1984 Colorado hammer killer was no “criminal mastermind,” just an average burglar who evolved into a predator, FBI profiler says

The so-called hammer killer who fatally bludgeoned a Lakewood grandmother and three members of an Aurora family in the winter of 1984 started off as a burglar and evolved into a predator who crept into homes primarily to satiate his thirst for violence, says a former FBI profiler.

“He’s not some criminal mastermind. He’s a punk. He’s a psycho. He’s not looking for a particular victim. He’s looking for people,” said Ron Walker, a retired FBI agent who profiled the perpetrator of what would become one of the most baffling series of cold case murders in metro Denver history. Walker is now a nationally recognized consultant for law enforcement on pattern crimes.