Baseline Killer: A look back at the man behind 9 deaths and 6 sexual assaults

Goudeau is on death row, convicted of nine killings in the Phoenix area.

He’s one of the most notorious serial killers in Arizona history.

Mark Goudeau is infamously known as the “Baseline Killer,” who had the Valley living in fear for more than a year.

He terrorized people in the Phoenix area, killing nine people, raping several others, and eluded hundreds of officers who were assigned to catch him.

“Serial killers target people in lower income areas," retired Phoenix police Det. Cliff Jewell said, "They go where the people are least likely to be a witness and call the police.”

From August 2005 to September 2006, Goudeau’s victims included two girls who were sexually assaulted, two sisters who were raped, a mother and daughter who were sexually assaulted, and a 26-year old woman who was found stuffed between a house and a storage unit days after she had been killed.

Alvin Hogue’s life was changed forever on Feb. 20, 2006.

“One of the drivers walked up to me and said did you hear what happened to your wife? And that’s when I kind of lost it,” said Hogue.

Romelia Vargas and her cook were brutally murdered inside their food truck by Goudeau. The couple had 4-month-old twins at the time.

Finally, on Sept. 6, 2006, Goudeau was arrested at his home in central Phoenix, on the day of his 42nd birthday.

Goudeau was convicted in 2010 and received the death penalty. He is currently on death row.

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