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I know what are these things anymore? There are these little Falcons Ineos they watch over the debt amigos, they do. What if someone asked you to risk your life? What if I get shanked? What if I get killed to go undercover? Into one of the country's most dangerous prisons, once they stepped out the door, I was on my own to help catch a killer. She had such a zest for life, young girls were being murdered.
I can't imagine sending my daughter off to school and never seeing her again.
And investigators needed help to get a confession. If anybody could pull it off, he would probably be to want to be able to pull off. If it worked, he could win his freedom. If it didn't, he could lose his life. They had your back. They had my back. At least you thought. That's when I thought. The inside man. Two enemies who didn't trust each other faced off across the table. One of them in handcuffs, was a clever con named Jimmy Keene, the other a hard charging prosecutor in court.
He called me the John Gotti of Kentucky.
The prisoner was worried sick. The prosecutor who had just convicted Keane and put him behind bars suddenly wanted to talk a top secret meeting, no less. What more could he do to Jimmy? He was the last person I expected to hear from you, is my biggest fear.
But Keen's fears went off the charts when the prosecutor, Larry Bowmont, slid an accordion file in his direction. On top was a grisly photo of a dead girl. And I flipped the next page. And here's another young, dead, mutilated girl. And I'm thinking, whoa, wait a second. He's probably thinking at this point that you're about to charge him with something else. Yeah, because, you know, I mean, it's been pretty rough on him in initial prosecution.
Jimmy was in the dark. He had no idea of the crazy scheme Beaumont had in mind.
And this is Jimmy says, listen, he goes this is something that we have another person on.
He has killed many, many young women. And I personally think you're the one that can help us with this.
This turned out to be an investigation to try and catch a suspected serial killer.
Bowmont, an outside the box thinker, believe this convict, Jimmy Keene, was the one who could somehow crack the case, taking on a unique and deadly mission. I realized how serious it was and I also realized the danger of it. But what he couldn't know was how such a daring mission would change his world and the person he was forever.
If this all seems fodder for a Hollywood movie, Brad Pitt would agree. The megastar who was Benjamin Button then Moneyball as Billy Beane was interested in playing none other than Jimmy Keane. Brad Pitt likes the fact that this guy, Jimmy Keane, risked his life to try and find what he could find.
Clearly, this guy is one of a kind, charismatic, conceited, courageous and complicated. From an early age. He had the personality, charm and cockiness that made him dream that a Hollywood star might one day want to play him in the movies.
His first big brush with fame came on the football field.
I heard they called you the assassin in football. That was a good thing, I take it.
Yes, I was taught by my dad at a young age. He said, Sonny goes, if you don't hit that guy first, he's going to hit you and hurt you first.
A superstar athlete and Mr. Popularity in high school, Jimmy seemed to have it all as a big fish in the river city of Kankakee, Illinois, a blue collar town south of Chicago.
I was most valuable player. I was captain of the team every year that I played. Jimmy grew up in the shadow of his father, Big Jim, a giant of a man who was a cop, fireman and hero to his son. I was my best friend.
He was my backbone and pretty much everything I did.
But all of Keen's grand potential would be put in peril by a terrible choice he made as a teenager.
He began selling drugs. He started small peddling bags of marijuana here in this Kankakee Park. Then he expanded to cocaine.
And at the tender age of 17, he moved to Chicago, where the business and profits exploded. He was now a big fish in a bigger pond, Lake Michigan, to be exact. He was his own in crowd, fast cars, faster women and souped up living.
All the hot spots, all the big nightclubs, all the owners I was in tight with. I would come in there and have carte blanche in every place that I went to. Were you feeling invincible? Yeah, there was a certain point where I would say there was an invincible feeling.
Did you know what you were doing?
Did he suspect he didn't suspect it until much, much later?
It would be a rude awakening for both his dad and Jimmy that day in 1996 when Jimmy was just relaxing at one of his Chicago homes office and kaboom, the whole door just blew off the hinges and came flying into the house.
