Pittsburgh Forensic Class Interviews Serial Killer


A forensic investigation class at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University spoke to convicted serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper says he mesmerized the mostly female class by answering their questions about killings and crime scenes, motives and modus operandi, crime and punishment. Consistently responsive, often humorous, always respectful, Jesperson spoke of his extensive experience in what the students were studying. When women angered him, he said, “I got out the only way I knew, which was killing them.”

Jesperson, the imprisoned killer of at least eight women in six states between 1990 and 1995, was matter-of-fact as he spoke from the Oregon State Penitentiary, providing details about his murders and his mind. The college seniors learned from the kind of person they will seek to imprison in careers as crime-scene investigators, crime-lab scientists and forensic analysts. For the fall semester, Jesperson, 52, who is serving three life sentences, was the focus of a student-run project in which more than a dozen letters were exchanged. He wrote at length about the prelude and aftermath of his murders, the evidence he destroyed or left behind, and the role forensics played in his capture. A 2002 book by true-crime author Jack Olsen details Jesperson’s life, his five-year murder spree, his confessions and his imprisonment. Said the instructor, ex-Pittsburgh officer Ron Freeman: “In school, they talk to professors, scientists, and I’m an ex-cop. They get our perspective on the criminal justice system. I thought, ‘Why not try to look at it from a different side?’ ”

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07350/841430-85.stm

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