Rape - Dismemberment
Number of victims: 7
Date of murders: 1995 - 1997
Date of birth: 1970
Victims profile: Stacy Frobel,
25 / Yolanda Gutierrez, 35, and her daughter
Jessica Muniz, 10 /
Dzeneta Pasanbegovic, 22 and
Amela Pasanbegovic, 20 /
Dorota Dziubak, 30 /
Kazimiera Paruch, 43
Method of murder: Stabbing
Location: Cook County and DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on June 6, 2006
On June 14, 2001, Paul Frederick Runge, 31, was
charged in Chicago with murdering and sexually assaulting six women and
a 10-year-old girl in a string of sex attacks in Cook County and DuPage
County between 1995 and 1997. The suspect, Paul Frederick Runge, has
been behind bars since 1997, when he was arrested for a parole violation.
Police said Runge has confessed to all seven killings and was linked to
two of the crimes through DNA.
The victims were bludgeoned to death or strangled --
in most cases after he went to homes that had posted for-sale signs for
various things, police said. Other victims were women who had responded
to his help-wanted ads for someone to clean his home or merely
acquaintances. "Paul Runge is our worst nightmare," Cook
County State's Attorney Richard Devine. "He conned his way into
women's homes or duped them into trusting him. He then raped and
murdered them." Runge had been paroled in 1994 by the kidnaping and
rape 15 years-old girl in 1987.
Runge is accused in the January 1995 killing of Stacey
Frobel, 25, whose body was found in southern Wisconsin and
Illinois. Frobel, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, was a friend of
Runge's former wife. Six months later, Runge allegedly killed the two
Hanover Park women, sisters Dzeneta y Ameal Pasanbegovic, 22 and 20. Both were recent immigrants from Bosnia who
Runge allegedly lured to his home with the promise of house cleaning
jobs. After allegedly killing them, Runge dismembered them in a bathtub
and dumped their remains in trash bins.
Runge also is accused of the
1997 deaths of Dorota Dziubak, 30, who he killed after she advertised
her Northwest Side house for sale; Yolanda Gutierrez, 35, and her 10-year-old
daughter; and Kazimiera Paruch, 43, of Chicago, were killed after they
advertised their condominium for sale.
On August 9 Paul Runge pleaded not guilty to sexually
assaulting and killing four women and a 10-year-old girl in Cook County.
Runge previously pleaded not guilty in DuPage County to murder charges
in the deaths of two Hanover Park sisters. Prosecutors said that Runge,
31, confessed to the slayings.
Death Row sentence in
A Cook County judge on
Monday sentenced an alleged serial killer to Death Row for the 1997 rape
and murder of a mother and her 10-year-old daughter.
Judge Joseph Kazmierski
sentenced Paul Runge, 36, after denying motions by his public defenders
to seek a new trial and a new sentencing hearing. Runge is awaiting
trial on five other slayings.
Runge became the fifth
person sentenced to death in Cook County since former Gov. George Ryan
emptied Death Row in 2003.
At Monday's hearing,
Bernie Murray, assistant Cook County state's attorney, said prosecutors
plan to seek a trial in the January 1995 slaying of Stacey Frobel, 25, a
friend of Runge's ex-wife. Frobel's remains were found in northern
Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
Jurors in February
recommended that Runge, originally from Oak Forest, be sentenced to
death after a hearing that lasted two weeks.
Kazmierski announced his
decision as Runge sat in his tan Cook County Jail uniform. He showed no
emotion as the judge's decision was read. No one from his family or the
victims' family were in the courtroom.
Kazmierski set a July 20
status date for the Frobel case. He said he expected lawyers to go to
Runge was found guilty
in February of repeatedly raping and cutting the throats of Yolanda
Gutierrez, 35, and her daughter, Jessica Muniz.
He is alleged to have
talked his way into their apartment in the 3100 block of North Laramie
Avenue. After sexually assaulting both victims and cutting their
throats, he burned their bodies.
Prosecutors called the
slayings vicious and brutal, and they hoped the case might force a
decision on where Illinois stands on capital punishment and spur
movement on whether the moratorium in place since 2000 should end.
Runge's defense lawyers,
William Wolf and Woody Jordan, asked for Kazmierski to impose a gag
order in the case, arguing that the statements of prosecutors could
taint the potential jury pool in Runge's upcoming cases. The judge
denied the request.
