Episode #28: Jeff Pelo and the Case of the Serial Rapes

Summary of the Case:

Jeff Pelo had been with the Bloomington (IL) police department for 17 years when he was found outside a woman’s home whom had been stalked for the past year. For the past few years, four women had been raped in Bloomington. The rapist would break in, tell the women details of her life, torture and rape, force the victim to bathe, then steal her sheets. When Jeff was found outside the woman’s house, he told the officer who had responded that he was just looking at houses that were for sale. Jeff was brought in for questioning, and his behavior raised some red flags.

Jeff would maintain his innocence, but was arrested for the rapes of the four women. Three of the women identified him as their rapist, and the stalking victim identified him as her stalker. In June 2008, Jeff was found guilty on 35 counts, and in August, the judge sentenced Jeff to 440 consecutive years in prison. The sentence was later commuted to 375 consecutive years.

Sources for this Episode:

ABC documentary part 1
ABC documentary part 2
ABC documentary part 3
ABC documentary part 4
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