rapist, confessed to killing eleven women in Gary, Indiana.
Indiana Serial Killer Sentenced To
Portage Man Already Serving 100 Years Plus Life
Nov 4, 2006
Ind. (Post-Tribune) ― Eleven years to the day after Eugene Victor
Britt was arrested by Portage, Ind., police for the murder of 8-year-old
Sarah Paulsen, he was sentenced to 245 years in prison for three murders
and a rape.
Britt, who turns 49 on Saturday, pleaded guilty but
mentally ill to the murder and rape of Maxine Walker, 41, of Gary,
Nakita Moore, 14, of Gary, and Tonya Dunlap, 23, of Knox, and the rape
of a 14-year-old girl, all in 1995.
Moore's sister, Veda Robinson of Gary, said Britt
robbed them of seeing the youngest sibling enter her freshman year of
high school and attend the prom. "Every day I work I feed his behind,"
Another of Britt's victims, Debra McHenry, 40, at one
time lived next door to Britt and played with him when they were
children. McHenry was mentally challenged.
Some of the family members of Britt's victims have
battled addictions and mental illness in the aftermath of their
losses.Deputy Prosecutor John Burke said the cases involving "almost
unspeakably horrendous crimes" have been time-consuming. "I want justice
for these people," Burke said.
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez, who
imposed the sentence, ruled in September that Britt was mentally
retarded and ineligible for the death penalty.
"You deserve to be in prison for the rest of your
life," Vasquez said. "You deserve to die in prison."
Several people in the gallery responded with, "Amen!"
Britt, who at times shook and cried as he sat in his
wheelchair, the result of a botched suicide attempt 11 years ago when he
threw himself in front of a train, said he regretted his crimes.
"I'm just sorry. I'm truly sorry for my sins and I
take full responsibility for my actions -- ain't nobody but myself. God
knows I'm guilty. God knows I'm guilty."
Britt then launched into a rambling 15-minute speech
about how people in the jail were "playing games on him," messing with
his food and punishing him. At times his voice rose to a shouting level.
"I don't listen to those evil voices when they talk to me all the time,"
Defense attorney Gojko Kasich, who represented Britt
during the six and one-half years the Lake County cases were pending,
asked Vasquez to recommend that Britt be held in isolation.
Vasquez, however, said his order will read that
Kasich made the request. Britt will be housed in a maximum-security
prison, Vasquez said.
As he was wheeled from the courtroom, Britt shouted,
"God loves me, too."
Britt already is serving a life sentence plus 100
years for the strangulation of Sarah Paulsen of Portage.
Serial Killer Admits to Ind.
October 7, 2006
A mentally retarded man told a judge Friday he raped
and killed five women and a teenage girl more than a decade ago,
prosecutors said. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Eugene Britt,
48, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to only three murders. Lake County
prosecutors said Britt would be sentenced to 245 years in prison. Last
week, the judge ruled he was mentally retarded and could not get the
Defense attorney Gojko Kasich said his client has
injuries suffered from being hit by a train during a 1995 suicide
attempt after the killings. Britt already is serving life in prison plus
100 years for the 1995 slaying of an 8-year-old girl.
"It was the best resolution under the circumstances,''
Kasich said of the plea deal. "We never indicated a desire (for Britt)
to get out, and he believed he should remain in an institution.''
Prosecutors say Britt attacked the women from behind, usually grabbing
them by the neck, dragging them to abandoned locations and raping them.
In a 1995 confession to police, he admitted to nine killings, but no
charges were ever filed in two of the cases.
filed to declare Britt mentally retarded
Lawyers try to avoid death penalty for alleged serial killer
RuthAnn Robinson -
September 30, 2003
POINT --- With six counts each of rape and murder against their client,
who faces six death sentence requests, Eugene Britt's defense lawyers
filed petitions Monday for the court to find Britt mentally retarded and
to force prosecutors to prove he is not.
