A Pennsylvania man behind bars for killing his wife and stepdaughter has now been charged in a 1988 cold case murder — and may be linked to five other slayings, according to authorities.
Regis Brown, 59, is serving life without parole after he was arrested this March for the brutal slayings of his wife, Michelle Brown, and stepdaughter, Tammy Greenawalt, Pennsylvania State Police trooper Joe Vascetti told ABC News on Thursday.
Immediately after his arrest for the March crimes, Brown confessed to the cold case killing of 45-year-old Bryce Tompkins, Vascetti said.
“He has either confessed to, been arrested for, or is a strong suspect in eight homicides right now,” including those three, Vascetti said. He declined to release more information citing the ongoing investigations.
Brown was charged with Tompkins’ murder on Wednesday.
Tompkins was shot twice in the back on Dec. 26, 1988, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
Hunters found him dead, partially submerged in the Neshannock Creek in Lawrence County, police said.
Back in 1988, Brown was one of two suspects who was determined to be possibly involved, according to the criminal complaint.
Brown and the second suspect, Paul Ayersman, were arrested in Dec. 1988 for a series of robberies and burglaries, according to court documents.