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Jack Owen SPILLMAN III

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


A.K.A.: "The Werewolf Butcher"
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Sexual mutilation - Evisceration
Number of victims: 3
Date of murder: 1994 / April 1995
Date of birth: 1960
Victim profile: Penny Davis, 9 / Rita Huffman, 48, and her daughter Mandy, 15
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Douglas/Okanogan Counties, Washington, USA
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole on April 30, 1996
 
 

 
 

Jack Owen Spillman III is a serial killer from Spokane, Washington. He is known as "The Werewolf Butcher".

Crimes

Evidence in the investigation of the murder of a woman and her teenage daughter in East Wenatchee, Washington led to Spillman's arrest. He later, under threat of the death penalty, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder (including the 1994 rape and murder of a nine year old girl) and was sentenced to life in prison in 1996.

Prior criminal history

His rap sheet includes impending charges on rape in King County and burglary in Spokane County. According to court documents, "Spillman would declare to Miller (his cellmate) that he wanted to be the world’s greatest serial killer.


Life Sentence In Rape, Murder

The Seattle Times

May 1, 1996

WENATCHEE - A man who killed and sexually mutilated an East Wenatchee woman and her daughter will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to their murders.

Jack Owen Spillman III also surprised authorities by confessing to the slaying of a 9-year-old Okanogan County girl.

Spillman, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder in the April 1995 deaths of Rita and Mandy Huffman. Spillman also pleaded guilty to the 1994 slaying of Penny Davis of Tonasket, a crime he was not formally charged with until yesterday.

Superior Court Judge Carol Wardell sentenced Spillman to life in prison without possibility of parole for the Huffman slayings and 45 1/2 years for killing the Tonasket child.


Man Pleads Guilty To Mutilation Slayings

The Seattle Times

April 30, 1996

WENATCHEE - A man who killed and sexually mutilated an East Wenatchee woman and her daughter will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to their murders.

Jack Owen Spillman III also surprised authorities by confessing to the slaying of a 9-year-old Okanogan County girl.

Spillman, 27, who allegedly once told a cellmate he wanted to be "the world's greatest serial killer," pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder in the April 1995 deaths of Rita and Mandy Huffman.

Spillman also pleaded guilty to the 1994 slaying of Penny Davis of Tonasket, a crime he was not formally charged with until yesterday. Okanogan County authorities were unable to determine how the little girl died.

Trial had been set for August in the Huffman slayings. Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty. Superior Court Judge Carol Wardell sentenced Spillman to life in prison without possibility of parole for fatally stabbing Rita Huffman, 48, and 70 years for the bludgeoning death of Mandy Huffman, 15. He received a 45 1/2-year sentence for killing the Tonasket child.

He still faces charges of first-degree rape and robbery in an attack on a woman in a Kent business two years ago, and a burglary charge in Spokane County.


The Werewolf Syndrome: Compulsive Bestial Slaughterers

By Katherine Ramsland

Attack

In 1995, a young woman in Douglas County, Washington, was unable to get her mother or fourteen-year-old sister, Amanda, to answer the phone. That was unusual, so she went to check on them. The front door was locked, so she went around to a sliding rear door that was always unlocked. Inside the home, she found their bodies. One was in a bedroom and one in the family room, both smeared in a great deal of blood. She ran to a neighbor, who called for help. The responding police officers observed that the victims of this grotesque double homicide had been sexually mutilated in a variety of ways by someone who seemed more animal than human.

As reported by Seattle-area papers, and described in former detective Vernon Geberth's book on sex-related homicides, the last time the surviving relative had had contact with her mother, Rita, was at 10:00 P.M. the night before. Rita had a boyfriend, but his time was quickly accounted for. Investigators looked inside and around the house for evidence, and an examination of the bodies later at the morgue narrowed the time of death for both to between 11:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M.

On Amanda's wrist, a stopped watch indicated that a struggle had occurred around 11:35. She had been stabbed and bludgeoned in the head, then raped, after which the killer had shoved a baseball bat into her vagina. He'd also eviscerated her, placing skin from her genitals onto her face. She lay on her mother's bed.

Rita, lying on a couch in the family room, had been stabbed thirty-one times and viciously mutilated, her breasts removed and placed near Amanda. Her genital area was excised and stuffed into her mouth, and in a final indignity, her body was posed for exposure. Both victims clearly had suffered before they'd died.

The Butcher

There was no sign of forced entry, so the investigators assumed that the victims had either known their killer or that he'd watched them long enough to know about the rear door. When detectives checked incident reports for the night, they learned that a man garbed in black named Jack Owen Spillman III had been arrested at 2:00 that morning not far from the crime scene, on the suspicion of burglary. A search of the area turned up a bloody knife, and the blood was matched to one of the victims. They also found a witness who had seen the truck near the crime scene at 11:30.

Although Spillman had been released from custody, since they had nothing on him, they watched him while they looked into his background. They noted a record for rape and burglary, along with attempted rape, and he was suspected in the disappearance of the daughter of a woman he'd been living with; the girl was still missing.

While under surveillance, Spillman tossed out an item that, when retrieved, turned out to be a blood-soaked ski mask. The blood would match one of the victims. There was a blood stain near an opening in this mask, as if he'd put his mouth to a wound. (It was later learned that he'd drank Amanda's blood.)

More questioning of people in the area turned up reports that Spillman had been seen in the vicinity of Amanda's activities. He was arrested, and his car and residence were searched. More evidence in the form of blood, hair, and fibers turned up to implicate him, and he had no alibi. Spillman was employed as a butcher, according to news report, which explained why the wounds had been so precise and skillful.

Serial Killer Ambitions

He had stalked this family for months, keeping his eye on Amanda, so once he'd pounced, Rita had become an incidental victim. Even so, Spillman had exerted a great deal of rage on her body as well. To avoid the death sentence, as stated in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Spillman confessed to the double homicide and added a third — the missing girl. When she was exhumed, it appeared that she had been buried in precisely the same position as Spillman had left Amanda on the bed.

Geberth indicates that Spillman's cellmate told authorities that he had "bragged that his ambition was to be the most famous serial murderer in the country." He thought of himself as a werewolf, he said, and thus stalked "prey" the way a ravenous beast might do. He'd studied other killers to learn how to avoid being caught, such as shaving his body hair. He'd long fantasized about torturing girls and wanted to cut out the heart of a victim to eat it. He also desired to keep his victims in a cave, and complained that his first one had died too fast as he was torturing her with a knife. After burying her in the woods, he apparently exhumed her body several times for sexual purposes. When recounting his blood-thirsty fantasies, Spillman reportedly would grow quite frenzied.

He pled guilty to three counts of aggravated murder and received life in prison.

Spillman is a modern-day case of someone who identifies with a savage beast. Others like him were described during the nineteenth century as psychiatric cases.

TruTV.com

 

 

 
 
 
 
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