‘Hometown Homicide,’ an Investigation Discovery television show, uses local newsreel clips and other archive tapes to tell the stories of small-town heinous crimes that engulfed the local neighborhood for months, years, or even decades. This program investigates horrible crimes that actually happen in the most unlikely of settings. Therefore, obviously, the chapter ‘Who Killed Jessica Carpenter?,’ which chronicles, as the title implies, Jessica Carpenter’s killing, is no exception. And now, if you’re curious about the specifics of this heinous crime, we’ve got you covered.
How Did Jessica Carpenter Die?
Jessica Carpenter was born on July 9, 1983, in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, and died just when she turned 17 years old. Jessica was well-liked by everybody, as the smallest of three siblings, a singer in her high school band, and the server at a local diner. So, when Judy Carpenter went to her residence on August 4, 2000, to find her daughter’s nude and wounded body, it seemed as if the unthinkable had occurred. Jessica had been tortured and killed in her own house, and the story rocked Aiken to its foundations. The victims’ corpse was sent to the Aiken District Medical examiner’s Office for inspection after the authorities contained the murder scene and acquired all of the potential evidence from there. Investigators discovered that the girl was choked with a telephone line before being sliced in the neck with a carving knife. The coroner’s report, according to an investigation, stated the reason behind her death was an internal hemorrhage and oxygen deprivation. “There’s an unbreakable thread that is weaved from love, and it holds family always together for nothing is as genuine as the moments we shared,” Jessica’s obituary poetry said.
Who Killed Jessica Carpenter?
Investigators questioned over 300 suspects and collected over 100 DNA samples in the weeks following Jessica’s death, which were then uploaded to the government database. However, not only were investigators still unable to find a connection, but they also failed to locate the culprit during the period. Authorities eventually received a crack in the investigation when Robert F. Atkins was caught in Georgia for an unconnected offense, and his DNA resembled just the one obtained from Jessica’s corpse when entered into a federal database. They also discovered that Robert Atkins, an Airborne Delivery worker at the time of the crime, was due to make deliveries near Jessica’s house on the day she was killed. He’d too just distributed a delivery to the Carpenters’ house a few days ago, so he was aware that Jessica might be alone in her house at the time of the crime. He had everything figured out. On August 4, 2000, he appeared at Jessica’s residence wearing his work attire, and then when Jessica answered the door, he ended up talking his way into her house by requesting if he might use the telephone, as per Robert’s initial confession. He overwhelmed Jessica, assaulted her, stole whatever he needed, and then fled. Robert eventually disclosed the whereabouts of the weapon he used to end Jessica’s life, a bloodied blade covered in a T-shirt that had been hidden near her house. In May 2006, Robert pled guilty to a lesser charge in order to escape capital punishment.