Portland Police Arrest Man Accused Of Killing 4 Prostitutes In The 1980s (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly
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A man accused of killing at least four prostitutes in Portland, Oregon, in the 1980s was arrested after a decades-long investigation, police announced on Oct. 16.

Homer Lee Jackson, 55, was arrested on Oct. 16 and charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of Latanga Watts, Essie Jackson, Tonja Harry, and Angela Anderson, KGW-TV reported. All four women were victims of sex trafficking, according to police. 

Police believe that Jackson, below, may also be responsible for several other murders.

Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police said Jackson was identified as the suspect in the killings through forensics and additional evidence, according to KGW-TV.

“Detectives are asking the public to help with these cases by providing any information they might have about these four victims and about Homer Jackson, including people who have associated with him in the past few years and can talk about his routines, habits, and places he frequents,” Simpson added in a statement to the press on October 16.

Watts, a mother of three, was reportedly killed in 1987, and detectives believe she was strangled to death then dumped in a field, according to KPTV. She was 29 years old at the time of her death.

Essie Jackson was 23 years old and a mother of one at the time of her death in 1983, KGW-TV reported. Her body was found in Overlook Park.

Harry, 19, was also found dead in 1983. Her body was discovered in West Delta Park.

Anderson was 14 at the time of her death in 1983. Her body was found in a vacant house.

Jackson is currently being held without bond.

Sources: KPTV,, KGW-TV / Photo credit: police photo, KPTV