A judge on Thursday ordered the Nebraska Correctional Services Department to release drawings made by serial killer John Joubert, saying the department must permit author Mark Pettit to inspect and reproduce the drawings.
Pettit, a former Omaha television reporter, is the author of "A Need to Kill: The True-Crime Account of John Joubert, Nebraska's Most Notorious Serial Child Killer." He had been trying for more than 25 years to get the prison system to release two drawings in which Joubert said he depicted his fantasies to kill again. The Department of Correctional Services had refused to do so citing confidentiality laws.
Pettit, who lives in Atlanta, said Friday that he must first look at the drawings to ensure they're not too gruesome or disturbing to be included in the next edition of "A Need To Kill."
Joubert was convicted of the fatal stabbings of two Bellevue boys ages 12 and 13 weeks apart in 1983. A Maine jury also found him guilty of murder in the 1982 slaying of an 11-year-old boy. Nebraska executed Joubert in 1996.