John Eric Armstrong: Psycho Sailor
There’s an old saying that goes “a sailor with a girl in every port.” If the claims of Armstrong are true, he was a sailor that murdered a girl in every port.
in 1992 at the age of 18, John Eric Armstrong joined the US Navy and served the next seven years aboard the aircraft Nimitz. At no time during this time did his shipmates or anyone else notice any mental instability. He had earned four promotions and two Good Conduct medals. He left the Navy in 1999 and settled down in Deaborn Heights, Michigan with his wife. Neighbors thought of him as a solid citizen and a good family man who was devoted to his wife and son. He would even run errands for the blind woman across the street.
Of course under this “good guy” image was a classic harlot-killer. A psycho whose hatred of prostitutes was directly proportional to his needs and urges to have sex with them. He would cruise the Michigan Avenue strip where he would pick up a hooker in his Jeep. As soon as they were done, he would change into a monster yelling how he hated whores and then he would try to strangle the girl.
On January 2nd 2000, the Detroit police received a call from a man who claimed to have found a body floating in the Rouge River. The man explained that he was walking on the bridge and felt that he was going to be sick. While leaning over the edge of the bridge, he saw the body. The dead women turned out to be Wendy Jordan. She was a drug addict and prostitute whose family reported her missing a few days earlier. She had been strangled. The man who called the police was John Eric Armstrong.
The police found his story to be deeply suspicious and put him under surveillance. After collecting DNA and various fibers from the victim, they visited Armstrong at his home and with his consent took fibers from his vehicle and a blood sample. The tests showed definite matches between the victim and samples taken from Armstrong. Prosecutors delayed an arrest warrant until they received the official and final report from the lab.
On the morning of April 10th, three more bodies were found in various stages of decomposition. By that evening a task force was set up and began talking to the hookers in the area. They described a baby faced man who, after sex, would go crazy and attempt to strangle them in the in his Jeep. The police made the connection to Armstrong and April 12th he was arrested. That same day the final results came back from the lab confirming his link to the death of Ms. Jordan.
As soon as he was in custody he broke down and confessed. He said that during his years in the Navy, he had strangled at least 11 prostitutes in various countries. It seemed like that every hooker he had sex with, he tried to kill.
In March 2001, he was put on trial for the murder of Wendy Jordan. His lawyers tried an insanity defense. The jury didn’t fall for it and found him guilty. He was sentenced to life in a state prison.