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Confessed Killer of Batesville Man Loses 55 Pounds on Jail Hunger Strike

PORTLAND, MAINE - In Maine, a man accused of killing Batesville native James Whitehurst and three other people last fall has lost 55 pounds while on a hunger strike in jail awaiting trial.

Authorities say a feeding tube will be inserted into Christian Nielsen, who has dropped from 158 pounds to 103 pounds and has been exercising obsessively.  The 32-year-old Nielsen allegedly confessed to killing Whitehurst, a Batesville handyman who was helping the owner of a bed and breakfast in Newry, Maine, when he was killed. 

Police say Nielsen also confessed to killing the owner, her daughter and her daughter's friend.  He has been ordered committed to a psychiatric center for assessment and treatment.  He is charged with four counts of murder.

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