They filed an appeal in
When Runge was 17, he
pleaded guilty to kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and armed
violence in return for a 14-year sentence. He spent five years in
Runge got out of prison
in 1994, moved to Carol Stream, found a job at a Lady Foot Locker and
got engaged. He married on Jan. 27, 1995--"too quick," he would later
tell the prison psychologist.
Weeks before Runge was
to marry his wife, Charlene, the first of his alleged victims was
killed. Mutilated parts of the body of Frobel, a friend of Charlene's,
were found as the month went on. Frobel had last been seen at the
couple's home, so police quickly focused on them.
Along with Frobel's
murder, Runge is charged with the rape and murders in July 1995 of two
Hanover Park sisters, Dzeneta, 22, and Ameal Pasanbegovic, 20. Runge is
awaiting trial in DuPage County on that case. Investigators never found
the two women's bodies.
He is also charged with
the January 1997 rape and strangulation of Dorota Dziubak, 30, on
Chicago's Northwest Side. Runge had responded to an ad for a house for
sale, authorities said.
He also is charged with
the murder of Kazimiera Paruch, 43, of Chicago, in March of that year.
Murray said they don't
expect to try Runge on all the cases. He expects Frobel's case to go to
trial later this year.
Runge is already serving
to 90 years for a botched prison escape in 2000, as well as for armed
robbery, aggravated battery and possession of contraband in a penal
institution in an October 2000 attempted escape from a prison.
Runge to stand trial
As confessed serial
killer Paul Runge heads to Illinois’ death row, the prosecutors who put
him there plan to try the condemned man for another murder to ensure the
noose around his neck remains tight. Runge will next stand trial for the
Jan. 3, 1995, Murder of Stacey Frobel, the first of seven sex slayings
he is charged with, whose severed remains were found scattered across
rural Lake County and Wisconsin. Prosecutors told Cook County Judge
Joseph Kazmierski of their trial plans Monday after he certified the
death sentence a jury delivered Feb. 27 for the 1997 rape and murder of
a mother and her 10-year-old daughter in Chicago. The judge also
rejected a defense motion for a new trial and sentencing hearing. Runge,
36, became the seventh person across Illinois sentenced to death since
former Gov. George Ryan emptied death row in 2003. A stoical Runge
showed no outward expression, other than nodding, as the judge told his
Runge’s father, Richard,
who argues his son is mentally ill, said Paul was prepared for such a
punishment. The defendant has turned down repeated media requests for an
interview. Paul Runge did, though, agree to answer some Daily Herald
questions though his father, acting as an intermediary, including one
“I don’t let myself
accept I’m guilty of these crimes,” he said in a written response. “I
feel bad about the pain I’ve caused but the self-defense part of my
brain doesn’t let me identify the crimes with me.
“Without truly accepting
my actions, there will never be an equal amount of guilt and remorse. To
fully accept and realize my actions would kill me.”
In February, the jury
rejected Runge’s insanity defense based on sexual sadism after a lengthy
trial filled with evidence of sexual violence and the anguish left in
its aftermath. The same jury next deliberated a little more than one
hour before sentencing him to death for killing Yolanda Gutierrez, 35,
and her daughter, Jessica Muniz.
pursued that case at trial because it with DNA evidence was considered
their strongest. The police investigation into Frobel’s death also
turned up physical evidence, and prosecutors hope it will give them a
second death sentence should the first ever get overturned on appeal.
Runge was one of the
last people to see the 24-year-old Carol Stream woman alive when she
visited his girlfriend’s Streamwood townhouse more than 11 years ago,
just eight months after his release from prison for the 1987 rape of a
14-year-old girl in Oak Forest.
Initially, Runge and his
pregnant girlfriend, Charlene, whom he later married, told authorities
Frobel left that night. Police later found traces of her blood in the
home, but they lacked enough evidence for an arrest.
They kept Runge under
surveillance, but he is accused of committing six other murders through
March 1997. Police arrested him three months later for a parole
violation related to the 1987 rape and, as his release date neared,
stalled in filing a petition in early 1999 to have him civilly committed
as a sexually violent person.
He hasn’t been a free
man in nearly a decade.
Charlene Runge, who soon
divorced him, played a role in the first three slayings, which in
addition to Frobel included the murder six months later of two Hanover
Park sisters who recently fled war-torn Bosnia, only to be killed in his
Glendale Heights home.
