SPARTANBURG, S.C./WINTER HAVEN, F.L. (WSPA) – A man with Upstate ties was captured in Florida after what’s described as a killing spree across the Southeast.
The manhunt for Stanley Eric Mossburg of Spartanburg started after a man was murdered in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Much of what we’ve learned about Mossburg has come from the sheriff in Polk County, Florida.
Tuesday morning, Sheriff Grady Judd laid out an in-depth timeline of Mossburg’s alleged crimes.
Then later Tuesday evening, we heard from the suspect himself as authorities brought him outside the detention center in Polk County.
When reporters asked Mossburg if he had anything to say he mumbled, “angels and demons fight from God.”
When asked what that means Mossburg could be heard saying, “there’s a war and everybody will see.”
Earlier in the day, Sheriff Judd spoke about Mossburg.
“Our suspect is Stanley Eric Mossburg. He’s 35 years of age. He’s from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Stanley, without a doubt, is a spree killer,” said Judd.
That “spree,” according to Judd, started in Greeneville, Tennessee at a laundromat where Mossburg is accused of killing a man on October 1.
The man’s body was found the morning after behind the laundromat when customers started to arrive.
“They find this man, this husband, in a pool of blood dead,” described Judd.
The sheriff said Mossburg then stole the victim’s car and headed south.
“He is now heading to Spartanburg, South Carolina. That’s where he’s from and he’s well known by the police in Spartanburg, South Carolina,” Judd said as he laid out the timeline of events.
That’s where the sheriff said Mossburg met up with his sister and talked her into buying him a bus ticket to Orlando on October 2.
From Orlando, Mossburg headed to Winter Haven, Florida where the sheriff said a man found Mossburg in his home after Mossburg killed two people who lived with him.
The sheriff said Mossburg said to the man, “I’m not gonna kill you because God told me not to.”
That’s not all he had to say, according to the sheriff.
“Suspect Mossburg told our live victim ‘I wanna be a serial killer. I like killing people.’ And he said, the two victims in Winter Haven were victims 7 and 8 but his goal was to kill 11,” said the sheriff.
Deputies said after the killings, Mossburg barricaded himself in a home, a SWAT team responded, and took Mossburg into custody.
The sheriff said they have no way to verify that there are that many victims but they’ll continue to investigate.
“This guy needs the death penalty if there’s ever been a person who needs the death penalty,” said Judd.
The sheriff in Polk County making a point to highlight Mossburg’s prior arrest record showing mostly low level, non violent crimes.
He had a message to legislators who take a light stance on those types of offenders saying “gag me with a spoon.”