A smooth-talking drifter suspected of strangling or stabbing at least four women in a cross-country killing spree was captured Monday after leading police on a 100 mph chase.
Glen Rogers, 33, was forced off the road by more than a half-dozen police cruisers after the 15-mile chase near rural Waco. During the pursuit, police tried to shoot out Rogers’ tires.
He was taken to a state police station in Richmond, Ky., to be interrogated.
“He is cooperating to some degree,” Capt. Charles Bowman of the state police told reporters at an evening news conference.
Rogers is wanted in the slayings of at least four women - three of whom had reddish hair - in California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida in the past two months.
Authorities believe he may have committed three other killings in California. Rogers also is wanted for questioning in the death of a 73-year-old Ohio man he briefly lived with. The man’s decomposed body was found last year tied to a chair in an abandoned cabin that Rogers’ family owns near Beattyville, Ky.
No weapons were found in the car but “there are some things in there that we feel may be evidence,” said state Trooper Ed Robinson.
The FBI, which also is questioning Rogers, said he fits the description of a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday in nearby Booneville. Authorities won’t say how much money was taken.
Police said he made little effort to conceal himself during the crime spree, boasting to friends about at least one killing and driving a victim’s car after another.
Rogers’ sister, Sue Rogers, told “A Current Affair” in an interview for broadcast Monday that her brother “said he’s already killed 55 people (and) shot a highway patrolman … and he said the police will never catch him unless he wants them to.” She said she talked to him last Tuesday.
Rogers grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, where he had a long arrest record on charges that include assault and arson. He is believed to have moved to California in 1993.
He was said to be able to talk a person into anything: a ride home from the bar, a place to crash for a few a days or weeks, a woman’s affections.
“Oh, he’s smooth,” said Detective Dan Pratt in Hamilton. “Glen is very personable.”
The FBI had been expected to add Rogers to its 10 Most Wanted list this week.
He is wanted for the following deaths:
Sandra Gallagher, 34, a barmaid in Van Nuys, Calif., who was found raped and strangled in her burning pickup Sept. 29. Rogers had allegedly met her in a bar the night before.
Linda Price, 34, of Jackson, Miss., who was found stabbed to death in her bathtub on Nov. 3. Rogers had lived with Price for a few weeks in October.
Tina Marie Cribbs, 34, a motel maid who was found stabbed Nov. 7 in a motel where Rogers stayed in Tampa, Fla.
Andy Jiles Sutton, 37, whose slashed body was found Thursday on a punctured waterbed in her apartment in Bossier City, La. Rogers also knew Sutton.
Sgt. Tony Young, a Kentucky state police spokesman, said police received an anonymous telephone tip that Rogers was in the Waco area 40 miles southeast of Lexington. State police Detective Robert Stephens spotted him.
“I pulled up beside him and was able to get a look at him,” Stephens said. “I knew it was him. I backed off and radioed my post and they sent additional units.”
Rogers, in a stolen white Ford Fiesta, sped through two towns and ran around a police roadblock. Finally, police forced Rogers’ car off the road after trying to shoot out his tires and the vehicle crashed in a field.
Police, guns drawn, pulled Rogers out of the car and shoved him onto the ground, facedown. He didn’t put up a fight as they handcuffed him.
“I don’t know how much fight was left in him when they got him stopped,” said Rollin Knifley, a state police dispatcher.
The car Rogers was driving is believed to have been taken from one of the victims, but Robinson didn’t know which one.
Edith Smallwood of Beattyville, Rogers’ cousin, said she had seen him recently, but she wouldn’t confirm a report that she was the one who turned him in.
“I’m not going to say,” she said. “We don’t want to get involved in anything.”