WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A man charged with stabbing three women to death over the last 20 years and convicted of several other knifings told investigators, "You stab one, stab 'em all," according to court papers released Monday.
Lucius Crawford repeatedly said he stabbed women for no good reason, usually while high and after having sex, according to transcripts offered by prosecutors.
"Something just came over me and I stabbed them," Crawford is quoted as saying. "I have a demon inside me and I just snap."
The documents include Crawford admitting to each of the three killings, two in 1993 and one last month.
"I killed my girlfriend today in Mount Vernon," he said, according to the transcripts.
In at least two cases, he said he left when the women were alive but dying.
Crawford, 60, has already spent about half his life in prison for nonfatal stabbings of women in New York and South Carolina going back to the 1970s.
"I first started cutting when I was in my teens down there," he said, according to the court papers. "When I came out of prison I stated doing it again."
"You stab one, stab 'em all," the documents quote Crawford as saying. "Kill once, you'll kill again."
A call to his lawyer, Angelo MacDonald, was not immediately returned. MacDonald said earlier Monday that Crawford, of Mount Vernon, denies at least some of the killings.