Why Own A Gun? Suspected Serial Killer Identified By Sources in Connecticut

photo from http://pentagist.com/

Although the writers at Noozsaurus try to take a more moderate approach to their articles, reporting in a more unbiased style in regards to political ideologies, but every once in a while it is necessary to point out the “obvious”.

Why do people need to arm themselves?

It appears that sources close to a serial murder investigation in New Britain, Connecticut have finally identified the suspected killer.  45 year-old William Devin Howell, a man already behind bars on unrelated manslaughter charges, currently serving a 15 year sentence, is now believed to be behind the murders of seven people, whose bodies were found behind a shopping plaza.

Investigators have just recently found four more bodies in the same area where they had previously discovered three bodies of women who have been missing since 2003. Of the four newest discoveries one of the remains examined by forensic experts has been identified as Melanie Ruth Camilini, last seen in a nearby town in January 2003.

According to the state Division of Criminal Justice, the man was convicted of one count of first-degree manslaughter in 2007, involving the homicide of 33 year-old Nilso Arizmendi, who was last seen getting into his van in Wethersfield, Ct. in 2003, although her body has yet to be discovered.

WFSB 3 Connecticut

State Police in Virginia concluded that Howell had connections to the death of Arizmendi, when they analyzed blood found in his vehicle that belonged to her.  In addition, they found blood from another person, but have yet been able to determine who it belongs to. At the time of the 2003 disappearance of the victim, Howell had been in the area doing odd jobs such as mowing grass at residential and commercial locations throughout the local area. Although full details as to how Howell has been connected to all the bodies found has not been released, the evidence collected thus far is painting a pretty disturbing picture as to what this man may have been doing with his spare time. Investigators are diligently working to identify the remains found in this area, and continuing efforts to recover anymore that might still be in this heavily wooded, swampy area just southwest of nearby Hartford, Connecticut’s largest city, are ongoing.

FBI crimes stats from 2009

FBI crimes stats from 2009

I know that there are extenuating circumstances behind every crime perpetrated, and even if these young ladies had been responsible gun owners who carried open or concealed, it still may not have prevented them from becoming victims, although some of the statistics out there, beg to differ. In the case of these women, we will never know if being armed would’ve prevented this “sick and twisted” man from inflicting the harm and eventual death upon them, but in my mind, one thing is for certain, it couldn’t have hurt them any less to have been armed.  


Even the Detroit City Police Chief James Craig weighed in on this discussion with:

Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.

“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.

.video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

There are “bad” people in this world. Their actions may never touch you directly, and I pray that it always stays that way for you, but they do effect many people’s lives. I have personally seen the aftermath from these heinous crimes. I’ve had attackers use knives and guns in an attempt to inflict their will on me, and although I have never needed to “kill” anyone, I am thankful that if it ever came to that, I would have the ability to prevent harm to myself, my family or my friends.

“It is better to be overprepared for too little, than underprepared for too much.”




About the Author

Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams