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20061009: Serial Killer Admits to Murders SC Greenville Serial Killer News
A 47-year old truck driver on trial for murdering two Toledo women, confessed to killing another two women. He also told authorities that he was involved with killing a fifth woman. In exchange for "copping" a guilty plea, Dellmus Colvin will not face execution. He was instead sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole at the Lucas County courthouse on Monday. the assistant prosecutor, Tim Braun, said, "He finally came clean about a number of other killings he had been involved with." The victims' -- Jackie Simpson and Melissa Weber -- bodies were both discovered between 2000 and 2005 wrapped in blankets and hidden in secluded areas. Both women were alleged prostitutes. Colvin was matched to the murders through DNA analysis. Colvin admitted to the additional murders Sunday night to police and prosecutors. Melissa Weber's mother Theresa said she did not object to Colvin skipping death row because she wanted the confessions to come out for the family members' sakes. Weber told reporters, "Those parents and families needed to have closure. It would have been hard to live without knowing what happened to your child."
 

20061005: Probe looks at serial killer PA Harrisburg Serial Killer News
Police are looking into whether a Toledo truck driver who confessed to killing five women in Ohio is linked to the June 2004 slaying of a woman in Cumberland County. Toledo police said they have shared information on convicted serial killer Dellmus Colvin with state police troopers investigating the slaying of Vesta Haufe, whose body was found along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in West Pennsboro Twp. State police Cpl. George Cronin wouldn't comment yesterday on possible suspects in Haufe's slaying. On Monday, Colvin, 47, pleaded guilty in the Ohio slayings amid his trial on murder and kidnapping charges. A Lucas County, Ohio, judge immediately sentenced him to five consecutive life prison terms, according to published reports. Colvin's confession occurred at the same time that a Cumberland County judge granted a request by Coroner Michael Norris to exhume the remains of Haufe, 44, of Knoxville, Tenn., to try to secure DNA. Norris said the DNA could help pin down a killer, perhaps by matching it to evidence that could be found in a suspect's home or vehicle. While local authorities wouldn't comment on Colvin, police said the victims in the Ohio killings were prostitutes. Investigators have said that Haufe, too, was a prostitute and a drug user who frequented truck stops. "He preferred to kill prostitutes," Toledo police Sgt. Steve Forrester said of Colvin. A Toledo detective will come to Harrisburg this month to address an interstate conference for investigators of unsolved slayings such as Haufe's, Forrester said. So far, he said, Colvin has admitted only to murders in the Toledo area. According to the Toledo Blade newspaper, Colvin admitted killing Valerie Jones, 38, and Jacquelynn A. Thomas, 42, in 2000; Lily Summers, 43, in 2003, Jackie Simpson, 33, in 2003; and Melissa Weber, 37, in 2005. "He claims he didn't do any more," Forrester said. He said fuel purchase records will be used to trace Colvin's trips across the country since 1998 to help determine if he could have committed other murders. It's a question Sharon Ratliff of Maryville, Tenn., Haufe's sister, also wants answered. Ratliff said Haufe, who had six children, battled a crack cocaine addiction, but was starting to re-form. "For the first time she was cleaning up her life," Ratliff said. "She was going to school to be a paralegal. She was in rehab. She'd just gotten saved. In church she turned her life over to Christ. "I don't know why anyone would have done this terrible thing," she said. "I want to see [her killer] found. I'd like to see him put out of business completely." Cronin said the Haufe probe "absolutely" is making progress. A network of police agencies, spearheaded by the FBI, is coordinating investigations into such unsolved murders across the country, he said. Cronin said more than 150 cases, some dating a decade or more, remain open. "There's no statute of limitations on murder," Cronin said. "We never forget our victims."
 


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