Killing for Love

A Storyville documentary: After a German student confessed to killing his girlfriend's parents, it looked clear-cut. But all was not as it seemed by the time it came to trial.

Download Subtitles

Transcript

0:00:08 > 0:00:14This programme contains some strong language and scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

0:00:17 > 0:00:20WATER TRICKLES

0:00:40 > 0:00:42The members of the jury reached a verdict.

0:00:43 > 0:00:46We, the jury, find the defendant guilty

0:00:46 > 0:00:49of first-degree murder of Derek William Reginald Haysom

0:00:49 > 0:00:51and Nancy Astor Haysom

0:00:51 > 0:00:54and fix punishment and imprisonment for life.

0:00:54 > 0:00:56- Why didn't you say anything? - Do you still say you're innocent?

0:00:56 > 0:00:58Anything else?

0:00:58 > 0:01:00All right, everybody out of the way.

0:01:00 > 0:01:02Move it, please.

0:01:02 > 0:01:03Get back on the sidewalk.

0:01:16 > 0:01:20I was the investigator for the Sheriff's Office.

0:01:21 > 0:01:25It was around three o'clock that Wednesday afternoon we got the call,

0:01:25 > 0:01:27it came over the radio.

0:01:27 > 0:01:29'Ricky was there, too.

0:01:29 > 0:01:32'Ricky and I worked side-by-side, hand-in-hand.'

0:01:34 > 0:01:36Chuck Reid and I lived this case.

0:01:36 > 0:01:40It was the amount of overkill that was involved and the amount of blood

0:01:40 > 0:01:42that was there. It was just...

0:01:42 > 0:01:44I'd never seen anything like that before.

0:01:44 > 0:01:48Stepped inside and it was like stepping inside of a slaughterhouse.

0:01:50 > 0:01:53You know, "What gang of people did this?"

0:01:53 > 0:01:56Mr Haysom was lying face up, just inside the door.

0:01:56 > 0:01:59I had to step over him and go into the dining room,

0:01:59 > 0:02:01and it was covered in dried blood.

0:02:01 > 0:02:05And on the kitchen floor, Miss Haysom was lying deceased.

0:02:06 > 0:02:09Upstairs, in Miss Haysom's room,

0:02:09 > 0:02:12we found some photos of Elizabeth,

0:02:12 > 0:02:13her daughter, in the nude.

0:02:13 > 0:02:18She was kneeling down at the side of her bed like she was praying.

0:02:18 > 0:02:21In front of her was a Shakespeare book.

0:02:21 > 0:02:24The photos were taken kind of from the side.

0:02:24 > 0:02:26We just had heard, you know,

0:02:26 > 0:02:29the kind of relationship between her and her mother.

0:02:49 > 0:02:53Miss Haysom, you refer to yourself as Lady Macbeth.

0:02:53 > 0:02:56- Yes.- Your Shakespeare is certainly much better than mine,

0:02:56 > 0:02:57but it seems to me, if I recall,

0:02:57 > 0:03:00Lady Macbeth encouraged old Macbeth to commit murder,

0:03:00 > 0:03:02- didn't she?- Yes, she did.

0:03:02 > 0:03:04Miss Haysom, in the police sentencing reports,

0:03:04 > 0:03:08you make some statement that you had a full-blown sexual relationship

0:03:08 > 0:03:10with your mother at one point...

0:03:22 > 0:03:23Could you answer that, please?

0:03:28 > 0:03:30You did state you had

0:03:30 > 0:03:32a full-blown sexual relationship with your mother?

0:03:34 > 0:03:35I didn't put it that way, no, sir.

0:03:35 > 0:03:39- How did you put it?- Well, the investigator asked me about

0:03:39 > 0:03:42photographs that my mother took of me.

0:03:42 > 0:03:45Miss Haysom, your mother has been butchered.

0:03:45 > 0:03:48- Yes, she has, sir.- You called her a liar and an alcoholic.

0:03:48 > 0:03:50- I did not call her an alcoholic. - Was she a sexual abuser?

0:03:50 > 0:03:52Did she sexually abuse you?

0:03:52 > 0:03:55If she didn't, for God's sake, clear her name now.

0:03:55 > 0:03:56She did not sexually abuse me.

0:03:56 > 0:03:57Thank you.

0:03:58 > 0:04:01- Hey!- Hey, Chuck.- How are you all doing?- Great to see you, man.

0:04:01 > 0:04:03- Good to see you.- Yeah, come on in!

0:04:03 > 0:04:06The last time I was in here, it was a mess.

0:04:06 > 0:04:07Mr Haysom was here.

0:04:07 > 0:04:10He was laying right here.

0:04:10 > 0:04:14Miss Haysom was right here, her head was right here.

0:04:14 > 0:04:16She was laying like this. And, supposedly...

0:04:18 > 0:04:20..Jens was supposedly over here

0:04:20 > 0:04:22and got up and walked around behind Mr Haysom.

0:04:22 > 0:04:25And cut across his throat this way.

0:04:25 > 0:04:30- The thing that came up is Haysom abusing Elizabeth.- Mm-hm.

0:04:30 > 0:04:34We found five or six pictures of Elizabeth...

0:04:34 > 0:04:35totally in the nude.

0:04:35 > 0:04:38Supposedly, her mother did that.

0:04:38 > 0:04:42Jens Soering, he was so possessed over that girl,

0:04:42 > 0:04:44she did nothing but use the boy.

0:04:44 > 0:04:48She used him... I think she used him to get to her parents.

0:04:48 > 0:04:51- I call it the way it is and the way I see it.- Mm-hm.

0:04:51 > 0:04:53Then you can decide for yourself.

0:04:53 > 0:04:56I'll never forget the night we luminoled it.

0:04:56 > 0:04:59If you know what luminol is... It's a spray.

0:04:59 > 0:05:02If you bleed on this table, someone can come in here, wipe it up,

0:05:02 > 0:05:05six months from now, come in and spray luminol on it

0:05:05 > 0:05:08and you'll see a greenish, bluish glow.

0:05:08 > 0:05:11Ricky was upstairs and all of a sudden,

0:05:11 > 0:05:15bluish-green footprints you could see just step outside the door,

0:05:15 > 0:05:18just started appearing and going across the grass.

0:05:25 > 0:05:27Derek WR Haysom and his wife Nancy

0:05:27 > 0:05:30were stabbed to death in their home Monday.

0:05:30 > 0:05:33The bodies were discovered at their Holcomb Rock Road home.

0:05:33 > 0:05:38Haysom is a Canadian resident and a prominent Nova Scotia businessman.

0:05:38 > 0:05:40No motive at all has been determined.

0:05:40 > 0:05:42Paul Freifeld, News 13.

0:06:03 > 0:06:05TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:07:09 > 0:07:14"My dearest Jens, the days go slowly.

0:07:14 > 0:07:16"It is time to risk all for the truth.

0:07:18 > 0:07:19"You will not forgive me.

0:07:24 > 0:07:27"Hate me, hit me, whatever.

0:07:27 > 0:07:29"But please, hug me when we meet.

0:07:32 > 0:07:34"Promise me, Jens,

0:07:34 > 0:07:36"whatever it takes now,

0:07:36 > 0:07:39"promise me you will not let me ruin your life.

0:07:40 > 0:07:45"I have seriously fucked up on mine, don't let me destroy yours.

0:07:46 > 0:07:49"This is the first real and good thing I have ever done.

0:07:50 > 0:07:52"I would kill myself if I discovered

0:07:52 > 0:07:55"that you were compromising yourself for me.

0:07:56 > 0:07:58"Don't do it.

0:07:59 > 0:08:01"I love you. Elizabeth."

0:08:09 > 0:08:12TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:08:24 > 0:08:26Where did you go to school?

0:08:26 > 0:08:28I went to Wycombe Abbey in England.

0:08:28 > 0:08:33Wycombe was considered one of the most prestigious schools in England.

0:08:33 > 0:08:36How much contact did you have with your mother and father?

0:08:36 > 0:08:37They never came to...

0:08:39 > 0:08:41..to my...

0:08:41 > 0:08:45successes or failures while I was at school.

0:08:45 > 0:08:49They never saw me play a lacrosse match. They never saw me perform.

0:08:49 > 0:08:54I started having some problems at school. My father adored me.

0:08:54 > 0:08:58And...he saw me as being perfect.

0:09:00 > 0:09:03'I was a reporter with the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper'

0:09:03 > 0:09:06and I covered western Virginia.

0:09:07 > 0:09:10When we heard about the Haysoms' double murder,

0:09:10 > 0:09:13at that time, they thought it was just a random killing.

0:09:13 > 0:09:16And the story began for me right there,

0:09:16 > 0:09:18starting with the mysterious murder

0:09:18 > 0:09:21of two very well-known, prominent people.

0:09:21 > 0:09:25It was a big, big story in Virginia, and Elizabeth is...

0:09:25 > 0:09:27Number one, she was a very unconventional beauty.

0:09:27 > 0:09:32I mean, she wasn't your standard beauty.

0:09:32 > 0:09:35And I think she had a way of speaking and a charm about her

0:09:35 > 0:09:39that attracted a lot of people.

0:09:39 > 0:09:41And I don't know exactly what that charm was. It was a bit of...

0:09:42 > 0:09:46When she walked into a room, you straightened your spine a bit,

0:09:46 > 0:09:49because she just seemed like she knew a lot.

0:09:49 > 0:09:52She was very worldly, very articulate, smart, obviously.

0:09:52 > 0:09:56I spoke to my parents about changing my A-level subjects.

0:09:58 > 0:10:01And my father said it was nonsense.

0:10:01 > 0:10:04- I'm sorry, your father said what? - It was nonsense.

0:10:05 > 0:10:08I... I completely overreacted.

0:10:08 > 0:10:09I...

0:10:11 > 0:10:14I threw everything up, I ran away.

0:10:14 > 0:10:17I was using drugs extensively.

0:10:17 > 0:10:19What types of drugs were you using?

0:10:19 > 0:10:23A lot of LSD, and I was doing a lot of heroin.

0:10:24 > 0:10:26- What...?- Heroin.

0:10:27 > 0:10:33'At the same time, you could tell that she lied.'

0:10:33 > 0:10:35She was a good liar, she lied,

0:10:35 > 0:10:38but you could tell simply that she was used to lying.

0:10:38 > 0:10:40And she'd been a drug addict, which she admitted,

0:10:40 > 0:10:43and, of course, drug addicts often learn how to lie very well

0:10:43 > 0:10:45and often can't stop themselves.

0:10:45 > 0:10:49So I think the number one thing I would take away from it is that,

0:10:49 > 0:10:51for her, she was a beautiful, charming liar.

0:10:51 > 0:10:54I wrote a poem for my mother.

0:10:54 > 0:10:59She always wanted me to write poems about her or to her. For her.

0:10:59 > 0:11:02And I was now falling into this role

0:11:02 > 0:11:06of again playing the perfect daughter, of being...

0:11:09 > 0:11:11..social and charming.

0:11:11 > 0:11:15And I was being taken around and exhibited.

0:11:15 > 0:11:19I wanted to find out what was going wrong with my life and instead,

0:11:19 > 0:11:21I was... I was paraded.

0:11:21 > 0:11:25They controlled every aspect of what I was doing.

0:11:25 > 0:11:32My mother would turn up at odd hours of the day and night

0:11:32 > 0:11:37in my dorm room to check on me and what I was doing.

0:11:37 > 0:11:41And I know she was doing it out of love,

0:11:41 > 0:11:44and she was concerned.

0:11:46 > 0:11:48And I suppose I took it the wrong way.

0:11:48 > 0:11:53I was resentful of this attention.

0:11:53 > 0:11:57What is your first recollection of Jens?

0:11:57 > 0:12:00I met him...the...

0:12:01 > 0:12:03..the very first day I was there.

0:12:03 > 0:12:06It was a barbecue for the scholars in the evening,

0:12:06 > 0:12:07and I was introduced to him.

0:12:08 > 0:12:10And, um...

0:12:12 > 0:12:16..my very first thought of him was that he was very rude,

0:12:16 > 0:12:19he was very hostile, he was very aggressive.

0:12:19 > 0:12:21But he was also very brilliant.

0:12:25 > 0:12:27TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:12:51 > 0:12:55He was introduced to me as the Jefferson Scholar and as a German.

0:12:55 > 0:13:00And I think...that appealed to me.

0:13:00 > 0:13:02TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:14:06 > 0:14:10Some writing that you made, is that right?

0:14:11 > 0:14:15Yes. It's a letter in diary form, I suppose.

0:14:15 > 0:14:17Where was this written?

0:14:17 > 0:14:20This was written at Loose Chippings in Lynchburg. Holcomb Rock Road.

0:14:20 > 0:14:25- That's your home?- Yes. Writing is the way I express myself.

0:14:25 > 0:14:29I expose my heart on paper.

0:14:29 > 0:14:31TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:14:49 > 0:14:51I shared everything with him,

0:14:51 > 0:14:54and...I shared this with him.

0:14:56 > 0:14:58"My dearest Jens.

0:14:58 > 0:15:00"A day of raining loneliness.

0:15:01 > 0:15:04"This morning, I built my father a desk for his computer.

0:15:05 > 0:15:06"I didn't smoke.

0:15:08 > 0:15:09"My parents began to drink."

0:15:11 > 0:15:15I think I was trying to tell him that...

0:15:15 > 0:15:16I was unhappy.

0:15:16 > 0:15:20He always described how unhappy he was at home,

0:15:20 > 0:15:25and I was describing to him that we all have strife at home

0:15:25 > 0:15:27at various times.

0:15:27 > 0:15:30I expressed this.

0:15:30 > 0:15:32"I bought cigarettes.

0:15:32 > 0:15:34"My father fell down.

0:15:34 > 0:15:35"I prayed."

0:15:35 > 0:15:38I got carried away on many occasions.

0:15:38 > 0:15:40It all becomes very surreal.

0:15:42 > 0:15:45Would it be possible to hypnotise my parents, do voodoo on them?

0:15:45 > 0:15:47- "Do voodoo on them." - Will them to death.

0:15:47 > 0:15:48"Will them to death.

0:15:48 > 0:15:52"It seems my concentration on their death is causing them problems.

0:15:53 > 0:15:55"My father nearly drove over a cliff.

0:15:57 > 0:16:00"And my mother fell into a fire.

0:16:00 > 0:16:04"I think I shall seriously take up black magic."

0:16:04 > 0:16:08I expressed this very cruelly, very forcefully.

0:16:09 > 0:16:14"I want to be with you, around you, in you, through you,

0:16:14 > 0:16:16"tied to you forever and ever.

0:16:18 > 0:16:20"Please, my darling Jens.

0:16:20 > 0:16:22"Oh, I love and miss you.

0:16:22 > 0:16:24"Elizabeth."

0:16:24 > 0:16:26TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:16:35 > 0:16:39Larry, this is Carlos Santos with the Fluvanna Review.

0:16:39 > 0:16:41I'm trying to interview Elizabeth Haysom.

