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xx Accused Killer's Trial to Start
« Reply #90 on: Oct 16th, 2005, 11:32am »

Suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones’ days of mugging for the cameras could be numbered.

On Monday, Jones, 31, goes on trial in Mobile, Ala. for the murder of a woman.

In September 2004, Lisa Nichols was found raped and killed in her home in Mobile. Authorities arrested Jones, and subsequently found out he had lived in a trailer park in Douglas County under an assumed name.

In that same trailer park, 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell disappeared in March 2004. She was later found murdered in nearby woods, police said.

According to Douglas County detectives, the Greenwell case went cold for six months until they linked it with Jones. Jones is also the main suspect in the disappearance of a Forsyth County woman in April 2004.

“We do have a suspect in the disappearance of Patrice Endres. The suspect is a gentleman you’ve already heard his name a lot -- Jeremy Jones,” said Forsyth Sheriff Phil Miller.

Several other law enforcement agencies around the country are still looking at Jones for unsolved murders because of statements he’s made while in custody.

An extra 200 potential jurors will report Monday, to make sure attorneys have enough people to choose from. The jury, once selected, will be sequestered for the entire trial.


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xx Opening arguments Thursday in Jones capital murder
« Reply #91 on: Oct 20th, 2005, 07:32am »

MOBILE, ALABAMA - Attorneys prepared to deliver opening arguments Thursday morning in the capital murder trial of suspected serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones, a man being investigated in the murder of a woman from our area.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Charles Graddick and the attorneys began screening potential jurors on Monday and made the final jury selection at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jurors will be sequestered during the trial that could last at least a week.

Jones is charged in the rape and slaying of 44-year-old Lisa Nichols of Turnerville. Her mutilated, burned body was found in her trailer home near Mobile in September 2004.

Jones has maintained his innocence. If convicted, Jones, 32, of Miami, Okla., could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

Murder charges against Jones in New Orleans and Georgia in separate slayings and interest in him by investigators handling several other unsolved slayings have boosted interest in the Mobile trial.

Jones is charged with murder in the death of Amanda Greenwell, a 16-year-old neighbor in Douglasville, Ga., whose remains were found in April 2004, and Katherine Collins, a 45-year-old New Orleans woman whose body was found in February 2004.

Authorities have said Jones confessed to or is being investigated in the deaths of a couple and the disappearance of two teenage girls in Oklahoma, as well as the killing of another woman in Georgia, Patrice Endres of Cumming.
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xx Jones Trial Resumed Sunday
« Reply #92 on: Oct 24th, 2005, 05:48am »

Testimony resumed Sunday in the trial of suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones in Mobile, Ala. The judge held the rare Sunday session because the jury is sequestered.

Jones is on trial for the rape and murder of 44-year-old Lisa Nichols in Mobile, Ala. In September 2004, Nichols’ body turned up in her partially burned mobile home, authorities said.

Finding Nichols’ body first set police on the trail of Jones, a drifter from Oklahoma. Since being arrested for her murder, Jones has been tied to a slew of other other rapes and murders in Georgia and other states, authorities said.

Jones is suspected to behind the death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell, whose body was found in April 2004 in Douglas County. Police reported finding Greenwell near a trailer park where she and Jones were once neighbors.

The disappearance of Patrice Endres, a woman from Forsyth County, in the spring of 2004 is also being linked to Jones, police said. She was last seen working at her roadside hair salon.

Patrice’s husband, Rob Endres, says he believes Jones knows what happens. That's why he said he was headed to Mobile to sit in on Jones' trial.

“I’d like to see him in person,” Endres said. "I’m trying to get just a better understanding of what motivates a person like him to hurt women."

Authorities say Jones lived in Georgia for a time, using an alias, before he moved to Alabama.

“I'm hoping that there's some humanity left in this individual. Even though he doesn't seem to have ethics and morals and so forth, that once he receives his death penalty, his conviction for that, that he'll be more forthcoming and share some better information about Patrice,” Endres said.

