Inmate writes letter confessing to 29-year-old killing

MOUNT OLIVE, WV (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate has written a letter confessing to a cold case homicide.

The Exponent Telegram reported Monday that it became aware of an investigation into the killing when the inmate in his 60s wrote it a letter.

The newspaper quotes his letter as saying he fatally beat another inmate, John Perry, more than 29 years ago inside a Harrison County Jail cell.


The inmate says he questions the investigation because he told detectives he killed Perry but they haven’t done anything.


County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Waybright says he’s investigating the inmate’s admission. Waybright says the inmate implicated only himself but that he wants to examine other suspects before moving forward.

The inmate is serving time at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex for second-degree murder and other charges.



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