Crime

William Costello, accused serial rapist, ends his trial by killing himself

In November 2012, we told you about the arrest of William Costello, a successful real estate broker with powerful political ties, on accusations of serial rape -- and the next month, he was linked to two more sex assaults.

This week, prosecutors finally began laying out their case against Costello, only to have a mistrial declared -- because Costello had apparently committed suicide. See photos, video and details below.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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