In 1998, Wesley Ira Purkey (center) was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Years later, in prison, he confessed to the murder of Jennifer Long.
In 1998, Wesley Ira Purkey (center) was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Years later, in prison, he confessed to the murder of Jennifer Long. Jim Barcus Special to The Star
In 1998, Wesley Ira Purkey (center) was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Years later, in prison, he confessed to the murder of Jennifer Long. Jim Barcus Special to The Star

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October 28, 2001 05:00 AM