And all of these DEA, FBI and locals all came in and single file line with their automatic weapons pointed at me. Freeze! Get on the ground. Get on the ground.
He had been caught in a drug sting spearheaded by that hard nosed federal prosecutor, Larry Beaumont.
We scooped him up in an operation that I ran a call we call it Operation Snowplough.
And in court, Beaumont showed Keen no mercy. He was coming at you on all fours.
It wasn't he. Oh, God. I mean, he was he was a bulldog. Jimmy was convicted and slapped with a ten year sentence.
It was pretty stiff sentences. And I knew he didn't expect to. At ten years, in that case, your father was in the courtroom, right? I knew I let him down and probably one of the biggest ways you could let somebody down, Keene's future was bleak.
He faced 10 years away from his glamorous life, the fast women, the fancy cars, the big bucks. But in 1998, just when all hope seemed lost, his old nemesis, Bowmont, came to him with an offer of freedom attached to that accordion file. He'd slid across the table. In return, King would have to agree to risk everything and become an undercover informant in one of the roughest prisons in the country, the maximum security lockup in Springfield, Missouri.
It was a psychiatric prison with both hard core killers and the criminally insane.
These people all have life sentences. They're all in there and they're crazy loons and they have nothing better to do but to try to hurt you or kill you just for some fun. If he accepted Beaumont's offer, Keane's target would be the suspected serial killer, a mysterious man in a van. Coming up, every picture tells a story when I put the picture down, he flinched, raised his arm and refused to look at the picture when the inside man continues.
Several years before Jimmy Kane's arrest and conviction, his drug business was booming and his personal life, as he tells it, was nonstop fun and games for a lot of hot clubs here in the 90s. This was a place for doing business as well. Live, work and play it right here. Yes. And it was a good time.
Back then, he had no idea about the danger lurking 150 miles south and a lifestyle away that would change his life forever, rural, tranquil Georgetown, Illinois, was where Terry Roach and her husband, Lauren, were raising their 15 year old daughter, Jessie, and two other children far removed from big city crime.
Everybody knew who everybody was, so they were more conscious of what was going on. Usually you could count on somebody to eat after your kids if they needed it.
In 1993, Jesse was a high school sophomore devoted to home and family.
Jesse was really very much of a homebody. So one bike ride up the road and back, she was done and then she would be watching Gone with the Wind.
One Monday in September, Jesse went out for a bike ride. But just minutes later, her sister noticed Jesse's bullough bike down on its side in the middle of the road, not on the side of the road.
Yeah, she would stand down and stood myself up. She would never lay the bicycle down. And I immediately went down there and there's the bicycle and it's like I knew something was wrong.
Deputy Sheriff Gary Miller was dispatched to the scene.
And the more we learned about the family and the girl's background, we just didn't feel that she was staying away by by choice.
The haunting image of a bike tipped over an abandoned, terrified, all the investigators and, of course, Jessie's family. I mean, you never lose hope for them not to come walking in, you know, you still hope that. I mean, we knew she was not just going to walk away. After six weeks, Jessie's parent's worst fears were realised. Her body, beaten and sexually violated was discovered in a cornfield. It can never be easy telling a parent that their child is dead.
No, it wasn't. But at least we were able to tell them this is her. She's gone. We were able to erase all doubts.
Gary Miller had a murder case to solve, and it was now a federal case involving prosecutor Larry Beaumont as well, since Jessie's body actually had been found across the Illinois state line for the next year. Miller did lots of legwork, but to no avail. Every day you get up and you're thinking about this case, oh, every day. What have I missed? Exactly. I know this case really shook him from the beginning and he would check any and all leads that would involve young girls and kind of run them down.
Then in late 1994, Miller's persistence finally paid off. A man in a van had been reported chasing two teenage girls in Jessie's hometown of Georgetown. Miller traced the van to a man named Larry Hall from Wabash, Indiana, a three hour drive from Georgetown. Your heartbeat starting to pick up a little bit.
