Serial killer of prostitutes gets
another 25+ years
September 6, 2007
A convicted serial killer already
serving life in prison was sentenced today to another 25
to 50 years behind bars for raping and beating a
prostitute who survived his usually deadly attacks.
The formality in Wayne Circuit Court
closes the case on Shelly Andre Brooks, a homeless man
whom authorities believe killed at least seven
prostitutes between August 2001 and June 2006.
Investigators have said he may have killed another seven
women, though no charges were filed in those deaths.
His latest legal case was the one
that led police to catch him at all.
In June 2006, Brooks followed his
familiar routine of raping prostitutes, beating them
with rocks or sticks and leaving them for dead. His last
victim slipped into a coma, but survived the attack.
She described her attacker as
unusually tall and knew him as "E." The name was just
one of several Brooks used, but the description led
police to arrest him when he entered an abandoned
building in July 2006.
Police said Brooks eventually
confessed to the slayings, even offering one they didn't
Suspected Serial Killer Sentenced
To Life Without Parole
March 29, 2007
Shelly Brooks, who police said is a
suspected serial killer, was sentenced to life in prison
without parole by Judge Vonda Evans on Thursday, Local 4
reported. Brooks testified that he had sex with several
prostitutes but did not kill them, and said in court
that Detroit police officers threatened him into signing
a confession that said he bludgeoned several prostitutes
Brooks was charged with first-degree murder in the
slayings of prostitutes from 1999 to 2005.
Suspected serial killer convicted
a second time of murder
March 16, 2007
Wayne County jurors took only 30
minutes to convict suspected serial killer Shelly Brooks
of first-degree murder today, his second conviction in
Brooks, 38, of Detroit was convicted
in the bludgeoning death of Rhonda Myles, who was found
bludgeoned to death in an abandoned building on
Detroit's east side in April 2002. A sentencing date has
not been set.
Last week, he was convicted in the
beating death of Pamela Greer. He will be sentenced
March 22 in the Greer case.
“Two life sentences already, no
parole, he's not getting out,” said Detroit Police
Office Mike Carlisle, a homicide investigator who worked
the serial killings. “Once again, we got a conviction
against a serial killer.”
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor
Robert Moran said DNA evidence and a confession from
Brooks gave prosecutors a strong case.
“That's one of the quickest verdicts
I've ever had,” said Moran, who has been prosecuting for
Brooks is charged with first-degree
murder in the killings of five other prostitutes and the
rape of a surviving woman.
“We'll probably come back and make a
decision on which other cases to try after he's been
sentenced,” Moran said.
The woman testified that on June 26,
she and Brooks had sex and smoked crack cocaine inside
an abandoned garage, then went to an abandoned house to
smoke more crack. She said Brooks then sexually
assaulted her and struck her with a brick.
Suspected Serial Killer Convicted
of Murdering Prostitute
March 16, 2007
A man described by police as one of
the most prolific serial killers in the city's history
was convicted Thursday of murdering a prostitute.
It was the second murder conviction in eight days for
Shelly Brooks, 38, of Detroit. He also faces first-degree murder charges
in the slayings of five other prostitutes dating back to 2001.
A jury deliberated only 30 minutes Thursday before
finding Brooks guilty in the bludgeoning death of Rhonda Myles, whose
body was found in April 2002. A sentencing date was not immediately set.
DNA evidence and a confession from Brooks gave
prosecutors a strong case in Myles' death, Assistant Wayne County
Prosecutor Robert Moran said.
"We'll probably come back and make a decision on
which other cases to try after he's been sentenced," Moran told the
Detroit Free Press.
Brooks was convicted March 7 in the 2002 slaying of
Pamela Greer, 33. He faces mandatory life in prison with no chance of
parole when he is sentenced March 22 in that case.
All the victims died of blunt-force trauma from
objects such as cement blocks and a table leg, and their bodies were
found in abandoned buildings or vacant fields. A surviving victim
testified that in June 2006 she smoked crack with Brooks, who then
sexually assaulted her and struck her with a brick. He faces rape and
assault charges in her case.
