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Interstate Strangler: Serial killer who murdered over 50 women confesses to killing another 15 years ago

Dellmus 'Heavy' Colvin's confession came when he gave an interview on a podcast titled 'Where the Bodies are Buried'
(Ohio Department of Corrections)
(Ohio Department of Corrections)

A serial killer dubbed "The Interstate Strangler" has recently confessed to a murder that he committed 15 years ago. Dellmus "Heavy" Colvin had murdered over 50 women across multiple states of America between 1983 and 2005. Last week, during an interview on a podcast titled 'Where the Bodies are Buried', Colvin said that he killed a woman at a truck stop along Interstate 80 outside LaSalle County and later dumped the woman's naked body round the back of a now-closed truck wash in the city of Peru.

His claims led authorities to search the alleged dumping site where they found two small pieces of bone. The remains have been sent to forensics to learn if they are human, authorities said according to a report by Daily Mail. The 61-year-old murderer is currently serving two life sentences in Ohio for murdering two women — 33-year-old Jackie Simpson and 37-year-old Melissa Weber in 2003 in Toledo.

According to reports, while working as a truck driver, Colvin had lured a number of sex workers into his vehicle before strangling them and dumping their remains in other states. The number of his victims range upto 52 in the span of 22 years.

After his latest confession, investigators along with cadaver dogs and crime scene technicians on Wednesday afternoon, September 2, searched the burial site where Colvin claimed to have dumped the woman’s body. LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said after the search was resumed that evidence collected from the site included two small pieces of bone and were sent to a forensic investigator for analysis.

Templeton added that the name of the victim is not yet known, also they found no missing persons cases that match Colvin's version of events. "Individuals who work a high-risk lifestyle tend to move around a lot," the sheriff said.

However, the serial killer claimed that the woman worked as a prostitute outside the truck stop when he met her. On the August 26 podcast, the description of which read, "Most of Colvin's victims were drug-addicted prostitutes that he first strangled in the cab of his big-rig truck, then transported and dumped their bodies in rural, wooded areas between destinations," Colvin told Phil Chalmers — a criminal profiler in Florida — that he was doing some paperwork in his truck outside a Flying J in LaSalle when the victim knocked on the door.

"I said, 'Beat it. Get the (expletive) out of here'," he said, adding she left but came back a few minutes later. The murderer said he then went inside the store to buy a few logbooks, and after returning to his truck, he strangled the woman there. Colvin told Chalmers that after killing the woman, he fled the store and headed west towards a truck wash on May Road.

"It was deserted. No one comes down there. It's dark and it's scary. I pulled all the way in the back. The weeds are so high, and I just remember picking (the body) up on my shoulder and into the woods I go," he said while laughing. He said after dumping the body he "got the hell up out of there."

In addition to that, Colvin also talked about his other crimes and said he started murdering women when he was in his 20s when he first killed a hitchhiker in New Jersey. "I never counted. I averaged one to two a year. My best year, I did three. Calculate that, it comes to between 47 to 52," he said on the podcast. Disputing the claim that after murder, it's difficult to sleep since the crime haunts you, Colvia bragged, "That's a damn myth. I know that for a fact. I slept great that night" as he added: "They're fighting for their lives and I'm fighting for my plea… it's pleasure."