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Not everyone will get closure with serial killer's unexpected death Thursday

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PORT ALLEN - The death of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee might be bitter-sweet for families of victims suspected to have been killed by him but never officially connected or confirmed.

Lee was convicted in two attacks but DNA linked him to five others. There are likely more, authorities speculate.

Mari Ann Fowler is believed to have been abducted and killed by Lee. She vanished from the parking lot of a sandwich shop in West Baton Rouge on Christmas Eve 2002. Her body was never found.

"There's two things that eat me up every day and one of them is I have no where to go to pay my respects to my mother and I've never given her the resting place I know she deserves," Fowler's son, John Pritchett said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brittany Weiss.

"I hope he suffered. I hope he was eating Jello and choked on a peach."

Richie Johnson, a lawmen on the west side of the river, said news of Lee's death was the best news he's heard in many years but is frustrated the unsolved cases won't ever be solved by a confession from the man most suspect attacked others.

"I think there's certain families who won't get closure, total closure, because their family members' remains, obviously, will probably never be found," Johnson said Thursday afternoon.

"The only thing that would solve my problem... had I taken his life. Had I killed him," Pritchett said.


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