He said the other reason he was going to Jones trial is that he’s become friends with the Nichols and Greenwell families. He said they met at a memorial for Patrice last year.

Endres said what happened to Jones at the Nichols trial might be the only justice he ever sees.

“Well, I don't think we'll ever get my day in court. I've kind of resolved myself to that. I don't think we'll ever find Patrice. Honestly, she's possibly in the Chattahoochee. I just don't think we'll find her," Endres said.

The murder trial began last Monday and is expected to last a couple of weeks, authorities said.
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xx Serial killings suspect convicted in Alabama
« Reply #93 on: Oct 27th, 2005, 08:20am »

A serial killing suspect charged with one Georgia murder and suspected in another was convicted Wednesday of capital murder in the 2004 rape and shooting death of an Alabama woman attacked in her home during a hurricane blackout.

The verdict against Jeremy Bryan Jones in the killing of Lisa Marie Nichols, 44, opens the door for him to be prosecuted in the Georgia slayings, a New Orleans death and possibly 10 other killings, according to investigators.

In Georgia, Jones is charged with murder in the death of Amanda Greenwell, 16, of Douglasville, whose remains were found in April 2004. Greenwell's father, Rick Greenwell, attended part of the trial in Mobile.

Today, jurors will recommend either death or life in prison without parole. Circuit Judge Charles Graddick, who is not bound by the jury's recommended penalty, will sentence Jones later.

Jurors deliberated about two hours in reaching a verdict, which included convictions for rape, burglary, sexual abuse and kidnapping.

In statements to authorities, Jones, 32, of Miami, Okla., admitted killing Nichols of rural Turnerville, Ala., on Sept. 17, 2004, while high on methamphetamines. But his version of that night changed three months ago with the death of the victim's neighbor. Jones shifted the blame to the neighbor, saying the two of them together entered the victim's home.

Jones showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. Nichols' daughter, Jennifer Murphy, and other family members wept quietly.

Murphy said she will always have a "place in my heart" for the attorney general's office and the sheriff's office who brought Jones to justice.

"I believe it's the outcome we'd have all along. We've got justice of Lisa Nichols today," said sheriff's detective Paul Burch.

Prosecutors scoffed at Jones' changed testimony.

"Blame the dead guy. A guy who can't come in here and defend himself," Assistant Attorney General William Dill told jurors in closing arguments. "It's one more vicious lie."

Dill said the truth is Jones "hates women."

"He's a coward," Dill thundered. "A vicious murderer."

The body of the slain woman, who lived alone, was splashed with gasoline and burned, according to testimony in the Mobile County Circuit Court trial that began Oct. 17.

Defense attorney Greg Hughes said Jones may have "covered up" the killing.

"That's not capital murder," Hughes said.

Hughes claims investigators "manipulated" Jones into confessing while he was "messed up" on drugs.

By giving statements, Jones felt he could "improve his living situation," Hughes said. He said Jones was removed from his cell many times, taken off suicide watch and given food and phone access in exchange for details on the killing.

"They were slicking him," Hughes said.

Jones gave his version of the murder in testimony Monday and Tuesday, but his account didn't match the prosecution witnesses' chronology of events.

Rob Endres was among those attending the trial in the final days. His wife, hairdresser Patrice Endres, disappeared on April 15, 2004, in Forsyth County. Earlier this year, Forsyth authorities said Jones had confessed to killing her and dumping her body in a creek.

"I don't know why they haven't charged him," Endres said. He said he doubts his wife's body will be found, but he hopes to have some "justice for her and many others vicariously through this trial." He said he went to Mobile partly to support the Nichols' family and to get a better look at Jones.

State prosecutors told jurors that Jones arrived unannounced at the home of Nichols' neighbor only days before Hurricane Ivan hitting the area Sept. 16, 2004, knocking out electrical services.

