New evidence surfaces in kidnapping case

Wednesday, November 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:36 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

FULTON — A Bible school teacher and convicted pornographer suspected of killing a missing Skidmore man performed “gender nullification” procedures on other men and admitted in an online chat room to killing several men, according to an affidavit.

Authorities said it is unclear whether what was reported by 58-year-old Jack Wayne Rogers in the chat room was accurate.

“One of the problems we have is that people in chat rooms don’t always tell the truth,” said Capt. Chris Ricks, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The affidavit was filed Friday in Callaway County Circuit Court in support of a request for a warrant to search the yard of Rogers’ Fulton home for evidence that may implicate him in the disappearance of Branson Kayne Perry, 20, of Skidmore. Perry was last seen April 11, 2002.

“These searches have turned up evidence of Jack Rogers’ involvement in the murder of a person believed to be Branson Perry as well as Jack Rogers’ involvement in other crimes centering upon his performing surgery on those wishing to have their gender nullified by castration,” highway patrol Sgt. David Merrill wrote in the affidavit.

There also was evidence of cannibalism, according to the affidavit.

No charges had been filed against Rogers as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Until you find the body, it is hard to prove murder,” Ricks said.

Rogers pleaded guilty last Thursday to an 11-count federal indictment to child pornography and obscenity charges. He was being held Tuesday at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department in Versailles, awaiting his sentencing in the pornography case.

Rogers’ attorney, Valerie Leftwich, of Columbia, said she handled his federal case and couldn’t comment on the state investigation.

“Whatever they are looking for, I don’t know anything about it at this point,” she said Tuesday.

While searching the property Monday, cadaver dogs picked up the scent of biological material at a travel camper from which several items were seized, including three cushions, a black and blue backpack and two blue plastic tubs containing miscellaneous tent items, according to court records.

Rogers, who led the vacation Bible school for the Presbyterian church in the eastern Missouri town of Bellflower, came to the attention of federal agents last year.

A child pornography investigation revealed a chatlog in which a person logged on using a screen name subscribed to by Rogers. The person wrote about murdering and disposing of a man, believed to be Perry, in a remote area of the Ozarks, authorities said.

As a result of the chatlog, investigators obtained search warrants for Rogers’ property.

According to the affidavit, a search of Rogers’ home in March turned up a number of items that could be used as surgical tools. A search the next month of his home and Columbia business turned up a scalpel kit and a manual describing “how one could perform gender nullification.”

Authorities also interviewed a person who told officers that he paid Rogers to remove his genitalia at a motel in Columbia, the affidavit said.

A person who chatted with Rogers on the Internet reported that Rogers said he “had killed a number of individuals,” according to the affidavit.

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