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Document: Traskwood woman confessed to 2 slayings

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Mara Leveritt's website breaks news about the murder case against a Traskwood woman accused of slaying two men, including the son of a Benton alderman, found buried on her property.

Leveritt has obtained the affidavits for search warrants of the property and they indicate Marissa Wright had confessed to the slayings (one using an ax handle), that she used an automobile "creeper" to move one of the bodies through her house and that she had kept journals about the crimes. Documents seized included an apparent suicide note written by Wright before a failed attempt that identified the dead men and location of the bodies.

The documents detail a series of warrants and searches. Police were led to the investigation by a Nov. 16 caller who said Wright had killed Joe Lee Richards Jr., her boyfriend, the night of Oct. 20 during meth cooking. That caller said Wright had tortured and killed another man, Randall Craig Anderson, several years earlier. Information from the pastor of Wright's father apparently led to the discovery of Anderson's body under a koi pond. Richards was buried under blocks.

Leveritt has turned attention to the case for possible connections to "The Boys on the Tracks," her book about mysterious deaths of two youths on a Saline County rail line and a variety of other deaths and drug activities in Saline County. One of those deaths, of Jeffery Rhodes in 1989, was mentioned in the book and Wright was given immunity to testify in the case.

MARISSA WRIGHT: In jail photo.
  • MARISSA WRIGHT: In jail photo.

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