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My name is Jane Howatt. Welcome to my blog!

For 13 years I rode shotgun with John “Jigsaw” St. John, one of the LAPD‘s most celebrated detectives, as he investigated notorious murder cases.

The collision of this ordinary suburban mom and the underbelly of evil is the subject of my book, “The Killer, the Cop and Me.”

On my blog, I‘ll post about true crime, my life and what I learned from the mind of a brilliant homicide cop.

I invite you to join me for the ride!


Teen Charged with Murder. Another Dexter?

Indianapolis, December 3, 2009.  The newspaper headline reported the crime as matter-of-factly as if it were a car crash. Older brother (Andrew Conley) strangled younger brother (Conner Conley) in what started as a brotherly wrestling match. What happened next was anything but natural and normal.

Andrew Conley who “had had fantasies about killing someone since he was in eighth grade, including cutting someone’s throat,” choked his brother until he passed out. Then he dragged Conner’s body into the kitchen, put on a pair of gloves and choked him “until he noticed blood coming from his nose and mouth.” Finally, he put a plastic bag over his brother’s head, secured it with duct tape and dragged the body to his car.

Then he drove to his girlfriend’s house to give her a sweeheart ring.

If this story doesn’t seem straight out of Kafka – hold on. Apparently, the killer was influenced by the television character, “Dexter” – the glamorous serial killer. Conley told authorities killing his brother “felt just like the serial killer, “Dexter” on the Showtime channel.”

Can an impressionable youth understand the difference between a television character/situation and a real personality in conflict?  Is this television killer/hero sending a message that murder is justified? What concerned me most about this terrible tragedy was the message that behavior has no consequence.

Go ahead and “do your thing.” If you think it’s right – go ahead! You’re the boss!

When I asked the wife of serial killer Bill Bradford about the times her husband choked her, then choked his kids then the times his son choked his sister – she was heartbroken. The pattern of brutality within the family had been established. Choking another person was the norm. There might be crying and there might be pain, but pretty soon it subsided. So what were the consequences of this horrific behavior? More of the same.

The abuser got away with it. Until he got arrested for the murder of two women.

What are your thoughts on this story? How far should media go in depicting violence? I’d like to know.

Jane

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