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SUSPECT IN SEVEN DEATHS ARRESTED LEAVING PRISON

A man once suspected in the deaths of seven women was arrested on federal charges the moment he stepped out of state prison after serving 10 years for check forgery, the FBI said Monday.

Gregory Breeden was taken into custody Sunday by the FBI, agency spokesman Jeff Lanza said. Lanza said the federal charges will remain under seal until Breeden appears in court.

Breeden, 58, became infamous following a 1994 raid on his Kansas City home. At the time, authorities were investigating the deaths of seven women whose bodies -- some with the legs removed -- had been dumped in the Missouri River between May 1982 and September 1994.

He was charged only in the death of Viola McCoy, and the case was dropped in 1999 at the request of a special prosecutor who said a key witness no longer would cooperate.

Breeden always denied any involvement in the killings. Prosecutors kept him behind bars by getting a conviction and maximum 10-year sentence in the bad-check case and by accusing him of other offenses, such as violating probation, when he was freed and returned to Kansas City.

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