Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, Alleged Killers of 4 Women, Could Face Death Penalty

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on the charges and possible penalty facing two alleged serial killers of at least four Orange County prostitutes.

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Franc Cano
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 14, 7:01 A.M.: We'd reported how some experts did not believe a serial killer was responsible for the deaths of a young prostitute whose body was found in an Anaheim trash recycling facility and three women missing from Santa Ana.

The Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments have essentially announced those experts were wrong.

A Serial Killer Isn't Preying on OC Prostitutes, Say Experts, as Bodies Pile Up and Women Go Missing

The departments jointly announced that drifters and registered California sex offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday for the deaths of: Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, of Oklahoma; Kianna Jackson, 20, of Las Vegas; and Josephine Vargas, 34, and Martha Anaya, 28, both of Santa Ana.

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Steven Dean Gordon
Estepp is the victim whose body was found March 14 by employees of a recycling center in the 1100 block of North Blue Gum Street in Anaheim. Jackson had just arrived at the bus station in Santa Ana in October 2013 when she disappeared, and Vargas and Anaya had last been seen in an area of Santa Ana known for drug sales and prostitution in October and November of that same year.

"During the initial phase of our murder investigation, homicide detectives from the Santa Ana Police Department contacted us with information about three women reported missing from their city,'' Lt. Bob Dunn, an Anaheim Police spokesman, told City News Service. "The investigation led to the identification and arrests" of Cano and Gordon about an hour apart on East La Palma Avenue in Anaheim.

According to the California registered sex offender database at MegansLaw.ca.gov, Cano (who also goes by Frank Cano) and Gordon (a.k.a. Skeeter Gordon and Skeeter Dean Gordon) are each registered sex offenders due to convictions for lewd or lascivious acts with children under age 14.

There are obviously many holes left to be filled. How did the report of the missing women lead to police zeroing in on the pair of men? How do they know the women missing from Santa Ana are dead? Are there incriminating witnesses or evidence?

Hopefully answers to those questions will be provided at a press conference scheduled for 4 p.m. today. Police do say they fear there may be other victims besides the four women, possibly in states other than California.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that can help them to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.TIP.OCCS or visit occrimestoppers.org, where anonymous tips are welcome.

Photos of the victims follow on the next page ...


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applemutt
applemutt

Someone should tell the cops to talk to the homeless people who seen these two in the creek bed and riverbed.  They probably know something, but I doubt they will see the Crime Stoppers tip line number on the Internet since wifi isn't available where they live.

Nancy Gallardo
Nancy Gallardo

These are very Sick-minded individuals!!! God can only forgive them, not me!

applemutt
applemutt

Where'd these two meet a pervo anonymous meeting?  Scary to think there are two people out there like minded in the area of murder who find each other.  Sick

bphood
bphood

Death penalty? I thought they were charged in Ca.

marellano1966
marellano1966

If these women are in fact dead where are the bodies and why so secretive about the way they found the men. What is Anaheim and SAPD hiding???

roman_archer
roman_archer

So today I see the local news outlets running with a story that Coker figured out several days ago. When I read your original article Matt, I knew the facts you presented added up. Nice job. I'm impressed.

mikeknowles
mikeknowles

forcibal rape of a hooker? dont make me laugh.

mikeknowles
mikeknowles

dang them sum ugly beeches. ppl paid for this trash?

mikeknowles
mikeknowles

look at the bright side 4 less hookers around to bring down property values.


949girl
949girl topcommenter

How do they know that the other 3 are dead?  Have their bodies been found? 

mikeknowles
mikeknowles

Big whoop a handful of hookers dead. Who gives a flying fart?

Rudy González
Rudy González

I wonder if this whole serial killer thing is really gong to mess things up for Franc Cano in his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather on May 3rd. (cuz he looks like Marcos Maidana guys!)

Kelly Alexander
Kelly Alexander

How do we not know that the murdered sluts where not just the oc cops that placed it in the hands of two douchebag looking guys?

Amy D. Sahli
Amy D. Sahli

I wish i run into this niggah in a dark alley on any given night when i'm just WAITING for someone to fuck with me(anyone rel8 to that feeling).

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Street prostitution equals death.  Maybe not the first or second time, but it will happen.  But oh no don't blame the "victim".

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Yeah, you called this one Matt!  I'm interested in the details.  Were these guys working together?

justakitkat
justakitkat

@marellano1966 Don't know that they're necessarily "hiding", but they sure aren't giving any reasonable details


Been hoping & praying for months that these women would be found - but not this way. And have they been found?  How else could PD charge them with 4 murders?  They must know more than they're telling us now, but it seems they're trying to connect them to other cases, so I guess we just have to be patient

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@mikeknowles  

Even a person who has sex for money has a right to say "NO". If you force a person to have sex it's RAPE. End of story.

marellano1966
marellano1966

You don't even own a house so why are you commenting for.

marellano1966
marellano1966

Hope you have a daughter so she can see what kind of person you are no compassion these women have family. You pray you don't loose someone you love to a violent act. Maybe you are really the killer you fit the profile..

marellano1966
marellano1966

Hope you have a daughter and she goes missing..

marellano1966
marellano1966

Understandable but when you actually see a grieving mother and personally know know her remarks like that can make a person sink to there level.

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