A man arrested in St. Louis after a nationwide manhunt is now confessing to 16 murders – despite being wanted for questioning in relation to just five.
Sean Michael Lannon, 47, was arrested eight days ago after being wanted for questioning in a South Jersey slaying and four deaths in New Mexico, including that of his ex-wife.
But now, Lannon is claiming that he killed as many as 16 people, something he mentioned during a preliminary hearing for the death of Michael Dabkowski, 66, in East Greenwich, New Jersey, who was found beaten to death with a hammer on March 8.
Lannon has been charged with murder in that death.
During the preliminary hearing, Lannon stated that he killed 15 people in New Mexico, as well as the one in New Jersey, according to NBC10.
Prosecutors were not able to verify the veracity of Lannon’s claims about killing 16 people.
Lannon is currently being held at the Salem County Jail and appeared in court via video.
He admitted to dismembering some of New Mexico victims after luring them to his home.
According to NJ.com, Lannon not only confessed to the five killings he was suspected in, but also claimed to kill ’11 other individuals who were drug dealers.’
‘He admitted to killing a total of 16 people … 15 being in New Mexico and one in the State of New Jersey,’ said Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Alec Gutierrez.
The four deaths Lannon was initially linked to in New Mexico came as the result of the bodies being found in a car at the parking garage at Albuquerque International Sunport airport on March 5.
He has not yet been charged in any of those four deaths, making the New Jersey murder the only charge Lannon is currently facing.
According to court documents, Lannon has expressed remorse regarding the five deaths that initially led to the manhunt for him last week.
WPVI has reported that Lannon has a history of drug abuse and a violent record, as well as that he used to be a member of the military.
The judge in the case has ordered Lannon to remain behind bars at this time.