An episode of Criminal Confessions reveals the moments that serial killer Sean Vincent Gillis confessed to killing and mutilating eight women between 1994 and 2003 in Baton Rouge.
Even though police had DNA evidence linking Gillis to three of the victims, they wanted a confession out of him.
“I’ve been doing this since 1978 and you are one of the best, if not the best I’ve ever seen.”Maj. Bryan White, chief of detectives for the East Baton Rouge Police told the serial killer, in hopes of getting him to open up. Police said Gillis wanted respect so their strategy was to play up that authorities were “impressed” with his work. That strategy appeared to be effective. Eventually Gillis referred to himself as a monster.
“Tell me about this monster,” White said gently.
“One minute you’re a person like you are. The next minute you’re not.”
“I think you’re tired of this monster,” White said.
“You have no idea,” Gillis replied.
Not only did Gillis confess about three women he was already linked to but he confessed to killing five additional victims. He even demonstrated for police how he killed them, and made sound effects.
“I had cut off the hands just to have a piece of her, literally,” he said of victim Johnnie Mae Williams. Joyce Williams.
“Honestly, I wanted to see her femur,” he said about the mutilation of Lillian Robinson. “I don’t know why.”
“He gave every graphic detail you could ask for,” White said, adding that the confession felt surreal to him. But, it’s hard to tell that anything was abnormal about the conversation by watching White’s reactions.“You can’t act repulsed or shocked. You don’t want to get him off of his train of thought.”