Inside ‘Gary Muehlberg, Package Killer’ Charged With 1990s Murders of 4 Women Found With Covered Faces in Makeshift Containers’ Missouri prosecutors announced on Monday that they have charged a suspect in the unsolved slayings of four women in 1990 and 1991.
Gary Muehlberg, Package Killer’ Charged With 1990s Murders of 4 Women Found With Covered Faces in Makeshift Containers
Gary Muehlberg, 73, has been charged with the first-degree murders of Robyn Mihan, 18, Brenda Pruitt, 27, Donna Reitmeyer, 40, and Sandy Little, 21, in St. Louis. Muehlenberg is currently serving a life sentence for killing Kenneth Atchison, 57, in 1993, robbing him of $6,000, and storing him in a plywood box in Muehlberg’s basement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
According to reports, all four women were connected to a St. Louis neighborhood infamous for its sex trade. All of the deceased were found in temporary containers after being found dead within a six-month period. Two of them were discovered in garbage cans, and one was discovered stuffed inside a wooden box, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. One was fastened between two mattresses and another.
Mihan, Pruitt, Little, and Reitmeyer were all reportedly bound, choked, and had their faces covered, according to the news source.
The case was reopened in 2008, but it was in March when Muehlberg’s DNA in CODIS, or the Combined DNA Index System database, was linked to the four slayings. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that DNA from a condom wrapper on Mihan’s body was used to connect Muehlberg to her murder.
Muehlberg allegedly admitted to killing Mihan, Little, and Pruitt after having prosecutors agree to not pursuing the death penalty.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Muehlberg previously spent time in prison for robbing and raping a woman in Kansas in the 1970s. He has been jailed for Atchison’s murder since 1995.
KDSK reported that Muehlberg has kidney failure and is unlikely to live long enough to be executed.
In August, Muehlberg sent Weber a letter expressing remorse for his heinous actions, calling it a “negative, dark, short period in (my) past life.”
“I must live with my past — the good and bad parts. No more running,” he wrote, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The newspaper reported he confessed to another murder, but has not been charged yet as police continue to probe the case.
The daughter of victim Donna Reitmeyer was glad to know a suspect was charged.
“Because I don’t think she rested in peace knowing that he was still out there,” Dawn McIntosh said of her mother. “So I’m glad he was caught.”