10 Haunting Deathbed Confessions

Most, if not all of us, have secrets. It’s part of the human experience. In most cases, our secrets can be shameful
or embarrassing, but sometimes people keep incredibly dark secrets and hold on to them
for their entire lives. Then, just as they are about to leave their
Mortal Coil, they decided to share their deepest, darkest secrets. These are 10 of the most haunting deathbed
confessions. 10. Frank Thorogood Brian Jones was one of the founding members
of the legendary rock band the Rolling Stones, which formed in 1962. By 1969, Jones’ alcohol and drug abuse had
gotten worse and he clearly wasn’t interested in playing in the band. In June of that year, Mick Jagger and Keith
Richards told him that his tenure with the band was over. The Stones replaced Jones with Mick Taylor
on guitar and they carried on with what would become their long, illustrious career. Tragically, Jones died on July 3, 1969, at
the age of 27, just a month after being kicked out of the band. He was found drowned in his pool. Before he died, he was quite intoxicated. The medical examiner ruled it “death by
misadventure.” But, since it was a famous person who died
young, theories started to form that Jones’ death wasn’t an accident and he was murdered. Two books specifically accuse Frank Thorogood,
a construction worker who was doing work on Jones’ property, of killing Jones. Thorogood was the last person to be seen with
Jones. Thorogood also was acting strangely after
the death and he burned several items in the house. Thorogood apparently confessed to Jones’
driver, Tom Keylock, that he killed him on his deathbed in 1993. Keylock said that Thorogood got into an argument
and drowned him. However, Thorogood never confessed this to
anyone else, so it is unclear if the deathbed confession is true or not. Keylock died in 2009. 9. James Brewer The few people in Shawnee, Oklahoma, who knew
the couple that called themselves James Anderson and Dorothy Powers said that they were quiet
and humble. They moved to the city in the late 1970s and
both were deeply religious. They were active in their church and James
was the leader of a bible study. In 2009, James was in the hospital because
he suffered two serious strokes. He told the police that his real name was
James Brewer. He had been on the run since 1977 after skipping
bail for murdering his neighbor, 20-year-old Jimmy Carroll, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. He thought that Carroll was trying to seduce
his wife, so he shot him twice, killing him. It turned out that Brewer didn’t die from
the strokes. He recovered and turned himself in to the
police in Hohenwald. The district attorney chose not to go to trial
because of Brewer’s physical condition. 8. Alice Mock In November 1986, 76-year-old Alice Mock of
Middletown, Delaware, asked her neighbor to come over. Mock was dying and she had to be honest with
someone before she departed this world. She said that in 1975, she was drinking with
a man named Wayman Cammile Jr. and she invited him back to her apartment. He agreed and then went back to her place
and drank some more. When Cammile passed out, Mock stole some money
from him. But she realized that if he woke up and found
the money gone, he’d know that she’d stolen it. She was also worried that her landlord would
find her, a white woman, in bed with an African American man and throw her out. So to cover up the theft and save herself
from being evicted, she called the police and said that Cammile had raped and robbed
her. Cammile was arrested and charged with sexual
assault. The District Attorney gave him a choice: he
could go to trial and risk getting 45 years in prison or plead guilty and get 15 years. Cammile ended up choosing to plead guilty,
even though he was completely innocent. Mock died several days after making the confession
and the neighbor went to the police. In June 1986, Cammile was released after spending
nearly 12 years in prison. 7. David Lee Wilson On September 10, 1994, there was a gang-related
shooting outside of a party in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Several people at the party were members of
the gang the Crips. 19-year-old Karen Summers, a mother of a 4-month-old
baby, was killed in the shooting. She was shot with a Lorcin pistol and the
shooters fled in a maroon Ford Taurus. A few days later, the police interviewed Michael
Lee Wilson, who was a member of the Bloods, the rival of the Crips. Three days before the shooting that killed
Summers, he had been shot in the leg by a Crip. He also owned a Lorcin Pistol and had access
to a maroon Taurus. Amazingly, even though he had motive, access
to the type of gun used in the shooting, and access to a car that matched the description
