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'Tourniquet Killer' Anthony Shore Confessed To More Rapes Before His Execution

Anthony Shore, who killed four girls and molested his daughters, confessed to more than 60 rapes altogether.

By Gina Tron

Anthony Shore, the so-called "Tourniquet Killer" of Texas, confessed before his execution earlier this year to the brutal rapes of two women decades ago, a report revealed Monday.

Shore, 55, admitted to raping one woman in front of her husband at gunpoint, and another woman at knifepoint, according to a report by the Texas Rangers' Department of Public Safety.

Shore said he started groping women on bike paths when he lived in the Sacramento, Calif. area in the late '70s and early '80s, and then started raping them to be a copycat of a serial rapist who was terrorizing the area.

He first broke into a woman's house, tied her up and raped her, the report said.

Later, he broke into a young couple's home.

"Shore allegedly tied up the man and the woman, and made the man 'watch' as he sexually assaulted the woman," the report said, according to The Houston Chronicle. "According to Shore, he used a gun, possibly a .38 caliber, to commit this crime."

Shore also claimed that he beat a man with a rock, who he believed to be the father of one of his groping victims, after the man chased him into a river bed. Shore left the man unconscious and "suspects the man may have died," the report said.

Shore's "Tourniquet Killer" nickname stemmed from his history of strangling his victims with handmade tourniquets.  Shore became a registered sex offender in 1998 for sexually assaulting his own daughters, who was 11 and 13 at the time, but he wasn’t convicted of murder until 2003. He was sentenced to death for the 1992 killing of Maria del Carmen Estrada, 20, according to a press release from the Texas Attorney General.  He additionally confessed to the murders of three other girls: Laurie Tremblay, 14; Diana Rebollar, 9; and Dana Sanchez, 16. 

On September 26, 1986, Shore murdered Tremblay in his car while sexually assaulting her. He hit her in the back of the head with what? and then used a cotton cord to strangle her, according to the Texas Attorney General. He dumped her body behind a restaurant and the girl’s death remained unsolved until 2003.

Shore gave attacked Estrada on April 16, 1992, in his car and used a nylon cord to kill her. Again, he dumped the body behind a restaurant, according to the Texas Attorney General.

When Shore spotted Rebollar walking down the street from his van on August 7, 1994, he abducted her, raped her and duct-taped her limbs before killing her by strangulation. Her body was left on the loading dock of a building.

"No amount of words or apology could ever undo what I've done," Shore said just minutes before he was executed, in January according to The Associated Press. "I wish I could undo the past, but it is what it is."

Shore’s siblings had long suspected him of being behind some of the rapes.

"Everywhere we lived, there was a rapist," his sister, Laurel Scheel, told the Chronicle.

While on trial, Shore’s sister, Regina Shore Belt, testified that Shore stabbed and killed a kitten when he only about 4 years old, according to the Texas Attorney General. She also testified that he put a screwdriver through her head when they were growing up.

[Photo: Texas Department Of Corrections]

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