Police search for victims of serial rapist

Sunday, August 3, 2008 | 6:50 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY - Police are searching for the victims of a man who says he raped or tried to rape more than 32 women in the Kansas City area.

Gary L. Jackman, 56, admitted the attacks - all rapes or attempted rapes - as part of a 2006 plea deal in five rapes spanning from June 1985 to April 1986. Authorities matched DNA taken from the crime scenes in those five rapes to a sample taken from Jackman while he was imprisoned for robbery in 2005.

Jackman, who is serving a life sentence on those five rapes, can't be charged in the other attacks, which also are from the 1980s. He will be eligible for parole in 2018.

Police have searched rape reports from 1984 and 1990 and were able to find victims from 13 attacks.

"Some of them have rebuilt their lives," said Janna Eikel, the police detective who contacted the women. "But others still have difficulty to this day. They have trouble sleeping at night. They're always checking and double-checking to make sure everything is secure."

But authorities haven't been able to find police reports or victims in the remaining 19 attacks in Kansas City and Independence. They hope that renewed attention will help them find the women.

Police say they want to let the victims know that their attacker is behind bars and they want to make sure that investigators don't spend time trying to solve an old crime that was committed by Jackman.

Sgt. Kevin Kilkenny, who supervised the investigation, said he thinks Jackman doesn't remember all of his victims.

"I think there's more," Kilkenny said. "He did so many, they all ran together."

And the plea agreement covered only Jackson County, so it's unclear if Jackman looked for victims elsewhere in the Kansas City area.

In videotaped interviews obtained by The Kansas City Star, Jackman told police that he found the women by looking into windows during three- to four-hour outings. He said he would make sure the woman was alone, then get in through a door or window after the lights were off.

"It was who was at home at the time and the easiest way to get in," he said. "People would lock their doors but leave the window next to it open, and you could reach in."

After raping a woman, he would make her bathe or shower to destroy forensic evidence.

He said he preferred to find his victims sleeping and didn't try to rush them or overpower them in a doorway.

"Anytime anyone yelled or fought back, I'd take off," he said. "I was doing this because I enjoyed it, and I wanted them to enjoy it, and that's basically the way I thought of it."

Jackman had nine previous convictions in California and moved to the Kansas City area in 1981 after his release. Jackman was convicted in 1990 of first-degree robbery and given a life sentence, although he was eligible for parole in January 2008 before being linked to the rapes through his DNA.

Jackman told Kansas City police that a male teacher molested him in Phoenix when he was 10. After his family moved to Kansas City three years later, he began peeping into people's windows, he said.

He said he thought an influential experience involved a prostitute he visited in Vietnam, where he was serving as a Marine. He said he was on duty and "holding a .45."

"That's when I noticed the adrenaline rush of having sex while you're scared," he said.

He told police that his first rape victim was a drunken woman he found on the beach.

"It just happened so easy," he said. "It felt good. I had an adrenaline rush over it."


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