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    this person commited 2 heinous murders..........

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    This story originally was published Feb. 20, 1991, shortly after Nancy Ludwig's body was found.

    Slain flight attendant was bound, sexually assaulted

    A Northwest Airlines flight attendant from Minnetonka was bound, gagged and sexually assaulted before she was killed in her hotel room near the Detroit airport, police said Tuesday.

    Police also said Nancy Ludwig's clothes and identification were gone when her body was found Monday afternoon on the bed in her third-floor room at the Airport Hilton Inn in Romulus, Mich. She had been slashed in the neck with a knife, police said.

    The airline said security precautions have been tightened at all hotels where Northwest personnel are staying, and a memo has been distributed encouraging flight attendants to use extra caution.

    Although there was no sign of forced entry into Ludwig's room, Northwest officials met with managers of the hotel yesterday to discuss increased security. The hotel has a contract with Northwest and three other airlines to provide lodging for employees.

    Airline union officials indicated yesterday that they may ask Northwest to find alternate lodging for workers, although it was unclear if security was breached in the attack.

    "This may be the first time anything like this has happened in the entire industry," said Bruce Retrum, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 2747, which represents Northwest flight attendants. "While they are working on finding out what happened, a number of people may be uneasy about staying there."

    Access to the area where Ludwig was staying is restricted by locked doors that can be opened only by guests and employees, said Steven Fetters, general manager of the hotel. Security personnel were on the premises, and two side doors near the front of the building were locked after 11 p.m. Only a front entrance remained open 24 hours.

    An autopsy yesterday did not pinpoint the time of Ludwig's death.

    Romulus Police Sgt. Dan Snyder said there were signs of a struggle in Ludwig's room, but guests staying in neighboring rooms did not report hearing any unusual noises. Snyder said police were continuing to talk with other guests in the hotel.

    Ludwig, 41, who was a flight attendant for Republic Airlines before its merger with Northwest in 1986, had worked for the airline since 1976. Police said she arrived at the hotel at 9 p.m. Sunday after arriving in Detroit on a flight from Las Vegas.

    She did not respond to three wake-up calls Monday morning, when she was scheduled to fly to Memphis. Airline officials said she was known as an "add on" who was not attached to a specific crew. Because of her status during the Monday flight, none of the scheduled crew members apparently was expecting her and did not become concerned when she failed to make the Memphis flight.

    Her body was found shortly before 1 p.m. by a housekeeping employee. Police said they had not found the weapon used to kill her.

    All of Ludwig's belongings, including her uniform and identification badge, were missing. Northwest spokeswoman Christy Clapp said it was unlikely that Ludwig's uniform and badge could be used by anyone to pass through airport security checkpoints.

    "Security has been heightened since the war broke out. The photo badges are checked against faces and other identification," she said. "Just wearing a uniform won't get you through a security check."

    Word of Ludwig's slaying and the missing items spread quickly through the ranks of Northwest's employees yesterday. One flight attendant said she will make a point of checking the credentials of her co-workers.

    "We are placaters by nature," said Mollie Newman, a Detroit-based attendant. "Nobody wants to be the bad guy and ask a question. But we'll be paying attention to credentials and how people do their jobs, whether they use the right words."

    Retrum said the union has only occasionally registered objections to accommodations for employees, mostly in regard to perceived security problems at hotels near La Guardia and Kennedy airports (in New York) and in Newark, N.J.

    "At any given time, maybe 25 percent of our people are staying in hotel rooms a night," he said. "The number of incidents of any kind is very small."

    Ludwig was described by acquaintances as energetic and dynamic. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Art, whom she married in the 1970s. He is a former production manager for WTCN-TV and its successor, KARE-TV (Channel 11); the two met at the station, where she worked as a secretary. He had six children from a previous marriage.

    "She was quite a bit younger than us and Art, but she could make you feel very comfortable," said Ed Kintop, a family friend who knew the couple from working at the station.

    Kintop said that once the Ludwigs were at dinner and both had forgotten to bring money. Although the restaurant had posted a sign saying it did not take checks, Nancy Ludwig wrote one anyway and convinced management to accept it.

    "She was fearless like that," Kintop said. "That's why it's not hard to think she may have let someone into her room. I'm sure she thought she could handle anything."

    Staff writer David Phelps contributed to this article.

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    I am glad they caught this person. I live within walking distance of that hotel. I believe its now called the PARK INN, used to a be Raddison, and not long before that something else. ALthough I am a man, I still check out my hotel room before I lock the door.

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    Thank goodness. Now she can finally rest in peace.

    Who did they arrest? Local?