0:16:41 > 0:16:43If you could help me get a request in to her,

0:16:43 > 0:16:45I'd appreciate the return call.

0:16:45 > 0:16:47She'd be on our cover, I'll tell you that.

0:16:47 > 0:16:49Thanks, bye.

0:16:49 > 0:16:51I'd love to talk to her.

0:16:51 > 0:16:52I'd run down there in a heartbeat.

0:16:52 > 0:16:55The whole motive never made sense.

0:16:55 > 0:16:57When you set up your theory,

0:16:57 > 0:17:00you see things in the light of those theories.

0:17:00 > 0:17:04And so something like what Elizabeth said, you know,

0:17:04 > 0:17:07"We both belong here." She didn't say he belonged in prison,

0:17:07 > 0:17:09she said, "We both belong here."

0:17:11 > 0:17:13You know, there's a ring of truth to that.

0:17:16 > 0:17:18TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:17:28 > 0:17:32He was angry with my parents that...

0:17:32 > 0:17:35they weren't providing me with sufficient funds and they were

0:17:35 > 0:17:37supposed to be so incredibly wealthy, which is not true.

0:17:37 > 0:17:44He wanted to go down to my parents' home and to sort it out with them.

0:17:44 > 0:17:45What did you say?

0:17:45 > 0:17:47That I could kill them.

0:17:48 > 0:17:51At the bottom of page six, would you refer to that, please?

0:17:54 > 0:17:56"Dear Liz. I love you.

0:17:56 > 0:17:58"Je t'aime. Ich liebe dich.

0:17:59 > 0:18:03"How do you feel about a couple of drinks back at my place?

0:18:03 > 0:18:07"I have this new Jacuzzi - wild, baby, wild.

0:18:07 > 0:18:12"It's me again, the Jens, lying in his bed at 22 minutes past midnight.

0:18:12 > 0:18:13"Ghosts dancing all around."

0:18:15 > 0:18:18"Were I to meet your parents, I have the ultimate weapon.

0:18:18 > 0:18:21"Strange things are happening within me."

0:18:21 > 0:18:23"I'm turning more and more into a Christ figure.

0:18:24 > 0:18:28"I believe I would either make them completely lose their wits,

0:18:28 > 0:18:32"get heart attacks, or they would become lovers of the world.

0:18:32 > 0:18:35"Love is a form of meditation,

0:18:35 > 0:18:38"and the ultimate weapon against your parents.

0:18:38 > 0:18:42"My God, how I've got the dinner scene planned out.

0:18:42 > 0:18:46"In the meantime, I love you as totally as I can for right now.

0:18:46 > 0:18:48"Your Jens."

0:18:50 > 0:18:52What did you do after he left?

0:18:52 > 0:18:54As soon as he was gone, I went to a bar next door.

0:18:54 > 0:18:59I bought some drinks and I scored a couple of grams of heroin.

0:18:59 > 0:19:01The fact that I hated my mother so much,

0:19:01 > 0:19:05I feel responsible for that hate and pulling Jens into it.

0:19:05 > 0:19:08Allowing him, in a sense,

0:19:08 > 0:19:12as I feel now, to have killed my parents.

0:19:13 > 0:19:17- Did you go to Lynchburg? - Did I go to Lynchburg? No.

0:19:17 > 0:19:22CHEERING

0:19:22 > 0:19:25- ALL: Y! - What's that spell?!

0:19:25 > 0:19:26ROCKY!

0:19:33 > 0:19:36When Jens returned to Washington that Saturday night, what did he say to you?

0:19:36 > 0:19:39I was at The Rocky Horror Picture Show,

0:19:39 > 0:19:42and I came out of the show and I waited on the side.

0:19:42 > 0:19:45He drove up - he was on the other side of the road.

0:19:45 > 0:19:48And I crossed through the traffic.

0:19:48 > 0:19:55And when I opened the car door, the light inside the car came on.

0:19:55 > 0:19:58And he was...

0:19:58 > 0:20:02wearing some kind of white sheet,

0:20:02 > 0:20:05and he was covered in blood from head to toe.

0:20:05 > 0:20:09So I got into the car, we drove back to the Marriott Hotel,

0:20:09 > 0:20:11and he said that he'd killed my parents.

0:20:13 > 0:20:15I was stunned by the situation.

0:20:15 > 0:20:21It was so huge, so overwhelming, so definite, so final.

0:20:21 > 0:20:24It's extraordinary. I mean, Jens is just...

0:20:25 > 0:20:28He's a wimp. You can't imagine him doing something like that. It's extraordinary.

0:20:28 > 0:20:31Jens Soering was mad.

0:20:31 > 0:20:33He hated the Haysoms.

0:20:33 > 0:20:37He says that he went there trying to reason with them,

0:20:37 > 0:20:41because she had filled his head with all these ideas about how much

0:20:41 > 0:20:43she hated her parents

0:20:43 > 0:20:46and that he couldn't have anything to do with her,

0:20:46 > 0:20:48and he wanted that more than anything.

0:20:48 > 0:20:50He wanted that more than a Jefferson Scholarship,

0:20:50 > 0:20:54he wanted that more than anything. He wanted Elizabeth.

0:20:56 > 0:20:59# In a little honky-tonky village in Texas

0:20:59 > 0:21:01# There's a guy who plays the best piano by far... #

0:21:01 > 0:21:06I was hired by an attorney by the name of Gail Ball.

0:21:06 > 0:21:10She didn't think that Jens Soering was guilty of this.

0:21:12 > 0:21:15And I felt there's a lot of things missing.

0:21:26 > 0:21:28And this is the footprint.

0:21:30 > 0:21:32It says, "University of Virginia Police Department".

0:21:34 > 0:21:35Oh, my dear.

0:21:37 > 0:21:39This is a sad one.

0:21:40 > 0:21:43This is Mrs Haysom's, what she was wearing.

0:21:52 > 0:21:53'Richmond FBI.'

0:21:53 > 0:21:56Uh, yes, ma'am, this is Chuck Reid.

0:21:56 > 0:22:00I'm trying to contact a former agent of yours, Ed Sulzbach.

0:22:00 > 0:22:04He was doing a profile for me on a murder case.

0:22:04 > 0:22:05'Uh-huh.'

0:22:05 > 0:22:10I got a phone call from the Sheriff in Bedford County.

0:22:11 > 0:22:16And the different sheriffs and chiefs around the state of Virginia

0:22:16 > 0:22:19knew me and knew that I was a profiler.

0:22:19 > 0:22:21And I drove out to Bedford County.

0:22:21 > 0:22:25My mission was to study the crime

0:22:25 > 0:22:30and come up with possible suspects.

0:22:30 > 0:22:35And Mrs Haysom was wearing her nightgown with a robe,

0:22:35 > 0:22:39and it occurred to me that Mrs Haysom would never entertain

0:22:39 > 0:22:43strangers in such attire.

0:22:43 > 0:22:50Who might be close enough to her that she would feel comfortable entertaining in a nightgown, a robe?

0:22:50 > 0:22:53We're dealing with, uh...

0:22:53 > 0:22:56somebody who's close to these people.

0:22:56 > 0:22:59And that, I suggested to the investigators.

0:22:59 > 0:23:04'I settled on a daughter, because Mrs Haysom was a very proper woman.

0:23:04 > 0:23:10'And I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that it was someone they knew very well.'

0:23:10 > 0:23:14Ed, did you all do any paperwork on that?

0:23:14 > 0:23:17You and another agent did a psychological profile for us.

0:23:17 > 0:23:21'Yeah. I remember that well. Contact the Richmond office.

0:23:21 > 0:23:24'They can pull the file.

0:23:24 > 0:23:29'Person I suggest to talk to is Debbie Propst - P-R-O-P-S-T.'

0:23:29 > 0:23:33Dave, this is the letter from Bedford County Sheriff's Department.

0:23:33 > 0:23:36- Uh-huh.- In reference to the FBI criminal profile,

0:23:36 > 0:23:41Major Ricky Gardner insisted there was no profile conducted.

0:23:41 > 0:23:43And it's official letterhead.

0:23:43 > 0:23:44PHONE RINGS

0:23:44 > 0:23:47- Hello?- 'Hi, man.' - Ricky, how you doing?

0:23:47 > 0:23:49'Chuck, they're coming back now.

0:23:49 > 0:23:51'Chuck, we never did an FBI profile.

0:23:51 > 0:23:53- Yeah, we did. - 'No, we didn't.'

0:23:53 > 0:23:56It was Ed Sulzbach and another special agent.

0:23:56 > 0:23:57See, that's how I got to know Ed.

0:23:57 > 0:23:59Chuck Reid absolutely misspoke

0:23:59 > 0:24:02when he said there was never any profile done on this case.

0:24:02 > 0:24:05There was never a profile done in this case.

0:24:05 > 0:24:08Now, I don't know how nobody ever wrote anything down...

0:24:11 > 0:24:16'Chuck, if we had done one of those, that would have been exculpatory evidence.'

0:24:16 > 0:24:20To be honest with you, I have a copy of some old field reports and stuff.

0:24:20 > 0:24:23'But, obviously, there was nothing mentioned in the...'

0:24:23 > 0:24:26- The profile... - 'The profile.'

0:24:26 > 0:24:28Yeah, yeah, it's in there.

0:24:28 > 0:24:33It's stating that Special Agent Ed Sulzbach did the psychological profile

0:24:33 > 0:24:35and came back to a female acquaintance, and...

0:24:35 > 0:24:38It's four or five different things that's in there.

0:24:38 > 0:24:40'So you think they have thrown one out?'

0:24:40 > 0:24:41Yeah, I know they have.

0:24:41 > 0:24:44The FBI never throws anything away.

0:24:45 > 0:24:48It's somewhere in the FBI's vast...

0:24:48 > 0:24:50'It's still there somewhere.'

0:24:51 > 0:24:54Thank you, John. Ms Haysom.

0:24:56 > 0:24:59You went there and cleaned up the blood, didn't you?

0:24:59 > 0:25:01You went to the house to mop up the...

0:25:01 > 0:25:03I never wiped up any blood in the house.

0:25:03 > 0:25:06Professional cleaners mopped up the blood.

0:25:06 > 0:25:08But the fact is, Ms Haysom,

0:25:08 > 0:25:11that you insisted on going back to the house and cleaning yourself.

0:25:11 > 0:25:13That's not correct, sir.

0:25:13 > 0:25:16If Howard Haysom, your brother, said that that is indeed the case,

0:25:16 > 0:25:19- would you disagree with him? - Yes, I would.

0:25:21 > 0:25:25Did you also make the statement that as you were cleaning round the fireplace,

0:25:25 > 0:25:27that one of your friends heard,

0:25:27 > 0:25:32"There's Pop's brains, just cleaning up Pop's brains"?

0:25:32 > 0:25:33It's rather inaccurate.

0:25:33 > 0:25:36It was not around the fireplace, it was around a door.

0:25:36 > 0:25:39Excuse me, I'm not interested in where it was, I'm interested in whether...

0:25:39 > 0:25:41Well, we're supposed to be dealing here with accuracy.

0:25:41 > 0:25:43What happened, what did not happen.

0:25:43 > 0:25:45Thank you, then. You did make the statement nevertheless.

0:25:45 > 0:25:47What I said, and what happened...

0:25:47 > 0:25:52I was doing some cleaning and there was...

0:25:52 > 0:25:57several hairs from my father's head on the door.

0:25:57 > 0:25:59And I was sick.

0:25:59 > 0:26:01TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:26:28 > 0:26:33So we drove to Charlottesville to talk to Elizabeth at the University of Virginia Police Department.

0:26:33 > 0:26:36I asked, I said, "How can we get a hold of this Jens fella?

0:26:36 > 0:26:38"We need," you know, "we need to talk to him."

0:26:48 > 0:26:51I'll never forget sitting in the office the day that Sunday

0:26:51 > 0:26:53that Ricky and I was interviewing him.

0:26:53 > 0:26:55In my mind, I'm thinking to myself, "This boy...

0:26:55 > 0:26:58"There's no way this little boy could've done something like that."

0:27:29 > 0:27:31So when he left that day, he told me, he said,

0:27:31 > 0:27:34"Look, let me go back to university. I'll think about it."

0:27:34 > 0:27:37And on Wednesday, the 9th,

0:27:37 > 0:27:40October the 9th, he said, "I'll give you a call

0:27:40 > 0:27:43"and let you know what I've decided to do."

0:27:43 > 0:27:46I got a call about ten o'clock Sunday night.

0:27:46 > 0:27:48The same time Ricky did.

0:27:48 > 0:27:51That we needed to get to Charlottesville,

0:27:51 > 0:27:54that Elizabeth and Jens had skipped the country.

0:28:01 > 0:28:06I was working at that weekend in which Jens's father called me.

0:28:06 > 0:28:09Jens is the same age as my middle child.

0:28:09 > 0:28:11They were in prep school in Atlanta.

0:28:11 > 0:28:15The boys were about 11 or 12.

0:28:15 > 0:28:18Jens's father was a high government official

0:28:18 > 0:28:20in the German consular court in Atlanta.

0:28:20 > 0:28:23He said, "I have a problem, would you pick me up at the airport?"

0:28:25 > 0:28:27I said, "Of course I will."

0:28:27 > 0:28:29- VOICE CRACKS:- It was an awful day.

0:28:31 > 0:28:34We travelled to the University of Virginia from here,

0:28:34 > 0:28:37which is about an hour and a half.

0:28:37 > 0:28:38I'm sorry for this.

0:28:39 > 0:28:43But we got to the University of Virginia,

0:28:43 > 0:28:45and on the way over, he told me what had happened.

0:28:48 > 0:28:50"Dear officers Reid and Gardner.

0:28:50 > 0:28:54"I'm certain that sooner or later, you'll become involved in whatever

0:28:54 > 0:28:57"investigation may be made into my disappearance.

0:28:57 > 0:29:01"I tried to save you some effort by including photocopies of the letters

0:29:01 > 0:29:04"I'm leaving for family and friends.

0:29:04 > 0:29:08"But undoubtedly, you will travel extensively through my belongings anyway.

0:29:08 > 0:29:11"Please try to leave them in a decent state

0:29:11 > 0:29:13"and return them to my parents.

0:29:13 > 0:29:15"They may want to keep them.

0:29:15 > 0:29:18"I assume that especially you, Mr Gardner,

0:29:18 > 0:29:22"will be very excited by now, which is why I hate to disappoint you.

0:29:22 > 0:29:25"Unfortunately for you, I really am leaving, for the reason

0:29:25 > 0:29:28"I discussed in my letter to my parents.

0:29:28 > 0:29:31"I suggest that you continue your investigation as before.

0:29:31 > 0:29:35"Undoubtedly, you will find who you're looking for.

0:29:35 > 0:29:38"From what Liz has told me of what you discovered at Loose Chippings,

0:29:38 > 0:29:42"I can only say that I'm incapable of such a thing.

0:29:42 > 0:29:45"There's still much to do, so I must say goodbye.

0:29:45 > 0:29:48"Try to be kind to my parents - they're going to have a tough enough

0:29:48 > 0:29:50"time without you gentlemen.

