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Convicted killer confesses to new crime
Palmyra, N.Y. - Chad Campbell went before a parole board for the fourth time since being found guilty of murder. During a hearing, Campbell confessed to committing another crime in the Village of Palmyra - rape.
Campbell was just 14-years-old when he killed 15-year-old Cindy Lewis, and the toddler she was babysitting, 17-month-old Curtis Rizzo in August 1990 in the Village of Palmyra.
After a long search, authorities found the bodies in a field behind the school. A field where Campbell, now 38, admits he lured his victims to with one intention in mind.
According to the transcript of parole hearing, Campbell said quote: my mission was basically to rape and possibly kill, to be honest with you.
Campbell was never charged with rape. Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy tells 13WHAM News that Campbell always maintained they had consensual encounter.
But Campell said, I raped her and I ended up murdering her.
Cindy Lewis was stabbed 44 times.
Exactly why they boy, Curtis Rizzo, was killed remained a mystery too.
But now Campbell claims: He was crying and, like I said, I wanted silence. I mean the noise, I was scared. He was just an innocent like little boy and I had taken his life.
Its kind of hard to believe, said Elaine Hartnagel, Rizzos grandmother. But knowing Chad and knowing what Ive seen since that happened, yeah I could believe it.
But Hartnagel wonders how much weight she can put into the words of a killer.
Well, every transcript Ive seen, its a different story, added Hartnagel. It changes every two years. So whats really true, who knows? Only he knows.
Campbells sentence was 18 years to life.
The parole board denied his release for a fourth time, and Hartnagel vows to keep her grandsons killer were hes remained since he was 14-years-old.
For my safety, for my childrens safety, for my grandchildrens safety, and for the safety of this community I dont want him out here, said Hartnagel. Ill do whatever I can to keep him where he is for as long as I can.