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Suspected serial killer allegedly said he killed three women in 18 days by accident – Extra.ie

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A suspected serial killer in America allegedly admitted to killing three women over an 18 day period, but said their deaths were accidental.

Police claim that James Michael Wright, 23, admitted to killing a teenager and two other women by shooting them.

Mr Wright allegedly said he had sex Joslyn M. Alsup, 17, who was the daughter of his coworker, in a woodland area near his home in Mendota, Virginia, before he mistook her for an animal and shot her dead.

James Michael Wright was arrested for the murders of three women. Pic: Washington County Sheriff’s Office via AP

The travelling carnival worker is also accused of killing Athina Hopson, 25, of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Elizabeth Marie Vanmeter, 22, of Carter County, Tennessee.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman told US media that Mr Wright admitted to all three killings, but said that they were accidental.

Sheriff Newman said he found that ‘hard to believe’ following searches in which police found a phone which belonged to Ms Hopson and a  .22 caliber rifle.

The Sheriff added: ‘Basically, this individual killed three women within about an 18-day period.

‘The investigation is ongoing regarding the suspect’s activities while travelling with the carnival because, again, we know that carnival travelled extensively, certainly throughout the East Coast.’

Athina Hopson is one of the women he allegedly killed. Pic: Facebook/The Aware Foundation Inc

The killings are thought to have taken place between February 28 and March 17.

Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: ‘On May 10, 2019 a search was conducted of the properties surrounding Wrights residents.

Marie Vanmeter was also killed. Pic: Facebook/Marie Vanmeter

‘The remains of two bodies believed to be Vanmeter and Alsup were recovered. One body was recovered from a shallow grave site, the other near some logs.

‘Authorities continue to search for the Hopson, who according to the suspect was thrown in the river.

Joslyn Alsup is the other person to have been killed. Pic: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

‘The suspect alleged all three shootings were accidental. As autopsy’s are currently being performed today, we are only tentatively being able to identify Vanmeter and Alsup solely based on the suspects statements. Positive identification will be based on autopsy reports.’

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