November 23, 2004, 07:17 PM

Rapist linked to S.D. assaults commits suicide in his jail cell

By J. Harry Jones
November 23, 2004

A serial rapist linked to the sexual assaults of four San Diego women committed suicide yesterday in an Arizona jail cell.

James Allen Selby, 38, who was dubbed the "Bankers Hill Rapist" by San Diego police three years ago, killed himself a few hours before he was scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison in Tucson for raping five women and a teenage girl there in 2001 and 2002.

A Pima County sheriff's spokeswoman said a corrections officer found Selby about 7 a.m. hanging from the window in his cell, about 15 minutes after he was last seen alive. He used a bedsheet to hang himself.

Selby had been connected by a national DNA databank to the rapes and assaults of 14 girls and women in San Diego; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tucson; Sparks, Nev.; and Norman, Okla., between September 1999 and May 2002.

San Diego prosecutors were planning to extradite him here after the Arizona sentencing to face charges that he raped four women between July and September of 2001 in Bankers Hill, North Park and Park West.

Selby was accused of entering his San Diego victims' apartments through windows, covering their faces with a towel and assaulting them, according to court records.

Four days after the last San Diego attack, Selby attacked his first victim in Tucson, prosecutors said.

Authorities believe Selby was a drifter who came to San Diego in 2001. His only police contact in San Diego was for a traffic citation.

At the time of his death, he was serving a sentence of 20 years to life for a Colorado rape conviction and faced multiple life sentences in Tucson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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November 23, 2004, 07:19 PM
it was the corrupt justice system that made him kill himself and end his life before it really even started. had he not been caught, he was ready to turn his life around and start handing out puppys and kittens to the homeless.


November 23, 2004, 08:26 PM
Maybe he thought he could atone for his sins by saving the people of California from going into a deeper financial defecit.

Prison for life ain't cheap.

Standing Wolf
November 23, 2004, 09:13 PM
See? Once in a great while, criminals do the right thing.

Prison for life ain't cheap.

In point of fact, it costs more to keep a person in prison for a year than it would to send a deserving young person to virtually any college in the nation for a year.

November 23, 2004, 10:38 PM
What took him so long?????

November 23, 2004, 10:40 PM
Sounds like a D.S.A.F to me.

November 24, 2004, 02:01 PM
This is disgusting. The poor guy had to go through all that work, tying up a bedsheet. They could have at least given him some rope.


November 24, 2004, 03:23 PM
Good riddance to bad rubbish

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