The letter was addressed to Capt. Joseph Borrelli, who was in charge of the task force investigating the killings. A few weeks earlier, Borrelli had been interviewed by Irene Cornell, a reporter for WCBS radio, who had questioned him about whether the killer appeared to hate women.
replied, "Well, many of his
victims have been young women."
The letter gave every indication that the killer was listening to that radio broadcast and other news reports.
"Dear Captain Borrelli," the letter began."I am not a woman-hater." Borrelli, who later became chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, said police officials never publicly discussed the letter at the time or addressed the killer directly.
But at press conferences they sent out messages to indicate that they would like to hear from him.
"You have mixed feelings," Borrelli
said."You really feel like telling him what you think of him.But the profilers and common sense are telling you that that might set him off.So you have to respond in carefully worded statements."