Fugitive Sought In California Beauty Queen Homicide Extradited to California
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A man arrested after police followed a tip generated by a television show was extradited Thursday to California to face charges in the poisoning death of a beauty queen.
During a three-minute hearing Thursday, Paul Steven Mack, 39, told 5th Circuit Judge Paul G. Grant he wouldn’t fight efforts to return him to Sacramento, where he is charged in a felony homicide warrant in the 1987 slaying of Karen Grace Winslett.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokewoman Sharon Telles said Mack was expected in Sacramento later Thursday.
Mack, who had been working as a chef for eight months under the name Sean Paul Lanier, was arrested Tuesday night near his home.
California authorities had been seeking Mack in the slaying of Winslett, 21, of Carmichael, Calif., who disappeared in February 1987, shortly after winning the title of Miss English Leather in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mack was arrested by Utah police acting on a tip from a Marion, Ohio, woman who had watched the Sunday night showing of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s ″America’s Most Wanted″ program and recognized Mack as having once worked at a country club where she works.
The woman also recalled receiving a call from a man in Salt Lake City who wanted information about a man named Lanier prior to entering into a business deal, Telles said.
Ohio authorities contacted Sacramento County, which then alerted Salt Lake City police. A check revealed that a Sean Paul Lanier had been involved in an October 1987 traffic accident and had produced an Ohio driver’s license.
Sacramento police allege Mack lured Winslett to his apartment to be photographed for a possible calendar spread, then killed her with a ″massive dose″ of the painkiller Percodan.
Winslett’s decomposed body was found in her sports car in a parking lot.
Mack also is sought for questioning by Ohio authorities in the 1981 slaying of Annette Huddle, 19, who had worked as a temporary secretary for Mack at the Marion Country Club.
Salt Lake City police said Mack has used six or more aliases and has been married seven or eight times. A convicted forger and burglar, Mack served two prison terms and was paroled in 1985.