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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.


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The members of the jury reached a verdict.

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We, the jury, find the defendant guilty

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of first-degree murder of Derek William Reginald Haysom

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and Nancy Astor Haysom

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and fix punishment and imprisonment for life.

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-Why didn't you say anything?

-Do you still say you're innocent?

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Anything else?

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All right, everybody out of the way.

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Move it, please.

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Get back on the sidewalk.

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I was the investigator for the Sheriff's Office.

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It was around three o'clock that Wednesday afternoon we got the call,

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it came over the radio.

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'Ricky was there, too.

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'Ricky and I worked side-by-side, hand-in-hand.'

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Chuck Reid and I lived this case.

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It was the amount of overkill that was involved and the amount of blood

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that was there. It was just...

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I'd never seen anything like that before.

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Stepped inside and it was like stepping inside of a slaughterhouse.

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You know, "What gang of people did this?"

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Mr Haysom was lying face up, just inside the door.

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I had to step over him and go into the dining room,

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and it was covered in dried blood.

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And on the kitchen floor, Miss Haysom was lying deceased.

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Upstairs, in Miss Haysom's room,

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we found some photos of Elizabeth,

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her daughter, in the nude.

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She was kneeling down at the side of her bed like she was praying.

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In front of her was a Shakespeare book.

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The photos were taken kind of from the side.

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We just had heard, you know,

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the kind of relationship between her and her mother.

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Miss Haysom, you refer to yourself as Lady Macbeth.

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-Yes.

-Your Shakespeare is certainly much better than mine,

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but it seems to me, if I recall,

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Lady Macbeth encouraged old Macbeth to commit murder,

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-didn't she?

-Yes, she did.

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Miss Haysom, in the police sentencing reports,

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you make some statement that you had a full-blown sexual relationship

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with your mother at one point...

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Could you answer that, please?

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You did state you had

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a full-blown sexual relationship with your mother?

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I didn't put it that way, no, sir.

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-How did you put it?

-Well, the investigator asked me about

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photographs that my mother took of me.

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Miss Haysom, your mother has been butchered.

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-Yes, she has, sir.

-You called her a liar and an alcoholic.

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-I did not call her an alcoholic.

-Was she a sexual abuser?

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Did she sexually abuse you?

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If she didn't, for God's sake, clear her name now.

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She did not sexually abuse me.

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Thank you.

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-Hey!

-Hey, Chuck.

-How are you all doing?

-Great to see you, man.

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-Good to see you.

-Yeah, come on in!

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The last time I was in here, it was a mess.

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Mr Haysom was here.

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He was laying right here.

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Miss Haysom was right here, her head was right here.

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She was laying like this. And, supposedly...

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..Jens was supposedly over here

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and got up and walked around behind Mr Haysom.

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And cut across his throat this way.

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-The thing that came up is Haysom abusing Elizabeth.

-Mm-hm.

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We found five or six pictures of Elizabeth...

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totally in the nude.

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Supposedly, her mother did that.

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Jens Soering, he was so possessed over that girl,

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she did nothing but use the boy.

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She used him... I think she used him to get to her parents.

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-I call it the way it is and the way I see it.

-Mm-hm.

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Then you can decide for yourself.

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I'll never forget the night we luminoled it.

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If you know what luminol is... It's a spray.

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If you bleed on this table, someone can come in here, wipe it up,

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six months from now, come in and spray luminol on it

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and you'll see a greenish, bluish glow.

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Ricky was upstairs and all of a sudden,

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bluish-green footprints you could see just step outside the door,

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just started appearing and going across the grass.

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Derek WR Haysom and his wife Nancy

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were stabbed to death in their home Monday.

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The bodies were discovered at their Holcomb Rock Road home.

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Haysom is a Canadian resident and a prominent Nova Scotia businessman.

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No motive at all has been determined.

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Paul Freifeld, News 13.

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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"My dearest Jens, the days go slowly.

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"It is time to risk all for the truth.

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"You will not forgive me.

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"Hate me, hit me, whatever.

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"But please, hug me when we meet.

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"Promise me, Jens,

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"whatever it takes now,

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"promise me you will not let me ruin your life.

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"I have seriously fucked up on mine, don't let me destroy yours.

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"This is the first real and good thing I have ever done.

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"I would kill myself if I discovered

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"that you were compromising yourself for me.

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"Don't do it.

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"I love you. Elizabeth."

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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Where did you go to school?

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I went to Wycombe Abbey in England.

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Wycombe was considered one of the most prestigious schools in England.

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How much contact did you have with your mother and father?

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They never came to...

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..to my...

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successes or failures while I was at school.

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They never saw me play a lacrosse match. They never saw me perform.

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I started having some problems at school. My father adored me.

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And...he saw me as being perfect.

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'I was a reporter with the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper'

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and I covered western Virginia.

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When we heard about the Haysoms' double murder,

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at that time, they thought it was just a random killing.

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And the story began for me right there,

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starting with the mysterious murder

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of two very well-known, prominent people.

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It was a big, big story in Virginia, and Elizabeth is...

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Number one, she was a very unconventional beauty.

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I mean, she wasn't your standard beauty.

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And I think she had a way of speaking and a charm about her

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that attracted a lot of people.

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And I don't know exactly what that charm was. It was a bit of...

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When she walked into a room, you straightened your spine a bit,

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because she just seemed like she knew a lot.

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She was very worldly, very articulate, smart, obviously.

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I spoke to my parents about changing my A-level subjects.

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And my father said it was nonsense.

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-I'm sorry, your father said what?

-It was nonsense.

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I... I completely overreacted.

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I...

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I threw everything up, I ran away.

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I was using drugs extensively.

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What types of drugs were you using?

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A lot of LSD, and I was doing a lot of heroin.

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-What...?

-Heroin.

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'At the same time, you could tell that she lied.'

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She was a good liar, she lied,

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but you could tell simply that she was used to lying.

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And she'd been a drug addict, which she admitted,

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and, of course, drug addicts often learn how to lie very well

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and often can't stop themselves.

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So I think the number one thing I would take away from it is that,

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for her, she was a beautiful, charming liar.

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I wrote a poem for my mother.

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She always wanted me to write poems about her or to her. For her.

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And I was now falling into this role

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of again playing the perfect daughter, of being...

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..social and charming.

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And I was being taken around and exhibited.

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I wanted to find out what was going wrong with my life and instead,

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I was... I was paraded.

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They controlled every aspect of what I was doing.

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My mother would turn up at odd hours of the day and night

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in my dorm room to check on me and what I was doing.

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And I know she was doing it out of love,

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and she was concerned.

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And I suppose I took it the wrong way.

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I was resentful of this attention.

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What is your first recollection of Jens?

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I met him...the...

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..the very first day I was there.

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It was a barbecue for the scholars in the evening,

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and I was introduced to him.

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And, um...

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..my very first thought of him was that he was very rude,

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he was very hostile, he was very aggressive.

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But he was also very brilliant.

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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He was introduced to me as the Jefferson Scholar and as a German.

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And I think...that appealed to me.

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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Some writing that you made, is that right?

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Yes. It's a letter in diary form, I suppose.

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Where was this written?

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This was written at Loose Chippings in Lynchburg. Holcomb Rock Road.

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-That's your home?

-Yes. Writing is the way I express myself.

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I expose my heart on paper.

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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I shared everything with him,

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and...I shared this with him.

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"My dearest Jens.

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"A day of raining loneliness.

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"This morning, I built my father a desk for his computer.

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"I didn't smoke.

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"My parents began to drink."

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I think I was trying to tell him that...

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I was unhappy.

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He always described how unhappy he was at home,

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and I was describing to him that we all have strife at home

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at various times.

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I expressed this.

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"I bought cigarettes.

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"My father fell down.

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"I prayed."

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I got carried away on many occasions.

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It all becomes very surreal.

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Would it be possible to hypnotise my parents, do voodoo on them?

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-"Do voodoo on them."

-Will them to death.

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"Will them to death.

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"It seems my concentration on their death is causing them problems.

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"My father nearly drove over a cliff.

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"And my mother fell into a fire.

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"I think I shall seriously take up black magic."

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I expressed this very cruelly, very forcefully.

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"I want to be with you, around you, in you, through you,

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"tied to you forever and ever.

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"Please, my darling Jens.

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"Oh, I love and miss you.

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"Elizabeth."

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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Larry, this is Carlos Santos with the Fluvanna Review.

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I'm trying to interview Elizabeth Haysom.

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If you could help me get a request in to her,

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I'd appreciate the return call.

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She'd be on our cover, I'll tell you that.

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Thanks, bye.

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I'd love to talk to her.

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I'd run down there in a heartbeat.

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The whole motive never made sense.

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When you set up your theory,

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you see things in the light of those theories.

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And so something like what Elizabeth said, you know,

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"We both belong here." She didn't say he belonged in prison,

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she said, "We both belong here."

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You know, there's a ring of truth to that.

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

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He was angry with my parents that...

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they weren't providing me with sufficient funds and they were

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supposed to be so incredibly wealthy, which is not true.

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He wanted to go down to my parents' home and to sort it out with them.

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What did you say?

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That I could kill them.

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At the bottom of page six, would you refer to that, please?

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"Dear Liz. I love you.

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"Je t'aime. Ich liebe dich.

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"How do you feel about a couple of drinks back at my place?

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"I have this new Jacuzzi - wild, baby, wild.

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"It's me again, the Jens, lying in his bed at 22 minutes past midnight.

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"Ghosts dancing all around."

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"Were I to meet your parents, I have the ultimate weapon.

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"Strange things are happening within me."

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"I'm turning more and more into a Christ figure.

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"I believe I would either make them completely lose their wits,

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"get heart attacks, or they would become lovers of the world.

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"Love is a form of meditation,

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"and the ultimate weapon against your parents.

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"My God, how I've got the dinner scene planned out.

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"In the meantime, I love you as totally as I can for right now.

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"Your Jens."

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What did you do after he left?

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As soon as he was gone, I went to a bar next door.

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I bought some drinks and I scored a couple of grams of heroin.

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The fact that I hated my mother so much,

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I feel responsible for that hate and pulling Jens into it.

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Allowing him, in a sense,

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as I feel now, to have killed my parents.

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-Did you go to Lynchburg?

-Did I go to Lynchburg? No.

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CHEERING

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-ALL: Y!

-What's that spell?!

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ROCKY!

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When Jens returned to Washington that Saturday night, what did he say to you?

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I was at The Rocky Horror Picture Show,

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and I came out of the show and I waited on the side.

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He drove up - he was on the other side of the road.

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And I crossed through the traffic.

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And when I opened the car door, the light inside the car came on.

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And he was...

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wearing some kind of white sheet,

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and he was covered in blood from head to toe.

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So I got into the car, we drove back to the Marriott Hotel,

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and he said that he'd killed my parents.

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I was stunned by the situation.

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It was so huge, so overwhelming, so definite, so final.

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It's extraordinary. I mean, Jens is just...

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He's a wimp. You can't imagine him doing something like that. It's extraordinary.

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Jens Soering was mad.

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He hated the Haysoms.

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He says that he went there trying to reason with them,

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because she had filled his head with all these ideas about how much

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she hated her parents

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and that he couldn't have anything to do with her,

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and he wanted that more than anything.

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He wanted that more than a Jefferson Scholarship,

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he wanted that more than anything. He wanted Elizabeth.

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# In a little honky-tonky village in Texas

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# There's a guy who plays the best piano by far... #

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I was hired by an attorney by the name of Gail Ball.

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She didn't think that Jens Soering was guilty of this.

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And I felt there's a lot of things missing.

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And this is the footprint.

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It says, "University of Virginia Police Department".

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Oh, my dear.

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This is a sad one.

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This is Mrs Haysom's, what she was wearing.

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'Richmond FBI.'

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Uh, yes, ma'am, this is Chuck Reid.

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I'm trying to contact a former agent of yours, Ed Sulzbach.

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He was doing a profile for me on a murder case.

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'Uh-huh.'

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I got a phone call from the Sheriff in Bedford County.

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And the different sheriffs and chiefs around the state of Virginia

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knew me and knew that I was a profiler.

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And I drove out to Bedford County.

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My mission was to study the crime

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and come up with possible suspects.

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And Mrs Haysom was wearing her nightgown with a robe,

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and it occurred to me that Mrs Haysom would never entertain

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strangers in such attire.