Britt, 45, a homeless man, was charged with the Gary murders in February
2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executions of the mentally
retarded violate constitutional guarantees against cruel and unusual
said after they arrested Britt for the Aug. 22, 1995, murder of Sarah
Paulsen, 8, of Portage, he confessed to killing six women whose bodies
were found in various Gary locations that year. Britt pleaded guilty to
the Paulsen murder and is serving a life sentence without parole.
petitions filed by defense attorneys Jerry Jarrett and Gojko Kasich are
just the latest maneuver in the eight-year battle to try Britt's case.
Judge Joan Kouros was assigned the
case and went back and forth determining Britt's competence to stand
trial. In July, Kouros was suspended for not managing her court's
caseload. The same month, the Indiana Department of Mental Health ruled
Britt was competent to stand trial.
Judge Raymond Kickbush, who
has temporarily replaced Kouros, accepted the decision and ruled Britt
competent. He set a trial date for April 5, 2004.
The petition alleging Britt
to be mentally retarded points to his intelligence quotient score of 60
on a test given in 1979 while he was in the Indiana State Prison. The
Supreme Court decision established an IQ score of 70 as the upper
benchmark for mental retardation, the petition states.
The petition also lists
Britt's poor school performance, the fact that he rode his bicycle from
Gary to his job in Portage on interstate highways and that he has never
had a bank account, maintained a household or had a telephone number as
proof his lack of social and living skills, a component of mental
retardation, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
Current Indiana law that
requires a defendant to prove he is mentally retarded was made
unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court decision, the defense lawyers
contend in one petition filed Monday. Instead, they argue, since there
is ample evidence Britt is mentally retarded, the state should be forced
to prove he is not.
If the court does not agree,
the petition requests the court to make the state turn over all
information of any testing or psychiatric evaluations done since the
1979 IQ test.
of Paulsen's murder, Britt had been fired from Hardee's restaurant in
the Portage Toll Plaza. The manager phoned police that he had been sent
home for harassing a female cashier about the time the girl had died. He
had been riding a bicycle.
reported seeing a black man riding a bicycle along Central Avenue about
the time of the murder.
death of a young white girl in Portage prompted a bright media spotlight
and energetic police response. Meanwhile, the strangulation deaths of
several blacks in Gary drew some media and police attention but nothing
approaching the intensity of the Paulsen case.
Whether the race of the victims was the deciding factor is impossible to
know. Other factors could have been an influence.
Reynolds and Portage detectives felt media and public outrage and
responded to it. In Gary, detectives had more than a handful of
strangulations to investigate, as the city had 132 homicides in 1995.
Gary detectives were reluctant to link the killings despite their
Paulsen's family also welcomed the coverage, and their daughter's death
rallied the community.
Families of the strangulation victims in Gary were reticent to talk,
Caldwell said. "In a lot the cases with Britt, these women were
prostitutes. The families didn't want to say very much for fear of
bringing up the other aspects of their personal lives."
don't look at me," Eugene Britt ordered his victims. Those who did died.
The ones who didn't lived.
matter if it was day or night or if the victim was white or black. When
the "murdering and raping spirit" overcame him, Britt hit the streets.
He would hop on his blue 10-speed bicycle and pedal around town in
search of a woman he could easily overpower.
12, 1995, a 13-year-old girl told detectives that Britt had abducted her
three days earlier as she was walking home about 8:30 p.m. He dragged
her up a hill and said he would kill her if she screamed, court records
state. He said he then raped her and let her go because she did not look
at his face.
two months later, Deborah McHenry's nude body was discovered in a weedy
area behind a house. Britt told police he had followed McHenry as she
walked down the street, grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into a
grassy area on the side of a house. He put his hands around her neck
while he raped her because she was struggling, and then strangled her
when he saw her looking at his face, according to court records.
Afterward, he dragged her body behind the house and threw her clothing
in a garbage can nearby.
body of 13-year-old Nekita Moore was discovered in a weeded area near an
abandoned house June 24, 1995. Britt said he abducted the girl as she
walked down a sidewalk, dragged her to the side of the house and raped
her twice while holding his hand over her mouth. Just before he
strangled her, Moore pleaded for her life and said, "I'm only 13," Britt
Aug. 13, 1995, Michelle Burns' body was discovered in a grassy field
behind a building. Britt told police he had grabbed Burns from the
street and carried her to a grassy area near a building, where he raped
her. He said he strangled Burns when she told him she would never forget
his face, court records state.
body of Betty Askew, age unavailable, was discovered in a weedy lot
Sept. 2, 1995. Britt said he had started talking to Askew as she was
walking through an alley. She sensed something was wrong and started
screaming, he said. He grabbed her by the neck, carried her to a weeded
lot between an abandoned house and garage and raped and strangled her.
