28, 2004
Kelly was 13 when she told police that Keith Duda forced himself on her, covering her mouth with his hand while he had sex.

City not liable in Schieber slaying
Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004
A federal jury found yesterday that a Philadelphia police practice of downgrading the complaints of many rape victims did not contribute to the 1998 sexual assault and murder of graduate student Shannon Schieber.

Jury rules against Schiebers in lawsuit
Philadelphia Daily News Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004
A multi-million dollar jury verdict wasn't going to bring Shannon Schieber back.

City not liable in rape/murder case, jury decides
Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004
A federal jury this morning cleared the City of Philadelphia of any liability in the 1998 murder of University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Schieber at the hands of confessed serial rapist Troy Graves.

Jury still deliberating Schiebers' Phila. suit
Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004
The federal jury considering the lawsuit filed against the City of Philadelphia by the parents of murdered University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Schieber yesterday completed a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Schieber lawsuit goes to the jury
The murder victim's parents argue that Phila. is liable. Yesterday saw closing arguments in the suit.
Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004
A federal jury is to resume deliberations today in the lawsuit that contends the City of Philadelphia should be held responsible for the 1998 murder of University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Schieber by confessed serial rapist Troy Graves.

Schieber civil case going to jury
$4M sought for rape, killing of Penn student
Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday, Feb. 24,
Shannon Schieber's life was filled with so much promise and cut short in so much pain.

Schieber decision in jury’s hands
Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, February 23, 2003
A federal jury this afternoon began deliberating the question of whether the City of Philadelphia bears any liability for the 1998 murder of University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Schieber at the hands of confessed serial rapist Troy Graves.

Blunt words about police come back in suit against Phila.
Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004
In the years after Shannon Schieber's murder, then-Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney told the public that police had treated some rape victims in a "god-awful" way.

Timoney testifies in Schieber case
Says it's unlikely cops could have linked her killer to earlier attacks
Philadelphia Daily News Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004
When John Timoney took over as police commissioner in Philadelphia in March 1998, one of the first things he noticed was that the Police Department had a problem with how it classified crimes.

Timoney to testify today in Schiebers' police lawsuit
Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, February 20, 2004
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney is set to testify today in a federal lawsuit accusing the city of police mistakes in the investigation of a serial rapist who killed Shannon Schieber, 23, a doctoral candidate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Detective says he told superiors of serial rapes
He testified that he warned of possible links among attacks months before Shannon Schieber was killed.
Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, February 19, 2004
In August 1997 - more than eight months before Penn graduate student Shannon Schieber was sexually assaulted and murdered - a detective in the Philadelphia police Sex Crimes Unit warned three ranking police officials that there appeared to be a serial rapist preying on women along Pine Street in Center City.

Cop brass didn't share info on rapes
Schieber trial told of 1997 memo
Philadelphia Daily News Thursday, February 19, 2004
By the end of August of 1997, Ken Coluzzi was onto something.

Officers in Schieber case testify
Taking the stand in the victim's parents' suit against Phila., they explained why they didn't force a door.
Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Two Philadelphia police officers who responded to the 1998 emergency call at the apartment of slain Penn graduate student Shannon Schieber told a jury yesterday they had no legal justification to force her door and enter.

2 cops: We followed regs in Schieber case
Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Car 919 and car 912 rolled up to 251 S. 23rd St. at about the same time - 2:12 a.m. on May 7, 1998 - in response to a report of a woman screaming in an apartment.

Expert testifies Schieber was still alive
Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, February 14, 2004
A noted medical examiner told a federal jury yesterday that he believed that Shannon Schieber was unconscious - but still alive - when Philadelphia police officers banged on her door in the early morning of Sept. 7, 1998, after a neighbor reported sounds of a struggle and screams for help.

Worried about Schieber, he called 911
Former neighbor of murder victim testifie

Philadelphia Daily News Saturday, Feb. 14, 2003
Aside from her killer, Parm Greeley may have been the last person to hear Shannon Schieber's final words.

Officer testifies that he wasn't informed of series of rapes
Had he known, Tyrone Winckler said, he would have detained Shannon Schieber's killer.

Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, Feb. 13, 2004
Under different circumstances, Philadelphia Police Officer Tyrone Winckler might have been hailed as a hero: the cop who caught Center City rapist Troy Graves.

Schieber's killer suspected of prowling 8 months before
Philadelphia Daily News Friday, Feb. 13, 2004
The call came over the police radio at 12:37 a.m. as a report of a prowler near 12th and Cypress in Center City. Police Officer Tyrone Winckler radioed in that he'd check it out.

Police got rape warning in 1997
Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004
A year before Penn graduate student Shannon Schieber was murdered by a serial rapist in 1998, the head of Philadelphia's police sex-crime unit was told to stop "writing off" rape complaints, a retired police chief inspector testified yesterday.

Schieber case opens with finger-pointing
City: Graves killed her. Parents: Police at fault.

Philadelphia Daily News Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004
Murderer and serial rapist Troy Graves always attacked alone. But attorneys for the parents of slain 23-year-old Wharton student Shannon Schieber argued yesterday that he had an accomplice: The City of Philadelphia.

Civil trial opens in Schieber case: Parents suing city for $3.8M
Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004
Promising Wharton School student Shannon Schieber was raped and murdered nearly six years ago by a sexual predator who had attacked four other women in Center City in the previous year.

Schiebers seek millions, new training
They say police failures meant death for their daughter, Shannon.

Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, February 8, 2004
Nearly six years after the murder and rape of University of Pennsylvania student Shannon Schieber, her parents are asking that the City of Philadelphia pay for what they contend is its role in her killing.

  • The Handling of Center City Rapes
  • Editorial | Fairmount Park Rape Case
    A sorry way to protect

    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, October 31, 2003
    Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson has so far issued three apologies for mistakes in the Fairmount Park rapist-murderer cases.

    Praise for new Philadelphia police facility
    The Special Victims Unit opened its $2.2 million headquarters yesterday in North Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, September 25, 2003
    No more will handcuffed rapists and their sobbing victims pass each other in the police hallways.

    Phila. rape unit again faces scrutiny
    The squad's failure to alert the public of a rape recalls mistakes of the Center City rapist case, Shannon Schieber's father says.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, August 4, 2003
    A rapist strikes, but the Philadelphia police fail to respond aggressively. He attacks again.

    Editorial | 'Sorry' isn't enough
    Phila. police must publicize rape cases.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, July 30, 2003
    Would Rebecca Park be alive today had she known that a rapist had attacked a lone female runner before in Fairmount Park?

    Schiebers console slain jogger's family
    In both cases, cops withheld info on attacks

    Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, July 30, 2003
    REBECCA PARK'S parents, still reeling from the brutal rape and strangulation of their 30-year-old daughter in Fairmount Park, received a call on Monday from a mother who understands the depths of their grief.

    Johnson calls for rape-case disclosure
    The commissioner said he met with the unit that did not report a Fairmount Park rape now linked to a fatal attack.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, July 29, 2003
    Philadelphia police, stung by criticism for not publicizing an April 30 rape of a jogger in Fairmount Park - linked now by DNA to the rape and strangulation of Rebecca Park - said yesterday that all sexual assaults would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they should be reported publicly.

    Two Rapes in Park Linked
    April attack had not been publicized

    Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, July 26, 2003
    Police acknowledged yesterday that the rapist who attacked and killed jogger Rebecca Park in West Fairmount Park two weeks ago is the same rapist whose April 30 attack on another Fairmount Park runner went unreported to the public.