0:29:50 > 0:29:53"Sincerely, Jens Soering."

0:29:53 > 0:29:57Jens had left the University of Virginia, and I saw Klaus collapse.

0:29:57 > 0:29:59He essentially dissolved.

0:29:59 > 0:30:03Because at that point, he realised how terribly serious this was.

0:30:44 > 0:30:47"Dear Mum, Dad and Kai.

0:30:47 > 0:30:50"I'm writing you to tell you that I sincerely love you,

0:30:50 > 0:30:55"and that the pain I'm probably causing you is also causing me great suffering.

0:30:55 > 0:30:59"As you know, I've not been happy at school for a very long time.

0:30:59 > 0:31:04"There's a fundamental and deep difference between me and almost everyone else here."

0:31:04 > 0:31:05His mother was shattered.

0:31:05 > 0:31:09I mean, you would have to think of glass. Just crumbs.

0:31:09 > 0:31:13"I love you and I will be in touch, though probably not soon.

0:31:13 > 0:31:16"The car keys are in the brown business folder in Liz's bedroom."

0:31:16 > 0:31:20Jens said it would become clearer to his father shortly

0:31:20 > 0:31:23why they had left the University of Virginia.

0:31:23 > 0:31:27"There's a chance that certain officers, Reid and Gardner,

0:31:27 > 0:31:32"will interpret my leaving as being connected with the death of Liz's parents.

0:31:32 > 0:31:34"It is for their benefit that this letter is in English.

0:31:34 > 0:31:39"They have a voyeuristic tendency to read other people's personal mail anyway.

0:31:39 > 0:31:44"I can almost certainly guarantee you that I did not do what they may think I did.

0:31:44 > 0:31:49"And Kai, take the Scirocco and the two accounts and find yourself a good college.

0:31:49 > 0:31:52"And for Christ's sake, don't become a dentist."

0:32:33 > 0:32:34His father is a broken man.

0:32:36 > 0:32:38His mother's dead.

0:32:39 > 0:32:43His brother has essentially divorced him.

0:32:43 > 0:32:44He has nothing left.

0:33:29 > 0:33:32According to Scotland Yard, they questioned the 23-year-old

0:33:32 > 0:33:36Haysom girl and 19-year-old Jens Soering today

0:33:36 > 0:33:39at the Richmond Police Station in south-west London.

0:33:39 > 0:33:43The two were arrested for writing about 6,000 in bad cheques.

0:33:43 > 0:33:46Haysom and Soering may also be involved in drug trafficking.

0:33:46 > 0:33:51May the 25th of 1986, I received a telephone call

0:33:51 > 0:33:54from a detective constable, Terry Wright, in London,

0:33:54 > 0:33:59and he asked me if I had any interest in Jens or Elizabeth Haysom.

0:33:59 > 0:34:01And I said, "Sure, I do."

0:34:01 > 0:34:05And the second question he asked me was, he said,

0:34:05 > 0:34:07"Are her parents dead?"

0:34:07 > 0:34:09And I said, "Yes, they are."

0:34:09 > 0:34:13And he said, "Well, let me ask you, were they murdered?"

0:34:13 > 0:34:16And I said, "Yes."

0:34:16 > 0:34:20And he said, "Well, perhaps you might want to fly over to London.

0:34:20 > 0:34:24"I believe we have the murderers locked up here and you may want to come over and talk to them."

0:34:24 > 0:34:27You know, I'm not believing this is happening. I said,

0:34:27 > 0:34:30"You stay right where you are and I will call you back within an hour.

0:34:30 > 0:34:32"Don't move, don't leave the phone, I will call you right back."

0:34:32 > 0:34:34You know, "Who are you again?"

0:34:34 > 0:34:36So I drove up to the courthouse,

0:34:36 > 0:34:39to Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Updike's office.

0:34:39 > 0:34:41And I started telling him, "I just got off the phone

0:34:41 > 0:34:46"and he told me Jens and Elizabeth are in jail in England and we've got to go over there."

0:34:46 > 0:34:52Today, we've presented indictments on both Jens

0:34:52 > 0:34:57and Elizabeth for murder of their parents.

0:34:57 > 0:35:00We landed at Heathrow Airport early Tuesday morning

0:35:00 > 0:35:03and the detective constable and a sergeant met us.

0:35:03 > 0:35:07Within five minutes, they started pulling out the letters.

0:35:07 > 0:35:10So over the next couple of days,

0:35:10 > 0:35:12we interviewed Jens and Elizabeth four or five times.

0:36:02 > 0:36:05"Dear sweetie, I love you so very much.

0:36:05 > 0:36:10"The first chunk is the long promised dirty letter to get you in a good mood.

0:36:10 > 0:36:13"The room is lit only by two candles.

0:36:13 > 0:36:16"And with my best Nazi voice, I slowly say,

0:36:16 > 0:36:18" 'You are going nowhere, my liebchen.

0:36:18 > 0:36:21" 'Tonight, you're my prisoner of love.'

0:36:21 > 0:36:26"We kiss each other deeply now, our tongues playing with each other.

0:36:26 > 0:36:27"I move to your clitoris

0:36:27 > 0:36:30"and you let out a small moan as my tongue massages

0:36:30 > 0:36:33"the flesh between the clitoris and the vagina."

0:36:33 > 0:36:36"Sweetie pie, I can't wait to get you all to myself.

0:36:36 > 0:36:39"I want to sit on your lap and feel your finger.

0:36:39 > 0:36:41"I love you."

0:36:41 > 0:36:44"The nasty in our past could be too much to block out.

0:36:44 > 0:36:47"But you will overcome this experience, because you want a good,

0:36:47 > 0:36:51"strong fuck and a two-hour licking from the guy who loves you.

0:36:52 > 0:36:55"You are in a horrible position, more horrible than mine.

0:36:55 > 0:36:57"Let me clear a couple of things up.

0:36:57 > 0:37:00"Erase all written evidence of Bedford.

0:37:00 > 0:37:03"Cross it out. That's all I have time for, sweetie.

0:37:03 > 0:37:06"Always trust me, always love me."

0:37:07 > 0:37:11"I've been upset, scared, lonely, worried.

0:37:11 > 0:37:13"You won't leave me to take the rap alone.

0:37:13 > 0:37:15"If I go to Germany and get convicted,

0:37:15 > 0:37:19"I will go away for only a few years and your trial will not be

0:37:19 > 0:37:21"a hyped up publicity thing,

0:37:21 > 0:37:24"since the star attraction, me, is missing.

0:37:24 > 0:37:27"Your parole board will give you an early parole,

0:37:27 > 0:37:30"especially when they take my early release into consideration.

0:37:30 > 0:37:35"So in a few years, we will hopefully both be out and together.

0:37:35 > 0:37:38"Trust me and go with the flow.

0:37:38 > 0:37:39"Forever yours, Jens."

0:39:33 > 0:39:38When Sergeant Beever confronted me in the cell with

0:39:38 > 0:39:40Jens's statement,

0:39:40 > 0:39:43he was very careful to tell me

0:39:43 > 0:39:46a couple of details

0:39:46 > 0:39:48about Jens's statement.

0:39:48 > 0:39:52My response was anger that Jens had let me down.

0:39:52 > 0:39:54While I was...

0:39:54 > 0:39:58continuing to cover up for him.

0:39:58 > 0:39:59So you were mad at him,

0:39:59 > 0:40:02so you just decided to put him in it a little bit deeper?

0:40:03 > 0:40:06After they had confessed in London,

0:40:06 > 0:40:09she wrote Jens a letter.

0:40:09 > 0:40:12Elizabeth wrote Jens a letter severing their relationship

0:40:12 > 0:40:14and she said, "Look, I'm going to go back to Virginia.

0:40:14 > 0:40:17"I'm going to admit to my part in my parents' death.

0:40:17 > 0:40:19"I don't love you any more."

0:40:19 > 0:40:21You know, "You're on your own."

0:41:06 > 0:41:08Elizabeth Haysom has told prosecutors

0:41:08 > 0:41:12she would be willing to testify against her former boyfriend,

0:41:12 > 0:41:13Jens Soering.

0:41:13 > 0:41:15Virginia prosecutors are still trying to get Soering back

0:41:15 > 0:41:18to Virginia to face capital murder charges.

0:41:40 > 0:41:41When I came over here,

0:41:41 > 0:41:45I believed that if I was convicted of this murder with Jens,

0:41:45 > 0:41:47that he would also have to be convicted

0:41:47 > 0:41:52and that he would not be able to get a second degree murder conviction.

0:41:52 > 0:41:54And worst of all, I stayed with him.

0:41:54 > 0:41:56And worst of all, I stayed with him willingly.

0:42:05 > 0:42:10What I want you to realise is that Jens acted of his own free will.

0:42:10 > 0:42:12He had a choice.

0:42:12 > 0:42:16He had a choice. He had a full hour drive.

0:42:16 > 0:42:18I never believed he would do that to my parents.

0:42:18 > 0:42:20I still can hardly believe it.

0:42:20 > 0:42:22No matter what I said to him, no matter what I had written to him,

0:42:22 > 0:42:25he had a choice whether he killed my parents or not.

0:42:25 > 0:42:28Welcome to Larry King Live!

0:42:28 > 0:42:32Is Elizabeth Haysom a beautiful and intelligent murderer?

0:42:32 > 0:42:34Or the victim of an obsessive relationship

0:42:34 > 0:42:35with a cold-blooded killer?

0:42:35 > 0:42:39Our guests are Dr Robert Showalter, psychiatrist,

0:42:39 > 0:42:42and Ken Englade, author of the new book, Beyond Reason,

0:42:42 > 0:42:46the story of the shocking murder in a sleepy Virginia town.

0:42:46 > 0:42:48You think what of her?

0:42:48 > 0:42:52She probably developed symptoms that we call

0:42:52 > 0:42:57clinically borderline personality disorder very early in life.

0:42:57 > 0:42:59Elizabeth kept telling us over and over again,

0:42:59 > 0:43:01"I was never allowed to think for myself.

0:43:01 > 0:43:03"I could never do anything for myself."

0:43:03 > 0:43:05She could not even socialise.

0:43:06 > 0:43:08If she were invited to a party,

0:43:08 > 0:43:11she will be escorted to the party by a chauffeur, left off,

0:43:11 > 0:43:13picked up in 30 minutes.

0:43:13 > 0:43:16- This gets bizarrer and bizarrer. - Oh, it's incredible, yeah.

0:43:16 > 0:43:18Long Island, New York, hello?

0:43:18 > 0:43:22Was there sexual intercourse between you and this man

0:43:22 > 0:43:24who had butchered your parents,

0:43:24 > 0:43:29and after you had attended their very own funeral?

0:43:29 > 0:43:34You go to the funeral, you take Jens Soering with you and Christine Kim?

0:43:34 > 0:43:35Yes.

0:43:35 > 0:43:36On the very night of the funeral,

0:43:36 > 0:43:38you and Jens Soering make love, don't you?

0:43:41 > 0:43:44I was in a separate room, in a single bed,

0:43:44 > 0:43:47sharing that room with Christine, my roommate.

0:43:47 > 0:43:51Jens came to me and he said that he needed me

0:43:51 > 0:43:53and that he was lonely, he was scared.

0:43:53 > 0:43:56And I went with him and, up until this time,

0:43:56 > 0:44:00he had been completely and totally impotent.

0:44:00 > 0:44:04And I got into bed with him, and I woke up, sir.

0:44:04 > 0:44:05He was making love to me.

0:44:07 > 0:44:08Making love to you.

0:44:26 > 0:44:27Why did your parents die?

0:44:40 > 0:44:42My parents died...

0:44:44 > 0:44:48..because Jens and I were obsessed with each other.

0:44:49 > 0:44:54And he was...jealous of anything else in my life.

0:44:57 > 0:44:59While all of the testimony is shocking,

0:44:59 > 0:45:02the biggest shock of the day came when Haysom's two brothers,

0:45:02 > 0:45:04Richard and Howard, took the stand.

0:45:04 > 0:45:07She has lied to me in the past.

0:45:08 > 0:45:11And...and, frankly, continues to lie.

0:45:13 > 0:45:16I personally am not satisfied with the explanation

0:45:16 > 0:45:18that her guilty plea provided.

0:45:18 > 0:45:21I think Elizabeth was in the house at the time of the crime.

0:45:25 > 0:45:28We have an obligation to society

0:45:28 > 0:45:32to show to people what the consequences of such a crime are.

0:45:34 > 0:45:37I, therefore, would want to see...

0:45:39 > 0:45:41..the most severest penalty possible.

0:45:41 > 0:45:44I cannot imagine a crime more vile

0:45:44 > 0:45:48than participating in the killing of the very people

0:45:48 > 0:45:52that gave birth to you, that raised you, that cared for you

0:45:52 > 0:45:55when you couldn't care for yourself.

0:46:01 > 0:46:04I have been on the bench for 22 years.

0:46:04 > 0:46:07Most of the time, cases do not bother me too much.

0:46:07 > 0:46:09But I have lost some sleep over this one.

0:46:09 > 0:46:12Many of Elizabeth's accusations against her parents,

0:46:12 > 0:46:15particularly her mother, were the product of fantasy.

0:46:15 > 0:46:19She helped create a fertile field for rumours.

0:46:19 > 0:46:22Elizabeth Haysom has pled guilty to two offences

0:46:22 > 0:46:24which each carry maximum life sentences.

0:46:24 > 0:46:26Miss Haysom,

0:46:26 > 0:46:30I sentence you to 45 years in prison on each charge,

0:46:30 > 0:46:34the sentences to run consecutively - a total of 90 years.

0:47:11 > 0:47:15If my sister had been convicted of capital murder,

0:47:15 > 0:47:18I could have...

0:47:18 > 0:47:21loved her, hugged her and kissed her,

0:47:21 > 0:47:24and walked her to the electric chair if that was what the law called for.

0:48:10 > 0:48:15Jens's father, Klaus, said, "I need to get Jens a lawyer."

0:48:15 > 0:48:18The key lawyer had already been hired by Elizabeth.

0:48:18 > 0:48:23I got the names of three major criminal lawyers in Virginia.

0:48:23 > 0:48:24Each of them, as I recall, said

0:48:24 > 0:48:29about a half a million dollars - US, cash, upfront.

0:48:29 > 0:48:31I never heard further,

0:48:31 > 0:48:36until Klaus called and said that he had hired Richard Neaton,

0:48:36 > 0:48:38who was a Detroit lawyer.

0:48:38 > 0:48:41Mr Neaton had been referred to the Soering family

0:48:41 > 0:48:44by somebody at the consulate.

0:48:44 > 0:48:45I did not know Mr Neaton.

0:48:51 > 0:48:53The defence will call its witness.

0:48:53 > 0:48:54Call Jens Soering.

0:48:57 > 0:48:59Raise your right hand.

0:48:59 > 0:49:02Do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony that you shall give

0:49:02 > 0:49:05will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

0:49:05 > 0:49:06I do.