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Who might be close enough to her that she would feel comfortable entertaining in a nightgown, a robe?

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We're dealing with, uh...

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somebody who's close to these people.

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And that, I suggested to the investigators.

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'I settled on a daughter, because Mrs Haysom was a very proper woman.

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'And I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that it was someone they knew very well.'

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Ed, did you all do any paperwork on that?

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You and another agent did a psychological profile for us.

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'Yeah. I remember that well. Contact the Richmond office.

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'They can pull the file.

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'Person I suggest to talk to is Debbie Propst - P-R-O-P-S-T.'

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Dave, this is the letter from Bedford County Sheriff's Department.

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-Uh-huh.

-In reference to the FBI criminal profile,

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Major Ricky Gardner insisted there was no profile conducted.

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And it's official letterhead.

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PHONE RINGS

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-Hello?

-'Hi, man.'

-Ricky, how you doing?

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'Chuck, they're coming back now.

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'Chuck, we never did an FBI profile.

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-Yeah, we did.

-'No, we didn't.'

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It was Ed Sulzbach and another special agent.

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See, that's how I got to know Ed.

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Chuck Reid absolutely misspoke

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when he said there was never any profile done on this case.

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There was never a profile done in this case.

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Now, I don't know how nobody ever wrote anything down...

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'Chuck, if we had done one of those, that would have been exculpatory evidence.'

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To be honest with you, I have a copy of some old field reports and stuff.

0:24:160:24:20

'But, obviously, there was nothing mentioned in the...'

0:24:200:24:23

-The profile...

-'The profile.'

0:24:230:24:26

Yeah, yeah, it's in there.

0:24:260:24:28

It's stating that Special Agent Ed Sulzbach did the psychological profile

0:24:280:24:33

and came back to a female acquaintance, and...

0:24:330:24:35

It's four or five different things that's in there.

0:24:350:24:38

'So you think they have thrown one out?'

0:24:380:24:40

Yeah, I know they have.

0:24:400:24:41

The FBI never throws anything away.

0:24:410:24:44

It's somewhere in the FBI's vast...

0:24:450:24:48

'It's still there somewhere.'

0:24:480:24:50

Thank you, John. Ms Haysom.

0:24:510:24:54

You went there and cleaned up the blood, didn't you?

0:24:560:24:59

You went to the house to mop up the...

0:24:590:25:01

I never wiped up any blood in the house.

0:25:010:25:03

Professional cleaners mopped up the blood.

0:25:030:25:06

But the fact is, Ms Haysom,

0:25:060:25:08

that you insisted on going back to the house and cleaning yourself.

0:25:080:25:11

That's not correct, sir.

0:25:110:25:13

If Howard Haysom, your brother, said that that is indeed the case,

0:25:130:25:16

-would you disagree with him?

-Yes, I would.

0:25:160:25:19

Did you also make the statement that as you were cleaning round the fireplace,

0:25:210:25:25

that one of your friends heard,

0:25:250:25:27

"There's Pop's brains, just cleaning up Pop's brains"?

0:25:270:25:32

It's rather inaccurate.

0:25:320:25:33

It was not around the fireplace, it was around a door.

0:25:330:25:36

Excuse me, I'm not interested in where it was, I'm interested in whether...

0:25:360:25:39

Well, we're supposed to be dealing here with accuracy.

0:25:390:25:41

What happened, what did not happen.

0:25:410:25:43

Thank you, then. You did make the statement nevertheless.

0:25:430:25:45

What I said, and what happened...

0:25:450:25:47

I was doing some cleaning and there was...

0:25:470:25:52

several hairs from my father's head on the door.

0:25:520:25:57

And I was sick.

0:25:570:25:59

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

0:25:590:26:01

So we drove to Charlottesville to talk to Elizabeth at the University of Virginia Police Department.

0:26:280:26:33

I asked, I said, "How can we get a hold of this Jens fella?

0:26:330:26:36

"We need," you know, "we need to talk to him."

0:26:360:26:38

I'll never forget sitting in the office the day that Sunday

0:26:480:26:51

that Ricky and I was interviewing him.

0:26:510:26:53

In my mind, I'm thinking to myself, "This boy...

0:26:530:26:55

"There's no way this little boy could've done something like that."

0:26:550:26:58

So when he left that day, he told me, he said,

0:27:290:27:31

"Look, let me go back to university. I'll think about it."

0:27:310:27:34

And on Wednesday, the 9th,

0:27:340:27:37

October the 9th, he said, "I'll give you a call

0:27:370:27:40

"and let you know what I've decided to do."

0:27:400:27:43

I got a call about ten o'clock Sunday night.

0:27:430:27:46

The same time Ricky did.

0:27:460:27:48

That we needed to get to Charlottesville,

0:27:480:27:51

that Elizabeth and Jens had skipped the country.

0:27:510:27:54

I was working at that weekend in which Jens's father called me.

0:28:010:28:06

Jens is the same age as my middle child.

0:28:060:28:09

They were in prep school in Atlanta.

0:28:090:28:11

The boys were about 11 or 12.

0:28:110:28:15

Jens's father was a high government official

0:28:150:28:18

in the German consular court in Atlanta.

0:28:180:28:20

He said, "I have a problem, would you pick me up at the airport?"

0:28:200:28:23

I said, "Of course I will."

0:28:250:28:27

-VOICE CRACKS:

-It was an awful day.

0:28:270:28:29

We travelled to the University of Virginia from here,

0:28:310:28:34

which is about an hour and a half.

0:28:340:28:37

I'm sorry for this.

0:28:370:28:38

But we got to the University of Virginia,

0:28:390:28:43

and on the way over, he told me what had happened.

0:28:430:28:45

"Dear officers Reid and Gardner.

0:28:480:28:50

"I'm certain that sooner or later, you'll become involved in whatever

0:28:500:28:54

"investigation may be made into my disappearance.

0:28:540:28:57

"I tried to save you some effort by including photocopies of the letters

0:28:570:29:01

"I'm leaving for family and friends.

0:29:010:29:04

"But undoubtedly, you will travel extensively through my belongings anyway.

0:29:040:29:08

"Please try to leave them in a decent state

0:29:080:29:11

"and return them to my parents.

0:29:110:29:13

"They may want to keep them.

0:29:130:29:15

"I assume that especially you, Mr Gardner,

0:29:150:29:18

"will be very excited by now, which is why I hate to disappoint you.

0:29:180:29:22

"Unfortunately for you, I really am leaving, for the reason

0:29:220:29:25

"I discussed in my letter to my parents.

0:29:250:29:28

"I suggest that you continue your investigation as before.

0:29:280:29:31

"Undoubtedly, you will find who you're looking for.

0:29:310:29:35

"From what Liz has told me of what you discovered at Loose Chippings,

0:29:350:29:38

"I can only say that I'm incapable of such a thing.

0:29:380:29:42

"There's still much to do, so I must say goodbye.

0:29:420:29:45

"Try to be kind to my parents - they're going to have a tough enough

0:29:450:29:48

"time without you gentlemen.

0:29:480:29:50

"Sincerely, Jens Soering."

0:29:500:29:53

Jens had left the University of Virginia, and I saw Klaus collapse.

0:29:530:29:57

He essentially dissolved.

0:29:570:29:59

Because at that point, he realised how terribly serious this was.

0:29:590:30:03

"Dear Mum, Dad and Kai.

0:30:440:30:47

"I'm writing you to tell you that I sincerely love you,

0:30:470:30:50

"and that the pain I'm probably causing you is also causing me great suffering.

0:30:500:30:55

"As you know, I've not been happy at school for a very long time.

0:30:550:30:59

"There's a fundamental and deep difference between me and almost everyone else here."

0:30:590:31:04

His mother was shattered.

0:31:040:31:05

I mean, you would have to think of glass. Just crumbs.

0:31:050:31:09

"I love you and I will be in touch, though probably not soon.

0:31:090:31:13

"The car keys are in the brown business folder in Liz's bedroom."

0:31:130:31:16

Jens said it would become clearer to his father shortly

0:31:160:31:20

why they had left the University of Virginia.

0:31:200:31:23

"There's a chance that certain officers, Reid and Gardner,

0:31:230:31:27

"will interpret my leaving as being connected with the death of Liz's parents.

0:31:270:31:32

"It is for their benefit that this letter is in English.

0:31:320:31:34

"They have a voyeuristic tendency to read other people's personal mail anyway.

0:31:340:31:39

"I can almost certainly guarantee you that I did not do what they may think I did.

0:31:390:31:44

"And Kai, take the Scirocco and the two accounts and find yourself a good college.

0:31:440:31:49

"And for Christ's sake, don't become a dentist."

0:31:490:31:52

His father is a broken man.

0:32:330:32:34

His mother's dead.

0:32:360:32:38

His brother has essentially divorced him.

0:32:390:32:43

He has nothing left.

0:32:430:32:44

According to Scotland Yard, they questioned the 23-year-old

0:33:290:33:32

Haysom girl and 19-year-old Jens Soering today

0:33:320:33:36

at the Richmond Police Station in south-west London.

0:33:360:33:39

The two were arrested for writing about 6,000 in bad cheques.

0:33:390:33:43

Haysom and Soering may also be involved in drug trafficking.

0:33:430:33:46

May the 25th of 1986, I received a telephone call

0:33:460:33:51

from a detective constable, Terry Wright, in London,

0:33:510:33:54

and he asked me if I had any interest in Jens or Elizabeth Haysom.

0:33:540:33:59

And I said, "Sure, I do."

0:33:590:34:01

And the second question he asked me was, he said,

0:34:010:34:05

"Are her parents dead?"

0:34:050:34:07

And I said, "Yes, they are."

0:34:070:34:09

And he said, "Well, let me ask you, were they murdered?"

0:34:090:34:13

And I said, "Yes."

0:34:130:34:16

And he said, "Well, perhaps you might want to fly over to London.

0:34:160:34:20

"I believe we have the murderers locked up here and you may want to come over and talk to them."

0:34:200:34:24

You know, I'm not believing this is happening. I said,

0:34:240:34:27

"You stay right where you are and I will call you back within an hour.

0:34:270:34:30

"Don't move, don't leave the phone, I will call you right back."

0:34:300:34:32

You know, "Who are you again?"

0:34:320:34:34

So I drove up to the courthouse,

0:34:340:34:36

to Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Updike's office.

0:34:360:34:39

And I started telling him, "I just got off the phone

0:34:390:34:41

"and he told me Jens and Elizabeth are in jail in England and we've got to go over there."

0:34:410:34:46

Today, we've presented indictments on both Jens

0:34:460:34:52

and Elizabeth for murder of their parents.

0:34:520:34:57

We landed at Heathrow Airport early Tuesday morning

0:34:570:35:00

and the detective constable and a sergeant met us.

0:35:000:35:03

Within five minutes, they started pulling out the letters.

0:35:030:35:07

So over the next couple of days,

0:35:070:35:10

we interviewed Jens and Elizabeth four or five times.

0:35:100:35:12

"Dear sweetie, I love you so very much.

0:36:020:36:05

"The first chunk is the long promised dirty letter to get you in a good mood.

0:36:050:36:10

"The room is lit only by two candles.

0:36:100:36:13

"And with my best Nazi voice, I slowly say,

0:36:130:36:16

" 'You are going nowhere, my liebchen.

0:36:160:36:18

" 'Tonight, you're my prisoner of love.'

0:36:180:36:21

"We kiss each other deeply now, our tongues playing with each other.

0:36:210:36:26

"I move to your clitoris

0:36:260:36:27

"and you let out a small moan as my tongue massages

0:36:270:36:30

"the flesh between the clitoris and the vagina."

0:36:300:36:33

"Sweetie pie, I can't wait to get you all to myself.

0:36:330:36:36

"I want to sit on your lap and feel your finger.

0:36:360:36:39

"I love you."

0:36:390:36:41

"The nasty in our past could be too much to block out.

0:36:410:36:44

"But you will overcome this experience, because you want a good,

0:36:440:36:47

"strong fuck and a two-hour licking from the guy who loves you.

0:36:470:36:51

"You are in a horrible position, more horrible than mine.

0:36:520:36:55

"Let me clear a couple of things up.

0:36:550:36:57

"Erase all written evidence of Bedford.

0:36:570:37:00

"Cross it out. That's all I have time for, sweetie.

0:37:000:37:03

"Always trust me, always love me."

0:37:030:37:06

"I've been upset, scared, lonely, worried.

