Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Shocking Murder Confessions
Michael John Burrows
Michael John Burrows
In December 2006, Shannon Fischer of Prairie du Chien (pictured), Wis., disappeared. Police suspicion fixed on her ex-boyfriend, with whom Fischer had had two children, but no concrete evidence could be found to link him to the crime. Fischer's disappearance went unsolved for nearly four years. On October 10, 2010, the community was astonished when her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, Michael John Burrows (inset), walked into a police station and confessed to strangling Fischer during an argument over meth. Burrows kept the body in his apartment for a few days and then dumped it in the garbage behind his downtown apartment. Fischer lived near Burrows, but the brevity of their relationship and uncertainty as to her last known whereabouts prevented police from suspecting Burrows in her disappearance.
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