Twice-Convicted Murderer Confesses to Stabbing Roommate to Death
HOLIDAY (PASC0) – Pasco County Detectives are investigating the murder of a 42-year-old woman who was stabbed inside her home on Trask Drive.
According to officials, 71-year-old Warren Birkbeck confessed to stabbing Denise Cook to death around 3:15 a.m. inside their home at 3536 Trask Drive. Cook and Birkbeck were roommates who lived with a third roommate, an 85-year-old woman.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a press conference this morning, “There is no other way to say it, He’s a killer. He has a history of killing people.” Nocco says Birkbeck moved to Florida two years ago from Massachusetts where he was convicted of two prior homicides. In 1963 Birkbeck was convicted of manslaughter and again in 1999 he was convicted of second degree murder. Birbeck was placed on probation until 2029 after being released from prison in 2015.
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