Yeah, I'm thinking this has got to be checked out. Miller learned that Hall was a gung ho civil war reenactment, a pretend union soldier who traveled the Midwest to fight phantasy battles.
Miller immediately drove to Wabash to interview Hall, who wasn't saying much.
So Miller showed him a photo of Jesse Roach.
When I put the picture down, he flinched, raised his arm up and turned in his chair and refused to look at the picture, convince Larry Hall was hiding something.
Miller became obsessed with making a case against him. Days later, back in Illinois, Miller turned up a huge lead. He found witnesses who vividly remembered Hall from a Revolutionary War reenactment in the Georgetown area the very weekend before Jesse was abducted to them. Paul stood out for his bushy mutton chop sideburns, but also for playing a soldier who was fighting the wrong war.
He was wearing a civil war uniform and he had a civil war hat at a Revolutionary War reenactment.
Exactly. Armed with this new information, Deputy Sheriff Miller returned to Wabash for a second crack at home. This time, he pressed his suspect harder, stressing that Hall's fellow actors had seen him near Georgetown.
He came along to the point where he said, well, you know, I go to some reenactments. I could have been there and just, you know, I just don't remember because I go to a lot of them.
He's given a little more ground, right? Yeah. Miller sees the opening and kept at it. Finally, he said Hall came clean and confessed that he abducted, sexually violated and strangled Jesse Roach to death.
How much detail did he give you about the killing of Jessica Roach? Very good detail, what he actually did and what took place.
Not only that, Miller says Larry Hall confessed to other killings, including a coed from Indiana Wesleyan University in nearby Marion, Indiana, named Tricia Kreitler. He did say he was involved in Reisler.
Deputy Sheriff Miller didn't know much about Tricia, so he called on the local Indiana police who had been handling that case.
But when Marijane, Detective Jaquet and other Indiana cops arrived, Paul was suddenly telling a much different story.
He denied confessing to any killing, including Jessy's and treasures. What's more, he claimed it was all a misunderstanding about disturbing dreams he had.
He takes us out to a location. In my dreams. I strangled her here and left her lay here. We searched the woods, we searched the area and never really found anything.
The Indiana cops who were familiar with Hall were not at all surprised by his actions. Some of them, like Jaquet, thought Hall might be a wannabe, a pretender who gets his kicks from confessing to crimes he didn't commit.
Is it possible he's simply obsessed with these cases but not involved?
There's no doubt in my mind that he does follow these cases that he does read and is attracted to to cases all over the country. You know, so the question does come, you know, is he a wannabe?
Deputy Sheriff Miller and Prosecutor Bowmont, however, felt certain they had a real killer on their hands, a serial killer with a unique M.O. He would drive cross-country to reenactments where he'd play fantasy soldier that prey on young women and kill for real.
The FBI started discovering girls that were, in fact, missing at these various areas at the time. Larry Hall would have been there.
But the only case for which prosecutors had sufficient evidence was Jesse Roaches. Larry Hall was arrested in connection with her death, even though he denied making that confession to Miller Hall, went on trial in 1995 as a prosecutor.
What's the what's the best card you're holding? We had a statement. His confession said he did it.
Beaumont called Deputy Sheriff Miller to the stand to testify that Paul had indeed admitted that he abducted and killed Jessie after he spotted her with her bicycle. She was walking her bike.
At that point, Miller testified that in his confession, Paul gave him a detail that only the killer would know that Jessie was not riding her bike, but walking it a safety precaution. The roaches insisted she follow when she was on their narrow road.
That was never in the press that she was walking her bike that day. Right. When you heard that, did that give more credence to the story? Yes.
Oh, yeah. That just sealed it for me. I knew I knew that he was the one.
A jury unanimously agreed it took just three hours to convict Larry Hall, but prosecutor Beaumont believed this was just the tip of the iceberg. He felt certain Hall was a serial killer and now he had to find a way to prove it. So he began investigating Tricia. Right, Laura's abduction, a case that wasn't his for a family he didn't even know.
