Police state they know who killed 7 women in New Britain

William Devin Howell
William Devin Howell, 47, pleaded guilty to six counts of murder during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court. He is expected to be sentenced to 360 years in prison on Nov. 17, 2017.  Howell called himself the “Sick Ripper”.  He murdered women and then “slept” with their body afterwards.  All seven victims disappeared in 2003.  They were identified as: Joyvaline Martinez, 24, of East Hartford; Diane Cusack, 53, of New Britain; Mary Jane Menard, 40, of New Britain; Melanie Ruth Camilini, 29, of Seymour; Marilyn Gonzalez, 26, of Waterbury; Danny Lee Whistnant, 44, of New Britain; and Nilsa Arizmendi, 33, of Wethersfield.  Three bodies were found buried in a wooded area behind a strip mall in New Britain in 2007, and the other remains were discovered in 2015.

UPDATE:  6/8/15 – A seventh body found at a Connecticut dumping ground believed to have been used by a serial killer was identified as another woman who had been missing since 2003. Medical examiners identified the woman as Marilyn Gonzalez, 26.  Leaving two remains that have not been identified.

UPDATE:  5/13/15 – NBC Connecticut exclusively found out through multiply sources who the person was that the authorities would not reveal.  His name is William Devin Howell, 45, and he is currently incarcerated at a Connecticut prison on separate manslaughter charges.  “Howell’s current 15-year sentence at the Garner Correctional Institution stems from the homicide of Nilsa Arizmendi, a 33-year-old Wethersfield resident who disappeared in 2003.”

Original story:  Police stated on Monday released the identity of another woman that was found along with six other bodies in an wooded area behind a shopping plaza in New Britain, Conn.

Three of those bodies were found eight years ago; Diane Cusack, 53, Joyvaline Martinez, 23, and Mary Jane Menard, 40.

On Monday Melanie Camilini, 29, from Seymour who has been missing since January 2003, was identified as the fourth victim.  There are still three remains found that have not been identified at this time, reports WSFB News.

Melanie Camilini

The remains were all “skeletal in nature” and had been at that location for at least a decade, said the police chief during a press conference,

Authorities did state they believe that one person was responsible for killing all of these woman and have identified a suspect but will not release who that person is, although they state that the person can not harm anyone else.

Investigators have been searching about the 15 acres behind Hartford Road since 2007 after someone found partial remains.

Elizabeth Honsch was found murdered near the same area, but authorities are stating that her case is not connected to the other found bodies, and an arrest was made in that case.

Some of the women were reported missing from other towns and not from New Britain.

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