Serial Killer Leads Detectives To Skeletal Remains
Richard Paul White Says He Killed, Buried 5 Women
8:47 AM, Sep 28, 2004
A self-professed serial killer who took detectives on a search for the bodies of the victims he said he buried throughout the state appears to have led authorities to some suspicious remains in southern Colorado.
Richard Paul White, 31, left the Arapahoe County Jail Tuesday morning accompanied by sheriff's deputies and detectives with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.Near the town of Mesita, which is in Costilla County, west of Trinidad and near the New Mexico border, authorities discovered some remains. Because the remains were so badly decomposed, lab tests will be needed to determine if they are human.
White has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his friend, Jason Reichardt, and two other women. Last year, the bodies of the two slain women were found buried in the back yard of a home in east Denver where White once lived.As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors promised not to seek the death penalty against White on the condition that he cooperate in the search for the bodies of three other women he claims to have killed.White has confessed to killing five prostitutes and dumping their bodies. Two women -- Victoria Lyn Turpin, 32, and Annaletia Maria Gonzales, 27 -- have been found, but the bodies of the three others have not yet been discovered.White says he dumped the bodies of the three women in Southern Colorado and last year, gave officials in Otero and Costilla counties very specific information about where he dumped one body, even saying how many footsteps it took him to get to the site. White drew a makeshift map for investigators and told detectives that he marked the shallow grave with several rocks placed in the shape of a cross.After searching in the areas for several days, authorities in Costilla county could not find anything until they returned Tuesday.White grew up in Mesita, where his father was the owner of the general store. He said a voice in his head told him to strangle the women.