I can't imagine sending my daughter off to school and never seeing her again. And he came up with an outside the box scheme to get home, which would risk the life of that charismatic convict he had just put away for dealing drugs. Jimmy Keene, what happens when I've got to deal with all these crazy killers and stuff? You know what if I get shanked, what if I get killed? And am I going to survive this? Coming up, a get out of jail free card with a price.
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She had such a zest for life and she'd walk in the room and everybody knew she was there.
Tricia Radler, a 19 year old psych major at Indiana Wesleyan University, was on her way to becoming a family counselor. Her goal was to be able to put families back together again. Then in March 1993, Donna and Gary Reifler received that late night phone call every parent dreads. A cop from Marion, Indiana, was on the line. He says, Do you know where Trisha is? In my heart, you know, I knew that something was drastically wrong.
Tricia had walked to an off campus supermarket and never returned to her dorm. Her parents are still waiting to purchase a cemetery plot. Yes. No headstone? No, not until not until we find her.
And we have no answers. And somebody out there, that's what eats at me. Somebody out there has that answer for us.
Tricia Rinzler wasn't even Prosecutor Beaumont's case, but he was deeply moved by her parents. And that was always a horrible crime to me. I mean, I knew about the facts of the case and I knew about the family. I never met them. But I read all the newspaper articles and the accounts of them, you know, asking for help.
Beaumont felt certain that suspected serial killer Larry Hall was responsible.
Not only did Hall live 25 minutes from Indiana Wesleyan, he'd been identified chasing two coeds there just a week after Tricia went missing. So in the summer of 1995, a month after convicting Hall for Jessie rockiest murder, Beaumont was leading a search for Tricia.
It was in those same Indiana back woods where Hall had told Indiana authorities he dreamt he killed and buried Tricia. I wanted to feel like I did everything I could to see if we could find her body.
But after two days searching in sweltering heat and humidity, Tricia's body didn't turn up. We couldn't find anything. Doesn't mean it wasn't there.
Then Beaumont decided to try something completely different. I came up with the idea of putting somebody in the prison cell with him to see if we can get him to tell us what he did with Tricia Reisler. They don't think you were crazy. Most people didn't think I was crazy. Yeah, but I was able to convince him that we should do it anyway. Enter Jimmy Keene, the drug dealer. Beaumont had just convicted and sent to a low security prison.
Why did he stick out in your mind?
Because I knew he was kind of a con man. He was smart. I knew if anybody could pull it off, he would probably be to want to be able to pull off.
Says you've been trained in martial art. He goes, you can go into a dangerous environment where a lot of people can't you can maintain and protect yourself in an environment like that.
In return, Beaumont offered Jimmy freedom. But first, Jimmy would have to exact more than a confession.
I told him unless we found the body, he would get no credit. Nobody. You get nothing.
Jimmy was skeptical. He was a drug dealer, not a criminal profiler. And he knew this was a mission impossible. He said no, but then fate intervened. Jimmy's dad suffered a stroke weeks later, frail and sickly, he came to visit Jimmy. My dad was in a wheelchair. Now, this is Big Jim, the guy that had been Superman to me my whole entire life.
We tried through the window to each other and we talked for a while. And he didn't even know about the offer. Nobody know about it.
Jimmy now realized that he had a one time only opportunity to fix the mess he'd made for himself and get out while his dad was still alive.
As soon as we were done with the visit and I called my lawyer and I said, tell Beaumont I'm going to take him up on his offer. The mission was on. So on August 3rd, nineteen ninety eight federal marshals escorted Jimmy into the psychiatric prison once they stepped out the door. I was on my own. Jimmy cover story was that he was a convicted weapons runner whose 40 year sentence pushed him over the edge and landed him in the psych prison, a psych prison filled with killers.
His one inside contacted the chief psychiatrist and couldn't protect him. Nor could his outside lifeline, a female FBI agent who visited as his girlfriend to monitor his progress.
