Jesse Anderson

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Jesse Anderson
Born Jesse Michael Anderson
(1957-05-03)May 3, 1957[1]
Alton, Illinois, U.S.
Died November 30, 1994(1994-11-30) (aged 37)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Landscaping contractor
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 60 years
Criminal status Deceased
Spouse(s) Debra Ann Eickert (1980-1984)[1]
Barbara E. Lynch (March 30, 1985 - April 23, 1992; her death)[1]
Conviction(s) Murder

Jesse Michael Anderson (May 3, 1957 – November 30, 1994) was a convicted American murderer who was murdered in prison, along with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, by fellow inmate and convicted murderer Christopher Scarver.

Early life and education[edit]

Anderson was raised in Alton, Illinois. When Anderson was a teenager, his father died of a heart attack and his mother remarried.[2] He attended Alton High School and graduated in 1975. In 1984, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College.[3] On March 30, 1985, he married Barbara E. Lynch in Chicago.[1]

Prior to his arrest for murder, the Andersons lived in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with their three young children.[4] He was treasurer of the Lions Club and did volunteer work at the Divine Word Catholic Church.[3]

Killing of his wife[edit]

On April 21, 1992, the Anderson couple went to a movie and dinner at a T.G.I. Friday's outside the Northridge Mall in northwest Milwaukee.[3] After dinner, Jesse stabbed Barbara five times in the face and head, and then stabbed himself four times in the chest, though most of his wounds were superficial.[3] Barbara went into a coma and died from her wounds two days later.

Anderson, who was white, blamed two African-American men for attacking him and his wife. He 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 that was used to murder Barbara was sold to Anderson a few weeks earlier. Police stated that the store was the only one in Milwaukee that sold that type of knife.[3] On April 29, 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.

Death[edit]

He was imprisoned at Columbia Correctional Institution.

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.[5] After a confrontation with Dahmer and Anderson, Scarver retrieved a steel bar from the weight room, followed Dahmer to the locker room, and struck him in the head.[5] He then tracked down Anderson and bludgeoned him as well.[5] 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.[6]

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