of the getaway car, they didn’t arrest them. Instead, they arrested two 17-year-old boys,
De’Marchoe Carpenter and Malcolm Scott. Two eyewitnesses said they were at the shooting. Even though the witness statements contradicted
each other and there was absolutely no physical evidence tying Carpenter and Scott to the
shooting, they were found guilty. They were both sentenced to life plus an additional
170 years in prison. Wilson, meanwhile, was eventually arrested
for beating a convenience store clerk to death with a baseball bat in February 1995 and sentenced
to death. Two days before he was executed in January
2014, Wilson recorded an interview with the Oklahoma Innocence Project. In the interview, he confessed to being involved
in the shooting that killed Karen Summers and that Carpenter and Scott had nothing to
do with it. Wilson was executed on January 9, 2014. The interview was entered into evidence and
on May 9, 2016, Carpenter and Scott were released from prison after spending 20-years behind
bars. 6. Unknown Woman On March 14, 1960, 50-year-old Lillian Oetting,
50-year-old Mildred Lindquist, and 47-year-old Frances Murphy left their upscale homes in
Riverside, Illinois for a short vacation in Starved Rock State Park near Utica, Illinois. After eating lunch at a lodge, the women went
for a hike through St. Louis Canyon. When they didn’t return back to the lodge
later that day, the police were notified. They organized search parties to look for
the three women, who were all wives of corporate executives. Their bodies were found two days later in
a cave by a camp supervisor and four teenagers. Their hands had been bound with twine, and
they had been beaten to death with a frozen tree branch and then dragged into the cave. 21-year-old Chester Weger, an employee at
the lodge, became an early suspect. He had scratches on him and there was blood
on his jacket. He explained the scratches were from grooming
his sideburns and the blood on the jacket was raccoon blood. He stained it earlier when he was hunting. Weger cooperated with the police, gave them
his jacket, answered all their questions, and even passed lie detector tests. Eight months after the murder, Weger confessed. He then led the police and the press through
a walk- through of the crime. At his trial for the murder of Lillian Oetting,
he said that the confession was coerced and the walk-through was coordinated by the lead
detective on the case. Nevertheless, he was found guilty and sentenced
to life in prison. He did not go to trial for the murder of the
other two women. Since his trial, Weger has maintained his
innocence. There have also been several attempts to exonerate
him. In 2004, Weger’s lawyers filed a motion
to have DNA evidence, like hair that was found in the women’s hands, tested and compared
against Weger’s DNA. It later turned out that the DNA was not stored
properly and couldn’t be tested. The motion also revealed that someone had
possibly made a deathbed confession regarding the murder of the three women. In 1982 or 1983, the police were called to
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago because a terminally ill woman wanted to clear
her conscience. When the officer got to her bedside, she said
when she was young, she was hanging out in a state park near Utica with some friends. She said that “things got out of hand”
and multiple people died. After they were dead, they dragged the bodies. At this point, the woman’s daughter stopped
the interview and sent the police out of the room. The woman’s name was never recorded and
it’s unclear if she was referring to the murder of the three women or not. It is also possible that the woman wasn’t
in her right mind at the time of her death. Weger has continued to maintain his innocence
from behind bars. He has applied for parole several times, but
has always been denied. At the time of this article, he is 79-years-old. He is the third longest imprisoned inmate
in Illinois. His lawyer now says DNA technology has advanced
and the DNA can be tested, but the courts have not granted permission to do so. 5. Hannah Quick On February 7, 1980, a fire broke out at a
three story townhouse in Brooklyn. The fire ended up killing 27-year-old Elizabeth
Kinsey and her five children, who ranged in age from 9-years-old to 9-months-old. The fire marshal determined that, based on
the burn patterns, an accelerant was used, even though no trace of an accelerant was
found. He based his theory on the fact that the patterns
indicated that there were two fires started in one room. The police interviewed other people in the
townhouse and the landlord said she saw three men enter before the fire started and then
