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Pedersen confesses in jailhouse interview

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -

The man accused of going on a murderous crime spree down the West Coast called a Marysville, CA newspaper on Friday night and asked to be interviewed so he could clear some things up.

Appeal-Democrat reporter Ashley Gebb interviewed David Pedersen and agreed to talk to Fox12 about her exclusive interview.

"He seemed smart, he seemed calm, collected, very matter of fact. Just pretty much recounting his thoughts and opinions and his actions," said Gebb.

Pedersen told Gebb that the main reason for going public about the killings is that he wants people to know the truth about his father, who Pedersen and his girlfriend Holly Ann Grigsby are accused of killing.

Gebb said that she peppered Pedersen with questions. "I asked him if he killed his father, I asked him if he could explain what happened between the time of killing his father and the arrest here in our county. If he was involved with any additional deaths."

Pedersen said that he killed his father because he molested Pedersen's older sister when they were kids.

He also took responsibility for three more deaths and expects to be charged for murdering a man in Eureka. He would not, however, go into more detail about the deaths and would not discuss what happened in the time between his father's death and his arrest.

"He seemed honest, that he just wanted to get his story out, he was very clear about what he would talk about and what he would not talk about," said Gebb.

Pedersen said that his girlfriend should not be charged with any crimes because she was only involved in the killings under duress.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Grigsby told investigators that she was the one who stabbed Pedersen's step-mother to death in Everett, WA.

This was Gebb's first jailhouse interview. "I never felt nervous or anything even though it was definitely an interesting experience to be sitting across from someone who just admitted to you that they killed four people," she said.

Pedersen said it doesn't matter when he is extradited to Oregon and Washington because he'll likely be facing a capital offense charge.

Both states have the death penalty.

 

Copyright 2011 KPTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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