Police suspect Brooks may be responsible for the
killings of seven other prostitutes in a murder spree that began in 1999.
Serial Killer Suspect, Shelly
Andre Brooks Convicted in Detroit
By Jeanne Marie Kerns
March 08, 2007
In August of 2001, the body of Sandra
Davis, 53, was found at 9700 St Paul in Detroit,
Michigan. She had been struck in the head repeatedly and
then dragged into a closet where she was left to die.
January 22, 2002 the body of Pamela
Greer, 33, was found in the same building as Davis as
well as the same condition.
April 14, 2002 Marion Woods -Daniels,
36, was found at 4904 Crane St, her head bashed in by
blows from a brick.
April 22, 2002 the body of Rhonda
Myles, 45, was found in a vacant building located at
1382 Manistique, she had been beaten to death with the
leg of a wooden chair.
November 05, 2002 the body of Thelma
Johnson, 30, was found at Mack and Holcomb, she like the
others had been beaten to death.
October 18, 2005 the body of Melissa
Toston, 38, inside of a vacant garage located between
Chalmers St. and Flanders St.,she was beaten to death
with a cement object.
June 5, 2006 the body of an
unidentified woman is found at 2646 Harding, cause of
death is strangulation and blunt force trauma to the
Seven deaths between the time frame
of August 2001 and June 2006. All of the victims had
been black, prostitutes with a history of drug abuse.
They were all killed by blunt trauma to the head. Each
woman was found in either abadoned buildings or a vacant
lot with their clothes draped over their nude bodies,
their legs left in a wide open position.
July 26, 2006, a 45-year old
prostitute is attacked and left to die near Hickory and
Linnhurst. Miraculously surviving the attack, she gives
police a description of her attacker and she identifies
Shelly Andre Brooks as the man who had beaten and raped
her. On July 26, 2006, Brooks is held on $ 75,000 bond.
DNA evidence from the other victims link Brooks to four
Wednesday, March 07, 2007, Shelly
Andre Brooks was found guilty of first-degree murder in
the 2002 murder of 33-year old Pamela Greer. In Michigan
the charge carries an automatic sentence of life without
the possibility of parole. Brooks is scheduled to be
sentenced March 22, 2007. Brooks then will be standing
trial next week for the death of Rhonda Myles from April
2002, he also faces murder charges of the other five
Investigator Mike Carlisle of the
Homicide Section stated "It a relief that we got the
first conviction out of the way," "This certainly clears
the way for the rest of the trials coming up. It's a
relief to the family of Pamela Greer, certainly, and we
are going to continue to get that satisfaction for the
rest of the families. It is a relief to have this
predator of the streets."
March 7th, 2007
Shelly Andre Brooks was
convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2002
strangulation death of Pamela Greer.
The jusy took 10 hours
to reach their verdict, which means that Brooks now
faces a sentence of life without the possibility of
Greer, 33, was a
prostitute whose body was found strangled and raped in
an abandoned building.
He also stands accused
in the deaths of six other women. The trial for these
cases starts next week.
Brooks Victims Reveal Signature
As is so many times the case, the
victims of a killer tell a story. The same has
held true for the 7 victims of a serial killer in
All victims were black
prostitutes who had a history of drug abuse.
Each victim was killed by
multiple blunt-force head trauma with weapons
ranging from a brick, cement block, table leg, and a
garage door handle.
All of the women were found in
abandoned buildings or vacant lots, either naked or
with clothes draped over their nude bodies.
Their legs were left in the spread-eagle position.
Shelly Andre Brooks, a 37-year-old
man who spent the last 10 years living on the
streets or in his cousin’s basement has been charged
with seven counts of premeditated murder and six
counts of felony murder.
The unchanging method by which
each victim was killed, lends itself to the fact
that a serial killer was most likely responsible for
The police have forensic evidence
that links Brooks to 4 of the cases, and the
circumstancial evidence, including the manner of
their death and where they were left, helped them be
able to charge him in all the murders.
This is indeed the mark of the
serial killer. The repetitive nature of the
murders, with almost no changes, would clearly seem
to indicate the same man was responsible.
