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Man charged in slaying is suspect in two other attacks

Posted March 4, 2009

— A Wilson man charged in the stabbing death of a woman last summer has been charged in the attacks of two other women, authorities said.

Richard Wayne Sauls, 31, of 5011 Boswellville Road, was charged last week in the stabbing death of Roberta Ann Fulghum, 45. He was being held without bond Wednesday in the Wilson County Jail.

A pedestrian found Fulghum's body on July 29 in a ravine north of Sims, and authorities said she had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, abdomen and left leg.

On Tuesday, Sauls was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree sex offense, attempted first-degree sex offense, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The latest charges stem from attacks on prostitutes in November 2006 and last July, authorities said.

In the 2006 case, a man picked up a prostitute and drove to a location in Wilson County, where he pulled a knife on her and forced her to undress, authorities said. The woman was able to escape unharmed, they said.

In the 2008 case, the man forced a prostitute at knife-point to have sex with him, and he then stole her jewelry and cell phone, authorities said. The woman was stabbed during the incident, but authorities didn't disclose the severity of the wounds.

Authorities have declined to say what evidence linked Sauls to the three crimes.


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  • didisaythat Mar 4, 2009

    I hope the one blogger was not criticizing the police for not preventing the other killings. I am assuming they were just saying it is too bad that they were not caught before the other murders. I hope that person understands that it is not as easy as TV makes it to solve a crime. And to prevent crime we need to elect politicians that are more interested in the vicitms rights than an offender. Those acitvist that talk about 4th amend. rights to suspects and we can't be mean to a convicted felon does not normally have to associate with these type people. If prison was being conducted like it is suppose to than recidivism would go down. We need to punish. Rehabilitation does not work. Just like the person that says they are off drugs and alcohol...maybe this week or month or year but not forever. They WILL relapse and the criminal will break the law again. Punish for bad behavior.

  • oldrebel Mar 4, 2009

    Twenty two individual stab wounds...Three stab's penetrating her heart...This killer very obviously meant to kill the lady he was with. It baffles me how someone can take a knife or some such weapon and repeatedly plunge it into the body of another human being. I've read of such murders, and seen the stories on television all of my life. But it doesn't help me understand how someone can do such a thing. It just doesn't make sense.

  • grant Mar 4, 2009

    Wilson has prostitutes? Never seen it there. Then again wasn’t exactly looking for one, lol. And they call Rocky Mount the city on the rise.

  • bomanicous Mar 4, 2009

    "the cops didn't catch this guy the 1st time around because YOU, the public, didn't your job and do THEIR job and turn the guy in!"

    ????? It might have been funny if it made any sense.

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  • mom-of-3 Mar 4, 2009

    Never will I understand what goes on in the head of killers. Who just sits around thinking of how to kill people. Who!!!

  • time4real Mar 4, 2009

    the cops didn't catch this guy the 1st time around because YOU, the public, didn't your job and do THEIR job and turn the guy in!

  • Roach Mar 4, 2009

    Gee, I wonder why he couldn't get a real date?

  • Lyle Mar 4, 2009

    allmeinyou, I agree with you. I propose we enact a law that requires violent felons to surrender to the cops after the first major crime they commit. If they don't comply, charge the cops. Jeeeeeeeez.

  • Iworkforaliving Mar 4, 2009

    After reading his rambling almost incoherent blog, Yep, prison will be the perfect place for this idiot.