A man arrested in St. Louis after a nationwide manhunt is now confessing to 16 murders – despite being wanted for questioning in relation to just five.
Sean Michael Lannon, 47, has been charged with one murder, but is confessing to the murders of 15 other people
Sean Michael Lannon, 47, was arrested eight days ago after being wanted for questioning in a South Jersey slaying and four deaths in New Mexico, including that of his ex-wife.
But now, Lannon is claiming that he killed as many as 16 people, something he mentioned during a preliminary hearing for the death of Michael Dabkowski, 66, in East Greenwich, New Jersey, who was found beaten to death with a hammer on March 8.
Lannon has been charged with murder in that death.
Lannon alleges Dabkowski sexually abused him when he was a child and possessed lewd photos of them together, which Lannon says he was trying to retrieve.
‘That relationship quickly turned into an abusive one where Mr. Dabkowski sexually abused Mr. Lannon,’ said public defender Frank Unger.
One of the victims is Sean’s ex-wife, Jennifer, although he hasn’t been charged in her death
‘He was repeatedly sexually assaulted and during that time the victim in this case documented those sexual assaults, those rapes, by taking pictures of himself with Mr. Lannon in sexually compromised positions.’
Unger also claims Dabkowski attempted to seduce Lannon and attacked Lannon with a hammer first before Lannon used the hammer on him.
During the preliminary hearing, Lannon stated that he killed 15 people in New Mexico, as well as the one in New Jersey, according to NBC10.
Prosecutors were not able to verify the veracity of Lannon’s claims about killing 16 people.
Lannon is currently being held at the Salem County Jail and appeared in court via video.
He admitted to dismembering some of New Mexico victims after luring them to his home.
The couple has three young children, who Sean left with Jennifer’s family before bodies started turning up
According to NJ.com, Lannon not only confessed to the five killings he was suspected in, but also claimed to kill ’11 other individuals who were drug dealers.’
‘He admitted to killing a total of 16 people … 15 being in New Mexico and one in the State of New Jersey,’ said Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Alec Gutierrez.
‘It’s my understanding that the FBI is assisting New Mexico in their investigation.’
Grants Police Department Lt. David Chavez is not considering Lannon as a suspect in the 11 additional murders he has confessed to at this point. It’s unclear who the victims are that Lannon is referencing.
The four deaths Lannon was initially linked to in New Mexico came as the result of the bodies being found in a car at the parking garage at Albuquerque International Sunport airport on March 5.
He has not yet been charged in any of those four deaths, making the New Jersey murder the only charge Lannon is currently facing.
According to court documents, Lannon has expressed remorse regarding the five deaths that initially led to the manhunt for him last week.
Jennifer Lannon, 39, and Sean divorced in 2019 and had three children together.
Jennifer Lannon, 39, was one of four victims found in a vehicle in a parking garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sean Lannon took the couple’s three children to New Jersey on March 4 and left them with Jennifer’s family, claiming he was going to find a job in the area.
Chris Whitman, Jennifer’s brother, claimed that the couple had reconciled and Jennifer would be returning to New Jersey as well.
But Sean instead traveled to Virginia, allegedly under false identities in ride shares, before returning to New Jersey. It’s unclear what he did in Virginia.
Back in New Jersey, Sean broke into one home and tried to break into another before a neighbor caught on and scared him away.
That’s when Sean went to Dabkowski’s home and allegedly committed the murder he has been charged with.
Lannon was driving Dabkowski’s SUV when he was apprehended and still had possession of the murder weapon, authorities say.
Lannon has been charged with burglary, robbery, theft, and first-degree murder in the Dabkowski case, as well as burglary and possession of a weapon for the other alleged break-in.
WPVI has reported that Lannon has a history of drug abuse and a violent record, as well as that he used to be a member of the military.
The judge in the case has ordered Lannon to remain behind bars at this time.