Railroad Serial Killer Says: ‘I Look Forward to “Retirement” in Prison…Three Hot Meals A Day And Cot’

Railroad Serial Killer Says: ‘I Look Forward to “Retirement” in Prison…Three Hot Meals A Day And Cot’

Most criminals desperately want to stay out of prison, at any cost. But railroad serial killer Michael Elijah Adams is apparently looking forward to it, calling it his “retirement”.

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A railroad rider who claims to have murdered some sixteen fellow drifters faces a lifetime behind bars, but isn’t at all concerned.

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Michael Elijah Adams, also known as ‘Crazy Mike’, says he’s ‘proud’ of what he’s done and looks forward to ‘three hots and a cot’ during his ‘retirement’ to a Virginia jail cell.

The 48-year-old recently sat down for a chilling interview with CBS 6, speaking about how he first started riding trains as a teen, and went on to become an ‘enforcer’ for a fierce railroad gang, killing more than a dozen in the process.

‘I’m proud of what I did,’ Adams said, explaining that he believes he was contributing to the greater good by killing the worst members of society. ‘I’m a necessary part of society.’

The Michigan native, who sports railroad track tattoos on his face, says he came from an abusive family, and left home at 14 to start riding trains by himself.

It was on one of these trains that he claims to have met one of the founding members of the Freight Train Riders Association (FTRA) – a gang of hard-core drifters which is now mostly defunct.

That man reportedly took Adams under his wing and helped him rise through the ranks of the group until he eventually became an ‘enforcer’ – beating and even killing those who messed with the group’s drug deals or disrespected their ‘code’.

‘We we were the big dogs. We stayed on the border. We were the violent ones, I mean, guns, drugs and girls,’ he said.

Adams eluded authorities for nearly 30 years before his life on the rails came crashing down.

‘All good things must come to an end,’ he said. ‘It started getting hot, bodies started stacking up, questions started getting asked.’

In May 2011, Adams was arrested in Oregon after cops split up a fight between drifters and found that there was an outstanding warrant for Adams in California for the murder of drifter John Semler Owens, 46.

Owens body was found on a gravel service road that runs through a railyard in Roseville, California in January 2000.

Six months after his arrest, Adams pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

But it appears his time in California prison, a system notoriously overcrowded and overrun by competing gangs, has made him desperate to escape since he recently confessed to the killing of a man in Richmond, Virginia – getting him transferred there last year.

It’s reported that the case would have gone unsolved had Adams not confessed to the killing of Robert Allen Chassereau, a hobo who was found beaten to death in a railroad camp in June 2006.

Prosecutors believe the murder was drugs related (Adams had previously sold drugs to Chassereau and other drifters in the area) but Adams says he just didn’t like the guy.

In addition to the California and Virginia murders, Adams is suspected in other mysterious deaths in Texas (for the 2011 murder of Venus Sloan Driscoll, 51) and Washington State, among others.

It’s hard to put someone behind bars that wants to be in jail, knowing that prison isn’t really going to be a punishment for them. But at least we can know that he won’t be able to kill anyone ever again.

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