    Suit against Phila. in '98 death advances
    Shannon Schieber was a victim of the Center City rapist. Her parents fault the city in her slaying

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, July 17, 2003
    Five years after a Wharton School student was strangled by the man dubbed the Center City rapist, a lawsuit filed by her parents against the City of Philadelphia is now set to go to trial.

    Slain student's parents fighting to sue city
    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, July 1, 2003
    Fighting to keep alive a lawsuit against the city, the attorney for the parents of a murdered Wharton School student argued in court yesterday that Philadelphia police discriminated against women in general by deep-sixing complaints of sexual assault.

    From old report, 4 new charges
    In 1995, an investigator set aside a rape complaint. The subject is now accused of that case and more.

    Second of two parts
    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, June 23, 2003
    Roscoe Cofield says some women lie about being raped. He had a joke name for the Philadelphia police sex crimes unit, where he worked for nine years: "The Lying Bitches Unit," Cofield says he called it.

    Rape unit reborn out of disgrace
    First of two parts
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, June 22, 2003
    The police with the Philadelphia Sex Crimes Unit told Katie she'd imagined the whole thing.

    Many cases still not labeled crimes
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, June 22, 2003
    Despite skyrocketing arrests and praise for a new sensitivity to victims, Philadelphia police are still classifying a large number of rape and child-abuse complaints as something other than crimes.

    2 officers cleared in Schieber lawsuit
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, February 21, 2003
    A federal appeals court yesterday seriously undermined a lawsuit contending that two Philadelphia police officers missed the chance to save the life of a Wharton School student sexually assaulted and killed by serial rapist Troy Graves.

    City police sex-crimes unit understaffed, activist says
    The Special Victims Unit may get up to 20 new detectives shortly, the police commissioner said.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, October 3, 2002
    The unit that investigates child abuse is understaffed and in need of additional training, according to a local advocate who is scheduled to discuss the matter with the police commissioner next week.

    City sex-crimes unit to get new home at Episcopal Hospital
    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, October 2, 2002
    The City of Philadelphia has finally signed a lease for a renovated headquarters for the police sex-crimes unit - and advocates hope the move will trigger more sweeping changes in how sexual assaults are investigated.

    Center City rapist hears victims at Colo. sentencing
    Six of the women were among those who spoke. He was given seven more terms, among them life

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, August 1, 2002
    Center City rapist Troy Graves heard the voices of his sexual-assault victims in court for the first time yesterday when he was sentenced for his crimes in Colorado.

    A baffling case: The hunt for the predator
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, July 21, 2002
    Scanning the crime scene, it took just minutes before disgust and frustration swept veteran Philadelphia detectives Chuck Boyle and Jeffrey Piree. They inventoried it all: burglar bars, open window, pillowcase, gentle voice.

    The women who loved Troy Graves
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, July 21, 2002
    For the women he terrorized, Troy Graves was a living nightmare. But other women, amazingly, found him attractive and charismatic, with a sensitivity that brought out their nurturing. He was generous with his attention, yet reticent enough to be mysterious.

    Graves' bust stalled 7 months
    Phila. cops ID'd rapist in Sept. but Colo. didn't act

    Philadelphia Daily News Saturday, July 6, 2002
    Philadelphia cops identified Center City Rapist Troy Graves as a possible suspect last Sept. 18, according to court documents released late last week.

    Year later, rape unit still awaits new home
    The city has been hung up over a lease agreement with Episcopal Hospital. Women's groups are angry at the delay.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, June 17, 2002
    A year after City Council voted to give the police sex-crimes unit a state-of-the-art headquarters, rape victims still must face being interviewed inside the squad's run-down offices on a former military base ringed by razor wire.

    Hey, did anyone ever tell you that you look like ...
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, June 16, 2002
    In an Old City bar, Christopher Duffy leaned in to share a little conversation with his date. "Now don't be alarmed," he told her over their drinks. "But some people think I look like the Center City rapist."

    Guest Opinion: Graves' conviction not enough to erase the fear he's created
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, June 9, 2002
    The image of Troy Graves, Center City rapist and murderer of Wharton student Shannon Schieber, is fixed indelibly in my mind.

    Graves returns to Colorado to begin serving life term
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, June 7, 2002
    Troy Graves, the serial rapist who terrorized women in Center City and Fort Collins, Colo., was flown to Colorado yesterday to begin serving a life sentence for the crimes he committed there.

    Monica Yant Kinney | Pity poor Troy, so misunderstood
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, June 7, 2002
    Poor Troy Graves. He's so misunderstood. Apparently, he's really not a monster who murdered one woman, sexually assaulted 12 others, and terrorized thousands more in two cities.

    Graves arrives in Colorado to begin his new life, in jail
    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, June 7, 2002
    Troy Graves arrived in Colorado yesterday to begin serving his life sentence. The transfer from Philadelphia of the serial rapist who terrorized women in two states was in keeping with a plea bargain in which he admitted murdering University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Schieber, 23, and attacking five other women in Philadelphia and seven in Fort Collins, Colo.

    Graves leaves Philadelphia for Colorado prison
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, June 6, 2002
    Troy Graves, who pleaded guilty last week to murder and rape charges stemming from a series of attacks on women in Center City, was returned this morning to Colorado to begin serving a life sentence.

    Rapist's 'friend' was reporter
    Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, June 5, 2002
    Philadelphia prison officials are reviewing the visitors policy because they believe a WCAU-TV reporter misrepresented himself to gain access to Center City Rapist Troy Graves.

    Doubts cast on Graves' statements
    He says he choked Shannon Schieber and fled before police arrived. That seems at odds with evidence.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, June 3, 2002
    In confessing that he was the Center City rapist and begging for a city's forgiveness, Troy Graves portrayed himself as ready to finally tell all. But was his confession the full truth?

    Troy Graves: Portrait of a night stalker
    Experts say he fits the profile of a serial rapist - with bizarre exceptions.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, June 2, 2002
    When Center City rapist Troy Graves slipped into women's apartments late at night, he sometimes just watched them sleep, standing over them for 15 to 20 minutes, and then left without waking them. And when he did attack women, he often engaged in bizarre behavior - once leaving a hog-tied victim in bed while he casually rearranged her refrigerator poem magnets into 21 lines of sexually suggestive messages.

    Graves pleads guilty, gets life term
    Troy Graves admitted killing Shannon Schieber and attacking five other women. His plea closed the Center City rapist case.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 31, 2002
    With tears dampening his cheeks, Center City rapist Troy Graves apologized yesterday to his Philadelphia victims and the family of slain student Shannon Schieber. Graves trembled as he was given his second consecutive life sentence.

    Schieber's family presses for apology
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 31, 2002
    Soon after Troy Graves delivered a tearful courtroom apology yesterday for the murder of Shannon Schieber, the Schieber family renewed its demands for another apology - this one from police.

    Troy Graves: I did it... and 'I'm sorry'
    He gets life in Schieber killing, five city rapes

    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 31, 2002
    PHILADELPHIA, the Center City Rapist has a message for you: He's sorry. Sorry for causing the city two years of fright. Sorry for raping five women. Sorry for raping and killing Wharton student Shannon Schieber.

    Graves' Philadelphia attacks
    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 31, 2002
    Troy Graves pleaded guilty yesterday to six attacks in Philadelphia. Earlier this month he pleaded guilty to eight assaults in Fort Collins, Colo. Following are summaries of the Philadelphia cases.

