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Introduction (02:03)


Abductions terrorize a town; the prime suspect has just gotten out of jail for rape. Prison rarely brings the urges of violent sex offenders under control, but Rex Allen Krebs was not considered particularly dangerous when paroled in 1997

Blood and Missing Person Report (02:26)

Nov. 13, 1998, police received word of a pool of blood on San Luis Obispo's Jennifer Street Bridge, and a missing person's report was filed on Rachel Newhouse. DNA tests matched the blood to Rachel, but there were no leads.

Aundria Crawford (01:20)

Mar. 11, 1999, Aundria Crawford's mother called police when she could not reach her daughter. They found she wasn't home that night but said nothing seemed amiss.

Discovering Aundria's Abduction (02:07)

The next morning police searched Aundria's apartment and found blood. Students were terrified, and a criminal profiler said the kidnapper would prove very prolific if not caught.

Parole Officer Suspects Krebs (02:09)

A parole officer read reports of the abductions and was reminded of Rex Allen Krebs' methods. He visited Krebs and caught him lying about the source of an injury.

Finding Crawford's 8-Ball (02:28)

Police searched Krebs' home and found an 8-ball key chain like Crawford's. The parole officer found an excuse to put Krebs away for parole violation; officers checked his background, which is summarized.

Psychological Evaluation (01:18)

Krebs received no counselling directed at his sexual impulses but became a model prisoner. Before release he avoided the special evaluation for dangerous sex offenders because of a technicality.

Apparent Adjustment (01:44)

Released in Sept. 1997, Krebs appeared to be adjusting but neighbors attempted to banish him. He moved to a remote home in Sept. 1998.

Krebs' Truck (01:05)

A search of Krebs' truck revealed rope and duct tape and the removal of carpet and a jump seat had been. The jump seat was found cleaned but with traces of blood still on it; they awaited DNA tests.

Interrogating Krebs (02:01)

Investigators who tried to get a confession from Krebs, who presented himself as cooperative. When damning DNA tests came in, the detective had a long interrogation, discussing of his life and leading to his thoughts on the abductions.

Confronting Krebs With Evidence (01:44)

Detective Hobson confronted Krebs with the 8-ball, then the blood from his truck. Krebs became very quiet and asked to stop talking, but agreed to talk again the next morning.

Kreb Describes Attack on Newhouse (02:53)

Krebs confessed. He followed Newhouse, waited for her on the bridge and knocked her out, gagged and tied her and drove her to an abandoned cabin. Krebs said he raped Newhouse, retied her, left and returned to find her dead, then buried her.

Murder of Crawford (02:25)

Krebs lived an outwardly normal life between murders. Krebs went through Crawford's bathroom window, knocked her out and took her to his house, raped her, then strangled her after she tried to escape.

Showing Graves and Confessing to Friends (01:47)

Krebs showed police the graves. At Krebs' request, Hobson arranged for him to tell his girlfriend and another close friend. A sobbing Krebs told them.

Seeking Death Penalty (01:32)

Krebs' lawyers offered a guilty plea for a life sentence, but the DA pursued the death penalty. After 2 years' delays, a trial began.

Krebs' Trial (01:57)

A woman Krebs raped in 1997 gave graphic testimony. Prosecutors presented evidence and showed his taped confession..Krebs' lawyers were not contesting his guilt and so called no witnesses.

Krebs' Abusive Childhood (02:48)

In the penalty phase, the defense presented Krebs' horribly abusive childhood as a mitigating factor. His mother sent him from his abusive step-father back to his abusive father.

Krebs' Mental State and California's Failure (02:28)

Defense psychologists said Krebs' felt abandoned by his mother, causing sexual sadism, and that he the prison had not given him help despite his requests. The defense presented apologetic letters he had written his family after his confession.

Case That Krebs Controlled Actions (01:28)

Countering arguments about Krebs' lack of control, the prosecution argued Krebs chose to drink alcohol knowing it could make him violent, and to carry equipment for rape. The trial to this point is summarized briefly.

Death Penalty (02:22)

The prosecution needed a unanimous jury to get the death penalty. After five days' deliberation, it handed out the death penalty. His half-sister and others respond.

Advocates and Krebs' Case (01:37)

Krebs went on California's death row in July 2001; his case will go through long appeals process. Some argue his case shows need for more treatment for sex offenders, others that longer sentences are needed.

Conclusions From Krebs' Case (01:30)

Victims continue to suffer; his half-sister says he isn't a monster. Releasing Krebs after a short sentence and no targeted psychological treatment was no way to protect the public.

Credits: The Monster Inside (00:45)

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American Justice examines the disturbing case of two college students murdered in San Luis Obispo, California. Although there were no witnesses or signs of physical evidence, police suspicion fell on Rex Allen Krebs, who had been jailed for rape 11 years earlier. Ultimately, Krebs confessed to his involvement. This program examines the controversy surrounding the case, including that he was sentenced to death despite the fact that he demonstrated remorse, actively sought counseling, and had been severely abused as a child. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL45445

Copyright date: ©2002

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