Michael Gilbert, Sex Offender, Kills Homeless Man to Fake His Own Death (Again)
Monday, April 11, 2011 at 9:00 am
He was looking at yet another parole violation, so he called police in Biloxi, Mississippi pretending to be someone named Michael Brown and claiming that his cousin, Michael Gilbert, was drowning.
He isn't the brightest criminal. Police soon discovered the call was a ruse so Gilbert could fake his own death. He was charged with sending false distress signals and sentenced to another six months in the slam.
But he couldn't stay out of trouble. This time he was wanted to Fort Worth, Texas for sexually assaulting a minor and failing to register as a sex offender. So he decided to make himself disappear once more, though this time with a more lethal plan.
According to police, he found a homeless man he thought looked like him. Then he shot the man in the head, stuffed him in the truck of his car, and set it on fire. Police found the burning vehicle in a park. And when they popped the trunk, they found the body inside.
The license plate traced the car back to Gilbert, who apparently didn't believe police would look to hard for the murderer of a sex offender. But when they checked dental records to see who the dead man was, detectives found that the dead man wasn't Gilbert.
Police finally caught up with the very-much-alive Gilbert at a Fort Worth apartment building. But he wasn't inclined to go willingly. After a seven-hour standoff, the cops used tear gas to storm his apartment. They found Gilbert hiding in an attic, and he tried to slit his own throat as he was being arrested.
Unfortunately, the shitbag didn't die. But when he gets out of the hospital, police are expected to charge him with first-degree murder. (Special thanks to reader Moet for the tip.)
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