Charlene Runge immunity in 2000 in exchange for her cooperation. Months
later, however, forensic experts gleaned DNA evidence from Jessica
Muniz’s body. After being confronted with the evidence, Runge confessed
on videotape to all seven murders and was charged in June 2001.
He admitted smashing
Frobel’s skull with a weight as she spent the night rather than drive
home intoxicated. He carried her bloody body into another bedroom and
laid her down on plastic. He confessed to raping the unconscious woman.
The next morning, Runge said, he dismembered Frobel’s body in a bathtub
using a saw and later scattered her remains.
Runge is due in court July 20.
Chicago judge agrees with jurors, orders serial killer executed
June 5, 2006
A Cook County judge on Monday ordered an alleged
serial killer executed for the 1997 rapes and murders of a mother
and her 10-year-old daughter.
Lawyers for Paul Runge, 36, sought a new trial and a
new sentencing hearing, but Judge Joseph Kazmierski denied the motions
and sent the killer to death row.
The jury that convicted Runge in February of raping
and slashing Yolanda Gutierrez, 35, and her daughter, Jessica Muniz, to
death deliberated for just two hours before recommending capital
Runge showed no emotion as Kazmierski sentenced him.
No one from the suspect's or victims' families appeared in court.
During trial, prosecutors said Runge went to
Gutierrez's apartment Feb. 3, 1997, on Chicago's Northwest Side in
response to a for-sale sign for exercise equipment. There, he raped
Gutierrez and Muniz, slashed their throats and torched their apartment,
according to prosecutors.
DNA evidence collected from the mother and child was
matched to Runge's profile in late 2000.
Runge, formerly of Oak Forest, is charged with five
other slayings in a string of attacks between January 1995 and March
1997. Authorities next plan to prosecute Runge in the January 1995
slaying of Stacey Frobel, 25, a friend of his former wife, Assistant
Cook County State's Attorney Bernie Murray said Monday.
Frobel's dismembered remains were found in northern
Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
Authorities say Runge also raped and killed sisters
Dzeneta Pasanbegovic, 22, and Amela Pasanbegovic, 20, in July 1995. The
bodies of the Bosnian immigrants haven't been found.
Runge also is charged with the January 1997 rape and
strangulation of Dorota Dziubak, 30, on Chicago's Northwest Side and the
March 1997 murder of Kazimiera Paruch, 43, of Chicago.
Prosecutors do not expect to try Runge in all the
cases, Murray said.
Runge was paroled in 1994 for the 1987 kidnapping and
sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl but was arrested and jailed again
on a parole violation in 1997.
He is serving a 12-year sentence for an Oct. 6, 2000,
escape in Plainfield after he and another inmate overpowered guards
taking them to a court appearance.
Jury picks death
sentence in Belmont Cragin killings
It took a Cook County jury less than two hours Monday afternoon to
decide that Paul Runge, 36, should be sentenced to death in the rape and
murder of a Northwest Side woman and her daughter.
Runge was found guilty Feb. 10 in the February 1997 slayings of Yolanda
Gutierrez, 35, and her 10-year-old daughter, Jessica Muniz, who shared a
small studio apartment on the 3100 block of North Laramie Avenue. The
same jury found him eligible for the death penalty four days later.
Runge was as expressionless as he had been throughout the trial. When
the jury's recommendation was read, he stared down at the table in front
of him, said Gutierrez's father, Ramon Rivera.
After the trial, Ramon Rivera said "There can never be closure for us,
because I don't have my daughter right now. I don't have my
granddaughter, at least justice is done ... He'll never be able to harm
anyone again. I guess he got what was coming to him. I know he is going
to burn in hell. He has to."
Prosecutors said Runge went to the apartment Jan. 31 of that year
pretending to be interested in buying a set of "Hooked on Phonics"
tapes. When he returned the following Monday, he sexually assaulted the
mother and daughter at knife-point and then slit their throats. Runge
then poured a flammable liquid over their bodies and set them on fire.
DNA match in 2001
Rivera said the family spent four years wondering if someone would be
charged. Runge, who was in jail on a parole violation, was formally
charged in 2001 after police told him that a DNA sample taken from Muniz
matched his DNA. He confessed to their murders and to raping and killing
five other women between 1995 and 1997. His first victim, Stacey Frobel,
was murdered a few months after Runge was released on parole after
serving a sentence in the 1987 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
After the hearing, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Bernard Murray
told reporters: "Paul Runge, for us, redefined the death penalty in Cook
County. A serial killer of this magnitude has not been seen in the
Chicagoland area for quite some time."
A moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois has been in effect since
Gov. George Ryan halted executions in the state shortly before he left
office. Prosecutors were later allowed to resume seeking the death
penalty in criminal cases, but the state legislature has not lifted the
ban on carrying out a death sentence.
Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine said that his office and the
DuPage County prosecutor's office will be working to make sure Runge is
"I think this should be a message for the governor and the legislature
that we should take a look at the moratorium and seriously decide what
we are going to do with the death penalty in this state...." Devine said.
"This case will bring into focus the need for this state to make a
decision on where we are going."
The sentencing hearing played out like a trial that covered the five
other murders, with police, assistant state's attorneys, and family
members of the victims testifying about the crimes.
In addition to the killing of Frobel, Runge confessed to raping and
murdering Dzeneta Pasanbegovic, 22, and her 20-year-old sister, Ameal,
in Runge's Glendale Heights residence. Prosecutors said Runge
dismembered the bodies of Frobel and the Pasanbegovic sisters and
discarded the body parts.
Runge is also accused of raping and strangling Dorota Dziubak, 30, of
the 7500 block of West Touhy Avenue in January 1997 and Kazimiera Paruch,
43, of the 4700 block of North Kenneth Avenue two months later. Both
women had their residences up for sale. Their burned bodies were
discovered after firefighters extinguished separate fires in their homes.
The defense in the Runge case argued that he was insane and should be
found innocent. A specialist in neurology and psychiatry had testified
that Runge suffered from brain damage that caused him to become a sexual
sadist, and he wasn't in control of his own actions.
Before the jury came to its verdict, Runge's defense team put Runge's
69-year-old father, Richard. The elder Runge apologized to Ramon Rivera
and his wife for his son's actions.
Richard Runge said he and his late wife, Anita, adopted Paul Runge when
he was 6 months old. The father chronicled his son's troubled childhood
in Oak Forest, including his being kicked out of a Catholic grade school
when he was 8 because parents had complained that young Paul was "bothering"
Earlier, the defense also told the jury that Runge's ex-wife
participated in the murders of Frobel and the Pasanbegovic sisters.
Murray, in an interview, said Charlene Culnan, who married Runge in
January 1995, confessed to playing a role in the killings, but she was
granted immunity from prosecution if she promised to cooperate.
Rivera said he wished Culnan could have received the same charges and
sentence that Runge did. But Rivera took solace in his belief that God
would be the ultimate arbiter for Runge.
Rivera, his wife, and other surviving family members planned to visit
the gravesite of Gutierrez and Muniz on Tuesday.
Runge is due in court before Judge Joseph Kazmierski Jr. in March, where
the judge will decide whether to validate the jury's decision.
Rivera said he plans to return to Illinois when -- and if -- Runge's
sentence is carried out.
"If the good Lord will give me enough time on this earth, I would like
to be there when they put him to death," Rivera said.
Jury recommends death penalty for Runge
February 28, 2006
A Cook County jury that convicted alleged serial
killer Paul Runge of murder in the slashing deaths of a Chicago
mother and her young daughter recommended Monday that he be executed.
As the forewoman read the unanimous death sentence
verdict, the Oak Forest native kept his gaze fixed downward, his usual
pose throughout the five weeks of his murder trial and sentencing. Just
as he opted against testifying on his own behalf, he left the room
without saying a word.
"I'm not a hateful person, but I hope he burns in
hell for what he did not only to my daughter but to the others," said
Ramon Rivera, whose daughter Yolanda Gutierrez and granddaughter Jessica
Muniz died at Runge's hands in February 1997. Rivera and his wife and
daughters managed to suppress their tears until the judge left the
courtroom; then they hugged each other and the four prosecutors who
procured the guilty verdict.
The jury recommended that Runge, 36, become the fifth
person sentenced to death in Cook County since former Gov. George Ryan
cleared death row with mass clemency in 2003. Runge is scheduled to
return to court March 28, at which time a judge will decide whether to
affirm the jury's recommendation.
"He took the lives of seven beautiful people, and
it's only right for them to take his life now -- he's a monster," said
Rivera, who sat side-by-side with relatives of Runge's other victims. "I
wish that the good Lord will give me enough time to see him strapped to
the gurney. Once he's gone, then I'll be satisfied."
But that likely will take years. Even once the case
has moved through the appeals process automatic in death sentences, the
state has no plans to lift the current ban on executions, and Illinois'
last execution was 1999.
