Carnation killings suspect: I committed other crimes

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Michele Anderson, second from left, pleaded not guilty to six murder charges on Christmas Eve 2007, in rural Carnation, Wash., at the King County Courthouse, in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
KING COUNTY, Wash. -- The woman accused of killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve claims she committed other crimes. And for all she has done, Michele Anderson said she has chosen death.

Anderson and her then-boyfriend Joseph McEnroe are charged in the shooting deaths of Anderson's parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson; her brother, Scott; his wife, Erica; and their children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan. Prosecutors believe long-standing bitterness and a perceived family debt fueled the tragedy.

Anderson called KOMO News and admitted, as she had previously done to investigators, she and McEnroe killed her family. She also said she's guilty of other crimes that she cannot discuss at this time.

"It's like two decades worth of things that have happened to me that led up to it. And not just that (the Christmas Eve killings) but other things that I've done that nobody knows about," she said.

For all she's done, Anderson said she wants to pay the ultimate price.

"I need to be executed for everything that I've done," she said. "Deciding that I want to die was the most difficult decision I've ever had to make, and I was able to make it without a second thought because I know what I've done and I want to take responsibility for it."

But Anderson said getting her attorneys to support her decision hasn't been easy. Public defenders Cindy Arends and Kevin Dolan are building a defense that could get Anderson life in prison instead of the death penalty.

Anderson said Arends and Dolan have been violating her rights. She is now looking for a private attorney to help her sue the public defenders.

"They even came out and said to me, they said they think that life in prison without parole is a tougher sentence than the death penalty," she said. "They said they wanted to do everything in their power to make sure I don't get off easy."

But to Anderson, a life term would be getting off easy. She believes anything short of death would be unfair to her own victims.

"I think the death penalty is the worst thing because I've adapted quite well to life in jail and I can adapt in prison," she said. "I don't think that's punishment for what I did, to be able to sit in here and eat cookies every day -- that's not right," she said.

Until the public defenders are taken off of her case, Anderson said, she cannot discuss the details of the other crimes she allegedly committed. All she wants, she said, is to get rid of her public defenders, represent herself in court and tell her story.

"All I want is my story to come out so people can hear what happened," she said. "I'm not excusing it. I'm not asking for sympathy. I just want every body to know what happened and I want to take full responsibility for everything I've done."

The King County Prosecutor's Office refused to comment on the statements Anderson made to KOMO News.

Defense attorneys for both defendants have until July 10 to submit any mitigating information. But Anderson said nothing will mitigate what she has done, and that the information her attorneys are about to submit isn't true.

KOMO News tried to contact Anderson's public defenders, but they could not be reached. A source told KOMO News the prosecutor's office plans to delay Anderson's hearing next month and ask the judge to deny her request to fire her defenders.

Family: Death penalty 'just too easy'

To Ben Anderson, Michele's words are an uninvited nightmare.

"Every time you hear her voice or see her, it sticks in your head for a while," he said. "It sounded like she was at ease, so calm and cool about it, you know, like it was no big deal," he said.

Ben, the grandson of Wayne and Judy, and uncle of the two slain children, is still haunted by memories of Christmas Eve 2007. Six months after the tragedy, he still struggles to express the horror.

"When it happens to you, you're too stunned to say; you don't really want to be cast in something so bad. You don't know what to do," he said. "It really does never go away."

Ben has said he does not want the death penalty because it is "too easy" and he'd rather the pair spend the rest of their lives in prison.

"The whole thing, them going to prison, getting 14,15 years and then getting the chair just doesn't seem fair. It seems just too easy," he said.

Death penalty or not, the mother of Erica Anderson says it doesn't change a thing. She believes Michele is simply out for her 15 minutes of fame.

"It doesn't change what she's done," said Pam Mantle. "She's a monster."