Real Names: Warren Hudson Fulton III and Rachael Angelica Raver
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Reston, Virginia
Date: December 3, 1988
Details: Twenty-two-year-old Warren Fulton was the captain of the George Washington University baseball team and hoped to play in the majors. His girlfriend, twenty-two-year-old Rachael Raver, had recently graduated from the same school and planned to go to law school. On December 3, 1988, they met with friends at a bar in Washington DC. At 12:30AM, they left in Rachael's car and vanished. On December 6, the couple was found dead in an out-of-the-way wooded property. Rachael had been raped and both of them shot to death by an unknown assailant near Hunter Mill Road in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia.
Police believe that the unknown killer met the couple the night they vanished and then abducted them at gunpoint. It is believed that he forced them to drive from Washington into the Virginia suburbs west of the city. When they arrived in the area where they were killed, Warren was murdered first and Rachael tried to escape. However, the killer caught up with her, raped her, and then killed her, finally fleeing in her car.
A single hair found on Rachael's body determined that the killer was African-American. Investigators believed that the killer was familiar with the area. The killing took place near Dulles Toll Road, which runs from Interstate Highway to Dulles Airport. However, the specific area where the bodies were found was very secluded. Rachael's family became obsessed with solving the case.
They believed that the key to solving the case would be locating her missing car. Her mother Veronica spent her free time driving around the streets of Washington D.C. looking for it. Six weeks later, Veronica received a parking ticket for Rachael's missing Toyota sedan, which had been ticketed for illegal parking on a street in Queens, New York. The date of the ticket was the day after the couple had vanished. However, when the car was recovered there was not much left of it. Although some fingerprints were found on it, no suspects were identified. However, the Raver family refused to give up.
One year after the murders, Veronica Raver saw an Unsolved Mysteries broadcast that caught her attention. It was about twenty-four-year-old Tina Jefferson, who had been found raped and shot to death in a schoolyard on May 11, 1988 in Arlington, Virginia. The cases seemed to be similar. Interestingly, the date of the murder was also Rachael's birth date. However, the police did not believe the cases were connected for several reasons. First, Warren and Rachael were White while Tina was African-American. Next, Tina was alone while Rachael and Warren were together. Finally, police believed that Tina knew her killer while Warren and Rachael's murders appeared to be random.
It would not be until the spring of 2000 when a technician at Biotech II, Virginia's state DNA lab, would link the three murders to the same killer. DNA from the semen found on Rachael matched DNA found at Tina's crime scene. It was now confirmed that a serial killer was on the loose. Investigators noticed other similarities between the cases. One major similarity was that both female victims were wearing red shoes. However, the killer remained unidentified.
Suspects: The killer was described as an African-American male in his twenties, about 6'3" and 170 pounds, and he apparently knew Tina. When authorities re-interviewed Tina's sister Crystal, she remembered meeting a man named "Tony" at Tina's apartment complex in Virginia the summer before her murder, and that he may have been her boyfriend and may have been from Queens, New York. While he is not a suspect in the case, police would like to question him.
Extra Notes: This segment ran for the first time on August 29, 2001. The murders were also featured on On the Case with Paula Zahn.
Results: Solved. In September of 2005, DNA found at both crime scenes was matched to a serial killer named Alfredo Prieto who was already on death row in California for murdering a 15-year-old girl named Yvette Woodruff in 1990. He was found guilty of the Fulton/Raver murders in 2008 and given the death penalty.
He was connected to several other murders, including: the September 1989 murder of Manuel F. Sermeno in Prince William Virginia; the May 1990 murders of Stacey Siegrist and Anthony Gianuzz; and the June 1990 murders of Lula Farley and her husband Herbert. However, he was never charged in those cases. Prieto was executed by lethal injection on October 1, 2015 in Virginia.
- Rachael and Warren on Unsolved Archive
- Unsolved 1988 Slayings Linked by DNA
- Trail of Evidence
- DNA Leads to Suspect in 1988 N.Va. Killings
- Two Death Sentences in '88 Faifax Killings
- 3 murder victims' families prepare for Alfredo Preito's execution
- Virginia executes serial killer Alfredo Prieto after appeals fail
- Alfredo Prieto on Murderpedia
- Warren Fulton at Find a Grave
- Rachael Raver at Find a Grave