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Crime & Courts

Apr 19, 2014 2:01 PM by Claire Anderson (claire@krtv.com)

Former GFPD detective writes book about "the serial killer you never heard of"

GREAT FALLS -- John Cameron, a former Great Falls police detective and then a parole board analyst at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, has been working on "cold cases" in Montana for years.

Now, after four years of research, Cameron has published a book with his collective findings on the man he says is the most intelligent serial killer ever: Edward Wayne Edwards. The book is titled, "It's Me: Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of."

While working at the prison, Cameron received information on Edwards -- and this is when Cameron believes he started to unravel Edwards' 55 years of secrets.

Murderpedia.org states: He murdered 5 people in Wisconsin and Ohio. Two in 1977, two in 1980, and one in 1996. Tracing his life, Edward Edwards has been placed (within days) in US cities where unsolved murders have occurred. These cities include the following: Portland, OR (1960 double homicide), Great Falls, MT (1956 double homicide), and San Francisco, CA (1968-1970).

Edwards died of natural causes in 2011 at the age of 77 at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio; he had been sentenced to death for killing his foster son and two young couples over the course of 21 years.

Cameron's theory posits that Edwards was responsible for the murder of Jon-Benet Ramsey in Colorado in 1996; that Edwards was the "Zodiac killer" in California in the 1960s and 70s; and was responsible for the murder of Chandra Levy in 2001 in Washington, D.C.

Cameron said, "The whole answer to it all was Deer Lodge prison, when he got busted in Montana in 1957 and went to Deer Lodge prison, he bragged in many of his letters that the Zodiac killer was in Deer Lodge."

The first case that Cameron became interested in was the murders of Great Falls residents Patricia Kalitzke and Lloyd Duane Bogle in 1956; they were killed along the Sun River, but the case was never solved.

Cameron said, "I had no intention of writing a book, but being a 'cold-case' detective and having this dropped in my lap in Deer Lodge prison, I decided I would at least investigate it to a point to try to close out the Great Falls murder."

Edwards wrote an autobiography in 1972 called "Metamorphosis of a Criminal," describing his criminal career between 1945-1967.

Once Cameron started reading the book, he claims he started finding clues and connections he needed to link Edwards to the murder of Dwayne and Patti.

Cameron said, " The Great Falls murder was in there, and once I determined that, I decided to follow the whole book and see where else he killed, and it unraveled the worst serial killer that's ever been."

He continued, "It got to the point where it never stopped, and it just leading me and leading me."

Cameron knows his book may stir up some questions and doubt: "You know, there's a lot of people that look at me like, 'You're nuts, you're saying he did Jimmy Hoffa, you're saying he did Jon-Benet, you're saying he did this?' I can't help where the evidence took me, but that's just what happened."

Cameron is now on a mission to share the story with the press, police, and anyone who will listen to his findings.

He hopes that by documenting his findings in a book, he can help the families and victims involved - and possibly also help people who have been convicted of crimes that Cameron believes were committed by Edwards: "It basically details all the evidence of all the killings in the 66 years that he killed. There's at least nine people right now sitting in prison on his murders that are completely innocent, and they need to be released."

Click here to visit Cameron's website for more information.

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