Inmate confesses to cold case murder of NW Missouri woman - KCTV5 News

Inmate confesses to cold case murder of NW Missouri woman

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A man already in prison is charged with killing a northwest Missouri woman in 1996.

Michael R. Wilson, 55, was charged Wednesday in the death of 36-year-old Therese Campen of Raytown.

Wilson was charged with first-degree murder, or an alternative of second-degree murder. He also was charged as a prior and persistent offender.

In his confession, he says he met Campen in Raytown and found out she was a prostitute. He said he knew instantly from that information that he would kill her.

Andrew County prosecutor Steve Stevenson said Wilson handed over the five-page confession in September saying he wanted the crime behind him and wanted to provide closure for his victim's family.

Wilson said he was heavily involved in narcotics when he embarked on his deadly plan at a Raytown McDonald's.

Campen was 36 at the time and worked as an exotic dancer.

Wilson told an Andrew County sheriff's deputy that she agreed to accompany him on a drive from Raytown to Amazonia, in Andrew County, MO, based on a ruse that he was going there to score drugs.

His real reason for taking her to the cemetery, he said, was because it was isolated and a good place to carry out his plan.

Wilson said he strangled her with a rubber hose, and when he wasn't sure if he succeeded, he allegedly hit her with a piece of a broken grave stone to make sure she was dead.

At the time of the crime, the 55-year-old Wilson was 38.

He was charged Wednesday, presumably after investigators checked out the details of his confession.

Wilson was in prison for a rape, robbery and assault that happened in Jackson County less than a year after Campen's death.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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