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Transgender Serial Killer Suspect Blames Murders on Person She Was Before Gender Surgery: VIDEO

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A transgender woman accused of killing three prostitutes in 1990 has allegedly blamed the murders on the person she was before undergoing gender reassignment, The Huffington Post reports:

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 5.27.00 AMCourt documents revealed this week in Washington state show that Donna Perry, 62, said she underwent a gender confirmation operation in Thailand partly as "a permanent way to control violence," KXLY-TV reports.

Officials believe that Perry shot Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe, and left their naked remains along the Spokane River in 1990. At that time, Perry identified as Doug Perry, according to ABC News.

After being arrested in 2012 on federal weapons charges, investigators linked Perry’s fingerprints to the women’s deaths.

When asked by detectives why the killings stopped, Perry responded, “Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it.” She went on to say “I’m not going to admit I killed anybody. I didn’t. Donna has killed nobody.”

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  1. Fascinating. I hope they go further in research on 'mans ability to commit murder'. Are transgenders two different people or does this guy have personality disorder-one is a man and another a woman?

    A serial killer stopped killing. This spits on the face of so much psychological research on psychopaths.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 24, 2014 10:01:41 AM

  2. Nice try, but no cigar. The dopey excuses that people come up with in order to get out of things, in this case murder.
    When you've killed 3 people, it's not going to be swept under the rug and forgotten just because you've changed gender. Douglas/Donna needs help.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Mar 24, 2014 10:08:35 AM

  3. This is going to be an amazing Lifetime movie.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 24, 2014 10:14:25 AM

  4. This poor girl is still being tormented by her beastial male side even after the gender reassignment! Men are pigs -- they rob and steal and kill and she can't be blamed for that beause of a simple accident of birth. Society should let her be now so she can concentrate on nurturing her loving, life-embracing female side which is who she actually is.

    Posted by: will | Mar 24, 2014 10:16:39 AM

  5. She should arrange an interview on Piers Morgan's show before it ends.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 24, 2014 10:43:00 AM

  6. Being Transgender is not a personality disorder as this woman seems to want to claim. If she has a split personality and her dominant woman personality took over, then I can understand it. Simply being transgender should not be an excuse to get away with murder.

    Posted by: Seth | Mar 24, 2014 10:55:52 AM

  7. Everyone changes over time. I'm completely different from the person I was when I was half my current age. That doesn't absolve me of responsibilities regarding my past actions, regardless of how large a transformation has occurred since then. Claiming that being transgender is a get out of consequences free card is a heinous tactic, and only serves to tarnish trans folk who live blameless lives that don't involve crime or murder. Let the courts do with her what they will, but don't bring other trans folk into it.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 24, 2014 11:03:38 AM

  8. is it possible that whatever hormones he was shooting made him crazy... no one ever wants to talk about the "roid rage" hormones can cause

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Mar 24, 2014 11:24:51 AM

  9. @Homo Genius: it sounds like the murders occurred before transition, in which case she probably wasn't on HRT. Given that she's a trans woman, even if she was taking hormones it would be testosterone blockers and estradiol. Both of those cause a reduction in aggression, most notably the testosterone blockers, because "roid rage" is a side effect of excessive testosterone.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 24, 2014 12:20:38 PM

  10. Just another reason the trans community struggles to be taken seriously.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 24, 2014 12:39:17 PM

  11. The good news is that any intelligent minds, and hopefully there are a few in the court systems, will be able to tear apart this flawed excuse of a "defense"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2014 12:49:58 PM

  12. @ "Just another reason the trans community struggles to be taken seriously."

    Yeah, one nut out of three million plus law abiding citizens.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 24, 2014 12:55:31 PM

  13. While change can be good for the soul, it does not absolve you from your responsibilities for what you did before the change.
    Also, the only people who blame the entire community for the actions of one of its members are truly the ones who need a major change, in their heart, in their ignorance, and in getting a life.

    Posted by: StevyD | Mar 24, 2014 1:22:40 PM

  14. @Thedrdonna sorry but anyone I have ever encountered taking any kind of hormone can get a little crazy. And not all so called "trans" people are on some medically supervised program and sometimes self medicate

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Mar 24, 2014 1:35:39 PM

  15. Thank you Towleroad for finally covering this story! Transfolk commit crime disproportionately and if Towleroad is going to cover the trans community fairly, then that reporting will have to cover their crimes as well. I look forward to a report on the front-page story from New York City concerning the torture-murder of a 4 year old boy by a "transwoman" who was charged with his care.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 24, 2014 1:43:42 PM

  16. Andrew, go chug a bottle of bleach. It would make your dad proud of you, for once.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2014 1:47:52 PM

  17. Kiwi,

    that's Rick using Andrew's posting name. Andrew (a fellow senior citizen of mine) has commented a number of times about working at a LGBT center here in Pennsylvania.

    Andy, is there nothing you can do?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 24, 2014 1:53:14 PM

  18. Homo Genius, why are they "so called"? Why the scare quotes around the word trans? I don't know how many trans ills you know, but I've met quite a few and they don't seem any more unbalanced or crazy than the rest of society. Regardless, my point was about rage and aggression. That is usually testosterone dependent, and by removing testosterone most trans women find that they are less aggressive, not more.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 24, 2014 1:58:41 PM

  19. Trans folks*

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 24, 2014 1:59:26 PM

  20. The more seriously I take transgender issues, the less seriously I take drag queens. In a way, drag queens are a vulgarization of trans-women. They are to trans-women what blackfaced comics in minstrelry are to african-americans.

    Posted by: will | Mar 24, 2014 2:09:12 PM

  21. DrDonna makes a good point. Testosterone is related to aggression and violence. Which is why "transmen" who inject testosterone in order to artificially boost their levels are a potential threat to themselves and others. This doesn't come from me. It comes from the manual put out by the leading advocates for gender reassignment (or "confirmation") surgery.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 24, 2014 2:09:41 PM

  22. Little Kiwi - Do you see the irony in making death threats in comments on a story about a trans triple murderer? I think you are only confirming the link b/t trans activism and violence.

    Derrick - I am not senior citizen. It may not have occurred to you, but there might be more than one person in the world with the name Andrew. BTW, if you think that there are 3 million transgenders in the US you are deeply deluded, and if you think that the miniscule trans population is law abiding, then you haven't been reading their own literature.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 24, 2014 2:16:07 PM

  23. Andrew/Sam (aka Rick): you're making it too easy for us to spot you. Troll more subtly next time.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 24, 2014 2:16:22 PM

  24. And TheDrDonna, please don't try to run away from this. Your role should not be to belittle or deny violent behavior by transfolk. We all need to condemn trans violence whenever it happens.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 24, 2014 2:25:08 PM

  25. Amen Tyler/Donna/Derrick - to the troll, you continue to show us all that you have capers for testes.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2014 2:36:52 PM

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