0:49:11 > 0:49:15Prior to today, have you had any opportunity to testify under oath

0:49:15 > 0:49:17about the events of that day?

0:49:17 > 0:49:18No, I haven't.

0:49:18 > 0:49:21I'd like to call your attention to that day.

0:49:21 > 0:49:24Did you go to the home of Derek and Nancy Haysom

0:49:24 > 0:49:26and kill Mr and Mrs Haysom?

0:49:26 > 0:49:28No.

0:49:28 > 0:49:30MURMURING

0:49:31 > 0:49:33On March 30, 1985,

0:49:33 > 0:49:35were you Washington, DC?

0:49:35 > 0:49:37Yes, on a Saturday.

0:49:37 > 0:49:41Elizabeth had basically gotten into debt with a person both of us knew,

0:49:41 > 0:49:44called Jim Farmer, who she'd been buying drugs from at UVA,

0:49:44 > 0:49:49and she told me that Jim Farmer had asked her to pick up a package

0:49:49 > 0:49:51from somebody he knew in Washington,

0:49:51 > 0:49:53and drive back down to Charlottesville.

0:50:06 > 0:50:09Jim Farmer's parents also lived in Lynchburg

0:50:09 > 0:50:12and she told me that the families knew each other socially.

0:50:12 > 0:50:15Her parents were very worried about Elizabeth using drugs,

0:50:15 > 0:50:18because she'd used a lot of drugs in the past.

0:50:26 > 0:50:28At that point, she said the only way I can help her

0:50:28 > 0:50:31would be for me to function as her alibi.

0:50:33 > 0:50:35Hmm.

0:50:35 > 0:50:36Yeah.

0:50:36 > 0:50:38James Farmer.

0:50:39 > 0:50:41There you go, right here.

0:50:41 > 0:50:42He's got a criminal record.

0:50:43 > 0:50:46But it's probably traffic.

0:50:46 > 0:50:47Oh! No.

0:50:49 > 0:50:51Possession of a controlled substance.

0:50:51 > 0:50:52He got jail time, too.

0:50:52 > 0:50:54Did she ask you to do anything specific?

0:50:54 > 0:50:56Well, she asked me...

0:50:58 > 0:51:01You'll have heard already,

0:51:01 > 0:51:04to go and buy two tickets to a film,

0:51:04 > 0:51:06and then meet her at the hotel afterwards.

0:51:25 > 0:51:27Hello, my name is Dave Watson.

0:51:27 > 0:51:30I'm trying to get a hold of Mr James Farmer.

0:51:31 > 0:51:35You say your son is ill, do you know how I can reach him?

0:51:35 > 0:51:38Back in the '80s, I was a police officer up in Northern Virginia.

0:51:40 > 0:51:41Right.

0:51:41 > 0:51:43You were a judge, where, in Bedford?

0:51:44 > 0:51:47What I want to do is talk with him to see what his relationship was

0:51:47 > 0:51:51with this girl, Elizabeth.

0:51:51 > 0:51:54You know what I'm talking about, or...?

0:51:54 > 0:51:56OK.

0:51:56 > 0:52:02Jens Soering testified that Elizabeth was going to meet Jim that night.

0:52:02 > 0:52:05I think that was part of her alibi.

0:52:05 > 0:52:07That... OK.

0:52:08 > 0:52:09All right.

0:52:09 > 0:52:12Is there any way that I'd be able to talk with your son?

0:52:12 > 0:52:14PHONE HANGS UP

0:52:22 > 0:52:26His son did give her a ride to Lynchburg one time.

0:52:26 > 0:52:30He was friends with the Haysoms, the parents.

0:52:30 > 0:52:34We knew that Elizabeth had gotten a ride home with him.

0:52:34 > 0:52:37But on the weekend that they were murdered,

0:52:37 > 0:52:41Jim Farmer's name was never mentioned in any...in any scenario,

0:52:41 > 0:52:44until the trial of Jens Soering in... Five years later.

0:52:45 > 0:52:48So how could we have asked him anything

0:52:48 > 0:52:50if we didn't know it at the time?

0:52:50 > 0:52:53I mean, this is coulda, shoulda, woulda hindsight.

0:52:55 > 0:52:58Jens and Elizabeth rented a car!

0:52:59 > 0:53:02Jim Farmer's name was not on the rental car.

0:53:02 > 0:53:03She never said anything about it.

0:53:03 > 0:53:06He never said to me, Jim, well, that was... I...

0:53:06 > 0:53:07Jim Farmer drove...

0:53:07 > 0:53:09When did...?

0:53:09 > 0:53:11I don't know, I mean...

0:53:11 > 0:53:13After you agreed to do this, did she drive off?

0:53:13 > 0:53:16Well, we got in the car, and she just drove me down to the theatre

0:53:16 > 0:53:17that was playing Witness.

0:53:17 > 0:53:20- How many tickets? - I bought two tickets, as per plan.

0:53:20 > 0:53:24And approximately what time of the afternoon was this?

0:53:24 > 0:53:26About five o'clock.

0:53:26 > 0:53:28After the film was over, what did you do?

0:53:28 > 0:53:30Caught a taxi back to the hotel.

0:53:30 > 0:53:33I cashed a cheque at the front desk of the hotel,

0:53:33 > 0:53:36using the credit card as a guarantee.

0:53:36 > 0:53:37They write the number on the back,

0:53:37 > 0:53:41and that guarantees that the cheque will be paid.

0:53:45 > 0:53:47Did you sign for it?

0:53:47 > 0:53:49Yes, I did, that was the point.

0:53:49 > 0:53:51Did you stay in the room?

0:53:51 > 0:53:53For a while, yes. But not very long.

0:53:53 > 0:53:55Because in case she didn't come back,

0:53:55 > 0:53:58I should then continue with this alibi production business.

0:54:06 > 0:54:09THEY CHANT

0:54:21 > 0:54:25When you got back to the hotel, was she there?

0:54:25 > 0:54:26No, she wasn't.

0:54:26 > 0:54:28It was around two o'clock, I guess.

0:54:28 > 0:54:32She came to the room, knocked, stormed past me into the room.

0:54:32 > 0:54:35She started basically repeating the same things over and over again.

0:54:35 > 0:54:37"I've killed my parents, I've killed my parents."

0:54:37 > 0:54:40You know, "It wasn't me, it was the drugs that made me do it."

0:54:40 > 0:54:42"You've got to help me. If you don't help me, they'll kill me."

0:54:54 > 0:54:55I had to protect her.

0:54:55 > 0:54:57I could not turn her in.

0:54:57 > 0:54:59Were you in love with her then?

0:54:59 > 0:55:00Well, of course.

0:55:00 > 0:55:01And...

0:55:03 > 0:55:04I loved the girl.

0:55:04 > 0:55:09And I almost saw her as a sort of third victim of this...tragedy

0:55:09 > 0:55:11that apparently had happened.

0:55:38 > 0:55:41It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done.

0:55:48 > 0:55:51We basically expected the police to arrive within the next few hours.

0:56:09 > 0:56:13And we thought, we have to make a decision now, come up with a plan,

0:56:13 > 0:56:16how I would have done it, and what for me to tell the police

0:56:16 > 0:56:18to make the whole story believable.

0:56:18 > 0:56:20The script of what had happened that day.

0:56:55 > 0:56:58Give the jury an example of how that conversation took place.

0:56:58 > 0:57:02For example, what happened at the house, what was her mother doing?

0:57:23 > 0:57:26Your Honour, I asked the defendant what his position was.

0:57:26 > 0:57:31His position, as far as what happened, and, Your Honour,

0:57:31 > 0:57:33he maintained the position throughout,

0:57:33 > 0:57:37and his position was that he killed Derek and Nancy Haysom.

0:57:37 > 0:57:39And he admitted that.

0:57:39 > 0:57:42And I feel, Your Honour, that that's improper.

0:57:42 > 0:57:46That you cannot take a position earlier in a legal proceeding

0:57:46 > 0:57:48and then later take one that is entirely different.

0:57:48 > 0:57:52It's not proper and it's not honest.

0:57:53 > 0:57:56October 4, 1986.

0:57:56 > 0:58:00You state that there came a point when you became angry.

0:58:01 > 0:58:05That you stood up, Mr Haysom pushed you back into the corner,

0:58:05 > 0:58:06and that you bumped your head?

0:58:06 > 0:58:08That's what I said here, yes.

0:58:08 > 0:58:12That you grabbed a knife, and that you came around behind Mr Haysom?

0:58:12 > 0:58:13That's what I said.

0:58:13 > 0:58:16And that you cut him across the neck, left to right.

0:58:16 > 0:58:18- You stated that? - That's what I said here, yes.

0:58:18 > 0:58:22You know, it's very well-known that people have confessed to crimes

0:58:22 > 0:58:25that they didn't commit.

0:58:25 > 0:58:27He felt he had that diplomatic immunity,

0:58:27 > 0:58:30and she was such a manipulator to that young boy that, yes,

0:58:30 > 0:58:33he would take a rap for her, knowing that, well, if I get caught,

0:58:33 > 0:58:36they'll send me back to Germany, I'll pull a couple of years

0:58:36 > 0:58:40and I'm out of it, and then me and Elizabeth will be back together.

0:58:40 > 0:58:41If you look at those,

0:58:41 > 0:58:45do you recognise them as some correspondence that was obtained

0:58:45 > 0:58:49from a flat in England, April of 1986?

0:58:51 > 0:58:53Love is a form of meditation,

0:58:53 > 0:58:56and the ultimate, quote, weapon against your parents.

0:58:56 > 0:58:59What it says right here is love, our love.

0:58:59 > 0:59:01Elizabeth's love for me and mine for her.

0:59:01 > 0:59:06That was supposed to be the quote, unquote, weapon against her parents.

0:59:06 > 0:59:08This business about her father being cold and unfeeling

0:59:08 > 0:59:12and her mother being very cruel.

0:59:12 > 0:59:16I loved Elizabeth, and I believed that my love for her

0:59:16 > 0:59:18had become more mature, real love.

0:59:18 > 0:59:21That's how I felt about it, anyway.

0:59:21 > 0:59:24The motion hearing will resume tomorrow morning at 9:30,

0:59:24 > 0:59:26when witnesses will include British authorities

0:59:26 > 0:59:28who also questioned Soering in England.

0:59:28 > 0:59:31Judge William Sweeney will then decide whether or not

0:59:31 > 0:59:34incriminating statements made by Soering will be used against him.

0:59:34 > 0:59:37Pam Windsor, News Centre 13, Bedford County.

0:59:40 > 0:59:43- State your name, please, sir? - Kenneth Beever.

0:59:43 > 0:59:44Your profession, please?

0:59:44 > 0:59:47I'm a Detective Inspector at the London Metropolitan Police.

0:59:47 > 0:59:49Very good.

0:59:49 > 0:59:51Look at those.

0:59:52 > 0:59:56The items of correspondence were inside, sir, this diary.

0:59:56 > 0:59:59Where were those items recovered?

0:59:59 > 1:00:01They were recovered at a flat in London.

1:00:01 > 1:00:05And, in fact, Mr Soering took me to the flat.

1:00:05 > 1:00:08On that day, sir, he had a reddish-coloured hair

1:00:08 > 1:00:11and he was wearing a false moustache,

1:00:11 > 1:00:13somewhat similar to yours, sir.

1:00:13 > 1:00:15LAUGHTER

1:00:16 > 1:00:19My name is Terry Wright. I'm a Detective Constable.

1:00:19 > 1:00:20At that particular time

1:00:20 > 1:00:23I was attached to Richmond Police Station in London, England.

1:00:23 > 1:00:26What led you to make the phone calls to Virginia?

1:00:26 > 1:00:28Yes, sir, there was a photocopy of a letter

1:00:28 > 1:00:30which was actually addressed to Officers Reid and Gardner.

1:00:33 > 1:00:34Ooh!

1:00:36 > 1:00:39- Hello?- Gail, David.

1:00:39 > 1:00:42Yes. What have you found out?

1:00:42 > 1:00:45Farmer is deceased.

1:00:46 > 1:00:48Oh, goodness.

1:00:48 > 1:00:49He passed away two weeks ago.

1:00:50 > 1:00:55If he was involved in this thing he carried forever,

1:00:55 > 1:00:59can you believe that no detective went and talked to him?

1:00:59 > 1:01:01Oh, my dear.

1:01:01 > 1:01:03I'll let you look.

1:01:04 > 1:01:06This letter is in handwriting

1:01:06 > 1:01:08that I recognise as belonging to Elizabeth Haysom.

1:01:08 > 1:01:10"My dearest Jens.

1:01:10 > 1:01:12"I think I shall seriously take up black magic.

1:01:12 > 1:01:17"My father has put Vera Lynn on, and her first song was Lili Marlene."

1:01:21 > 1:01:24# Underneath the lantern

1:01:24 > 1:01:26# By the barrack gate. #

1:01:26 > 1:01:28"My mother begins her sixth gin,

1:01:28 > 1:01:31"and then on her ninth gin, Jim Farmer calls.

1:01:31 > 1:01:33"A party, he says,

1:01:33 > 1:01:38"breaking my concentration on the many murder stories I have read.

1:01:38 > 1:01:42"An unshaven homosexual having a drink with my parents."

1:01:46 > 1:01:48"My father calls, like an alarm clock.

1:01:48 > 1:01:52"I must turn him off and put him on snooze.

1:01:52 > 1:01:54"The scene of a feckless dinner party.

1:01:54 > 1:01:57"William Styron, (Sophie's Choice).

1:01:57 > 1:02:00"I'm sitting in the bath with lots of bubbles.

1:02:00 > 1:02:03"It makes me sleepy, and I've drunk lots of beer.

1:02:03 > 1:02:05"The days go slowly.

1:02:05 > 1:02:07"Why don't my parents just lie down and die?

1:02:07 > 1:02:09"I despise them so much."

1:02:15 > 1:02:19"We can either wait until we graduate and then leave them behind,

1:02:19 > 1:02:21"or we can get rid of them soon."

1:02:41 > 1:02:43- And your objective here? - Was to tell the truth.

1:02:43 > 1:02:46And to convince these jurors that you didn't do anything, correct?

1:02:46 > 1:02:48That's the truth, yes.

1:02:48 > 1:02:51You are capable of doing that, right?

1:02:51 > 1:02:52Of telling the truth?

1:02:52 > 1:02:55If you are capable of lying to protect yourself,

1:02:55 > 1:02:59then you are almost certainly capable of lying to these people

1:02:59 > 1:03:01- to avoid these charges. - But that's not what I'm doing.

1:03:01 > 1:03:04Aren't you capable of doing it?

1:03:04 > 1:03:07Theoretically, because in one case I'm lying to protect Elizabeth,

1:03:07 > 1:03:09and here I'm just telling what happened.

1:03:09 > 1:03:12At this point, you can't do anything to Elizabeth any more.

1:03:12 > 1:03:13Jens was very bright.

1:03:13 > 1:03:17He was a Jefferson scholar and an Eccles scholar.

1:03:17 > 1:03:22The incidence of those scholarships being visited upon one person

1:03:22 > 1:03:23is beyond rare.

