“Tourniquet Killer” Anthony Shore Makes False Murder Confessions on Death Row

In October 2017, Anthony Shore, the “Tourniquet Killer,” was set to be executed in Texas. And then he confessed to two more murders.

Anthony Shore’s Criminal History

Anthony Shore, 55, murdered three girls and one woman from 1986 to 1995 in the Houston area. He also sexually assaulted one 14-year-old girl who managed to escape capture. All the slain victims were strangled.

In addition, Shore sexually assaulted his own daughters, which led to a conviction in 1998. Shore was required to register as a sex offender and to provide police with DNA samples.

Investigators looking into the case of Shore’s second murder victim, Maria del Carmen Estrada, 21, submitted evidence for DNA testing in 2000.

Three years later, a match between the Estrada evidence and Shore’s DNA was made. Shore was arrested and he soon confessed to the other murders and one rape.

Loose Ends

One of the issues with serial killers is that they can often go undetected for years. Once they are caught, there can often be that lingering question of: “Are there more victims?”

There was a six-year gap between Anthony Shore’s first victim and his second. The other crimes were all committed roughly a year apart. Were there more bodies out there that he hadn’t told police about?

With his execution date looming, Shore confessed to two more murders. But was he telling the truth?

False Confessions

The first murder Shore confessed to was that of Aurora Rojas, whose skull was found in 1995 in Polk County, Texas. The second was an unsolved murder near the notorious “Texas Killing Fields” southeast of Houston.

However, he didn’t know the correct details of both crimes and, once he was found out, Shore quickly recanted.

Hours before his scheduled execution on October 18, 2017, a judge called it off in light of an alleged plot that would have seen Shore confess to the 1998 slaying of Melissa Trotter in the Willis, Texas area.

It’s alleged that Shore was trying to save Trotter’s killer and his jailhouse friend, Larry Swearingen, from the death chamber. Eventually, Shore signed a statement admitting he had nothing to do with the crime.

Now, with the last of his tricks used up, Shore is scheduled to die by lethal injection on January 18, 2018.