0:37:070:37:11

"You won't leave me to take the rap alone.

0:37:110:37:13

"If I go to Germany and get convicted,

0:37:130:37:15

"I will go away for only a few years and your trial will not be

0:37:150:37:19

"a hyped up publicity thing,

0:37:190:37:21

"since the star attraction, me, is missing.

0:37:210:37:24

"Your parole board will give you an early parole,

0:37:240:37:27

"especially when they take my early release into consideration.

0:37:270:37:30

"So in a few years, we will hopefully both be out and together.

0:37:300:37:35

"Trust me and go with the flow.

0:37:350:37:38

"Forever yours, Jens."

0:37:380:37:39

When Sergeant Beever confronted me in the cell with

0:39:330:39:38

Jens's statement,

0:39:380:39:40

he was very careful to tell me

0:39:400:39:43

a couple of details

0:39:430:39:46

about Jens's statement.

0:39:460:39:48

My response was anger that Jens had let me down.

0:39:480:39:52

While I was...

0:39:520:39:54

continuing to cover up for him.

0:39:540:39:58

So you were mad at him,

0:39:580:39:59

so you just decided to put him in it a little bit deeper?

0:39:590:40:02

After they had confessed in London,

0:40:030:40:06

she wrote Jens a letter.

0:40:060:40:09

Elizabeth wrote Jens a letter severing their relationship

0:40:090:40:12

and she said, "Look, I'm going to go back to Virginia.

0:40:120:40:14

"I'm going to admit to my part in my parents' death.

0:40:140:40:17

"I don't love you any more."

0:40:170:40:19

You know, "You're on your own."

0:40:190:40:21

Elizabeth Haysom has told prosecutors

0:41:060:41:08

she would be willing to testify against her former boyfriend,

0:41:080:41:12

Jens Soering.

0:41:120:41:13

Virginia prosecutors are still trying to get Soering back

0:41:130:41:15

to Virginia to face capital murder charges.

0:41:150:41:18

When I came over here,

0:41:400:41:41

I believed that if I was convicted of this murder with Jens,

0:41:410:41:45

that he would also have to be convicted

0:41:450:41:47

and that he would not be able to get a second degree murder conviction.

0:41:470:41:52

And worst of all, I stayed with him.

0:41:520:41:54

And worst of all, I stayed with him willingly.

0:41:540:41:56

What I want you to realise is that Jens acted of his own free will.

0:42:050:42:10

He had a choice.

0:42:100:42:12

He had a choice. He had a full hour drive.

0:42:120:42:16

I never believed he would do that to my parents.

0:42:160:42:18

I still can hardly believe it.

0:42:180:42:20

No matter what I said to him, no matter what I had written to him,

0:42:200:42:22

he had a choice whether he killed my parents or not.

0:42:220:42:25

Welcome to Larry King Live!

0:42:250:42:28

Is Elizabeth Haysom a beautiful and intelligent murderer?

0:42:280:42:32

Or the victim of an obsessive relationship

0:42:320:42:34

with a cold-blooded killer?

0:42:340:42:35

Our guests are Dr Robert Showalter, psychiatrist,

0:42:350:42:39

and Ken Englade, author of the new book, Beyond Reason,

0:42:390:42:42

the story of the shocking murder in a sleepy Virginia town.

0:42:420:42:46

You think what of her?

0:42:460:42:48

She probably developed symptoms that we call

0:42:480:42:52

clinically borderline personality disorder very early in life.

0:42:520:42:57

Elizabeth kept telling us over and over again,

0:42:570:42:59

"I was never allowed to think for myself.

0:42:590:43:01

"I could never do anything for myself."

0:43:010:43:03

She could not even socialise.

0:43:030:43:05

If she were invited to a party,

0:43:060:43:08

she will be escorted to the party by a chauffeur, left off,

0:43:080:43:11

picked up in 30 minutes.

0:43:110:43:13

-This gets bizarrer and bizarrer.

-Oh, it's incredible, yeah.

0:43:130:43:16

Long Island, New York, hello?

0:43:160:43:18

Was there sexual intercourse between you and this man

0:43:180:43:22

who had butchered your parents,

0:43:220:43:24

and after you had attended their very own funeral?

0:43:240:43:29

You go to the funeral, you take Jens Soering with you and Christine Kim?

0:43:290:43:34

Yes.

0:43:340:43:35

On the very night of the funeral,

0:43:350:43:36

you and Jens Soering make love, don't you?

0:43:360:43:38

I was in a separate room, in a single bed,

0:43:410:43:44

sharing that room with Christine, my roommate.

0:43:440:43:47

Jens came to me and he said that he needed me

0:43:470:43:51

and that he was lonely, he was scared.

0:43:510:43:53

And I went with him and, up until this time,

0:43:530:43:56

he had been completely and totally impotent.

0:43:560:44:00

And I got into bed with him, and I woke up, sir.

0:44:000:44:04

He was making love to me.

0:44:040:44:05

Making love to you.

0:44:070:44:08

Why did your parents die?

0:44:260:44:27

My parents died...

0:44:400:44:42

..because Jens and I were obsessed with each other.

0:44:440:44:48

And he was...jealous of anything else in my life.

0:44:490:44:54

While all of the testimony is shocking,

0:44:570:44:59

the biggest shock of the day came when Haysom's two brothers,

0:44:590:45:02

Richard and Howard, took the stand.

0:45:020:45:04

She has lied to me in the past.

0:45:040:45:07

And...and, frankly, continues to lie.

0:45:080:45:11

I personally am not satisfied with the explanation

0:45:130:45:16

that her guilty plea provided.

0:45:160:45:18

I think Elizabeth was in the house at the time of the crime.

0:45:180:45:21

We have an obligation to society

0:45:250:45:28

to show to people what the consequences of such a crime are.

0:45:280:45:32

I, therefore, would want to see...

0:45:340:45:37

..the most severest penalty possible.

0:45:390:45:41

I cannot imagine a crime more vile

0:45:410:45:44

than participating in the killing of the very people

0:45:440:45:48

that gave birth to you, that raised you, that cared for you

0:45:480:45:52

when you couldn't care for yourself.

0:45:520:45:55

I have been on the bench for 22 years.

0:46:010:46:04

Most of the time, cases do not bother me too much.

0:46:040:46:07

But I have lost some sleep over this one.

0:46:070:46:09

Many of Elizabeth's accusations against her parents,

0:46:090:46:12

particularly her mother, were the product of fantasy.

0:46:120:46:15

She helped create a fertile field for rumours.

0:46:150:46:19

Elizabeth Haysom has pled guilty to two offences

0:46:190:46:22

which each carry maximum life sentences.

0:46:220:46:24

Miss Haysom,

0:46:240:46:26

I sentence you to 45 years in prison on each charge,

0:46:260:46:30

the sentences to run consecutively - a total of 90 years.

0:46:300:46:34

If my sister had been convicted of capital murder,

0:47:110:47:15

I could have...

0:47:150:47:18

loved her, hugged her and kissed her,

0:47:180:47:21

and walked her to the electric chair if that was what the law called for.

0:47:210:47:24

Jens's father, Klaus, said, "I need to get Jens a lawyer."

0:48:100:48:15

The key lawyer had already been hired by Elizabeth.

0:48:150:48:18

I got the names of three major criminal lawyers in Virginia.

0:48:180:48:23

Each of them, as I recall, said

0:48:230:48:24

about a half a million dollars - US, cash, upfront.

0:48:240:48:29

I never heard further,

0:48:290:48:31

until Klaus called and said that he had hired Richard Neaton,

0:48:310:48:36

who was a Detroit lawyer.

0:48:360:48:38

Mr Neaton had been referred to the Soering family

0:48:380:48:41

by somebody at the consulate.

0:48:410:48:44

I did not know Mr Neaton.

0:48:440:48:45

The defence will call its witness.

0:48:510:48:53

Call Jens Soering.

0:48:530:48:54

Raise your right hand.

0:48:570:48:59

Do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony that you shall give

0:48:590:49:02

will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

0:49:020:49:05

I do.

0:49:050:49:06

Prior to today, have you had any opportunity to testify under oath

0:49:110:49:15

about the events of that day?

0:49:150:49:17

No, I haven't.

0:49:170:49:18

I'd like to call your attention to that day.

0:49:180:49:21

Did you go to the home of Derek and Nancy Haysom

0:49:210:49:24

and kill Mr and Mrs Haysom?

0:49:240:49:26

No.

0:49:260:49:28

MURMURING

0:49:280:49:30

On March 30, 1985,

0:49:310:49:33

were you Washington, DC?

0:49:330:49:35

Yes, on a Saturday.

0:49:350:49:37

Elizabeth had basically gotten into debt with a person both of us knew,

0:49:370:49:41

called Jim Farmer, who she'd been buying drugs from at UVA,

0:49:410:49:44

and she told me that Jim Farmer had asked her to pick up a package

0:49:440:49:49

from somebody he knew in Washington,

0:49:490:49:51

and drive back down to Charlottesville.

0:49:510:49:53

Jim Farmer's parents also lived in Lynchburg

0:50:060:50:09

and she told me that the families knew each other socially.

0:50:090:50:12

Her parents were very worried about Elizabeth using drugs,

0:50:120:50:15

because she'd used a lot of drugs in the past.

0:50:150:50:18

At that point, she said the only way I can help her

0:50:260:50:28

would be for me to function as her alibi.

0:50:280:50:31

Hmm.

0:50:330:50:35

Yeah.

0:50:350:50:36

James Farmer.

0:50:360:50:38

There you go, right here.

0:50:390:50:41

He's got a criminal record.

0:50:410:50:42

But it's probably traffic.

0:50:430:50:46

Oh! No.

0:50:460:50:47

Possession of a controlled substance.

0:50:490:50:51

He got jail time, too.

0:50:510:50:52

Did she ask you to do anything specific?

0:50:520:50:54

Well, she asked me...

0:50:540:50:56

You'll have heard already,

0:50:580:51:01

to go and buy two tickets to a film,

0:51:010:51:04

and then meet her at the hotel afterwards.

0:51:040:51:06

Hello, my name is Dave Watson.

0:51:250:51:27

I'm trying to get a hold of Mr James Farmer.

0:51:270:51:30

You say your son is ill, do you know how I can reach him?

0:51:310:51:35

Back in the '80s, I was a police officer up in Northern Virginia.

0:51:350:51:38

Right.

0:51:400:51:41

You were a judge, where, in Bedford?

0:51:410:51:43

What I want to do is talk with him to see what his relationship was

0:51:440:51:47

with this girl, Elizabeth.

0:51:470:51:51

You know what I'm talking about, or...?

0:51:510:51:54

OK.

0:51:540:51:56

Jens Soering testified that Elizabeth was going to meet Jim that night.

0:51:560:52:02

I think that was part of her alibi.

0:52:020:52:05

That... OK.

0:52:050:52:07

All right.

0:52:080:52:09

Is there any way that I'd be able to talk with your son?

0:52:090:52:12

PHONE HANGS UP

0:52:120:52:14

His son did give her a ride to Lynchburg one time.

0:52:220:52:26

He was friends with the Haysoms, the parents.

0:52:260:52:30

We knew that Elizabeth had gotten a ride home with him.

0:52:300:52:34

But on the weekend that they were murdered,

0:52:340:52:37

Jim Farmer's name was never mentioned in any...in any scenario,

0:52:370:52:41

until the trial of Jens Soering in... Five years later.

0:52:410:52:44

So how could we have asked him anything

0:52:450:52:48

if we didn't know it at the time?

0:52:480:52:50

I mean, this is coulda, shoulda, woulda hindsight.

0:52:500:52:53

Jens and Elizabeth rented a car!

0:52:550:52:58

Jim Farmer's name was not on the rental car.

0:52:590:53:02

She never said anything about it.

0:53:020:53:03

He never said to me, Jim, well, that was... I...

0:53:030:53:06

Jim Farmer drove...

0:53:060:53:07

When did...?

0:53:070:53:09

I don't know, I mean...

0:53:090:53:11

After you agreed to do this, did she drive off?

0:53:110:53:13

Well, we got in the car, and she just drove me down to the theatre

0:53:130:53:16

that was playing Witness.

0:53:160:53:17

-How many tickets?

-I bought two tickets, as per plan.

0:53:170:53:20

And approximately what time of the afternoon was this?

0:53:200:53:24

About five o'clock.

