A man, who was a serial sex offender, was arrested in connection with the murder of two women in Hartford more than 19 years ago.
Police arrested 56-year-old Robert White, formerly of Hartford, who was charged with murder after the Cold Case investigations.
White, who is currently 50-year prison sentence, was charged with capital felony and murder in connection with the 1997 of Shiraleen Crawford.
The body of 30-year-old Crawford was located in an apartment on Martin Street in August 1997. Police said an autopsy showed Crawford died from blunt trauma to the head and also suffered stab wounds to the head, chest and neck.
White was also charged with a count of murder with special circumstances, felony murder and murder in the 2012 death of Sonia Rivera.
Police said they located 48-year-old Rivera “unresponsive” in an alley off Washington Street in September 2012. An autopsy showed Rivera died of trauma to her head and face.
"Finally, closure came for them closure came for two families," said Rev. Henry Brown, who is Crawford's cousin and a friend of the Rivera family. He said both families never gave up hope their killer would someday be caught. "To the family, I'm happy for you. You will get a chance to face this guy that took your loved one, it won't bring her back, but at least you can have the satisfaction of looking him in the face and asking him why did he have to commit such a heinous crime."
White is in jail, serving a 50-year sentence, after the death of Sawarie Krichindath. She was found dead in her apartment on March 16, 2013.
White was also previously convicted of the 1980 beating death of Betty Robertson.
According to the arrest warrant affidavits, police said White is a registered sex offender and has a "pattern of violence against women, often including violent sexual encounters."
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