I did have a hotline to her, too, so if I got caught in a dangerous situation, I could get a hold of her. And the deal was they'd have me out there in 24 hours. They had your back. They had my back. At least you thought. And that's when I thought.
When Keane's mission began, it was all about him, his shot at freedom. He had few feelings, if any, about Tricia rightly or her family. All he wanted was to get in and out with Tricia's location and as fast as possible. Day one, breakfast in the mess hall. Jimmy zeroed in on Larry Hall.
I was waiting with my tray and I look over and there he is, 20, 25 feet away from me, sitting there all by himself. It felt like a magnet was compelling me to come to him. And finally I bumped shoulders with him on purpose, Jimmy explained. He was a brand new inmate needing directions to the library hall obliged.
I kind of slapped him on the shoulder. I said, thanks a lot. I said, I appreciate that from a cool guy like you. After that, they occasionally talked about the next step came when Jimmy was invited to join Hall's Breakfast Club, which in the prison system is a big thing of who you're invited to have your breakfast with. Keene thought he was making progress, but then prison politics got in the way.
I left out of the chow hall one morning in a few really big muscular guys came up to me.
And there's a the old man wants to talk to you right now. Right now he wants to talk to you in.
The old man was celebrity Mafioso Vincent, the change agent, also known as the odd father who used to wander around New York City in his bathrobe pretending to be nuts.
And hey, boy, what's wrong with you? What's wrong with you? What do you what are you hanging around all them baby killers over there for? He goes, you hang with us from now on, he goes, you hang around them people.
He goes, you know, maybe somebody comes up and puts a knife in your back, you know, and he be at mysel early in the morning.
Jimmy, get up. Get up. We're going to go and play some basketball. It's what about breakfast? Well, we go out, get around a basketball and first down we'll go have breakfast. That's all very nice. Except you're trying to get out of prison. Exactly.
The chin was taking up Jimmy's valuable time, making it harder to even talk to Hall.
But then he learned Hall's favorite show was America's Most Wanted. So one Saturday night in the TV room, Jimmy would make a daring move, putting his body on the line just to gain Larry's trust. Coming up. Jimmy's new best friend shares a nightmare. It was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life to listen to this kind of stuff and not just rip him apart when the inside man continues.
By the fall of 1998, after several months in Missouri, toughest federal prison, Jimmy King could have won a popularity contest. He charmed everyone. Justice Bowmont knew he would even win over some convicts with his lending library of pornographic magazines. And he'd managed to placate the chin and the mob faction by day while circling his prey. Suspected serial killer Larry Hall with one on one bull sessions at night.
And we just talked about a lot of normal things, hung out, made him feel like I was wanting to be his friend. But it wasn't fast enough for Cain, who feared someone might recognize him and blow his cover if you went by the FBI's technical terms. I was pretty much staying right on pace, but from my point of view of being in this place, it was it was starting to get very hard.
On the outside, the mission mastermind Larry Beaumont could only sit and wait for second hand news on how this crazy scheme of his was going. Now, were you pacing the floors waiting for updates during all this? You know, if I paced the floors, but I was eager to get updates. I had information that was starting to trust him. They were talking, that kind of thing. But Beaumont had absolutely no idea that a breakthrough moment had arrived.
It was a Saturday night key and hall. We're in the prison's TV room watching America's Most Wanted again. And here comes this big prisoner. And he's a big, muscular, buff guy. And he walked over to the TV and he turned the channel. And Hall looks at me and he goes real quietly, mumbles under his breath. He says, Hey, that's not right. I was watching that. I thought, you know what? This is a prime opportunity for me.
Jimmy, a martial arts expert who had continued working out in prison, was ready for this moment. He got up and change the channel back.
He jumped up and he slobbering all over. You turn the channel again.
I'll know, Rupert, if you don't touch that TV and he's going on all crazy and stuff and he turns the channel and he sits back now. And I just looked at him and I turn the channel again, he jumped up and he starts cussing at me.
