Serial Killer or Serial Confessor

Why would someone confess to being a serial killer when they aren’t? I know, lots of people do and I always shake my head.

‘Serial killer’ confesses to police but officers find three of his ‘victims’ alive and well

Police in Mississippi were left baffled when a man arrested for a traffic violation confessed to killing 11 women – at least three of whom turned out to be alive.

Charles Krauss from Tennessee was caught driving a stolen truck as he was passing through Pearl, Mississippi, on his way to visit relatives in Florida.

But when he 49-year-old was questioned by police, he made a chilling confession they weren’t expecting.

He claimed to have abducted prostitutes from five states, raped and strangled them before digging their graves.

Krauss even went as far as providing names of his alleged victims and the locations where he had murdered them.

Krauss later recanted, but the confession was convincing enough that police decided they had to investigate.

Police spokesman Butch Townsend told ABC News, ‘He appeared to be a lucid individual.

‘Shortly thereafter he recanted, but his stories were good enough that we felt an obligation to [check] with the jurisdictional agencies involved and see what would match up with his stories.’

Police examined his claims in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Knoxville, Tennessee; Indianapolis, Indiana; Dallas, Texas; and two cities in Georgia where he confessed to committing murder.

In Knoxville, police were able to track down three people Krauss claimed to have murdered.

‘They were alive and well,’ said Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Meanwhile in Tulsa, where Krauss confessed to strangling a woman after meeting her in a grocery store, police are still taking the claims seriously.

Krauss was visiting the area at the time he claimed to have committed the murder.

He claimed to have killed a woman there called ‘Nikki’, but police are not aware of any missing women by that name.

However the description of the location where he claims he killed her was very exact, so police are investigating.

Krauss also described a cold murder case that took place in the area in the 1980s, although Tulsa homicide sergeant Dave Walker pointed out this information is available on the Tulsa police website.

Police are planning to look through CCTV footage of a shop in the area where Krauss claims he bought caustic soda, garbage bags and rope.

Police in Athens, Georgia, are still bemused as Krauss’s description of where he left a body does not appear to be any recognisable place in the area. Further still, there are no reports of missing people in the vicinity.

Police plan to give him a lie detector test today to determine which of his statements are lies.

If it is confirmed Krauss lied about the alleged murders, he will be charged with giving a false statement to police officers.

He is currently in jail in Mississippi with a $500,000 bail and has been charged with receiving stolen property.

I am happy that he is locked up even if he did not kill anyone. He is obviously not right and needs help before he does do something stupid.

  1. Sheez, people! We had a fool in Australia who decided he was going to try and catch a notorious serial killer in Claremont. While police were setting traps this guy began cruising the area in his car. Of course police suspected he was the killer and for years he remained the main suspect. He more than likely just wanted attention (and boy did he get it). To this day the killer has never been found.

  2. I bet that happens more often than we hear about. People decide that they know how to investigate better than the police and end up causing more confusion.

  3. Charles Krauss aka Tim Foster, concerns me very much. If he is truly psychopath, which I believe he is, polygraphs may not be a true indicator of his honesty or dishonesty of his confession.
    There have been no news updates in weeks and it doesn’t take but a day or two to verify his Lowes purchases.
    CK, may have been under the influence when apprehended causing a freudian slip or two, or may have been taunting. Most times spaths are very intelligent, creative, calculating, and deflective, talking in riddles, analogys, and synonyms
    I am concerned that the victim; nikki, he describes wasn’t from OK, but from TN.
    CK, was Gen Mgr of a mobile homes sales/service which services several states and he fits the description of two recent abductions in TN


    2 and 1/2 miles apart, 2 months apart.

    Are these the ones you are thinking of?

    I am not sure about him, there is not much information. I agree though that the lack of updates is unnerving.

    If you hear anything please give me an update!

    • matt
    • April 6th, 2012

    This guy was my realtor. NOT KIDDING!

    • How did he seem to you? Did you end up buying through him? I am very curious about the passing meetings people have with (possible) serial killers.

    • Justmyluck
    • January 5th, 2015

    I’m just now learning about Charles Krauss because I’m trying to title my mobile home, and it as sold to me from, I think, this guy.

    FYI: The “Nikki” not TX but TN theory is very interesting, and plausible. Why? Charles Krauss sold a guy Danny Reed (Morristown) a mobile home. I believe his wife, or him and his wife, have a daughter that goes by the name of Nikki (mitchell in morristown, TN). Danny Reed left a review on Google Plus about the sale and how he got ripped off of $30,000 from Charles Krauss. Nikki still posts on her FB page, if this is in fact her, it would indicate she’s alive or there’s a new app for post-mortem posting. But there is a Nikki-TN connection.

    I’m not familiar with the a/k/a Tim Foster so appreciate Glen Adams posting that!

    The more I read the more I think I was sold a mobile home from this guy.

    • Justmyluck
    • January 5th, 2015

    In case someone is interested in some background and a former inmate address pre-sentencing:

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