Man kills a man and strangles 4 women
A convicted murderer serving a life sentence for killing a man in 1995 has confessed to strangling four women five years earlier, St. Louis-area prosecutors announced Monday.
Gary Muehlberg, a 73-year-old inmate at the Potosi Correctional Center in southeastern Missouri, confessed to the 1990 slayings after O’Fallon Police Detective Jodi Weber reopened the cold case and linked one of the murders with Muehlberg through DNA evidence, authorities said. at a press conference.
Prosecutors in Lincoln, St. Charles and St. Louis counties, where the victims’ bodies were found, announced four new first-degree murder charges against Muehlberg for the slayings of Robyn Mihan, Brenda Pruitt, Donna Reitmeyer. and SandyLittle.
“It may have taken a while, but your family member was not forgotten,” St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar told relatives of the victims who attended the news conference.
Lohmar said all the killings had connections to an area of south St. Louis that was known for prostitution at the time, but declined to elaborate. He said authorities have not determined a motive for the killings.
Muehlberg was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for the murder of Kenneth Atchison. Lohmar said that Muehlberg killed Atchison in a dispute over money.
The body of one of the victims was found in O’Fallon, prompting Weber to reopen the case in 2008. He began trying to find matching DNA samples. Finally, this spring, DNA evidence connected Muehlberg to Mihan.
“Incredible!” Weber said when asked about his reaction to the DNA match.
Prosecutors then began talking to Muehlberg and agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for his cooperation, which led to his eventual confession, Lohmar said.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Muehlberg wrote a letter to Weber in August expressing remorse for the murders.
“I have to live with my past, the good and bad parts. No more racing,” she wrote.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell said authorities are continuing to investigate to see if Muehlberg may have committed other crimes.
“There is at least some indication that suggests that,” Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood said.
“Because I don’t think she rested in peace knowing he was still out there,” McIntosh said of her mother. “So I’m glad they caught him.”
Saundra Kuehnle, now 75, recalled that her daughter Robyn had three dimples and a smile that lit up the room. Mihan was only 18 years old when he died.
“He had harassed police and detectives forever, off and on, over the years,” Kuehnle said. “A long time to wait, but everything in God’s time.”