A Michigan woman named Jessica Heeringa was a devoted mother to her three-year-old child. In order to support him and her family, she took on the exhausting role of being a gas station staff with a graveyard shift. Everything seemed fine until the night of April 26, 2013 when Jessica suddenly disappeared.
Co-workers and customers were already worried about Jessica the day before her disappearance. They all recalled how strange Jessica was acting that day but decided not to dwell on it. But who knew that after selling a pack of cartons, she would mysteriously vanish into thin air?
A customer that night wanted to pay for some gas and only saw an empty convenience store. Knowing that something wasn’t right, he decided to call the police. What the authorities found were Jessica’s belongings still inside the store and her wallet left untouched ruling out a robbery.
But then they saw a puddle of blood and were immediately convinced that she was in danger. Luckily, CCTV footage from a store’s camera recorded something pretty interesting. It was a dubious man repeatedly opening and closing the trunk of his silver car just before the clock struck 11 P.M.
Sketches were made and it led them to a man named Jeffrey Willis, a local factory worker. When police searched his house and car they discovered gruesome and disturbing things; like women’s phone numbers, child p*rnography, a knife, several syringes, and more. It turns out that Jeffrey was also a suspect in the disappearance of a young teenager and a woman named Rebekah Sue Bletsch.
Yet, among the horrifying items they have obtained, the scariest one would be the file they saw in his computer titled “VICS.” In it were pictures of the lifeless bodies of Rebekah and Jessica. Judges were convinced that this was enough evidence to charge Jeffrey with a case and so they did.
This has led to the existence of a law called “Jessica’s Law” that helped protect and keep safe late night employees.
What do you think about the tragic demise of Jessica Heeringa? Can you believe that a person as ruthless and evil as this killer exists in the world? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!