Sadistic serial killer confesses to six more unsolved murders from prison cell

A convicted killer already serving two life sentences has confessed to six previously unsolved murders dating back to the 1970s.

Edward Surratt, a former trucker and Vietnam War veteran, admitted to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) that he was responsible for six murders in 1977 and 1978.

Surratt, a notorious killer, was already behind bars serving two life sentences for a string of offences including a murder in South Carolina.

After his confession, PSP were able to solve four cold cases with victims of his killing spree identified as William and Nancy Adams, Guy and Laura Mills, Joel Krueger, and John Shelkons.

The Beaver County Times report that William Adams, 31, died of a shotgun blast to the chest while his wife, Nancy, 29, was kidnapped and killed. William's body was found by his 7-year-old child.

John Shelkons, 56, was beaten to death in his home, while his wife survived the attack.

Guy and Laura Mills, both 65, were found dead with fatal shotgun wounds, while Joel Krugel was found around three miles away, also killed with a shotgun.

PSP started a dialogue with the killer three years, while looking to solve cold case murders.

In March, investigators visited his jail cell at Raiford Correctional Facility in Raiford, Florida, where he made his confession.

District attorneys in each county agreed not to prosecute Surratt for the cold-case homicides due to his life sentences in other jurisdictions.

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Lieutenant Colonel Scott Price, deputy commissioner of operations for the PSP, said: "PSP investigators never stopped seeking justice for the victims of these terrible crimes and their families

He added: "We hope that the confessions announced today will help bring some semblance of closure to the victims' loved ones."

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