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State and Federal authorities announced at a press conference on Friday morning that convicted killer Joshua Wade has admitted to three additional murders in the state of Alaska besides the two murders he admitted to in court as part of a plea deal to escape the death penalty in 2010.
In addition to those two murders, Wade has now told police and FBI investigators that he was responsible for the deaths of three men, he admitted to the murder of 38-year-old John Michael Martin in 1994 at the age of 14, the 1999 murder of 30-year-old Henry Ongtowasruk, as well as another unidentified male victim on the same night that he killed Della Brown.
In 2010, Wade admitted to the killing of 52-year-old Mindy Schloss, a psychiatric nurse who worked in Anchorage and Fairbanks and was also his next-door neighbor on Cutty Sark Road. As part of his agreement, Wade also admitted to the murder of Della Brown in 2000.
Wade went to trial for the murder of Della Brown in 2003. But a jury of 12 would acquit him of the murder, instead he was found guilty of evidence tampering and would spend the next 6 1/2 years in jail.
Just months after his release, Wade would abduct Mindy Schloss in August of 2007. he made his way into her home, subdued her with zip ties, and loaded her into her own vehicle after retrieving a Glock from his residence next door. Wade and the bound would make several stops including stops to ATMs to withdraw money from Mindy’s account. After all of this, Wade then drove to Wasilla where he took the woman into the woods and executed her with the pistol.
After killing Schloss, Wade drove the vehicle back to Anchorage and abandoned it near the airport.
Mindy’s badly decomposed body would be found about a month later.
Wade was immediately a suspect in the nurse’s death. Investigators would find that Wade had told acquaintances that he wanted to have sex with Schloss in the days leading up to her disappearance. Police canines would also detect the scent of Wade in the nurse’s vehicle. After gaining a search warrant, investigators would find zip ties matching portions of ties found in Mindy’s bedroom.
At the sentencing hearing for the murder of Mindy Schloss and Della Brown, Wade told the court, “I deserve much worse.” In the signed plea agreement, Wade admitted to smashing Della Brown’s head in with a large rock. Brown’s raped and badly beaten,partially clad body was found in an abandoned Spenard shed.
Wade would later try to back out of his plea agreement. Then this last winter, Wade would relate to federal and state authorities, that he had killed the additional three victims. he had made his confessions in exchange for a transfer out of state to a federal penitentiary in the lower 48.
In his admission, Wade confessed to killing a man, who as yet has been unidentified, who had also been in the shed on the night that Brown was murdered. Wade told investigators that he had knocked the man unconscious, threw him in the trunk of his car, then went out for drinks. Upon his return, Wade would hear the man pounding in the trunk. Wade said he took the man out, and by stomping on his head killed him. Wade told investigators he then drove out to the Wasilla area and using a shotgun blasted the vast majority of his victim’s head off.
Wade was transferred to a federal maximum security prison in Indiana in February of this year.
In an interview with KTVA, he told them he was not a serial killer.