US Man Lures, Murders 4 with Buried Gold Promise in Washington State
An alleged serial killer in Washington state, Richard Bradley Jr, has been charged with the murders of three additional people, bringing the total to four victims. According to authorities, Bradley lured each victim with a tale of needing their help to find buried gold on his property, killed them, and then stole their possessions. Bradley, who has yet to enter a plea for the new charges, faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and second-degree arson.
Alleged Washington State Serial Killer Charged with Additional Murders
An alleged serial killer in Washington state faces new murder charges, following the revelation he lured his four victims with a buried treasure scheme. Richard Bradley Jr, already awaiting trial for the 2021 murder of Brandi Blake, was charged with three more murders. One victim was identified through DNA matched to ribs found on Bradley’s Auburn property.
Authorities state all four victims, who recently came into money, were killed after falling for Bradley’s tale of requiring assistance to unearth buried gold on his property. The victims’ possessions, including their cars, were allegedly stolen by Bradley post-murder.
New charges were filed for the 2019 murders of Emilio Maturin, Michael Goeman, and Goeman’s son Vance Lakey, according to court documents. Bradley was additionally charged with arson for allegedly offering $1,000 to burn Goeman and Lakey’s impounded vehicle.
Prosecutors disclose Goeman received a significant inheritance before his murder, Blake had won $20,000 at a casino, and Maturin was known to carry cash and drugs. Maturin was reported missing by his girlfriend, who overheard Bradley discussing the need for help to dig up gold.
Maturin visited Bradley, carrying $15,000 and a quantity of heroin, but never returned. His girlfriend tracked his phone to Bradley’s farm, leading to Bradley’s arrest following a car and foot chase.
Bradley is due for trial next month for Blake’s murder. He now faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and second-degree arson. He hasn’t entered a plea for the new charges.
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