03/19/2014 06:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Transgender Serial Killer Suspect Says Gender Change Helped Stop Slayings: Court Files


A transgender woman accused of killing three prostitutes decades ago allegedly blamed the murders on the person she was before undergoing gender reassignment.

Court 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.

Perry was due in court on Tuesday for her first appearance, but refused to attend, KHQ-TV reports. She's being held on $1 million bond.

The killings were unsolved until 2012, when Perry was arrested on federal weapons charges, according to the Spokesman-Review.

investigators claimed that Perry's fingerprints and DNA match evidence from the women's deaths.

Detectives in 2012 asked Perry why the killings stopped, which is atypical for serial killers. According to an affidavit released in court, Perry answered "Douglas didn't stop, Donna stopped it."

According to ABC News, Perry also said, "I'm not going to admit I killed anybody, I didn't. Donna has killed nobody."

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