August 10, 2010

Bernard Howell To Deputies: “I Didn’t Kill That Woman, I Just Had Sex With Her Dead Body”

Tenino, Washington (The Weekly Vice) - Bernard Howell, a 26-year-old Washington man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly murdered a woman and then admitted to having sex with her corpse.

According to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, Howell was arrested after deputies discovered a dead woman wrapped in a sleeping bag in the front seat of a truck. And the man driving that truck says he didn't murder her, he only had sex with her dead corpse.

Investigators were first alerted when a citizen flagged a deputy down around 8:15 p.m. and said there was a dead body inside a nearby pickup truck.

Howell was driving a truck fitting the description of the witness when deputies pulled him over.

Investigators say the deputy searched the truck after seeing a suspicious sleeping back in the front seat of the truck. Upon examination of the sleeping bag, the deputy discovered the dead body of a woman in her 50's.

Howell allegedly told officers that he didn't kill the woman but rather found her and decided to "save the family the funeral expenses".

According to Thurston County detectives, Howell didn't know the woman but allegedly admitted to having sexual contact with her corpse.

Police say the woman has not yet been identified and she suffered "intentionally inflicted wounds".

Howell was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail on one charge of 1st degree theft and one count of 2nd degree manslaughter. His bond has been set at $750,000.

Lacy Black
The Weekly Vice

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