Mahoney graduated from high school in North Carolina, according to her MySpace page, and previously lived in New York City. She first came to Philadelphia to attend a drug-rehab clinic, Mahoney's mother-in-law told CBS3 yesterday, but she was forced to leave because of a lack of insurance. She went home to enter another clinic, but left after just a week and returned to Philadelphia this week[.]Mahoney leaves behind a toddler. If drug-control enforcement money were focused on the right things -- treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and work placement, as well as investigating and prosecuting reported sex crimes and violence on the Ave, rather than serially arresting and imprisoning the women -- then Mahoney's toddler might still have a mom today.
In another article, a 30-year-old local man is quoted, addressing the police theory that the strangler is a customer who contracted HIV from a prostitute and is exacting revenge:
He got burnt. Do you know what that means? It means he was with a hooker and she gave him a disease. [ ... ] He's going after as many white hookers as he can. Put yourself in his shoes, do you blame him?How many other residents have this attitude? How many cops?