S2 E7: The Lester Street Murders

In this episode Beth and Wendy dive into Jessie Dotson Jr. and the Lester Street Murders in Memphis, Tenn. He killed six members of his family – four adults and two children, and also attempted to murder two of his nephews and one niece, all in one night.

STATS
Jessie Dotson Jr was a mass murderer who killed his brother and his brother’s family after an argument.
He had 7 victims
Jesse Murdered someone in 1994, and later after a release from prison on March 2, 2008.
He was arrested on March 8th
His victims (speak their names): Halle Cox / His brother Cecil Dotson, 30; the brother’s girlfriend Marissa Williams, 27; Hollis Seals, 33; Shindri Roberson, 22; and his two nephews Cemario Dotson, 4, and Cecil Dotson II, 2
His MO was Shooting the adults, and beating/stabbing the children
Location: Memphis, TN
Status: Sentenced to 18 years in prison on November 21, 1994. Released on parole on August 27, 2007. Sentenced to six death sentences on October 12, 2010.

We get into the killers early life, the timeline, the investigation, and what happened after his arrest. We also get into our take aways, what we think made him snap and have a discussion about ways we can help our local communities and prevent young people in our neighborhoods from turning to the streets in our How not to get murdered segment. Shout out to Homeboy industries.org and any other organizations like it that help former gang members and those trying to get out of the game. If you know of any organizations like it in your town please shout them out.

We were able to find some updates on the survivors of the murders and some of the family members, which was a nice for us to find and be able to share a little goodness in this horrific story.

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!

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Shout Outs
Homeboy industries https://www.homeboyindustries.org/
Code Switch Podcast – the latest episode, “Dog Show”. The episode is about dogs and race in America.

Escape at Dannemora on Showtime

Photos

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September 27, 2010 – Jessie Dotson listens to opening arguments during his trial Monday in Judge James Beasley Jr’s courtroom for the murder of 6 people and attempted murder of 3 others on Lester St. in 2008.
(Jim Weber / The Commercial Appeal)
jessie-dotson-6 claims confession coerced.jpg
October 9, 2010 – Jessie Dotson stands with arms wide open as he states his claim of how his confession was coerced while taking the witness stand in his own defense. Dotson told a jury this morning that he was hiding under a bed when someone entered his brother’s Lester Street home in 2008 and killed six men, women and children.
(Nikki Boertman / The Commercial Appeal)
cecil-dotson.jpg
Cecil Dotson, 30
hollis-seals.jpg
Hollis Seals, 33
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Shindri Roberson, 22.
lester street survivor CJ.jpg
Lester Street Sruvivor Picture video link to news story with info and images.
https://wreg.com/2017/04/27/lester-street-survivors-sit-down-with-stephanie-scurlock/
infant victim in lester street massacre.jpg
3mo. old Ceniyah in intesive care after the attack
Photo Credit Even reporters shocked by these murders
By Otis L. Sanford
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Posted March 27, 2011 at 12:03 a.m.
http://www.tiarateasociety.com/media/index.html

Footnotes

http://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dotson-jessie.htm

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/tn-supreme-court/1679739.html

http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/sites/default/files/dotsonjessieopn.pdf

https://wreg.com/2017/04/27/web-extra-youngest-lester-street-survivors-talk-to-wregs-stephanie-scurlock/

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/9420956/mother-of-lester-street-victim-hospitalized-after-accident/

The First 48: https://youtu.be/_JWht7ZYKRM

Youtube interview of CJ 10 years after he was stabbed by his uncle https://youtu.be/qXbXCkUJySs

Jessie Dalton takes the stand
https://youtu.be/44y0DuRFpyU

Jessie Dotson’s Mother speaks out
https://youtu.be/oa4XapZn1XM

Jessie claims he is innocent in prison interview
https://youtu.be/ALGVGGa0FjI

Photo credits
http://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dotson-jessie-photos.htm

Music
Abyss by Alasen: ●https://soundcloud.com/alasenhttps://twitter.com/icemantraphttps://instagram.com/icemanbass/https://soundcloud.com/therealfrozenguy
Basement Floor, Baba Yaga, Ice Flow & Furious Freak by Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com
6.6.05 by BOPD http://freemusicarchive.org/music/BOPD/
Licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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