A Door Left Unlocked, A Random Attack and Brutal Murder Of A Seattle Homeowner
January 18, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- This is one of those crimes that is almost impossible to wrap your head around, it is so disturbing.
It is tragic tale of a kind, well liked woman in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood brutally murdered in her own home; a woman who may have escaped that fate by simply making sure all the doors in the house had been locked before she went to bed.
Jennifer Ayers, 63, was found last week in her smoke filled home. She'd been tortured, raped, murdered and set on fire according to prosecutors, and her home had been ransacked for valuables.
On Wednesday, the 23-year old man police and prosecutors say is the man who bound, tortured, raped, murdered and then set her on fire, Michael A. Giordano, 23, was charged with aggravated first-degree murder. Bail was set at $10 million.
According to court documents filed in the case, Giordano confessed to police that he murdered Ayers and that her home was chosen at random based on the cars parked outside her house.
Coming through an unlocked door
He told them he snuck into her house after finding an unlocked door and that he tied Jennifer Ayers up with cords and stabbed her many times to get her to tell him where her valuables were. Eventually, say prosecutors, he would slash her throat inflicting fatal injuries.
KCPQ-TV in Seattle reported that Giordano also said:
.......He then raped and killed her and set her body on fire using gasoline in an attempt to hide evidence of the rape.
.......Wrote messages on the wall in Ayers’ blood in an effort to mislead police into thinking the killer had satanic beliefs.
.......Police found suspect Giordano later that morning after medics had already made contact with him once earlier when he told a family in Lake City who found him disheveled and bloody that he’d been "mugged."
.......Soon there after someone called police to say thay had seen Giordano throw several items into the street and some bushes. Those things turned out to belong to Ayers, including her Visa and QFC grocery charge card.
.......Officers then went to Ayers’s house to investigate what they thought might be a property crime and upon arriving heard a smoke alarm sounding and went in an unlocked door to check to see if anyone was injured.
.........They found the woman's body, still bound with hands behind her back and still burning as well as a significant amount of blood and a can of gas.
Prosecutors say Giordano had never met Ayers. They were complete strangers.
KIRO TV in Seatle reported that in court on Wednesday Giordano looked into the KIRO TV news cameras and mouthed the words, “F--- you,” and later smiled and mouthed “bye” to the camera as he was wheeled out of court.