It was hard to believe this past week’s news report that a man convicted of three California murders this year now claims he was involved in some 90 killings nationwide spanning four decades. And investigators have already corroborated about a third of them, according to a Texas prosecutor. Three of those were killings in Louisiana.
How blind are we to murders when it gets so close to home? Can’t we have larger and more extensive investigative teams when it comes to killings, especially in those cases in which the victims are not brought back to life?
The confessed murderer, a 78-year-old man, was booked into jail this week after his indictment in the 1994 murder of a Texas woman. And the confessed murderer has provided details in more than 90 deaths dating to 1970. If his claims prove true, it would make him one of the most prolific killers in U. S. history. Other such killers have confessed to committing some 30 homicides from 1974 to 1978 and to at least 33 boys and young men in the 1970’s.
For years, the confessed murderer had denied to investigators in different states that he was responsible for any killings. He is believed to have finally confessed after his appeals to a life sentence in California were ultimately rejected and he no longer had any reason to hide his role.
Hopefully, in the future we can uncover a means by which a person with a gun or any other type of lethal weapon can be identified so that any illegal intentions can be uncovered before an unnecessary killing occurs. We haven’t come close to identifying any such suspect as yet.