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‘Pure Evil’ Parolee Sentenced in Killings Of Three Women

December 20, 1994 GMT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) _ A man who confessed that he killed two girls and a woman while on probation from a rape conviction was sentenced today to three life prison terms. The judge said he came from ″some cesspool in hell.″

David Spanbauer, 53, had pleaded guilty or no contest on Dec. 8 to 18 felonies committed in five counties. He wouldn’t be eligible for parole before 2191.

Three counts of first-degree intentional homicide carried mandatory life prison terms. Outagamie County Circuit Judge James Bayorgeon sentenced Spanbauer to consecutive terms ranging from two years to 45 years on the 15 other charges.


The judge said Spanbauer came from some ″cesspool in hell″ and was ″pure evil,″ and said state laws were inadequate.

″I cannot impose on you the punishment that is appropriate,″ Bayorgeon said. ″The only thing I can hope for is that you never spend one more moment of peace for the rest of your life.″

″You will never, ever again be a free man. The words parole, probation, freedom, mandatory release are forever from your vocabulary as of today,″ the judge said..

Spanbauer spent 30 years in prison after a 1960 rape conviction and was released on probation in January 1991. He had been living in Oshkosh since then.

Spanbauer was captured Nov. 14 when a homeowner caught him in an apparent burglary attempt, tackled him and held him for police.

His lawyer, Tom Zoesch, said it was probably wrong for Spanbauer to have been released on parole in earlier cases: ″The system has failed not only the victims of Mr. Spabnbauer’s crimes, but David Spanbauer as well.″

Spanbauer confessed to the murders of 12-year-old Cora Jones of Weyauwega, 10-year-old Ronelle Eichstedt of Ripon and 21-year-old Trudi Jeschke of Appleton. He said he sexually assaulted the two younger victims.

Other charges included the rapes of a 31-year-old Appleton woman and a 15- year-old Appleton girl, several burglaries and the attempted abduction of a Chicago woman as she bicycled in Waupaca County, about five miles from where Cora Jones was abducted.

Before the sentencing, District Attorney Vince Biskupic challenged Spanbauer to show some remorse for his crimes.

Spanbauer did not move.

″It is hard to consider this person a man,″ Biskupic said. ″He is evil ... He is a monster.″

Eight victims or relatives of victims spoke at his sentencing hearing.

Cora’s father, Rick Jones, said Spanbauer killed ″the best daughter anybody could ask for,″ treating her like little more than ″some garbage. Why? For his own entertainment.″