PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspected serial killer from Oregon was killed in July after he attacked a woman in West Virginia. Newly released interrogation videos show the victim describing what really happened that day.
Heather Saul had a choice: kill, or be killed by the stranger at her door.
“He was squeezing so tight I didn’t think I was going to live through it,” Saul told investigators. “I’m sorry that I killed him, I didn’t mean to kill him. I didn’t want to kill no one.”
Detectives say 45-year-old Neal Falls from Springfield, Oregon is linked to at least 6 women’s deaths, but he could be tied to dozens of missing and murdered women across 9 states.
Saul met Falls on the website Backpage.com, but when she agreed to meet him at her Charleston, West Virginia apartment she had no idea he’d been involved in a national killing spree.
“He said, ‘I’m going to prison for a long time and it’s your choice whether it’s for rape or murder,'” Saul recalled. “I just knew he was going to kill me.”
Then, Saul said, he grabbed her throat.
“He wouldn’t let me have a bit of air,” she said. “He said ‘I’m going to call the orders and you’re going to be quiet.”
In an effort to fight back, Saul grabbed a rake nearby. Falls put his gun down to grab the rake out of her hands, a fatal mistake.
Saul grabbed the gun and shot Falls once, killing him.
When investigators arrived, they found a slew of weapons in Falls’ SUV including axes, a shovel, bleach, handcuffs, knives, a machete and more.
“What comes to mind when you look at those items is a serial killer kit,” Charleston, West Virginia Police Lt. Steve Cooper previously said.
Falls had been questioned by police in as many as 20 states as he drove around the country. In Oregon, he had only a few minor traffic infractions on his record.
The Springfield man lived in Las Vegas for 8 years while working at the Hoover Dam. During his time there, 4 escorts disappeared. Three of the women’s bodies were found dismembered and discarded along various highways both in and out of state.
Investigators are still working to find out if Falls was tied to numerous other women who disappeared or were found dead in various parts of the country.