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Carnival worker accused of killing two women, teen is ‘unfit to even be called a monster,’ mother of victim says


James Wright has been charged with three counts of capital murder.

The carnival worker accused of three murders is "the scum of the earth" and is unfit to even be called a "monster," the mother of one of the victims said.

Cynthia Butterworth told ABC News in an interview published Wednesday that daughter Joslyn Alsup, 17, met suspected killer James Wright at the North Georgia State Fair in September. Wright was in charge of the ponies and was called the “pony dude,” according to ABC.

“I see someone that shouldn’t be on earth,” Butterworth told the network. “My heart is so full of hate — for him and what he has done.”

Authorities say Alsup and two women were shot to death by Wright over an 18-day period in February and March near his home in rural Virginia. Wright could be classified as a serial killer, according to Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman.

Wright met the two women, 25-year-old Athina Hopson and 22-year-old Elizabeth Vanmeter, through his work as a subcontractor for the James H. Drew Carnival. In addition, Alsup’s father was a co-worker of the suspected killer.

The three victims were reported missing in March. Two bodies were recovered near Wright’s home, one from a shallow grave and another near some logs. Investigators are still looking for Hopson’s remains.

Wright would confess to the three slayings, but said the deaths were accidental. He has been charged with three counts of capital murder.

With News Wire Services