Billy Mansfield Confesses To Killing Carol Barrett

Serial Killer Billy Mansfield, who is serving life in prison confessed to his sixth murder from his jail cell. Recently speaking with detectives, Mansfield took “credit” for the slaying of 18-year-old Carol Ann Barrett from Florida. Previously Mansfield had been convicted of murdering five other victims. Four in California and one in Florida. But Mansfield may have been responsible for more murders. 

“In September of 2022, after multiple interviews spanning two years, Billy Mansfield advised that he was in fact the suspect in the police sketch completed following the abduction. He went on to confess to the abduction from the Daytona Beach Shores hotel, as well as to her murder shortly thereafter,” said Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office. 

Mansfield’s confession comes 44 years after he murdered Carol Barrett. She was 18 years old when police discovered her lifeless body in a ditch line along I-95 near Pecan Park Road in Jacksonville, Florida. Barrett had been visiting Florida on her spring break from Ohio. 

Billy Mansfield Serial Killer
Billy Mansfield

Detectives suspected Mansfield of abducting Carol Barrett from her hotel room and later murdering her. Based on eyewitness testimony a sketch of Barrett’s abductor was created, unfortunately, her case went cold

In 2017 members of the Jaxsonville Cold Case Unit revisited Barrett’s case. After several years detectives linked Mansfield to the original sketch. It took detectives a number of interviews with Mansfield until he confessed to killing Carol Barrett. 

“In September of 2022, after multiple interviews spanning two years, Billy Mansfield advised that he was the suspect in the police sketch completed following the abduction. He went on to confess to the abduction from the Daytona Beach Shores hotel, as well as to her murder shortly thereafter.”

Billy Mansfield remains in prison serving his original life sentence. According to officials, he continues to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies on cold cases.  

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on thecrimeroom.com or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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