YONKERS, NEW YORK, USA Francisco Acevedo was an American serial killer who murdered three women in Yonkers, New York. His actions were primarily motivated by sex.
On July 3, 1986, which was 3 years before his first murder, he attacked a young woman in a company truck and abducted her to a remote area. There he tied her eyes and hands and raped her. When he fell asleep, the woman ran away. Acevedo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for this act. He was released in June 1988.
He was also accused several times of physically assaulting his wife. He once broke her nose. He was in prison for the next 9 months for these actions.
On January 26, 2009, he was arrested by the police for drunken driving. In prison, he provided his DNA sample when he applied to the parole board. But federal computers linked his DNA to murder cases nearly 30 years old:
- On February 5, 1989, the naked and bound body of 26-year-old Maria Ramos was found. It was displayed in a very sexual position in an industrial area near the Hudson River.
- On March 28, 1991, the body of 28-year-old Tawanda Hodges was found.
- On May 24, 1996, the body of 30-year-old Kimberly Moore was found at the Trade Winds Motel. Her hands were tied behind her back and her T-shirt was rolled up so that her breasts were visible.
All of his victims were found beaten and exposed in a sexual position.
Acevedo has denied all allegations of murder. But he admitted that he had sexual intercourse with all the women. The court dropped the rape charges because all the murdered women worked as prostitutes. But he was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the murders (25 years for each woman).