JULY 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT, updated at 10:34 a.m. CDT, updated at 11:51 a.m. CDT (second report added)
LITTLE ROCK, AR - State Police say they've been unable to confirm a claim by a Colorado man already serving a life sentence for murdering a teenage girl that he killed a woman in West Memphis in 1991. Robert Charles Browne is claiming responsibility for up to 48 slayings.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said yesterday that authorities have so far been able to corroborate Browne's claim that he picked up a woman at a bar in Memphis, Tennessee, drove her to West Memphis, and killed her. The woman has been identified by Colorado authorities as 21-year-old Lisa Lowe of Forrest City. Browne says he strangled her before dumping her body in the St. Francis River.
According to El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff Terry Maketa, Browne claims responsibility for five killings in Arkansas.
Sadler said the information offered by Browne in the Arkansas cases has been less than specific. Sadler said Arkansas investigators are looking at open case files to see if there is anything that may match what Browne has said.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
MORE DETAILS SURFACE THIS MORNING FROM COLORADO KILLER
Denver (AP) - More details about a convicted killer behind bars in Colorado who claims that he killed a total of 49 people in a half-dozen states.
So far, investigators have connected Robert Charles Browne to six unsolved slayings in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, as well as the killing of another teen in Colorado.
According to a 44-page affidavit, Browne says that his victims, mostly women, never got away. He told investigators he never gave them the chance to flee.
It also alleges Browne had a "very low" opinion of women. He told investigators he thought women were unfaithful, users and were "not of the highest moral value."
Browne allegedly strangled, shot or stabbed men and women he met along roads, in bars or on the street, people he met in everyday, even mundane, situations. He is serving a life sentence for the 1991 murder of 13-year-old Heather Dawn Church in Colorado Springs.
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to killing another Colorado teenager, Rocio Sperry, who vanished in 1987.
If Browne's claims are true, he would be one of the nation's worst-ever serial killers.