"Paul Runge is the ultimate candidate for the death
penalty," prosecutor Bernie Murray told the jury. "If not him, who?"
Prosecutors touted Runge's brutal criminal history,
which they said includes five other murders, a daring escape from the
Department of Human Services in 2000, and the 1987 rape and torture of a
14-year-old Oak Forest girl he handcuffed in his father's home. She
managed to wriggle free from her bindings once Runge left the home, and
she went straight to police. She -- and the resulting seven years in
prison Runge got -- are why he began killing and concealing his rape
victims, prosecutor Michael Wolfe argued.
"He enjoys sadistic rapes, and he couldn't leave them
behind because they tell," Wolfe said of the five other women Runge
allegedly raped, murdered and either dismembered or burned between 1995
Serial-killer suspect faces death penalty
February 14, 2006
A Cook County jury Tuesday found a suburban man convicted of raping and
murdering a mother and her young daughter in 1997 was eligible for the
death penalty. Jurors then listened to the only known victim to survive
an attack by Paul Runge recount 15 hours of rape and torture at his
The same jury convicted Runge Friday of first-degree murder of Yolanda
Gutierrez, 35, and her daughter, Jessica Muniz, 10, rejecting his
Runge, 36, has been charged with killing five more women between January
1995 and March 1997. He was convicted in 1988 for the kidnapping and
rape of the woman who testified Tuesday and was paroled in 1994 after
serving 5½ years.
The woman testified Tuesday in the second phase of Runge's death penalty
hearing. She said she knew Runge from school and was lured to his Oak
Forest home early Aug. 17, 1987. Although his family was away, he lied
and told her they were asleep, she said.
The woman, 32, recounted how she slipped out of a window at her house
without her mother's knowledge to meet Runge, then 17, near a horse
stable after he told her a friend needed someone to hide some marijuana
for the night.
When she followed Runge into his house, he punched her in the face,
knocking her to the floor and then began raping her repeatedly, she
Fifteen hours later when she escaped from a crawl space bound,
handcuffed, gagged and blindfolded, her body was covered with bite marks,
knife wounds marked her arms and her ankles and wrists were ringed the
deep impressions from handcuffs.
Yet when asked by prosecutors Tuesday to describe her injuries, the
woman asked timidly, "The physical injuries?"
Runge avoided eye contact with the woman and jury members during the
Jurors deliberated for less that two hours earlier in the day before
telling Criminal Court Judge Joseph Kazmierski Jr. they would consider
the death penalty for Runge in the murders of Gutierrez and Muniz.
Runge raped both before slitting their throats and burning their bodies
on a bed.
The second phase of the death penalty hearing began in the afternoon
when prosecutors put Runge's victim from 19 years ago on the stand.
Defense attorneys for Runge did not cross-examine the woman, who took
deep breaths during her time on the stand but largely kept her composure.
Assistant Public Defender Woody Jordan told jurors everything they hear
during the penalty phase would buttress defense arguments, that Runge is
a sexual sadist who can't control his actions.
"Natural life without parole is the appropriate sentence because he is a
sick man," Jordan said.
About 14 hours after the torture and rapes began, Runge's girlfriend
called him and asked for a ride to work, prosecutors said.
The woman testified Runge stuffed her into a sleeping bag—gagged,
blindfolded and bound—and put her into a crawl space before leaving the
"I was thinking that I wasn't going to die lying down, that I was going
to escape," she said.
She escaped, opening doors with her hands cuffed behind her back. She
hopped across the lawn until a woman passing by in a car spotted her.
Jury finds alleged serial killer guilty
February 10, 2006
Jurors took only about an hour Friday to convict serial-killer suspect
Paul Runge of first-degree murder in the 1997 rape and killing of a
mother and her young daughter, rejecting his insanity defense.
Runge, sitting with his chin resting on folded hands, had no observable
reaction as the verdict was read. Family members of victims Yolanda
Gutierrez, 35, and her daughter, Jessica Muniz, 10, wept and hugged
outside of court.
"We didn't have a doubt that the man was guilty," said Gutierrez's
father, Ramon Rivera.
The same jury that convicted Runge, 36, is now set to consider whether
he is eligible for the death penalty. Those hearings will begin Tuesday
in the courtroom of Criminal Court Judge Joseph Kazmierski Jr.