    Jill Porter | Lawsuit prevents proper closure
    Schiebers' litigation alienates them from those who solved case

    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 31, 2002
    AND SO THE haunting siege of the Center City Rapist came to an end yesterday.

    Troy Graves' statement to police describing attack on Shannon Schieber
    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 31, 2002
    "She started telling me how she survived cancer. I was distracted with the story..."

    "I heard a knock on the door. I applied more pressure with my right arm around her neck and tried to free my left finger from her mouth."

    Remorseful Graves admits to Schieber murder and rapes
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, May 30, 2002
    With tears running down his face, Center City rapist Troy Graves apologized to his victims and the family of strangled student Shannon Schieber today, vowing to do good as he spends the rest of his life behind bars and to assist FBI profilers seeking to understand why he attacked women in Philadelphia and Colorado.

    Graves waives preliminary hearing
    The Center City rape suspect is expected to plead guilty to a series of attacks, including the killing of Shannon Schieber.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, May 29, 2002
    In a prelude to his expected guilty pleas tomorrow, serial rapist Troy Graves waived a preliminary hearing in the murder of a Wharton graduate student and five Center City sexual assaults dating back to June 1997.

    Graves guilty plea expected
    He's held for trial, formal arraignment tomorrow

    Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, May 29, 2002
    Accused Center City Rapist-murderer Troy Graves yesterday waived his preliminary hearing. He is expected to plead guilty tomorrow.

    Shannon's parents: Why her killer should live
    Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, May 29, 2002
    DEAR MR. Smerconish,

    We are Shannon Schieber's parents. Your column in the form of an open letter made it clear that you want to see our daughter's murderer put to death for his crimes. We oppose that on at least three grounds.

    Graves ordered held without bail
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 24, 2002
    Troy Graves, the man accused of being the Center City rapist, was ordered held without bail today in Philadelphia on charges he murdered Wharton graduate student Shannon Schieber and raped five other women between 1997 and 1999.

    Center City rape suspect returns to Phila.
    He faces murder and assault charges. In Colo., he got a life term after pleading guilty to assaults there

    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 24, 2002
    Troy Graves was brought back to Philadelphia last night, the city he left two years ago after allegedly assaulting six women inside their Center City homes and strangling graduate student Shannon Schieber.

    Graves now here to face charges
    Schieber's dad irked by reported deal

    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 24, 2002
    Accused Center City Rapist Troy Graves returned to Philadelphia last night, reportedly to plead guilty to the murder of Wharton School student Shannon Schieber in exchange for not getting the death penalty.

    Michael Smerconish | Life, death - and Shannon Schieber's killer
    Philadelphia Daily News Thursday, May 23, 2002
    AN OPEN letter to Vicki Schieber: Dear Mrs. Schieber,
    Please accept my belated condolences for the tragic passing of your daughter, Shannon.

    Sources: City offers a deal to Troy Graves
    Won't seek death penalty for info in Schieber case

    Philadelphia Daily News Thursday, May 23, 2002
    Philadelphia prosecutors have offered to spare accused Center City Rapist Troy Graves the death penalty if he reveals details about the rape-murder of Wharton School student Shannon Schieber that might help the city fight a civil suit filed by Schieber's parents, sources said yesterday.

    Graves could be in Phila. today to wrap up plea deal
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, May 23, 2002
    Troy Graves, the accused Center City rapist-murderer, is expected to be returned to the city from Fort Collins, Colo., possibly as soon as today, to wrap up a guilty-plea agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

    Center City Rapist hates his mother, cats and Philly
    Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday, May 22, 2002
    Accused Center City Rapist Troy Graves hates cats. And his mother. In a page-long stream-of-consciousness rant that authorities believe Graves wrote to the police in Colorado, the ex-Air Force senior airman makes those feelings clear.

    Letter details Graves' sexual assaults
    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, May 21, 2002
    In a brief, rambling letter that investigators say Troy Graves wrote to police before his arrest in Colorado, he disparages his parents, says he wanted to get caught, complains of loneliness, and says he did not kill Wharton student Shannon Schieber.

    Inexorably, paths of evidence converged on Troy Graves
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, May 19, 2002
    When police here finally closed in on Troy Graves, he tried to lie his way out. Over seven hours of interrogation on April 22, Graves denied that he had ever been accused of being a Peeping Tom.

    Graves Gets Life Term in Colorado
    Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, May 18, 2002
    Troy Graves, accused of being the Center City rapist, was sentenced to life in prison yesterday after he abruptly pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting five women here.

    Life in Colorado, death in Pa.?
    Alleged 'Center City Rapist' pleads guilty out West, faces murder rap here

    Philadelphia Daily News Saturday, May 18, 2002
    NOW IT'S OUR TURN. Troy Graves, the accused "Center City Rapist," pleaded guilty in Colorado yesterday to a series of attacks on women there. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, he'll be coming back to Philadelphia to face rape and murder charges here.

    Center City rape suspect pleads guilty in Colo.
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 17, 2002
    Accused Center City rapist Troy Graves pleaded guilty today to numerous charges in Colorado, including sexual assault, and plans are underway to bring him back to Philadelphia to face charges of rape and murder.

    Hearing for Graves in Colo. today
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 17, 2002
    A Colorado judge abruptly scheduled a court appearance for accused Center City rapist Troy Graves for this afternoon, and law-enforcement officials said Graves was expected to plead guilty to charges there.

    Hearing today for airman accused in Fort Collins rapes
    Suspect may have cut plea deal, analysts say

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    Rape suspect crossed paths with police
    Troy Graves, accused of sex attacks in Phila. in 1997, was questioned that year and in '99. He was let go because he wasn't being sought for a crime.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 10, 2002
    A month after a series of 1997 sexual assaults now tied to Troy Graves, Philadelphia police stopped, questioned and released Graves on a midnight prowling complaint in Center City.

    Daily News Columnist Jill Porter: May brings relief for Vicki Schieber
    Having suspect in Shannon's killing eases pain this Mother's Day

    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 10, 2002
    EVERY YEAR, when the calendar turns to May 1, Vicki Schieber is stricken. May 1 begins the month that, four years ago, turned Mother's Day into "the closest to hell I can imagine."

    Colorado judge eases gag order in rape case
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, May 3, 2002
    Details surrounding the arrest of the Center City rape suspect will remain under tight wraps, although a Colorado judge agreed yesterday to let him be photographed in the courtroom.

    Graves makes court appearance
    Media outlets ask judge to lift gag order

    Philadelphia Daily News Friday, May 3, 2002
    The accused "Center City Rapist" made his first personal appearance in court yesterday in Fort Collins, Colo., where he's been charged with sex assaults. Troy Graves, 29, an airman stationed in Wyoming, was arrested in Colorado last week on charges that he committed seven sexual assaults near Colorado State University.

    Case involving Center City rapes sent to higher court
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday May 2, 2002
    The man accused of being the Center City rapist appeared before a county court judge here yesterday to face the charges lodged against him in Philadelphia, where he is accused of sexually assaulting six women and strangling graduate student Shannon Schieber.

    Accused rapist stole underwear, officials say
    Troy Graves also is charged with taking cash from victims in Colo., where he had a hearing yesterday.

    Philadelphia Inquirer April 30, 2002
    The man charged with being the Center City rapist is also accused of stealing underwear and money from victims he sexually assaulted here, prosecutors revealed in court documents yesterday.

