On Monday, a man who murdered a young female jogger in Michigan allegedly after she refused to get in his van, and quite possibly wanted to sexually torture her before killing her, was granted his “desire” to leave the room when the family of the murdered girl made statements. Worse, when the family called out “coward” and “rot in hell” as he exited, he turned and blew a kiss at them.
The judge pronouncing sentence against Jeffrey Willis, who shot Rebekah Bletsch to death as she jogged along rural Automobile Road in the early evening of June 29, 2014, not only allowed Willis to escape hearing the family’s emotional statements, but permitted him to leave before his sentence was pronounced.
MLive reported that investigators searching Willis' van found a toolbox containing handcuffs, J hook, rope, chain, leather restraints and a ball gag, lubricating jelly and vibrators. There were also a handgun, syringes with insulin, and lists of women's names and addresses, according to testimony.
In addition, when they searched Willis' home, investigators found "thousands" of downloaded videos showing the kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of women, as well as videos Willis admitted making of unsuspecting women and girls.
Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin had an idea, though; he created a 25-minute compact disc comprised from recordings of the victim impact statements delivered by Rebekah Bletsch's family, and gave it to the two transport officers, who played the disc five times in the cruiser that was used to transport Willis to prison on Wednesday.
Poulin said, "I don't find it that important that Jeffrey Willis heard what the family had to say, but that the family knew he heard what they said.”
Jessica Josephson, Bletsch's sister, said she was grateful Poulin considered the family’s feelings and made sure Willis heard their comments. She said, “It brings a little bit of peace, a little bit of comfort. I did want the opportunity to say it to his face ... but knowing he did get to hear it does help."
Josephson, her sister Nicole Winberg, and mother Debra Reamer all spoke tearfully about Bletsch and her vivacious personality; Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson read aloud a letter from Bletsch's husband.
Watch the monster escape their statements below: