LOS ANGELES--Despite growing media attention to the mysterious series of killings and assaults that have shaken the Carole Little company and shocked the garment industry here, police were no closer Friday to unraveling the crimes.
"Something's wrong," said Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Fred Miller, about the lack of response to the $100,000 reward being offered for information in the May 4 shooting death of Carole Little financial executive Rolando Ramirez.
In a dramatic move, detectives took to the street Thursday for a crime scene press conference where they announced the Carole Little reward offer and handed out a composite drawing of a man seen fleeing the scene of the murder at Jefferson and Main Streets in downtown L.A.
Although similar pleas from police often generate hundreds of calls, and despite a larger media turnout generating publicity, fewer than 10 people had phoned by Friday afternoon.
Detectives were hoping that television and radio stations would continue to broadcast the information over the weekend.
In separate incidents over the last 18 months, three people, including another Carol Little executive and an independent contractor, have been shot to death. The contractor's brother and his wife were wounded by gunfire but survived. Another Carol Little employee, Karin Holzinger, vice president of domestic manufacturing, lived through a freeway shooting and two bomb attacks at her home.
Police continue to investigate possible motives for the bloodshed. But industry speculation still centers on a turf war between rival contractors eager to oust competitors.
But Joseph Rodriguez, executive director of the Garment Contractors Association, dismissed the notion that the violence is the result of a recent labor department crackdown on apparel manufacturers' use of unlicensed contractors.
But, he added, the crackdown did spur manufacturers to move at least some of their business to more legitimate operations.
"There is an effort to get at least a few token good contractors in upfront, even though there are a lot of illegal contractors in the background," Rodriguez said.

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