He took $300 from her purse after she was dead, according to court
Nov. 8, the day after their conversation with Britt, detectives went to
a wooded area described by Britt and found the remains of Tonya Dunlap,
whom Britt had raped and strangled, he told police. According to court
records, Dunlap flagged Britt down and started a conversation. Britt
told her he had marijuana. When she found out he did not have any drugs,
she tried to run, but Britt grabbed her by the neck and threw her into
the weeds, court records show. He said he then threw her deeper into the
wooded area, where he raped her three times and strangled her.
police search party found the decomposed body of Maxine Walker on Dec.
2, 1995, in a weeded area Britt had described. Britt told police in his
confession that he had approached the woman as she was walking and asked
what she was doing. He said he could tell Walker sensed something was
wrong, so he grabbed her and they fell into a weeded area, court records
show. Britt kept his hands around her neck so she couldn't scream,
dragged her into a wooded area and raped her twice as he strangled her,
court records state. He said he then dragged her body into a field and
left it there.
serial killer Eugene Britt moves closer to trial
RuthAnn Robinson -
Thursday, August 7, 2003
CROWN POINT -- The seven-year-long
case against accused serial killer Eugene Britt moved one step closer to
Lake Criminal Court Judge
Raymond Kickbush ruled Britt competent to aid in his defense, agreeing
with the Indiana Department of Mental Health finding in July.
Britt, 45, is accused of
murdering six women in Gary while living in a homeless shelter there
during the summer of 1995. He is serving a life sentence for the 1995
abduction and murder of Sarah Paulsen, 8, of Portage, to which he
pleaded guilty in April 1996.
A court bailiff wheeled
Britt into the courtroom, where the defendant openly argued with Deputy
Lake County Prosecutor John Burke. As Burke told Kickbush that doctors
at Logansport State Hospital had ample time to determine competence
during Britt's weeklong stay there, Britt disagreed.
"I wasn't there a week,"
Britt shouted. "I was only there an hour."
Public Defenders Gojko
Kasich and Jerry Jarrett wanted Kickbush to order the state Department
of Mental Health to produce all records supporting the competence
finding. They contend the competence determination was based primarily
on the observations of two orderlies, rather than on a doctor's
interviews with Britt. Kasich said they also want to interview doctors
Robert Sena and George Parker, who examined Britt.
Kasich said after Judge Joan
Kouros, the original judge hearing the case, ruled in September 2002,
that Britt was incompetent and sent him to the state hospital for
treatment, doctors Sena and Parker promised to find Britt competent,
because they thought he was too violent to stay in the hospital.
"They said they didn't want
him down there because he's dangerous and, oh, by the way, we'll send
someone up to find him competent." Kasich said. "The whole thing
Kasich said if the state
wants to take someone's life, the defense should be allowed time to
question those who determined the competence finding.
Kickbush disagreed and set a
status hearing for Aug. 27.
Burke said only after
doctors Sena and Parker interviewed Britt and examined hundreds of pages
of mental health and medical records did they determine Britt was
competent. They believed he was faking incompetence, Burke said.
Jarrett told Kickbush he
would appeal the decision. Kickbush is temporarily replacing Kouros, who
was suspended in July from the Lake Criminal Court bench for an
inability to properly manage her court's caseload.
While Wednesday's decision
moved the case closer to trial, there still is an issue of whether Britt
is mentally retarded. The state plans to ask for the death penalty, but
recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions ruled that people found to be
mentally retarded determined by their IQ cannot be executed.
On July 16, Kickbush ruled
the defense didn't follow the law when they requested the death penalty
be dismissed. The judge gave the defense until Aug. 16 to file a proper
petition for a determination of mental retardation.
