Louisana cops arrest confessed serial killer

From Houma Today.com 

HOUMA – A serial-killer suspect has confessed to the murders of more men, some of whom were from Terrebonne, in addition to the two Jefferson Parish slayings he was charged with upon his Friday arrest, four officials familiar with the investigation said.

Following his afternoon arrest from an east-Houma homeless shelter, Ronald Joseph Dominique was interviewed by detectives until nearly midnight Friday and spoke to them again Saturday, officials said. During that time, he has gradually admitted to killing as many as 11 as-yet-unnamed men, said the officials, whose names are being withheld by The Courier because they said they are not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation.

“We are not going into details right now,” Sheriff Jerry J. Larpenter said Saturday night, citing an agreement among all the agencies involved to make announcements together through news conferences. “We’re going to let these detectives continue to do their work.”

While authorities have looked into the deaths of more than 20 men during the serial-killer investigation, Dominique has thus far only been charged with the deaths of two: the first-degree murder and aggravated rape of 19-year-old Manuel Reed and the second-degree murder of 27-year-old Oliver Lebanks. Both men’s bodies were found dumped, partially clothed and asphyxiated in Jefferson Parish in the late 1990s.

Dominique may be linked to 20 or more murders, and he may have killed more men whose bodies were never discovered, one official said.

In his confessions, he describes choosing men who had a weakness for drugs and enticing them with offers of money to support their habits, officials said.

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