A Baltimore, Maryland, woman was found last Wednesday when workers discovered her abandoned body. Now, police say her killer, who turned himself in and confessed to rape and murder, is in custody.
Jessica Gibson, 35, was found on a side street near Port Discovery Children’s Museum, behind a pile of pallets, off East Coast Greenway. Police say she had been raped and strangled to death.
Gibson was homeless before her death and had been staying in a shelter across the street from where her body was found.
“She had some of life’s issues going on,” said T.J. Smith, with Baltimore City Police, according to CBS Baltimore. “Of course, that doesn’t make her any less of a victim.”
Before Gibson’s death was ruled a crime, police released surveillance videos (see below) taken inside a downtown convenience store. Officers say the teenager in those videos, filmed in the check-out line, was 18-year-old James Arthur House. According to police, House saw the videos on social media and turned himself in.
“His confession was complete. Very sad,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
Police report that the crime wasn’t random, however; the victim and her killer did know each other. The extent of their relationship is unknown.
House stands accused of a dozen charges, reports say, including murder and rapes occurring both before and after Gibson’s death. Police say House confessed to “horrific crimes.”
“Our victim was sexually assaulted in a most brutal way,” said Commissioner Davis.
Gibson was a mother of four.
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