Mark Burns, murderer and serial r*pist story, will be featured in the latest episode of Investigation Discovery titled ‘Evil Lives Here: He Called It “The Need”.
In the famous show, Dianne Burns, Mark’s wife, talks about a horrific time in her life when she was married to a man who would be convicted of multiple r*pes and murders a few years later.
The show revolves around when Dianne, who was initially unaware of her husband’s criminal tendencies, discovers his nasty side after his release when she begins to see signs that he is not only guilty, but just getting started.
Mark Burns, a serial r*pist and murderer, began committing violent sexual assaults in the 1970s while stationed in Hawaii.
He was arrested in North Carolina in 1974 for committing a violent altercation at a local diner. Burns was convicted of a capital offense and ordered to be put to death, but the death sentence was later revoked.
The punishment he received was not enough to deter him from committing these heinous crimes. He continued to sexually assault men, women and children from the 1990s to the early 2000s.
With the help of DNA and a forensic genealogist, Burns was arrested in 2019 on multiple sexual assault charges.
He confessed to committing all the crimes he was accused of and was sentenced to 242 years in prison.
The following year, Mark was additionally sentenced to life in prison for the 2001 murder of 28-year-old Sue Ellen Higgins, Kerri Wright, the Uinta County Clerk of District Court, confirmed to a local news outlet.
Burns pleaded guilty to murder and attempted robbery charges in the case.
While being questioned by investigators following his arrest for a series of sexual assaults in Wyoming and Utah, Burns confessed to the murder of Higgins, which took place on July 18, 2001.
Burns told investigators that in the summer of 2001 he went to Evanston, Wyoming, to commit armed robbery because he was “bored” with the r*pes.
Higgins was tricked into inviting Mark to her residence. He posed as a representative of the Chamber of Commerce who claimed to have lost a pen. He was invited inside, after which Burns allegedly pulled a gun on the victim.
The Uinta County Herald reports that Burns pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal, ensuring he would serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Where Are Mark & Dianne Burns Now?
Mark, now in his mid-70s, is still serving his sentence at Utah State Correctional Facility, according to inmate records.
Dianne is believed to live in Minnesota and her current location or maiden name has not been disclosed to respect her privacy wishes.
After learning about her husband’s unforgivable criminal activities, Dianne, then 37, came to Minnesota in February 1990 and filed for divorce in October 1990.
After being legally divorced, Mark made no effort to contact his ex-wife Dianne.