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Authorities isolate killer's voice on 911 call

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The clue that leads police to the gunman who killed five women at a suburban Lane Bryant store may be his voice. Monday, investigators released a 9-1-1 call with the killer's voice isolated.

This is the first time we are hearing the killer's voice. Tinley Park Police say they are hoping someone may recognize it. But it sounds like the man's voice is muffled and in the background -- and most, if not everything, he says is hard to make out.

The whispering voice making this 9-1-1 call is that of Lane Bryant manager Rhoda McFarland. But for the rest of this 37-second clip, police have edited the victims' voices in order to isolate the killer's voice. Unfortunately, it doesn't make it any easier to understand him.

Moments after the call was placed on February 2, police say the gunman shot and killed McFarland and customers Connie Woolfolk, Sarah Szafranski, Jennifer Bishop and Carrie Chiuso. A sixth victim, a store employee, was shot in the neck and survived.

Last week, police released a 15-second portion of the 9-1-1 call. On it, you can hear manager McFarland telling police to hurry. When police released that portion of the 9-1-1 call last week -- without the killer's voice -- they said the rest of the recording was being analyzed as evidence.

Download 9-1-1 call audio (Quicktime, mp4 format)

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