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Illinois Serial Killer Charged with ‘89 Slaying.



A former Milwaukee man convicted in the serial murders of five children in Illinois during the late 1980s and early 1990s was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee with killing a 32-year-old mother of three more than 20 years ago.

Lorenzo Fayne, 38, was charged in a complaint with the beating death Sept. 15, 1989, of Rita D. Scott, whose partially clothed body was found in a pool of blood near a loading dock in the 1500 block of W. Cherry St. Her head had been smashed in with chunks of concrete, and she had been sexually assaulted. Scott had three boys, ages 11, 5 and 11 months.

In May, a routine search of a national DNA databank of convicted felons linked Fayne to Scott’s death. “We’ve all waited 20 years,” said Scott’s mother, Mozella Scott of Milwaukee. “We were very happy and relieved. Now my daughter can sleep in peace, I’m pretty sure.”

Fayne grew up in Milwaukee, lived in the 2400 block of W. Lloyd St., and began drifting between Milwaukee and his grandmother’s home in East St. Louis, Ill., when he turned 18 in 1989. That was the year he killed his first known victim, 6-year-old Aree Hunt of Centerville, Ill. Fayne was convicted of beating the child to death and was sentenced in August 1994 to life in prison without parole.

In 2001, Fayne was convicted of stabbing Latondra Dean, 14, in March 1992; of strangling Fallon Flood, 9, in July 1992; of stabbing Glenda Jones, 17, in June 1993; and of stabbing Faith Davis, 17, in July 1994. All four girls lived in the East St. Louis area.

He told police he sneaked up to Scott and bashed her head with a rock with such force that the rock broke in two. He then dragged her body through a gangway between a factory and house, continued to beat her with the chunk of rock he still had in his hand, then had sex with her once she was dead.

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