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    DNA links Genesee man with Ludwig, Eby cases, cops say

    By Ronald J. Hansen / The Detroit News

    Chronology of the cases

    * Nov. 9, 1986: The body of Margarette Eby, music professor and former provost at the University of Michigan-Flint, is found in her Flint home.
    * Feb. 17, 1991: Flight attendant Nancy Ludwig is bound, gagged, raped and her throat slashed in a room at the Hilton Airport Inn near Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.
    * Aug. 15, 2001: Police investigators say evidence may link the murders of Eby and Ludwig.
    * Feb. 7, 2002: Police obtain a DNA sample from Gorton from a drinking cup. They say it matched the samples from the killings.
    * Feb. 8, 2002: Gorton is arrested.
    * Feb. 9, 2002: Gorton is charged with murder in Genesee County in Eby's killing.
    * Monday: Gorton is charged with murder in Romulus for Ludwig's killing.

    ROMULUS -- Exactly 11 years after stewardess Nancy Jean Ludwig was found raped and dead at an airport hotel, authorities Monday charged a Clio man already accused of murder in the 1986 death of a Flint woman.
    Jeffrey Wayne Gorton, 39, was arraigned in Romulus District Court on five felony counts of murder and criminal sexual conduct in the Ludwig case. Authorities say they cracked the case last summer when DNA collected in the Flint rape and slaying matched that collected in Ludwig's death.
    A total of 800 pairs of women's underwear labeled with dates and places were found in Gorton's house, and the investigation has widened, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cox said.
    "There are a lot of things here that are very disturbing that we've uncovered," Cox said. "Investigators would be remiss if they didn't do follow-ups. We can't get into all the follow-up that's being done, but there is."
    Homicide investigators in Orange County, Fla., have said they plan to contact Michigan authorities about a possible Gorton link to the April disappearance of a 14-year-old girl there, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
    Gorton, now a sprinkling-service employee, lived near Orlando, Fla., at the time Vickey Wills vanished in April 1983. A month later, Gorton broke into a house and stole a woman's underwear. He was convicted and imprisoned until 1985, when he headed to Michigan.
    Charging Gorton in the Ludwig case might help end her family's agony, Cox said.
    "Clearly, on behalf of the family of Nancy Jean Ludwig, this is a happy event today because it will start the process of closure," he said.
    Romulus Police Lt. Dan Snyder, who doggedly investigated the case since it happened, said Ludwig's widower took comfort in the developments.
    "He said it's the best phone call he's received in years, and he broke down in tears," Snyder said.
    On Monday, District Judge Virginia Sobotka ordered Gorton back to jail in Genesee County, where he is held without bond in the death of Eby, a 55-year-old music professor for the University of Michigan-Flint. He is scheduled for a Feb. 27 preliminary examination on the Romulus murder charges.
    A pretrial hearing in Genesee County was pushed back to April 12 so Gorton's mental state could be evaluated at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry near Ann Arbor.
    During a recent Genesee County search, police also found a 1982 gold Monte Carlo similar to one a witness saw leaving the Hilton Airport Inn near Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Feb. 18, 1991. Inside the car, police found luggage like that used by Northwest Airlines employees.
    Ludwig, 41, of Minnetonka, Minn., was staying in room 354 of the Hilton Hotel in Romulus after a flight for Northwest from Las Vegas.
    Gorton entered Ludwig's room and attacked her with a knife, Cox said. Injuries on her body suggest she resisted, but Gorton nearly decapitated her with a cut across her throat, Cox said.
    Ludwig was tied and raped during the grisly attack, police said. Her attacker cleaned the room and took her clothes and personal items with him, they added.
    A witness has said a man loaded burgundy airline-style luggage into a bronze or brown Monte Carlo in the middle of the night Feb. 18, 1991, from the hotel.
    Romulus police collected DNA from the scene of the killing though the state didn't have a database to compare it against other samples at that time.
    But Snyder and others continued to investigate the slaying, confident that eventually the DNA and other evidence would point to a suspect.
    That happened when Lynne Helton, a forensic specialist for the Michigan State Police, matched semen in Eby's killing to that found in Ludwig's attack.
    "In the summer of 2000, I re-did the DNA testing at the Northville crime lab on the samples and entered it into the DNA database. It sat there for about a year," Helton said. "When (the Eby DNA) was entered in the database, within a matter of a few minutes it matched the evidence on the Ludwig case. It was just an incredible day."
    From that point, Flint, Romulus and the Michigan State Police worked together to close both investigations.
    A fingerprint found at the scene of Eby's death matched Gorton's prints from the Florida case.
    With a DNA match in hand, police began trailing Gorton earlier this month.
    On Feb. 7, Romulus Police Officer Mike St. Andre picked up a cup Gorton left behind. DNA from the cup matched both semen samples. Police arrested him two days later.

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