Aug 20, 2014 8:08 PM by Cecile Juliette
For months, online rumors have circulated around Oroville, claiming a serial killer was mutilating women and dumping their bodies in Stump's Field, and other areas around the southern part of the county.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says even he's heard the rumor. His daughter sent him a text message on August 10, asking if the rumors were true. He says they are just rumors. "Jason is dead, and the Texas Chainsaw killer is still in Texas, as far as we know," he says.
Amy Vang lives directly across from the grassy field that's now known as the alleged killer's dumping ground. She says, "I've heard they found women in the field dead and dismembered. It's terrifying." She adds that children are always playing alone in the tall grass, and she worries about them. She and her husband have changed their security habits since the rumors began swirling. They've installed a security camera, and now keep their dogs outside overnight so they'll bark if someone walks by.
Ramsey says there is no cover-up, and he wouldn't be a very good dad if he didn't warn his daughter to stay indoors.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says he's heard the rumors as well, and wants to assure the public that if there were an investigation involving a serial killer, his department would want the public know in order to help generate tips.