This month's Vanity Fair features a gripping article written by Mark Bowden, he of "Black Hawk Down" fame. "The Case of the Vanishing Blonde" is about one private eye's attempt to find the man responsible for raping and beating a Russian woman in a Miami hotel. A search that would eventually lead to Michael Lee Jones, a soft-spoken, impressively girthed man who used his suitcase for more than just button-downs and chinos.
Jones was eventually linked to the rapes of three women, all of them blonde: the one in Miami, another in New Orleans and a third in Colorado Springs for which he was convicted and is now serving what amounts to a life sentence. But the final note in Bowden's article is that Jones may have committed many more rapes in many more locations given the flexibility allowed to him by his job.
Jones, 38, worked for a spell for Centerplate, one of the world's largest hospitality companies. He was first arrested while manning a concession booth at a minor-league baseball stadium in Maryland and held a similar job during his time in Louisiana.
Centerplate is the exclusive caterer for Safeco Field. It also has contracts with the Tacoma Dome, Spokane Arena and the Comcast Arena in Everett.
We don't have confirmation that Jones was ever in the state. Calls to Centerplate's HR in Connecticut and its local office have yet to be returned. But the man who helped put him away is sure that Jones is responsible for more than the one crime that got him locked up.
"The cases they got him on, they're just the tip of the iceberg," he says in the article. "Once other jurisdictions start checking their DNA files on cases when this guy was at large, I guarantee you they will find more."
Below, check out Vanity Fair's video version of the article. I promise it's worth eight minutes out of your day.