1:03:23 > 1:03:29She, too, was academically a very talented person.

1:03:29 > 1:03:33And it was the proximity of their IQs

1:03:33 > 1:03:36that seemed to bring them together, at least initially.

1:03:36 > 1:03:40- Is it an intellectual challenge for you?- No, it isn't.

1:03:40 > 1:03:42Is it...? It certainly wouldn't be a challenge for you

1:03:42 > 1:03:46with your intellect to outwit me, would it?

1:03:46 > 1:03:49Well, I think, so far, you've been outwitting me.

1:03:49 > 1:03:52There is a burden that comes with being so bright,

1:03:52 > 1:03:56and there's some folks don't like you very much because you're bright.

1:03:56 > 1:03:59And sometimes bright people don't hide their brightness

1:03:59 > 1:04:01or mask it very well.

1:04:01 > 1:04:05And so, to a certain extent, Jens had...

1:04:06 > 1:04:08..some challenges.

1:04:08 > 1:04:09I just can't understand, sir,

1:04:09 > 1:04:13why you, at times, are sitting up there under these circumstances,

1:04:13 > 1:04:15on trial for murder, laughing.

1:04:15 > 1:04:17I'm not laughing.

1:04:17 > 1:04:19Haven't you laughed, didn't you laugh just a few minutes ago?

1:04:19 > 1:04:22I smiled because you're trying to mislead the jury.

1:04:22 > 1:04:26Well, I would like to discuss that with you a little bit more.

1:04:26 > 1:04:31You have to recast this situation

1:04:31 > 1:04:36in such a way that we appeal to the humanity,

1:04:36 > 1:04:39and that is why I have initiated the pulling together

1:04:39 > 1:04:42of a small group of people to look at this case

1:04:42 > 1:04:46differently from how they have looked at it in the past.

1:04:46 > 1:04:48- Good morning.- Good morning. Hi.

1:04:48 > 1:04:52Good to see you all. Hi, good morning.

1:04:52 > 1:04:53Hi.

1:04:53 > 1:04:56This memo is from Virginia citizens interested in the release

1:04:56 > 1:04:59and repatriation of Jens Soering.

1:04:59 > 1:05:04The Virginia Parole Board considered his parole eight times before today.

1:05:04 > 1:05:07I have known Jens Soering since he was 11 years old.

1:05:07 > 1:05:11I would accept him to live with me right this minute.

1:05:11 > 1:05:13As long as he wants to.

1:05:13 > 1:05:16I've been involved in prison ministry for over 35 years.

1:05:16 > 1:05:21I got a letter from Jens Soering asking for help to get a priest.

1:05:21 > 1:05:23He'd had this crisis in faith.

1:05:23 > 1:05:27His grandmother wrote a letter to him that the honourable thing to do

1:05:27 > 1:05:29would be to commit suicide.

1:05:29 > 1:05:32So we started meeting regularly once a month.

1:05:32 > 1:05:35And have been ever since then.

1:05:35 > 1:05:3927 years in prison, he has absolutely no infractions.

1:05:39 > 1:05:41And, to my knowledge,

1:05:41 > 1:05:45there is no-one in our prison system that has a record like his.

1:05:45 > 1:05:52So that convinced me that he never had the ability

1:05:52 > 1:05:55to act the way those crimes happened.

1:05:55 > 1:05:57It's just not...

1:05:57 > 1:05:59This is not part of his make-up.

1:05:59 > 1:06:03There is absolutely no risk to society. It's in your power...

1:06:03 > 1:06:06I was in the Attorney General's Office for eight years.

1:06:06 > 1:06:12A friend of mine in the office was a friend of Jens's father, Klaus.

1:06:12 > 1:06:16And he said, I have a very interesting case,

1:06:16 > 1:06:18I would like you to try to help this young man,

1:06:18 > 1:06:21who had a very unfair trial.

1:06:22 > 1:06:25So I brought all the files in.

1:06:25 > 1:06:27And I read all the police reports.

1:06:29 > 1:06:32And I looked at everything in the case.

1:06:32 > 1:06:34And I said, "This man is innocent."

1:06:35 > 1:06:38"We've got the wrong man, this man didn't do it."

1:06:41 > 1:06:45- State your name please, ma'am. - Annie Robertson Massie.

1:06:46 > 1:06:50Could you just briefly describe the circumstances that led you

1:06:50 > 1:06:52to go to the victim's house?

1:06:52 > 1:06:55Elizabeth had telephoned from Charlottesville

1:06:55 > 1:06:58that she had not been able to reach her parents,

1:06:58 > 1:07:01and asked if I knew where they were.

1:07:01 > 1:07:04And I told her, no, I had been trying as well.

1:07:04 > 1:07:07- What did you do then? - I telephoned my husband.

1:07:07 > 1:07:09We planned to go directly to the house.

1:07:09 > 1:07:11I opened the door.

1:07:11 > 1:07:13And what did you see?

1:07:13 > 1:07:14I saw Derek, dead.

1:07:16 > 1:07:18Where was he?

1:07:18 > 1:07:20He was lying to the left of the door.

1:07:23 > 1:07:24The body had not been moved.

1:07:26 > 1:07:29So Bill and I drove to Charlottesville

1:07:29 > 1:07:33to tell Elizabeth in person about the deaths of her parents.

1:07:33 > 1:07:36Did you see the defendant while you were there in Charlottesville

1:07:36 > 1:07:38- on that occasion? - Yes, I did.

1:07:38 > 1:07:40The family were gathering.

1:07:40 > 1:07:44And I also invited her roommate, Christine Kim.

1:07:44 > 1:07:47And so we brought the three back.

1:07:49 > 1:07:52Mrs Massie, I'd like to ask you some questions

1:07:52 > 1:07:54of a rather sensitive nature.

1:07:54 > 1:07:58Had Nancy Haysom ever shown you any nude photographs

1:07:58 > 1:07:59of Elizabeth Haysom?

1:07:59 > 1:08:01No, Nancy had not.

1:08:03 > 1:08:07Was there ever an incident at Loose Chippings

1:08:07 > 1:08:10when you complimented Elizabeth Haysom on her physical appearance

1:08:10 > 1:08:13and tweaked one of her breasts?

1:08:13 > 1:08:14Objection, your honour.

1:08:14 > 1:08:16Well, I...

1:08:16 > 1:08:18Have you ever talked to Elizabeth Haysom

1:08:18 > 1:08:21about whether she was there on the night of March the 30th?

1:08:24 > 1:08:25No.

1:08:25 > 1:08:29- No?- No, I asked her once.

1:08:29 > 1:08:30Objection.

1:08:30 > 1:08:32The question has certainly started off wrong.

1:08:32 > 1:08:34I don't know how it would have ended up,

1:08:34 > 1:08:36but based on the way it started off, I sustain.

1:08:36 > 1:08:41Mr Neaton had been a friend of Jens's father, Klaus.

1:08:41 > 1:08:43He was not from Virginia.

1:08:43 > 1:08:46And Virginia has some very...

1:08:46 > 1:08:50peculiar rules about procedure, default rules,

1:08:50 > 1:08:54so that you can lose your opportunity to make a certain argument

1:08:54 > 1:08:57if you don't do it procedurally, exactly the correct way.

1:08:57 > 1:09:00You know, some facts would suggest that Elizabeth Haysom...

1:09:00 > 1:09:03- Objection.- Mr Neaton, that's an improper question.

1:09:03 > 1:09:07I sustain the objection. You're an experienced trial lawyer.

1:09:07 > 1:09:09It's going at it a different way. Sustain.

1:09:12 > 1:09:14With reference to item 11B,

1:09:14 > 1:09:18a hair sample obtained from the bathroom sink.

1:09:19 > 1:09:21Did you have the occasion to compare this

1:09:21 > 1:09:24with the defendant's hair sample?

1:09:24 > 1:09:25Yes, sir, I did.

1:09:25 > 1:09:29The head hair was dissimilar to the submitted head hair sample

1:09:29 > 1:09:31reportedly from Jens Soering.

1:09:36 > 1:09:38- Any further questions?- No, sir.

1:09:38 > 1:09:41The witness may step down. The witness is excused.

1:09:42 > 1:09:45Mr Young, you were submitted fingerprints

1:09:45 > 1:09:47for comparison purposes.

1:09:47 > 1:09:52Item 17LR, which would be the liquor bottles over here.

1:09:52 > 1:09:56Yes, sir, there were 14 fingerprints developed on these bottles.

1:09:56 > 1:09:58Nine fingerprints of Derek Haysom.

1:09:58 > 1:10:03Two that were later identified as whose prints?

1:10:03 > 1:10:04Those were identified with

1:10:04 > 1:10:07the submitted fingerprints of Elizabeth Haysom,

1:10:07 > 1:10:10which were lifted from the Absolut Vodka bottle.

1:10:10 > 1:10:12So, nine of the prints were Derek's,

1:10:12 > 1:10:15two of the prints were Elizabeth Haysom's.

1:10:15 > 1:10:18The other three were not identified

1:10:18 > 1:10:21with any of the submitted fingerprints.

1:10:21 > 1:10:23This interview is taking place in Bedford, Virginia.

1:10:23 > 1:10:25The person being interviewed is Charles Reid.

1:10:25 > 1:10:28- Chuck Reid.- Chuck Reid. Former...

1:10:28 > 1:10:31I was a criminal investigator for the Bedford Sheriff's Office.

1:10:31 > 1:10:33And that was you, Ricky Gardner...

1:10:33 > 1:10:35You see, Ricky had just came in.

1:10:35 > 1:10:37That was the first murder case Ricky had worked,

1:10:37 > 1:10:38let me put it to you that way.

1:10:38 > 1:10:40We took over 1,000 pictures.

1:10:40 > 1:10:42The way the bodies were laying on the floor,

1:10:42 > 1:10:45their heads were pointing in a northerly direction.

1:10:45 > 1:10:47I don't think Elizabeth alone did it, by no means.

1:10:47 > 1:10:51There's no doubt in my mind some other people to be involved.

1:10:51 > 1:10:54TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

1:11:09 > 1:11:13Still, to this day, after 30 years, there's a question in my mind.

1:11:13 > 1:11:15The physical evidence was not there.

1:11:15 > 1:11:18They were just overwhelming convinced with that sock print

1:11:18 > 1:11:20found in the house, and blood.

1:11:36 > 1:11:42By observing the form of this foot, LR3,

1:11:42 > 1:11:45and Jens Soering's walking impression,

1:11:45 > 1:11:47I could not make an elimination

1:11:47 > 1:11:50that this foot could not have made that impression.

1:11:50 > 1:11:54Well, in the first place, this man was not a sock print

1:11:54 > 1:11:58or a footprint expert - he was a tyre expert.

1:11:58 > 1:12:01And he should never have been allowed to have an opinion.

1:12:01 > 1:12:06If that is the suspect print found at the scene,

1:12:06 > 1:12:09and if this is Jens Soering's footprint,

1:12:09 > 1:12:12and you lay them on top of one another like that

1:12:12 > 1:12:14and it fits like a glove...

1:12:14 > 1:12:18You pull that out, and it matches, and it fits like a glove.

1:12:18 > 1:12:23This was so out of professionalism or any expertise.

1:12:23 > 1:12:26This is senseless. This is not science.

1:12:26 > 1:12:28This is ridiculous.

1:12:28 > 1:12:31Nobody can tell anybody's foot from a...

1:12:31 > 1:12:33A smeared sock print.

1:12:33 > 1:12:35The footprint basically is what,

1:12:35 > 1:12:38besides his statement of admitting to it,

1:12:38 > 1:12:39put him where he's at.

1:12:39 > 1:12:4475% of the people that are in jail today, their mouth put them there.

1:12:44 > 1:12:47It's not the evidence, it's their mouth.

1:12:47 > 1:12:50And that's exactly what put Jens where he's at.

1:12:55 > 1:13:00Mr Gardner, did you have information that the shoe print

1:13:00 > 1:13:03that was left in the Haysom house was consistent

1:13:03 > 1:13:07with a woman's size 8-8.5 shoe?

1:13:07 > 1:13:09I'm not certain, Mr Neaton,

1:13:09 > 1:13:12because I don't know when we got the report back

1:13:12 > 1:13:13from the lab in Richmond.

1:13:13 > 1:13:17Mr Gardner, you were present during Elizabeth Haysom's interviews,

1:13:17 > 1:13:19- is that correct?- Yes, I was.

1:13:19 > 1:13:23And at that interview, did Elizabeth Haysom tell you that her shoe size

1:13:23 > 1:13:26- was a size eight? - Objection, your honour.

1:13:26 > 1:13:31The jury either be excluded or we open up this area entirely.

1:13:31 > 1:13:34Well, I think this is a matter that we need to send the jury out.

1:13:34 > 1:13:38Members of the jury, I'll ask you to go to your room, please.

1:13:42 > 1:13:45Lynchburg Cablevision presents same-day coverage

1:13:45 > 1:13:48of the Jens Soering trial from the Bedford County Circuit Court,

1:13:48 > 1:13:52brought to you as a public service by Lynchburg Cablevision.

1:13:56 > 1:13:59So, let me make sure, from Baker's report,

1:13:59 > 1:14:02somebody said the shoe type was, what, a New Balance?

1:14:02 > 1:14:04Size... Is that correct?

1:14:06 > 1:14:08Yes, sir.

1:14:08 > 1:14:10And that it was a women's what size?

1:14:18 > 1:14:21It was an 8.5 shoe, woman's size.

1:14:21 > 1:14:248.5 in woman's size.

1:14:24 > 1:14:27So that tells me there are other people to look at here.

1:14:27 > 1:14:32Was a profile requested by your department?

1:14:32 > 1:14:36Ed's back. He and another individual came in and did the profile.

1:14:36 > 1:14:39But, see, that wasn't brought up in court.

1:14:39 > 1:14:41It was not.

1:14:41 > 1:14:43Gardner said it didn't happen.

1:14:43 > 1:14:46The existence of a profile

1:14:46 > 1:14:49not provided to the defence?

1:14:49 > 1:14:51That's a pretty high bar.

1:14:51 > 1:14:53Sit down.

1:14:56 > 1:14:58Would you tell the jury your name?

1:14:58 > 1:15:01I'm Jean Bass. I lived on Holcomb Rock Road,

1:15:01 > 1:15:04just beyond the Haysom house.

1:15:04 > 1:15:07Do you recall driving by the Haysom house that night?

1:15:07 > 1:15:09Yes.

1:15:09 > 1:15:12It was either Saturday night, Sunday night or Monday night.

1:15:12 > 1:15:14It was just getting dark.

1:15:14 > 1:15:19We saw every light inside and outside of the house on.

1:15:19 > 1:15:23And we saw cars parked

1:15:23 > 1:15:28on the driveway, all the way up that driveway as far as we could see.

1:15:28 > 1:15:31I would say there were at least five or six cars.

1:15:33 > 1:15:36I just want to make sure, there were cars all the way down the driveway?

1:15:36 > 1:15:38The end of the last car was within two or three feet

1:15:38 > 1:15:40of Holcomb Rock Road.

