Trucker Who Confessed To Slayings Remains An Enigma To Police
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Sean Patrick Goble considered himself a real lady’s man and bragged about his romantic exploits and 300-pound physique to police. A neighbor called him a ``scary kind of fellow.″
Others call him a sensitive, generous giant. He once complained to police that his girlfriend beat him up.
Now homicide investigators from North Carolina and about 10 other states are trying to drawn an accurate portrait of this confessed serial killer, an enigmatic trucker whose black 18-wheeler had ``The Wild One″ emblazoned across the cab.
After his arrest on April 14, Goble told police he killed 45-year-old Brenda Kay Hagy of Bloomington, Ind., in January at a service station in eastern Tennessee and dumped her body along Interstate 81 in Virginia.
He also confessed to killing 36-year-old Rebecca Alice Hanes, a prostitute from Ohio whose body was found in March off I-81 in Kingsport, Tenn., police said.
Authorities in Guilford County, N.C., said Goble told them he was involved in the death of a woman whose body was found along I-40 in February.
He will stand trial first in Greensboro on the third murder charge.
Goble was arrested by local, state and federal officers when he drove his Peterbilt truck into the Rocky Road Express terminal in Winston-Salem. He lived in an aqua-blue trailer in nearby Asheboro.
``When the feds laid their cards on the table, it gave me goose bumps,″ said Kurt Stonestreet, who owns the trucking firm with his father. ``Look here,″ he said, pointing to his forearm, ``I’ve got ’em again.″
Stonestreet rated Goble _ who pronounces his first name as Seen _ in the top 15 percent of drivers he’s hired over the years.
``He was a take-charge kind of guy,″ he said. ``He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t bother me in the middle of the night with a problem he can solve by himself.″
One police investigator said Goble views himself as a lady killer _ in both senses.
``He is very fond of his power over women, he loves his women,″ the investigator told The News & Observer of Raleigh. ``He’s very proud of his physique. I’m serious. He thinks women go for him.″
In each killing Goble has confessed to, the investigator said, he had sex with each victim after pulling his tractor-trailer to the side of a highway, and then strangled the women _ twice with his hands and once with his legs.
``He just holds them real tight till they give up,″ the investigator told the paper. ``Then he drives 100 miles and dumps their bodies.″
The investigator said Goble does not seem to comprehend the serious nature of the charges.
``He said, `I’m going to do my time in Tennessee and get this behind me so I can get on with my life,‴ the investigator said. ``I don’t think he thinks much of these gals he’s choking. He was thinking he was going to get out and drive a truck again.″
A sharply different picture came from friends.
Two sisters from Asheboro said he gave them rings and clothing, which authorities have confiscated.
``Whenever he was off the road, he would come to my house,″ Lisa Hill, a 30-year-old mother of three, told the Asheboro Courier-Tribune newspaper. ``Park that truck right up in front. He was gentle. He was like a big bear. If I was crying, he was right there holding me. He didn’t mistreat anybody.″
Hill’s sister, Wanda Moore, said Goble also gave her several gifts during the 10 months she has known him, and used to call her almost every day he was on the road.
``He’s called me many times out on the road and stuff crying,″ Moore told the newspaper. ``Sometimes he’d say it was his grandma that was sick. Other times he wouldn’t say why he was upset. Other times he’d say something wasn’t right and he just wanted to talk.″
Stonestreet said Goble once asked him for an advance on his paycheck so he could pay a utility bill for a girlfriend who had a young daughter.
``He had a lot of compassion,″ Stonestreet said.
Stonestreet said Goble told him about his father, Kenneth, who served time in prison in Illinois and New Mexico for raping young children.
``He felt his father had been railroaded and was not guilty,″ Stonestreet said.
Goble’s two marriages failed.
In Denton, he lived with a girlfriend, Juanita Campbell.
After an argument about telephone bills, she kicked and slapped Goble and shoved him out her front door in September 1993, Campbell said, threatening to stab him with a butcher knife if he ever returned.
Goble pressed charges, saying he suffered cuts during the scuffle. But misdemeanor charges of assault and communicating threats were dropped on the condition that Campbell stay away from Goble, according to court records.
``He got laughed out of court is basically what happened,″ Campbell, 28, told the Winston-Salem Journal. ``I wasn’t scared of him. I think he was scared of me.″