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Aug 14, 2012 6:45 PM

Double-murder trial begins for man who admitting to killing in TV interview

TUCSON - Today the trial began for a man who admitted in a 2009 News 4 Tucson interview to killing between 10 and 12 people since 1967, when he was just 11-years-old. Today, he faces justice for his alleged kidnapping and murder of a Pima County couple.

Michael Jonathan Carlson has been charged with First-Degree Murder and Kidnapping for the deaths of both Kenneth Alliman and Rebecca Lofton, both of Picture Rocks, and both crimes he admitted to committing to News 4 Tucson three years ago.

Back in 2009, Carlson sat down with News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor for an exclusive interview, in which he boldly admitted to killing not only Kenneth Alliman and Becky Lofton, but also his own sister, and between six and nine other people in so-called "hunts" for justice.

Carlson's story of revenge, rage, and murder sounds like the screenplay for a movie, and appropriately, it began in Hollywood, California, in 1967.

"This child molester had hurt a little boy," Carlson told Taylor. When he was only 11-years-old, Carlson said he shot the man while he was asleep in his bed before setting his mobile home on fire, he said.

"I have no compassion, I have no sympathy, no mercy for child molesters," Carlson said.

Carlson ran through a list of victims with Taylor.

When he was 15, he stabbed a young woman's accused rapist to death in Wichita, Kansas, Carlson recalled.

At 17, he shot and drowned a man in Arlington, Texas, for smacking his son, he said. "He went swimming and he never came back from his swim," Carlson said.

Carlson even admitted to News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor that he killed his own sister, Maria Thoma, back in 2003. Thoma was a mother of three who Carlson said he witnessed physically abusing her children.

"Once again that rage inside me had taken control, and I had to end it, had to put her to sleep," he told Taylor. He said he left her body in a field for Vail deputies to find.

"I couldn't make Sissie disappear. She's still my sister and she needed to be laid to rest properly," he said.

The most recent of all the murders were those of Kenneth Alliman and Rebecca Lofton, Carlson said. His motivation was justice for theft he claims they committed.

"And this is the only killing, pardon my language - that [expletive deleted]-ed my head up, and I still have problems with it today and I have no problems with the people I've killed in the past," Carlson said to Taylor during the 2009 interview.

Today the court heard opening arguments from both sides - tune in to News 4 Tucson this afternoon and evening for full reports from reporter Lupita Murillo.

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