1:15:40 > 1:15:43- And all the way up the driveway? - Yes, as far as we could see.

1:15:47 > 1:15:50Why would she rent the car in her name,

1:15:50 > 1:15:53but yet let him drive it back over there and kill some people

1:15:53 > 1:15:55when anybody could take a chance

1:15:55 > 1:15:57to see that and recognise that car there that night?

1:15:59 > 1:16:02So who's to say that she didn't rent it and he stayed in DC?

1:16:02 > 1:16:05She comes back in the car, parks the car somewhere else

1:16:05 > 1:16:08and get with some people in another car and goes to the crime scene.

1:16:08 > 1:16:10If another group of people in a different car commit the crime,

1:16:10 > 1:16:12go back and get in the rental car,

1:16:12 > 1:16:15then they can trace the car back to her.

1:16:15 > 1:16:18I'm just saying, hey, you know, anything is possible.

1:16:18 > 1:16:20Can I ask you about Jim Farmer?

1:16:20 > 1:16:23I knew his dad, the judge.

1:16:23 > 1:16:25Farmer was a general district judge in Bedford.

1:16:27 > 1:16:29So, you were in Washington on Saturday.

1:16:29 > 1:16:31And Elizabeth Haysom says to you,

1:16:31 > 1:16:35I've got to take some drugs back to an individual in Charlottesville?

1:16:35 > 1:16:36That's correct.

1:16:36 > 1:16:39She was supposed to pick up drugs in Washington, DC,

1:16:39 > 1:16:42with the person that she told me was her drug dealer, Jim Farmer.

1:16:42 > 1:16:46Why are you so interested in attacking that individual?

1:16:46 > 1:16:48I haven't asked you about him.

1:16:48 > 1:16:52I mean, it's what she said to me.

1:16:52 > 1:16:54Jens, had Elizabeth ever told you

1:16:54 > 1:16:58that she had purchased the 10:15 ticket?

1:16:58 > 1:17:01No. Elizabeth basically got the times confused,

1:17:01 > 1:17:04because she wasn't there when I bought the tickets in DC.

1:17:04 > 1:17:07Just like I got the position of the bodies confused

1:17:07 > 1:17:08because I wasn't in Lynchburg.

1:17:08 > 1:17:12OK. Can you step down? And we're going to have to do some explaining.

1:17:12 > 1:17:15When Elizabeth went to clean up the house with her brothers,

1:17:15 > 1:17:17she wrote me a letter in which she said

1:17:17 > 1:17:20that the house was different from when she'd left it

1:17:20 > 1:17:23and somebody else must have come after her to the house.

1:17:23 > 1:17:27She said the bodies were aligned along the same axis.

1:17:27 > 1:17:29See, this is the living room, right?

1:17:29 > 1:17:30Now, when she said to me in the doorway,

1:17:30 > 1:17:34I naturally assumed that she meant in the doorway like that, right?

1:17:34 > 1:17:36Which is wrong.

1:17:36 > 1:17:39What she meant in the doorway was that Mr Haysom was lying like that,

1:17:39 > 1:17:41blocking the doorway.

1:17:41 > 1:17:44And that's why I changed Mrs Haysom's body from that

1:17:44 > 1:17:46- to that.- OK, we can resume this statement.

1:17:47 > 1:17:49What happened to that letter?

1:17:49 > 1:17:51I threw that away. Because I thought

1:17:51 > 1:17:54this letter made it quite clear that she had killed the Haysoms.

1:17:54 > 1:17:56But it didn't occur to me that somebody else

1:17:56 > 1:17:59was part of a conspiracy to kill her parents.

1:18:15 > 1:18:18Here it is. This is from inside.

1:18:19 > 1:18:21Elizabeth is a very good writer.

1:18:22 > 1:18:25She wrote for this little paper from prison.

1:18:28 > 1:18:31Everyday Issues, by Elizabeth Haysom.

1:18:32 > 1:18:35"When I first arrived at Fluvanna in 1998,

1:18:35 > 1:18:37"I got my head stuck in my four-inch window.

1:18:37 > 1:18:41"My day consists of being told to sit, stand, go faster, go slower,

1:18:41 > 1:18:42"be quieter, be louder,

1:18:42 > 1:18:45"of spending my entire 20-minute lunch breaks

1:18:45 > 1:18:48"being told to tighten up, hurry up, finish up and get up.

1:18:48 > 1:18:51"I live a few feet from Death Row in segregation,

1:18:51 > 1:18:53"which is a reminder of the thin line I walk.

1:18:53 > 1:18:55"My green dog reminds me that dreams

1:18:55 > 1:18:59"and opportunities don't always arrive in quite the way we expect.

1:18:59 > 1:19:02"This is a punishment, it's meant to be tough."

1:19:02 > 1:19:05REPORTER: Two weeks of testimony from numerous witnesses.

1:19:05 > 1:19:07Tomorrow, Elizabeth Haysom will take the stand.

1:19:07 > 1:19:10It will be the first time that Haysom and Jens Soering

1:19:10 > 1:19:12will face each other since both were returned to the US.

1:19:12 > 1:19:14Pam Windsor, News Centre 13, Bedford.

1:19:57 > 1:20:00- Good morning, Miss Haysom. - Good morning, sir.

1:20:00 > 1:20:03If you need a break at any time during the questioning,

1:20:03 > 1:20:06indicate to me and we'll take a break.

1:20:07 > 1:20:09Elizabeth is beautiful.

1:20:11 > 1:20:12She's a beautiful girl.

1:20:14 > 1:20:18Miss Haysom, before Mr Soering left Washington...

1:20:20 > 1:20:23..did you provide him with any information concerning

1:20:23 > 1:20:26- the location of...? - INDISTINCT

1:20:26 > 1:20:28- Yes, I did, sir.- How was that?

1:20:28 > 1:20:31- I drew it on a map. - You drew him a map.

1:20:31 > 1:20:33He's very well-dressed.

1:20:33 > 1:20:37And we'll always remember him by his large glasses.

1:20:37 > 1:20:41After I'd been interviewed by the police the first time,

1:20:41 > 1:20:44Jens and I got together with my roommate, Christine,

1:20:44 > 1:20:48and we created a packet of our alibi.

1:20:50 > 1:20:52Christine wrote the document out.

1:20:52 > 1:20:55We sort of dictated it to her.

1:20:55 > 1:20:57I'm not quite sure why we had her do it.

1:20:57 > 1:21:00Maybe to have a third person involved.

1:21:00 > 1:21:05So, we created this alibi in diary form,

1:21:05 > 1:21:07going from the Friday up until the time

1:21:07 > 1:21:09that we stayed with the Massies.

1:21:09 > 1:21:13And did both you and Jens Soering then dictate this to Christine?

1:21:13 > 1:21:15- Yes, we did.- Christine Kim?

1:21:15 > 1:21:16Yes, that's correct.

1:21:16 > 1:21:19PHONE RINGS

1:21:19 > 1:21:20'This is Global Tel Mate.

1:21:20 > 1:21:24- 'I have a prepaid call from...' - Jens Soering.

1:21:24 > 1:21:27'..an inmate in Buckingham Correctional Centre.

1:21:27 > 1:21:29'Dial zero now.'

1:21:30 > 1:21:33'Your call is being connected.'

1:21:33 > 1:21:35- Good morning.- Good morning. Yes.

1:21:35 > 1:21:38We still have that beer that we're going to have in Germany

1:21:38 > 1:21:39when you get out.

1:21:39 > 1:21:42I'm coming over and you're going to show me around, OK?

1:21:42 > 1:21:45I wanted to say something about the fact that,

1:21:45 > 1:21:50in the trial in 1990, there was this document that was kind of a timeline

1:21:50 > 1:21:53for what happened on that weekend.

1:21:53 > 1:21:56There was some thought that I might have written this document

1:21:56 > 1:21:59and that was clearly not the case.

1:21:59 > 1:22:01- ELIZABETH:- Friday, March 29th.

1:22:01 > 1:22:0516-19, Washington trip, arrived at 7pm.

1:22:06 > 1:22:1119-22, checked into hotel, room service, sex.

1:22:11 > 1:22:15Saturday, 22-24, Stranger In Paradise.

1:22:15 > 1:22:190-2, Rocky Horror Picture Show, late.

1:22:19 > 1:22:212-3, drunken encounter.

1:22:22 > 1:22:25Turn left on Cadys Alley Northwest.

1:22:26 > 1:22:31Monday, 11:30-3am, E called our parents after movie.

1:22:31 > 1:22:33Wednesday, E called Massies.

1:22:33 > 1:22:35Call-back 11:10.

1:22:36 > 1:22:39And then it has "Massie's" written underneath.

1:22:39 > 1:22:44Thank you for reading that. If you can identify the handwriting...

1:22:44 > 1:22:46Yes, this is Christine Kim's handwriting.

1:22:46 > 1:22:49- JENS:- But the prosecution never asked Christine Kim

1:22:49 > 1:22:52to testify at my trial.

1:22:52 > 1:22:54Somebody told me that Christine Kim's

1:22:54 > 1:22:58- some kind of- BLEEP- Professor at- BLEEP- University, maybe.

1:22:58 > 1:23:01Hey, Dave. It's Gail.

1:23:01 > 1:23:02- Hey, Gail.- Yes.

1:23:02 > 1:23:04What have you found out?

1:23:04 > 1:23:06Miss Kim left me a voicemail.

1:23:07 > 1:23:10She said that if I came on the property of the university again,

1:23:10 > 1:23:12she would call the police on me.

1:23:12 > 1:23:14SHE LAUGHS

1:23:15 > 1:23:19I have no idea why she would be reacting that way.

1:23:22 > 1:23:24Miss Haysom,

1:23:24 > 1:23:26I'd like you to read the highlighted portion

1:23:26 > 1:23:28on page three of that letter.

1:23:28 > 1:23:31"I hated my love for you for a long time.

1:23:31 > 1:23:35"I had always believed that I made men fall in love with me

1:23:35 > 1:23:38"so that I could screw them, physically and emotionally,

1:23:38 > 1:23:40"and take out all the hatred I felt for them.

1:23:40 > 1:23:44"I would make a man humiliate himself and, in the end,

1:23:44 > 1:23:47"I would give him the best fuck he's ever likely to get

1:23:47 > 1:23:48"and then walk out."

1:23:50 > 1:23:52That's what you did to Jens, wasn't it?

1:23:54 > 1:23:59No, I don't think that that's what I did to Jens.

1:23:59 > 1:24:01Did you ever tell my client that Mrs Massie

1:24:01 > 1:24:05- had somehow done things to you? - Objection, your honour.

1:24:05 > 1:24:09I apologise, but I have to do it. I feel that it's my duty.

1:24:09 > 1:24:12Did you ever tell Jens Soering

1:24:12 > 1:24:17that your mother's good friend, Mrs Massie, touched you in any way?

1:24:17 > 1:24:21- Yes, she did.- When you ask a question like that,

1:24:21 > 1:24:22you've got to prove it.

1:24:22 > 1:24:25You can't just ask questions and then not back it up with proof.

1:24:25 > 1:24:27And if you don't, I'm going to strike the question

1:24:27 > 1:24:28and I'm going to strike the answer.

1:24:28 > 1:24:31There were rumours that there were...

1:24:31 > 1:24:34I just don't think we ought to talk about the rumours, honey.

1:24:34 > 1:24:37- Well...- I mean, really... I don't think that adds anything to it.

1:24:37 > 1:24:39- None of them were true! - Well, I know that.

1:24:39 > 1:24:42- All kinds of rumours.- Because that might involve other people,

1:24:42 > 1:24:44and I just don't think we ought to go into that.

1:24:47 > 1:24:50You said that your mother slept with you.

1:24:50 > 1:24:52Yes, sir.

1:24:52 > 1:24:53Objection, your honour.

1:24:53 > 1:24:55That's not a relevant question.

1:24:56 > 1:24:57She abused you, right?

1:25:03 > 1:25:04Was that true?

1:25:06 > 1:25:08Yes, sir, it was.

1:25:10 > 1:25:13Well, when you testified at your guilty plea here,

1:25:13 > 1:25:17in October of 1987, you said that was false.

1:25:17 > 1:25:19You were asked, was she a sexual abuser?

1:25:19 > 1:25:22If she didn't, for God's sake, clear her name now.

1:25:22 > 1:25:25And have I said today that she sexually abused me?

1:25:25 > 1:25:28You said yes today, right?

1:25:28 > 1:25:31I said that she abused me. I did not specify that it was sexual.

1:25:34 > 1:25:36Then you didn't lie to us?

1:25:36 > 1:25:37No, I did not.

1:25:45 > 1:25:50It actually is a mitigating circumstance

1:25:50 > 1:25:53if you are abused and you're young

1:25:53 > 1:25:57and who knows how long the abuse has gone on and why it all happened?

1:25:59 > 1:26:00The prosecutor knows.

1:26:02 > 1:26:05It's the key to everything.

1:26:05 > 1:26:07I was there when Updike pushed her.

1:26:07 > 1:26:09That was the nexus,

1:26:09 > 1:26:12that was the crucible in which all of this was cooked.

1:26:12 > 1:26:17I still see him talking with Elizabeth and discounting a motive.

1:26:17 > 1:26:20And he said, "This is the chance to clear your mother's name,"

1:26:20 > 1:26:22and she said... She cleared it.

1:26:22 > 1:26:23Your mother's been butchered.

1:26:23 > 1:26:26- Yes, she has, sir.- You called her a liar and an alcoholic.

1:26:26 > 1:26:29- I did not call her an alcoholic. - Was she a sexual abuser?

1:26:29 > 1:26:30Did she sexually abuse you?

1:26:30 > 1:26:33If she didn't, for God's sake, clear her name now.

1:26:33 > 1:26:35- She did not sexually abuse me. - Thank you.

1:26:38 > 1:26:40You said that to get a deal, right?

1:26:45 > 1:26:48In order to try to get yourself a light sentence.

1:26:55 > 1:27:00- You had the services of an attorney, Mr Rosenfield.- That is correct.

1:27:00 > 1:27:03There are all sorts of promises that get made to prisoners

1:27:03 > 1:27:07that induces them to plead guilty.

1:27:07 > 1:27:10Sometimes a family member will not be prosecuted

1:27:10 > 1:27:12because of a deal worked out.

1:27:12 > 1:27:16That's a favourite one by prosecutors.

1:27:16 > 1:27:18"If you plead guilty, we won't charge your mother."

1:27:19 > 1:27:23And so, Elizabeth Haysom made a deal with the government that,

1:27:23 > 1:27:27if she pled guilty and testified against Jens,

1:27:27 > 1:27:30that the death penalty would be removed

1:27:30 > 1:27:32because neither Elizabeth nor Jens

1:27:32 > 1:27:35wanted to come back to Virginia and face the death penalty.

1:27:37 > 1:27:40There's a certain irony that 27 years after that,

1:27:40 > 1:27:44I was contacted by somebody acting on Jens' behalf

1:27:44 > 1:27:47to get him transferred to Germany

1:27:47 > 1:27:50and I attempted to get that accomplished.