0:53:240:53:26

After the film was over, what did you do?

0:53:260:53:28

Caught a taxi back to the hotel.

0:53:280:53:30

I cashed a cheque at the front desk of the hotel,

0:53:300:53:33

using the credit card as a guarantee.

0:53:330:53:36

They write the number on the back,

0:53:360:53:37

and that guarantees that the cheque will be paid.

0:53:370:53:41

Did you sign for it?

0:53:450:53:47

Yes, I did, that was the point.

0:53:470:53:49

Did you stay in the room?

0:53:490:53:51

For a while, yes. But not very long.

0:53:510:53:53

Because in case she didn't come back,

0:53:530:53:55

I should then continue with this alibi production business.

0:53:550:53:58

THEY CHANT

0:54:060:54:09

When you got back to the hotel, was she there?

0:54:210:54:25

No, she wasn't.

0:54:250:54:26

It was around two o'clock, I guess.

0:54:260:54:28

She came to the room, knocked, stormed past me into the room.

0:54:280:54:32

She started basically repeating the same things over and over again.

0:54:320:54:35

"I've killed my parents, I've killed my parents."

0:54:350:54:37

You know, "It wasn't me, it was the drugs that made me do it."

0:54:370:54:40

"You've got to help me. If you don't help me, they'll kill me."

0:54:400:54:42

I had to protect her.

0:54:540:54:55

I could not turn her in.

0:54:550:54:57

Were you in love with her then?

0:54:570:54:59

Well, of course.

0:54:590:55:00

And...

0:55:000:55:01

I loved the girl.

0:55:030:55:04

And I almost saw her as a sort of third victim of this...tragedy

0:55:040:55:09

that apparently had happened.

0:55:090:55:11

It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done.

0:55:380:55:41

We basically expected the police to arrive within the next few hours.

0:55:480:55:51

And we thought, we have to make a decision now, come up with a plan,

0:56:090:56:13

how I would have done it, and what for me to tell the police

0:56:130:56:16

to make the whole story believable.

0:56:160:56:18

The script of what had happened that day.

0:56:180:56:20

Give the jury an example of how that conversation took place.

0:56:550:56:58

For example, what happened at the house, what was her mother doing?

0:56:580:57:02

Your Honour, I asked the defendant what his position was.

0:57:230:57:26

His position, as far as what happened, and, Your Honour,

0:57:260:57:31

he maintained the position throughout,

0:57:310:57:33

and his position was that he killed Derek and Nancy Haysom.

0:57:330:57:37

And he admitted that.

0:57:370:57:39

And I feel, Your Honour, that that's improper.

0:57:390:57:42

That you cannot take a position earlier in a legal proceeding

0:57:420:57:46

and then later take one that is entirely different.

0:57:460:57:48

It's not proper and it's not honest.

0:57:480:57:52

October 4, 1986.

0:57:530:57:56

You state that there came a point when you became angry.

0:57:560:58:00

That you stood up, Mr Haysom pushed you back into the corner,

0:58:010:58:05

and that you bumped your head?

0:58:050:58:06

That's what I said here, yes.

0:58:060:58:08

That you grabbed a knife, and that you came around behind Mr Haysom?

0:58:080:58:12

That's what I said.

0:58:120:58:13

And that you cut him across the neck, left to right.

0:58:130:58:16

-You stated that?

-That's what I said here, yes.

0:58:160:58:18

You know, it's very well-known that people have confessed to crimes

0:58:180:58:22

that they didn't commit.

0:58:220:58:25

He felt he had that diplomatic immunity,

0:58:250:58:27

and she was such a manipulator to that young boy that, yes,

0:58:270:58:30

he would take a rap for her, knowing that, well, if I get caught,

0:58:300:58:33

they'll send me back to Germany, I'll pull a couple of years

0:58:330:58:36

and I'm out of it, and then me and Elizabeth will be back together.

0:58:360:58:40

If you look at those,

0:58:400:58:41

do you recognise them as some correspondence that was obtained

0:58:410:58:45

from a flat in England, April of 1986?

0:58:450:58:49

Love is a form of meditation,

0:58:510:58:53

and the ultimate, quote, weapon against your parents.

0:58:530:58:56

What it says right here is love, our love.

0:58:560:58:59

Elizabeth's love for me and mine for her.

0:58:590:59:01

That was supposed to be the quote, unquote, weapon against her parents.

0:59:010:59:06

This business about her father being cold and unfeeling

0:59:060:59:08

and her mother being very cruel.

0:59:080:59:12

I loved Elizabeth, and I believed that my love for her

0:59:120:59:16

had become more mature, real love.

0:59:160:59:18

That's how I felt about it, anyway.

0:59:180:59:21

The motion hearing will resume tomorrow morning at 9:30,

0:59:210:59:24

when witnesses will include British authorities

0:59:240:59:26

who also questioned Soering in England.

0:59:260:59:28

Judge William Sweeney will then decide whether or not

0:59:280:59:31

incriminating statements made by Soering will be used against him.

0:59:310:59:34

Pam Windsor, News Centre 13, Bedford County.

0:59:340:59:37

-State your name, please, sir?

-Kenneth Beever.

0:59:400:59:43

Your profession, please?

0:59:430:59:44

I'm a Detective Inspector at the London Metropolitan Police.

0:59:440:59:47

Very good.

0:59:470:59:49

Look at those.

0:59:490:59:51

The items of correspondence were inside, sir, this diary.

0:59:520:59:56

Where were those items recovered?

0:59:560:59:59

They were recovered at a flat in London.

0:59:591:00:01

And, in fact, Mr Soering took me to the flat.

1:00:011:00:05

On that day, sir, he had a reddish-coloured hair

1:00:051:00:08

and he was wearing a false moustache,

1:00:081:00:11

somewhat similar to yours, sir.

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LAUGHTER

1:00:131:00:15

My name is Terry Wright. I'm a Detective Constable.

1:00:161:00:19

At that particular time

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I was attached to Richmond Police Station in London, England.

1:00:201:00:23

What led you to make the phone calls to Virginia?

1:00:231:00:26

Yes, sir, there was a photocopy of a letter

1:00:261:00:28

which was actually addressed to Officers Reid and Gardner.

1:00:281:00:30

Ooh!

1:00:331:00:34

-Hello?

-Gail, David.

1:00:361:00:39

Yes. What have you found out?

1:00:391:00:42

Farmer is deceased.

1:00:421:00:45

Oh, goodness.

1:00:461:00:48

He passed away two weeks ago.

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If he was involved in this thing he carried forever,

1:00:501:00:55

can you believe that no detective went and talked to him?

1:00:551:00:59

Oh, my dear.

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I'll let you look.

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This letter is in handwriting

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that I recognise as belonging to Elizabeth Haysom.

1:01:061:01:08

"My dearest Jens.

1:01:081:01:10

"I think I shall seriously take up black magic.

1:01:101:01:12

"My father has put Vera Lynn on, and her first song was Lili Marlene."

1:01:121:01:17

# Underneath the lantern

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# By the barrack gate. #

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"My mother begins her sixth gin,

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"and then on her ninth gin, Jim Farmer calls.

1:01:281:01:31

"A party, he says,

1:01:311:01:33

"breaking my concentration on the many murder stories I have read.

1:01:331:01:38

"An unshaven homosexual having a drink with my parents."

1:01:381:01:42

"My father calls, like an alarm clock.

1:01:461:01:48

"I must turn him off and put him on snooze.

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"The scene of a feckless dinner party.

1:01:521:01:54

"William Styron, (Sophie's Choice).

1:01:541:01:57

"I'm sitting in the bath with lots of bubbles.

1:01:571:02:00

"It makes me sleepy, and I've drunk lots of beer.

1:02:001:02:03

"The days go slowly.

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"Why don't my parents just lie down and die?

1:02:051:02:07

"I despise them so much."

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"We can either wait until we graduate and then leave them behind,

1:02:151:02:19

"or we can get rid of them soon."

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-And your objective here?

-Was to tell the truth.

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And to convince these jurors that you didn't do anything, correct?

1:02:431:02:46

That's the truth, yes.

1:02:461:02:48

You are capable of doing that, right?

1:02:481:02:51

Of telling the truth?

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If you are capable of lying to protect yourself,

1:02:521:02:55

then you are almost certainly capable of lying to these people

1:02:551:02:59

-to avoid these charges.

-But that's not what I'm doing.

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Aren't you capable of doing it?

1:03:011:03:04

Theoretically, because in one case I'm lying to protect Elizabeth,

1:03:041:03:07

and here I'm just telling what happened.

1:03:071:03:09

At this point, you can't do anything to Elizabeth any more.

1:03:091:03:12

Jens was very bright.

1:03:121:03:13

He was a Jefferson scholar and an Eccles scholar.

1:03:131:03:17

The incidence of those scholarships being visited upon one person

1:03:171:03:22

is beyond rare.

1:03:221:03:23

She, too, was academically a very talented person.

1:03:231:03:29

And it was the proximity of their IQs

1:03:291:03:33

that seemed to bring them together, at least initially.

1:03:331:03:36

-Is it an intellectual challenge for you?

-No, it isn't.

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Is it...? It certainly wouldn't be a challenge for you

1:03:401:03:42

with your intellect to outwit me, would it?

1:03:421:03:46

Well, I think, so far, you've been outwitting me.

1:03:461:03:49

There is a burden that comes with being so bright,

1:03:491:03:52

and there's some folks don't like you very much because you're bright.

1:03:521:03:56

And sometimes bright people don't hide their brightness

1:03:561:03:59

or mask it very well.

1:03:591:04:01

And so, to a certain extent, Jens had...

1:04:011:04:05

..some challenges.

1:04:061:04:08

I just can't understand, sir,

1:04:081:04:09

why you, at times, are sitting up there under these circumstances,

1:04:091:04:13

on trial for murder, laughing.

1:04:131:04:15

I'm not laughing.

1:04:151:04:17

Haven't you laughed, didn't you laugh just a few minutes ago?

1:04:171:04:19

I smiled because you're trying to mislead the jury.

1:04:191:04:22

Well, I would like to discuss that with you a little bit more.

1:04:221:04:26

You have to recast this situation

1:04:261:04:31

in such a way that we appeal to the humanity,

1:04:311:04:36

and that is why I have initiated the pulling together

1:04:361:04:39

of a small group of people to look at this case

1:04:391:04:42

differently from how they have looked at it in the past.

1:04:421:04:46

-Good morning.

-Good morning. Hi.

1:04:461:04:48

Good to see you all. Hi, good morning.

1:04:481:04:52

Hi.

1:04:521:04:53

This memo is from Virginia citizens interested in the release

1:04:531:04:56

and repatriation of Jens Soering.

1:04:561:04:59

The Virginia Parole Board considered his parole eight times before today.

1:04:591:05:04

I have known Jens Soering since he was 11 years old.

1:05:041:05:07

I would accept him to live with me right this minute.

1:05:071:05:11

As long as he wants to.

1:05:111:05:13

I've been involved in prison ministry for over 35 years.

1:05:131:05:16

I got a letter from Jens Soering asking for help to get a priest.

1:05:161:05:21

He'd had this crisis in faith.

1:05:211:05:23

His grandmother wrote a letter to him that the honourable thing to do

1:05:231:05:27

would be to commit suicide.

1:05:271:05:29

So we started meeting regularly once a month.

1:05:291:05:32

And have been ever since then.

1:05:321:05:35

27 years in prison, he has absolutely no infractions.

1:05:351:05:39

And, to my knowledge,

1:05:391:05:41

there is no-one in our prison system that has a record like his.

1:05:411:05:45

So that convinced me that he never had the ability

1:05:451:05:52

to act the way those crimes happened.

1:05:521:05:55

It's just not...

1:05:551:05:57

This is not part of his make-up.

1:05:571:05:59

There is absolutely no risk to society. It's in your power...

1:05:591:06:03

I was in the Attorney General's Office for eight years.

1:06:031:06:06

A friend of mine in the office was a friend of Jens's father, Klaus.

1:06:061:06:12

And he said, I have a very interesting case,

1:06:121:06:16

I would like you to try to help this young man,

1:06:161:06:18

who had a very unfair trial.

1:06:181:06:21

So I brought all the files in.

1:06:221:06:25

And I read all the police reports.

1:06:251:06:27

And I looked at everything in the case.

1:06:291:06:32

And I said, "This man is innocent."

