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Report: Suspected serial killer was once informant

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a suspected serial killer was once a federal informant who reported on corruption at his halfway house. And he gained his freedom in exchange.

The newspaper reported Sunday that Walter Ellis was serving time on a drug conviction when he bribed his way out of a prison halfway house one night in 1992 and killed Irene Smith. Prosecutors say she was the third of at least seven women he killed over 21 years in Milwaukee.

It says Ellis later offered to make a deal with federal investigators, helping them bust halfway house workers who were selling prisoners passes for cash. In return, Ellis got to go free.

Prosecutors say Ellis went on to kill at least three more women over the next few years.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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