Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Jeremy Bryan Jones

Talk the Panties Off a Nun

Jones had lots more to say. He bragged at one time that he could "talk the panties off a nun." He thought of himself as a ladies' man, and considered himself to have been born lucky until the meth got hold of him. He also mocked the authorities who arrested him three times in Georgia, failed to match his fingerprints, and set him free.

Sheriff Phil Miller
Sheriff Phil Miller

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said they were going to approach his confessions with cautious optimism.  "Jeremy Jones has confessed to the deaths of Tina Mayberry, Patrice Endres and Amanda Greenwell," he said. "There is some evidence to support the Greenwell confession, but almost no evidence to support his confessions in the Endres or Mayberry cases."

Katherine Collins
Katherine Collins

On February 14, 2004, Katherine Collins, 45, was found stabbed to death in New Orleans. Jones has been charged in that killing.

Danny and Kathy Freeman
Danny and Kathy Freeman

On December 30, 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman of Welch, Oklahoma, were shot to death, possibly to settle a drug debt. The killer set fire to their home. The same night, their 16-year-old daughter Ashley and her friend Laura Bible disappeared. Jones admitted to murdering the girls, and said he threw their bodies down a mine shaft.

Laura Bible (left) and Ashley Freeman
Laura Bible (left) and Ashley Freeman

Jones also admits stopping at Tamber's Trim-N-Tan salon, high on meth and needing directions. When he found Patrice Endres, an attractive petite brunette, alone in the shop, he said he kidnapped, raped and killed her, dumping her body off a bridge in Douglas County.

Searchers finds Endres' body
Searchers finds Endres' body

After his capture, he seemed eager to talk to anyone who would talk with him, trading interviews and confessions for visits with his family and his girlfriend. Investigators from Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana and California traveled to Mobile to talk with him.

His court-appointed attorney, Habib Yazdi, dismissed all his confessions. "He will talk to anyone and confess to anything if they'll let him talk to his mother and his girlfriend for hours. He's getting fancy lunches with crab claws and dinners and drinks. Then he later says it's all false."

Assistant DA John Furman said that the charismatic Jones was thriving on the national media attention, including segments on the Today show, CNN, Fox News and "A Current Affair."

 

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