    Graves makes court appearance
    Media outlets ask judge to lift gag order

    Philadelphia Daily News April 30, 2002
    The accused "Center City Rapist" made his first personal appearance in court yesterday in Fort Collins, Colo., where he's been charged with sex assaults.

    Troy Graves, 29, an airman stationed in Wyoming, was arrested in Colorado last week on charges that he committed seven sexual assaults near Colorado State University.

    Missteps early, then DNA led police in 2 states to one suspect
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, April 28, 2002
    His childhood was bitter. His heroin-addicted father beat him. He started off a voyeur and ended up an accused killer. Soft in voice, shy and polite, Troy Graves killed one woman and raped or sexually assaulted 13 others as he terrorized two cities on opposite sides of the country, police say DNA evidence shows.

    Graphic: The Travels of Troy Graves
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, April 28, 2002
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    In Colo., rape suspect hears charges against him
    Troy Graves, accused of being the Center City rapist, also learned that he could face the death penalty in a 1998 slaying.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, April 27, 2002
    The man charged as the Center City rapist appeared in court yesterday facing new sexual-assault charges here and also learned he could face the death penalty for the slaying of Philadelphia grad student Shannon Schieber.

    DAs pursue alleged Center City Rapist
    Philadelphia Daily News Saturday, April 27, 2002
    Troy Graves is being stalked. The man authorities say once stalked and raped women is now finding out what it's like to be pursued. By prosecutors.

    Ex-friend relives life with Graves
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 26, 2002
    A clearer picture of accused Center City rapist Troy Graves emerged yesterday. It was a jarring portrait.

    Caution didn't help wife
    Graves' in-laws told daughter to pick mate wisely

    Philadelphia Daily News April 26, 2002
    Amy Wade's parents were always cautious about the men their daughter had met.

    Here's how cops were led to Graves
    DNA tests, fingerprints among the tools used to narrow case to him

    Philadelphia Daily News April 26, 2002
    Philadelphia police have had DNA samples from the Center City Rapist for nearly five years. They had a stunningly accurate sketch of the suspect and a wealth of other physical evidence.

    South Carolina DNA does not match Graves'
    Philadelphia Daily News April 26, 2002
    Spartanburg, S.C. police said yesterday DNA tests from Troy Graves did not match those from their unsolved sexual assaults.

    DNA links Colo. suspect to city rapes and a murder, officials say
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 25, 2002
    Backed by new DNA evidence, authorities said they will charge a Bensalem High dropout tomorrow with the six sexual assaults and the 1998 strangulation of Wharton grad student Shannon Schieber by the Center City rapist.

    Parents grapple with empathy
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 25, 2002
    Vicki and Sylvester Schieber spent yesterday wrestling anew with how Troy Graves - or anyone - could have taken the life of their daughter, Shannon.

    Linked to rapes in other areas?
    S.C. cops say Graves fits profile as Philly announces DNA match

    Philadelphia Daily News April 25, 2002
    EVEN AS Philadelphia police were announcing the long-awaited news that the "Center City Rapist" is behind bars, the Spartanburg, S.C., Sheriff's Department was trying to reach them about a slew of unsolved sexual assaults in their area.

    Expert: Nice guy image common
    Philadelphia Daily News April 25, 2002
    He was Camouflage Man. During the height of the "Center City Rapist's" attacks, police got hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tips. But not a single one, they say, made any mention of Troy Graves.

    Unique codes held in DNA
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 26, 2002
    The coiled molecules of DNA in human cells carry a unique chemical code that can match a trace of blood, semen, skin or hair to the person who left it.

    Philadelphia rape suspect arrested
    Evidence links a suspect in Colorado assaults to the attacks in Center City, including the 1998 killing of Shannon Schieber.

    Philadelphia Inquirer April 24, 2002
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - After leaving DNA evidence in two states, the man who police believe is almost certainly the Center City rapist was caught yesterday by old-fashioned fingerprint analysis - and a letter tying him to the crime spree.

    Accused rapist is Colorado airman
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 24, 2002
    Troy Graves, the man police suspect of being the Center City rapist, slipped out of town and started a new life as a military man and husband in Colorado. But he couldn't stop himself, police say, from preying on more women.

    Two states, a killing, and a string of sexual assaults
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 24, 2002
    Graphic of timeline, map of crimes.

    Same DNA, different response by police
    In Ft. Collins, Colo., tests focused attention quickly on a serial rapist. Phila. investigators were slow to react and made mistakes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer April 24, 2002
    As the predator stalked Philadelphia's Rittenhouse neighborhood and later a Colorado college town, his pattern was the same. He would strike late at night, attacking young, single women as they slept.

    Friends say he hardly fits profile of Center City Rapist
    They describe suspect as quiet, shy, even 'sweet'

    Philadelphia Daily News April 24, 2002
    TROY GRAVES was definitely not an alpha male. When other guys were talking loudly, back and forth, about women, about guy stuff, he'd stay quiet, in the background.

    FBI: Killing would jar him
    Graves' changed behavior matched that of rapist's profile

    Philadelphia Daily News April 24, 2002
    Nearly three years ago, an FBI profiler predicted that Shannon Schieber's murder would have sent the Center City Rapist into a tailspin.

    Colo. police arrest suspect in Center City rapist case
    Philadelphia Inquirer April 23, 2002
    Police in Colorado arrested a man overnight who they believe may be the Center City rapist, but officials here say they are taking a "wait and see" approach until DNA tests are completed later this week.

    Center City rapist eyed in Colo. case
    Cops: Attempted to assault college student
    Philadelphia Daily News April 23, 2002
    Fort Collins, Colo. police believe the "Center City Rapist" may have struck in their area again.

    Man guilty of raping girl sentenced to 15-30 years
    Jasper Washington of North Phila. assaulted a 7-year-old in 1996. Police had originally mishandled the case. Girl's rapist is sentenced to 15-30 years.

    Philadelphia Inquirer February 5, 2002
    Calling the case "one of the most upsetting" she had ever seen, a Common Pleas Court judge yesterday sentenced the rapist of a 7-year-old girl to the maximum possible sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison, six years after police initially failed to investigate the crime.

    With DNA only, rapist identified in warrant
    The chemical profile of the Center City attacker was cited in arrest paperwork. He is also sought in Colorado.
    Philadelphia Inquirer December 13, 2001
    The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said yesterday it had identified the Center City rapist. The man is: D3S1358: 15, 16; D16S539: 11, 12; TH01: 6, 9.3; TPOX: 8, 11 . . . and more.

    Center City Rapist's DNA charged with 6 attacks
    Philadelphia Daily News December 13, 2001
    The Center City Rapist's first victim talked him out of raping her after he broke into her apartment in the dead of night.

    Copwork gaps aid Center City stalker
    Different DNA tests and statutes of limitations are obstacles in catching rapist
    Philadelphia Daily News November 26, 2001
    HE STALKS attractive young women, like a hunter tracking prey. When the time comes to attack, he slithers through an unlocked door or window. He creeps into his victim's bedroom and presses his face close.
    $40,000 reward offered for rapist
    The attacks: When, where

    Philly, Ariz. rapes not linked
    DNA doesn't match Center City attacker
    Philadelphia Daily News October 3, 2001
    Philadelphia police said yesterday that the Center City rapist was not responsible for a series of sexual attacks in Mesa, Ariz.

