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Jerry J. Anderson – Livonia (1980) and Paradise Township (2007)

Jerry Anderson was only 20-years-old when he committed his first murder. He spent 25 years in prison before being released in 2006. A little more than a year later, at the age of 47 he killed again.

Anderson's 2006 mug shot
Anderson’s 2006 Mug Shot
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Anderson’s most recent mug shot from 2014

Anderson’s criminal career started when he was 17. On March 12th of 1978 he was arrested in Wayne and charged with Felony weapon – Carry Concealed, an offense that landed him in prison for 90 days. In 1979 Anderson was arrested in Inkster for stealing a vehicle. He served less then a year before getting out and committing his first murder.

1980 Livonia Murder - Detroit FreePress Nov 25

On November 24th, 20-year-old Jerry Anderson along with a 25-year-old female abducted 58-year-old Coleman Seaver as he left a neighborhood bar on Seven Mile in Livonia an hour after midnight. At some point the pair killed Mr. Seaver and put his body in the trunk of his own automobile.

After killing the man, they went to the Seaver home, entered the house and found the man’s 21-year-old daughter inside. Brenda Seaver was stabbed repeatedly in the back and left for dead. At 5:00 am Brenda somehow managed to call 911 although she couldn’t speak. Police traced the call, arrived at the home and transported the young girl to Botsford Hospital.

Miraculously Brenda survived.

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As the articles state, the body of Coleman Seaver was found inside his trunk a couple of blocks from the his home around 3:00 pm. Anderson was charged with Breaking and Entering with Intent, Armed Robbery, Assault with Intent to Murder and Second Degree Murder. There is no current available record on what the 25-year-old woman (Sandra Lee Baggett) received as far as punishment, she is married now and living in Kentucky.

In 1986, while in prison in Allegan County, Anderson was charged with Attempt to Transport Drugs Into Prison, a sentence that should have tacked on another 18 to 30 months to his sentence.

In 2004, while serving his prison sentence in Standish, Anderson married a woman 20 years his senior named Gladys Jean whom he got to be close with through prison visits. In August of 2006 Anderson was released from prison and by 2007 the couple were divorced. In March of that year Gladys was granted a personal protection order against Anderson stating that she feared for her life. In October however, she asked that the order be rescinded so that she could re-marry him. The request was pushed through in November.

Police are unsure, but they believe Anderson killed Gladys in late December to early January at their home in Paradise Township.  Her body was not discovered until March 2nd, 2008 after police received a ‘check the well being call’ from concerned family members who had not heard from her. Anderson had already fled south back to Livonia where his first murder occurred.

According to a March 5th, 2008 article in the Traverse City Record Eagle,

A tip provided to the Michigan State Police and relayed to the sheriff’s department eventually led investigators to Livonia.

Officials didn’t announce the discovery of the body earlier because they feared Jerry Anderson would try to evade authorities.

Authorities arrested Anderson without incident after he left a house they were monitoring in Livonia.

By March 8th, Anderson sat in a Traverse City court room where he awaited a date for his trial.

Photo Courtesy of Douglas Tesner - Traverse City Record Eagle
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Tesner – Traverse City Record Eagle

Anderson was slapped with his second Second Degree Murder charge and given a sentence of 50 – 75 years. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections website, his earliest release date is in 2058. He would be 98-years-old.

Scott Wobbe – Westland

I followed the 2014 story of Theresa DeKeyzer fairly closely just as everyone else did. It became even more interesting when they released the name of her boyfriend at the time, Scott Wobbe.

“I think I went to high school with that guy.”

After logging in to Facebook I confirmed that I went to high school with him. I won’t pretend that we were best friends, I hardly knew him although we did have classes together.

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Memories were foggy for most of my Livonia Stevenson high school friends.

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We were quickly approaching the date of our 20 year reunion.

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Wobbe was a person of interest from the get-go as he was the last person to see her alive. On top of that, DeKeyzer had just reported a domestic assault on June 15th, by the time police arrived Wobbe had fled.

Throughout the rest of June detectives from Warren and Westland followed tips and leads, with each coming up negative. They interviewed Wobbe numerous times, one of the interviews on July 2nd resulted in his arrest for violating probation orders in Midland County.

In July the search for Theresa escalated after she was entered into the National Missing Persons Database, a private investigator was hired by the DeKeyzer family and a family friend started a GoFundMe for the missing girl.

