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5 red flags from checkered past of Wisconsin suitcase bodies suspect

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A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel probe into the checkered past of Steven Zelich shows a number of red flags regarding the former police officer suspected of killing two women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and ditched on the roadside.

Zelich is charged with the murders of Laura Simonson of Farmington, Minn. and Jenny Gamez of Oregon. A detective in the case said the ex-cop told him that he killed the two women during rough sex, then put their bodies in suitcases but waited several months to get rid of them.

The bullet points of Zelich’s past beg the question: Could there be more victims?

Checkered job history

In 12 years of service with the West Allis Police Department, Zelich had a disciplinary record that included 3 squad car crashes and instances of insubordination, untruthfulness and “neglect of duty.”

The Journal Sentinel highlights a case in which Zelich botched a domestic violence call. The woman involved in the case later committed suicide.

Lack of social connections

A longtime resident of the Franklin, Wis. neighborhood where Zelich owned a condo said most people in the neighborhood were very social, but Zelich kept to himself.

The property manager of his apartment in West Allis said Zelich was quiet and paid his rent on time. There were never any complaints involving Zelich, but other tenants of the building said they didn’t ever get know him or talk to him.

Sudden fly infestation

Neighbors of Zelich’s told the newspaper they remembered a sudden maggot and fly infestation last summer, even though they had just moved in and didn’t have any food or garbage in the apartment. A neighbor above Zelich’s unit said they recalled a “dead animal” smell last fall.

Scared strippers

The owner of the Spot Lite Lounge strip club said Zelich made a regular stop at the club, which was unusual because police would rarely visit if they didn’t have a reason. Three of the dancers eventually complained to police about Zelich – the only time in the club’s 40 years that the dancers called police about a specific customer.

Woman running away in underwear

In May of 2001, police were called to Zelich’s apartment after a woman ran out of the unit, crying and in her underwear. The woman told police that Zelich was paying her for a lap dance, but she tried to leave when she heard a noise that sounded like handcuffs.

Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at http://bit.ly/1mhzxWr

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