Robert Charles Browne
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|Robert Charles Browne|
October 31, 1952 |
Coushatta, Louisiana, United States
|Criminal penalty||Life imprisonment|
|Victims||2; confessed to more|
Span of killings
|March 28, 1995|
Browne was born in Coushatta, Louisiana. According to a Red River Parrish Sheriff, Browne grew up as one of nine children in a hardscrabble family. He was a high school dropout who joined the United States Army and served from 1969 to 1976, when he was dishonorably discharged for drug abuse.
Murder of Heather Dawn Church
Browne was arrested on March 28, 1995, on the charge of first-degree murder for the September 17, 1991, killing of Heather Dawn Church, 13. Although he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, on May 25, 1995, in a plea agreement, he changed his plea to guilty so that prosecutors would not seek the death penalty.
On July 27, 2006, in a similar plea agreement, he confessed to the death of Rocio Delpilar Sperry, 15, who was killed on November 10, 1987, at an apartment complex. Sperry's body has never been recovered.
In his confession, authorities say Browne admitted to murdering up to 48 other people in a period spanning from 1970 until his arrest. Browne instigated a new investigation by sending a cryptic letter to the authorities in 2000. The letter read, "Seven sacred virgins entombed side by side, those less worthy are scattered wide, the score is you 1, the other team 48.” The letter included a hand-drawn map with outlines of Colorado, Washington, California, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, with a number written inside each state.
- Rocky Mountain News Hometown wonders of multiple slayings
- truTV.com- Enigmatic Case of Robert Charles Browne
- msnbcmedia.msn.com Rocio Delpilar Affidavit PDF
- Denver Post Felon Claims to be Serial Killer
- "Case File 2033DFCO". doenetwork.org. The Doe Network. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- Browne told investigator Charlie Hess in prison interviews that he killed 49 people — 48 in the USA and one, a fellow soldier, in Korea — and he provided details about 20 of the killings, Maketa said. In the rest of the cases, Browne said he couldn't remember details, the sheriff said. MSNBC.com Colo. killer details murders
- Colorado killer details murders
- Colorado man says he committed 48 murders
- El Paso County Sheriff's Department statement
- Brown, Chip (April 29, 2007). "The Confessor". The New York Times Magazine.