Florida killer Michael Townson, who confessed to killing Linda Little in 1991, said he fatally suffocated the 43-year-old woman after meeting her at a hotel bar on Atlantic Avenue more than three decades ago.
Townson, a 53-year-old man from Orlando, is already serving a life sentence for the 2007 slaying of Sherri Carmanto, and is a suspect in two other unsolved slayings in Memphis, according to Volusia County court documents.
Townson and Little left the bar called the 701 Club at the Texan Hotel on the night of October 10. The pair were driving Townson’s vehicle when he suggested to Little that she take a shower, at which point she “freaked out” and started. to yell at him, Townson told police, according to an affidavit.
“Mr. Townson testified that he ‘beat up’ Linda and then strangled her… [W]hen he realized he had killed Linda, he drove north [sic] on Interstate 95 to Georgia,” states the newly released affidavit dated October 21.
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He later admitted to dumping Little’s body in a dumpster in a rural area before fleeing.
“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Townson told officers when they showed him a photo of Little and asked if she was the same woman he killed in October 1991.
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Townson also told investigators that he “was sexually abused for his father and grandfather as a child and blames his mother and the other women in his life for not protecting him as a child,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said after Townson’s confession last month. “As a result, he developed a hatred for women.”
The affidavit states that Townson confessed to killing Little because he is trying to “get right with God” and knows he doesn’t deserve to be out of prison.
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Little’s friend reported her missing on October 14, 1991, after no one had seen or heard from her for three days. On October 26, the police department announced that a grand jury had voted to charge Townson with first-degree murder in Little’s death.
Daytona Beach Police Department Det. David Dinardi said investigators have reviewed Townson’s confession and are now looking into the information he provided about the whereabouts of Little’s remains.
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Paul Hagerman, an assistant district attorney with the Shelby County, Tennessee, prosecutor’s office, told Volusia County officials that Townson also confessed to killing at least two other people in Memphis.
“Mr. Hagerman stated that in reference to one of the homicides, the murder of Michelle Branch, Mr. Townson provided details that only the killer would know.”
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.