The case is closed on six murders committed by serial killer Edward A. Surratt, 79, the Pennsylvania State Police said on Wednesday. Surratt confessed, authorities said.
There won’t be any trials, however. District attorneys declined to prosecute these decades-old cold cases because Surratt is already serving two life sentences.
Surratt is currently at the Marion Correctional Institution in Florida on sexual battery and burglary charges for terrorizing a local family.
Surratt was also convicted of murder in South Carolina for the baseball bat beating death of Luther Langford.
Authorities suspected Surratt of committing at least 18 murders. Cops now say they’re closing the book on six.
- William and Nancy Adams on November 19, 1977.
- Guy and Laura Mills on December 31, 1977.
- Joel Krueger on December 31, 1977.
- John Shelkons on January 7, 1978. His wife survived the attack.
Surratt had been working as a trucker.
Pennsylvania State Police cleared four open homicide investigations from 1977 and 78 with confessions from Edward Surratt.
— Lebanon Daily News (@LDNews) June 2, 2021
“PSP investigators never stopped seeking justice for the victims of these terrible crimes and their families,” said Lieutenant Colonel Scott Price, deputy commissioner of operations for the Pennsylvania State Police. “We hope that the confessions announced today will help bring some semblance of closure to the victims’ loved ones.”
Police said in 2007 that Surratt admitted to the murders of John Feeny, 17, Ranee Gregor, 15, Linda and David A. Hamilton (both 28), and Mary and John J. Davis (61 and 63 years old). Police Chief Carl Frost of Beaver Township, Ohio construed the admissions as vague; Surratt said that the bodies of Linda Hamilton and Ranee Gregor were “unrecoverable.”
“He didn’t sit down and say, ‘I went in this door and I shot him when he said this.’ He didn’t give us the full admissions,” the chief said in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
[Mugshot via Florida Department of Corrections]
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