A 58-year-old man from the Shrewsbury area has appeared in court via video-link charged with murdering three men who were found dead in the 1990s.
Robin Ligus, who is accused of killing the men between March and November 1994, was remanded in custody following a seven-minute hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.
Wearing a black tracksuit top, Ligus spoke only to confirm that he could hear and see the proceedings via the live video-link to HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire.
Ligus, who was ordered to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, is accused of murdering Trevor Bradley, Brian Coles and Bernard Czyzewska.
Mr Bradley, 53, was found dead in a burnt-out car near Melverley, Shropshire, in April 1994, while the body of Mr Coles, 57, was discovered in October 1994 at his home in Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, also in Shropshire.
The body of Mr Czyzewska, 36, was found in the River Severn at Shrewsbury in November 1994.
The defendant was charged with three counts of murder last week after a cold case review of the deaths.