CHICAGO -- A man identified as a suspect in 21 slayings in three states has been charged with murder and concealing a homicide in the death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was cut into pieces and put in a trash dumpster.
Police filed the charges late Wednesday against Larry Eyler, who was free on bond on another murder charge when the body of Daniel Bridges was found Tuesday in a dumpster outside Eyler's apartment building.
Eyler, 31, was arrested Tuesday but police delayed filing charges because 'we did not want to come out and give you anything that was presumptive,' Police Commander Edward Wodnicki said.
Meanwhile, Kenosha, Wis., police said they had sent detectives to Chicago to investigate a possible link between Eyler and the slaying of an 18-year-old man whose dismembered body was found in a county park last Oct. 4.
The Wisconsin and Bridges cases bring to 21 the number of slayings in which Eyler is a suspect. Eyler previously was linked to the slayings of 19 men in Illinois and Indiana between October 1982 and October 1983.
Bridges' body, which had been cut into eight pieces and stuffed in six plastic bags, was discovered by janitor Joseph Balla.
Balla told police he saw Eyler put the bags in the dumpster Monday afternoon. He called police Tuesday after he removed the bags from the dumpster and body parts fell out of one, police said. Bridges' parents identified his body.
The boy had been missing from home since Sunday night, but a missing persons report was not filed, police said.
In March, Bridges was interviewed for an NBC-TV report on the exploitation of children. Bridges said he had been molested by a neighbor when he was 9 years old and had worked as a male prostitute.
'I really don't like to have sex with other men, it made me feel cheap,' he said. 'Some say they have a knife and will stab me, some say they have a gun. I ran away from home and had sex with men to get room and board.'
Police records show Bridges had been the victim of two alleged indecent liberty attacks. Four missing persons reports had been filed on him since May 1981, police said.
Eyler previously was charged with murder in the death of Ralph Calise, 28, of Chicago, and held on $1 million bond. Lake County Circuit Judge William Block reduced Eyler's bond to $10,000 after ruling evidence recovered by Indiana authorities in the slaying was inadmissable.
Block ruled Eyler, who had been in jail since his arrest last Oct. 29, had been detained illegally by Indiana police and said Eyler's property had been seized without probable cause.
Indiana police confiscated handcuffs, a blood-stained knife, tape, rope and a pair of boots from Eyler's truck.