After Nichols' was killed, Jones returned to the neighbor's home, showered and watched hunting videos before going to bed.

Jones left the charred body for the victim's family to find, Dill said. She was shot three times in the head. Dill held a mannequin's head before the jury with pointers showing the .25-caliber bullet entries.

Jones, in a sport coat and tie, sat between his two attorneys, arms folding on the table, occasionally glancing at his mother, Jeanne Beard , seated in the courtroom next to Jones' girlfriend, Vicki Freeman of Douglasville.

Besides Jones' many statements, the strongest evidence in the Nichols slaying was blood on Jones' clothing that matched the victim's blood, prosecutors said.

Assistant Attorney General Don Valeska, in his closing, read the jury the taped Dec. 10, 2004, phone call between Jones and a former friend, Mark Bentley.

Jones admitted killing Nichols while high on drugs.

"It was like a nightmare, I was in a movie," Jones said in the call from jail. "I was higher than I had ever been in my whole life."

Valeska said that was not a confession manipulated by investigators.

"There is no reasonable doubt in this case," Valeska said.

He told jurors if they wanted to see evil, look at Jones — "a coward, a moral pervert and purveyor of drugs."

Jones also faces murder charges in New Orleans in the slaying of 45-year-old Katherine Collins, whose body was found in February 2004.
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xx Serial Victim's Husband Speaks
« Reply #94 on: Oct 27th, 2005, 7:58pm »


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Accused serial killer Jeremy Jones, who’s been linked to two Georgia murders, could face the ultimate punishment for another murder in Alabama.

Thursday, a jury recommended the death penalty for Jones after convicting him of killing a woman from Mobile.

When the jury found Jones guilty, Rob Endres was sitting in the courtroom.

“To me that says to me he'll never hurt another woman ever," Endres said.

Jones is suspected of kidnapping and killing Endres’ wife Patrice Endres, who disappeared from her Forsyth County hair salon in 2004.

Though her body has never been found, Jones has reportedly confessed to the crime. He has not been charged.

“I wanted to see him face to face, and he never made eye contact with me. I think he knows who I am," said Endres. “What just reviled me, was to think that person had his hands on my wife. And that was just totally repulsive to me."

Now that Jones has been convicted of rape and murder in Mobile, Endres says Jones has nothing to lose by revealing new details about his past.

“He possibly might be more forthcoming with information about the multitudes of women he's hurt and raped and murdered, of course," said Endres.

Law enforcement officials say they consider Jones a serial killer.

He's a suspect in as many as 10 murders nationwide. He faces charges in Louisiana and Georgia, where he's accused of killing 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell of Douglasville in 2004.

While Rob Endres knows his wife's case may never be solved, he's relieved to see justice in another case.

“Well, his party's over and that's so important. And maybe that will send a message to other sexual predators in the country. We're not going to put up with it,” Endres said.

Jones will be formally sentenced for the Alabama murder in December. That's when a judge will decide whether to follow the jury's recommendation of the death penalty.

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xx Serial killing suspect linked to Atlanta murders
« Reply #95 on: Nov 1st, 2005, 4:22pm »

Serial killing suspect Jeremy Bryan Jones told authorities he's killed as many as 14 people in several states, including eight women in the metropolitan Atlanta area, an Alabama detective said.

Mobile County sheriff's Detective Paul Birch told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he plans to detail the deaths in a news conference Wednesday.

Birch told the newspaper that Jones said he killed as many as five Atlanta-area prostitutes while he lived in Georgia, and has been linked to the 2002 slaying death of Tina Mayberry, a 38-year-old who was stabbed to death outside a Douglasville restaurant.

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade said he plans to charge Jones in the death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell, who lived at the Douglasville mobile home park where Jones lived prior to moving to Alabama. Jones also has been called a suspect in the 2004 disappearance of Forsyth County hairdresser Patrice Endres.

