PHOENIX (AP/KSAZ) - The former wife of a 56-year-old man authorities believe to be responsible for a string of murders in the Valley has issued a statement, following the man's death.
On Monday, authorities say they believe Dwight Lamon Jones also killed a man and a woman whose bodies were discovered in Fountain Hills. Police say the killings began Thursday with Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who assisted in the JonBenet Ramsey mystery in Colorado and a notorious Phoenix serial killer investigation. Authorities also say the deaths Friday of paralegals Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson were related to Pitt's shooting, as well as the Saturday killing of 72-year-old counselor Marshall Levine.
The statement by Connie Jones was released Monday afternoon.
As a medical professional and a citizen I am deeply saddened by the tragedy caused by my ex-husband. He was a very emotionally disturbed person as the court records will confirm. Personally, I have feared for my safety for the past nine years. I cannot express the emotions I feel for the innocent families touched by this senseless violence.
My husband, Richard Anglin (a retired Phoenix police detective), recognized the connection to my divorce and the three crime scenes and he notified the Phoenix Police violent crime unit on Saturday night. I also contacted the Scottsdale Police Department on Sunday morning.
Any reward money collected will be donated to the families of the victims and to Chrysalis, the non-profit agency that helps victims of domestic abuse and violence.
Over the next several days, my family will attempt to come to grips with this horrible chain of events. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.
Authorities were closing in on Jones at a Scottsdale extended-stay hotel Monday when he fatally shot himself.
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.