McClanahan allegedly confessed to White's murder

By Harriet Sokmensuer
Updated May 16, 2016 01:05 PM
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Credit: Courtesy of Karen White

The mother of Jessica White, the 21-year-old whose childhood friend allegedly confessed to killing her and stuffing her body in his attic, says suspect Jordan McClanahan was obsessed with Jessica and wanted to date her.

“He seemed to have some obsession with her,” Karen White tells PEOPLE. “Every time he was with her he took pictures with her. Half of his pictures [on Facebook] are with her.”

On May 3, McClanahan, 23, allegedly walked into a police station and confessed to killing Jessica, Hazel Park police officials told PEOPLE. Jessica’s body was subsequently found in an attic crawl space behind a false wall in McClanahan’s bedroom, police said.

McClanahan, who allegedly said he was high on Oxycontin and Xanax at the time of the killing, has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and mutilation of a body charges.

Before McClanahan’s alleged confession, Jessica had been missing for two weeks. She has last been seen with McClanahan the night before, police have said.

Karen says that her daughter and McClanahan would only see each other twice a year, but McClanahan would call and text her daughter constantly: “He would want to hang out with her all the time,” Karen says.

Karen says McClanahan wanted to date Jessica but says Jessica was not interested in him romantically. However, according to Karen, McClanahan’s mother passed away in December and Jessica started to see him more because she felt bad for him.

Alleged Text Message: ‘I Really Care About You Guys’

Karen says after her daughter went missing, McClanahan allegedly reached out to her via text asking if there was anything he could do to help search.

“I really care about you guys,” he allegedly texted her the day Jessica was reported missing.

“He’s an evil monster,” Karen says. “[What he did] was the worst betrayal.”

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An Artistic Personality

When she wasn’t babysitting or hanging out with friends, Jessica was at home with her family. She enjoyed reading, drawing, painting and cooking, Karen says.

“She would always be reading,” Karen remembers. “Since she was little she could color … I always told her she should write a children’s book.”

A few nights before her death, Jessica had found an old art easel her mother had given her when she was younger. The last thing she painted was a portrait of her favorite singer, Kurt Cobain. Karen says: “It looks just like him.”

Jessica babysat for family friends and would film music videos with one of the children. She would also help them color and paint, Karen says.

Karen tells PEOPLE she and her family are working on making something good come out of the tragedy of Jessica’s death. She says she wants to make sure what happened to her daughter doesn’t happen to other girls.

“I want every girl to know, be so careful. Be careful [of] who you trust. [Don’t be afraid to] reach out to your family,” she says. “This can’t happen to anybody else. It shouldn’t – I wont let it.”

McClanahan is set to appear in court on May 17.