03/22/2001

After confessing to many, suspected serial killer pleads to one
[Chicago, IL]

March 21, 2001
(CHICAGO) – A suspected serial killer has pleaded guilty to one count of murder while 12 others were dismissed.

Gregory Clepper remains a suspect in almost 30 unsolved deaths. Under his plea agreement, he could face new charges if DNA testing links him to the 12 he confessed to or 15 others but could not receive a death sentence.

Clepper admitted Tuesday that he strangled Patricia Scott in 1996. After receiving a tip linking him to the slaying, police found items belonging to the victim at his home.

During questioning, Clepper told investigators that he had killed as many as 40 women, giving specific details in some cases. But in at least one case, evidence turned up pointing to another killer, and prosecutors eventually decided that there was adequate evidence only in Scott’s death.

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