McDade said he has not sought charges against Jones in the slayings of Mayberry or Endres. "Jones has said a lot of things, but I'm going to make certain we make decisions based on facts we can prove," the prosecutor said.

An Alabama jury voted last week to recommend that Jones be put to death for his capital murder conviction in the 2004 rape and shooting death of a Mobile County, Ala., woman while he was high on drugs.

In statements to sheriff's investigators, Jones admitted killing Lisa Marie Nichols, 44, of rural Turnerville on Sept. 17, 2004, while high on methamphetamines. In his trial testimony, however, he blamed the victim's neighbor for the murder. But prosecutors punched holes in that account. The neighbor died in August.

Jones is also being investigated in the death of Katherine Collins, a 45-year-old New Orleans woman whose body was found in February 2004.

Atlanta homicide detectives had planned to interview Jones about the prostitute deaths on March 11, the day of the Atlanta courthouse shootings, Birch said. Each subsequent attempt to reschedule the interview has been postponed due to hurricanes and his recent capital murder trial.

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xx Press Conference Scheduled Today
« Reply #96 on: Nov 2nd, 2005, 05:13am »

a press conference is to be held today at about 12 in Mobile Alabama. Apparently Jeremy Jones has confessed to more murders in the Atlanta GA area since his conviction last week. One of those being Patrice Endres.

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xx Alleged Serial Killer Tied to More Cases
« Reply #97 on: Nov 2nd, 2005, 4:08pm »

MOBILE, Ala. -- A man convicted of raping and murdering an Alabama woman has confessed to at least 12 more slayings in four other states, and may be linked to four more killings, authorities said Wednesday.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King branded Jeremy Bryan Jones "a monster who would kill without remorse."

Jones, 32, of Miami, Okla., faces a possible death sentence Dec. 1 for the killing of Lisa Marie Nichols, 44, in Alabama.

During his trial last month, Jones maintained his innocence in the presence of his mother and girlfriend, but privately gave detectives details of the crimes, including victims' names and the locations of the killings, said sheriff's Detective Paul Burch.

Jones was "very nonchalant and matter-of-fact" in recounting the rapes and killings, Burch said.

Of the 13 victims Jones is suspected of killing, 10 were women.

He is charged with killing a Georgia teen and a Louisiana woman. He is also a suspect in 10 other deaths -- seven in Oklahoma, two in Georgia and one in Kansas. State and local law enforcement also believe he may be linked to the slayings of four Atlanta-area prostitutes.

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xx Sheriff Reacts to Jones Confession
« Reply #98 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 05:36am »

Reaction is flooding in after Wednesday’s detailed confessions of suspected serial killer, Jeremy Jones.

He says he has killed more than dozen people in four states, eight in Georgia, three from Douglas County alone.

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller says the admission helps in some ways, and not in others.

For Tillman, hearing Alabama authorities say Jones has confessed is nothing new.

“Jones stated he has killed four or five in the Atlanta area,” said Mobile County, Ala. Sheriff Jack Tillman.

For months, detectives have been trying to verify whether Jones, in fact, is telling the truth.

“It’s frustrating when you have a confession and you don't have evidence to support that confession,” Miller said.

In 2002, Jones says he stabbed Tina Mayberry outside a Douglas County bar. Two years later, Jones told detectives he killed 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell. Police have formally charged him in that case.

Jones has also copped to the disappearance of Forsyth County hairdresser Patrice Endres, saying he raped and killed her. Authorities have never found her body.

“I’m almost positive in the Amanda Greenwell case, I’m not sure in the Tina Mayberry case and the Endres case,” said Miller.

A confession only goes so far. Detectives need to have independent evidence to back up Jones' claims. DNA samples and other things are still being looked at.

“I would ask the families and the people of this community to be patient, but we're gonna do our job and get every piece of evidence. We're not gonna stop, quit looking at these cases,” said Miller.

On Thursday, detectives will compare prior confessions they sat in on with other statements he may have made to other agencies.

