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Elizabethton High School students release profile of "Bible Belt Strangler"

"Bible Belt Strangler" victims

It's a school project like none other.

A sociology class at Elizabethton High School spent the semester working with a podcast host to track down the suspected serial killer behind a string of 30-year-old cold cases.

Students are now hoping tips from the public will help law enforcement officials catch the man they call The Bible Belt Strangler.

"Teenagers like us, we usually don't get an experience like this," William Bowers, a junior at Elizabethton High School told WCYB. "You usually see it with the FBI, the TBI, CIA, whatever law enforcement agency gets to do this, we never get to have this type of chance. It's wonderful that we have this chance."


Students in Alex Campbell's sociology class spent the semester building a profile of who they think killed six women in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia between 1980 and 1985.

"He is 5'9" to 6'2" with an average to athletic or stocky build, weighing between 180 and 270 pounds. He lived an or worked out of the greater Knoxville area, possibly Nashville, as a truck driver," Campbell said.

Over the course of their research, students got in touch with Shane Waters, a podcast host in Indiana, who was looking into the redhead murders.

"We quickly realized that together if we combine forces that we would be able to go much further," Waters said. "We all had the ultimate goal of the same thing."

While five of the six women have yet to be identified, Waters plans to place a red cross at the site where each of their bodies were found, including one in Greene County, Tenn.

If you have any information, you're asked to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

You can listen to the "Out of the Shadows" podcast here.

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