A transgender woman accused of killing three prostitutes in Washington nearly twenty-five years ago is blaming the crime on someone else — her pre-op self.
DNA and fingerprint evidence links Donna Perry, who was born Douglas Perry, to the serial murders of Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe. The bodies of the three, who worked as prostitutes, were found on the banks of the Spokane River in 1990.
Police also discovered a .22 bullet casing in the vehicle Perry was driving at the time of the murders, ABC News affiliate KXLY reports.
But Donna Perry has told investigators that she is not to blame, according to a police affidavit as reported by KXLY. Douglas is the culprit, Donna now says.
“I’m not going to admit I killed anybody, I didn’t. Donna has killed nobody,” Perry told detectives, according to the affidavit. “Doug did.”
Perry, 62, waffled on the claim. “I don’t know if Doug did or not, it was 20 years ago and I have no idea whether he did or did not,” said Perry, according to the affidavit.
Perry, who underwent sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2000, had told detectives back in 2012 that she underwent the operation “as a permanent way to control violence.”
According to KXLY, Perry said that “there’s a great downturn in violence” for people who transition from male to female.
“Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it,” said post-op Perry, according to the police affidavit.
While in a women’s jail, Perry told a cellmate that she had killed nine prostitutes in all. According to KXLY, Perry carried out the killings “because she couldn’t breed and the women had the ability to have children and they were wasting it being ‘pond scum.’”
Perry is being held in Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond. Jail records list Perry as a female, though under her birth name, Douglas R. Perry.
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