Brooks Charged with
19th September 2006
Shelly Andre Brooks is charged
with murdering seven prostitutes on Detroit’s east
side. Officers have said Brooks confessed to the
A man at Brooks’ former home on
Garland Street who identified himself only as Brooks’
brother-in-law disputed the allegations, saying
Brooks “wasn’t like that.” He said Brooks’ mother
was hospitalized, in part because of the stress on
the family over the accusations. She could not be
reached for comment.
At the age of 14, Brooks’ mother
left him with his maternal grandmother, while she
moved in with a boyfriend. By 11th grade, he had
dropped out of high school. Around this same time he
had his first brush with the law, when he was found
carrying a concealed gun. He served 60 days and
after his release, began living on the streets. It
appears he had been homeless for the better part of
a decade, until his arrest earlier this year.
Brooks found a series of jobs at
restaurants and a laundromat but would eventually
lose each one due to run-ins with co-workers.
Aug. 31, 2001:
Sandra Davis, 53, found at 9700 St. Paul.
According to Brooks’ confession,
she agreed to trade sex for money with Brooks in an
abandoned apartment building on St. Paul. He became
angry at her and wanted his money back. When she
tried to leave, he struck her in the head repeatedly
until she collapsed, then dragged her into a closet.
Davis’ decomposed remains were not found until Aug.
Jan. 22, 2002:
Pamela Greer, 33, found in the same building.
A man cleaning asbestos from the
same building discovered Pamela Greer, 33, whose
body wasn’t found until a stray dog had eaten her
April 14, 2002:
Marion Woods-Daniels, 36, found at 4804 Crane.
Marion Woods-Daniels, 36, was
killed with a brick to her head in an alley on Crane
Street. She tried to run off with money for a sex
act, Brooks allegedly told the police.
April 22, 2002:
Rhonda Myles, 45, found at 1382 Manistique.
Rhonda Myles, 45, was found in a
vacant building on Manistique apparently beaten to
death with the leg of a wooden chair. Brooks’ DNA
was found on the weapon.
May 2002: Police
ticketed Brooks in May 2002 for entering a building
without permission but did not consider a suspect in
Nov. 5, 2002:
Thelma Johnson, 30, found at Mack and Holcomb.
A person walking near Mack and
Holcomb found the body of 30-year-old Thelma Johnson.
Brooks allegedly told police he hit her in the head
“a couple of times.”
Oct. 18, 2005:
Melissa Toston, 38, found at Chalmers and Flanders.
Melissa Toston, 38, was found in
a vacant garage on Flanders, about four days after
she died. Brooks later said he hit her with a cement
object, cut his hand and searched her purse for
Unidentified victim at 2646 Harding.
The body of a still unidentified
woman was found on Harding about a thousand feet
from the house where Brooks’ grandmother raised him.
Brooks allegedly said he wanted his money back from
the woman and choked her to death. A neighbor
reported hearing screams in the night about three
June 26: A woman
survives a rape and beating near Hickory and
Brooks allegedly raped and beat
another prostitute in the head and left her to die.
She survived and, after she recovered from her coma,
described her attacker as tall and known as “E,”
Confronted with DNA evidence that police said tied
him to the slayings, Brooks admitted the crimes,
“He never cried,” Carlisle said.
“He never showed remorse.”
One person, reported to be a
psychiatrist who has studied serial killers made the
point that generally they are able to function on a
level more normal than Brooks. It is strange that he
would have been homeless for what appears to be such
a long period of time, but I am sure it is not
The crimes themselves seem to
indicate a more disorganized type than many of the
more famous serial killers. He seemed to bring his
victims to a secluded area, kill them, and then
leave them there, not making a great effort at
hiding the bodies. Most were found by passersby, or
folks who located them without having to search a
One of the hallmarks of the
disorganized killer is that he does not create
separate scenes for the intial contact, attack, and
body disposal. In Brooks’ case, it would appear this
held true, since he undoubtedly led them to the
vacant buildings, killed them and left them there.
He also did not appear to take any of the
stereotypical ‘trophies’ that are associated with
more organized serial killers, who take jewelry,
body parts, and other momentos with them, so they
can relive the thrill of the kill again and again.
