Surprise: a murder confession in Shannon Fischer disappearance

A man has confessed to murdering 23-year-old Shannon Fischer, who disappeared from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 2006. The suspect, Michael Burroughs, was Shannon’s boyfriend. He just walked into the police department and made his statement, just like that. Previous information indicated everyone Shannon knew had been ruled out as suspects in her case and the police thought she was the victim of a random attacker. Ah well, cops aren’t always right.

Burroughs has been arrested and first-degree murder charges are expected. Supposedly, he strangled her. Shannon left behind two young children, and she may have been pregnant again at the time of her disappearance.

Chicago Tribune
Prairie du Chien Today
The La Crosse Tribune

15 thoughts on “Surprise: a murder confession in Shannon Fischer disappearance

  1. Kat October 11, 2010 / 7:13 pm

    That’s a tough thing to live with, and I guess it’s good he did the right thing, finally. However, I doubt he’ll carry it through to sentencing. Usually there is a recant or a blame the victim stratagy.

  2. Princess Shantae October 11, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    This is a very sad case, and also b/c Shannon seems like such a sad person. I mean her two kids were in foster care and she was pretty much homeless and had no job or car or even a license. Sounds like she might have been a little slow too. She needed somebody to take care of her and nobody seems to of been able to.

    • Denise October 14, 2010 / 2:15 pm

      Shannon was very well taken care of by her family.Just happens though that sometimes kids take a wrong path and think they know it all. Her one downfall was being to trusting to people that were no good. She found the good in everyone. She was by no means Homeless or slow,she was always welcome to be with her family,who love & adore her very much. Her parents have been very strong these last 4 years and I hope that they can one day find their hearts at peace.

  3. CarlK90245 October 12, 2010 / 1:16 am

    I just realized that I was in Prairie Du Chien WI on a cross-country road trip on Nov 22, 2006 (i.e., 26 days before Shannon’s disappearance).

    I even made a brief video out my car window as I crossed the bridge into Marquette Iowa.

    For all I know, I could have crossed paths with her as I stopped in town to fill up my tank.

  4. Zoe October 12, 2010 / 4:15 am

    Wonder what made him confess…guilt…maybe you just want to get it over and done with so you are not looking over your shoulder all the time…or freaking out when you see cops!

  5. Jer October 12, 2010 / 10:38 am

    Also, might have new information today about this story as it develops. I live about 50 miles south of where this happened. I never heard of this case until now.

  6. Ivy October 16, 2010 / 12:23 am

    There are a lot of lies surrounding this case. I know Mike well and knew all the angles. Shannon and her family aren’t the saints they try to come off as either.

    • denise October 25, 2010 / 2:29 am

      no matter what he confessed to something. HELLO ..Are you saying they should question you about this case?

      • denise October 25, 2010 / 2:32 am

        I will notify them of this site and let them follow up on it if u like?

  7. mee October 19, 2010 / 6:39 am

    Sometimes cops say those things as a manipulative tactic…

  8. Sasha December 23, 2010 / 10:54 pm

    I just think its sad that it took him to confess for them to finally figure it out when they were tipped off about his involvement yrs ago already!

  9. Carrie March 31, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    Michael Burroughs confessed in his first talk with officers that he had, had an “arguement” with Shannon and she had left. His confessing to an arguement at that time should have led them to get a search warrant for his apartment…wich from what I have heard is also where Shannon had stayed? Either way, they should have searched the apartment. I have read that directly after the murder he put her in a closet, evetually disposed of her in a garbage dumpster after he noticed an “odor” of decomposition. Her DNA should have been found in that apartment. They should have brought in a cadaver dog who would have led them to the closet and her DNA. So many things were not done,overlooked and basically screwed up. Her parents should not have waited FOUR years to know what happened…the answers were there all the time. So many clues overlooked..RIP in Shannon.

  10. todd October 26, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Prairie Du Chien police department is compiled of complete morons. There are alot of cases they have missed and made mistakes on if an investigator was to go back 50 years and look into it they would find complete incompetence. I lived there for 20 years.

  11. Greg Remen October 10, 2021 / 1:25 am

    I don’t buy into his confession, he hid the body for days in his Apt?? And then puts it in a Dumpster and nobody picks up on it?? He was also ruled out as a suspect in the beginning, I just don’t buy it.

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