- A total of 28 charges are being filed against 33-year-old Rebecca Auborn for the various murders that took place between December 13th and June 17th
- Four of five of their alleged victims died of overdoses and one man survived, but authorities refused to publicly identify them
- Auborn is being held in the Franklin County Jail and an arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday
An Ohio woman has been charged with murdering four men she allegedly met for sex before fatally drugging them and robbing them of their belongings.
A total of 28 charges are being filed against 33-year-old Rebecca Auborn for the various murders that took place between December 13th and June 17th.
She is accused of meeting men for sex at hotels in northeast Columbus, giving them fatal doses of fentanyl and stealing from them.
Four of five of their alleged victims died of overdoses and one man survived, but authorities refused to publicly identify them. Investigators believe there are more victims.
Auborn is being held in the Franklin County Jail and an arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.
Rebecca Auborn, 33, has been charged with the murders of four men she allegedly met for sex before fatally drugging them and robbing them of their belongings
She is accused of meeting men for sex at hotels in northeast Columbus, giving them fatal doses of fentanyl and stealing from them
Auborn was charged with four counts of murder, four counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts of aggravated robbery, five counts of aggravated assault, five counts of corrupting another person with drugs, one count of tampering with evidence and four counts of drug trafficking.
A victim’s first overdose attempt is said to have occurred on December 13, but he survived.
But four more victims died of overdoses on January 15, April 1, April 13 and June 16.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost shared news of her indictment on Wednesday, warning: “Don’t buy sex in Ohio – it ruins lives and could cost you yours.”
He believes Auborn meets the criteria for a serial killer because the four deaths she is accused of follow a similar pattern.
“To me, a serial killer is when there is someone who has committed a series of murders separated in time,” Yost said Columbus Shipping.
“We have the same MO here.”
“I have never seen a similar case in my career, and when I spoke to colleagues, they have not seen anything like it.”
The suspect had already been charged with murder and drug offenses in September for the overdose of the man who died in January, 30-year-old Joseph Crumpler, and had pleaded not guilty.
But this case has now been included in the new indictment filed on Wednesday, in which the names of the victims were redacted.
Court records show she admitted to investigators on March 31 that she put fentanyl in a man’s crack pipe and that she knew he had overdosed when she left the hotel room and his car and debit card took with him.
According to the attorney general’s office, the investigation is ongoing and investigators are focusing on their activities in northeast Columbus between December of last year and August 2023.
The focus is on the area between Interstate 71, Ohio 161, Cleveland Avenue and East 17th Avenue as officers search for additional possible victims.
“These charges are the result of our close collaboration with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” said Columbus Division Police Chief Elaine Bryant.
“The Columbus Division of Police remains committed to ensuring justice for all victims and their families affected by the actions of a single individual.”
Auborn, who has at least one child and a daughter who died in 2016 when she was just 18 days old, had no criminal record.
The first hearing on the allegations against her was scheduled to take place on Friday, but was postponed until Monday.
Anyone with information about overdose deaths between December and August is asked to contact the police homicide unit.
While anyone who interacted with her was asked to come forward without fear of prosecution if they solicited sex.