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Suspect Confesses to 32-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

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(Cowlitz County Jail)

KELSO, Wash. – A 32-year-old cold case murder has been solved after the suspect turned himself in because he wants to “right the wrong that he has done.”

Glenn Adams, 58, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery Friday after he walked into the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice in Kelso, Washington and confessed to the 1986 killing of Russell Haines, reported KATU.

Haines was found strangled in his room at the Oregon Way Hotel in Longview, Wash. Officials said the homicide occurred after an ambush and robbery.

Adams was living at the men’s only hotel, which was often used as temporary or low-income housing, at the time. Moreover, there were no suspects or witnesses to the who-done-it 1986 crime.

32-year-old cold case murder
Glenn Adams, 58, pictured, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery Friday after he walked into the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice in Kelso, Washington and confessed to the 1986 murder of Russell Haines. (Cowlitz County Jail)

According to court documents, Adams told police he needed money and knew Haines kept large amounts of cash on him.

Adams reportedly said he waited for Haines to get home from the grocery store. When he arrived, Adams put him in a chokehold, rendering him unconscious.

When Haines began to wake up, Adams told police he tied a cloth around his neck, strangled him, and left. His haul for the man’s life was reportedly $400.

“Thirty years in the making, it got solved relatively easily,” Sgt. Chris Blanchard, a spokesperson for Longview Police Department, told KATU News. “We didn’t have any suspects that had sufficient evidence to charge at that point. The case was cold for the last 30 years.”

Adams, who is currently homeless and has lived in California, Oregon and Washington, had attempted to turn himself in for the murder before. In July 2017, he went to police in Santa Barbara, Calif., intending to turn himself in but got cold feet about confessing to the cold case. Hence, he left before officers could interview him.

Upon learning of this incident, Blanchard told KATU that they reopened the case.

Two months later, Longview investigators interviewed Adams while he was jailed on an unrelated matter.

At that point, he told them specific details about the murder and gave them a DNA sample. Nevertheless, he said he was not ready to provide a full confession because he wanted to speak to his brother.

On Friday, he finally confessed.

“He just wants to right the wrong that he has done,” Blanchard said.

Haines’ family did not want to do any interviews Monday, but police said his daughter was surprised to hear about the arrest. Blanchard says there are very few unsolved murders in Longview, so they are happy to see this solved.

“It feels really good to put this case to closure,” he said.

During his first court appearance on Monday, Adams said he intended to plead guilty. His next court date is Thursday.

Longview police are currently reviewing the case for any additional information or evidence.

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