Authorities say they can corroborate details in at least seven cases

• Inmate claims he killed dozens
July 27: Colorado Springs Gazette’s Pam Zubeck talks to MSNBC-TV’s Chris Jansing about a Colorado inmate who claims he is responsible for killing up to 48 people throughout the U.S.
Updated: 5:27 p.m. CT July 27, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado man serving a life sentence for murdering a teenage girl has claimed responsibility for up to 48 slayings across the country, authorities said Thursday.

Robert Charles Browne, 53, told authorities the slayings occurred from 1970 until his arrest in 1995. He was in court Thursday to plead guilty to one of those killings.

Authorities so far have been able to corroborate his detailed claims in seven slayings — three in Louisiana, two in Texas, one in Arkansas and the two in Colorado, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.

Sheriff Terry Maketa told The Gazette of Colorado Springs that Browne is believable. The paper said authorities have linked Browne to 19 of the slayings, in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and South Korea.

"It's possible he's exaggerating, but I don't think you can conduct business assuming he's exaggerating," Maketa said. "We'll continue to pursue leads."

If Browne’s claims prove true, he would be one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history.

Charlie Hess, a sheriff’s department cold-case investigator, said Browne told him he strangled, shot or stabbed men and women he encountered along roads, in bars or on the street, the newspaper reported.

The department scheduled a news conference for later Thursday.

Guilty pleas for teenager deaths
Browne pleaded guilty in 1995 to kidnapping and murdering 13-year-old Heather Dawn Church in Colorado in 1991. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1987.

The sheriff’s department said Browne has given investigators information on other slayings across the country.

Browne said he dismembered one victim in a motel room bathtub so he would not be seen carrying the body from the room, then put the parts in a suitcase and dumped it beside a road, Hess said.

And they ask why cops go in with weapons out?