Kasich said when Britt
entered state prison in 1979 he tested to be mentally retarded. Defense
attorneys contend a state law that puts the burden of proof on the
defense to prove a client is retarded is unconstitutional.
Burke praised the judge's
"It is a pleasure having
Judge Kickbush sitting in this case," Burke said. "He is everything a
judge should be. He is pleasant, knows the law and is not afraid to make
a decision. Judge Kickbush has accomplished more in three weeks with
this case than the former judge did in three years."
Accused serial killer to be examined again
Britt to return to court July 9 after final assessment of mental state
By Bill Dolan -
Times Staff Writer
June 26, 2003
CROWN POINT -- The Indiana attorney general has accepted
a local judge's ruling that an accused serial killer is mentally
incompetent and should be treated at a state hospital.
Lake Criminal Court Judge
Joan Kouros announced that news Wednesday along with a decision that she
will seek one more medical opinion on whether Eugene Britt is mentally
retarded before deciding whether to dismiss a death penalty murder
charge against him.
"I'm extremely close to
dismissing the death penalty. I think I've heard all the evidence I
need. I just feel I have to do this final step," the judge said.
Britt's defense team wanted
the death count dismissed immediately. Deputy Prosecutor John Burke
believes Britt is faking mental illness and is demanding Britt be given
an IQ test.
Britt, who sat in a
wheelchair, didn't appear to care one way or another.
The 45-year-old homeless man
is charged with the strangulation killings of six women and the rape of
a seventh in 1995 and could face execution if found guilty of multiple
Britt already is serving a
life sentence after pleading guilty to the 1995 abduction-murder of
Sarah Paulsen, 8, of Portage.
Police said he confessed to
the other killings. The bodies were found in various locations
throughout Gary. He was charged three years ago with those killings, but
the case has been repeatedly delayed.
Kouros ruled last September
that Britt is too deranged to understand the seriousness of his
situation and ordered him treated at Logansport State Hospital and has
indefinitely postponed his jury trial.
Indiana Attorney General
Steve Carter's office earlier demanded Kouros reconsider, claiming she
failed to follow state law, which requires her to appoint three
psychiatric doctors to examine the defendant and testify at a hearing.
Kouros appointed such a
panel in 2000 to examine Britt. They found him mentally competent to
stand trial. Kouros agreed with them at the time, but changed her mind
last year after hearing new defense evidence on his mental condition
from Philip Coons, a forensic psychiatrist and a professor at Indiana
University in Indianapolis.
Coons also suggested Britt
is mentally retarded because he scored low on an IQ test administered in
1979 by state prison officials following another conviction.
State and federal law forbid
the execution of a mentally retarded person.
Kouros said she has asked
Merrillville psychologist Dr. Douglas Caruana to examine all the
evidence involving Britt's mental status and give her an opinion. She
asked both sides to return to court July 9.
Burke complained Caruana was
one of the three doctors who earlier said Britt was mentally competent.
He asked why Kouros was asking Caruana to give another opinion on
finds Britt competent.
Serial killer suspect handicapped,
Northwest Indiana News
Jun 8, 2003
A Lake Criminal Court judge has
set a June 18 hearing to decide whether accused serial killer Eugene
Britt is mentally retarded and therefore should not face the death
Attorneys for Britt, 45, of Gary,
who is already serving a life term for the murder of a Porter County
girl, say their client has an intelligence quotient (IQ) score of 60,
well below the 70 the American Psychiatric Association has deemed to be
the limit of retardation.
However, Deputy Prosecutor John J.
Burke said the 1979 prison test that determined this score is inadequate
and that during a test of Britt's competence, a psychiatrist concluded
Britt's "true IQ can only be ascertained with intelligence testing."
Britt is accused of six murders
and 6 rapes in Lake County in 1995 and is currently facing the
possibility of being executed if convicted.
Defense attorneys Jerry Jarrett
and Gojko Kasich said Britt's low IQ should prevent him from being
executed under a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said executions
of the mentally retarded violate constitutional guarantees against cruel
and unusual punishment.