And then I finally threw a particular cuss word at him that I knew it was going to set him off. And as soon as I did, he took a wild haymaker swing at me and I come up with an uppercut, nailed them, kicked him through three rows of chairs and jumped on him. And I beat him to a pulp.
Paul had a ringside view of Saturday night's main event. Afterwards, he staunchly defended Jimmy as the retaliator, not the instigator, when prison officials interviewed eyewitnesses about the TV room brawl.
Larry Hall's new hero. Yeah, I became his new best friend and hero to.
Jimmy could sense that his heroics had brought him even closer to home, and now he was ready to make a bold move in the prison library. Jimmy had figured out a strategy to draw hole out on Tricia Reifler.
I noticed he was reading his hometown newspaper and that was really important eventually for me to start cracking into his psyche, even though the goal was Tricia's body.
Jimmy decided to ask first about something already public knowledge, Hall's conviction and that Jesse Roach case.
Jimmy feared that his mother live near Wabash and read about Jesse's case and other stories involving Hall. She gets that newspaper from that hometown where you're from. And I said in all the newspaper stories say that you've killed multiple women. That was a big risk, though. It all was a big risk.
And I said, Larry, I don't care what you're in here for, but be honest with me, that's all. It's just tell me what happened. And I said, you know, I'm still going to be your friend no matter what. And I said, you know, I've had girls do me wrong in my life.
I understand how girls can get under your skin and how they can be bothersome to you, Jimmy said he pressed Hall about Jesse Roach at last. Hall began to open up, recalling that September day in 1993.
He was driving down a back country road and he's seen her walking her bicycle.
Paul then told Jimmy exactly how he abducted and killed Jesse. You must have been revolted. Oh, God, Lester, it was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, to have to sit there and pretend to be his friend, to listen to this kind of stuff and not just rip him apart. But I knew what the mission involved.
I knew what was at stake for me. I knew what was at stake for the people's families. You know, that we're still, you know, trying to find their daughters.
A major transformation was taking place. Jimmy was starting to care about more than just himself.
And now he was determined to squeeze the most crucial confession out of Larry Hall and not just for himself, but for the family of Tricia. Right. I started thinking, I don't know where this is still going to lead, how long this is going to take, but something's now happened. Coming up, a disturbing discovery has Jimmy Keene solved the mystery of the missing girls?
What are these things anymore? He says they watch over the dead.
I mean, they do when the inside man continues.
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Jimmy Keen's five months of hell, five months, making nice to a killer he despised, had finally paid off, Paul had described in gruesome detail how he murdered Jesse Roach.
I've opened that door and he's feeling that he can trust me enough now.
But Jimmy felt he needed to wait a bit before going for the goal line. How did you broach Trish?
Right where I had to slowly keep prodding because I didn't want to think I was piling on.
So he carefully plotted his next move. Days later, he thought the time was right. He tried that hometown newspaper ploy again.
I said, you know, the newspapers say that you killed this girl from the college over Harris's. You know what happened there.
Jimmy couldn't be sure how he would react had he been too blunt, too direct. No, it was all clicking. According to Jimmy Hall began to open up about Tricia and said he drove his van right up to her that day. He saw her outside school.
He said that he tried to kiss her. And when he did that, she started fighting very violently. And he said she was a very strong girl and she fought stronger than anybody had ever fought before.
And did he admitted, he said, that he had killed her and he knew he had done it again. And these are his words, that he knew he had done it again. And he said he went way out in the woods and he buried her way out in the woods hole, gave a general location for Tricia's body near a river in Indiana. But Jimmy needed more specific information.
Luckily, he seemed to stumble into it a few nights later when he spotted Hall inside the prison wood shop, a restricted area.
There's nobody at the door, no guards or anything. And I went in there and as I came up from behind him, he had all these little different statues lined up, 10, 15 of them maybe. And I couldn't tell what they were at first. As I got closer, I noticed he had a big map laid out and he drove on that map and folded that thing up really fast and slid it off to the side of the table. And I go, what are these things anyway?
