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Suspected Portland Serial Killer Stands Silent in Court

Suspected Portland Serial Killer Stands Silent in Court

Update: 2024-06-151
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This episode of Crime Stories with Nancy Grace delves into the case of Jesse Lee Calhoun, a suspected serial killer facing charges for the murders of three women in Oregon and Washington. The episode highlights the Portland Police's initial denial of a serial killer in the area, despite mounting evidence and concerns from the public. The episode features interviews with experts, including Cheryl McCollum, founder and director of the Col Case Research Institute, Karen Stark, a renowned psychologist, and Annette Newell, a KXL News host. They discuss the similarities in the victims' deaths, the potential motives, and the challenges of investigating such a case. The episode also includes interviews with the families of the victims, who express their grief and frustration over the loss of their loved ones. The episode concludes with a discussion about the importance of justice for the victims and the need for law enforcement to take action to prevent future tragedies.

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00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the episode's topic: the case of Jesse Lee Calhoun, a suspected serial killer facing charges for the murders of three women in Oregon and Washington. The episode also highlights the Portland Police's initial denial of a serial killer in the area, despite mounting evidence and concerns from the public.

00:01:14
The Denial of a Serial Killer

This Chapter focuses on the Portland Police's denial of a serial killer in the area, despite mounting evidence and concerns from the public. The episode features interviews with experts, including Cheryl McCollum, founder and director of the Col Case Research Institute, Karen Stark, a renowned psychologist, and Annette Newell, a KXL News host. They discuss the similarities in the victims' deaths, the potential motives, and the challenges of investigating such a case.

00:20:06
The Victims' Families

This Chapter focuses on the families of the victims, who express their grief and frustration over the loss of their loved ones. The episode includes interviews with the families of the victims, who express their grief and frustration over the loss of their loved ones. The episode concludes with a discussion about the importance of justice for the victims and the need for law enforcement to take action to prevent future tragedies.

Keywords

Jesse Lee Calhoun
Jesse Lee Calhoun is a suspected serial killer who has been charged with the murders of three women in Oregon and Washington. He is also a person of interest in at least two more deaths. Calhoun has a history of violent crime and has been incarcerated multiple times. He was released from prison in 2021 after being granted clemency by former Oregon Governor Kate Brown. He was arrested again in June 2023 and is currently being held in the Snake River Correctional Institution.

Portland Police
The Portland Police Department is the law enforcement agency responsible for the city of Portland, Oregon. The department has been criticized for its handling of the investigation into the murders of several women in the area. The department initially denied that there was a serial killer operating in the city, but later admitted that they were investigating the possibility of a serial killer after mounting evidence and public pressure.

Serial Killer
A serial killer is a person who commits two or more murders, typically with a cooling-off period between each murder. Serial killers often have a specific pattern or method of operation, and they may target victims based on certain characteristics. Serial killers are often motivated by a desire for power, control, or sexual gratification. The investigation of serial killers can be complex and challenging, as they often try to conceal their crimes and avoid detection.

Clemency
Clemency is a form of executive pardon that reduces or commutes a sentence. Clemency is typically granted by a governor or president. In the case of Jesse Lee Calhoun, he was granted clemency by former Oregon Governor Kate Brown, which reduced his prison sentence by 12 months. Clemency is often granted on the grounds of compassion, mercy, or justice. However, it can also be controversial, as it can be seen as a way to circumvent the justice system.

Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropology is a branch of anthropology that focuses on the application of anthropological knowledge to legal investigations. Forensic anthropologists can help to identify human remains, determine the cause of death, and estimate the time of death. They can also provide information about the victim's age, sex, race, and stature. Forensic anthropologists often work in conjunction with other forensic specialists, such as medical examiners and law enforcement officers.

Cause of Death
The cause of death is the medical reason why a person died. It can be determined by a medical examiner or coroner through an autopsy. The cause of death can be natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal. In the case of the murders of several women in Portland, Oregon, the cause of death has not been definitively determined for all of the victims. This is because the bodies were found in a state of decomposition, making it difficult to determine the cause of death.

Victims' Families
The families of the victims of a crime are often left to deal with the emotional and practical consequences of the crime. They may experience grief, anger, and fear. They may also have to deal with the media attention surrounding the crime. The families of the victims of the murders in Portland, Oregon, have been vocal in their calls for justice and for law enforcement to take action to prevent future tragedies.

