Star­ing into the Abyss

In his 30- year ca­reer, Jeff has dealt with dozens of sex­ual of­fender and se­rial killer cases, por­ing over the of­fences with the per­pe­tra­tors. some of His ca­reer high­lights still tor­ture him to­day

Real Crime - - “it Sent A Shiver Down My Spine” -

In his au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal book, Jeff’s ex­pe­ri­ences in­ves­ti­gat­ing sex­ual preda­tors are dis­tin­guished by in­di­vid­ual vic­tims, rather than cases or killers. It’s more per­sonal, a more in­ti­mate look at the crime, and a more dis­turb­ing in­sight into the crim­i­nal’s mind.

Frankie Proc­tor

Ear­lier in Jeff Rinek’s FBI ca­reer, he was given the case of a seven- month- old baby boy who had been kid­napped at gun­point. The kid­nap­pers were gang mem­bers who’d re­cently got­ten out of prison, and were steal­ing a baby to or­der for an 18- year- old woman who wanted a re­place­ment after her mis­car­riage. Jeff went in at the van­guard of an eight- man SWAT team, and burst into an or­di­nary fam­ily liv­ing room with two par­ents and a young baby on the floor. There fol­lowed a sur­real scene in which the armed men ex­am­ined the child to iden­tify it. It’s one of the hap­pier re­sults from his ca­reer.

Alexan­der Olive

Alexan­der was the vic­tim of mega­lo­ma­niac cult leader Ulysses Rober­son, who lever­aged a harem of fol­low­ers and con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial re­sources to get a soft sen­tence for killing his four- year- old son. Like Rober­son’s ‘ wives’, Alexan­der ex­pe­ri­enced a rit­ual of phys­i­cal and men­tal abuse at his hands, but was picked out for ex­cep­tional treat­ment. The day Alexan­der died, beaten, naked and alone in a freez­ing garage, there were eight peo­ple in his house who were too in­tim­i­dated to do any­thing. His re­mains have never been found. Rober­son got a 15- year sen­tence on a sec­ond- de­gree mur­der rap.

Michael Lyons

Jeff Rinek de­scribes this case as the one that has haunted him most in the last 20 years. Eight year- old Michael dis­ap­peared in 1996, on his way back from school in Yuba City, Cal­i­for­nia. He was found not long after, in a bush by a river­side, naked ex­cept for a T- shirt, hav­ing suf­fered lengthy tor­ture that ended with his throat be­ing slashed. The vi­o­lence and ev­i­dent sadism with which Michael was mur­dered made even vet­eran crime scene pro­fes­sion­als gasp. “Quite frankly,” Jeff Rinek told us, “The case of Michael Lyons – that crime scene de­pic­tion that I give in the book – I wake up with that every morn­ing.”

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