1:27:50 > 1:27:54- 'I have a prepaid call from...' - Jens Soering.

1:27:54 > 1:27:57'..an inmate in Buckingham Correctional Center.

1:27:57 > 1:28:02'Your call is being connected. Thank you for using Global Tel Mate.'

1:28:02 > 1:28:04- Hi, Steve.- Jens, how you doing?

1:28:04 > 1:28:07Oh, peachy(!) And you?

1:28:07 > 1:28:08HE LAUGHS

1:28:08 > 1:28:12I wanted to say something about the fact that the judge in this case,

1:28:12 > 1:28:18Bill Sweeney, was a very close friend of Natalie Haysom's brother,

1:28:18 > 1:28:22Rick Benedict. The Benedicts were a prominent Lynchburg family.

1:28:22 > 1:28:26I think that is a really important component to all of this.

1:28:26 > 1:28:28Back then, it was not common

1:28:28 > 1:28:30to speak about child sexual abuse openly.

1:28:30 > 1:28:34Both of them nude together in the bathtub

1:28:34 > 1:28:36and had sex in the bathroom.

1:28:36 > 1:28:39And the judge knowing Nancy Haysom when he was growing up

1:28:39 > 1:28:42was obviously strong personal motivation.

1:28:42 > 1:28:46These naked pictures was in her teenage years?

1:28:46 > 1:28:47- Late teens.- Late teens.

1:28:47 > 1:28:51And Nancy Haysom had shown those photographs

1:28:51 > 1:28:53around to friends of hers.

1:28:54 > 1:28:58So these photographs were placed under seal

1:28:58 > 1:29:00and basically went into hiding.

1:29:00 > 1:29:03You're still here in Virginia, right?

1:29:03 > 1:29:04- ELIZABETH:- I guess so.

1:29:06 > 1:29:09You came back to plead guilty, right?

1:29:09 > 1:29:11- Yes, I did.- To tell the truth.

1:29:12 > 1:29:14- Right?- To plead guilty.

1:29:16 > 1:29:18That's different than telling the truth?

1:29:20 > 1:29:23You said, on June the 8th, 1986,

1:29:23 > 1:29:25you set up the alibi in the car and he said,

1:29:25 > 1:29:28"Buy a couple of movie tickets," and that was a lie, right?

1:29:28 > 1:29:33Sometime, early in the afternoon, Jens dropped me off at the cinema.

1:29:33 > 1:29:34He left and I went to the movie.

1:29:34 > 1:29:38Miss Haysom, on June 8th, 1986,

1:29:38 > 1:29:41you testified that you didn't go to the movies, right?

1:29:41 > 1:29:43You want to think about that for a minute?

1:29:43 > 1:29:45Make sure you've got it straight?

1:29:45 > 1:29:46What's your shoe size?

1:29:47 > 1:29:488.5-9.

1:29:50 > 1:29:54It is possible, then, that somebody who was involved in the murders

1:29:54 > 1:29:56is still at large.

1:29:56 > 1:29:58There's no question in my mind...

1:29:58 > 1:30:02'You have 60 seconds remaining.'

1:30:02 > 1:30:05I would like to say that I'm looking forward to the end,

1:30:05 > 1:30:08but I'll believe it when I step off the plane

1:30:08 > 1:30:11and experience a German grey sky

1:30:11 > 1:30:13with lots of drizzle and no sunshine.

1:30:13 > 1:30:18- Can't wait. - 'You have ten seconds remaining.'

1:30:18 > 1:30:19I'll call back, all right?

1:30:25 > 1:30:28Did you want him to kill them?

1:30:28 > 1:30:30Yes, I did.

1:30:30 > 1:30:35I was much more concerned that he would not kill them

1:30:35 > 1:30:37- than that he would, because, er...- Why?

1:30:39 > 1:30:44Well, the whole idea of Jens killing anybody is so oddly fantastic.

1:30:44 > 1:30:45What happened next?

1:30:45 > 1:30:48He came back. He said that he had killed my parents.

1:30:48 > 1:30:52He said that my father just wouldn't lie down and die.

1:30:53 > 1:30:56We go back up to the room, Jens took a shower.

1:30:56 > 1:30:59- What did you do?- I was sick.

1:31:00 > 1:31:05It is a very odd feeling to have somebody in the room with you who,

1:31:05 > 1:31:08in a period of 12 hours, killed two people.

1:31:09 > 1:31:11You start having odd thoughts like,

1:31:11 > 1:31:13are they going to roll over and kill you, too?

1:31:13 > 1:31:18He made a joke about how tired he was and that it was exhausting.

1:31:18 > 1:31:20I said, "Well, I guess it is."

1:31:21 > 1:31:24Did you say anything to the police officers

1:31:24 > 1:31:28- about what you've just told the jury?- No, I did not.

1:31:28 > 1:31:29I, erm...

1:31:31 > 1:31:33I lied about some...

1:31:38 > 1:31:40You know, what happened.

1:31:41 > 1:31:44I denied it. I had nothing to do with it.

1:32:07 > 1:32:13He told me to go down to the car and take a bottle of Coca-Cola with me,

1:32:13 > 1:32:17and to clean the blood in the car.

1:32:17 > 1:32:19With...a bottle of Coca-Cola?

1:32:19 > 1:32:23With Coca-Cola, yes, because apparently Coca-Cola eats anything.

1:32:23 > 1:32:28Then I returned back to the room and...

1:32:30 > 1:32:33- ..Jens had gone to bed. - He had gone to bed?- Yes.

1:32:37 > 1:32:41She said Jens came back and he was in a bloody sheet,

1:32:41 > 1:32:44and the car was filled with blood,

1:32:44 > 1:32:46and they went back to the hotel

1:32:46 > 1:32:50and he told her to go down and wash the blood off with Coca-Cola.

1:32:51 > 1:32:56I went to Charlottesville and I luminoled the inside of the car -

1:32:56 > 1:33:01the floor board, the brake pedal, the gas pedal,

1:33:01 > 1:33:03where blood or anything could have been -

1:33:03 > 1:33:05and never got the first hit off of it.

1:33:05 > 1:33:07If it's that much blood,

1:33:07 > 1:33:12why did I not find some in the rental car when I luminoled it?

1:33:12 > 1:33:14State your name, please, ma'am.

1:33:14 > 1:33:16- Sylvia Moore.- Miss Moore, where are you employed?

1:33:16 > 1:33:19Texaco and National Car Rental.

1:33:19 > 1:33:22Pertaining to the rental of a Tibet automobile,

1:33:22 > 1:33:27rented on the 29th of March, returned on the 31st of March,

1:33:27 > 1:33:29how badly did it need cleaned?

1:33:29 > 1:33:31The car didn't need cleaning at all.

1:33:31 > 1:33:35- It didn't need cleaning at all? - No. It was spotless.

1:33:35 > 1:33:38I know they clean the cars up, but I'm going to tell you,

1:33:38 > 1:33:40somebody had to spend some time cleaning it up.

1:33:40 > 1:33:42If there was any blood whatsoever in that car,

1:33:42 > 1:33:44somebody had to do some real cleaning.

1:33:50 > 1:33:52A couple of years ago, a guy in Lynchburg

1:33:52 > 1:33:55said they brought a car to him to clean up

1:33:55 > 1:33:57that had blood in it and all this kind of stuff.

1:33:58 > 1:34:01He's saying that Elizabeth and another individual,

1:34:01 > 1:34:02not Jens Soering,

1:34:02 > 1:34:06brought this car to his shop for them to clean blood out of it.

1:34:16 > 1:34:19I wanted to come and listen, see what you had to say.

1:34:30 > 1:34:32The car was in my parking lot.

1:34:32 > 1:34:35Some college kids had it towed.

1:34:35 > 1:34:37Apparently they was stuck, or whatever.

1:34:37 > 1:34:38Right.

1:34:43 > 1:34:46This is the girl, as far as I'm concerned, was in the shop.

1:34:46 > 1:34:49They had to sit there in front of me for at least 30 minutes.

1:34:49 > 1:34:53The guy who signed, his hair had maybe a highlight in it

1:34:53 > 1:34:55or his hair was funny.

1:34:55 > 1:34:58This is the guy I'm thinking was in the shop.

1:34:59 > 1:35:01Looks like the guy that was in the shop.

1:35:03 > 1:35:05He's got some kind of doo-doo in his hair there.

1:35:05 > 1:35:09Like he had six cans of hairspray in it to make it stand.

1:35:09 > 1:35:11You know, stand out.

1:35:29 > 1:35:30- Dear Mr- BLEEP,

1:35:30 > 1:35:32you may be aware that a witness, Tony Buchanan,

1:35:32 > 1:35:35was shown a picture of you and he recognised you

1:35:35 > 1:35:38as the person who came to pick up a car

1:35:38 > 1:35:43that contained a bloody knife that was placed in the front seat.

1:35:43 > 1:35:46- Jim Farmer, Ned- BLEEP

1:35:46 > 1:35:51and Elizabeth were in the same club at UVA.

1:35:51 > 1:35:53It was called the Gay Club.

1:35:53 > 1:35:57They were friends and they had similar aspects

1:35:57 > 1:35:59to their lives and activities.

1:35:59 > 1:36:03And the fact was that Ned rented out a room

1:36:03 > 1:36:07to Elizabeth and Jens the summer of 1985.

1:36:07 > 1:36:11About how long was it after all this came out

1:36:11 > 1:36:13that they came to your place?

1:36:13 > 1:36:15It was after hunting season.

1:36:15 > 1:36:18Bubba's Towing brought that car in on a weekend.

1:36:18 > 1:36:21He had said that it had come from some college kids.

1:36:21 > 1:36:25The knife was down between the console and the seat.

1:36:25 > 1:36:26Later on that year,

1:36:26 > 1:36:28the police department had a picture in the paper.

1:36:28 > 1:36:31They said, "This is the guy supposed to have did the murder,"

1:36:31 > 1:36:32and all this stuff.

1:36:32 > 1:36:34I said, "This ain't the guy that came by the shop."

1:36:34 > 1:36:38I said, "I think somebody else is involved in this murder."

1:36:38 > 1:36:40So I called, I said,

1:36:40 > 1:36:42"I think somebody else's involved

1:36:42 > 1:36:44"and this is the way to check and see."

1:36:44 > 1:36:48- Right.- He was just trying to brush me off.

1:36:48 > 1:36:51I've never talked to Tony Buchanan about a knife being in a vehicle

1:36:51 > 1:36:54and blood all in the vehicle?

1:36:54 > 1:36:56That doesn't make any sense at all.

1:36:56 > 1:36:57Because I had long distance.

1:36:57 > 1:36:59'He's lying. It didn't happen.'

1:36:59 > 1:37:02I don't know what Buchanan's motivation is.

1:37:02 > 1:37:04I don't know if he's trying to

1:37:04 > 1:37:05get his five minutes of fame or whatever,

1:37:05 > 1:37:07but I certainly don't appreciate him

1:37:07 > 1:37:10trying to interject himself in a homicide.

1:37:10 > 1:37:12Tony Buchanan has no credibility to me.

1:37:12 > 1:37:15I wouldn't know Tony Buchanan if he walked in that door right now.

1:37:15 > 1:37:19This information that you're giving out, if nobody follows up on it,

1:37:19 > 1:37:21we possibly could still have a murder suspect

1:37:21 > 1:37:23running around out here.

1:37:23 > 1:37:25There's always two sides to a story.

1:37:26 > 1:37:28And you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

1:37:28 > 1:37:31I don't see where that's beyond a reasonable doubt.

1:37:36 > 1:37:40- Hi.- Hello.- I'm trying to locate a Ned- BLEEP- that may live next door.

1:37:40 > 1:37:44- He's probably working at the hotel in town.- OK, thank you.

1:37:59 > 1:38:02- I'm trying to contact Ned- BLEEP.

1:38:02 > 1:38:03Is he here, by any chance?

1:38:03 > 1:38:07- Not here today.- It's about a case where two people were killed.

1:38:08 > 1:38:11The people that have been arrested and charged with that

1:38:11 > 1:38:13are in prison for life and everything.

1:38:13 > 1:38:14He won't know what it is about.

1:38:14 > 1:38:17He is obviously not in any trouble whatsoever.

1:38:17 > 1:38:19So, if he could give me a call, if I'm still in the area,

1:38:19 > 1:38:21- I'll stop by, have a beer with him.- OK.

1:38:21 > 1:38:24- Wasn't he a bird-watcher or something?- He's a bird-watcher,

1:38:24 > 1:38:25yes, he is. All right?

1:38:25 > 1:38:28I've been going through this crap all day long, you know?

1:38:28 > 1:38:29All right.

1:38:37 > 1:38:39He responded and he said...

1:38:39 > 1:38:44"Mrs Ball, I have no intention of becoming embroiled in this matter.

1:38:44 > 1:38:46"I know nothing about the murders

1:38:46 > 1:38:49"and I have no opinion about the murders.

1:38:49 > 1:38:52"I have nothing else to say in this matter.

1:38:52 > 1:38:54- "Edward- BLEEP."

1:38:54 > 1:38:56State your name, please, sir.

1:38:56 > 1:38:57Klaus Soering.

1:38:57 > 1:38:59You are the father of the defendant, Jens Soering?

1:38:59 > 1:39:02- Yes.- I'd like to show you some documents.

1:39:07 > 1:39:11These were among Jen's things which I took from his dorm.

1:39:11 > 1:39:13The tickets to a movie, witness.

1:39:13 > 1:39:15Yes. Same things.

1:39:15 > 1:39:17You don't have to repeat it every time.

1:40:03 > 1:40:07Mr Soering, then you began developing different plans

1:40:07 > 1:40:10- as to how you were going to get out of this.- No.

1:40:10 > 1:40:11- You did not?- No.

1:40:13 > 1:40:14"If I go to Germany..."

1:40:16 > 1:40:18It's about three-quarters of the way down.

1:40:18 > 1:40:19"If I go to Germany and get convicted,

1:40:19 > 1:40:23"I will go away for only a few years and your trial in the US will not be

1:40:23 > 1:40:27"a hyped-up emotional publicity thing since the star attraction, me,

1:40:27 > 1:40:28- "is missing."- Thank you.

1:40:28 > 1:40:31That's why... I was hoping to go to Germany, like I said.

1:40:31 > 1:40:35- You're the star attraction, Mr Soering?- Well... Yes, obviously.

1:40:36 > 1:40:38Because you're the one who did it.

1:40:38 > 1:40:41I was the one who SAID I did it, yes.

1:40:41 > 1:40:43Down that same page, writing to Elizabeth,

1:40:43 > 1:40:45"My optimism is well-founded, sweetie.

1:40:45 > 1:40:47"Remember, I'm always the pessimist.

1:40:47 > 1:40:49"Not you. Those yokels don't know what's coming to them."

1:40:49 > 1:40:52- That's right, I wrote that.- And you wrote it right after you'd made

1:40:52 > 1:40:55a reference to me, didn't you? Here's the actual letter.

