Florida murderer Michael Townson, who confessed to killing Linda Little in 1991, said he fatally strangled the 43-year-old woman after meeting her at a hotel bar on Atlantic Avenue more than three years ago decades.
Townson, a 53-year-old Orlando man, is already serving life in prison for the 2007 murder of Sherri Carmanto, and he is suspected of two additional Memphis murders, according to Volusia County court documents.
Townson and Little left the bar called the 701 Club at the Texan Hotel on the evening of October 10. The couple were driving in Townson’s vehicle when he suggested Little take a shower, at which point she “freaked out” and started yelling at him, Townson told police, according to an affidavit.
“Mr. Townson said he ‘knocked over’ Linda and then strangled her. … [W]When 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 throwing Little’s body in a trash can in a rural area before fleeing.
“No doubt about it. No doubt,” Townson told officers when they showed him a photo of Little and asked if she was the same woman he murdered in October 1991.
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Townson also told investigators he “was sexually abused by 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 said. Young, last month after Townson’s confession “As a result, he developed a hatred for women.”
The affidavit states that Townson confessed to killing Little because he’s trying to “get right with God” and knows he doesn’t deserve to get out of jail.
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Little’s friend reported her missing on October 14, 1991, after no one had seen or heard from her in three days. October 26, the police department announced that a grand jury had voted to indict Townson with first-degree murder in Little’s death.
Det. Daytona Beach Police Department. David Dinardi said investigators have verified Townson’s confession and are now investigating information he provided to them regarding the whereabouts of Little’s remains.
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Paul Hagerman, assistant district attorney for the Shelby County, Tennessee, district attorney’s office, told Volusia County officials that Townson also confessed to murdering at least two other people in Memphis.
“Mr. Hagerman said that in reference to one of the homicides, the murder of Michelle Branch, Mr. Townson provided details that only the killer would know.”
Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.