E188: SERIAL KILLER – Homer Lee Jackson III

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Homer Lee Jackson III, a black man accused of killing at least 5 women in Portland, Oregon in the 80’s and 90’s.

(note: time stamps are without ads & may be off a little)

First, we dive into the setting (06:51), the killers early life (18:50) and the timeline (20:25).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (31:11), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (46:00).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (51:55). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Wendy and Beth Williams.

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