Violent past emerges about Danueal Drayton, suspected dating app killer from New Haven

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Danueal Drayton serial killer

Danueal Drayton’s former foster family has been keeping a low profile inside their Hamden home since news broke Wednesday that the 27-year-old man was arrested in California in connection to the murder of a woman and the rape of another woman he met on the dating app, Tinder.

Detectives from New York City tracked Drayton to a hotel room in North Hollywood, Calif., where they say he was holding another woman captive.

Reached by phone late Friday, family members initially declined to discuss the case against Drayton. But, a visit Saturday by News 8’s Mario Boone to the Stonewall Drive home where Drayton spent much of his teenage years in foster care garnered a slightly warmer reception.  

The person who answered the door declined to give their name for the record and turned down a request to be interviewed on camera. But, they were adamant the man whose mugshot is now going viral after police said he could be linked to the murders of up to seven women he met through dating apps, hasn’t lived at the Hamden address since he graduated high school.  A family representative said they were “heartbroken” and asked for privacy.

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At a second address listed for Drayton in East Haven, Linh Tran answered the phone and also declined an on camera interview. Tran wouldn’t explain the nature of her relationship to Drayton, but acknowledged knowing the man.  

“I haven’t been able to sleep,” Tran said of the disturbing revelations.

Drayton has several criminal convictions in Connecticut involving violence against women. He was sentenced to prison for a 2011 strangulation case. Other convictions include unlawful restraint, violation of a protective order and harassment. 

He is being held in California pending extradition to New York.

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