Robert Charles Browne

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Robert Charles Browne
Born (1952-10-31) October 31, 1952 (age 64)
Coushatta, Louisiana, United States
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment
Victims 2; confessed to more
Span of killings
Country United States
State(s) Colorado
Date apprehended
March 28, 1995

Robert Charles Browne (born October 31, 1952) is an American murderer serving a double-life sentence in the Florida State Prison.


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.[1]

Murder of Heather Dawn Church[edit]

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.[2][3]

Later confessions[edit]

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.[4] Sperry's body has never been recovered.[5]

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.[6]


  1. ^ Rocky Mountain News Hometown wonders of multiple slayings
  2. ^ Enigmatic Case of Robert Charles Browne
  3. ^ Rocio Delpilar Affidavit PDF
  4. ^ Denver Post Felon Claims to be Serial Killer
  5. ^ "Case File 2033DFCO". The Doe Network. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ 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. Colo. killer details murders

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