leave right afterwards. This led to 25-year-old Raymond Mora, 30-year-old
Amaury Villalobos, and 34-year-old William Vasquez being arrested the day of the fire. They were convicted in 1981 and given life
sentences. Mora died in 1989 in prison at the age of
44. Villalobos and Vasquez were paroled in 2012. In 2011, The New York District Attorney’s
office set up the Conviction Review Unit, which looks at problematic convictions. In April 1995, they started to look into the
arson and after 10 months of research they concluded the men were innocent. First off, what experts know about house fires
has changed since the early 1980s. Notably, they are now aware of a phenomenon
called a “flashover.” It happens when a room gets so hot that fires
sporadically start in the room. This makes it look like someone poured accelerant
around the room and lit multiple fires. The second problem was Hannah Quick. Quick was a drug dealer and the townhouse
was called a “shooting gallery,” which is a place that rents out rooms so people
can do drugs in them. Quick’s family also said she was a chronic
liar who abused drugs and alcohol. She died in 2014. A lawyer with the Conviction Review Unit got
in contact with Quick’s daughter and she said that her mother confessed on her deathbed
that she lied about seeing the men at the townhouse. Her mother said that they were completely
innocent. All three men were exonerated in December
2015. For spending 32 years in prison, the city
of New York agreed to pay Villalobos and Vasquez $15 million each. Mora’s family has also filed a suit, but
it has yet to be settled. 4. Russell Smrekar In 1975, Michael Mansfield was 20-years-old
and a student at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois. He was a good student, but in the fall he
had been arrested for possession of stolen goods. The district attorney made a deal with him
that they would drop the charges if he testified that a fellow student, 21-year-old Russell
Smrekar, gave him the stolen goods. Mansfield decided to take the deal. For Christmas holiday, he went back to his
parents’ home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. On New Year’s Eve, he walked out the door
and disappeared. On June 2, 1976, the co-workers of 51-year-old
Ruth Martin, who lived in Lincoln, became worried when she didn’t come into work. They got in contact with her husband, who
left work and went directly home. In the garage, he found a .22 caliber bullet
and a blood stain. But Ruth Martin was nowhere to be found. Two days later, her car was found abandoned
in Bloomington, Illinois. The police found more blood in the trunk. On October 9, 1976, a call came into the 9-1-1
dispatch in Lincoln because shots were fired in a quiet neighborhood. The police went to the home of Jay and Robin
Fry, who were both 25-years-old. They had been gunned down with a shotgun. Sadly, Robin was three months pregnant with
their first child. At the time, the police had no idea that the
two disappearances and the double murder were connected. Then they started to look into what possible
motive someone could have to kill Ruth Martin and the Frys. They soon saw a connection. Jay Fry and Ruth Martin were going to testify
against Smrekar for stealing. Jay worked at a grocery store and chased Smrekar
down in the parking lot after he stole an item. While he ran through the parking lot, Smrekar
threw the stolen item under Martin’s car. The stolen item was a package containing two
steaks valued at a total of $4. Robin Fry was only killed because she was
in the wrong place at the wrong time. They also found out that Michael Mansfield
had disappeared before he had a chance to testify against Smrekar. The stolen goods that he was going to testify
about were a guitar and some records. Smrekar was arrested and convicted of the
murders of the Frys. He was given two sentences of 100-to-300 years
in prison. Every so often, investigators visited Smrekar
and ask him what happened to Michael Mansfield and Ruth Martin. He said he knew nothing about their disappearances
and its just a coincidence that they went missing. In October 2011, Smrekar was 56-years-old
and dying. That is when he finally admitted to killing
both Michael Mansfield and Ruth Martin. He didn’t say where Mansfield’s body was,
but he said that he buried Martin’s body under a highway that was under construction. Sadly, despite the confession, her body, like
Mansfield’s, has never been found. Smrekar died on October 26, not long after
confessing. 3. Larry Sherrard In February 2014, a woman named Pam Rhinehart
went to the police station in Elizabethtown, Kentucky with a disturbing story. She said that for the past eight months, she
had been taking care of her ailing uncle, Larry Sherrard. As he was nearing the end of his life, Sherrard
