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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
Jerry Anderson Mug Shot 2014
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.

1980 Livonia Murder - Detroit FreePress Nov 26 1980 Livonia Murder - Detroit FreePress Nov 27

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.