Death Row Inmate Confessed To Horrific Crime In Chilling Letter Days After His Execution

Death row inmate David Neal Cox wrote a chilling letter which was delivered to officials two days after his execution.
Credit: Mississippi Department of Corrections & First Circuit District Attorney's Office & John Weddle via Facebook

Death row inmate David Neal Cox wrote a disturbing letter before his death that was delivered to officials two days after he was executed.

There’s just something inherently spooky about hearing words from beyond the grave.

Knowing that someone made plans for their final message to the world before their death is pretty harrowing stuff.

But the final message of a death row inmate, who wrote a chilling letter to officials for after his execution, has gone viral.

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In 2010, David Neal Cox was convicted of murdering his wife Kim Kirk Cox, and s**ually assaulting his 12-year-old step-daughter.

Cox was sentenced to death by lethal injection and died in November 2021 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

He waived his right to an appeal, believing he deserved to die – and was the first person executed in the state of Mississippi for nine years.

However, in the lead-up to his death, Cox planned to deliver a chilling message to officials for them to receive after his execution.

David Neal Cox
Death row inmate David Neal Cox wrote a disturbing letter before his death that was delivered to officials two days after he was executed. Credit: Mississippi Department of Corrections

Cox decided that after his death was the perfect time to confess to another murder.

Before his execution, Cox had revealed to his attorney that he had also murdered his brother’s wife, Felicia Cox, who had been missing since 2007.

He wrote a detailed letter including details of the location of Felicia’s body for his lawyer.

“Mr Cox felt deep remorse and wanted to bring closure to her family,” CPCC said in a statement per CBS.

Cox then waived client-attorney privilege, ensuring his lawyer could pass the details on to the authorities following his death.

The letter containing this information was hand-delivered by the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel (CPCC) two days after he was executed.

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Upon receiving the information, the District Attorney’s Office began their search and recovery effort to find Felicia’s remains.

They said at the time: “We would like to stress that locating the remains of Felicia Cox is not a foregone conclusion. We are hopeful the information is accurate and that recovery efforts will be successful so that Felicia’s family may give her a proper burial.”

Unbelievably, the search was, in fact, successful.

John Weddle, the district attorney for several northern Mississippi counties, confirmed in a Facebook post: “Our office is greatly indebted to many as we reflect on the discovery of what appears to be the remains of Felicia Cox today in Pontotoc County.

“The final identity will need to be confirmed by DNA testing which will hopefully be performed soon.”

Weddle also confirmed that a DNA match was found between the body and Felicia’s daughter, Amber Miskelly.

Cox had been a suspect in Felicia’s disappearance and had failed to cooperate during the investigation.

But following his confession from beyond the grave, Miskelly was able to properly lay her mother to rest on December 30, 2021.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.