Jones will remain in Mobile until at least December 1, when he gets sentenced for a murder there.

The jury has recommended the death penalty.

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xx Alabama investigators say Jones admits to killing
« Reply #99 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 11:36am »

MOBILE, ALABAMA - An Alabama detective said Wednesday that serial killing suspect Jeremy Bryan Jones ``enjoyed raping and killing'' and admitted at least 12 more slayings in four other states, including hairdresser Patrice Endres of Forsyth County, Georgia.

Mobile County sheriff's detective Paul Burch said Jones may be linked to four other deaths.

The 32-year-old Jones, of Miami, Oklahoma, faces a possible death penalty at sentencing December first on his capital murder conviction in the killing of 44-year-old Lisa Marie Nichols in Mobile County.

He also is charged with killing 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell in Douglas County, Georgia, and a woman in Louisiana. Mobile and Alabama state law enforcement officials said at a news conference that he is a suspect in ten other deaths, seven in Oklahoma, two in Georgia and one in Kansas. Investigators said he could be linked to four others in Georgia. Those four were described by authorities as Atlanta-area prostitutes.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King described Jones as ``a monster who would kill without remorse.''

King said his office would assist other states in prosecuting Jones. But King is seeking the death penalty for Jones in Alabama and said he has not received an extradition request to send Jones to another jurisdiction.

Jones' defense attorneys have said he fabricated links to other crimes, but authorities Wednesday said he was not making them up.

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xx Victim's husband hopes murder charges will be file
« Reply #100 on: Nov 4th, 2005, 09:58am »

By NANCY SMALLWOOD
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The husband of Patrice Endres hopes attention on recent confessions by a suspected serial killer will not diminish the fact that authorities have yet to file charges in the Forsyth County hairdresser's disappearance.

Rob Endres said investigators knew of the possibilities of other killings when they went through Jeremy Jones' personal belongings in a Mobile, Ala., storage locker.

"They went through a storage unit and found photos of several women," Endres said. "They could (identify) three of them, which left five unaccounted for, and they posted them on the 'America's Most Wanted' Web site.

"It will be interesting to see if the five are the prostitutes he claims he killed."

Jones was convicted Oct. 27 of killing Lisa Nichols, a 45-year-old mother whose burned and disfigured body was found in her trailer near where Jones was living in Mobile County, Ala.

Mobile Sheriff's Detective Paul Burch said Thursday that Jones confessed to 17 slayings in three other states, including Georgia. Burch said Jones told them he picked up prostitutes on Atlanta streets and dumped their bodies in wooded areas and off a bridge into a river.

Jones has taken a polygraph test performed by an experienced former Federal Bureau of Investigation technician on several of the cases and passed, Burch said.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton and Lt. Col. Gene Moss confirmed Jones is the main suspect in the Endres case, but that they don't have the physical evidence to prosecute.

"Right now, we have a confession," said Moss, adding that they have turned the investigation over to Douglas County authorities, since that's where Jones claimed he left Patrice Endres' body.

Moss said Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies helped Douglas County in the search for her body when Jones told them he had left it near Sweetwater Creek.

"The area is about 100 yards before it flows into the Chattahoochee River and is well-known for flooding," Moss said.

Paxton said Jones revealed confidential details of the crime to detectives.

"He was the only one to know it, but we have no physical evidence," Paxton said. "If they were to prosecute solely on his statements, and he recants, there would be no way to proceed from there."

Burch said he also believes Jones is telling the truth about the Endres' murder.

"He claims he was high when he did it, which may have distorted his view of where he took her, but there is no doubt he abducted her," Burch said.

Jones also has been linked to two slayings in Douglas County.

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xx Endres' relatives skeptical of Jones' confession
« Reply #101 on: Nov 5th, 2005, 9:06pm »

By MARCIA LANGHENRY
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 11/06/05



The family of a woman still missing after disappearing from her Forsyth County salon a year and a half ago say there is no reason to believe convicted murderer Jeremy Brian Jones' confession that he abducted, raped and killed her.

