State prosecutors have described Berlin contractor Alex Scesny, who is currently jailed facing a rape charge, as a "person of interest" in the unsolved slayings of several women from the Worcester area. This 4-year-old photo shows Scesny working on a riding arena project in West Brookfield.
(Photo by Dan Gould, Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
A Berlin man facing trial on rape charges is under investigation in the 1996 slaying of a Fitchburg woman, and authorities are also investigating whether he is linked to the killings of several women with ties to a Worcester neighborhood, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said yesterday.
Alex F. Scesny is being held without bail on charges that he raped a woman last year in a West Boylston motel, said the spokesman, Timothy Connolly.
Scesny has been linked by DNA testing to the killing of Theresa K. Stone of Fitchburg, who had worked as a prostitute, according to a State Police affidavit filed in Worcester Superior Court.
The lawyer representing Scesny, Benjamin Brooks, did not return a call seeking comment.
A DNA profile of Scesny, based on evidence from the 2007 rape, matched the DNA profile of Stone's probable killer, the affidavit said. Police also said in the affidavit that two other men who were under investigation in Stone's slaying were dropped as suspects because their DNA did not match.
Asked about a possible link between Scesny and the still-unsolved slayings of at least four women with ties to Worcester's Main South neighborhood, Connolly said: "Mr. Scesny is a person of interest in the deaths of several women who sometimes worked as prostitutes in the Main South area of Worcester."
He would not elaborate.
The bodies of the women were found in Marlborough, Hudson, Rutland, and York, Maine, in the past several years. Their deaths have been under investigation by State Police assigned to Early's office and by Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone's office, because the remains of three of the victims were found in Middlesex County
Three of the victims were Carmen Rudy, 28, and Betzaida Montalvo, 29, whose bodies were both discovered in Marlborough; and Dinelia Torres, 33, whose body was found in Hudson. The body of Wendy Morello, 40, of Millbury was found in York in 2004, and police there had been investigating whether there was any connection to the three woman found dead in Middlesex County.
"He is certainly someone we would like to speak with regarding the homicides in both Hudson and Marlborough," Corey Welford, spokesman for the Middlesex district attorney's office, said of Scesny. "Are we ready to declare him a suspect? No. Are we constantly looking to follow up on any new leads in these cases? Absolutely."
Jackie Rudy, the sister of Carmen Rudy, said in a telephone interview that she welcomed the news authorities may have have made progress in the case. Carmen Rudy was 28 when she disappeared in 2002, and her remains were found Sept. 29, 2003, in Marlborough.
"I hope it comes to a closure," she said of her sister, who was the mother of two children and would be a grandmother if she were still alive. "It's really hard on us."
Jackie Rudy said the family suffers their loss each time there is news coverage of the killings. She said she wants the person responsible to face the death penalty.
Rudy said her sister was not a prostitute, but did live in the Main South neighborhood, where she was battling heroin addiction. She said all of the victims were acquainted with each other, and she bristled at how the news media routinely refers to them as prostitutes.
"They were mothers, sisters, and daughters," she said. "They were human beings that got murdered."
-- John Ellement