PRESS RELEASE, 1/18/2007

Deters asks for community to help in keeping the "Cincinnati Strangler" behind bars

Today, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters is asking the community to join him in voicing the strongest opposition to the possible parole of Posteal Laskey, known as the "Cincinnati Strangler."

On August 14, 1966, Laskey, posing as a cab driver, picked up 31-year-old Barbara Bowman from a cafe on Vine Street and brutally murdered her. Bowman was found the next day bleeding profusely from multiple cuts and stab wounds. She had multiple injuries to her shoulders, arms, hands, and back, as well as her pelvis and genitalia. She had also been violently strangled.

Posteal Laskey brutally strangled multiple women to death and left the community in fear. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Barbara Bowman. After his conviction, the string of strangulation killings in Cincinnati stopped.

This February, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority will be considering Posteal Laskey for parole. Prosecutor Deters is asking for the community's help to keep this violent offender behind bars.