After Jones was convicted last week in Mobile of the rape and murder of an Alabama woman, authorities said he had confessed to killing 17 people in four states in the past 12 years.

Among those was Patrice Endres, who disappeared at lunchtime April 15, 2004, from the hair and tanning salon she owned on Matt Highway in north Forsyth County.

Endres' father and siblings say they haven't seen any evidence yet that Jones was involved.

"His confession doesn't mean a whole lot to me unless they have enough evidence to charge him," said Endres' sister, Kyleen Kramer of Dacula. "Then I'll put more stock in his confession."

"All we have is his word, and what good is his word?" she said.

Endres' father, Richard Tamber of Birmingham, said the confession means nothing.

"He's a suspect but hasn't been charged. Did he, or didn't he? Nobody knows," Tamber said. "I want some real good evidence to prove that he's done it."

He and his son, Brian Tamber, said they hold out hope that Endres is still alive.

"You just don't vanish off the face of the earth. If Jeremy Jones didn't do it, I don't know. It could be anybody," Brian Tamber said.

After Jones confessed to killing Endres, Douglas County authorities searched the area of Sweetwater Creek where he said he had disposed of her body.

Searching was discontinued after dogs indicated a body had been in the area, but no trace was found.

Endres' father said that he is generally satisfied with the investigative work that has been done but that he wants to see more.

Her brother said he thinks the case has been mishandled "from the get-go."

An "eyewitness" who was later convicted of lying steered the search toward a fictitious man and white van in its crucial early hours. Before that, an FBI error allowed Jones to get out of jail before Endres disappeared.

"If they're looking every day that's one thing, but I don't believe they are," Brian Tamber said. "If it was one of their colleagues down there, they'd be down there all the time. It's just another unsolved case for them."

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said more work needs to be done before Jones can be charged in the deaths of Endres and Tina Mayberry, who was stabbed outside a nightclub in Douglasville in October 2002. Jones has been charged in the March 21, 2004, death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell of Douglas County.

"There is some evidence to support the Greenwell confession, but almost no evidence to support his confessions in the Endres or Mayberry cases," Miller said.

Georgia law bars convictions based solely on confessions, Miller said.

Jones also said he killed four Atlanta prostitutes.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Sylvia Abernathy said there was no evidence linking him to those deaths.

— Staff writer Don Plummer and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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xx Remembering Patrice on her 40th birthday
« Reply #102 on: Nov 27th, 2005, 7:49pm »

On Monday, November 28th, Patrice would be celebrating her 40th birthday. She was abducted by a now known serial killer on April 15, 2004. Patrice is now presumed dead, although her body has never been found. To remember Patrice on what would be an important day for her, a small page was put up on her website. If you have some extra time, take a look and remember Patrice. The purpose of this page is to keep Patrice's face out there in the world and let people know that she's still missing but never forgotten.

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xx For Patrice on11-28-05
« Reply #103 on: Nov 28th, 2005, 8:55pm »

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xx The life of a killer
« Reply #104 on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 3:28pm »

Detectives have spent hundreds of hours listening to his rambling confessions. The more they hear, the harder it is to tell fact from fiction.

The brown fields of Arkansas and Mississippi blurred past as a Greyhound sped Jeremy Bryan Jones away from his troubled past.

It was December 2000, and the handsome 27-year-old mama's boy was wanted in Oklahoma on a rape charge. But he says he was fleeing more than just the law: "I was trying to change. I wanted a new life."

He always felt the law had it in for him— even though two 1996 rape charges, including one where he allegedly fired a gun to threaten a woman, were reduced and he was given probation.

Jones had to attend sex-offender classes, which he hated. "I don't want to listen to those perverts talk," he told his mother.

