Thursday, June 17, 2010

Edward W. Edwards Confesses Murder of Foster Son

Has it really been almost a year since we first reported on serial killer Edward W. Edwards turning up living in Louisville after years of being a fugitive from the law? It was in July 2009 that we first reported on his arrest for the murders of a pair of Wisconsin newlyweds, and it was in August of that year that news broke about his being a suspect in the murder of his own foster son, Dannie Boy Edwards.

Today, the suspicion is at an end: Edwards has admitted everything, including slaying Dannie Boy Edwards. According to WTMJ:

Edward W. Edwards, 77, said he lured Dannie Boy Edwards to a secluded cemetery near the family's home in Burton, Ohio, in 1996. He said he pressed a 20-gauge shotgun to the man's chest and pulled the trigger twice.

Edwards said he was angry because the man, who was in his mid-20s when he was killed, had stolen credit cards and other belongings from his children and he wanted to collect on $250,000 worth of life insurance.

This brings Edwards' body count to five so far, but Edwards insists there are no more. He has pleaded guilty to the 1977 Ohio murders of William Lavaco and Judith Straub, and of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew in Wisconsin in 1980.

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