Confessed Florida Cold Case Murderer Now Suspected in Serial Killings

Convicted murderer Michael Townson, 53, formerly of Orlando, and now of the Tomoka Correctional Institution in Volusia County is now a suspect in another Florida murder as well as “at least one in Tennessee.”

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Townson is currently in prison serving a life sentence for bludgeoning a woman to death back in 2008. Now Townson has confessed to the killing of Linda Lois Little who disappeared in 1991. He is also considered a suspect in some other cold case murders, and investigators from other agencies are interested in talking to him.

Back In 2020 Townson was transferred to the Tomoka Correctional Institution and shortly after requested to speak to detectives with the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Townson spoke about a couple other cases briefly, but primarily he spoke about the Linda Little Case. Little vanished in 1991 and was reported missing, never to be seen again.

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Townson told Daytona Beach detectives that he and Little met at a Daytona Beach bar in 1991 and started talking. They met randomly and were enjoying a few drinks together and then something happened that made Townson “snap” in his words.

Townson told investigators that he was sexually abused by his father as well as his grandfather as a child and blames his mother and the other women in his life for not protecting him as a child. As a result, he developed a hatred for women.

Townson said he was “ultimately compelled” to confess after growing closer to his religion.

Daytona Beach Police Investigators are vetting Townson’s confession and researching the information he gave them during the confession regarding what happened and the whereabouts of Linda Little’s remains.

Apparently, there is enough accurate information in the confession and investigators have announced that a grand jury has indicted Townson for first degree murder in the death of Little.


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