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    CO - BROWNE, Robert Charles - possibly connected to 48 slayings

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) -- A Colorado man serving a life sentence on a murder conviction has claimed responsibility for up to 48 slayings throughout the United States, authorities said Thursday.

    Robert Charles Browne, 53, told authorities the slayings occurred from 1970 until his arrest in 1995, in the death of 13-year-old girl in Colorado, the El Paso County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

    The investigation was first reported on the Web site of The Gazette of Colorado Springs.

    The newspaper said authorities have linked Browne to 19 of the slayings, in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and South Korea.

    A sheriff's department spokesman said he had no immediate comment. The department scheduled a news conference for later Thursday.
    Last edited by Kimster; 11-05-2011 at 09:47 PM. Reason: prefix

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    Here is a link to the article in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

    http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1319651

    There is also a thread in the Crimes In The News Forum

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    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1410DFLA

    Self, circa 1983
    Faye Aline Self
    Missing since March 30, 1983 from Armistead, Red River Parish, Louisiana.
    Classification: Missing

    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: October 18, 1956
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 26 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2"; 100 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Bleached blonde hair from brown. Her hair was shorter than in photo when she disappeared. Grey eyes.
    • Marks, Scars: Surgical scar on abdomen from a hysterectomy. Scar on right leg. Vaccination scar on left arm.
    • Dentals/Fingerprints: Available. She wears upper dentures.
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    On the night of March 30, 1983, Aline Self left her baby with her mom and went to meet some friends at the Wagon Wheel Bar & Restaurant. The friends in the bar said that Aline told them she was leaving to go get her daughter since she had to be at work early the next day. She never arrived at her mom's house. Her car was still in the parking lot the next day.
    The car was still locked and the keys were not found. Her father and brother broke into it and popped the locked steering column so they could pull it home.
    Her family says she did have a wild streak but she was very responsible where the baby was concerned and she would never have left willingly. Aline was declared dead 5 years after her disappearance.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Red River Parish Sheriffs Department
    318-932-5753

    The Doe Network: Case File 1410DFLA



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    Browne told Hess that in 1983 he killed two women in his hometown, Coushatta, La., in Red River Parish. One victim was a neighbor. He met the other woman in a bar.

    One was found in her apartment, a cabin, that sat in view of Browne’s apartment window. The other’s body was dumped into the Red River. Her body has not been found, and she was considered a missing person until recently. Both were in their 20s.


    http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1319653&secid=47




    I think this is the missing person Browne is talking about.

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    Regarding the Gazzette Article

    The article mentions a body that was cut up and put in a suit case. The details make it sound like that body has been found. Isn't there at least one case on the cold case site that involves a dismembered body in a suit case, maybe from Pennsylvania or New Jersey?

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    Victims of Robert Charles Browne

    Lisa Lowe -- 21 years old -- heading to her boyfriend. Met her outside nightclub. Nov. 3 1991 missing. Discovered Nov., 26. had consensual sex. Strangled and umped her in St. Francis River. 5 feet 125 pounds. Manner and cause of death. Church . Sept. 17 1991 missing Sept 16. 1993 body remains found in El Paso. Fingerprint. Accept a plea to first degree murder.



    Rocio Sperry -- 15 year old. 5 fet 4 104 years old Missing Nov. 15, 1987. disposed of body in dumpster. She was heading to the store. Employed as a clerk



    Katherine Hayes -- 15 years old July 4 1980 disovered Oct. 16. chicken stand. Took her to his mother's house.strangedld her with shoelaces. Places

    Wanda Faye Hudson -21 years old. Multiple stab wounds. Maintenance man changed the lock. Brother's .chlooroform over her nose and mouse brown's neighbor discovered in her home


    Faye Self -- a neighbor of 26 years old. Placed in Red River. Complex owned by brother. She was sleeping placed a chloroform rag over her remains never located.



    Melody Bush -- discoverddd 22 years old 5 9 120 pounds. Discovered March 30 197



    Nida Mendoza -- 17 years old missing 1984. discovered met her at nightclub. Had consensual sex. Strangled. Placed her in a suicase and made two trips to dipsose of it in a ditch. Sugarland Texas leaving Dames ngith club.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...82/detail.html

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    What other type of work did this guy do? Other than the handy work at the apartment complex. I read that he killed a man in Tulsa. Do you think he could of ever came into Pawhuska. We have an unsolved case. Cold case of Cynthia Kinney.

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    Have they announced if anyone in Mississippi had contact with this man? Shondra May, 18, missing/located/murdered 1986. No leads on murderer.

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    I wonder if he has anything to do with the Unidentified CO girl?

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    Tips flood sheriff's office after serial killer story.

    http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1319691&secid=1

    "For example, 6-year-old Morgan Nick, who was abducted from a ballpark in Arkansas 12 years ago couldn’t be Browne’s victim. That’s because he was in prison at that time on a life sentence in the 1991 kidnapping and murder of Heather Dawn Church, 13, from her Black Forest home."

    Just as important as finding matches is ruling out perpetraters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auggie21
    The article mentions a body that was cut up and put in a suit case. The details make it sound like that body has been found. Isn't there at least one case on the cold case site that involves a dismembered body in a suit case, maybe from Pennsylvania or New Jersey?
    You're thinking of Carbon County Jane Doe. Auggie. Did they say what states in particular this guy killed in and what method ??? (stabbing, strangling etc....)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow
    You're thinking of Carbon County Jane Doe. Auggie. Did they say what states in particular this guy killed in and what method ??? (stabbing, strangling etc....)
    There is an article link in this thread that describes his methods. As the information has unfolded, it appears unlikely he is connected to Carbon County Jane Doe. The "girl in the suitcase" from Browne's history appears to be from Texas and found in Texas.

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    I found articles about one woman dismembered and found in a suitcase in El Paso Texas, but that was in 1959, that's too long ago right ??

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    Nidia Mendoza

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow
    I found articles about one woman dismembered and found in a suitcase in El Paso Texas, but that was in 1959, that's too long ago right ??
    From the Article: http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1319651

    Hess said Browne told him he dismembered one body in a motel room to avoid being seen carrying it to a vehicle. “He cut her up in the bathtub and put body parts in a suitcase and took them to a certain place and just threw them near the road,” said Hess, a former special agent with the FBI who was with the CIA in Vietnam in the 1960s and now works on Sheriff’s Office cold cases with two other retirees.

    The affidavit says the body of Nidia Mendoza was found Feb. 6, 1984, on a roadside in Sugar Land, near Houston. The head and legs had been cut off, but not her arms.

    Brown told Hess he met the woman in a strip club, made a deal for sex and they drove together to a nearby motel. There, they had sex and he strangled her. He said he cut her up but then stated, “I may not have cut her arms off.”

    He used a dull butcher knife from the room’s kitchenette.

    Maketa said the body was cut up with precision, and that Browne was trained as a medic while in the Army.

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    The article that I read made it sound like the body in the suitcase was identified around the time it was found. Does anyone have a link to the other pictures? The picture collage linked to the article was too small to be useful in comparing to missing persons.

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    That's really strange, because I also found an article saying six women, one at least, found in the San Diego bay in a suitcase with only her head and legs cut off, were found dismembered in California in seven months time, this article was from June, 1974.

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