|Jesse M. Anderson|
|Born||Jesse Michael Anderson
Alton, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||November 30, 1994 (aged 37)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Criminal penalty||Life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 60 years|
|Spouse(s)||Debra Ann Eickert (1980-1984)
Barbara E. Lynch (March 30, 1985 - April 23, 1992)
Jesse Michael Anderson (May 1957 – November 30, 1994) was a convicted American murderer who was himself murdered in prison, along with infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.
Early life and education
Anderson was raised in Alton, Illinois. When Anderson was a teenager, his father died of a heart attack and his mother remarried. He attended Alton High School and graduated in 1975. In 1984, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College. On March 30, 1985, he married Barbara E. Lynch in Chicago.
Prior to his arrest for murder, the Andersons lived in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with their three young children. He was treasurer of the Lions Club and did volunteer work at the Divine Word Catholic Church.
Killing of his wife
On April 21, 1992, Anderson and his wife Barbara E. Anderson went to a movie and dinner at T.G.I. Friday's located outside the Northridge Mall in northwest Milwaukee. After dinner, Anderson stabbed his wife, Barbara, five times in the face and head. He also stabbed himself four times in the chest, though most of the wounds were superficial. After going into a coma, Barbara died from her wounds two days later on April 23.
Anderson blamed two African-American men for attacking him and his wife. Anderson presented police with a Los Angeles Clippers basketball cap he claimed to have knocked off the head of one of the assailants. When details of the crime were made public, a university student told police Anderson had purchased the hat from him a few days earlier. According to employees at a military surplus store, the red-handled fishing knife which was used to murder Barbara was sold to Anderson only a few weeks earlier. Police stated that the store was the only one in Milwaukee that sold that type of knife. On April 29, just eight days after the killing, Anderson was charged with murder. On August 13, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 60 years.
Anderson and Jeffrey Dahmer were left unattended while cleaning a restroom at the prison gymnasium with fellow inmate Christopher Scarver. Scarver reported that he was "disgusted" by a newspaper report detailing Dahmer's crimes. After a confrontation in which Dahmer and Anderson taunted Scarver, the latter retrieved a steel bar from the weight room, followed Dahmer to the locker room, and struck him in the head. He then tracked down Anderson and bludgeoned him as well. Dahmer died en route to the hospital and Anderson died two days later, when doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison removed him from life support.
- Husband: Friends Know Him As A Family Man The Milwaukee Journal
- Cary Spivak, "Young Anderson 'was just another kid'". Milwaukee Sentinel, April 28, 1992 at A5. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19920428&id=9JYWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1RIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5729,7188646
- Once A Victim, Now A Suspect Chicago Tribune
- "Hancuffed suspect views open casket." Milwaukee Sentinel, April 28, 1992 at A1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19920428&id=9JYWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1RIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5729,7188646
- staff (May 1, 2015). "Inmate goes public with why he killed serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- "Inmate attacked with Dahmer dies from trauma. (Jesse Anderson, Jeffrey Dahmer)". highbeam.com.
- Gibson, Kyle, and Benjamin Grant Purzycki. "Religion and violence: an anthropological study on religious belief and violent behavior." Skeptic [Altadena, CA] 16.2 (2011): 22+.
- Katheryn Russell-Brown, The Color of Crime, pg. 38
- Mike Mayo, American Murder: Criminals, Crimes and the Media, pg. 96
- Gary Allen Fine, Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America pg. 205
- George Curry, The Best of Emerge Magazine, pg. 594
- Jonathan Coleman, Long Way to Go: Black and White in America, pg. 303
- Ron Scapp, Etiquette: Reflections on Contemporary Comportment, pg. 121
- Joe R. Feagin, White Racism: The Basics, pg. 99
- Springer International, Medicine and Law, Volume 15, pg. 460
- Donald A. Davis, The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: An American Nightmare
- "Inmate attacked with Dahmer dies from trauma." Jet 19 Dec. 1994: 16+.
- "Inmate Bludgeoned With Jeffrey Dahmer on Work Detail Dies" New York Times 1 Dec. 1994.
- "Man Convicted in Killing He Accused Blacks of Committing" New York Times 16 Aug. 1992.
- "INMATE WHO WAS BLUDGEONED WITH DAHMER DIES." Albany Times Union [Albany, NY] 1 Dec. 1994: A6.
- "Man hurt in Dahmer attack dies; Jesse Anderson." Times [London, England] 1 Dec. 1994: 14.
- "NEWS BRIEFING Witness to Dahmer attack dies." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada] 1 Dec. 1994: A16.
- "Dahmer Slain In Prison .Anderson Seriously Hurt In Same Attack", The Milwaukee Journal - Nov 28, 1994
- "POLICE SAY VICTIM FOUGHT OFF ATTACK." Albany Times Union [Albany, NY] 1 May 1992: B14.
- NewsBank shows 443 newspaper articles from 1994 that match a search of "Jesse Anderson".