He says, there are these little falcons ineos they watch over the dead. I mean, he goes, they do.
And they look like a good sized chess piece. Jimmy had a strong feeling that hauls would Falcons and the map were journaled, keeping by a serial killer. That map had little red dots all over it of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. You'd look down at this map and you could see all of those little spots are burial spots where he's got somebody. All those months of dangerous, painstaking work had paid off. Jimmy had cracked the case. Mission accomplished.
Once you see the map, the Falcons, you want to tell the FBI about it, right? I did. I went to the hotline I had for the FBI girl I called. I got some type of a voice recording. It was after hours.
So Jimmy left a message for his FBI contact to come get him the map and the Falcons, his freedom and the answers to Tricia's parents prayers.
We're now just hours away. I was elated.
I felt I wrap this up, expecting the troops to come marching in, expecting the troops to come marching in.
And it didn't quite work that way.
What he couldn't know was his FBI contact didn't get his voice mail, and he's one inside contact. The chief psychiatrist was on vacation. Then you got a little full of yourself, didn't you? I did.
I went back to my cell. I was really happy. I thought, you know what? Twenty four hours. They said, they'll have me out of here. I've got what they need. This is it. So I went across to his cell over there. Impulsively, Jimmy decided he just couldn't leave prison without giving his fake friend a piece of his mind.
The repulsiveness I felt about him throughout the whole time I had to stay being his friend and the disdain and dislike I had for him, that I thought it was good for me to unload on him and tell him what I really thought of him and who he really was. I said, you know, so I'm going home tomorrow, Larry. And I said, You're a crazy killer. And I started calling him everything you can think of.
With that, Jimmy returned to his cell and waited to be released. We're going home the next day, you think? And things take another turn. About five thirty in the morning. I hear some little lady in a white Dr. Smock come walking in. It was Hall psychologist, and she was furious that Jimmy had blasted her patient, turning him into an emotional wreck.
She told the guards, grab him, take him, throw him in the hall. So they put me in the hole and they keep me in there. And I'm not really worried anything else. So what the FBI is going to be here? They told me twenty four hours they'll have me out of here.
But morning turned into afternoon into evening, and the cavalry still hadn't arrived. This was hard time at its hardest.
You can't see if it's day or night because you're in the hole, but you can tell what time of the day or night it is by what meals coming through the door slot. You know, here's breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next thing you know was coming to breakfast again, here's to my lunch and I'm like, where are these guys? My thoughts were they did me wrong.
They got what they needed. They got the info and they pulled the rug out from under me.
While Jimmy was wondering where they were, Beaumont was looking for him, too. And we were like, where could he be?
He's got he's in prison, for God sakes. They lost you?
Yeah, they lost me. But had they also lost their best chance at finding the body of Trishul Raichlen. Larry Bowman successfully snuck informant Jimmy Keene into the Springfield prison in 1998. He just didn't expect to lose him. There goes off your radar.
Yeah, he disappeared a couple of weeks. We didn't know what that happened to him. We were trying to find out. We're kind of getting frantic.
Two weeks later, only after keen psychiatrist contact returned from vacation did they finally find Jimmy. By noon, the FBI was there and she kept apologizing. She kept saying, I'm really sorry. You know, I mean, something happened with the message. At last, investigators got to search the wood shop and hall cell. But by then, the map and the Falcons items Jimmy believed could lead to Tricia were gone.
What were you thinking telling Larry Hall, you're out of here and dressing him down?
You know, people probably wouldn't understand the mounting pressure. That kettle is ready to boil over at any time, you know, and it just felt good to unload on the guy.
I mean, the problem is, as I see it, you've unloaded on him. He knows you're against him, but nobody has that map. Right. I'm disappointed I didn't wait another day or two. At least I should have waited a few more days.
I wish I could have done more for him, but I did all I could do. And I feel in my being that I did all I could do.