The defendant in that case, Renard
Atkins of Virginia, was convicted of capital murder and other crimes and
sentenced to death despite having a demonstrated IQ of 59.
After the Virginia Supreme Court
upheld the death sentence, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the
sentence and set the bar for executions higher.
Jarrett and Kasich argue Britt has
never held a job that requires other than repetitive, simple activity
and that he was in special education during his time in Gary schools and
was only advanced to another grade for "social" reasons.
Burke countered that Britt, while
not an outstanding student, achieved average grades in math, science and
urban studies at Roosevelt High School and was never in high school
A 1993 hearing before Britt's
release from prison on a prior rape conviction showed him to be
"psychologically intact (with) no indications of gross mental illness or
disorder that would inhibit (him) from living a law-abiding life."
He is charged with raping and
strangling half a dozen women in Gary before being arrested for the Aug.
22, 1995, murder and rape of Sarah Paulsen, 8, near her home in Portage.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 22, 1996, to life without
After his arrest, Britt allegedly
confessed to at least six other murders, and led police to the bodies of
2 victims who had never been reported missing.
The motive for the murders, the
state alleges, was to kill victims who looked at Britt's face and could
identify him. In addition, during the rapes, he would withdraw before
completing the rape in order to avoid leaving bodily fluids behind,
These planned and thought-out acts
"are not only evidence of Britt's sanity," Burke said, "but are also
strong and convincing evidence that the defendant, Eugene Britt, was not
and is not mentally retarded."
Burke has asked Criminal Court
Judge Joan Kouros to deny the defense petition to have the death penalty
State will appeal Britt ruling
By Mark Kiesling -
Times Staff Writer
Friday, December 6, 2002
CROWN POINT -- The Indiana
Attorney General's office on Thursday notified Lake Criminal Court Judge
Joan Kouros it will appeal her earlier decision finding accused serial
killer Eugene Britt incompetent to stand trial.
The attorney general's
office filed a motion Nov. 15 asking Kouros to reconsider her decision
in September that Britt, 44, of Gary, is not competent to go to trial
for six murders in Gary during the summer of 1995. The state is seeking
the death penalty.
Kouros denied that motion
the day it was filed, and Thursday the attorney general's office wrote
Kouros, saying it will appeal that denial to the Indiana Court of
Kouros said Thursday she has
not seen the notice, although she said she has received it. She said she
plans to review it and forward it to the Lake County Clerk's office.
"Right now, I am not certain
they even have the right to an appeal," she said. The judge said the
normal course of appeal would be to file the motion with the trial court
-- Kouros -- and once she grants the right of appeal it would move to a
Stacy Schneider, spokeswoman
for Attorney General Steven Carter, said Thursday, "We think we are
proceeding properly" after receiving a final order from Kouros' court.
At issue is whether Britt is
competent to assist his attorneys in his own defense. If not, he would
not be brought to trial until and unless he is found competent but
detained in a state mental health facility.
doctors have examined Britt and found him competent, but Philip Coons,
an Indiana University forensic psychiatrist hired by defense counsel
testified Britt lacks sufficient comprehension to understand what is
happening in his surroundings.
After Coons' testimony,
Kouros ordered Britt sent to Logansport State Hospital for at least 90
Coons interviewed Britt in
jail July 8, 2001. Lake County Deputy Prosecutor John J. Burke said
Coons' interview was too brief and too nonfocused on the competency
issue to be used as a basis for a decision on Britt's competency.
Britt already is serving a
life sentence after pleading guilty to the 1995 abduction-murder of
Sarah Paulsen, 8, of Portage.
He allegedly confessed to
police that he also committed the other killings. The bodies were found
in various locations throughout Gary, from open fields to abandoned
Man accused in killings ruled fit
CROWN POINT, IN — A confessed
child-killer charged with murdering six women and suspected in at least
three other homicides has been found competent to stand trial.
After hearing testimony Monday
from three mental health professionals, a Lake County judge ruled that
Eugene Britt, 43, is competent and set an Aug. 13 trial date.
Psychiatrist Peter Gutierrez
testified Monday that even though he found Britt competent, he also
found him scary enough to have him shackled by hand and foot during
"This is only the second time I
have had anyone shackled," said Gutierrez, who has been a practicing
psychiatrist for more than 40 years.
