E165: Jerome Dennis

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Jerome Dennis, an American convicted serial killer who, while on parole for a prior rape conviction, allegedly kidnapped and murdered five women and girls in two cities in Essex County, New Jersey between 1991 and 1992. This episode was suggested to us by Milton and researched by Minnie.

First, we dive into the setting (10:52), the killers early life (23:58) and the timeline (28:15).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (38:55), “Where are they now?” (47:37) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (51:11).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (57:46). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

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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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Wikipedia contributors. (07/11/2022). Jerome Dennis (serial killer). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07/18/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Dennis_(serial_killer)

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Jerome Dennis. Retrieved 07/19/2022 from https://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dennis-jerome.htm

Wikipedia contributors. (06/26/2022). New Jersey State Prison. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07/18/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_State_Prison

The Courier-News. (04/14/1992). Parolee admits 5 slayings – East Orange residents skeptical. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/223128790/

Cataffo, L. (04/19/1992). East Orange Nightmare. The Record. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/496535338/

The Record. (04/17/1992). E. Orange suspect charged again. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/496535158/

Kladko, B. (06/23/1997). Kanka killing didn’t just shock; it also left legacy. The Central New Jersey Home News. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/318856579/

New Jersey State Police. (n.d.). William Dennis Jr. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=2329127&AgencyID=55260

Strum, C. (04/15/1992). A Model Inmate, and Now a Suspect Again; New Jersey Officials Say Parolee Accused in 5 Slayings Showed No Signs of Trouble. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/15/nyregion/model-inmate-now-suspect-again-new-jersey-officials-say-parolee-accused-5.html

UPI Archives. (04/13/1992). Man charged in five killings. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.upi.com/Archives/1992/04/13/Man-charged-in-five-killings/6882703137600/

Strum, C. (04/14/1992). Paroled Rapist Charged With Killing 5 Women in New Jersey. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/26/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/14/nyregion/paroled-rapist-charged-with-killing-5-women-in-new-jersey.html

The New York Times. (02/28/1993). Guilty Plea to Killing 5 New Jersey Women. Retrieved 07/26/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/28/nyregion/guilty-plea-to-killing-5-new-jersey-women.html

Asbury Park Press. (03/14/1992). Parolee charged with 5 slayings. Retrieved 07/26/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/145152910/

Strum, C. (04/20/1992). Killing City’s Dreams; East Orange Sorrows Over 6 Deaths. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/26/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/20/nyregion/killing-city-s-dreams-east-orange-sorrows-over-6-deaths.html

Carper, A. and Wright, C. (04/14/1992). Is terror over?. Newsday. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/94295808/is-terror-over/

Aree, R.. (04/14/1992). Too little, too late. Newsday. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/706491541

Chan, Y. and O’Shaughnessy, P.. (04/12/1992). Sixth body found. Daily News. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/99626217/sixth-body-found/

Marzulli, J. and Kappstatter, B. (04/14/1992). Arrest in N.J. deaths. Daily News. Retrieved 07/28/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/99987422/arrest-in-nj-deaths/

Hunter-Hodge, K. and Kirtzman, A. (04/13/1992). FBI joining N.J. slay hunt. Daily News. Retrieved 07/28/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/99181830/fbi-joining-nj-slay-hunt/

Pieretti, F. (03/12/1993). Man Sentenced to Life in Slayings That Terrorized New Jersey Town. AP News. Retrieved 07/28/2022 from https://apnews.com/article/51debc970ee3f31f46f4d6d794a9d5e3

The Courier-News. (02/27/1993). Parolee admits killing 5 women in terror spree. Retrieved 07/28/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/99626515/parolee-admits-killing-5-women-in/

Strum, C. (04/12/1992). Killings of 5 in East Orange Being Investigated for Links. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/28/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/12/nyregion/killings-of-5-in-east-orange-being-investigated-for-links.html

History

New Jersey Institute of Technology. (2019). Christopher Columbus Homes. Retrieved 07/20/2022 from https://dana.njit.edu/items/show/278

Vergara, C. J. (1980) Christopher Columbus’ Homes, Newark 1980. [Photograph]. Library of Congress. Retrieved 07/20/2022 from https://www.loc.gov/item/2020697884/

Levy, C. (03/07/1994). 4 High-Rises Torn Down By Newark. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/07/nyregion/4-high-rises-torn-down-by-newark.html

Wikipedia contributors. (06/28/2022). Murder of Megan Kanka. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07/22/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Megan_Kanka

Wikipedia contributors. (07/21/2022). New Jersey. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey

Hartman, D. and Lewis, B. (2022). A Walk Through Newark. Thirteen. Media with Impact. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://www.thirteen.org/newark/history2.html

Gross, Terry. (05/03/2017). A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America. NPR. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://www.npr.org/2017/05/03/526655831/a-forgotten-history-of-how-the-u-s-government-segregated-america

Jones, Richard G. (04/17/2008). Former Mayor Guilty of Fraud in Newark Sales. The New York Times. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/nyregion/17james.html

NJ.gov. (1992). Section II State Summary and Offense Analysis. Retrieved 07/27/2022 from https://nj.gov/njsp/info/ucr1992/pdf/1992_sect_2.pdf

Books

Cook, G. (2008). The War Zone A Story of Christopher Columbus Homes Newark New Jersey Projects People Who Lived There Second Edition (148 pp). Lulu.com. 

How Not to Get Murdered

27 Amazing Personal Safety Tips That Will Change Your Life
https://bestlifeonline.com/safety-tips/

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