For more than 25 years, an Oregon fugitive was on the run after jumping bail subsequent to his arrest for allegedly kidnapping, torturing and raping two young women with his half-brother in the basement of their Oregon home.
But on Monday, Paul Erven Jackson, 45, was captured in Mexico. On Wednesday, he waived his right to an extradition hearing in Los Angeles, according to KGW, meaning he will likely be transported back to Oregon.
The home where Jackson and his half-brother, Vance Roberts, allegedly kept the women was called “The House of Horrors” by prosecutors. They both allegedly jumped bail just before their trial in 1990.
Roberts turned himself in 2006 and is serving more than 100 years in prison.
Authorities were able to arrest Jackson based on a tip from an episode of CNN’s The Hunt with John Walsh.
“It’s what started this,” U.S. Marshals spokesman Eric Wahlstrom told CNN. “It was a specific tip that came in right after [the episode] aired that led authorities to him in Guadalajara.”
“I was sure that I was going to die. I was shocked that I didn’t die at the end of that drive,” she said. “I had no reason to believe that I was going to live.”
She told the news outlet that the brothers allegedly picked her up in their pickup truck 25 years ago and held her for a week inside a home equipped with barred windows, hanging chains, handcuffs and stun guns.
Of Jackson’s capture, Dierich said, “For me there was no words for it. Just relief – relief and safety. Safety for potential victims. That was my biggest sense of relief.”
According to police, the brothers would kidnap prostitutes, drive them to their home in Hillsboro and hold them captive for days.
Jackson, who was living under the name Paul Bennett Hamilton, could be transported to Oregon within 10 days.
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