Edward Wayne Edwards

After incarceration and obtaining parole, Edward Wayne Edwards transformed from an armed robber to a serial killer.  After years on the loose, he was charged and convicted of five murders that occurred from 1977 to 1996.

Photo Credit: The Official FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

He was arrested in 2009, convicted of five murders that he confessed to, and received life sentences and the death penalty in relation.  He died in prison of natural causes in 2011. 

A former detective, John A. Cameron, suspects that Ed Edwards perpetrated many more murders than what he was charged for.  For these crimes, it is possible that innocent people were wrongly convicted.   

For some time, Edwards portrayed himself as a family man and even published a book entitled Metamorphosis of a Criminal – The True Life Story of Ed Edwards which he willingly shared with law enforcement.

While trying to solve cold cases, Cameron looked into the timeline presented in the book authored by Edwards and came up with some disturbing connections between this serial killer and high profile cases such as the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey and the unsolved serial murder cases of the Zodiac Killer. Cameron's suspicions are revealed in his book, It's Me, Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of.

What is Known About Ed Edwards

Edwards was orphaned at a young age, spent some time in juvenile detention, served a bit of time in the military, and pretty much lived the life of a criminal.  He escaped from prison and engaged in armed robbery.  He hit the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1961 and was captured in 1962.  He served some time in Leavenworth and was paroled in 1967.

From that point, he appeared to be a reformed criminal and even acted as a motivational speaker on the topic of his reform.  He got married and fathered children including a foster child he admitted to murdering in 1996 to collect insurance money.  That is one of the five murders that Edwards was convicted of and confessed to.  For that murder, he was sentenced to death.  

The other four consisted of two couples.  The first was a couple in Ohio who were murdered in 1977.  The second was a couple killed in Wisconsin in 1980, known as the Sweetheart Murders.  Edwards was linked to this murder through DNA testing.  For these four murders, Edwards received life sentences.

Confessions of Edward Wayne Edwards

Edwards confessed to the five murders that was charged with and convicted to; however, there are suspicions that he was guilty of many more…   

The similarities of the known murders and the suspected murders and the possibilities presented by Cameron in tracking Edwards' tracks and comparing his location to other similar murders makes it hard to believe that this man was not responsible for more deaths.

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