    Not Center City rapist, DNA says
    A man sought for questioning has been cleared as a suspect, police say. Now, back to the Colorado leads.
    Philadelphia Inquirer October 2, 2001
    A man whom Philadelphia police wanted to interview about the Center City rapes voluntarily submitted to DNA tests and has been cleared as a suspect, Commissioner John F. Timoney announced yesterday.

    Timoney: Suspect isn't serial rapist
    Philadelphia Daily News October 2, 2001
    Police Commissioner John Timoney yesterday angrily denounced weekend TV reports that investigators suspect a Philadelphia man could be the killer rapist who terrorized the city in 1998 and 1999 and attacked several women in Colorado last summer.

    Center City rapist may have made stops in Ariz.
    Authorities check possible links to 6 sexual assaults
    Philadelphia Daily News September 19, 2001
    The Center City rapist may have made a stop in Mesa, Ariz., before moving to Fort Collins, Colo. to hunt for victims last May, police said yesterday.

    In Colorado, portrait of rape suspect grows
    DNA indicates that the Center City rapist has lately struck in Fort Collins. Phila. sketches are now being circulated there.
    Philadelphia Inquirer September 19, 2001
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Stephanie Schmidt, a senior at Colorado State University here, took a short break from cramming for a sociology test to explain the steps she has taken in response to the knowledge that a sexual predator is loose in the community.

    DNA links Center City rapist to Colo. assaults
    Seven women have been attacked in Fort Collins, police say. Six assaults occurred in Phila., including Shannon Schieber's killing.
    Philadelphia Inquirer September 18, 2001
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - DNA tests have linked Philadelphia's Center City rapist to sexual assaults on seven young women since May in this college town in the foothills of the Rockies, police here said last night.

    Editorial: Comfortable new home
    Phila. sex-crimes unit has earned a new facility.

    Philadelphia Inquirer June 26, 2001
    Carpeted, cool, and more convenient to reach, the new headquarters for the Philadelphia Police Department's sex-crimes unit at Episcopal Hospital represents a major win-win.

    New home, fresh start for rape unit
    Modern offices at Episcopal Hospital will greet the once-troubled squad.

    Philadelphia Inquirer June 23, 2001
    There are separate doorways to keep apart accused rapists and their victims, and a special room for child victims and their parents, with toys and children's books. There is double the space for detectives. And there is no barbed wire.

    Schiebers toast lawsuit ruling
    Philadelphia Daily News May 11, 2001
    Hours before she was murdered, Shannon Schieber e-mailed her father about how much she was looking forward to finishing final exams and coming home for the family's traditional Mother's Day brunch that weekend.

    Judge: Suit in student's death may proceed
    Philadelphia Inquirer May 10, 2001
    A federal judge yesterday rejected the City of Philadelphia's request to dismiss a lawsuit contending that police inaction and "downgrading" of sex crimes set the stage for a 1998 murder by the so-called Center City rapist.

    Opinion Column: Raped by the numbers
    Philadelphia Inquirer Column May 10, 2001
    About eight times a day, a man, woman or child is forcibly raped in Pennsylvania. Or, more precisely, is reported to have been raped, this being the least reported of crimes.

    Rape squad to get new quarters
    Women's groups hailed the decision as a victory in their drive to make city police more accountable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Jan. 25, 2001
    Philadelphia women's groups moved a step closer yesterday to seeing a new center established for the police rape squad, their latest success in the push for better treatment of sexual-assault victims.

    Rape unit could get a new home
    City officials support a move. Child advocates have even bigger dreams.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Dec. 18, 2000
    Rape arrests in Philadelphia have skyrocketed. So has the number of detectives assigned to investigate sex crimes. Women's groups have been given unparalleled access to investigative files in sexual assaults.

    Timoney commends rape-squad reforms
    Sex crimes now are being pursued aggressively, but the unit is paying for its sins, the commissioner said.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Dec. 13, 2000
    Concluding that the Philadelphia police rape squad was "paying the price for some past sins," Commissioner John F. Timoney yesterday said the unit had radically transformed its operation - weeding out bad investigators, treating women with more respect, and investigating sex crimes much more aggressively.

    Man convicted of '96 rape after Phila. reopened case
    The girl, then 7, was among many whose cases were shelved by police. Timoney is to detail rape-squad changes today.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Dec. 12, 2000
    A Philadelphia jury yesterday convicted an auto mechanic of raping a 7-year-old girl in Fairmount Park nearly five years ago - the latest successful prosecution to grow out of a police decision to reopen 2,000 cases wrongly mothballed by investigators.

    Man guilty in 1996 rape of 7-year-old
    Philadelphia Daily News Dec. 12, 2000
    The 7-year-old girl told the truth in 1996, but cops apparently were skeptical. After complaining she had been abducted from her South Philadelphia neighborhood, driven to Fairmount Park and raped on Jan. 12 of that year, police closed the investigation.


    Philadelphia Daily News Dec. 6, 2000
    The former drug addict's rape accusation apparently fell through the cracks in 1997. Somehow, the now 44-year-old woman's complaint against Harold Strand, 43, was not followed through by investigators.

    Police knew of rapist's pattern
    Officers on the beat in Center City weren't told, though, documents in the Schieber family's suit say.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Dec. 3, 2000
    When the Center City rapist began his attacks three years ago, top Philadelphia police brass say they picked up his pattern early: He was moving along Pine Street to break into apartments to attack young women as they slept. But the same top officials did not tell the commander whose beat officers patrol Center City.

    911 tapes tell of scuffle, cry, body next door
    Transcripts in the Shannon Schieber case were released.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Nov. 29, 2000
    Two anguished calls to 911 define the strangulation of Shannon Schieber. "My next-door neighbor, I just heard her yelling for help," a fellow tenant in her Center City apartment building told a police dispatcher the night she was killed. "I just heard her yell help. I knocked on the door and I just heard like a . . . choking-type sound."
    Graphic: A cry for help

    Court documents reveal horror of . . .
    The last moments of Shannon's life

    Philadelphia Daily News Nov. 29, 2000
    The first sounds of a violent struggle in Shannon Schieber's apartment came around 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 1998. Neighbors, attracted by sounds of scuffling, strained to hear what was going on. But then there was silence.

    A new take on FBI work in Schieber case
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Nov. 19, 2000
    With considerable drama, the Philadelphia Police Department summoned anxious women to a Center City church last year for a packed meeting on the hunt for the so-called Rittenhouse rapist.

    Expert: Patterns in rapes missed
    Police had overlooked a serial rapist, according to testimony at a hearing in a suit filed by slaying victim Shannon Schieber's parents.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000
    By "downgrading" the first two known attacks of the so-called Rittenhouse Square rapist, the Philadelphia Police Department blinded itself to a predator attacking young women in Center City, an expert witness testified in federal court yesterday.

    Judge orders accused rapist, held 7 months, to stay in jail
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, October 11, 2000
    A judge yesterday ordered accused rapist Jasper Washington held without bail to await a December trial on charges of raping a 7-year-old girl in 1995.

    Experts disagree on time of death
    At the heart of the lawsuit over Shannon Schieber's slaying is whether she was alive when police arrived.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000
    A nationally known medical expert told a federal judge yesterday that he believes slain University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Schieber might have been alive, gagged and held hostage in her Center City apartment for up to 40 minutes after police responded to a neighbor's 911 emergency call.

