Confessed murderer admits killing
four more women
St. Petersburg Times
August 14, 1974
Bernard Eugene Giles, who already has confessed to
one slaying, has pleaded guilty of killing four other young women and
was sentenced to four consecutive life terms at hard labor.
Giles, 21, was declared a mentally disturbed sex
offender at his first murder trial in April, and Brevard Circuit Judge
David U. Strawn reaffiermed that ruling Monday.
Strawn ordered Giles sent to a state hospital for
treatment as a mentally disturbed sex offender. Under state statute,
Giles will not begin serving time in prison until he has been declared
cured by a state psychiatrists.
Giles has confessed to killing five Titusville-area
women, whose partly clad and descomposed bodies were found over a two-month
period late last year in orange groves near here.
Giles confessed Monday to killing Paula Hamric, 22, a
Titusville waitress; Carolyn Bennett, 17, of Mims; Sharon Wimer, 14, and
Kristi Melton, 15, both of Titusville.
At his first murder trial, Giles confessed to killing
Nancy Gerry, 18, of Titusville, and faces a life sentence in the slaying.
He also faces sentences for armed robbery of a Cocoa woman and for
M RACE: W TYPE: T MOTIVE: Sex.
MO: Necrophile slayer of
DISPOSITION: Life terms on
four counts, 1974; life term on another count + 15 years on lesser
Bernard Eugene Giles