Meantime, the people who would benefit the most from a successful mission. Tricia's parents only learned about the secret operation ten years later in 2008, when the story came out in a Playboy magazine article. The writers are thankful for Jimmy's courage and the corroborating details he said he got from home. But they're furious he blew his cover before finding their daughter. Why would you have been so close? Yes, and then give it up like you did.
I try not to dwell on that at all because it eats at me and it's it's very hard to deal with that.
He was that close. Jesse Rochus parents find small consolation in that Jesse was the victim who tripped up Hall.
If something good could possibly come out of losing Jesse, it's the fact that he's in prison and he will never get released.
Paul remains in federal prison with no possibility of parole. He actually has made more murder confessions to reporters and investigators.
I sincerely believe that there are young girls out there somewhere who are alive today because Larry Hall is in prison. Do you think he's killed before? I think he killed before and I think he would kill again.
Jimmy did tell Beaumont that Hall had killed again, but there was no documentation. It was just Jimmy's word. So to be sure, the prosecutor made him take a lie detector test and Jimmy passed with flying colors. He was telling us the truth. So, I mean, the bottom line is we had further information that Larry was responsible for trishaw a grateful boerma decided to reward him with full credit for his brave undercover work, releasing him from prison and scrubbing his criminal record clean.
From his perspective, expected to get nothing. But from my perspective, I mean, of course, he spent time in the loony bin with this guy and got through this whole process.
For 15 years, Jimmy had been the only one to see those filkins' that horse and watched over the dead. Problem is that we never got him, though. I mean, they disappeared, so we don't know what happened to him. You've never seen the Falcons? No. I want to show you a picture that's that's one of the Falcons.
Dateline took pictures of a falcon when we met Larry Hall's twin brother. He said Larry Carr of the Falcon in the woodshop at the Springfield prison and then mailed it to their mother. I showed a photo of that falcon to both Beaumont and Jimmy. What's it like for you to see that after all these years?
Well, it's it's definitely bizarre, but it's also reassuring to me, Lester, and I'll tell you why. Now, these Falcons backs everything I've said. Yes, that's exactly what it looked like.
After becoming a free man in 1999, Jimmy got to spend five more years with a father he idolized before Big Jim passed away, and he's kept his nose clean, not wasting his incredible opportunity.
He sees the whole experience as something that gave him a second chance at life.
He's done well in real estate and co-wrote a book with author Hillel Levin in With The Devil, which tells Jimmy's compelling story of redemption. He says he's working on several Hollywood projects, most notably the movie version of the book, the Academy Award winning producer of The Departed Owens Film Rights and Brad Pitt from Springfield, Missouri himself is interested.
I've talked with Brad Pitt, his people, and Brad Pitt loves the relationship that I had with my father. He loves the fact that this happened in his own hometown.
But Jimmy is especially proud. He says that his book reenergized some cold case investigations, several targeting hall in Indiana and Wisconsin, at least one near a civil war reenactment site. Investigators dug up locations where Hall spent time over the years and found articles of women's clothing and a belt modified with wooden handles all set out for DNA testing. But cold case detectives following leads still haven't developed enough evidence to bring charges. The walls are closing in on him, there would be no cold case files open if it wasn't for me.
No, I did a good deed and I did a lot of good things. And that's where I feel the redemption comes in. I've done something good for the things that I did wrong. That's all for now. I'm Lester Holt, thanks for joining us. Hi, I'm Chuck Rosenberg. This season on my podcast, The Earth, I spoke with 10 remarkable public servants, men and women who sacrificed for the common good, who do things that are hard, like former National Security Council official Fiona Hill.
We can have a serious discussion about where we want the relationship with Russia to go, but we have to stop using Russia as part of our domestic politics. Civil rights activist Maya Wiley. When police officers are not protected, when they tell the truth, that creates a culture of silence that makes them accessories.
And Flight 15 49 pilot Captain Sully Sullenberger to know that we had been in the cockpit of that airliner over Manhattan at that low altitude when we had lost thrust on both engines with so few options. It was just astonishing.
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