"I told them in the jail, 'When
you bring him out, I want him shackled."
Britt faces death penalty murder
charges alleging that he strangled six Gary women between May and
November of 1995 when he was living in a homeless shelter in Gary.
Police said he confessed in November 1995 to raping and killing eight
women, and killing a man. The victims were left in abandoned buildings
or heavily wooded areas.
Gutierrez and two other mental
health professionals testified during Monday's competency hearing that
Britt understands the charges he faces and is able to assist in his own
defense — the two key elements of competency.
After Lake Criminal Court Judge
Joan Kouros found Britt competent and set his trial date, Britt began to
mumble, then shout that he did not understand what Kouros was doing.
When she repeatedly asked Britt
what he did not understand, he replied each time, "What I understand is
that there ain't gonna be no trial. ... I confessed to this in 1995, so
what's the point in a trial?" he asked. "I don't have no education, so I
don't understand nothing. I just understand there ain't gonna be no
As a bailiff wheeled the
wheelchair-bound Britt from court, he shouted at Kouros, "You'll do what
you want to do, why don't you just kill me? That's what you want to do,
why don't you just kill me?"
Britt was in custody for the
August 1995 murder of Sarah Paulsen, 8, of Portage, when he allegedly
confessed to the string of murders in Gary. He had been living at a Gary
homeless shelter when he was arrested for the Paulsen murder.
He pleaded guilty to the Paulsen
killing and was given a life sentence. After Kouros ruled Britt
competent to stand trial, defense attorney Kevin Relphorde hinted that
he will file an insanity defense, which would require additional mental
examinations and a separate hearing.
is the ability to understand charges and assist in defense. Insanity is
the inability to tell the difference between right and wrong at the time
of the crime and can be either temporary or chronic.
June 30, 2000
In Crown Point, an apparently
bored Eugene Britt sat through a court hearing Thursday morning at which
a number of issues related to his pending trial were ruled upon.
The broad-shouldered, bald Britt
has already made statements that he is not looking to be put on trial
for the six murders and a rape he has been accused of committing.
But because prosecutors are
seeking the death penalty against Britt, he will have to go through a
At Thursday's hearing, Lake
Superior Court Judge Joan Kouros was to have set a trial date, but it
was postponed until September.
On Feb. 11, Britt, 41, was charged
with six counts of murder and six counts of murder in the perpetration
of rape of six Gary women.
Britt was also charged with an
additional count of rape.
Once the trial starts - perhaps
sometime next year - Britt's conviction in the 1995 death of an
8-year-old Portage girl may be told to jurors.
Britt is now serving a life
sentence for the Aug. 22, 1995, murder and sexual assault of Sarah Lynn
Britt's confession in the case and
his sentencing order handed down by a Porter County judge will likely be
told to jurors by Lake County Deputy Prosecutors John Burke and Derla
But what else is discussed about
the Paulsen case will depend on whether Britt is called to the stand to
testify by his court-appointed public defenders, Kevin B. Relphorde and
Portage police investigated the
death of Paulsen for weeks before arresting Britt in November 1995.
Britt was an employee at a fast-food restaurant on the Indiana Toll Road
Once in police custody, Britt
asked for a pastor and began confessing to other alleged murders.
Based on Britt's information,
police found the body of one of Britt's victims in a wooded lot on U.S.
20 behind a vacant restaurant.
The bodies of five other women
would be found later, but it took five years for Britt to be charged in
In the hearing, Kouros ordered
prosecutors to make available copies or computer images of about 300
crime-scene photographs it has to the defense.
Prosecutors were also asked to
provide copies of any audio and video tapes of Britt's confessions.
Confessed Serial Killer Could Face Death
Told Cops He Raped, Strangled Victims
By Janet Prasad - APBNews.com
Feb. 15, 2000
GARY, Ind. (APBnews.com) -- Prosecutors this week
likely will push for the death penalty for an alleged serial killer
accused of raping and killing six women during the summer of 1995.