1:06:321:06:34

"We've got the wrong man, this man didn't do it."

1:06:351:06:38

-State your name please, ma'am.

-Annie Robertson Massie.

1:06:411:06:45

Could you just briefly describe the circumstances that led you

1:06:461:06:50

to go to the victim's house?

1:06:501:06:52

Elizabeth had telephoned from Charlottesville

1:06:521:06:55

that she had not been able to reach her parents,

1:06:551:06:58

and asked if I knew where they were.

1:06:581:07:01

And I told her, no, I had been trying as well.

1:07:011:07:04

-What did you do then?

-I telephoned my husband.

1:07:041:07:07

We planned to go directly to the house.

1:07:071:07:09

I opened the door.

1:07:091:07:11

And what did you see?

1:07:111:07:13

I saw Derek, dead.

1:07:131:07:14

Where was he?

1:07:161:07:18

He was lying to the left of the door.

1:07:181:07:20

The body had not been moved.

1:07:231:07:24

So Bill and I drove to Charlottesville

1:07:261:07:29

to tell Elizabeth in person about the deaths of her parents.

1:07:291:07:33

Did you see the defendant while you were there in Charlottesville

1:07:331:07:36

-on that occasion?

-Yes, I did.

1:07:361:07:38

The family were gathering.

1:07:381:07:40

And I also invited her roommate, Christine Kim.

1:07:401:07:44

And so we brought the three back.

1:07:441:07:47

Mrs Massie, I'd like to ask you some questions

1:07:491:07:52

of a rather sensitive nature.

1:07:521:07:54

Had Nancy Haysom ever shown you any nude photographs

1:07:541:07:58

of Elizabeth Haysom?

1:07:581:07:59

No, Nancy had not.

1:07:591:08:01

Was there ever an incident at Loose Chippings

1:08:031:08:07

when you complimented Elizabeth Haysom on her physical appearance

1:08:071:08:10

and tweaked one of her breasts?

1:08:101:08:13

Objection, your honour.

1:08:131:08:14

Well, I...

1:08:141:08:16

Have you ever talked to Elizabeth Haysom

1:08:161:08:18

about whether she was there on the night of March the 30th?

1:08:181:08:21

No.

1:08:241:08:25

-No?

-No, I asked her once.

1:08:251:08:29

Objection.

1:08:291:08:30

The question has certainly started off wrong.

1:08:301:08:32

I don't know how it would have ended up,

1:08:321:08:34

but based on the way it started off, I sustain.

1:08:341:08:36

Mr Neaton had been a friend of Jens's father, Klaus.

1:08:361:08:41

He was not from Virginia.

1:08:411:08:43

And Virginia has some very...

1:08:431:08:46

peculiar rules about procedure, default rules,

1:08:461:08:50

so that you can lose your opportunity to make a certain argument

1:08:501:08:54

if you don't do it procedurally, exactly the correct way.

1:08:541:08:57

You know, some facts would suggest that Elizabeth Haysom...

1:08:571:09:00

-Objection.

-Mr Neaton, that's an improper question.

1:09:001:09:03

I sustain the objection. You're an experienced trial lawyer.

1:09:031:09:07

It's going at it a different way. Sustain.

1:09:071:09:09

With reference to item 11B,

1:09:121:09:14

a hair sample obtained from the bathroom sink.

1:09:141:09:18

Did you have the occasion to compare this

1:09:191:09:21

with the defendant's hair sample?

1:09:211:09:24

Yes, sir, I did.

1:09:241:09:25

The head hair was dissimilar to the submitted head hair sample

1:09:251:09:29

reportedly from Jens Soering.

1:09:291:09:31

-Any further questions?

-No, sir.

1:09:361:09:38

The witness may step down. The witness is excused.

1:09:381:09:41

Mr Young, you were submitted fingerprints

1:09:421:09:45

for comparison purposes.

1:09:451:09:47

Item 17LR, which would be the liquor bottles over here.

1:09:471:09:52

Yes, sir, there were 14 fingerprints developed on these bottles.

1:09:521:09:56

Nine fingerprints of Derek Haysom.

1:09:561:09:58

Two that were later identified as whose prints?

1:09:581:10:03

Those were identified with

1:10:031:10:04

the submitted fingerprints of Elizabeth Haysom,

1:10:041:10:07

which were lifted from the Absolut Vodka bottle.

1:10:071:10:10

So, nine of the prints were Derek's,

1:10:101:10:12

two of the prints were Elizabeth Haysom's.

1:10:121:10:15

The other three were not identified

1:10:151:10:18

with any of the submitted fingerprints.

1:10:181:10:21

This interview is taking place in Bedford, Virginia.

1:10:211:10:23

The person being interviewed is Charles Reid.

1:10:231:10:25

-Chuck Reid.

-Chuck Reid. Former...

1:10:251:10:28

I was a criminal investigator for the Bedford Sheriff's Office.

1:10:281:10:31

And that was you, Ricky Gardner...

1:10:311:10:33

You see, Ricky had just came in.

1:10:331:10:35

That was the first murder case Ricky had worked,

1:10:351:10:37

let me put it to you that way.

1:10:371:10:38

We took over 1,000 pictures.

1:10:381:10:40

The way the bodies were laying on the floor,

1:10:401:10:42

their heads were pointing in a northerly direction.

1:10:421:10:45

I don't think Elizabeth alone did it, by no means.

1:10:451:10:47

There's no doubt in my mind some other people to be involved.

1:10:471:10:51

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN:

1:10:511:10:54

Still, to this day, after 30 years, there's a question in my mind.

1:11:091:11:13

The physical evidence was not there.

1:11:131:11:15

They were just overwhelming convinced with that sock print

1:11:151:11:18

found in the house, and blood.

1:11:181:11:20

By observing the form of this foot, LR3,

1:11:361:11:42

and Jens Soering's walking impression,

1:11:421:11:45

I could not make an elimination

1:11:451:11:47

that this foot could not have made that impression.

1:11:471:11:50

Well, in the first place, this man was not a sock print

1:11:501:11:54

or a footprint expert - he was a tyre expert.

1:11:541:11:58

And he should never have been allowed to have an opinion.

1:11:581:12:01

If that is the suspect print found at the scene,

1:12:011:12:06

and if this is Jens Soering's footprint,

1:12:061:12:09

and you lay them on top of one another like that

1:12:091:12:12

and it fits like a glove...

1:12:121:12:14

You pull that out, and it matches, and it fits like a glove.

1:12:141:12:18

This was so out of professionalism or any expertise.

1:12:181:12:23

This is senseless. This is not science.

1:12:231:12:26

This is ridiculous.

1:12:261:12:28

Nobody can tell anybody's foot from a...

1:12:281:12:31

A smeared sock print.

1:12:311:12:33

The footprint basically is what,

1:12:331:12:35

besides his statement of admitting to it,

1:12:351:12:38

put him where he's at.

1:12:381:12:39

75% of the people that are in jail today, their mouth put them there.

1:12:391:12:44

It's not the evidence, it's their mouth.

1:12:441:12:47

And that's exactly what put Jens where he's at.

1:12:471:12:50

Mr Gardner, did you have information that the shoe print

1:12:551:13:00

that was left in the Haysom house was consistent

1:13:001:13:03

with a woman's size 8-8.5 shoe?

1:13:031:13:07

I'm not certain, Mr Neaton,

1:13:071:13:09

because I don't know when we got the report back

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from the lab in Richmond.

1:13:121:13:13

Mr Gardner, you were present during Elizabeth Haysom's interviews,

1:13:131:13:17

-is that correct?

-Yes, I was.

1:13:171:13:19

And at that interview, did Elizabeth Haysom tell you that her shoe size

1:13:191:13:23

-was a size eight?

-Objection, your honour.

1:13:231:13:26

The jury either be excluded or we open up this area entirely.

1:13:261:13:31

Well, I think this is a matter that we need to send the jury out.

1:13:311:13:34

Members of the jury, I'll ask you to go to your room, please.

1:13:341:13:38

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1:13:481:13:52

So, let me make sure, from Baker's report,

1:13:561:13:59

somebody said the shoe type was, what, a New Balance?

1:13:591:14:02

Size... Is that correct?

1:14:021:14:04

Yes, sir.

1:14:061:14:08

And that it was a women's what size?

1:14:081:14:10

It was an 8.5 shoe, woman's size.

1:14:181:14:21

8.5 in woman's size.

1:14:211:14:24

So that tells me there are other people to look at here.

1:14:241:14:27

Was a profile requested by your department?

1:14:271:14:32

Ed's back. He and another individual came in and did the profile.

1:14:321:14:36

But, see, that wasn't brought up in court.

1:14:361:14:39

It was not.

1:14:391:14:41

Gardner said it didn't happen.

1:14:411:14:43

The existence of a profile

1:14:431:14:46

not provided to the defence?

1:14:461:14:49

That's a pretty high bar.

1:14:491:14:51

Sit down.

1:14:511:14:53

Would you tell the jury your name?

1:14:561:14:58

I'm Jean Bass. I lived on Holcomb Rock Road,

1:14:581:15:01

just beyond the Haysom house.

1:15:011:15:04

Do you recall driving by the Haysom house that night?

1:15:041:15:07

Yes.

1:15:071:15:09

It was either Saturday night, Sunday night or Monday night.

1:15:091:15:12

It was just getting dark.

1:15:121:15:14

We saw every light inside and outside of the house on.

1:15:141:15:19

And we saw cars parked

1:15:191:15:23

on the driveway, all the way up that driveway as far as we could see.

1:15:231:15:28

I would say there were at least five or six cars.

1:15:281:15:31

I just want to make sure, there were cars all the way down the driveway?

1:15:331:15:36

The end of the last car was within two or three feet

1:15:361:15:38

of Holcomb Rock Road.

1:15:381:15:40

-And all the way up the driveway?

-Yes, as far as we could see.

1:15:401:15:43

Why would she rent the car in her name,

1:15:471:15:50

but yet let him drive it back over there and kill some people

1:15:501:15:53

when anybody could take a chance

1:15:531:15:55

to see that and recognise that car there that night?

1:15:551:15:57

So who's to say that she didn't rent it and he stayed in DC?

1:15:591:16:02

She comes back in the car, parks the car somewhere else

1:16:021:16:05

and get with some people in another car and goes to the crime scene.

1:16:051:16:08

If another group of people in a different car commit the crime,

1:16:081:16:10

go back and get in the rental car,

1:16:101:16:12

then they can trace the car back to her.

1:16:121:16:15

I'm just saying, hey, you know, anything is possible.

1:16:151:16:18

Can I ask you about Jim Farmer?

1:16:181:16:20

I knew his dad, the judge.

1:16:201:16:23

Farmer was a general district judge in Bedford.

1:16:231:16:25

So, you were in Washington on Saturday.

1:16:271:16:29

And Elizabeth Haysom says to you,

1:16:291:16:31

I've got to take some drugs back to an individual in Charlottesville?

1:16:311:16:35

That's correct.

1:16:351:16:36

She was supposed to pick up drugs in Washington, DC,

1:16:361:16:39

with the person that she told me was her drug dealer, Jim Farmer.

1:16:391:16:42

Why are you so interested in attacking that individual?

1:16:421:16:46

I haven't asked you about him.

1:16:461:16:48

I mean, it's what she said to me.

1:16:481:16:52

Jens, had Elizabeth ever told you

1:16:521:16:54

that she had purchased the 10:15 ticket?

1:16:541:16:58

No. Elizabeth basically got the times confused,

1:16:581:17:01

because she wasn't there when I bought the tickets in DC.

1:17:011:17:04

Just like I got the position of the bodies confused

1:17:041:17:07

because I wasn't in Lynchburg.

1:17:071:17:08

OK. Can you step down? And we're going to have to do some explaining.

1:17:081:17:12

When Elizabeth went to clean up the house with her brothers,

1:17:121:17:15

she wrote me a letter in which she said

1:17:151:17:17

that the house was different from when she'd left it

1:17:171:17:20

and somebody else must have come after her to the house.

1:17:201:17:23

She said the bodies were aligned along the same axis.

1:17:231:17:27

See, this is the living room, right?

1:17:271:17:29

Now, when she said to me in the doorway,

1:17:291:17:30

I naturally assumed that she meant in the doorway like that, right?

1:17:301:17:34

Which is wrong.

1:17:341:17:36

What she meant in the doorway was that Mr Haysom was lying like that,

1:17:361:17:39

blocking the doorway.

1:17:391:17:41

And that's why I changed Mrs Haysom's body from that

1:17:411:17:44

-to that.

-OK, we can resume this statement.

1:17:441:17:46

What happened to that letter?

1:17:471:17:49

I threw that away. Because I thought

1:17:491:17:51

this letter made it quite clear that she had killed the Haysoms.

1:17:511:17:54

But it didn't occur to me that somebody else

1:17:541:17:56

was part of a conspiracy to kill her parents.

1:17:561:17:59

Here it is. This is from inside.

1:18:151:18:18

Elizabeth is a very good writer.

1:18:191:18:21

She wrote for this little paper from prison.

1:18:221:18:25

Everyday Issues, by Elizabeth Haysom.

1:18:281:18:31

"When I first arrived at Fluvanna in 1998,

1:18:321:18:35

"I got my head stuck in my four-inch window.

1:18:351:18:37

"My day consists of being told to sit, stand, go faster, go slower,

1:18:371:18:41

"be quieter, be louder,

1:18:411:18:42

"of spending my entire 20-minute lunch breaks

1:18:421:18:45

"being told to tighten up, hurry up, finish up and get up.

1:18:451:18:48

"I live a few feet from Death Row in segregation,

1:18:481:18:51

"which is a reminder of the thin line I walk.

1:18:511:18:53

"My green dog reminds me that dreams

1:18:531:18:55

"and opportunities don't always arrive in quite the way we expect.

1:18:551:18:59

"This is a punishment, it's meant to be tough."

1:18:591:19:02

REPORTER: Two weeks of testimony from numerous witnesses.

1:19:021:19:05

Tomorrow, Elizabeth Haysom will take the stand.

1:19:051:19:07

It will be the first time that Haysom and Jens Soering

1:19:071:19:10

will face each other since both were returned to the US.

1:19:101:19:12

Pam Windsor, News Centre 13, Bedford.

1:19:121:19:14

-Good morning, Miss Haysom.

-Good morning, sir.

1:19:571:20:00

If you need a break at any time during the questioning,

1:20:001:20:03

indicate to me and we'll take a break.

1:20:031:20:06

Elizabeth is beautiful.

1:20:071:20:09

She's a beautiful girl.

1:20:111:20:12

Miss Haysom, before Mr Soering left Washington...

1:20:141:20:18

..did you provide him with any information concerning

1:20:201:20:23

-the location of...?

-INDISTINCT

1:20:231:20:26

-Yes, I did, sir.

-How was that?

1:20:261:20:28

-I drew it on a map.

-You drew him a map.

1:20:281:20:31

He's very well-dressed.

1:20:311:20:33

And we'll always remember him by his large glasses.

1:20:331:20:37

After I'd been interviewed by the police the first time,

1:20:371:20:41

Jens and I got together with my roommate, Christine,

1:20:411:20:44

and we created a packet of our alibi.

1:20:441:20:48

Christine wrote the document out.

1:20:501:20:52

We sort of dictated it to her.

1:20:521:20:55

I'm not quite sure why we had her do it.

1:20:551:20:57

Maybe to have a third person involved.

1:20:571:21:00

So, we created this alibi in diary form,

1:21:001:21:05

going from the Friday up until the time

1:21:051:21:07

that we stayed with the Massies.

1:21:071:21:09

And did both you and Jens Soering then dictate this to Christine?

1:21:091:21:13

-Yes, we did.

-Christine Kim?

1:21:131:21:15

Yes, that's correct.

1:21:151:21:16

PHONE RINGS

1:21:161:21:19

'This is Global Tel Mate.

1:21:191:21:20

-'I have a prepaid call from...'

-Jens Soering.

1:21:201:21:24

'..an inmate in Buckingham Correctional Centre.

1:21:241:21:27

'Dial zero now.'

1:21:271:21:29

'Your call is being connected.'

1:21:301:21:33

-Good morning.

-Good morning. Yes.

1:21:331:21:35

We still have that beer that we're going to have in Germany

1:21:351:21:38

when you get out.

1:21:381:21:39

I'm coming over and you're going to show me around, OK?

1:21:391:21:42

I wanted to say something about the fact that,

1:21:421:21:45

in the trial in 1990, there was this document that was kind of a timeline

1:21:451:21:50

for what happened on that weekend.

1:21:501:21:53

There was some thought that I might have written this document

1:21:531:21:56

and that was clearly not the case.

1:21:561:21:59

-ELIZABETH:

-Friday, March 29th.

1:21:591:22:01

16-19, Washington trip, arrived at 7pm.

1:22:011:22:05

19-22, checked into hotel, room service, sex.

1:22:061:22:11

Saturday, 22-24, Stranger In Paradise.

1:22:111:22:15

0-2, Rocky Horror Picture Show, late.

1:22:151:22:19

2-3, drunken encounter.

1:22:191:22:21

Turn left on Cadys Alley Northwest.

1:22:221:22:25

Monday, 11:30-3am, E called our parents after movie.

1:22:261:22:31

Wednesday, E called Massies.

1:22:311:22:33

Call-back 11:10.

1:22:331:22:35

And then it has "Massie's" written underneath.

1:22:361:22:39

Thank you for reading that. If you can identify the handwriting...

1:22:391:22:44

Yes, this is Christine Kim's handwriting.

1:22:441:22:46

-JENS:

-But the prosecution never asked Christine Kim

1:22:461:22:49

to testify at my trial.

1:22:491:22:52

Somebody told me that Christine Kim's

1:22:521:22:54

-some kind of

-BLEEP

-Professor at

-BLEEP

-University, maybe.

1:22:541:22:58

Hey, Dave. It's Gail.

1:22:581:23:01

-Hey, Gail.

-Yes.

1:23:011:23:02

What have you found out?

1:23:021:23:04

Miss Kim left me a voicemail.

1:23:041:23:06

She said that if I came on the property of the university again,

1:23:071:23:10

she would call the police on me.

1:23:101:23:12

SHE LAUGHS

1:23:121:23:14

I have no idea why she would be reacting that way.

1:23:151:23:19

Miss Haysom,

1:23:221:23:24

I'd like you to read the highlighted portion

1:23:241:23:26

on page three of that letter.

1:23:261:23:28

"I hated my love for you for a long time.

1:23:281:23:31

"I had always believed that I made men fall in love with me

1:23:311:23:35

"so that I could screw them, physically and emotionally,

1:23:351:23:38

"and take out all the hatred I felt for them.

1:23:381:23:40

"I would make a man humiliate himself and, in the end,

1:23:401:23:44

"I would give him the best fuck he's ever likely to get

1:23:441:23:47

"and then walk out."

1:23:471:23:48

That's what you did to Jens, wasn't it?

1:23:501:23:52

No, I don't think that that's what I did to Jens.

1:23:541:23:59

Did you ever tell my client that Mrs Massie

1:23:591:24:01

-had somehow done things to you?

-Objection, your honour.

1:24:011:24:05

I apologise, but I have to do it. I feel that it's my duty.

1:24:051:24:09

Did you ever tell Jens Soering

1:24:091:24:12

that your mother's good friend, Mrs Massie, touched you in any way?

1:24:121:24:17

-Yes, she did.

-When you ask a question like that,

1:24:171:24:21

you've got to prove it.

1:24:211:24:22

You can't just ask questions and then not back it up with proof.

1:24:221:24:25

And if you don't, I'm going to strike the question

1:24:251:24:27

and I'm going to strike the answer.

1:24:271:24:28

There were rumours that there were...

1:24:281:24:31

I just don't think we ought to talk about the rumours, honey.

1:24:311:24:34

-Well...

-I mean, really... I don't think that adds anything to it.

1:24:341:24:37

-None of them were true!

-Well, I know that.

1:24:371:24:39

-All kinds of rumours.

-Because that might involve other people,

1:24:391:24:42

and I just don't think we ought to go into that.

1:24:421:24:44

You said that your mother slept with you.

1:24:471:24:50

Yes, sir.

1:24:501:24:52

Objection, your honour.

1:24:521:24:53

That's not a relevant question.

1:24:531:24:55

She abused you, right?

1:24:561:24:57

Was that true?

1:25:031:25:04

Yes, sir, it was.

1:25:061:25:08

Well, when you testified at your guilty plea here,

1:25:101:25:13

in October of 1987, you said that was false.

1:25:131:25:17

You were asked, was she a sexual abuser?

1:25:171:25:19

If she didn't, for God's sake, clear her name now.

1:25:191:25:22

And have I said today that she sexually abused me?

1:25:221:25:25

You said yes today, right?

1:25:251:25:28

I said that she abused me. I did not specify that it was sexual.

1:25:281:25:31

Then you didn't lie to us?

1:25:341:25:36

No, I did not.

1:25:361:25:37

It actually is a mitigating circumstance

1:25:451:25:50

if you are abused and you're young

1:25:501:25:53

and who knows how long the abuse has gone on and why it all happened?

1:25:531:25:57

The prosecutor knows.

1:25:591:26:00

It's the key to everything.

1:26:021:26:05

I was there when Updike pushed her.

1:26:051:26:07

That was the nexus,

1:26:071:26:09

that was the crucible in which all of this was cooked.

1:26:091:26:12

I still see him talking with Elizabeth and discounting a motive.

1:26:121:26:17

And he said, "This is the chance to clear your mother's name,"

1:26:171:26:20

and she said... She cleared it.

1:26:201:26:22

Your mother's been butchered.

1:26:221:26:23

-Yes, she has, sir.

-You called her a liar and an alcoholic.

1:26:231:26:26

-I did not call her an alcoholic.

-Was she a sexual abuser?

1:26:261:26:29

Did she sexually abuse you?

1:26:291:26:30

If she didn't, for God's sake, clear her name now.

1:26:301:26:33

-She did not sexually abuse me.

-Thank you.

1:26:331:26:35

You said that to get a deal, right?

1:26:381:26:40

In order to try to get yourself a light sentence.

1:26:451:26:48

-You had the services of an attorney, Mr Rosenfield.

-That is correct.

1:26:551:27:00

There are all sorts of promises that get made to prisoners

1:27:001:27:03

that induces them to plead guilty.

1:27:031:27:07

Sometimes a family member will not be prosecuted

1:27:071:27:10

because of a deal worked out.

1:27:101:27:12

That's a favourite one by prosecutors.

1:27:121:27:16

"If you plead guilty, we won't charge your mother."

1:27:161:27:18

And so, Elizabeth Haysom made a deal with the government that,

1:27:191:27:23

if she pled guilty and testified against Jens,

1:27:231:27:27

that the death penalty would be removed

1:27:271:27:30

because neither Elizabeth nor Jens

1:27:301:27:32

wanted to come back to Virginia and face the death penalty.

1:27:321:27:35

There's a certain irony that 27 years after that,

1:27:371:27:40

I was contacted by somebody acting on Jens' behalf

1:27:401:27:44

to get him transferred to Germany

1:27:441:27:47

and I attempted to get that accomplished.

1:27:471:27:50

-'I have a prepaid call from...'

-Jens Soering.

1:27:501:27:54

'..an inmate in Buckingham Correctional Center.

1:27:541:27:57

'Your call is being connected. Thank you for using Global Tel Mate.'

1:27:571:28:02

-Hi, Steve.

-Jens, how you doing?

1:28:021:28:04

Oh, peachy(!) And you?

1:28:041:28:07

HE LAUGHS

1:28:071:28:08

I wanted to say something about the fact that the judge in this case,

1:28:081:28:12

Bill Sweeney, was a very close friend of Natalie Haysom's brother,

1:28:121:28:18

Rick Benedict. The Benedicts were a prominent Lynchburg family.

1:28:181:28:22

I think that is a really important component to all of this.

1:28:221:28:26

Back then, it was not common

1:28:261:28:28

to speak about child sexual abuse openly.

1:28:281:28:30

Both of them nude together in the bathtub

1:28:301:28:34

and had sex in the bathroom.

1:28:341:28:36

And the judge knowing Nancy Haysom when he was growing up

1:28:361:28:39

was obviously strong personal motivation.

1:28:391:28:42

These naked pictures was in her teenage years?

1:28:421:28:46

-Late teens.

-Late teens.

1:28:461:28:47

And Nancy Haysom had shown those photographs

1:28:471:28:51

around to friends of hers.

1:28:511:28:53

So these photographs were placed under seal

1:28:541:28:58

and basically went into hiding.

1:28:581:29:00

You're still here in Virginia, right?

1:29:001:29:03

-ELIZABETH:

-I guess so.

1:29:031:29:04

You came back to plead guilty, right?

1:29:061:29:09

-Yes, I did.

-To tell the truth.

1:29:091:29:11

-Right?

-To plead guilty.

1:29:121:29:14

That's different than telling the truth?

1:29:161:29:18

You said, on June the 8th, 1986,

1:29:201:29:23

you set up the alibi in the car and he said,

1:29:231:29:25

"Buy a couple of movie tickets," and that was a lie, right?

1:29:251:29:28

Sometime, early in the afternoon, Jens dropped me off at the cinema.

1:29:281:29:33

He left and I went to the movie.

1:29:331:29:34

Miss Haysom, on June 8th, 1986,

1:29:341:29:38

you testified that you didn't go to the movies, right?

1:29:381:29:41

You want to think about that for a minute?

1:29:411:29:43

Make sure you've got it straight?

1:29:431:29:45

What's your shoe size?

1:29:451:29:46

8.5-9.

1:29:471:29:48

It is possible, then, that somebody who was involved in the murders

1:29:501:29:54

is still at large.

1:29:541:29:56

There's no question in my mind...

1:29:561:29:58

'You have 60 seconds remaining.'

1:29:581:30:02

I would like to say that I'm looking forward to the end,

1:30:021:30:05

but I'll believe it when I step off the plane

1:30:051:30:08

and experience a German grey sky

1:30:081:30:11

with lots of drizzle and no sunshine.

1:30:111:30:13

-Can't wait.

-'You have ten seconds remaining.'

1:30:131:30:18

I'll call back, all right?

1:30:181:30:19

Did you want him to kill them?

1:30:251:30:28

Yes, I did.

1:30:281:30:30

I was much more concerned that he would not kill them

1:30:301:30:35

-than that he would, because, er...

-Why?

1:30:351:30:37

Well, the whole idea of Jens killing anybody is so oddly fantastic.

1:30:391:30:44

What happened next?

1:30:441:30:45

He came back. He said that he had killed my parents.

1:30:451:30:48

He said that my father just wouldn't lie down and die.

1:30:481:30:52

We go back up to the room, Jens took a shower.

1:30:531:30:56

-What did you do?

-I was sick.

1:30:561:30:59

It is a very odd feeling to have somebody in the room with you who,

1:31:001:31:05

in a period of 12 hours, killed two people.

1:31:051:31:08

You start having odd thoughts like,

1:31:091:31:11

are they going to roll over and kill you, too?

1:31:111:31:13

He made a joke about how tired he was and that it was exhausting.

1:31:131:31:18

I said, "Well, I guess it is."

1:31:181:31:20

Did you say anything to the police officers

1:31:211:31:24

-about what you've just told the jury?

-No, I did not.

1:31:241:31:28

I, erm...

1:31:281:31:29

I lied about some...

1:31:311:31:33

You know, what happened.

1:31:381:31:40

I denied it. I had nothing to do with it.

1:31:411:31:44

He told me to go down to the car and take a bottle of Coca-Cola with me,

1:32:071:32:13

and to clean the blood in the car.

1:32:131:32:17

With...a bottle of Coca-Cola?

1:32:171:32:19

With Coca-Cola, yes, because apparently Coca-Cola eats anything.

1:32:191:32:23

Then I returned back to the room and...

1:32:231:32:28

-..Jens had gone to bed.

-He had gone to bed?

-Yes.

1:32:301:32:33

She said Jens came back and he was in a bloody sheet,

1:32:371:32:41

and the car was filled with blood,

1:32:411:32:44

and they went back to the hotel

1:32:441:32:46

and he told her to go down and wash the blood off with Coca-Cola.

1:32:461:32:50

I went to Charlottesville and I luminoled the inside of the car -

1:32:511:32:56

the floor board, the brake pedal, the gas pedal,

1:32:561:33:01

where blood or anything could have been -

1:33:011:33:03

and never got the first hit off of it.

1:33:031:33:05

If it's that much blood,

1:33:051:33:07

why did I not find some in the rental car when I luminoled it?

1:33:071:33:12

State your name, please, ma'am.

1:33:121:33:14

-Sylvia Moore.

-Miss Moore, where are you employed?

1:33:141:33:16

Texaco and National Car Rental.

1:33:161:33:19

Pertaining to the rental of a Tibet automobile,

1:33:191:33:22

rented on the 29th of March, returned on the 31st of March,

1:33:221:33:27

how badly did it need cleaned?

1:33:271:33:29

The car didn't need cleaning at all.

1:33:291:33:31

-It didn't need cleaning at all?

-No. It was spotless.

1:33:311:33:35

I know they clean the cars up, but I'm going to tell you,

1:33:351:33:38

somebody had to spend some time cleaning it up.

1:33:381:33:40

If there was any blood whatsoever in that car,

1:33:401:33:42

somebody had to do some real cleaning.

1:33:421:33:44

A couple of years ago, a guy in Lynchburg

1:33:501:33:52

said they brought a car to him to clean up

1:33:521:33:55

that had blood in it and all this kind of stuff.

1:33:551:33:57

He's saying that Elizabeth and another individual,

1:33:581:34:01

not Jens Soering,

1:34:011:34:02

brought this car to his shop for them to clean blood out of it.

1:34:021:34:06

I wanted to come and listen, see what you had to say.

1:34:161:34:19

The car was in my parking lot.

1:34:301:34:32

Some college kids had it towed.

1:34:321:34:35

Apparently they was stuck, or whatever.

1:34:351:34:37

Right.

1:34:371:34:38

This is the girl, as far as I'm concerned, was in the shop.

1:34:431:34:46

They had to sit there in front of me for at least 30 minutes.

1:34:461:34:49

The guy who signed, his hair had maybe a highlight in it

1:34:491:34:53

or his hair was funny.

1:34:531:34:55

This is the guy I'm thinking was in the shop.

1:34:551:34:58

Looks like the guy that was in the shop.

1:34:591:35:01

He's got some kind of doo-doo in his hair there.

1:35:031:35:05

Like he had six cans of hairspray in it to make it stand.

1:35:051:35:09

You know, stand out.

1:35:091:35:11

-Dear Mr

-BLEEP,

1:35:291:35:30

you may be aware that a witness, Tony Buchanan,

1:35:301:35:32

was shown a picture of you and he recognised you

1:35:321:35:35

as the person who came to pick up a car

1:35:351:35:38

that contained a bloody knife that was placed in the front seat.

1:35:381:35:43

-Jim Farmer, Ned

-BLEEP

1:35:431:35:46

and Elizabeth were in the same club at UVA.

1:35:461:35:51

It was called the Gay Club.

1:35:511:35:53

They were friends and they had similar aspects

1:35:531:35:57

to their lives and activities.

1:35:571:35:59

And the fact was that Ned rented out a room

1:35:591:36:03

to Elizabeth and Jens the summer of 1985.

1:36:031:36:07

About how long was it after all this came out

1:36:071:36:11

that they came to your place?

1:36:111:36:13

It was after hunting season.

1:36:131:36:15

Bubba's Towing brought that car in on a weekend.

1:36:151:36:18

He had said that it had come from some college kids.

1:36:181:36:21

The knife was down between the console and the seat.

1:36:211:36:25

Later on that year,

1:36:251:36:26

the police department had a picture in the paper.

1:36:261:36:28

They said, "This is the guy supposed to have did the murder,"

1:36:281:36:31

and all this stuff.

1:36:311:36:32

I said, "This ain't the guy that came by the shop."

1:36:321:36:34

I said, "I think somebody else is involved in this murder."

1:36:341:36:38

So I called, I said,

1:36:381:36:40

"I think somebody else's involved

1:36:401:36:42

"and this is the way to check and see."

1:36:421:36:44

-Right.

-He was just trying to brush me off.

1:36:441:36:48

I've never talked to Tony Buchanan about a knife being in a vehicle

1:36:481:36:51

and blood all in the vehicle?

1:36:511:36:54

That doesn't make any sense at all.

1:36:541:36:56

Because I had long distance.

1:36:561:36:57

'He's lying. It didn't happen.'

1:36:571:36:59

I don't know what Buchanan's motivation is.

1:36:591:37:02

I don't know if he's trying to

1:37:021:37:04

get his five minutes of fame or whatever,

1:37:041:37:05

but I certainly don't appreciate him

1:37:051:37:07

trying to interject himself in a homicide.

1:37:071:37:10

Tony Buchanan has no credibility to me.

1:37:101:37:12

I wouldn't know Tony Buchanan if he walked in that door right now.

1:37:121:37:15

This information that you're giving out, if nobody follows up on it,

1:37:151:37:19

we possibly could still have a murder suspect

1:37:191:37:21

running around out here.

1:37:211:37:23

There's always two sides to a story.

1:37:231:37:25

And you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

1:37:261:37:28

I don't see where that's beyond a reasonable doubt.

1:37:281:37:31

-Hi.

-Hello.

-I'm trying to locate a Ned

-BLEEP

-that may live next door.

1:37:361:37:40

-He's probably working at the hotel in town.

-OK, thank you.

1:37:401:37:44

-I'm trying to contact Ned

-BLEEP.

1:37:591:38:02

Is he here, by any chance?

1:38:021:38:03

-Not here today.

-It's about a case where two people were killed.

1:38:031:38:07

The people that have been arrested and charged with that

1:38:081:38:11

are in prison for life and everything.

1:38:111:38:13

He won't know what it is about.

1:38:131:38:14

He is obviously not in any trouble whatsoever.

1:38:141:38:17

So, if he could give me a call, if I'm still in the area,

1:38:171:38:19

-I'll stop by, have a beer with him.

-OK.

1:38:191:38:21

-Wasn't he a bird-watcher or something?

-He's a bird-watcher,

1:38:211:38:24

yes, he is. All right?

1:38:241:38:25

I've been going through this crap all day long, you know?

1:38:251:38:28

All right.

1:38:281:38:29

He responded and he said...

1:38:371:38:39

"Mrs Ball, I have no intention of becoming embroiled in this matter.

1:38:391:38:44

"I know nothing about the murders

1:38:441:38:46

"and I have no opinion about the murders.

1:38:461:38:49

"I have nothing else to say in this matter.

1:38:491:38:52

-"Edward

-BLEEP."

1:38:521:38:54

State your name, please, sir.

1:38:541:38:56

Klaus Soering.

1:38:561:38:57

You are the father of the defendant, Jens Soering?

1:38:571:38:59

-Yes.

-I'd like to show you some documents.

1:38:591:39:02

These were among Jen's things which I took from his dorm.

1:39:071:39:11

The tickets to a movie, witness.

1:39:111:39:13

Yes. Same things.

1:39:131:39:15

You don't have to repeat it every time.

1:39:151:39:17

Mr Soering, then you began developing different plans

1:40:031:40:07

-as to how you were going to get out of this.

-No.

1:40:071:40:10

-You did not?

-No.

1:40:101:40:11

"If I go to Germany..."

1:40:131:40:14

It's about three-quarters of the way down.

1:40:161:40:18

"If I go to Germany and get convicted,

1:40:181:40:19

"I will go away for only a few years and your trial in the US will not be

1:40:191:40:23

"a hyped-up emotional publicity thing since the star attraction, me,

1:40:231:40:27

-"is missing."

-Thank you.

1:40:271:40:28

That's why... I was hoping to go to Germany, like I said.

1:40:281:40:31

-You're the star attraction, Mr Soering?

-Well... Yes, obviously.

1:40:311:40:35

Because you're the one who did it.

1:40:361:40:38

I was the one who SAID I did it, yes.

1:40:381:40:41

Down that same page, writing to Elizabeth,

1:40:411:40:43

"My optimism is well-founded, sweetie.

1:40:431:40:45

"Remember, I'm always the pessimist.

1:40:451:40:47

"Not you. Those yokels don't know what's coming to them."

1:40:471:40:49

-That's right, I wrote that.

-And you wrote it right after you'd made

1:40:491:40:52

a reference to me, didn't you? Here's the actual letter.

1:40:521:40:55

Well...

1:40:551:40:56

Mr Updike, the reason why I wrote that is that I was personally

1:40:581:41:01

-surprised that we managed to convince you people.

-Shut up.

1:41:011:41:06

-He's my client.

-I know that, and I'm not criticising you for saying that.

1:41:081:41:12

I encourage you to say it any time you want.

1:41:121:41:14

So much of the case depends on whether jurors

1:41:141:41:17

believe Jens Soering's story or Elizabeth Haysom.

1:41:171:41:20

Attorneys from both sides will get one final chance to sway the jury

1:41:201:41:24

in closing arguments tomorrow, then the rest will be in their hands.

1:41:241:41:28

Pan Windsor, News Center 13, Bedford.

1:41:281:41:30

I have been asked by the parents of my client

1:41:321:41:35

to read a statement to the court on their behalf.

1:41:351:41:38

They are unable to be here today.

1:41:381:41:40

"We find it very hard to believe that our son could have committed

1:41:411:41:45

"such a violent crime. The killing of anything or anyone

1:41:451:41:49

"has always been so totally against his nature.

1:41:491:41:52

"We know that Jens loved Elizabeth Haysom very much.

1:41:521:41:56

"And he was blind to her obvious storytelling.

1:41:571:41:59

"However, despite our son's deep love for Elizabeth,

1:42:011:42:05

"we do not believe that Jens killed Elizabeth's parents.

1:42:051:42:09

"We also have some questions about the trial.

1:42:091:42:11

"Why did Judge Sweeney not remove himself from Jens's case

1:42:131:42:17

"after it became known that he had been a friend

1:42:171:42:20

"of Mrs Haysom's brother for about 40 years?"

1:42:201:42:22

Thank you.

1:42:241:42:26

I would only say, in my own defence, that the public is my judge.

1:42:261:42:31

A lot of people saw this case.

1:42:311:42:33

If they feel that the trial which I conducted was conducted unfairly

1:42:331:42:37

because of some relationship with one of the parties,

1:42:371:42:40

not a close relationship, then so be it.

1:42:401:42:42

The German Federal Government strongly promotes parole

1:42:431:42:47

and the subsequent deportation of Mr Soering.

1:42:471:42:50

Soering has shown excellent institutional adjustment

1:42:501:42:54

with absolutely no record of institutional infractions.

1:42:541:42:58

Soering has not had a history of violence before his arrest.

1:42:581:43:02

Germany stands ready to take Mr Soering back to our country

1:43:021:43:06

immediately and without any precondition.

1:43:061:43:09

And we know that Virginians believe in mercy

1:43:091:43:11

and we think that the time has come to have mercy with Jens Soering.

1:43:111:43:16

Thank you.

1:43:161:43:17

Members of the jury, you have a commonwealth that's saying

1:43:171:43:21

that Jens Soering did it alone

1:43:211:43:23

and you have a defence that says Elizabeth Haysom did it,

1:43:231:43:27

and more likely with one other accomplice at the scene.

1:43:271:43:29

He doesn't want to give any blood,

1:43:291:43:31

he doesn't want to give any footprints,

1:43:311:43:32

what Jens Soering wants to do is get out of the country!

1:43:321:43:34

On the tickets right here, the time is 10:15pm.

1:43:341:43:38

Elizabeth Haysom, who was supposedly the alibi, said,

1:43:381:43:41

"I definitely bought the last ticket

1:43:411:43:43

"at about four o'clock in the afternoon,"

1:43:431:43:45

and, ladies and gentlemen,

1:43:451:43:47

you can't go to a four o'clock movie at 10:15pm at night.

1:43:471:43:51

That is a reasonable doubt in this case.

1:43:511:43:53

Now, he gets up here and he said,

1:43:531:43:56

"Elizabeth was up there buying the tickets,

1:43:561:43:58

"Elizabeth was doing this..."

1:43:581:43:59

All right, so he hauls it out of the country...

1:43:591:44:04

goes all over Europe and they get caught in England.

1:44:041:44:07

Now, at that point, ladies and gentlemen,

1:44:071:44:08

they write letters to each other again.

1:44:081:44:10

"All along, I made the mistakes."

1:44:101:44:13

He is writing this to Elizabeth Haysom.

1:44:131:44:15

It's cold-blooded, calculated, mean and violent.

1:44:151:44:21

This man can get on this stand, first-degree murder charges,

1:44:211:44:25

talk about this, try to put on a little performance

1:44:251:44:28

and laugh at times.

1:44:281:44:30

Cold.

1:44:301:44:31

This cheque, ladies and gentlemen, that Jens says that he cashed,

1:44:311:44:36

it's clearly cashed at the Marriot in Washington, DC.

1:44:361:44:40

It's his signature on it.

1:44:401:44:41

Elizabeth Haysom does not testify about any cheque being cashed.

1:44:411:44:46

Why? Because she didn't know that it was cashed,

1:44:461:44:49

because she wasn't there when it was cashed, ladies and gentlemen.

1:44:491:44:53

I say to you that there is stronger evidence at the scene of the crime

1:44:531:44:57

that suggests that Elizabeth Haysom was there

1:44:571:45:00

and she was with an accomplice who is still in Bedford County,

1:45:001:45:04

or some place in these United States.

1:45:041:45:06

Cold.

1:45:061:45:07

He needs to be convicted of first-degree murder,

1:45:111:45:13

sentenced to life imprisonment.

1:45:131:45:15

It's the only just punishment.

1:45:151:45:17

The burden of proof is on the Commonwealth.

1:45:171:45:20

Unless they can prove he was there beyond a reasonable doubt,

1:45:201:45:23

you have to acquit.

1:45:231:45:24

I think the fact he was not from that county

1:45:241:45:28

and she was

1:45:281:45:30

did play a role.

1:45:301:45:32

The jury had a choice of saying,

1:45:321:45:35

"Oh, this young girl who grew up right down the street from us

1:45:351:45:38

"killed her parents," or, "This outsider that we don't know did it."

1:45:381:45:44

It very difficult for a jury to...

1:45:441:45:47

..decide that a person actually killed their own parents.

1:45:481:45:52

That's a thought you don't even want to have in your own head.

1:45:521:45:56

Jens Soering, would you stand?

1:45:591:46:01

Jens Soering, do you know of any reason why this court

1:46:071:46:10

should not now pronounce judgment and sentence in your case?

1:46:101:46:14

-Yes, I do.

-You may speak.

1:46:141:46:16

I'm innocent.

1:46:181:46:19

In accordance with the jury verdict,

1:46:231:46:25

the court sentences you to life imprisonment

1:46:251:46:29

in each of the two cases.

1:46:291:46:31

The sentences are to run consecutively and not concurrently.

1:46:311:46:34

That's all. The accused is remanded to jail.

1:46:371:46:40

CLAMOUR

1:46:401:46:43

-Do you still say you're innocent?

-Anything, Jens?

1:46:431:46:46

I told you to back off of me.

1:46:461:46:48

Get back on the sidewalk.

1:46:501:46:51

She's been turned down for parole 15 times.

1:47:591:48:01

She has mandatory parole in...

1:48:041:48:05

..2032.

1:48:071:48:09

She'll be 68 years old.

1:48:091:48:11

And remember how young they were when they were...

1:48:141:48:17

..together.

1:48:181:48:20

They're both middle-aged now.

1:48:201:48:21

Jens Soering is still clinging to hope

1:48:231:48:25

that he's going to find something, something that will set him free.

1:48:251:48:28

Soering continues to maintain his innocence and tonight,

1:48:281:48:31

there is a new twist to his case.

1:48:311:48:33

A page right out of The Fugitive.

1:48:331:48:35

We ought to kick him out as soon as we safely can.

1:48:551:48:57

In this instance, we could safely do it with a guarantee

1:48:571:49:00

that he wouldn't come back

1:49:001:49:02

and I felt that was sufficient to make a recommendation

1:49:021:49:05

to the Justice Department.

1:49:051:49:07

I went down to visit him in Buckingham County

1:49:071:49:09

after it was announced that Kaine was going to have him deported

1:49:091:49:13

and, of course, he was ecstatic.

1:49:131:49:14

He was just crazy, here he was, he couldn't believe how free he was.

1:49:141:49:19

Because he felt that they were going to pick him up, throw him in a car

1:49:421:49:45

and take him to the airport and deport him.

1:49:451:49:47

And it was the happiest I'd ever seen him.

1:49:471:49:50

Please welcome Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

1:50:001:50:03

Thank you.

1:50:031:50:04

Then, of course, everything started to fall apart.

1:50:291:50:31

Good evening, my fellow Republicans.

1:50:311:50:33

When I was trying to have his

1:50:531:50:55

conviction overturned...

1:50:551:50:57

..the Virginia authorities threatened that,

1:50:591:51:02

if the conviction was overturned,

1:51:021:51:04

they would try him with the death penalty.

1:51:041:51:06

That was their threat,

1:51:061:51:08

that if the trial got overturned and we had to try him again,

1:51:081:51:12

all bets were off.

1:51:121:51:13

The system in Virginia...

1:51:131:51:15

..seems broken.

1:51:171:51:18

I will do what I can to make it right.

1:51:221:51:25

"I'm writing these lines Saturday morning at ten.

1:51:281:51:32

"Pretty much certain 2013 is another lost year.

1:51:321:51:35

"All outside rec is cancelled due to extreme fog.

1:51:351:51:39

"That's where I am this first day of 2013.

1:51:391:51:42

"It's just that it's so lonely.

1:51:421:51:45

"26 years, eight months, four days of this crap.

1:51:451:51:48

"And oh, so many more to come.

1:51:481:51:51

"Yes, last night I watched a movie made in 2011

1:51:511:51:54

"about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland.

1:51:541:51:57

"I remember that album.

1:51:571:51:58

"It was a huge hit in 1986, the year I was arrested.

1:51:581:52:03

"The hair, the eyeglasses of that era, the last time I was free.

1:52:031:52:07

"And the music, of course, brought me back to that time.

1:52:071:52:11

"Seeing how Paul Simon aged

1:52:111:52:13

"just opened up inside of me a feeling of vertigo.

1:52:131:52:16

"Joy and happiness were not only possible for me in 1986,

1:52:161:52:20

"they were actually real.

1:52:201:52:22

"I remembered them even though I haven't felt them in 27 years.

1:52:221:52:27

"What I really wanted to write to you about is the next visit.

1:52:271:52:30

"When do you want to come? You last came on 11th December.

1:52:301:52:34

"Do you want to come on the 15th of January?

1:52:341:52:36

"I want to thank you so much for continuing to fight with me.

1:52:371:52:40

"You're doing so much, but also on an emotional level,

1:52:411:52:44

"I'm also glad you're with me.

1:52:441:52:47

"I regret losing my faith.

1:52:471:52:48

"It's not what I wanted to choose.

1:52:481:52:51

"I'm so tired of being alone.

1:52:511:52:53

"Thank you for everything.

1:52:531:52:55

"All the best and thank you again, yours, Jens."

1:52:551:52:58

-You ready?

-Yeah.

1:53:201:53:21

# I put a spell on you

1:53:251:53:28

# Because you're mine

1:53:331:53:37

# You better stop the things that you're doing

1:53:411:53:44

# I ain't lyin'

1:53:491:53:52

# No, I ain't lyin'

1:53:521:53:54

# I just can't stand it, babe

1:53:571:53:59

# The way you always put me down

1:54:001:54:03

# I just can't stand it

1:54:041:54:06

# The way you're always runnin' round

1:54:081:54:12

# I put a spell on you

1:54:121:54:14

# Because you're mine

1:54:181:54:21

# I put a spell on you

1:54:251:54:27

# Because you're mine

1:54:311:54:38

# You better stop the things that you do

1:54:381:54:41

# Oh, Lord

1:54:411:54:43

# I know, I know, I know, I know I'm not lyin

1:54:431:54:46

# Yeah, you know I'm not lyin'

1:54:461:54:49

# I just can't stand it, babe

1:54:511:54:53

# No, the way you always runnin' round

1:54:531:54:58

# I just can't stand it

1:54:581:54:59

# Oh, no

1:54:591:55:01

# The way you always put me down

1:55:011:55:04

# I put a spell on you

1:55:041:55:06

# Because, because you're mine

1:55:091:55:12

# You gotta show me one time and I know

1:55:121:55:15

# I know you're mine

1:55:151:55:16

# I put a spell on you

1:55:161:55:19

# I just can't stand it

1:55:191:55:20

# I put a spell

1:55:201:55:22

# I put a spell on you...

1:55:221:55:25

# I put a spell on you. #

1:55:311:55:33

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.


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