This sale is for hand written, hand signed two page letter from convicted serial killer Jerry Brudos AKA “The Shoe Fetish killer”
Jerome Henry "Jerry" Brudos (January 31, 1939 – March 28, 2006) was an American serial killer and necrophiliac who committed the murders of at least four women in Oregon between 1968 and 1969
Between 1968 and 1969, Brudos bludgeoned and strangled four young women and attempted to attack two others:
- Linda Slawson, 19, a door to door encyclopaedia saleswoman who knocked on Brudos's door in January 1968. Brudos lured her to the garage while his wife and children were in the house, knocked her out with a wooden plank, and strangled her. He dressed her in different female undergarments and shoes he had stolen, arranged her body in provocative poses, and used a hacksaw to cut off her left foot, which he kept in the freezer and used to model his collection of high-heel shoes. He disposed of the body in the Willamette River.
- Karen Sprinker, 19, abducted at gunpoint from a car park outside a department store in May 1968. Brudos was dressed in women's clothes during this attack. He brought her to his garage, made her try on his collection of undergarments and pose while he photographed her, raped her, and strangled her by hanging her by her neck from a pulley. He had sex with the body on several occasions and cut off her breasts to make plastic molds. Afterward, he tied the body to a six-cylinder car engine with nylon cord and threw it in the Willamette.
- Jan Susan Whitney, 23, a motorist whose car broke down on Interstate 5 between Salem and Albany, Oregon, on November 26, 1968. Brudos offered to drive her to his home with the excuse of letting her call a pick-up truck there. While still in the car, he strangled her with a leather strap and raped her post-mortem. He then kept the body hanging from the pulley in his garage for several days, during which he dressed, photographed, and had sex with it. This time, Brudos cut off one of her breasts and made a resin mold of it that he used as a paperweight. Afterward he tied the body to a piece of railroad iron and threw it in the Willamette along with Slawson's foot, which had rot.
- Sharon Wood, 24, attempted to abduct at gunpoint from the basement floor of a car park in Portland on April 21, 1969.
- Gloria Gene Smith, 15, attempted to abduct on April 22, 1969.
- Linda Salee, 22, abducted from a shopping mall car park on April 23, 1969. Brudos brought her to his garage where he raped and strangled her, and played with her corpse. He decided to not cut her breasts off because they were "too pink", and instead drove an electrical current through the body in an attempt to make it "jump", which failed. Afterward, he tied the body to a car transmission with a nylon cord and threw it in the Willamette.
Brudos would also dress up in high heels and masturbate after committing a murder. In May 1969, a fisherman found the bodies of Salee and Sprinker in the Long Tom River. The police asked students at a nearby university campus about suspicious men and one led them to Brudos, who had phoned her several times to ask her for a date. Brudos gave police a false address, which increased their suspicions. At his garage, the police found copper wire that was determined to have been cut with the same tool that cut the cords used to tie the bodies. Brudos was arrested and he made a full confession. On June 28, 1969 Brudos pled guilty to three first-degree murders (Sprinker, Whitney and Salee's) and was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life imprisonment in Oregon State Penitentiary. Though he also confessed to Slawson's murder, Brudos was not tried nor convicted for it because he didn't make and keep photographs of the body, unlike in the other cases, only of her foot. Whitney's body was found a month after Brudos conviction, about a mile downstream from where he said he had thrown it.
While incarcerated, Brudos had piles of women's shoe catalogues in his cell — he wrote to major companies asking for them — and claimed they were his substitute for pornography. He lodged countless appeals, including one in which he alleged that a photograph taken of him with one of his victim's corpses could not prove his guilt, because it was not the body of a person he was convicted of killing. In 1995, the parole board told Brudos that he would never be released.
Note: The picture of Jerry Brudos in the first photo is not included but is there for reference.
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