Updated: Nov 6
Part 1: "The Candyman"
Virginia Anne Rambus was only 19 years old when she left her apartment to walk across the complex to meet up with a friend. She started the walk, but never arrived. Her case remains unsolved, but a man of particular interest was living in the same complex at the same time. To those he provided drugs to, he was known as the Candy Man. Police in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California however knew him as Jesse Clarence Pratt. And if he had remained in prison for the crime he committed in 1980, Virginia might still be with us as would another murder victim. Today, in part one of two, I’ll be telling you about Jesse Pratt’s path of destruction. The many wives, partners, children, and sex workers he left bloodied and abused, the women he may have had a hand in killing, and the teenage victim that earned him the title of “Oldest inmate in an Oregon Penitentiary” Carrie Love.
Part 2: "Spider"
Last week I took you down the path of harm and destruction left behind by Jesse Clarence Pratt. How his partners, Linda, Cheryl, and Nancy and their children all became victims of his violent temper and his hands. I told you about the kidnapping and rape of Teresa and how Jesse could be the party responsible for the disappearance of Virginia Rambus, and that he was the last person seen with the woman whose body was found in a gravel pile at a rest stop in Oregon- Carrie Love.
This week, in part two of three, I’ll be telling you about Carrie and how good detective work paired with strong forensics led to Jesse’s arrest.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been telling you about the path of Jesse Clarence Pratt. In part one, I talked about his violent history toward partners and their children. In part two, I told you about Carrie Lynn Love; the young woman who began working with Jesse and was fatefully chosen to ride with him out of the state. Her body was recovered in a pile of gravel at a secluded truck stop after her personal items were found off the highway. Jesse was quickly connected to Carrie and arrested for her murder. Today, I’ll be closing out his story by walking you through the trials that took place in an effort to keep him out of society. As graphic as all of these episodes have already been, listener discretion is advised as I will be discussing the torture Carrie contended with, the details it’s claimed Jesse spoke of and his sexual kinks that may have been connected to the murder weapon. This is part three of the Path of Pratt.
Episode Host: Alisha Holland
Virginia Anne Rambus, photo from Renton Reporter
Jessie Clarence Pratt, photos from KVAL, Oregon Live, and Forensic Files
Photos from Forensic Files
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