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BORDEN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Starlight, Indiana man says investigators are searching for two more potential victims of accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson.
Mike Missi owns 35 acres in Starlight, near Joe Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant. Missi says on Tuesday, investigators brought Gibson, wearing shackles on his legs, into the woods on his property.
"He went down with them into the bottom of this very steep hill and he tells them that there's two bodies down there and they're buried 4 foot deep," says Mike Missi.
He says officers told him that Gibson says he buried two bodies there, making sure to bury them four feet deep so that animals would not get to them, and placing their identification alongside them in a plastic bag. They had to bring ropes to pull themselves up out of the woods. The digging has proceeded using both shovels and a backhoe.
Missi became involved after hearing news reports saying Gibson had lived in Floyd County all his life. He knew that his mother had rented a trailer to Gibson between 1999 to 2000, and reported that to police. That led to the search.
Missi says he had a chance to speak to Gibson on Tuesday: "And I said, Clyde, I said, I hope you're with God, and I said I want to tell you I appreciate your cooperation in this investigation. I said a lot of guys wouldn't do this and I appreciate it, and I think you'll feel better about yourself. And he said, 'Well, you always treated me nice.'"
Audio recordings that are part of the court records reveal Gibson's sisters found 75-year-old Christine Whitis raped, maimed, and strangled in a car in his New Albany home.
Police interviews with Gibson in the following days triggered several searches. Lead detective Kerry East testified that Gibson admitted to murder on his 45th birthday. He has been charged with the 2002 murder of 45-year-old Karen Hodella.
Gibson also is said to have admitted to killing Stephanie Kirk, who was found raped and buried in his backyard.
Gibson could face separate trials for each of the three alleged victims. Habitual offender charges could pile up an extra 30 years, in essence making it life behind bars. Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said late last month, "We look forward to that methodical preparation and getting things in line to ultimately get to a trial."
The habitual offender charge is a backup to a possible mental health defense. As Henderson puts it, "I'm sure there will be, in capital cases we always see mental health motions filed."
Gibson's record shows ten felony convictions over 20 years. Those include a sexual assault conviction in Louisville, theft charges in Floyd County, and similar charges in both Clark and Floyd counties.
Wednesday, March 13 2013 5:19 PM EDT2013-03-13 21:19:31 GMT
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