Man Confesses To 33-Year-Old Murder In Call To News Station

| by Jordan Smith
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A Milwaukee man confessed to a 33-year-old unsolved murder on Oct. 11 by calling WISN, a local news channel in the city.

Jose Ferreira, 50, admitted to having been present when Carrie Ann Jopek died at the age of 13 in 1982, WISN reported.

“His story was very detailed – disturbingly so,” Chris Gegg, WISN’s news director, told the Associated Press.

Ferreira, who was 17 at the time, acknowledged being at a house party with Jopek on the night she died. According to court documents, the two agreed to go into the basement to make out.

But Jopek had second thoughts, telling Ferreira, “I don’t know if this is a good idea,” WISN reported.

Ferreira allegedly reacted by pushing Jopek down a flight of stairs, breaking her neck. The man added that he had sex with her because he thought she was unconscious. When he realized she was dead, he buried Jopek under the porch of the house.

Jopek went missing prior to the house party. Carolyn Tousignant, the girl’s mother, received a phone call March 16, 1982, advising that her daughter had been sent home from school for walking the hallways.

Tousignant “waited and waited for Carrie, but she never came home,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1983.

Jopek’s body was only discovered 17 months after she disappeared, when a contractor found it while working on the house.

“I didn't want to know, yet somehow I knew it would be best if the whole thing would just end,” Tousignant added at the time.

Police questioned Ferreira in the aftermath of the body’s discovery, but there was not enough evidence linking him to Jopek’s death.

Tousignant explained how relieved she was to finally find out who had killed her daughter.

“She told me she wasn’t going to have sex until she got married,” said Tousignant, according to WISN. “She was 13 when she told me that and I believed her. Such a pretty girl though, oh, my baby.”

Ferreira made his first appearance in court Oct. 17 and faces a second-degree murder charge.

“Now he’s gonna pay for what he did to her,” Tousignant said.

Sources: Associated Press via Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WISN

Photo credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee County Jail