Seventeen years of bafflement came to an end Thursday in an Andrew County courtroom when a 56-year-old inmate admitted he killed Therese Campen of Raytown.
The case goes back to 1996, when Campen picked up Michael Wilson on a snowy February morning in Raytown. They visited awhile, and Campen, 36, gave Wilson a ride to a bus stop and a phone number.
That afternoon, Wilson said, he called and made a date with Campen.
“I knew I was going to kill her,” Wilson told the judge.
He strangled Campen and hit her on the head with a cemetery gravestone.
By pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Wilson escaped the death penalty. He is serving three 20-year sentences and was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.