- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland police cold-case detectives said Friday that they’ve arrested a 55-year-old man accused of killing four women who were working as prostitutes in the 1980s.

Homer Lee Jackson faces multiple charges of aggravated murder in connection with the killings in 1983 and 1987.

“We’re most happy for the victims’ families, definitely,” said Detective Meredith Hopper, a member of the Portland Police Bureau’s Cold Case Homicide Unit, said in a news conference. “Just to be able to give them that closure and be able to give them answers after 30 plus years of questions. It’s a good day.”

Authorities there could be more victims, but they don’t have information suggesting he was currently committing murders, KPTV reported (https://bit.ly/1LyHKqe ).

“We believe he may have aged out of this type of behavior. We don’t know that,” Detective Meredith Hopper said.



Jackson is accused of killing Essie Jackson, 23, Tonja Harry, 19, and Angela Anderson, 14, in 1983, as well as 29-year-old Latanga Watts in 1987. All four victims died from asphyxiation from either strangulation or drowning.

Jackson was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday. He remained jailed Friday, and court records did not list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Homer Jackson is a lifelong resident of northeast Portland.

“He didn’t seem like he was running from nobody, nothing like that,” Beverly Jones, who lives in the same apartment complex as Jackson, told KPTV. “He always stayed to himself a lot. Sometimes we had barbecues and he would come down and speak and stuff like that. Other than that, he seemed like a good person.

His criminal record includes His criminal record includes criminal mischief and burglary convictions from the 1980s and early 2000s, as well as traffic violations.

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Information from: KPTV-TV, https://www.kptv.com/

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