Derrick Todd Lee Stalked And Charmed His Victims Before Ravaging Them

Jonny Llama
  Published on February 1, 2022   

Before Hurricane Katrina ravaged southern Louisiana, Derrick Todd Lee did his part to decimate the lives of several women and their families. Lee earned the moniker, the South Louisiana Serial Killer, after his murderous rampage that lasted over a decade, killing at least 7, but most likely, many more.

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Geralyn Barr DeSoto had her father's eyes. In fact, she was her father's apple of the eye, often making her 2 other sisters jealous of the attention he gave her. 21-years-old, married, and an outstanding student record at LSU for her physical therapy training, Geralyn had her entire life to look forward to. She could have never known that a knock at her door on January 14th, 2002 would bring her life to an abrupt ending.

Detectives know that the man who so brutally violated DeSoto had asked her to use her cordless phone. After turning on his charm, Derrick Todd Lee was brazen enough to call his old employment at Exxon, a call that police had traced from DeSoto's phone line.

Derrick Todd Lee murdered Geralyn Barr DeSoto on January 14th, 2002. She was 21.

Derrick Todd Lee murdered Geralyn Barr DeSoto on January 14th, 2002. She was 21.


Detectives mapped out the savagery of Lee's attack based on the horrific crime scene and even though DeSoto put up a "pretty rough fight, ", she could not overcome her attacker.

The medical examiner determined that her brain damage occurred instantly when Lee smashed the phone base on the bridge of her nose. He would later state that her skull fractured in multiple places, causing instant brain damage to the brain tissue. Derrick Todd Lee used his entire 200 lb frame to enter the home with so much force that his victim was thrown to the ground.

Susan Mustafa does an excellent job of portraying the twisted mind of Derrick Todd Lee in her book, "I've Been Watching You." (Photo from Amazon)

Susan Mustafa does an excellent job of portraying the twisted mind of Derrick Todd Lee in her book, "Blood Bath" (Photo from Amazon)


Using an Old-Timer Schrade knife, Derrick Todd Lee stabbed DeSoto twice in the back, again in her side, and at least four times in her left breast. She was not dead, and Lee was not finished with her.

Derrick Todd Lee victims.

Just some of Derrick Todd Lee victims. Photo of victims (Susan Mustafa)


Forensic pathologist Dr. Alfredo Suarez's findings showed that the victim's thyroid gland had been completely severed and that her sternocleidomastoid muscles (the ones that move your head back and forth) were "gone".

He determined that the killer's knife, an OldTimer Schrade knife, went all the way through the throat, cutting the seventh cervical vertebrae.

Derrick Todd Lee would often cut the victim's throat as the last brutal measure. He would also stomp on the victim after death, which is why large boot prints were found around damaged organs. This was a last act of hatred.

Dr. Suarez stated that her neck began an "arterial spurt" which is when the heart continues to pump blood through a severed, opened, artery. This explains the blood on the walls and ceiling.

Covered in Red

Charlotte Murray Pace was brutally murdered with a Philips screwdriver.

Charlotte Murray Pace was brutally murdered with a Philips screwdriver.

Charlotte Murray Pace had always been the top of her class. A graduate of Millsaps College, Pace was one of the youngest MBA recipients nationwide. Earning her master's degree from LSU, Pace recently celebrated by buying her dream car, a BMW, and moving in to a house with a girlfriend.

She could have never known that as she prepared for her life ahead, a killer had been stalking her.

Derrick Todd Lee entered Pace's home on May 31st, 2002 around 12:30pm. It was Pace's roommate who first discovered her mangaled body. The roommate would later claim that, "The bedroom door was covered in red."

Her neck had been slit open and she had been brutally stabbed with a screw driver 83 times. This victims, heart, liver, and lungs were perforated and there was "blunt trauma" to her eyeballs.

Pace's mother Ann said that her daughter's neck was, "so badly cut you could see her spinal cord."

If you enjoyed reading about serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, read about Todd Kohlhepp, the Real Estate Killer. After that, I bet you'd love hearing about Robert Hansen, a deranged serial killer who would allow his victims to run into the Alaskan Wilderness before hunting them down.

"Blood Bath" by Susan Mustafa

Area couple’s child possibly victim of serial killer (The Town Talk 11, Aug. 2003)

State of Louisiana v. Derrick Todd Lee (FindLaw.com)

Details in serial killings show similarities (The Times 17, Jan. 2004)

Watkins: A mother's fight for justice (Clarion Ledger 16, April, 2016)

Scholarship honors Millsaps grad (Clarion-Ledger 4, Aug. 2002)

Photo of victims (Susan Mustafa)

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