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Killer of Utah student called himself womanizing manipulator

A sex offender who killed a University of Utah student he briefly dated once said at a parole hearing that he was a womanizer who manipulated women to get what he wanted.

Melvin Rowland said he was attracted to teenage girls and vulnerable women, and sought to manipulate those he met in person or online, according to a recording of the 2012 hearing released by Utah state authorities.

Police said Rowland, 37, fatally shot 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey of Pullman, Washington, on Monday night on the university campus and then killed himself in a church as officers closed in.

The victim's mother, Jill McCluskey, said her daughter had broken off her monthlong...

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