Brooks seemed to merely become
enraged, attacked, and then left them there. As we
see from the information released from his
confession, he would get angry at these women for
various reasons, because they refused his advances
or he felt they were trying to cheat him, and he was
This would also help explain why
others do not believe him capable of doing such
horrific acts. If there is no triggering event,
Shelly Brooks is probably a mild-mannered and quiet
man. But when provoked, he quickly becomes
belligerent. This also would not have been something
he would have done with what he viewed as a stronger
person, either another male or a confident female.
I am not sure if the conclusion
that he was attacking these women because they
reminded him of the mother who abandoned him if a
valid reason for explaining his murders. To me, it
seems more likely that these were women he viewed as
weak enough and lowly enough that he could approach,
without fear of rejection. They were prostitutes,
and also described as the type “who begged for
cigarettes.” This means they probalby would not turn
down any oppurtunity for a few dollars.
Police also said that Brooks was
proud of the fact that he had survived on the
streets for as long as he did. It probably was a
point of pride, however missplaced, that he was able
to handle being homeless for almost a decade,
something many of us could never handle for more
than a few days or weeks at the most.
This is a man whose self-esteem
and abilities to interact with the world around him
were severely limited. He could not work with anyone
and probably felt that everyone looked down on him
for being homeless, no matter how successful he
believed himself. And when one of these women, whom
he considered even lower than himself would try to
either condemn him or take advantage of him, he
would lash out with vicious anger.
charged in slaying of seven prostitutes
August 29, 2006
A man was charged Tuesday in the slayings of seven prostitutes in
Detroit between 2001 and June of this year.
Andre Brooks faces seven counts of premeditated murder and seven counts
of felony murder. The 37-year-old Detroit resident faces a sentence of
life in prison without parole if convicted of any of the counts.
remains a suspect in the deaths of seven other prostitutes. Detroit
Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said the other seven killings were
“very similar,” but she declined to comment further.
said all seven of the women Brooks is accused of killing were drug users
and ranged in age from 30 to 53. All were raped and killed by
bodies were found on the city's east side, some in buildings and others
in vacant lots.
has been in custody since July 30 and was being held in connection with
a sexual assault of a prostitute. He was to be arraigned later Tuesday
on the murder charges.
Man charged in deaths of 7 Detroit prostitutes
Suspect being investigated in 7 other
‘very similar’ deaths, police say
Aug 29, 2006
DETROIT - A man suspected of killing
seven prostitutes over the past five years was charged with murder
Tuesday, and police said he is a suspect in as many as 14 deaths in the
city since 1999.
Shelly Andre Brooks is charged with
seven counts of premeditated murder and seven counts of felony murder.
The 37-year-old Detroit resident could face life in prison if convicted.
The seven victims ranged in age from
30 to 53 and were drug users, police said. All were raped, beaten to
death, and their bodies were left on the city’s east side, some in
buildings, others in vacant lots.
Brooks, in custody since July 30 in
connection with the sexual assault of a prostitute, was to be arraigned
Tuesday on the murder charges.
Detroit Police Chief Ella
Bully-Cummings said he also remains a suspect in the deaths of seven
other prostitutes, killings that she described as “very similar.”
Bully-Cummings said the string of
slayings began in 1999. She said DNA evidence connects Brooks to many of
the cases. The victim of the June rape and beating also provided police
with a description.
“We really do not believe that he
would have stopped until he was caught,” Bully-Cummings said at a news
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy
said authorities believe Brooks’ difficult childhood may help explain
the motives in the killings. She said Brooks’ mother, who no longer is
alive, was a drug addict and that he was abused as a child.
“He really was killing his mother all
over again,” Worthy said.
The victims are Sandra Davis, 53;
Pamela Greer, 33; Marion Woods-Daniels, 36; Rhonda Myles, 45; Thelma
Johnson, 30; and Melissa Toston, 38. A seventh victim was identified
only as Jane Doe because her body was too decomposed to identify.
The bodies of
Davis and Greer were found nearly five months apart in the same
abandoned apartment building.