SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a girl also claimed to have killed several young women in California, so the FBI is now asking for help in identifying those alleged victims.
Curtis Dean Anderson was sentenced in 1999 to 301 years in prison for killing 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild in Vallejo. In 2007, two FBI agents interviewed Anderson at Corcoran prison for more than five hours. The agents came away from the interview believing Anderson had killed the young women in Northern California between 1984 and his arrest in 1999. He also claimed to have killed two other women in Mexico.
Anderson died in prison in December 2007.
Now agents are seeking leads to identify the women Anderson has claimed to have killed
“We’re just hoping we might get that one lead that might help us identify one of these victims,” said FBI spokeswoman Julia Sohn. “This is an opportunity to maybe provide some closure to families who may have a missing loved one.”
The FBI released the make and model of two vehicles Anderson was believed driving at the time: a 1977 two-door Chevy sedan and a 1997 black Toyota pickup.
Anderson said he killed 7-year-old Amber Swartz-Garcia of Pinole but could not provide the identities of his other alleged victims .
The FBI release includes examples of vehicles Anderson had driven around the time and details he provided to the FBI during his reported 2007 confession at Corcoran.
Anderson claims to have first killed a young runaway in 1984 and “disposed of her body near a local swimming hole in Marysville,” according to the FBI release. He said he killed a young hitchhiker a few days later near the town of Clearlake.
Anderson said he killed another young runaway in the Marysville area in 1985 and a young woman with he met in an Oakland bar in 1986. He said he killed again in San Jose and Benicia before he was arrested in 1999.
The FBI can be contacted at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Details can be found on the FBI website at
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