Indiana man says killings driven by anger over imprisonment

Darren Vann of Gary faces 5 new murder charges

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who confessed to killing seven women told detectives the killings were driven by his anger over being imprisoned years earlier.

Photo of Darren Vann
Photo of Darren Vann

Prosecutors filed five murder charges Monday against 44-year-old Darren Vann of Gary in the deaths of women whose bodies were found across northwest Indiana. He earlier had been charged with two murders, including that of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Vann was arrested Oct. 18, 2014, a day after officers found Hardy strangled to death inside a Hammond motel room.

The Munster Times reports an affidavit quotes Vann as saying he killed the women because he felt he never should have gone to prison “the first time.”

Vann served time in prison for assaulting an Indiana woman in 2004 and raping a woman in Texas in 2009.

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