Oregon
Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is known for its beautiful scenery, including the Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Coast, and the Columbia River Gorge. Oregon is also home to a number of major cities, including Portland, Eugene, and Salem. The state is known for its progressive politics and its strong environmental protection laws. The murders of several women in Portland, Oregon, have brought attention to the state's crime problem and the need for law enforcement to take action to prevent future tragedies.

Washington
Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is known for its beautiful scenery, including the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, and the Puget Sound. Washington is also home to a number of major cities, including Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane. The state is known for its strong economy, its high quality of life, and its progressive politics. The murders of several women in Portland, Oregon, have brought attention to the state's crime problem and the need for law enforcement to take action to prevent future tragedies.

Q&A

  • What was the Portland Police's initial response to the murders of several women in the area?

    The Portland Police initially denied that there was a serial killer operating in the city, despite mounting evidence and concerns from the public.

  • What evidence led experts to believe that there was a serial killer operating in the Portland area?

    Experts pointed to the similarities in the victims' deaths, including their ages, appearances, and the locations where their bodies were found. They also noted that the victims were all dumped in similar areas, suggesting that they were transported there by the same person.

  • What was Jesse Lee Calhoun's criminal history?

    Calhoun has a history of violent crime and has been incarcerated multiple times. He was released from prison in 2021 after being granted clemency by former Oregon Governor Kate Brown. He was arrested again in June 2023 and is currently being held in the Snake River Correctional Institution.

  • How did the families of the victims react to Calhoun's appearance in court?

    The families of the victims were visibly emotional and expressed their grief and frustration over the loss of their loved ones. Some of them were unable to even look at Calhoun.

  • What are the challenges of investigating a serial killer case?

    Serial killer cases can be complex and challenging to investigate. The killers often try to conceal their crimes and avoid detection. They may also target victims based on certain characteristics, making it difficult to identify potential victims. The investigation may also involve multiple law enforcement agencies, which can complicate the process.

  • What is the importance of justice for the victims of a crime?

    Justice for the victims of a crime is essential for providing closure and healing. It also helps to ensure that the perpetrator is held accountable for their actions. Justice can take many forms, including prosecution, sentencing, and restitution. It can also involve providing support and resources to the victims and their families.

  • What is the role of law enforcement in preventing future tragedies?

    Law enforcement plays a critical role in preventing future tragedies by investigating crimes, apprehending criminals, and deterring crime. They can also work to educate the public about crime prevention and safety. Law enforcement agencies can also work with other organizations, such as community groups and schools, to address the root causes of crime.

Show Notes

Jesse Lee Calhoun has been indicted on second-degree murder, charged in the death of 24-year-old Charity Lynn Perry, 31-year-old Bridget Leann Webster, and 32-year-old Joanna Speaks.


Prosecutors say they’re still investigating the deaths of at least two additional women, Kristin Smith and Ashley Real. He’s also facing three charges of second-degree abuse of a corpse. 


All three women were found dead under suspicious circumstances in wooded or secluded areas around Portland last year. 


Detectives have linked the murders to a man granted early release from his sentence. Jesse Lee Calhoun, 38, was granted early release after he joined a group of inmates fighting devastating wildfires. Calhoun had been sentenced to four years in prison for felonies including burglary, unauthorized possession of a stolen vehicle, and injuring a police officer and a police dog as they attempted to arrest him.


Calhoun's clemency has been revoked, and he is back behind bars.  


Joining Nancy Grace Today:



  • Jarrett Ferentino- Homicide Prosecutor, Facebook & Instagram: Jarrett Ferentino 

  • Caryn Stark - Psychologist- Trauma and Crime Expert; Twitter: @carnpsych

  • Sheryl McCollum - Cold Case Investigative Research Institute Founder; Host of new podcast, "Zone 7;" Twitter: @ColdCaseTips 

  • Dr. Todd M. Barr - Board-Certified Anatomic/Clinical/Forensic Pathologist (Ohio); Testified in Shawn Grate serial killer case, and featured in "Thin Places: Essays From In Between" by Jordan Kisner

  • Annette Newell - KXL News, Host of "Speaking Freely with Annette Newell;" Alpha Media USA (based in Portland, Oregon); Twitter: @AnnetteNewell16 


 


 


 

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