The first time police suspected Marc Karun in connection with the Sept. 23, 1986, murder of 11-year-old Kathleen Flynn in Norwalk, Connecticut, was about two weeks after the sixth grader was sexually assaulted, strangled to death and left in woods near her middle school.
The key information that continually led police to Karun — and which prevented them ruling him out as a suspect even in the absence of conclusive DNA testing — came from four convictions for kidnapping or sexual assault of four separate female victims both before and after Kathleen Flynn’s murder.
According to a 55-page police affidavit filed in court in Bangor, police found similarities in how Karun carried out those offenses, and how Kathleen Flynn’s assailant sexually assaulted and murdered her.
“Several of the cases exhibit a similar geographical profile, modus operandi and rituals to the Kathleen Flynn homicide in some form,” Norwalk Police Department Lt. Arthur Weisberger wrote in the affidavit, which police used as grounds for Karun’s arrest.
The warrant police executed to arrest Karun charges him on two counts: murder with special circumstances and kidnapping in the first degree. The statute of limitations has run out on a charge of sexual assault. Karun is currently at the Penobscot County Jail until his terms of extradition are determined. He will have a bail hearing at 1 p.m. Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.