A gregarious sweet-talker, Jones bragged he could "talk the panties off a nun." The silver-tongued ladies' man considered himself born lucky. But a voracious methamphetamine habit and increasingly aberrant behavior tested that luck — and he knew it.

"It's easier to look in the rearview mirror than to face your problems," he later told detectives.

In that mirror was Miami, Okla., population 14,000, a bleak landscape pocked with abandoned zinc and lead mines. Jones says he embraced the "thug mentality" in high school: "They had all the money, the motorcycles, the women. For a while, I had all that, too."

As he fled Oklahoma, he had $3,000 from selling his truck and something priceless for a man in his situation: a new identity. He'd met the mother of a Missouri inmate in a bar in Joplin, Mo. He told her the system was sticking it to him again. She lent him her son's identity.

Now he was John Paul Chapman, and during the 20-hour bus ride to Tuscaloosa, Ala., he studied his new birth date and Social Security number. He wanted to spout them without hesitation. It was a role he perfected over the next four years.

On that bus, though, Jones was far more than a criminal on the run. Police say he was a serial killer on the path to new prey.

Since his arrest last year, he has confessed to killing at least 21 people in a string of murders that spanned 12 years and five states. Eight may have been metro Atlanta women.

Becoming John Chapman without slipping up "was easy," he said in telephone interviews last week from the Mobile County, Ala., jail. He mocked the authorities who arrested him three times in Georgia, failed to match his fingerprints with his true identity, and set him free.

"If I never came back to Mobile," he said, "I'd still be out there. I'd still be John Chapman."

One conviction thus far

Last week, Jones was sentenced to death for raping and killing a woman near Mobile.

Georgia authorities hope to bring him to justice here. He has been charged with the 2004 slaying of Amanda Greenwell, 16, in Douglas County. He told detectives he also killed Tina Mayberry outside a Douglasville bar in 2002 and that he kidnapped, raped and killed Patrice Endres, 38, a hairdresser who disappeared last year from her Forsyth County salon.

He claimed he killed three prostitutes in Mobile, five in the Atlanta area and another in New Orleans. He has been charged in the New Orleans killing, but police haven't substantiated his other claims.

Mobile County sheriff's Detective Paul Burch and Sgt. Mitch McRae have spent hundreds of hours with Jones, listening to his rambling and often changing confessions. His stories are a mixture of truth and fantasy.

"We spent hours and hours talking about hunting and fishing and girls," said McRae, who has a collage of Jones' photos hanging behind his desk. "He brags about conquests, about having affairs with teachers. A lot of that stuff was not true."

But several polygraph tests have supported his accounts of the killings.

Nevertheless, Jones now claims his confessions are hogwash, that he played the system to get special meals and phone privileges and meetings with his mother and girlfriend. His mother says he has called more than 350 times.

"When you take everything a man wants, I'll do everything possible to get what I want," he explained.

The tale he told detectives goes back to 1992, when he said he stalked, tried to rape and then stabbed to death Jennifer Bryan Judd, a pretty 20-year-old newlywed, in her Baxter Springs, Kan., apartment.

He also claimed to be the answer to an unsolved Oklahoma case in which a couple was found shot to death in 1999 in their burning trailer. Their 16-year-old daughter and her best friend are still missing.

Jones told detectives he killed the couple, kidnapped the girls, raped one, shot them both and dumped their bodies down abandoned mine shafts. Burch believes the rape charges had taught him a lesson: "He learned you don't leave a witness."

The ability to charm

Jones' stay with family friends in Tuscaloosa was short-lived. A bounty hunter tracked him down, so he fled south to Mobile, where he met Mark Bentley, a homebuilder. Bentley didn't need help, but Jones offered to work a day for free. Bentley was impressed. He hired him and let him stay at his trailer.

Jones looked up to Bentley, a rough-hewn man with a strong personality. A church elder, Bentley was unequivocal about Jones doing drugs. "I'll send your ass in a box back to your mama," he told him.

