HOUSTON, TX — A serial murderer known as the “Tourniquet Killer” is finally set to be executed after his life was spared following two apparently false confessions.
Texas prison officials are scheduled to give Anthony Allen Shore, 55, a lethal injection Thursday evening.
Between 1986 and 1995, Shore brutally killed and raped four women and young girls. Shore was arrested in 2003 after he was convicted of molesting his own daughters in 1998, and authorities were provided with a sample of his DNA for a state database.
After his arrest, Shore confessed to the 1992 of killing Maria del Carmen Estrada, a 21-year-old woman whose murder had gone cold. Her body was dumped in the drive-thru of a Dairy Queen in Houston.
He also confessed to murdering nine-year-old Diana Rebollar, 16-year-old Dana Sanchez, and 15-year-old Laurie Tremblay. All of the victims were raped and tortured before being strangled.
His original execution date was set for October, but was postponed after he confessed to two additional killings. But, sources told the Houston Chronicle the confessions were false.
Still, investigators have said that they believe that there could be more victims out there. “With a serial killer like Shore, there is always a possibility he has committed other crimes, left other unknown victims behind,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the paper.
Prosecutors stated that currently, however, Shore is not a suspect in any other unsolved killings.
Since he has reportedly exhausted his appeals, he is likely to finally be executed by lethal injection on Thursday. Shore’s family told the newspaper that they are relieved that Shore’s death is imminent. Shore’s sister, Laurel Scheel, does believe that her brother committed more murders that are known, saying, “Hell, yeah. He’s a piece of work, that boy.”
A judge called off Shore’s scheduled October execution after he admitted to the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter. He later acknowledged that he had confessed so that her convicted killer, his friend Larry Swearingen, would be set free. But Shore eventually signed a statement acknowledging he had nothing to do with the murder, according to the Chronicle.
In addition, Texas Rangers investigated and found evidence indicating that Shore could not have committed the two additional murders.
“With this guy, who knows what he’s going to say. You know he’s done more crimes than he’s been caught doing,” another source told the Chronicle. “The question is what crimes and where.”
If Shore’s execution happens as scheduled, he will be the first inmate put to death in 2018 in the United States.
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Main photo: Anthony Allen Shore [Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice]