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Man Arrested After Allegedly Telling Minister He Killed Four

April 10, 1986

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) _ A man who told a minister he killed a bank teller in an armed robbery more than a decade ago and also murdered three others will be charged with one of the slayings, authorities said Thursday.

A 42-year-old Viroqua man taken into custody Wednesday in the 1972 slaying of Velma Enerson, 57, was scheduled to appear Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree murder, said Jackson County Sheriff Gary Cummings.

The charge had not been filed as of Thursday because authorities were awaiting autopsy reports, Cummings said.

Cummings said Vernon County authorities reported Wednesday they had received information from the minister regarding possible murders, including one on Aug. 14, 1972, at Alma Center in Jackson County.

Cummings said Ms. Enerson had been fatally shot in the head when the Alma Center Branch of the Jackson County Bank was robbed of about $2,600.

The Jackson County sheriff said he sent detectives to Vernon County to meet with the minister and the man, who was then taken into custody.

The identity of the man being held and the minister were not disclosed.

Cummings said the man also confessed to murdering a woman in Birmingham, Ala., in 1969, a man in Taylor County, Wis., in the spring of 1973 and a man in Washington, Pa., on April 29, 1979.

The man committed the murders to cover up robberies, Cummings said.

Cummings said Taylor County authorities also have questioned the man.

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