Man Stuns Cops by Confessing Life as Hitman
Jose Manuel Martinez suspected in as many as 40 deaths
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2014 9:15 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., District Attorney shows Jose Manuel Martinez.   (AP Photo/Tulare County District Attorney)

(Newser) – When police arrested Jose Manuel Martinez, they suspected him only of the 2013 shooting of a man who made the mistake of insulting his daughter. So they were taken aback and a bit skeptical when the 51-year-old said he'd been a cartel hitman since age 16, and a good one, and not particularly sorry about it. "They hired the best," he said of the unnamed cartel. "If I didn't do the job, someone would have." Amazingly, his stories checked out, and California prosecutors Tuesday charged Martinez with nine murders, the LA Times reports.

Those nine could be the tip of the iceberg; Martinez has confessed to killing as many as 40 people across several states, according to the AP. He came clean when investigators told him that DNA on a cigarette butt had linked him to a 2006 cold case—though he insisted on talking only to one specific detective who had once impressed him. That detective had to be flown three times from California to Alabama, where Martinez is currently awaiting trial for the alleged killing of the daughter-insulter—the one murder he denies committing.

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Apr 11, 2014 7:07 AM CDT
Oh the hypocrisy of human morality... How would you feel about him if he raped 40 women?
Going For Broke
Apr 10, 2014 5:31 PM CDT
Can't he have an "accident" or commit "suicide" and save the tax payers some cash $. He looks like an illegal? But can you tell by looking? LOL of course not. If he was in fact a "hit man" his victims were probably pieces of $hit like him. So maybe he did society a favor. Maybe he should be released and do some more public work.
Apr 10, 2014 3:56 PM CDT
He'll roll on his employer and get witness protection.