Eugene Britt, 42, currently is serving a life sentence
without parole for the 1995 murder of an 8-year-old girl in Portage.
Last week, he was charged with the six murders and one rape.
The charges come after a four-year investigation that
followed Britt's confession in November 1995, authorities said. The
victims were raped, strangled and left in weedy vacant lots or wooded
"Basically, he confessed to these murders and
told them where the bodies were. So [police] went and found the bodies
and had to do quite a bit of forensics," said Diane Poulton,
spokeswoman for the Lake County prosecutor's office. "There wasn't
a big hurry at this point, because he is serving life in prison."
Britt's first court appearance on the new charges is
scheduled for Thursday, when he also will be appointed a public
defender, Poulton said.
Porter County authorities contacted Gary police
detectives in November 1995 and said Britt wanted to talk to them about
"other women in Gary," according to court records. On Nov. 7,
1995, Britt described the murders to Gary detectives from the Porter
Life plus 100 years
Porter County officials originally charged Britt with
the November 1995 murder of the 8-year-old Portage girl. In May 1996, he
pleaded guilty to the murder and two counts of criminal deviate behavior
and was sentenced to life in prison plus a consecutive 100 years, said
Kathy Minick, a spokeswoman for the Porter County prosecutor's office.
In his confession, Britt described at length the rapes
and killings he is charged with in Portage, a city about 15 miles from
On May 12, 1995, a 13-year-old girl told detectives
that Britt had abducted her three days earlier as she was walking home
about 8:30 p.m. He dragged her up a hill and said he would kill her if
she screamed, court records state. He said he then raped her and let her
go because she did not look at his face.
About two months later, Deborah McHenry's nude body
was discovered in a weedy area behind a house. Britt told police he had
followed McHenry as she walked down the street, grabbed her by the neck
and dragged her into a grassy area on the side of a house. He put his
hands around her neck while he raped her because she was struggling, and
then strangled her when he saw her looking at his face, according to
court records. Afterward, he dragged her body behind the house and threw
her clothing in a garbage can nearby.
The body of 13-year-old Nekita Moore was discovered in
a weeded area near an abandoned house June 24, 1995. Britt said he
abducted the girl as she walked down a sidewalk, dragged her to the side
of the house and raped her twice while holding his hand over her mouth.
Just before he strangled her, Moore pleaded for her life and said,
"I'm only 13," Britt told police.
Bodies found in wooded areas
On Aug. 13, 1995, Michelle Burns' body was discovered
in a grassy field behind a building. Britt told police he had grabbed
Burns from the street and carried her to a grassy area near a building,
where he raped her. He said he strangled Burns when she told him she
would never forget his face, court records state.
The body of Betty Askew, age unavailable, was
discovered in a weedy lot Sept. 2, 1995. Britt said he had started
talking to Askew as she was walking through an alley. She sensed
something was wrong and started screaming, he said. He grabbed her by
the neck, carried her to a weeded lot between an abandoned house and
garage and raped and strangled her. He took $300 from her purse after
she was dead, according to court records.
On Nov. 8, the day after their conversation with Britt,
detectives went to a wooded area described by Britt and found the
remains of Tonya Dunlap, whom Britt had raped and strangled, he told
police. According to court records, Dunlap flagged Britt down and
started a conversation. Britt told her he had marijuana. When she found
out he did not have any drugs, she tried to run, but Britt grabbed her
by the neck and threw her into the weeds, court records show.
Met victim casually
He said he then threw her deeper into the wooded area,
where he raped her three times and strangled her.
A police search party found the decomposed body of
Maxine Walker on Dec. 2, 1995, in a weeded area Britt had described.
Britt told police in his confession that he had approached the woman as
she was walking and asked what she was doing. He said he could tell
Walker sensed something was wrong, so he grabbed her and they fell into
a weeded area, court records show.
Britt kept his hands around her neck so she couldn't
scream, dragged her into a wooded area and raped her twice as he
strangled her, court records state. He said he then dragged her body
into a field and left it there.
M RACE: B TYPE: T MOTIVE: Sex./Sad.
Random slayer of victims age eight to 51, all but one female
Life without parole for guilty plea on one count, 1996