Missing Theresa Justice for Theresa

In early September The Detroit News ran a story that ultimately resulted in police receiving two tips that led them to Theresa DeKeyzer. On September 18th units from Warren, Westland, Plymouth as well as the state police arrived at a storage yard in Plymouth township and searched a dark-blue trailer. Through the usage of an X-ray device they were able to see inside the trailer where they found a 55-gallon drum filled with 6 to 8 inches of concrete and possible human remains inside.

Photo Courtesy of WXYZ
Photo Courtesy of WXYZ

By the next day it was confirmed that the body inside was indeed that of Theresa DeKeyzer. Scott Wobbe, already in prison on another charge is considered the main suspect.

Scott Wobbe Booking Mug

On June 30th, 2015 Wobbe was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Going against his attorney’s advice Wobbe did what he hoped would be viewed as honorable in the eyes of the DeKeyzer family and pleaded no-contest. The move spared Theresa’s family as well as his own the promise of sitting through a lengthy, gut wrenching trial full of gruesome facts and evidence.

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The Theresa DeKeyzer story is an awful one with a horrible ending that was made even more bizarre by the fact that I probably sat next to Wobbe while I ate lunch in high school.

Scott Wobbe Mug Shot Current

Rest in Peace Theresa –

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Nancy Seaman – Farmington Hills

The murder of Bob Seaman in 2005 made headlines across the country and shook the city of Farmington Hills to it’s core. As so often is the case, murmurs of ‘That stuff just doesn’t happen here’ spread across the city.

2004 and early 2005 were tough for Nancy and Bob Seaman. Their marriage was on the rocks and according to Nancy, she planned to move out of their home and into a condo soon.  On the morning of May 10th the couple argued over her moving out and depending on whether you believe Nancy or the evidence gathered in the case, what happened next was one of two things.

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Nancy in court – Photo courtesy of MLive.com

Nancy’s Story – During the argument, Bob (who had a history of dishing out mental and physical abuse according to her) was holding a kitchen knife, became enraged, and started chasing her into their garage.

Prosecutor’s Story – Nancy ambushed her husband in their kitchen with an axe, then dragged his body into the garage where she stabbed him with a knife and beat him with a sledgehammer.

Whichever side you choose to believe,  that Wednesday, when police went to question the elementary school teacher, they found Bob’s body wrapped in a tarp with duct tape in the back of her Ford Explorer. Police also found the knife that was used to stab Bob to death inside the tarp.

Nancy Seaman - Husband in trunk

Evidence would help the prosecution’s case as video surveillance from the day before the murder showed Nancy purchasing the axe at Home Depot. The following day, Nancy returned to Home Depot, where she purchased duct tape, the tarp, bleach, and other cleaning products.

Spookiest Fact – Unable to find a substitute teacher for her position at Longacre Elementary school, she actually went in to work the day of the murder.

Nancy was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole. She has since exhausted all of her appeals attempting to use the defense of ‘battered spouse syndrome’.  She will turn 64 on May 13th and currently resides in the Huron Valley Women’s Complex.

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Joyce Maynard wrote the book ‘Internal Combustion’ in 2008. It’s a solid read although some close to the incident claim that it’s one-sided.  You can purchase it below:

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Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret  Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit

Detroit, mid-1930s: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, gun-loving baseball fan Dayton Dean became ensnared in the nefarious and deadly Black Legion. The secretive, Klan-like group was executing a wicked plan of terror, murdering enemies, flogging associates, and contemplating armed rebellion. The Legion boasted tens of thousands of members across the Midwest, among them politicians and prominent citizens—even, possibly, a beloved athlete.

Written by: Tom Stanton

Publisher: Lyons Press June 1, 2016

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial

Late in 2004, Maggie Nelson was looking forward to the publication of her book Jane: A Murder, a narrative in verse about the life and death of her aunt, who had been murdered thirty-five years before. The case remained unsolved, but Jane was assumed to have been the victim of an infamous serial killer in Michigan in 1969.

Written by: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Graywolf Press April 5, 2016

The Michigan Murders

In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body—stabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearm—was discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students.

After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boy—a fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasn’t all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the “Ypsilanti Ripper,” was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town.

Written by: Edward Keyes

Publisher: Open Road Media April 19, 2016