PICKENS, S.C. -- A registered sex offender suspected of strangling a Clemson University student with her bikini has become a suspect in at least two other recent sexual assaults, in Alabama and Tennessee, authorities said yesterday.
Jerry Buck Inman has been talking to investigators since his arrest late Tuesday near his parents' home in Dandridge, Tenn., said Sheriff David Davenport of Jefferson County, Tenn.
``It seems like he was just wandering around, finding vulnerable people -- women -- and preying on them and conducting sexual assaults and getting progressively worse," Davenport said. ``This may be just the tip of the iceberg."
Inman, 35, was arrested on warrants for murder, rape, and kidnapping in the death of Clemson student Tiffany Marie Souers two weeks ago. DNA from her apartment led authorities to Inman.
``He didn't know the victim," Davenport said yesterday. ``It is our information he was driving around in the [victim's] neighborhood and saw her and he liked her looks."
Davenport said he expects Inman will also be charged with a May 23 attempted rape in DeKalb County, Ala., and a May 24 rape in Sevierville, Tenn., ``because he has made some admissions that he did those things."
Davenport said the victims had identified Inman from his tattoos.
Florida prison records indicate Inman has several skull tattoos and an image of a bat tattooed on his neck.
Rhonda Jackson, a DeKalb County Sheriff's investigator, said yesterday that a friend of a 24-year-old victim in a Rainsville, Ala., assault had recognized Inman from news reports. Inman confessed to the Alabama assault, Jackson said.
In his first court appearance yesterday in Tennessee, Inman told a judge that he wouldn't fight extradition to South Carolina to face charges in Souers's death.
Inman's DNA matched samples taken from Souers's apartment, said Robert Stewart, division chief of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement.