John Walsh Helps Find 'One of My Most Wanted Guys'

Fugitive was on the lam for nearly 25 years
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2015 7:45 AM CDT
Alleged Rapist Found in Mexico After 24 Years on Lam
This photo shared by John Walsh allegedly shows Paul Jackson.   (Twitter)

A man wanted for a quarter-century for the rape and torture of two women is finally back in police custody. Some 24 years ago, brothers Paul Erven Jackson and Vance Roberts were accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing at least two prostitutes in Roberts' home in Hillsboro, Ore., where police later found rope, photos of women in bondage, women's underwear, sex toys, chains, and a closet undergoing soundproofing. The pair were arrested in 1990, shortly after 17-year-old victim Andrea Hood threw herself out a window and escaped after 36 hours of repeated sexual assault, reports the Oregonian; the brothers then vanished. Roberts eventually surrendered in 2006 and is now serving a 108-year prison sentence. But Jackson was nowhere to be found until his case was featured on CNN's The Hunt With John Walsh in July. Authorities say they then received a tip that led them to the man Walsh called "one of my most wanted guys," per CNN.

The US Marshals Service says Jackson was living in Mexico as Paul Bennett Hamilton. Mexican immigration authorities and US marshals seized him at a hotel in Guadalajara on Monday as he was heading to work at an electronics store. The Hunt played "a significant role" in his capture, says a Marshals Service rep: "It's what started this." Jackson will appear in court in Mexico before he's transferred to Oregon. "There was always that hope in the back of my mind that he'll get caught," says Hood. "I think there will be some definite healing that's able to happen now." Police suspect the brothers had more victims but could only identify a second woman from photos. Michaelle Dierich was kidnapped in 1988 at age 20 and dropped on her mother's front porch a week later, but she couldn't identify her captors, per the Washington Post. "I've got to face that guy," she told the Oregonian last year. "He's got to go to trial. He's got to be locked up." (More Oregon stories.)

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