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Jesse Michael Anderson (1957 – November 30, 1994) was an American murderer who was himself murdered in prison.

Anderson was raised in Alton, Illinois. He attended Alton High School and graduated in 1975. His father died when Anderson was a teenager, and his mother remarried.[1]

On April 21, 1992, Anderson stabbed his wife Barbara E. Anderson 23 times. After going into a coma, Barbara died on April 23 from her wounds. Anderson had blamed two black men for attacking him and his wife (both white) as they left a Milwaukee restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's, at the Northridge Mall. Anderson presented police with a Los Angeles Clippers basketball cap he claimed to have knocked off the head of one of the assailants. When details of the crime and the cap were made public, a local teenager told police Anderson had purchased the hat from him a few days earlier. Anderson eventually confessed to the crime, and was sentenced to life in prison. Prior to his arrest for the murder of his wife, Anderson lived in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.[2]

Anderson himself was bludgeoned to death in prison in the same incident which lead to the death of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Anderson died two days after Dahmer when doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison removed him from life support.[3]

Prison officials held 25-year-old Christopher J. Scarver as the sole suspect in the murders of Dahmer and Anderson. Scarver, who is black, was reported as being hostile toward whites, and since both Dahmer's and Anderson's crimes affected blacks, officials did not rule out racial retaliation.


  1. ^ Cary Spivak, "Young Anderson 'was just another kid'". Milwaukee Sentinel, April 28, 1992 at A5.,7188646
  2. ^ "Hancuffed suspect views open casket." Milwaukee Sentinel, April 28, 1992 at A1.,7188646
  3. ^ Inmate attacked with Dahmer dies from trauma


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