WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) -- A man described as a master of disguise admitted killing three strangers during a weeklong crime spree, authorities said Wednesday.
Gary Sampson is also accused of bank robbery and carjacking. Authorities said Sampson told them he killed Philip McCloskey, 69, a Taunton, Mass., retiree; Jonathan Rizzo, 19, a college student from Kingston, Mass.; and Robert Whitney, 58, a contractor and former city councilor in Concord, N.H.
Sampson, 41, of Tamworth, N.H., waived extradition in a Vermont court Wednesday afternoon, then got in a police car to be taken to Massachusetts.
Rizzo's body was found Tuesday night in Abington, Mass., based on information authorities said Sampson provided.His father, Michael Rizzo, said police told him his son tried to help Sampson on the side of the road. The teen-ager had been tied up and stabbed repeatedly.
McCloskey's body was found stabbed and covered with leaves last week in Marshfield, Mass., about a half mile from where his car had been discovered two days earlier.
Whitney was strangled, according to New Hampshire authorities. His body was found Monday in a lakefront home in Meredith. Police were summoned there when an unfamiliar car -- which turned out to be Rizzo's -- was spotted in the driveway. The killer confronted Whitney inside the home he was maintaining for its elderly owner.
Authorities say none of the victims had any prior connection to Sampson.
Police arrested Sampson on Tuesday after he broke into a home in Plymouth, Vt., and called 911 to tell police he wanted to surrender.
North Carolina authorities said Sampson is also wanted for robbing several banks in the Thomasville, N.C., area since May.
Sampson used elaborate makeup techniques to alter his appearance for bank jobs, Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege said.
"He lives with cross-dressers and transvestites," Hege said. "He learned how to change his appearance. He made his nose wider, his cheekbones higher. When he comes out of the bank, he wipes it all off."
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