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Crime History: Serial rapist kills 3 in chase across the Southwest

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On this day, Feb. 5, in 1971, serial rapist Bert Greenberg shot and killed two patrolmen and another person during a police chase through the Southwest.

Greenberg, 38, a former star high school quarterback and decorated soldier in the Korean War, raped and killed a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles a day earlier. He had been out on parole for a series of rapes.

Greenberg fled east. He shot and killed two Arizona highway patrolmen in separate traffic stops.

He shot a husband and wife in Arizona after they picked him up in their Volkswagen. Greenberg threw the body of the man down a mine shaft, and stole their car. The woman survived.

The killer raced across the New Mexico border where he was gunned down at a desert roadblock. He was struck by 10 bullets.

-- Scott McCabe

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