Police Label WVa Handyman Serial Killer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Clarksburg, W.Va. (AP) -- Clarksburg police say a handyman who confessed to killing five people may be connected to a 2004 unsolved murder.

Police said Thursday that 45-year-old James Childers had also developed a hit list with the names of three other people, and bragged in writings sent to police about opportunities he had to kill two Clarksburg police officers and a Harrison County sheriff's deputy.

Childers shot himself in a motel on June 2 as police closed in.

Police were reacting to a package Childers had mailed them that contained notes and a two-hour audiotape in which he confessed to four arsons and five murders.

Only two bodies have been found.

Police have labeled Childers a serial killer.

They plan to reopen the 2004 unsolved murder of a Clarksburg man.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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