Gerald Patrick Lewis, who is jailed in Alabama on suspicion of killing four women, told the Mobile Register that he was responsible for a killing spree lasting more than a decade, including killing one near a gravel pit in Brockton. "It feels good to talk about it," he said. "I've been walking around with this stuff for years. I'm already in big trouble. I've got nothing to hide."
Police in Atlanta have said they are also searching their records for possible matches to Lewis' account of killing two women in the area in the early 1990s. "We are continuing our investigation into other unsolved homicide files throughout the city and county of Mobile, and Baldwin County authorities are also reviewing their files." Within the last nine months, two women who were prostitutes and drug users, and a man dressed as a woman, have been killed in Mobile.Police said they would not be surprised if Lewis had, in fact, killed other women around the country. During police interrogations of Lewis, he often seemed to have something more he wanted to talk about.
Lewis' self-described killing spree, which he said lasted more than a decade, ended April 14, three days after Kathleen Bracken was found slaughtered at the Twilite Motel.
The 32-year-old woman, originally from Swampscott, Mass., was raped and stabbed to death in a room at the motel on Government Boulevard. Police tracked down Lewis to his mother's Daphne home, in the Lake Forest subdivision.
During questioning, detectives said he spilled "explicit" information about killing Ms. Bracken, two women in Georgia, and 22-year-old Misty McGugin of Chickasaw. Miss McGugin's car was found abandoned at Drifters lounge on the Causeway Feb. 1. in Baldwin County.
He led police to Baldwin County Road 66, just east of Daphne, where he said he left Miss McGugin's remains. Police bundled up the body they found in a soft spot on the ground there, and turned it over to the state medical examiners, who confirmed Miss McGugin was the victim.
Lewis also told investigators that he tried to abduct a teen-age girl from the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Super Center off U.S. 98 in Daphne about a month before he was arrested. The story matched an account that the girl told to police.
The girl said she had seen movement in her car when she approached it, ran back in the store, and a store employee called Daphne police. Lewis fled before police arrived.
"We know that in 1987 he served time in the state of Massachusetts for assault with intent to murder, where he had a 10-year sentence," said Mobile Police Chief Sam Cochran "We also are aware that in 1994 he received a 10-year sentence in the state of Georgia for a stolen motor vehicle, a weapons charge and eluding police."