said to Rhinehart, “I don’t want to go to hell.” He then proceeded to tell her that, in the
1980s, he shot a man in the head, wrapped him up in a carpet and then dumped the body
in a cave. But that wasn’t all. He said that in the 1990s, he shot another
man. This one he buried. Sherrard didn’t say who his victims were,
but he did say that they were both killed because they cheated him in a drug deal. The same afternoon that Sherrard went into
a coma, he died. The police looked into their cold cases and
found a case that was similar to the first murder that Sherrard described. In July 1989, spelunkers found a body at the
bottom of a cave with a bullet hole in his skull. He was identified as Thomas Jones, Jr. The police went to the area where Sherrard
said the second body was buried. They found bone fragments and pieces of clothing. That victim has never been identified. 2. Christine Kett On the evening of January 11, 1867, a teenage
boy found the bloody body of his 18-year-old sister, Christine Kett, in their Dayton, Ohio
home. He went and got the neighbors and the police
were notified. Christine’s body was in the kitchen doorway
that led to the cellar. Her lower body was in the kitchen and her
upper body was at the top of the stairway. Her head had sustained several blows with
a sharp object, like a hatchet or an ax. There was also a pistol found near her body
and Christine had gun powder on her finger and face, but it didn’t appear that a bullet
had been fired. A short time later, Christine’s mother,
who was also named Christine, came home and found a group of people in front of her house. She became hysterical when she was informed
her daughter died. Over the years, Mrs. Kett accused many people
of murdering her daughter and the police arrested several men. One suspect was Christine’s brother since
he found the body and it was his gun found near her. However, no one could be tied to the crime
scene so no one was ever formally charged. The police finally concluded that Christine
accidentally shot herself after she tripped while carrying the pistol. 17 years after the murder, Mrs. Kett was bedridden
with inflamed bowels and she was nearing death. She had her son come to her bedside, and she
told him that she had killed Christine. On the day that she died, Christine was supposed
to come home at noon to make dinner. She was a few hours late, and Mrs. Kett snapped. She grabbed an ax and as Christine ran towards
the cellar, Mrs. Kett struck her in the head. Mrs. Kett then grabbed the gun and the flask
with the gun powder. She smeared the powder on Christine’s fingers
and her cheek and planted the gun. She then went out to the market and returned
after she knew her son would find the body. Mrs. Kett asked her son to keep it a secret
until he was on his deathbed, and he agreed. Mrs. Kett died hours later after suffering
a stroke. Her son didn’t wait until his deathbed to
reveal her secret. Instead, he told a reporter the story shortly
after his mother passed away. 1. Geraldine Kelley Geraldine and John Kelley met as children
in Somerville, Massachusetts. As young adults, they married and Geraldine
gave birth to a daughter in 1970. The following year, she gave birth to a son. In 1981, Geraldine and John were attending
a wedding. John drank too much and got into a fight with
three other guests. The fight resulted in the death of John’s
brother-in-law. Fearing he might be charged with the death,
John packed up his family and they moved out west. The family ended up in Ventura, California,
where John and Geraldine landed jobs at a motel. John continued to drink and the couple would
fight. Their kids moved out in 1989, and became estranged
from their parents. In early 1992, Geraldine called her kids and
told them John was dead. He had been struck by a car while he was out
town. She also relayed a similar story to the owner
of the motel. Geraldine continued to work there for another
six years, until she moved back to Somerville in 1998. In November of that year, Geraldine was on
her deathbed, stricken with breast cancer. Her daughter came to see her and Geraldine
said that she had killed John in late 1991. She said he was abusive, so she shot him. She then said that his body was in a freezer
in a storage locker… and it wasn’t a storage locker in California, it was one in Somerville! When she moved across the country, she had
the freezer with the dead body of her husband inside of it shipped across the country with
her. After Geraldine died, her daughter went to
the police and they found the skeletal remains in the freezer. John had been shot once in the back of the
head. The police also found the murder weapon among
Geraldine’s possessions.

