Unlike some others, there is no doubt that Fred Sullivan is a predator.
Sullivan liked to take out ads in area newspapers (including the Tradin' Times, where Amy's mother worked). These ads promised jobs for young women. But first, they had to come to his apartment for an interview. At these interviews, Sullivan would say he would hire the women if they would sleep with him first.
I found Sullivan's name in Amy's autopsy report. Seems the coroner's office had analyzed a knife belonging to Sullivan to see if it contained any usable DNA (he wasn't the only person whose belongings have been analyzed by coroners--there was a bat owned by someone else, too). When I met with him in 2008, Sullivan told me he thought he had found a loophole in solicitation laws, and thought that the sex would be considered a legal transaction. Cuyahoga County prosecutors figured otherwise and have charged him several times with crimes including: compelling a 14 year old girl to take money for sex and the attempted abduction of a 23 year old woman from a Parma-area restroom.
This whole game of luring the women to him under false pretense is similar to the method used by Amy's killer, who called her on the phone and pretended he worked with her mother at the Tradin' Times.
I interviewed Sullivan for a half hour or so. He even brought me a knife similar to the one the cops took from him (his apartment door remained open during this odd encounter, thankfully). He's straight forward about his urges, too, stating "I like young girls. They make me feel young."
I have lost track of the man in the years since. But if you happen to hear from him regarding possible employment, best to stay away. Anyone with info can send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org