EAST LANSING, Mich. — After killing four women in the late 1970’s, East Lansing serial killer, Don Miller is being considered for parole for the 9th time.
Randy Gilbert, who was strangled and stabbed by Miller when he was 13 years old, would prefer he stay behind bars.
“That’s a day I relive constantly to this day, and have for all these years,” Gilbert said.
It was the summer of 1978. Miller had raped Gilbert’s 14-year-old sister in their parents’ bedroom. Then, the 24-year-old killer came for him.
It wasn’t Miller’s first offense. While serving time for what he did to the Gilbert family, he admitted to killing four women, including his fiancée.
Ultimately, he was charged with manslaughter in exchange for helping police locate the bodies of three of his victims. Now, he’s being considered for parole for the ninth time.
“I hope he does something really stupid in prison that keeps him there for the rest of his life,” Gilbert said.
In other states, Miller "likely would have been executed by now,” said retired Eaton County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Rod Sadler.
Sadler has been studying Miller’s case since day one and has written a book about it, "Killing Women."
While Sadler believes in rehabilitation in prison, he’s skeptical that Miller has made the changes needed to be a free man.
In his book, Sadler shows letters that Miller wrote him while behind bars, letters in which Miller admits to killing his fiancée and three other women. He referred to himself as a “stuffed steel pipe” that eventually exploded.
Sadler said it’s important to note why Miller is still in prison: a weapon was found in his cell.
“He was sentenced to an additional 20 to 30 years in prison for that weapon,” Sadler said.
Now as 66-year-old Miller prepares for his interview with the board, some are hoping he stays right where he is, in the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility.
“Find us a loop hole that will keep Don Miller in jail and everyone will be safe,” Gilbert said.
Miller can have his interview with the state’s Parole Board as soon as August.
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