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June 11, 2013

Attorney General Koster announces appeals court upholds convictions of “Waldo rapist” --Bernard Jackson’s 18 consecutive life sentences upheld--

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today said the Western District Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions and sentences of Bernard Jackson, known as the "Waldo rapist."

Jackson was convicted in 2011 of 18 offenses arising from the rapes of four different women in the Waldo area of Kansas City in 1983 and 1984.  He broke into the houses of young single women who lived alone, blindfolded and bound them, and then repeatedly sexually assaulted them.  These crimes were committed while he was on parole for crimes connected to a 1977 rape in the Waldo area.  Jackson was caught and convicted of crimes connected to a fifth rape in the Waldo area in 1984.  After his release from his sentences from that fifth rape in 2008, there were two more rapes in the Waldo area in 2009 and 2010.  A cold-case investigation of the 1983-1984 cases led to DNA testing of evidence from those rapes, and the DNA from that evidence matched Mr. Jackson’s DNA.  After being convicted of these crimes, he was sentenced to 18 consecutive life sentences.

On appeal, the Court found that there was sufficient evidence that he displayed a gun during three of the rapes and that he committed multiple different sexual offenses against three of the victims, that there was no error in jury selection, and that evidence of the condition of the victims after the crimes and the effect of the crimes on their lives was admissible.  

Jackson was charged for the 2009-2010 Waldo rapes and that trial is currently scheduled for January 2014.

"Attorneys in my office work hard every day to keep dangerous criminals behind bars where they belong," Koster said.  "This criminal terrorized women in Kansas City for decades, and he should remain in prison for the rest of his life."

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