Jerry Westrom

Jerry Westrom was arrested on February 11, 2019 and charged in the June 13, 1993 murder of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Childs was found stabbed to death in her apartment. She had been stabbed multiple times in the abdomen, with several wounds being inflicted post-mortem. She was especially vulnerable as she had been working as a prostitute out of her apartment at the time she was killed.

A DNA profile of the suspect was obtained from semen located on Child’s comforter as well as from a blue towel and a blood spot on the sink in the washroom, where the suspect had washed up afterwards. The killer had left the water running in her high-rise apartment, and it had begun seeping into the apartment below.

The FGG investigation was conducted by Barbara Rae-Venter. The initial confirmation was made through police surveillance followed by the surreptitious sampling of a napkin Wells had used and thrown away while attending a hockey game.

Wells turned himself in and was released on bail. He has a prior criminal record for impaired driving and solicitation. He was charged with second degree murder, and the sex assault charges were dropped.

Wells was convicted by a jury on August 25, 2022 of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder. On September 9, 2022, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 30 years.


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First Name Jerry
Last Name Westrom
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2019-02-11
IGG Org Barbara Rae-Venter


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1159 Jeanne Childs 35 1993-06-13 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis PD; Hennepin CSO; FBI Second degree murder Accused was convicted after a trial Hennepin DIST CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.