The New Millennium Brought a Serial Killer to Kauai

One of my favorite getaways is to the beautiful island of Kauai – and still is today.  All of the Hawaiian Islands are beautiful, but for some reason I enjoy the less crowded and somewhat remote areas of Kauai the best.  I love the local people, great food, and wonderful views. 

One of my last visits about four years ago; I sat on a remote beach and thought to myself, “What if there was a killer on the loose here?”  Hey, it’s just a thought.  Many things go through a writer’s mind no matter where I am, especially on the criminologist’s side of my brain. 

At the time I didn’t know about the “real” serial killer in 2000 that briefly stalked and attacked women on the island.


April 2000

The body of Lisa Bissell, 38, was discovered near the Polihale State Park on a sugar cane road.  This is a secluded area where tourists head to the beach for the scenic route of the Na’Pali Coast.  She was stabbed numerous times, but they were not life-threatening.  However, left in the secluded area without treatment, caused her to bleed to death.

May 2000

A suspect attempted to rape and kill a 52 years old woman working in a yard of a Kekaha home.  She was sexually assaulted, beaten, stabbed in the abdomen (knife broke off), and her arm was broken.  She fought her attacker and was left to die, but she survived. 

August 2000

The body of Daren R. Singer, 43, was discovered at Pakala Point Beach. Money was found at her campsite, indicating that robbery wasn’t the motive for the killing.  She was sexually assaulted and stabbed numerous times in another location before she was dumped.


  • All victims were sexually assaulted.
  • All victims were Caucasian females, middle aged, and of similar height (5’2 to 5’4”) and weight (100 pounds).
  • A knife was used in each attack.
  • Attacked occurred on the west side of Kauai, near the beach area.
  • All victims were alone and seemed to be attacked by a single person.
  • Serial rapist, resulting in two homicides.



Cases remain unsolved.

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These horrific cases of Kauai’s first serial killer inspired me to write DARK MIND.  I wanted to bring my Emily Stone Series into different areas and new challenges, not only for my character but for me as well.  The island of Kauai posed challenges of weather, terrain, and the tight group of locals: a perfect backdrop for a fictional serial killer hunter. 

Do you think the serial killer was a local or someone passing through?  Do you think these crimes showed acceleration from the killer?  And, are they still killing? 

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About jchasenovelist

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3 Responses to The New Millennium Brought a Serial Killer to Kauai

  1. Pattie Parker says:

    I knew Lisa.She was a good friend of mine. I was designing,reupholstering,ect. and I had a shop. The last words I heard from her as she was going out the door that she loved me,and to have a good day. She had told me in a former conversation that if any thing happened to her,that it was the Kauai Police Dept. That there was some one threatening her but she wouldnt let me help her.And she said it was the police that were scaring her. It was coming out of Waimeia. It is interesting that I found your web site today. Yesterday and today the chief of police Darrel Perry,and two assistant police chiefs were placed on leave.Kauai Feb. 1,2012


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