John E. Robinson, Sr.: The Slavemaster
Over the Easter holiday, thanks to funds Robinson had wired to her, Vickie came to
It was during this weekend encounter with Vicki that Robinson made the mistakes that would eventually lead to eight murder convictions and two death sentences. The killer who looked more milquetoast than master was more brutal and cruel than Vicki was willing to accept. Robinson forced her into sex acts Vickie did not want to do, took photos when she was tied up despite her explicit instructions not to, and slapped her much harder than she expected. These acts constituted sexual battery, but he wasn't finished yet. Robinson left her penniless and alone in a strange city for several days before returning. When he came back, he dismissed Vickie and ordered her to return to
Robinson repeated this same scenario with another vulnerable woman he lured to his lair. Jeanna, an unemployed accountant also from
Like Vicki, Jeanna was not interested in extreme physical pain or photography, but that didn't matter to John. He took his liberties with her, then photographed the bruises on her body. Following the same pattern as before, he gave Jeanna $100 and sent her home, ordering her to put her possessions in storage and then return to
In fear, she contacted police. Members of the 30-man Robinson task force removed her from the motel and went to Johnson County prosecutor Paul Morrison, hoping that he would now issue a warrant for Robinson's arrest. Morrison was eager to get Robinson off the streets and the Internet, but he wanted to make sure the case was solid. There was enough evidence to charge Robinson with sexual battery for his assaults on Jeanna (they did not know at the time the extent of the encounter with Vickie), but Morrison wanted to close the unsolved murders, too.
Ironically, it was Robinson who forced his hand. He had been seducing a
Robinson, who survived by his ability to talk his way out of anything, had nothing left to say. But the murderous bunko artist still had some surprises hidden away.