Police say a Knoxville man jailed in Mississippi claimed to have killed as many as 11 women in five states, including three in Knoxville, but later recanted his confessions, the Associated Press reports.
Charles Timothy Krauss, 49, whose last known address was in Knoxville, was stopped in Pearl, Miss., on Saturday for driving a stolen white 2001 Chevrolet Z71, according to Pearl police. During questioning, Krauss admitted he had killed women in Tulsa, Okla.; Athens, Ga.; Perry, Ga.; Indianapolis; Knoxville; and Dallas.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a Knoxville Police Department spokesman this morning said police have found no evidence to support the man's claims that he had killed three women there. KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk said investigators plan to speak today to him via telephone.
"He claimed he killed three women and all of them have been located and are fine," DeBusk said this morning.
Sgt. Dave Walker told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/q8pTdo ) that the claim by Krauss had enough verifiable information to lead police to investigate. Walker said so far no body had been found in the area where Krauss claimed to have killed the woman he knew only as "Nikki."
Walker said police in Tulsa, Pearl and Knoxville are trying to verify Krauss' claims.
Anyone with any information about Charles Timothy Krauss is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (601) 355-TIPS (8477) or the Pearl Mississippi Police Department at (601) 932-3570.