Law enforcement officials in New Jersey are reeling after a man suspected of killing his former wife and four others admitted to actually having killed a total of 16 people, as Fox News reports.
Sean Michael Lannon was arrested earlier this month in Missouri in connection with five murders in New Jersey and New Mexico after a multi-state manhunt, according to the New York Post.
At the time, the 47-year-old father of three was sought for questioning in the death of an acquaintance in the Garden State and was deemed a person of interest in the deaths of his ex-wife and three others who were found dead in a truck parked at the Albuquerque International Sunport airport.
Law enforcement officials in New Mexico indicated that the victims’ bodies “were not whole,” according to the Albuquerque Journal, and that it was a foul odor emanating from the vehicle that prompted security officers to investigate.
However, Lannon’s story grew even more shocking once he confessed to authorities that he had actually been responsible for the deaths of 16 people altogether, including “11 drug dealers,” according to NJ.com, though the identities of those alleged victims have yet to be disclosed.
Alec Guttierez, assistant prosecutor in Gloucester County, New Jersey, announced that 15 of Lannon’s victims were killed in New Mexico, with the other death – that of the suspect’s former youth mentor – occurring in East Greenwich Township on March 8.
Authorities indicated that Lannon claimed that he had been abused as a child by Michael Dabkowski, and that the murder occurred when he visited the man’s New Jersey home to retrieve sexually explicit photos of the two, according to the Post.
The Grants, New Mexico resident is now facing a murder charge in connection to Dabkowski’s death, and reportedly has also admitted to a witness his role in the murder of his former wife and men he believed to be her boyfriends.
Hopefully justice will be served for the families of all of Lannon’s alleged victims, and the three children left in the wake of this horrific crime spree will find the peace and safety they deserve.