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THREATS

October 6, 1999

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KU police are hoping to catch a man who has been making telephone threats to women on campus.

Kansas University police on Tuesday began distributing fliers in residence halls and other living areas, warning students about a telephone caller who has been threatening women.

"We've taken 14 reports, plus, so far," said KU police spokesman Sgt. Troy Mailen.

The calls were made between 12:15 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Monday to women in various campus residence halls.

The caller reportedly asked for several of the women by first name, then threatened to rape and kill them.

"I'm sitting here on pins and needles, not knowing if something like Gainesville (Fla.) couldn't happen there," said the father of one of the victims, who lives in Missouri.

He was referring to the murder of several women at the University of Florida a few years ago.

The father, who asked that his name not be used, said his daughter and other women in Gertrude Sellards Pearson and Corbin residence halls were terrified following the calls.

"There were girls crying in the halls after this," he said.

The caller sounds male, but police have little other information, Mailen said.

He said police think the caller may be using a new KU telephone directory to make the calls.

"At this...time we don't have anything that will lead us in another direction," he said.

The calls appeared to be limited to women living on campus. Lawrence police have received no similar such reports at off-campus residences, said police spokesman Sgt. George Wheeler.

KU Police are recommending that anyone who receives similar calls not engage the person in conversation.

"But we are asking that you listen to the voice and any other noise in the background," Mailen said.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call KU police at 864-5900, or KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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