'Grandview Rapist' heading back to parole board in August

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Former doctor Edward F. Jackson Jr., now 75, was convicted of more than 90 charges related to the sexual assaults of more than 30 women in the 1980s.

A prolific serial rapist, once known as the “Grandview Rapist,” will once again have the opportunity to seek early release from prison, but prosecutors and those associated with the case want him to remain behind bars.

Edward F. Jackson Jr., now 75, was convicted in two separate cases and sentenced to a prison term of between 282 and 985 years for the sexual assaults.

As required by Ohio law, Jackson has occasionally been offered an opportunity to appear before the Ohio Parole Board to ask for early release. His most-recent appearance before the board was in 2009 and the board denied his request, setting his next request opportunity until August 2019.

The rapes took place between 1975 and 1982 and had no specific demographic target. He would wear a ski mask, tie up the victims with knotted ropes and call them by name, showing a predatory level of preparation.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Jackson doesn’t deserve to be released from prison and the sentence imposed when he was convicted was proof.

“Jackson has served barely one year for each victim that he left with life-long trauma,” O’Brien said in a news release.

Jackson was arrested in 1982 while burglarizing an empty apartment. When police searched his vehicle, they found a list of the names of more than 60 women and a date beside each name.

Those names correlated to Jackson’s victims, including two women who had testified against another man who served five years in prison before being released on the day Jackson was arrested.

More than 35 victims agreed to pursue charges against Jackson, setting a record at the time for the number of charges filed in a single case. Citing intense media coverage, the defense was able to get the trials moved to Summit and Hamilton counties.

In 2012, Jackson requested a commutation of his sentence from then-Gov. John Kasich, who denied the request.

One woman, who filed a letter with the court in 1983 opposing Jackson’s release on bond pending trial, told The Dispatch she was the best friend of one of Jackson’s last known victims.

She recalled the victim telling her about a man who went through a window to break into the home she was sharing with another woman. Once inside, the man, later identified as Jackson, tied ropes around both women’s necks. Jackson asked the women if they were in a state of grace to die and had placed them on the floor in the shape of a cross.

After being unable to become aroused, Jackson fled.

The woman, whom The Dispatch is not identifying, said her friend had a rope burn around her neck for days after the attack.

No date has been set for Jackson’s August hearing before the Ohio Parole Board. He will not have an attorney for that hearing, according to officials with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Those wishing to express their thoughts to the parole board can do so by mailing correspondence to:

Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

Correspondence should include Jackson’s name and his inmate number, A175658.

Correspondence to the parole board can also be submitted online through a form on the parole board’s website at www.drc,.oh.gov/parole-board.

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