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  2. I know a woman who mocked her husband, who had a large nose, by buying him a T-shirt with a toucan on it. Many years later, as he lay dying in the hospital, he shared with her that all his school mates made fun of him for his big nose, and that he never cared for the t-shirt. He died shortly thereafter, and she now carries the guilt of bullying her husband all those years.

  3. 1944?? The crips and the bloods werent set up until late 60s or early 70s n I'm sure the ford Taurus isn't a 40s car 😓

  4. Alice mock from Middletown Delaware. I'm also from the 1st state of the union Delaware in the town of Rehoboth Beach.

  5. why is the thumb nail on this video featuring Americam Next Top Model. And this nothing to video has nothing to do with it?

  6. I do love Criminally Listed as well as Top Tenz!! Is there any way, in the future, to edit the audio? The 's', 'sh' and 'ch' sounds are piercing. Just food for thought! Thank you!

  7. I love how Christianity allows someone to commit murder after murder, but as long as you confess your sins at ANY point, you go to heaven.

  8. I wondered if we audited all the closed cases in the US, how many of those found guilty would come up innocent.

  9. Another great video! Thank you! I enjoy criminally listed the information is really well presented and well researched. The images are really well done. But the voice the narration is just over the top annoying. I just can't watch that channel because of the voice. Narration is 90% of being able to watch these videos. By the way Simon you have a beautiful voice!

  10. Hello? Yeah I have a freezer with a body in it in a storage unit I'm going to need you guys to pick that up send it out my way do me a favor don't look inside.
    Thanks you can get back to me at this number….

  11. 27 like so many other musicians singers actors. 27 tho! He was a sacrifice or the devil came for the contract.

  12. For no. 2 were the police Keystone Cops? The concluded that she died accidentally? So she hit herself in the head with an ax accidentally?? What a joke.

  13. Did you proofread the script b4 you filmed this? I’m pretty sure (and so is Google) there weren’t any Crips or Bloods in 1944. (4:19) 😂

  14. …and turned himself into the police. And that, children, is why we have police til this very day…

  15. No mention of E. Howard Hunts deathbed confession?
    I really kind of expected it to be in there somewhere.

  16. Do you guys have some sort of dart board full of adjectives and have some blind folded person throw a dart to decide which one you’re gonna capitalize in the next videos title?

  17. I hate that term, "She was in the wrong place at the wrong time". She was at HOME! Mrs. Kett is in hell now.

  18. Why are there oftentimes glaring mistakes like the 1944 thing in these videos that don't get edited out? How does nobody involved in the production of the videos notice? The last video I watched he clearly said "Rosemary's Berry" instead of Baby.

  19. 10:23 I wish I could volunteer for 32 years in prison and get a $15M payout after the time is up. Hell most people kill themselves at a 9 to 5 that they absolutely hate for about the same length of time and don't even make $2M.

  20. This video or something like it should be shown to juries in relevant cases. It shows both correct and incorrect decisions by juries and police.

  21. I'm tired of seeing the right wing nutjobs propaganda commercial for the epoctimes.

    I love the Toptenz keep making great videos

  22. Jones didn't want out of the Stones but his condition at the time prevented any tours so it was Mick,Keith,AND Charlie who paid him a visit.

  23. In the bizarre alternative reality which is Christianity it doesn't matter that you have killed somebody and kept quiet about it for decades while an innocent person rots in jail. As long as you confess your sins before you die and beg for forgiveness you will be pardoned and live on after your death in eternal bliss.

  24. I'm willing to devote an extra minute or two to your videos if you're willing to slow down your talking speed.

  25. At 4:18 you said 1944 but i was told it was 1994. I didnt know they existed in the 40's. I dont mean to be rude. Im just asking haha

  26. It occurs to me that if Heaven and Hell truly exist. All we mortals need is proof and we all would sit up and fly straight….

  27. wow 15 million dollars… assuming they were working at a job for 24 hrs a day, this would mean they got around $60 per hour being in prison… not bad pay

  28. When you said her lower body was in the kitchen and her upper body was at the top of the stairs? I thought she was in half… then you said an axe and I’m like omg they axed her in half. Then you never said it. I’m like wait a sec… I can’t be the only one who did that!!

  29. #7 sounds more 1994 than 1944. The gun is too modern for the time period and the car is a Ford Taurus which came out in 1985. Also the bloods were formed around 1972

  30. Just some additional information for the case in 5:00 . It is a well known fact that a majority of LAPD officers, especially in the Rampart division, had ties to the Bloods / Piru / Damu gang because of the neighbourhoods they grew up in and family ties to the gang. A lot of drug / gang related murders, evidence tampering, and witness intimidation that went down in LA during that era was either pinned on rival gangs or were ordered hits by the LAPD for the Bloods or by the Bloods for the LAPD.

  31. It was so easy to get away with murder back in the day. No cameras. No DNA. No cellphones with GPS. It's a miracle anyone got caught!

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