    DNA backs a rape story police ignored
    In 1996, a girl, 7, said a North Phila. man had attacked her. Arrested in March, he now has been linked to the crime.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000
    Four years after a 7-year-old girl told police that a North Philadelphia man had raped her, DNA tests have linked the man to the attack, prosecutors said yesterday.

    Delays in making arrests added to city sex-crime unit's problems
    Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000
    The Germantown girl was sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend. When the 15-year-old girl and her aunt reported the crime, Officer Belinda Daniel of the Philadelphia Police Department sex-crimes unit took down the attacker's name and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

    Editorial: DNA can close a loophole, if we let it
    Lasting evidence nullifies justification for statute of limitations in rape, other crimes

    Philadelphia Daily News Monday, June 26, 2000
    Thanks to some hard-nosed digging by the Inquirer, we have a much clearer picture of the cavalier way the Philadelphia Police Department treated rape cases - and the victims of such crimes - over at least the last five years.

    Editorial: Apology is just a start
    As impact of sex-assault bungling is revealed, city police show they've learned some lessons.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, June 23, 2000
    For nearly 350 women - and likely hundreds more - Philadelphia must seem a cruel place.

    Review turns up hundreds of rapes
    Police had dismissed more than 300 of the cases from 1995 on, Commissioner John F. Timoney revealed.
    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, June 21, 2000
    With a Philadelphia Police Department review of sexual-assault cases less than half-finished, detectives have identified more than 300 rapes that were written off by investigators in the Special Victims Unit during past years.

    Police knocks turned rapist into killer, FBI profile says
    The victim's parents filed the report in a suit, saying officers could have stopped the Rittenhouse attacker.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, May 24, 2000
    Had Philadelphia police knocked down Shannon Schieber's door, they would likely have interrupted a death struggle between the young graduate student and her killer, FBI profilers contend.

    Suspect charged in 1995 rape case
    He is one of 20 who face prosecution after a massive reopening of improperly shelved cases in Phila.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, April 16, 2000
    Five years after Melody Madison was beaten and raped on a deserted playground, Philadelphia police finally launched a serious investigation.

    Sex-case monitors to begin in May
    Timoney met last week with women's group leaders in an effort to improve how rape reports are handled.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, April 10, 2000
    Police Commissioner John F. Timoney's groundbreaking plan to have women's organizations oversee the department's handling of sex crimes will become reality in a few weeks.

    A cry for help that went unheeded
    In 1996, a girl, 8, said she was raped at her baby-sitter's. Only now is a city man charged in that case and another.

    Philadelphia Inquirer April 6, 2000
    Prosecutors say the Kensington man repeatedly raped and sodomized two girls whom his wife was baby-sitting at their rowhouse. He allegedly employed a plastic baseball bat on one occasion.

    Inquirer Opinion Column: Bias of women's groups casts a cloud on rape cases
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, April 6, 2000
    Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney recently announced a program to give women's advocacy groups a major role in evaluating rape complaints. The move is being hailed as a breakthrough for victims, possibly the start of a model program to be emulated nationwide. But is the need to protect the civil rights of the accused being forgotten in the process?

    Inquirer Editorial: First stop, Newark?
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, April 6, 2000
    Lost while driving a rape victim to the city's sex-crimes unit in Bridesburg, Philadelphia police officer Margo Grady finally stopped for directions when she neared Newark, N.J.

    Inquirer Editorial: The cost of injustice
    Ignoring a victim's story costs police a valuable witness.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, April 2, 2000
    Maybe the terrified victim couldn't decipher much of what the Rittenhouse Square rapist told her in a half-hour's rambling - but a retelling of the details would be of intense interest today to the Philadelphia Police Department.

    Sunday Review of the Week: After mishandling of case, rape victim spurns police
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, April 2, 2000
    The first known victim of the Rittenhouse Square rapist has shut off all contact with police because they mishandled her case three years ago.

    Timoney says he will make call on rape cases
    The commissioner asserted police jurisdiction, even as he invited unprecedented public oversight.
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    April 1, 2000

    Clarifying his unusual offer to let women's organizations play a role in the classification of sex crimes, Police Commissioner John F. Timoney said that the department would be the ultimate judge of cases - and that he personally would make the final call.

    Phila. rapist's 1st victim, dismissed in 1997, refuses to help detectives
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, March 30, 2000
    The first known victim of the Rittenhouse Square rapist is refusing to cooperate with the police investigation because the department shelved her complaint when she came forward three years ago.
    * Map of the Center City rapist's spree

    Police reopen the case of a woman assaulted while jogging in 1995
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, March 30, 2000
    Sexual-assault victim Grace Roman finally has the attention of Philadelphia police. Roman, 34, was attacked while jogging along West River Drive five years ago by a man who tackled her hard enough to knock out one of her contact lenses.

    Bail raised in 1996 rape of 7-year-old
    The suspect in the city's recently reopened case is now being held on $250,000, not $50,000.

    Philadelphia Inquirer March 28, 2000
    A Philadelphia judge yesterday substantially increased the bail for a North Philadelphia man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl four years ago.

    Phila. man held for trial, 4 years after child's rape
    The girl, now 11, named her attacker in court. She named him in 1996, too. Police misclassified the case and gave up.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, March 23, 2000
    Four years after Jesine Williams was abducted from a North Philadelphia street and raped, the 11-year-old girl was face-to-face yesterday with the man accused of the crime.

    Timoney to allow sex-case oversight
    Women Organized Against Rape, other groups will get to see how rape and related crimes are being classified.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, March 21, 2000
    Opening Philadelphia's sex-crimes unit to unprecedented scrutiny, Police Commissioner John F. Timoney says he will let women's organizations help police decide when to believe sexual-assault complaints and how to classify them.

    Editorial: Crime stats and the city
    Good, but with state help, could be better.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, March 21, 2000
    There were still 104,658 major crimes reported in Philadelphia last year, a total that won't encourage anyone to get rid of the Club for the steering wheel or to stop bolting shut the front door.

    Arrests in rapes up 46% in 1999
    Reported cases were up 24%. Philadelphia police say they have been taking the crime more seriously.

    Graphic Better stats, more arrests
    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, March 20, 2000
    After years of discarding sexual-assault complaints en masse, Philadelphia police are investigating rapes much more aggressively and making many more arrests.

    Rape suspect arrested in a case police botched
    In 1996, an officer classified a 7-year-old as a "lost child." A card left at the suspect's house got no response.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, March 15, 2000
    Police have arrested and charged a suspect in the rape of a 7-year-old North Philadelphia girl - a case that the sex-crimes unit closed four years ago after a series of blunders.

    City Council OKs new public hearings on sex-crimes unit
    The Public Safety Committee will monitor progress as police work to improve handling of assault complaints.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, February 4, 2000
    Promising to closely monitor reforms in the police rape squad, City Council yesterday authorized new public hearings into the unit's efforts to correct past mishandling of investigations.

    Review of 1996 rapes leads to 2 arrests
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, January 30, 2000
    Reopening a case shut four years ago by the police sex-crimes unit, Philadelphia detectives have arrested a Kensington man and charged him with raping his 10-year-old stepsister.

    Opinion Column: City police should be more open on the disposition of rape cases
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, January 28, 2000
    Rape is a big problem here in Philadelphia, but we are not alone in that respect. A 1997 random-sample survey of more than 10,000 women by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 20 percent of American women have been forced to have sexual intercourse against their will, which is the legal definition of rape.

