Elgin, OR– Not much information so far, but police were looking for a man responsible for the slayings of three people in eastern Oregon. On Monday, they arrested 42-year old Gregory Cook, aka Gregory Mitts, and believe he was the man behind the murders of 28-year-old Jeremiah Johnston, 50-year-old Frank Scaramuzzi and 51-year-old Shannon McKillop. The investigation began last month when the severed hand of McKillop was found in a pond on the property of the Boise Cascade Timber Company. McKillop’s nephew said his aunt lived a troubled life and died a horrific death. “The brutality of the whole thing, no one can really wrap their brain around it,” said Robert Krader. “Regardless of the life you’ve led, no one deserves to die like that, to be killed in that manner she was — body dismembered and body thrown away like trash.” The homicide case expanded to three bodies on Saturday when the human remains of Scaramuzzi and Johnston were found in a secluded area north of Elgin.
Police believe Johnston and Scaramuzzi were killed separately, but very close to the same time and location. All three victims were acquaintances of Cook and were last seen together at the same place in mid-July. Cook, a self-employed house painter, confessed to a Seattle television reporter and apologized to the families. He also admitted to the reporter that he was using methamphetamine at the time. Cook has been charged with murder for his involvement in the three deaths and police do not believe there are any additional victims.
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