1:40:55 > 1:40:56Well...

1:40:58 > 1:41:01Mr Updike, the reason why I wrote that is that I was personally

1:41:01 > 1:41:06- surprised that we managed to convince you people.- Shut up.

1:41:08 > 1:41:12- He's my client.- I know that, and I'm not criticising you for saying that.

1:41:12 > 1:41:14I encourage you to say it any time you want.

1:41:14 > 1:41:17So much of the case depends on whether jurors

1:41:17 > 1:41:20believe Jens Soering's story or Elizabeth Haysom.

1:41:20 > 1:41:24Attorneys from both sides will get one final chance to sway the jury

1:41:24 > 1:41:28in closing arguments tomorrow, then the rest will be in their hands.

1:41:28 > 1:41:30Pan Windsor, News Center 13, Bedford.

1:41:32 > 1:41:35I have been asked by the parents of my client

1:41:35 > 1:41:38to read a statement to the court on their behalf.

1:41:38 > 1:41:40They are unable to be here today.

1:41:41 > 1:41:45"We find it very hard to believe that our son could have committed

1:41:45 > 1:41:49"such a violent crime. The killing of anything or anyone

1:41:49 > 1:41:52"has always been so totally against his nature.

1:41:52 > 1:41:56"We know that Jens loved Elizabeth Haysom very much.

1:41:57 > 1:41:59"And he was blind to her obvious storytelling.

1:42:01 > 1:42:05"However, despite our son's deep love for Elizabeth,

1:42:05 > 1:42:09"we do not believe that Jens killed Elizabeth's parents.

1:42:09 > 1:42:11"We also have some questions about the trial.

1:42:13 > 1:42:17"Why did Judge Sweeney not remove himself from Jens's case

1:42:17 > 1:42:20"after it became known that he had been a friend

1:42:20 > 1:42:22"of Mrs Haysom's brother for about 40 years?"

1:42:24 > 1:42:26Thank you.

1:42:26 > 1:42:31I would only say, in my own defence, that the public is my judge.

1:42:31 > 1:42:33A lot of people saw this case.

1:42:33 > 1:42:37If they feel that the trial which I conducted was conducted unfairly

1:42:37 > 1:42:40because of some relationship with one of the parties,

1:42:40 > 1:42:42not a close relationship, then so be it.

1:42:43 > 1:42:47The German Federal Government strongly promotes parole

1:42:47 > 1:42:50and the subsequent deportation of Mr Soering.

1:42:50 > 1:42:54Soering has shown excellent institutional adjustment

1:42:54 > 1:42:58with absolutely no record of institutional infractions.

1:42:58 > 1:43:02Soering has not had a history of violence before his arrest.

1:43:02 > 1:43:06Germany stands ready to take Mr Soering back to our country

1:43:06 > 1:43:09immediately and without any precondition.

1:43:09 > 1:43:11And we know that Virginians believe in mercy

1:43:11 > 1:43:16and we think that the time has come to have mercy with Jens Soering.

1:43:16 > 1:43:17Thank you.

1:43:17 > 1:43:21Members of the jury, you have a commonwealth that's saying

1:43:21 > 1:43:23that Jens Soering did it alone

1:43:23 > 1:43:27and you have a defence that says Elizabeth Haysom did it,

1:43:27 > 1:43:29and more likely with one other accomplice at the scene.

1:43:29 > 1:43:31He doesn't want to give any blood,

1:43:31 > 1:43:32he doesn't want to give any footprints,

1:43:32 > 1:43:34what Jens Soering wants to do is get out of the country!

1:43:34 > 1:43:38On the tickets right here, the time is 10:15pm.

1:43:38 > 1:43:41Elizabeth Haysom, who was supposedly the alibi, said,

1:43:41 > 1:43:43"I definitely bought the last ticket

1:43:43 > 1:43:45"at about four o'clock in the afternoon,"

1:43:45 > 1:43:47and, ladies and gentlemen,

1:43:47 > 1:43:51you can't go to a four o'clock movie at 10:15pm at night.

1:43:51 > 1:43:53That is a reasonable doubt in this case.

1:43:53 > 1:43:56Now, he gets up here and he said,

1:43:56 > 1:43:58"Elizabeth was up there buying the tickets,

1:43:58 > 1:43:59"Elizabeth was doing this..."

1:43:59 > 1:44:04All right, so he hauls it out of the country...

1:44:04 > 1:44:07goes all over Europe and they get caught in England.

1:44:07 > 1:44:08Now, at that point, ladies and gentlemen,

1:44:08 > 1:44:10they write letters to each other again.

1:44:10 > 1:44:13"All along, I made the mistakes."

1:44:13 > 1:44:15He is writing this to Elizabeth Haysom.

1:44:15 > 1:44:21It's cold-blooded, calculated, mean and violent.

1:44:21 > 1:44:25This man can get on this stand, first-degree murder charges,

1:44:25 > 1:44:28talk about this, try to put on a little performance

1:44:28 > 1:44:30and laugh at times.

1:44:30 > 1:44:31Cold.

1:44:31 > 1:44:36This cheque, ladies and gentlemen, that Jens says that he cashed,

1:44:36 > 1:44:40it's clearly cashed at the Marriot in Washington, DC.

1:44:40 > 1:44:41It's his signature on it.

1:44:41 > 1:44:46Elizabeth Haysom does not testify about any cheque being cashed.

1:44:46 > 1:44:49Why? Because she didn't know that it was cashed,

1:44:49 > 1:44:53because she wasn't there when it was cashed, ladies and gentlemen.

1:44:53 > 1:44:57I say to you that there is stronger evidence at the scene of the crime

1:44:57 > 1:45:00that suggests that Elizabeth Haysom was there

1:45:00 > 1:45:04and she was with an accomplice who is still in Bedford County,

1:45:04 > 1:45:06or some place in these United States.

1:45:06 > 1:45:07Cold.

1:45:11 > 1:45:13He needs to be convicted of first-degree murder,

1:45:13 > 1:45:15sentenced to life imprisonment.

1:45:15 > 1:45:17It's the only just punishment.

1:45:17 > 1:45:20The burden of proof is on the Commonwealth.

1:45:20 > 1:45:23Unless they can prove he was there beyond a reasonable doubt,

1:45:23 > 1:45:24you have to acquit.

1:45:24 > 1:45:28I think the fact he was not from that county

1:45:28 > 1:45:30and she was

1:45:30 > 1:45:32did play a role.

1:45:32 > 1:45:35The jury had a choice of saying,

1:45:35 > 1:45:38"Oh, this young girl who grew up right down the street from us

1:45:38 > 1:45:44"killed her parents," or, "This outsider that we don't know did it."

1:45:44 > 1:45:47It very difficult for a jury to...

1:45:48 > 1:45:52..decide that a person actually killed their own parents.

1:45:52 > 1:45:56That's a thought you don't even want to have in your own head.

1:45:59 > 1:46:01Jens Soering, would you stand?

1:46:07 > 1:46:10Jens Soering, do you know of any reason why this court

1:46:10 > 1:46:14should not now pronounce judgment and sentence in your case?

1:46:14 > 1:46:16- Yes, I do.- You may speak.

1:46:18 > 1:46:19I'm innocent.

1:46:23 > 1:46:25In accordance with the jury verdict,

1:46:25 > 1:46:29the court sentences you to life imprisonment

1:46:29 > 1:46:31in each of the two cases.

1:46:31 > 1:46:34The sentences are to run consecutively and not concurrently.

1:46:37 > 1:46:40That's all. The accused is remanded to jail.

1:46:40 > 1:46:43CLAMOUR

1:46:43 > 1:46:46- Do you still say you're innocent? - Anything, Jens?

1:46:46 > 1:46:48I told you to back off of me.

1:46:50 > 1:46:51Get back on the sidewalk.

1:47:59 > 1:48:01She's been turned down for parole 15 times.

1:48:04 > 1:48:05She has mandatory parole in...

1:48:07 > 1:48:09..2032.

1:48:09 > 1:48:11She'll be 68 years old.

1:48:14 > 1:48:17And remember how young they were when they were...

1:48:18 > 1:48:20..together.

1:48:20 > 1:48:21They're both middle-aged now.

1:48:23 > 1:48:25Jens Soering is still clinging to hope

1:48:25 > 1:48:28that he's going to find something, something that will set him free.

1:48:28 > 1:48:31Soering continues to maintain his innocence and tonight,

1:48:31 > 1:48:33there is a new twist to his case.

1:48:33 > 1:48:35A page right out of The Fugitive.

1:48:55 > 1:48:57We ought to kick him out as soon as we safely can.

1:48:57 > 1:49:00In this instance, we could safely do it with a guarantee

1:49:00 > 1:49:02that he wouldn't come back

1:49:02 > 1:49:05and I felt that was sufficient to make a recommendation

1:49:05 > 1:49:07to the Justice Department.

1:49:07 > 1:49:09I went down to visit him in Buckingham County

1:49:09 > 1:49:13after it was announced that Kaine was going to have him deported

1:49:13 > 1:49:14and, of course, he was ecstatic.

1:49:14 > 1:49:19He was just crazy, here he was, he couldn't believe how free he was.

1:49:42 > 1:49:45Because he felt that they were going to pick him up, throw him in a car

1:49:45 > 1:49:47and take him to the airport and deport him.

1:49:47 > 1:49:50And it was the happiest I'd ever seen him.

1:50:00 > 1:50:03Please welcome Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

1:50:03 > 1:50:04Thank you.

1:50:29 > 1:50:31Then, of course, everything started to fall apart.

1:50:31 > 1:50:33Good evening, my fellow Republicans.

1:50:53 > 1:50:55When I was trying to have his

1:50:55 > 1:50:57conviction overturned...

1:50:59 > 1:51:02..the Virginia authorities threatened that,

1:51:02 > 1:51:04if the conviction was overturned,

1:51:04 > 1:51:06they would try him with the death penalty.

1:51:06 > 1:51:08That was their threat,

1:51:08 > 1:51:12that if the trial got overturned and we had to try him again,

1:51:12 > 1:51:13all bets were off.

1:51:13 > 1:51:15The system in Virginia...

1:51:17 > 1:51:18..seems broken.

1:51:22 > 1:51:25I will do what I can to make it right.

1:51:28 > 1:51:32"I'm writing these lines Saturday morning at ten.

1:51:32 > 1:51:35"Pretty much certain 2013 is another lost year.

1:51:35 > 1:51:39"All outside rec is cancelled due to extreme fog.

1:51:39 > 1:51:42"That's where I am this first day of 2013.

1:51:42 > 1:51:45"It's just that it's so lonely.

1:51:45 > 1:51:48"26 years, eight months, four days of this crap.

1:51:48 > 1:51:51"And oh, so many more to come.

1:51:51 > 1:51:54"Yes, last night I watched a movie made in 2011

1:51:54 > 1:51:57"about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland.

1:51:57 > 1:51:58"I remember that album.

1:51:58 > 1:52:03"It was a huge hit in 1986, the year I was arrested.

1:52:03 > 1:52:07"The hair, the eyeglasses of that era, the last time I was free.

1:52:07 > 1:52:11"And the music, of course, brought me back to that time.

1:52:11 > 1:52:13"Seeing how Paul Simon aged

1:52:13 > 1:52:16"just opened up inside of me a feeling of vertigo.

1:52:16 > 1:52:20"Joy and happiness were not only possible for me in 1986,

1:52:20 > 1:52:22"they were actually real.

1:52:22 > 1:52:27"I remembered them even though I haven't felt them in 27 years.

1:52:27 > 1:52:30"What I really wanted to write to you about is the next visit.

1:52:30 > 1:52:34"When do you want to come? You last came on 11th December.

1:52:34 > 1:52:36"Do you want to come on the 15th of January?

1:52:37 > 1:52:40"I want to thank you so much for continuing to fight with me.

1:52:41 > 1:52:44"You're doing so much, but also on an emotional level,

1:52:44 > 1:52:47"I'm also glad you're with me.

1:52:47 > 1:52:48"I regret losing my faith.

1:52:48 > 1:52:51"It's not what I wanted to choose.

1:52:51 > 1:52:53"I'm so tired of being alone.

1:52:53 > 1:52:55"Thank you for everything.

1:52:55 > 1:52:58"All the best and thank you again, yours, Jens."

1:53:20 > 1:53:21- You ready?- Yeah.

1:53:25 > 1:53:28# I put a spell on you

1:53:33 > 1:53:37# Because you're mine

1:53:41 > 1:53:44# You better stop the things that you're doing

1:53:49 > 1:53:52# I ain't lyin'

1:53:52 > 1:53:54# No, I ain't lyin'

1:53:57 > 1:53:59# I just can't stand it, babe

1:54:00 > 1:54:03# The way you always put me down

1:54:04 > 1:54:06# I just can't stand it

1:54:08 > 1:54:12# The way you're always runnin' round

1:54:12 > 1:54:14# I put a spell on you

1:54:18 > 1:54:21# Because you're mine

1:54:25 > 1:54:27# I put a spell on you

1:54:31 > 1:54:38# Because you're mine

1:54:38 > 1:54:41# You better stop the things that you do

1:54:41 > 1:54:43# Oh, Lord

1:54:43 > 1:54:46# I know, I know, I know, I know I'm not lyin

1:54:46 > 1:54:49# Yeah, you know I'm not lyin'

1:54:51 > 1:54:53# I just can't stand it, babe

1:54:53 > 1:54:58# No, the way you always runnin' round

1:54:58 > 1:54:59# I just can't stand it

1:54:59 > 1:55:01# Oh, no

1:55:01 > 1:55:04# The way you always put me down

1:55:04 > 1:55:06# I put a spell on you

1:55:09 > 1:55:12# Because, because you're mine

1:55:12 > 1:55:15# You gotta show me one time and I know

1:55:15 > 1:55:16# I know you're mine

1:55:16 > 1:55:19# I put a spell on you

1:55:19 > 1:55:20# I just can't stand it

1:55:20 > 1:55:22# I put a spell

1:55:22 > 1:55:25# I put a spell on you...

1:55:31 > 1:55:33# I put a spell on you. #

Documentary about a compelling murder mystery, fuelled by a passionate young love affair. It all looked clear-cut when German student Jens Soering confessed to the brutal murder of his girlfriend's parents. But all was not as it seemed - by the time it came to trial, Jens was claiming he confessed to the murders to protect his beloved girlfriend, the beautiful Elizabeth Haysom - and that she had actually been the killer. Through access to the dramatic trials, love letters and new evidence, Killing for Love attempts to get to the truth of what happened on that fateful night.

The 20-year-old Elizabeth Haysom was widely admired at the University of Virginia for her wild past. Jens Soering, the son of a German diplomat, was a first-year Jefferson Scholar and had just turned 18 when he met her. He was instantly entranced and they embarked on an intense, obsessive relationship. Three months into their affair, on 30 March 1985, Elizabeth's parents were brutally murdered in their Virginia home and the couple fled. Crisscrossing Asia and Europe they were eventually arrested in London, where Jens confessed to the murder in what he later claimed was an act of love.