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Butcher Suspected Of Hacking Murder

A woman’s tale of being raped and locked in a box while her friend was hacked apart turned even more macabre when body parts began surfacing in the bayou and a suspect turned out to be the neighborhood butcher.

After Gary Simmons turned himself in to police Wednesday, neighbors recalled how the man at the grocery store meat counter often had boasted of his fantasies.

“This is pretty sick, but he talked about wanting to take a girl and keep her like a prisoner, locked in one of his rooms,” said Donald Taylor.

Simmons and his brother-in-law Timothy Milano, who was arrested Tuesday, were jailed on murder, kidnapping and rape charges in the attack on a Texas man and woman Monday night.

The investigation began early Tuesday when a woman who claimed to have been raped, tortured and locked in a metal box escaped from Simmons’ home and ran to a neighbor’s house. The woman later told police her friend, Jeffrey Wolf, had been killed and his body had been cut into several pieces.

Investigators searching a bayou which runs through the quiet neighborhood found some of the body parts Tuesday and continued their search Wednesday.



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