Runge also has been charged with the slayings of five other women
between January 1995 and March 1997. Friday's conviction concluded his
first murder trial.
Prosecutors argued Runge was not insane, saying he was shrewd and
cunning in talking his way into Gutierez's apartment by tricking her
into thinking he wanted to purchase a reading program her daughter had
used. He bound the two with duct tape before raping them, cutting their
throats and burning their bodies on their bed.
"He's not insane; he's not mentally ill," Assistant State's Atty. John
Dillon told jurors. "He's evil."
Runge's defense team argued Runge suffers from sexual sadism that makes
him unable to control his impulses to rape and kill. But prosecutors
countered by showing Runge planned and then concealed his crimes,
proving he understood his behavior to be criminal.
"Don't get caught up in the horror that is Paul Runge," Dillon said. "Don't
make the jump that only a crazy person could do this."
Assistant Public Defender Lisa Boughton told the jury that Runge was not
acting freely and voluntarily. Runge's impulses built up inside him, she
When he finally acts out, "he is out of control," Boughton said. She
held up gruesome crime scene photos and told the panel they could tell
something was wrong with Runge by looking at them.
"This is not logical," Boughton said, showing the photos. "This is not
rational. This is not sane."
Asked about what punishment Runge should face, Rivera said his family's
position is clear.
"Death would be good," Rivera said. "But maybe that's even too good for
what he did."
Man Charged With Killing 7 Chicago Women
By John W. Fountain - The New York Times
Friday, June 15, 2001
The police said today that they had uncovered a
serial killer who had murdered and sexually assaulted seven women,
including two Bosnian immigrants lured to their deaths by the
promise of jobs.
They said the man, Paul Frederick Runge, was charged
today with all seven killings.
Described by the Cook County state's attorney,
Richard Devine, as ''a terrible predator,'' Mr. Runge, 31, is accused of
strangling, slashing or beating to death six women and an 11-year-old
girl from 1995 to 1997. The authorities said Mr. Runge, who lives in the
Chicago area, gained the confidence of some of his victims by pretending
to be interested in property they were selling or renting.
''Paul Runge is our worst nightmare,'' Mr. Devine
said today at a news conference.
The police said they began questioning Mr. Runge a
week ago after DNA from one of the dead women matched his profile. They
said Mr. Runge confessed to all seven killings and provided details
''He conned his way into women's homes or duped them
into trusting him,'' Mr. Devine said. ''He then raped and murdered them.''
''He looked for opportunities to make acquaintances
with people,'' Mr. Devine added in a telephone interview. ''He'd see for-sale
signs up and say he'd like to look at the house, things like that.''
The police said the killings occurred while Mr. Runge
was on parole after a conviction for kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old
girl in 1987. He was 17 when that crime occurred and was paroled in May
1994, but has been in custody since May 1997, when he was jailed again
for violating his parole.
Mr. Runge was charged in Cook County with five counts
of first-degree murder, sexual assault and armed robbery. In suburban
DuPage County, he was also charged in the July 1995 sexual assault and
killing of two young women whom the police said he had lured to a house
where he was living in Glendale Heights with a promise of work as house
Once inside the house, the police said, the two women,
Dzeneta Pasanbegovic, 22, and Amela Pasanbegovic, 20, sisters who had
come to the United States from Bosnia to live with their uncle six
months earlier, were handcuffed and eventually dismembered, their bodies
placed in plastic bags and discarded in garbage bins.
DuPage County authorities said they would seek the
death penalty; Cook County officials said they had not decided on what
penalty to seek.
''We're going to look at it very thoroughly,'' Mr.
Mr. Runge was being held in the DuPage County jail
At this afternoon's news conference, the authorities
provided details of the killings, in which all of the victims were
sexually assaulted. In four cases, the victim's homes were set on fire,
the police said.
The first victim, they said, was Stacey Frobel, 25,
an acquaintance of Mr. Runge's wife. Ms. Frobel was killed on Jan. 3 or
4, 1995, in Mr. Runge's home, the police said, beaten with a dumbbell
and dismembered with a saw in his bathtub. The other victims, all
Chicago residents, were identified as Dorota Dzubak, 30; Yolanda
Gutierrez, 35, and her daughter, Jessica Muniz, 11; and Kazimiera Paruch,
''You look back and your heart goes out to families
who have lost loved ones,'' Mr. Devine said. ''There were some pretty
brutal attacks here, and murders. Your mind boggles at some of this