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The Best Of 2008

No One Surprised When Local Man Arrested For Serial Murder
By Bill Shepherd -- Staff Writer 

It came as a shock to absolutely no one when Xavier Tompkins, 42, Lincoln, NE, was arrested on suspicion of being the "Spine Rape Killer." According to friends, family, coworkers, and people who have sat next to him on the bus, they could easily imagine that Tompkins would perpetrate such a gruesome series of homicides.

Sgt. Clay Blair, LPD officer and cousin to Tompkins, remembers him as a creepy, antisocial child who unnerved all around him. "I wanted to arrest him as soon as I joined the force, but unfortunately there isn't a statute against being an eerie, psychopathic dude with way too much interest in horror films and a collection of knives." Sgt. Blair lamented the fact that it took the death of thirty-three prostitutes, strippers, coeds, and hobos to reach a conclusion that "anyone could see coming a mile away."

Mabel Tompkins, Xavier's elderly mother, expressed a sense of finality upon hearing the news. "I always wondered what awful, awful thing Xavy would do, and now I know. I'm relieved, I expected more something awfuler." Her thoughts and feelings about being the mother of a serial murderer, plus her award winning recipe for banana nut bread, will be recorded in a forthcoming book, set to be published by True Crime Presses early next year.

While the toll his horrendous crimes have taken on the community are just now coming to light, Tompkins' future appears to be as clearly defined as the rest of his life trajectory. A sensational trial will lead Tompkins to a death sentence, followed by a jailhouse marriage to a troubled female admirer with a severely shattered sense of self, ending with Tompkins living out his dream of dying after being shivved with a sharpened toothbrush.

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