    Editorial: Bolster police reforms
    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, January 20, 2000
    Maybe Mayor Street's agenda for his first 100 days was too crowded to include the overhaul of the Philadelphia police sex-crimes unit.

    Timoney to raise rape unit staffing
    With as many as 20 new detectives, numbers could increase by a third. More overtime will be approved.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, January 18, 2000
    Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney, as part of a series of moves to improve the sex-crimes unit, says he will add as many as 20 detectives to the squad to increase its investigative staff by a third.

    Police reopen thousands of dumped cases
    Forty-five detectives are reinvestigating more than 2,000 sex offenses that were improperly downgraded since '95.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, January 16, 2000
    The Philadelphia Police Department has launched a massive effort to reinvestigate more than 2,000 reported rapes, indecent assaults and other sex offenses dating to 1995 - cases that had been shelved by the police sex-crimes unit, often after little or no investigation.

    City police reopen case in 1996 rape of girl, 7
    Missteps included never questioning a prime suspect. Now, a DNA sample from him is sought.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, December 29, 1999
    Philadelphia police have reopened their investigation into the 1996 kidnapping and rape of a 7-year-old North Philadelphia girl - a case that police had earlier closed after a series of blunders.

    Editorial: Blind eye no more
    Police response to sex crimes must improve.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, December 23, 1999
    Having faced a sexual predator, then-teenager Jodi Rimmer described the raw emotions that wracked her following the 1990 ordeal. "I was isolated," she said. "I was embarrassed. I was scared. I was alone."

    Source doc Read the incident report
    Police doubted teen was groped
    Part Three: The Rape Squad Files
    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, December 21, 1999
    When she turned 16, Jodi Rimmer developed an "attitude." She fought with her parents, lost her lifelong love of sports, and let her grades tumble. Her mother and father took her to see a therapist.

    Where the attack on Grace Roman occurred
    The Wanted Posted of Roman's attacker
    Jogger took initiative to seek attacker
    Part Two: The Rape Squad Files
    Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, December 20, 1999
    Even now, Grace Roman is haunted by the attack. She was jogging after dark on West River Drive when a man stepped out of the shadows near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and knelt to tie his shoe.

    Source doc The police report listing incident as 'lost child'
    A 7-year-old knew who did it
    Part One: The Rape Squad Files
    Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, December 19, 1999
    Jesine Williams was playing in the snow on a January day in 1996 when a man dragged her into his car on a North Philadelphia street and drove to Fairmount Park. Her chilling story of how Philadelphia police mishandled the rape this 7-year-old shows that police often fail those who need them most.

    Council clears raft of bills, bids colleague adieu
    Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, December 17, 1999
    The City Council that acted in relative harmony for four years to approve city budgets, spur economic development with tax breaks, and regulate the quality of life on city streets ended its term yesterday by swiftly passing 86 bills and bidding farewell to a longtime colleague.

    Council panel backs changes to rape squad
    Sex-crimes officers should be more responsive and better trained, the Public Safety Committee report said.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Tuesday, December 14, 1999
    A City Council committee yesterday called for sweeping change in the police sex-crimes unit, saying the department and Mayor-elect John F. Street should make sure investigators are "committed to proper treatment of sexual assault victims" and are "free of victim-blaming biases."

    Editorial: The right response
    Philadelphia is ready for significant changes in police's handling of sex-crimes cases.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday, December 8, 1999
    What is it about the Frankford Arsenal facility that led Philadelphia police to base the city's sex-crimes unit there? It couldn't be the daunting, military atmosphere, with its barbed-wire fence and high stone walls.

    Timoney: Some sex cases dumped
    He told a Council panel that the practice had gone on for "years and years." He also voiced support for a new unit to aid young victims of sexual assaults.

    Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, December 7, 1999
    Police Commissioner John F. Timoney acknowledged yesterday that the police rape squad had "improperly" and "for years and years" kept some sexual-assault cases out of the city's crime statistics, a practice that cut short investigation.

    Victims' trauma continues at sex-crimes unit, advocates testify
    Survivors, already vulnerable, encounter a forbidding location and often-hostile investigators, Council is told.

    Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, December 7, 1999
    Twenty years after it helped goad the Philadelphia Police Department into creating a separate sex-crimes unit, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) spoke out again yesterday about the department's handling of sexual assault.

    Update on rape stats
    Timoney addresses Council

    Philadelphia Daily News, Tuesday, December 7, 1999
    Police Commissioner John F. Timoney told a City Council committee yesterday that the Police Department was correcting problems on how sex crimes are reported.

    Panel to examine sex-crimes unit
    It will hear reform advocates and the police commissioner speak. The squad has been under fire for dumping cases.

    Monday, December 6, 1999
    A City Council panel will hear testimony today from women's advocates, criminologists, law professors and Police Department brass. Their topic: What to do about tight staffing and antiquated facilities at the police sex-crimes unit, and about the unit's history of manipulating statistics on sexual assault.

    Editorial: The ugly reality
    A more accurate look at city's rape statistics.

    Friday, December 3, 1999
    Go easy on the messengers: Don't chastise the Philadelphia Police Department for the spike in rape cases it just reported. It doesn't mean officers have suddenly fallen down on the job.

    Rape cases in city rise as reporting changes
    Figures for the first six months of '99 show a rise of 17 %. Fewer crimes are being shunted into lesser categories.

    Thursday, December 2, 1999
    The number of rapes recorded by Philadelphia police is surging - not because of an actual increase in sexual assaults, but because investigators are under pressure to stop burying cases.

    Editorial: A good signal
    Staffing moves at the sex-crimes unit may boost confidence in police force.

    November 8, 1999
    Some smart tactical moves in policing also send an important public-safety message - like posting an attentive cop on the corner. That's the dual benefit of Police Commissioner John F. Timoney's decision to run several dozen detectives through the Philadelphia Police Department's troubled sex-crimes unit.

    New detectives to get training with rape squad
    Commissioner John F. Timoney said about 45 officers will be sent to the unit for a week or longer. Some will stay on.

    November 5, 1999
    In his latest move to deal with problems in the Police Department's handling of sex crimes, Police Commissioner John F. Timoney plans to send about 45 detectives to the rape squad for a period of training - with some staying on to expand the understaffed unit.

    Promises of change for city's rape unit
    After a meeting with the police commissioner, women's advocates said the talk was productive.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, October 30, 1999
    Police Commissioner John F. Timoney yesterday promised changes in the department's sex-crimes unit and an extensive review of rape and sexual-assault complaints that may have been buried by investigators, according to women's advocates who met with him.

    Opinion Column
    Rape cases in Center City area are changing the way people live
    Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, October 30, 1999
    MBA student Jeanne Favazzo isn't looking forward to the end of daylight savings time. The night seems especially long with the Center City rapist case unresolved.

    Police checking into old sex cases
    The department is reviewing hundreds of assault complaints in Phila. dating from early '98.

    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, October 29, 1999
    Philadelphia police are conducting an extraordinary review of hundreds of sexual-assault complaints that detectives had either rejected as groundless or filed in administrative categories where they did not show up in crime statistics.

    Delay sought in Schieber lawsuit
    Police said news leaks from the case could hurt the probe. A judge postponed the fact-gathering phase.

    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Tuesday, October 26, 1999
    The Philadelphia Police Department yesterday asked a federal judge to postpone indefinitely a lawsuit filed by the parents of slain graduate student Shannon Schieber, contending that news leaks from the case might damage the investigation into the murder.

