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Episode 25: Junkyard Shoes

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

What started as affection for women’s shoes grew into a much darker fetish. While some boys dreamed of owning their own car and going to college, Jerry dreamed of torturing women. By 1968, his dreams would become reality when women began disappearing all over Oregon. Listen in  while Emily tells Alisha all about the life and crimes of Jerome Brudos, later known as ‘The Lust Killer’ and ‘The Shoe Fetish Slayer’.

Jerome "Not very good looking" Brudos
Jerome Brudos after his conviction, photo courtesy of
Ralphine Brudos during her trial, photo courtesy of
Linda Dawn Salee, photo courtesy
Linda Slawson, photo courtesy
Jan Susan Whitney, photo courtesy
Karen Elena Sprinker, photo courtesy
Rope Knots from Jerry's Workshop
Jerry dressed in women's clothing
Karen Sprinker wearing shoes for Jerry while he takes pictures before her death.
Jerry's face which was captured in the mirror placed under his suspended victim while he photographed her.

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Thanks to for the following original articles:

Greater Oregon - Corvallis Girl Gives Tips to Police 06.06.1969 | The Capital Journal - Secretary Slain; River Yields Body  05.12.1969 | Corvallis Gazette Times - Search Continues for Clues to Murder of Two Girls Here 05.14.1969 | Statesman Journal - Brudos Tells of Attacks, Killings 06.28.1969 | The Capital Journal - Mrs. Brudos Indicted 08.07.1969 | The Capital Journal - Mrs. Brudos Defense Due Monday 09.27.1969 | The Capital Journal - Karen in Home, Child Testifies 09.25.1969 |Statesman Journal - 36 years later, Killer’s Death relieves Victims’ Families 05.29.2006 | The Capital Journal - Advice for Women on Avoiding Attacks 05.15.1969 | The Corvallis Gazette Times - Portrait of a Killer 04.27.2009

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Alexa Murphy
Alexa Murphy
Jun 19, 2021

There was an episode of SVU that had some similarities to this case. A guy named Jerry with a shoe fetish, head injury, mean mom, girl went to his house by mistake. Sound familiar?


I was listening to Junkyard Shoes, and when you said Jerome Brudos, my stomach dropped to my feet. Brudos was my boogie man, even though he'd been captured years before I was going into Salem on my own. I avoided parking in the Meier and Frank parking garage at all costs. I had never heard all the details of his story, thanks for that.


Murder in the Rain
Murder in the Rain
Mar 15, 2020

barnyard30 that is one intense story!!! You can bet we'll be looking into that one! Thank you for sharing, what a story to tell at parties, amiright?


Just listened to your latest episode, Junkyard Shoes. In your commentary you talked about him calling sororities and asking for a womans name and then talking to them from there. You both said "Is that a thing?" Yes it is. In 1984 I was a 15 year old girl whose parents left out of town for a week leaving me and my best friend with an 18 year old family friend. A week prior, me and by best friend thought it would be fun to call frat houses and ask for Mike. Mike being a very common name, we found on the very first call. My friend is one of those who loves to mess with people, a prankster through…

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