Donna Perry, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted on June 29 in the murders of three prostituted women, Yolanda A. Sapp, Nickie I. Lowe and Kathleen A. Brisbois, more than 27 years after their deaths.
“Their murders remained a mystery until Perry was convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2012. When [his] DNA was entered into the system, it linked her to the trio of bodies, according to the news station.”
Perry alleged “Douglas” (the name Perry was known by before he started identifying as “Donna”) committed the murders, saying “Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it.” Perry also claims he had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2000 “as a permanent way to control violence” and that “there’s a great downturn in violence” when men have sex reassignment surgery and identify as women.
A former cellmate of Perry’s, Chero Fread, testified against Perry claiming he had told her he killed “two more individuals after the sex change” and that he was jealous of women “[b]ecause they could breed, they could have families.” According to Fread, “[h]e told me … becoming a woman was a disguise to take the heat off of him, that an elderly lady with mental illness would never get caught.”
“Sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. July 24. Since the jury also found Perry guilty of the aggravating circumstance that the three murders were part of a common scheme or plan, she faces up to life in prison on each charge.”