CHICAGO (AP) – A convicted serial rapist serving an 80-year-prison sentence has been charged with first-degree murder in the 1981 stabbing death of a Chicago woman.
In a news release, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says DNA evidence links 59-year-old Eugene Booker to the slaying of 35-year-old Carol Novak. Her body was discovered inside her North Side home after being stabbed 50 times in the back, right side, neck and right eye.
The release says police Chicago police reopened the unsolved case last year and sent DNA evidence to a national index system, which matched the profile of Booker included in the Illinois Department of Corrections database.
Booker has been in custody since 1987, when he was charged with sexually assaulting several women.
It was immediately unclear if he has an attorney.