    In Council, questions on rape cases
    Some members want to know why many assaults were not investigated. Public hearings are likely.

    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, October 22, 1999
    The shelving of thousands of sexual-assault complaints by the Police Department's rape squad likely will be the subject of public hearings in City Council.

    Living with fear in Rittenhouse Square
    A series of sexual attacks has women taking precautions - and eyeing men with suspicion.

    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, October 22, 1999
    Maureen Rainey, 37, studied the thin man who strode past her on 21st Street near Pine. "There he goes," she said Monday, as the man in the black leather jacket and jeans sauntered down the sidewalk past the office where she works as a legal secretary. "That's him, that's the Center City rapist."

    Daily News Columnist Jill Porter:
    Very visible terror somehow manages to remain invisible

    October 12, 1999
    His picture glares from storefront windows. His presence permeates the streets, ominous and chilling. Publicity about him is unrelenting. And yet he slinks beneath the glaring searchlight, escaping detection. He is, impossibly, still out there.

    Another assault in the square
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Monday, October 11, 1999
    A man bearing a resemblance to the rapist who has terrorized the city's Rittenhouse Square area was being sought today after he broke into an apartment in the neighborhood last night, tried to assault a woman sexually, and was fought off, authorities said.

    DNA links serial rapist to 'inactive' case
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Saturday, October 9, 1999
    New DNA tests established yesterday that a 1997 assault on a Center City woman - a case that the police rape squad decided was not a crime and stamped "inactive" - was committed by the Rittenhouse Square serial rapist.

    Editorial: Downgrading crimes
    Serial rapist case is a sad reminder of the cost of misreporting by police.

    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, October 8, 1999
    When Philadelphia police dismissed the claims of two Center City women who said they were attacked by apartment intruders, a depraved man likely was left free to continue his nightmarish sex attacks. Eventually, he killed.

    Serial rape investigation widens to a sixth attack
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Thursday, October 7, 1999
    Philadelphia police say the Rittenhouse Square serial rapist may have struck for the first time two years ago with the attempted rape of a Center City woman - an assault that the department's sex-crimes unit decided was not a crime and stamped "inactive."

    DNA links 5th case to Rittenhouse rapist
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Wednesday, October 6, 1999
    Two years after investigators labeled the case a burglary, police yesterday confirmed that a 1997 assault on a Center City woman, who was choked and stripped naked inside her apartment, was committed by the same man responsible for a series of rapes and a murder near Rittenhouse Square.

    Rittenhouse serial rapist called a local social misfit
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Wednesday, September 22, 1999
    The serial rapist who murdered Wharton graduate student Shannon Schieber and sexually assaulted at least three other women in the Rittenhouse Square area is probably a socially inept local who attacks women he views as his superiors in order to reassure himself of his masculinity, an FBI criminal profiling expert told a packed community meeting last night.

    Letter to the Editor from Police Commissioner Timoney
    Commissioner rebuts article on Schieber case
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Sunday, September 5, 1999
    The story "Timoney explains decision not to enter Schieber apartment" (Inquirer, Aug. 29) requires an informed response. While I am vehemently opposed to litigating a court case in the press, I think that the decision to publish a story filled with facts that are distorted and taken out of context cannot go unanswered.

    Parents of murder victim appeal for any information in case
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Saturday, September 4, 1999
    The parents of murder victim Shannon Schieber yesterday pleaded for members of the public to come forward with information about the man who killed their daughter and has sexually assaulted at least three other young women in Center City.

    Police: Weekend rape tied to Schieber death
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, September 3, 1999
    Homicide detectives said yesterday that the man who sexually assaulted a Center City woman over the weekend is the serial rapist who killed Wharton student Shannon Schieber and raped two other women.

    Woman, 18, is raped by intruder in Center City
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Tuesday, August 31, 1999
    Police yesterday released a description of a man wanted in the rape of an 18-year-old woman in the Graduate Hospital area of Center City. The attacker climbed through a first-floor window of a private residence in the 1900 block of Naudain Street around 5 a.m. Saturday, said Capt. Joseph Mooney of the Special Victims Unit.

    Timoney explains decision not to enter Schieber apartment
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Sunday, August 29, 1999
    The two officers arrived at the young Wharton School student's door four minutes after a neighbor told a 911 dispatcher he had heard her scream for help in the middle of the night.

    Letter to the Editor from Shannon Schieber's Parents
    Plea for police changes
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Wednesday, May 12, 1999
    Friday was the first anniversary of the murder of our daughter, Shannon Schieber. We are pleased that Shannon's love of life, contributions to the community, and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions to her community and country have been widely recognized.

    Collaring criminals may be just a mouse click away
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Saturday, March 27, 1999
    To track down suspects, the Philadelphia police Homicide Division has long relied on dogged investigations and shoe leather. Yesterday, the division went into cyberspace.

    Police release sketch of suspect in murder
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Tuesday, February 23, 1999
    Investigators yesterday released a composite drawing of the man they believe murdered Wharton School student Shannon Schieber last spring. The sketch was rendered with the help of a woman who was raped in Center City in August 1997. DNA tests that were completed last month linked the woman's attacker to a second rape that August and to Schieber's murder in May.

    Woman to assist murder probe
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Saturday, February 13, 1999
    A woman who police say was raped by the same man who strangled Wharton School student Shannon Schieber in her Center City apartment last year is now expected to play a key role in the murder investigation, police said yesterday.

    DNA links Wharton student's killer to rapes
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, February 12, 1999
    The man who murdered Wharton School student Shannon Schieber in her Center City apartment last May had previously raped at least two other women in the same part of the city, according to DNA tests that have provided the first major break in the case.

    Parents of slain student sue city, 2 police officers
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Tuesday, October 27, 1998
    For a few crucial minutes on the night Shannon Schieber was strangled in her Fitler Square apartment, there was a chance the Wharton School doctoral student could have been saved by police, her parents say.

    Search still on for killer of grad student and all her promise
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Sunday, October 25, 1998
    On a cool night in early May, Shannon Schieber - a tall, lively superachiever who had just finished her first year as a doctoral student at the Wharton School - was preparing to take a bath in her tiny studio near Fitler Square.

    After 7 weeks, student's death still offers few clues to police
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Wednesday, June 24, 1998
    In the beginning, the slaying of Wharton graduate student Shannon Schieber seemed as if it could be quickly solved: The victim had filed a harassment complaint against a male friend. Someone's blood was found in her apartment. Schieber, police said, probably knew her killer.

    Penn student likely knew her killer, police say
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Saturday, May 9, 1998
    Shannon Schieber probably knew who killed her. Her assailant possibly slipped through the sliding-glass door on her balcony late Wednesday or early Thursday. The killer strangled her, leaving her body face down on the bed.

    Murder suspected in death of student
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Friday, May 8, 1998
    Homicide detectives last night were investigating the death of a 24-year-old Wharton School doctoral student whose body was found in her Center City apartment yesterday afternoon.

    Two rapes, believed unrelated, are investigated in Center City
    Philadelphia Inquirer -- Thursday, August 7, 1997
    Philadelphia police are investigating two rapes - believed to be unrelated - that were reported within one day in Center City. The first investigation began Tuesday when a pregnant woman told authorities that she was raped about noon under a subway stairwell at Eighth and Market Streets.

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