Jones dated several women in Mobile. He didn't set limits when approaching the opposite sex, often seeking pretty and accomplished women, McRae said. One was a registered nurse, another was getting a doctorate.

"Some part of dating these girls was a feeble attempt to be normal," Burch said.

Bentley's wife, Kim, says Jones was respectful and complimented her cooking. "When he saw someone sad, he wanted to cheer them up," she said. His emotions bubbled near the surface. He often giggled and "he'd cry just as easy as a woman."

She thought Jones yearned for a sense of family. He talked endlessly about his little brother and "he was excited about his mother coming here. He was in La La Land."

Jeanne Beard was happy her son had found the Bentleys. "I thanked God my son got in with good people." In her mind, their friendship shows that her son can't be the killer police say he is: "Kim and Mark Bentley loved my son. He wanted him to marry his cousin."

Kim Bentley's teenage step-daughter called Jones "Ken," as in Barbie's boyfriend. "We were a family," said Kim Bentley. "He wanted to fit in with it all. He did. He fit in with everybody he met."

But Jones eventually fell out with his adopted family — Bentley said he was often strung out on meth. He moved to a motel, where he met Craig Baxter, a Douglasville man working temporarily in Mobile.

Jones approached Baxter at the motel, saying he liked his T-shirt. "He'd keep a conversation going, whatever it takes," Baxter recalled.

When Baxter returned home, he left Jones a note: "If you're ever in Georgia, give me a call."

Jones took him up on the offer two months later, in May 2002. He had been beaten up and needed cash. Baxter wired $50. The next day, without warning, Jones, with stitches over his eye, appeared on Baxter's doorstep. Baxter let him stay in the basement.

Jones gave Baxter's wife, Jan, bad vibes. "He kept weird hours," she says. "He'd be gone a lot at night." Once, while watching "The Osbournes" on TV, Jones went on about Ozzy Osbourne's daughter.

" 'Oooh, what I could do with that,' " she recalls him saying. "I remember feeling uneasy."

Finally, the Baxters kicked Jones out. He was using drugs and not paying rent. Jones showed up at a neighbor's house, crying. "He was very weak," recalled John McIntosh, the neighbor. "Things really upset him."

McIntosh and his wife, Kerry, were splitting up, so he let Jones stay. He got him a job at Young Refinery in Douglasville, where McIntosh was a manager. "John Paul Chapman" passed a background check and was trained as a welder.

Jones hit it off with the couple's son, Matt, then 12. They played video games, talked hunting and horsed around in the backyard pool. On Halloween 2002, Jones made up Matt's face like Ace Frehley of the rock band KISS and Matt's friend like KISS bandmate Gene Simmons.

Then, McIntosh says, Jones headed to Gipson's, a popular Douglasville tavern.

Hours later, about midnight, a woman in a Betty Boop costume left Gipson's to go to her car. Minutes later, Tina Mayberry staggered back to the bar. She had been stabbed repeatedly and died two hours later.

No strong suspects were identified until Jones told investigators he did it. Her stepfather, Kenneth Timms, believes him.

"He had new information known only to the killer," Timms said. "She fought furiously. In his confession he said, 'She whipped my ass.' "

Kerry McIntosh, who has since reunited with her husband, believes Jones had it in for women. He egged her husband on when the couple fought. "He'd say derogatory things about women, about putting them in their place, about smacking them down." she said.

One of his favorite jokes, John McIntosh said, was, "What do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing. You done told the bitch twice."

Kerry felt frustrated because people continually stood up for Jones. "His co-workers at Young Refinery used to rag me for dogging John," she said. They even threw him a birthday barbecue. At 5-feet-8 , 170 sinewy pounds, many see him as a "man's man kind of guy," she said.

Jones contends the man admired by his former co-workers is who he really is: "I'm a likable guy; I'm the guy next door," he said in an interview. "I'm the guy who barbecues with you. I'm the guy who you call at 3 a.m. to help pull your car out of a ditch."

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