Sunday, May 1, 2011

Atlanta Serial Killer Suspected in Multiple Murders


After receiving his third life sentence for murder this year, it's a fairly safe bet that serial killer Charles Lendelle Carter will never kill again.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's DepartmentCharles Lendelle Carter, 43, has been convicted of three murders in Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

Yet authorities still aren't certain how many times he has killed before.

Over the past year, the 43-year-old Norcross man has pleaded guilty to two slayings in Fulton and one in Gwinnett. The victims were:

- Apriel Allen, 38, an administrative assistant who was stabbed and sexually assaulted at her townhome in Atlanta Oct. 20, 2004.

- Angela Thayer Green, a mother of six who was found strangled to death Dec. 27, 2005 at a friend's apartment in Norcross.

- Lisa Rosenthal, 40, a single mother of two who was stabbed in the face and back at her Alpharetta home on Jan. 12, 2006.

Police in two other metro Atlanta counties are also looking at Carter in connection with two unsolved murders.

A review of the Gwinnett County District Attorney's investigative file on Carter, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via an Open Records request, provided an in-depth look at the slayings for which he has been convicted, and some new information about killings for which he is suspected.

Carter lived with his mother at an extended-stay hotel in Norcross and bounced between restaurant jobs as a chef. He was known to have been employed at the now-defunct Asiago restaurant in Norcross, where he showed up to work with blood on his pants the day of Green's slaying and was sent home early. He has also worked at Outback Steakhouse on Ashford Crossing in Dunwoody, and at Roxx Tavern on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta.

He was also known as something of a penny ante crook. He was arrested 15 times between 1987 and 1997 for crimes involving theft, deception, battery, aggravated assault, probation violations and traffic offenses.

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