River Valley Serial Killer KNWA

KNWA - August 26, 2018
River Valley Serial Killer KNWA
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River Valley Serial Killer KNWA

Since a river valley serial killer murdered two women and raped a 16-year-old girl.

((nate)) charles ray vines was convicted on two capital murder charges -- in sebastian and crawford county.

Vines' crimes are now the focus of a national t-v show.

Knwa's haley hughey -- live in studio -- after speaking with the fort smith police captain who helped convict vines.

((haley)) the relief police departments felt once vines was behind bars -- incomparable.

A new documentary called "murder by numbers" will look back at some of the most heinous crimes police say they've ever witnessed.

### jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "from the aspect of what was done with the victims, it was probably one of the most horrific homicides i ever worked."

((haley)) it's the type of case former fort smith police captian jay rider says he'll never forget.

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "it was a really horrific crime scene.

There was blood in every place.

In the living room, the attacker had kicked the door in.

The door frame shattered all over the room."

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "clearly she had a violent confrontation.

You could see defense marks all over her hands and arms. stab wounds to the head, and torso."

((haley)) charles ray vines -- who is now behind bars for life -- murdered and raped two elderly women -- juanita wofford in 1993 and ruth henderson in 1995.

Several years later -- in 2000 -- vines attempted to murder a 16 year old girl.

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "you could almost take the crime scene photos, and over lap them and see the similarities."

((haley)) rider then started working with the crawford county sheriff's office.

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "the fact that there we had two murders in a small area like this it was really frustrating.

We followed up on every lead that we could."

((haley)) after the 1995 murder, the case went cold.

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "it wasn't until about 5 years later after the henderson murder, that the young lady was attacked in her home."

((haley)) the third known attack led to vines' arrest.

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "the step dad found him on top of the young girl, and tried beating him to death."

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "a deputy arrived before he could finish the job.

The step father was trying to extract justice right there."

((haley)) the dna from the first two cases... a perfect match with the dna evidence found in the final crime scene.

Jay rider, former captain, fort smith police department - "to me personally, it was just a real relief.

I was feeling good about preserving and staying with the case that long."

((haley)) a year after the arrest -- vines agreed to sit down with rider.

For 5 days -- 8 hours at a time.

I asked rider what it was like speaking with a serial killer in depth and his immediate response... jay rider, former capt.

Fort smith police department - "i don't know if you would want to put it on the local news."

Jay rider, former capt.

Fort smith police department - "it was very trying sitting there discussing things people shouldn't have to discuss."

((haley)) more than two decades later... rider says he understands the intrigue in vines' case.

Jay rider, former capt.

Fort smith police department - "you just don't run into that level of violence everyday.

And in fact that was probably a once in a lifetime, once in a career type investigation."

((haley)) the documentary on vines is the first episode in a series of shows about serial killers.

It airs tomorrow night... and rider says he does plan on watching.

For more information on the documentary... log onto our website -- n-w-a homepage dot com.

Live in studio -- haley hughey --knwa--northwest arkansas news.

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