Jeremy Bryan Jones - Profile and Timeline:
On October 26, 2005, Jeremy Bryan Jones was convicted of the rape, burglary, sexual abuse, kidnapping and capital murder of Lisa Nichols. He now faces prosecution for the murder of Katherine Collins of New Orleans and Amanda Greenwell of Douglas County, Georgia. Police suspect Jones is a serial killer and may be linked to at least 10 other murders across the country.
The Murder of Lisa Nichols:
On September 18, 2004, the body of 45-year-old Lisa Nichols was found in her partially burned home in Chunchula, Alabama. It was determined that she had been raped, shot three times in the head and her body burned. The police identified a suspect from a car reportedly seen in front of Lisa's home on the night of the murder. He was John Paul Chapman, also known as "Oklahoma."
John Paul Chapman:
On Sept. 21, 2004, four days after the murder, John Chapman called the police and they traced the call and apprehended him. After researching the suspect's background and arrest record, it was determined that he was not John Paul Chapman as stated on a birth certificate and drivers license in his possession. The real John Paul Chapman was in a Missouri prison and had been there since 2000. The real name of "Oklahoma" was Jeremy Bryan Jones, a 31-year-old drifter from Miami, Oklahoma.
FBI Computer Failure:
Jones was arrested three times in Georgia between October 2003 and June 2004. His fingerprints were sent to the FBI lab in Clarksburg, West Virginia but the FBI's computer failed to match his prints to his real name. When a match was not made, a new file in the FBI database was created for "Chapman". Had a match been made, authorities would have known Chapman was Jones and he was wanted in Oklahoma for jumping bail in 2000, where he was charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy.
The First Confession:
As the investigators were putting the final facts together to charge Jones with capitol murder in the case of Lisa Nichols, Jones unexpectedly made a startling confession. Not only did he admit to murdering Nichols, but he also confessed to 13 other murders across six states.
A Cat and Mouse Investigation:
Knowing they had a "hot potato," the investigators were anxious to find evidence that would hold up in court linking Jones to the
confessed murders. After playing a verbal game of cat and mouse with him, they successfully located enough evidence to charge him with the murder of three of the 13 victims.
Tracing Jones' Murder Path:
Tracing back Jones' whereabouts in relation to the confessed murders was a beginning point in the investigation. It was determined that Jones obtained a Missouri driver's license and from there moved to Alabama. Using his alias Missouri license, he was able to get an Alabama license and he adopted the Chapman identity at work and at home. Being able to place him in Alabama helped the investigation verify the statements he made during his confessions.
Police Charge Jones in Three Murders:
- The September 18, 2004 rape, shooting and burning of Lisa Nichols, 45, of Chunchula, Ala., on Sept. 18, 2004.
- The February 14, 2004 murder of Katherine Collins, 47, a prostitute found strangled and stabbed to death in the Garden District of New Orleans.
- The April 2004 murder of Amanda Greenwell, 16, who was found with her neck snapped and knife wounds. Jones was a neighbor of Greenwell in the trailer park that she lived in Douglas County, Ga.
More Confessions - The Murder of Patrice Tambers-Endres :
In Jones' confession, he told police that he was high on methamphetamine on April 15 and after driving around lost in Forsyth County he decided to stop for directions at a hair salon. He said his original intention was to just get the directions and get back to Douglas County but once inside the salon he realized Patrice Tambers-Endres, 38, was there alone. Seizing the opportunity he kidnapped her, then raped and murdered her and disposed of her body off a Douglas County bridge.
Searching for Evidence:
A thorough search of a creek near the Chattachoochee River WAS made, but the body of Endres has not been found, although cadaver dogs twice indicated that at one time a body was there.
"He's been very forthright in three different interviews, but it's been hard to confirm it," Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said to the Associated Press, "To some degree he's already told us things only the person involved would know, things we haven't shared. But you just do not charge someone based on a confession. There has to be corroboration. Sometimes people confess for the notoriety or just to play games."
Jones has not been charged with any crime in relation to the disappearance and possible death of Endres because of the lack of physical evidence connecting him to the alleged crime.
Part 2 > A Psychological Profile of Jeremy Bryan Jones