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Two Convicted Sex Offenders Charged With Rape, Murder Of Four Women

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Orange County, California police have charged two convicted sex offenders with the rape and murders of four women. According to the Orange County police chief, there may be more undiscovered victims.

The charged men are Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27. Both men are on parole as registered sex offenders, and both are required to wear GPS tracking devices. Police believe the two men met in 2012, when they helped each other hack off their tracking bracelets and traveled to Nevada using aliases.

The first victim went missing on October 30, 2013. The woman, Kianna Jackson, was in Southern California to appear in court for prostitution charges. She disappeared following her hearing. The three other deceased victims – Jarrae Estepp, Martha Anaya, and Josephine Vargas – have histories of prostitution as well.

Police began tying the missing women’s disappearances together when they found Estepp’s body on a conveyor belt at a trash processing plant in March.

“The lifestyle that we are aware of these four individuals, their pattern of behavior and the location where they frequented ties the four of them together,” said Anaheim Police chief Ralph Quezada.

Jackson was their first victim, and Estepp their most recent. Police believe there may be more undiscovered killings.

“[The detectives] put a stop to a serial killing that would likely have continued beyond this point,” said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Cano and Gordon were arrested on Friday. Yesterday, they were each charged with four counts of special circumstances murder and four felony counts of rape. The special circumstances designation is used when a victim is murdered during a rape or when there is more than one murder victim in a case.

The charges mean both men will undoubtedly be facing serious prison time. At a minimum, they will be spending the rest of their lives in prison. Prosecutors may also opt to pursue the death penalty in both cases.

Homicide detectives have asked law enforcement agencies across the nation to check missing person cases to see if any more victims could be tied to Gordon and Cano. 

Sources: CBS LA, Mail Online