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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: April 21, 1992
Date of arrest: 5 days after
Date of birth: 1957
Victim profile: His wife
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison. Bludgeoned to death in prison on November 28, 1994

Jesse Anderson was a prisoner who was bludgeoned to death in the same incident as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Anderson died just days after Dahmer after doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison removed him from life support.

Anderson was serving a life sentence for killing his wife, who was stabbed 21 times in August 1992. Anderson had blamed two Black men for attacking him and his wife (both White) as they left a Milwaukee restaurant.

Prison officials held 25-year-old Christopher Scarver as the sole suspect in the murders of Dahmer and Anderson. Scarver, who is Black, was being reported as being hostile toward Whites, and since both Dahmer's and Anderson's crimes affected Blacks, officials did not rule out racial retaliation.


Man Convicted in Killing He Accused Blacks of Committing

New York Times

August 16, 1992

A businessman accused of fatally stabbing his wife and blaming the attack on two black men has been found guilty of murder.

The defendant, Jesse Anderson, who is white, had told the police that two men assaulted him and his wife, Barbara, in a restaurant parking lot on April 21. He said the men stabbed his wife in the face and neck and stabbed him when he tried to defend her.

But prosecutors argued that Mr. Anderson, a 35-year-old landscaping contractor from the well-to-do suburb of Cedarburg, killed his wife with 21 stab wounds and stabbed himself three times in the chest to divert suspicion.

Police Were Skeptical

Mr. Anderson faces a mandatory life sentence after the verdict on Thursday.

The slaying recalled the 1989 murder case in Boston that involved another upper-middle-class white couple, Charles and Carol Stuart. Mr. Stuart told the police that he and his pregnant wife were shot by a black man. She died, and the police eventually concluded that Mr. Stuart killed his wife to collect $300,000 in life insurance. He plunged to his death from a bridge apparently after learning he was a suspect.

In the Boston case, where Mr. Stuart's assertions set off a citywide search that made virtually any black man a possible suspect, whites were horrified, blacks were resentful and the police and news organizations appeared alarmist.

But in Milwaukee, as tensions and headlines flared after the killing of Mrs. Anderson, the police were not so quick to believe Mr. Anderson's account. There were no roundups of black men on street corners or hurried arrests of blacks with prior convictions. Instead, the police pieced together inconsistencies in Mr. Anderson's testimony and arrested him after his release from the hospital.

"The police did not fall for any racist or easy definition," said Richard Knudten, professor of sociology and criminology at Marquette University. "I think they learned a lesson from the Boston case. They learned they have to assess everything on the basis of fact, not on the basis of emotion."

The jury took nine hours to reach its verdict. Judge Michael Guolee of Milwaukee County Circuit Court scheduled formal sentencing for Aug. 26.

No motive was offered at the trial. Assistant District Attorney Carol Lynn White said she was reluctant to divert jurors' attention from what she considered strong physical evidence.


Jesse Anderson -- In April 1992, Jesse Anderson, a white man, told the police that while leaving a suburban Milwaukee restaurant he and his wife were attacked by two Black men. According to Anderson, the men stabbed him and his wife. His wife was stabbed multiple times in the face, head, and upper body. She died following the attack.

After a five-day search for the fictional Black criminals, Anderson was arrested and charged with his wife's murder. Two factors led the police to focus their investigation on Anderson: lab results from blood samples, and information that Anderson had called his wife's insurance company one month prior to her murder to determine whether her $250,000 policy was in effect.

Anderson was subsequently convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.


Inmate attacked with Dahmer dies from trauma - Jesse Anderson, Jeffrey Dahmer

Dec. 19, 1994

Jesse Anderson, the prisoner who was bludgeoned along with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer died just days after Dahmer when doctors removed him from life support in Madison, WI.

Anderson, who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife and blaming two Black men for the crime, died at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, hospital spokesperson Lisa Brunette said.

The 37-year-old Anderson was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife, Barbara. She was stabbed 21 times in August 1992.

The case polarized the area because of his claim that two Black men attacked him and his wife, both White, as they left a Milwaukee restaurant.

Prison officials are holding 25-year-old Christopher Scarver as the sole suspect in the murders. Scarver, who is Black, is being reported as being hostile toward Whites. And since both Dahmer's and Anderson's crimes affected Blacks, officials have not ruled out racial retaliation.

Mrs. Anderson's family issued a statement saying their deaths were ironic.

"What (we) said when Barbara died is as true today as it was then," said the statement read by her brother Kevin Lynch. "No one should have to die such a brutal death."


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