The murders of Jon Benet Ramsey, Adam Walsh, Chandra Levy, as well as the Atlanta child murders and the Zodiac killings have been tied to serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards by retired Montana police sergeant of detectives John Cameron in his new book It’s ME!, Edward Wayne Edwards, The Serial Killer You NEVER Heard Of in which he relates his findings in his investigation of Edwards.
Cameron also believes Edwards was responsible for the Colonial Parkway killings and the 2001 anthrax attacks. Amazingly, he believes Edwards killed Jimmy Hoffa, and the FBI did in fact interview Edwards about Hoffas’s disappearance. Cameron believes that the serial killer was responsible for up to 100 killings in his 66 year crime career.
The author spent three years investigating Edwards, who died in prison at age 77 in 2011. Cameron contends that Edwards’ first murders were at age 11, following his mother’s suicide at age 5 and time in an orphanage where Edwards charged he was abused sexually and physically.
Cameron recently appeared on the Coast to Coast AM radio show where he explained his investigation into Edwards’ life.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1933, Edwards was born Charles Edward Myer. He never knew his father and at age 4 was placed with an uncle who raped him while his mother was in prison for a year. After his mother was released from prison, she died soon after from a suspicious gunshot wound to the stomach when Edwards was 5. That’s when he was placed in an orphanage where he claimed in a book on his life that he was sexually abused and beaten. Cameron said all the psychiatric reports on Edwards said he was a sadomasochist by the age of 11.
Edwards was able to continue his crimes sprees for 66 years, mostly escaping prison, but serving time for crimes other than murder. He was able to escape police attention because of his high IQ of 132. Ten years after his crimes began he was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for his other crimes of burglary, robbery and arson.
After his murders, he wrote letters to newspapers and to police, toying with them. Cameron was able to link murders to Edwards, studying the phrasing of these letters written by the Zodiac killer and the killer of Jon Benet Ramsey. In 1991, Cameron said that John Walsh, father of Adam Walsh, received a letter from the Zodiac Killer, the knowledge of which wasn’t announced until 2006.
Psychiatrists reported that by age 11 Edwards was seemingly much older, and it was at this time that he made a pact with the devil. His killings became ritualistic and he repeated killings over decades to mock the teachings of the Catholic Church. Edwards liked to commit his murders around Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter. He also studied Alastair Crowley, famous Satan worshipper of the 1930s.
Edwards’ first two murders were of women in bed and the third was of a six year old girl, who he beheaded and dismembered, later using lipstick to write a Please Stop Me message on the mirrors. The murders became known as the Lipstick Murders and were done when Edwards was 11 and 12 years old. He framed another person for the child murder, and that man died in prison in 2012, having served 66 years.
Edwards framed as many as two dozen people for the crimes he committed.
In 2010, Edwards was tied to a murder and confessed to five more. He was convicted of two sets of double murders from 1977 and 1980 and of the murder of his adopted son, who he killed for insurance money. It was one of Edwards’ own children who alerted police to his connection with these murders because the child remembered being taken to at least one of the scenes of the double murders by Edwards.
Cameron found that Edwards was tied to the Black Dahlia through her father who was responsible for the funding of the orphanage he grew up in. In each of the famous murder cases Cameron ties Edwards to, Edwards was living in the areas where the murders occurred. (ed note: Edwards lived in northern California during each of the Zodiac Killer’s murders in the late 1960s and would have matched the Zodiac’s physical description).
From the beginning of his killings, Edwards wanted to be famous. After spending time in prison, Edwards claimed to be reformed and wrote a book about his redemption. He appeared on What’s My Line and to Tell the Truth TV shows hawking his book.