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Alaska's convicted serial killer Joshua Wade dies at age 44

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Joshua Wade, an Anchorage man serving a life sentence in federal prison after committing a series of murders spanning two decades, died last Friday. He was 44 years old.

“On June 14, Joshua Wade was found unconscious in his cell at the Indiana State Penitentiary,” Brandi Pahl, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Corrections, confirmed via text message on Thursday. “Despite life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead.”

Wade committed his last murder in 2007, years after he was acquitted of the murder of Della Brown and his freedom returned.

Wade was eventually charged with Brown's murder, but he had previously killed again: in August 2007, he kidnapped and shot his neighbor Mindy Schloss, who was 27 at the time.

In the end, Wade took responsibility for the killings of five Alaskans – John Michael Martin (1994), Henry Ongtowasruk (1994), Brown (2000), an unidentified man (2000), and Schloss – and was sentenced to life in prison.

After spending several years in prison in Alaska, he successfully petitioned for a transfer to a federal prison. After sharing more information about past crimes, Wade was transferred to the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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