Carrie Ann Jopek, who was just 13 years old when she was brutally murdered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in March 1982, is the subject of the documentary titled “Predator at Large: Such a Pretty Girl,” which airs on Investigation Discovery. Her decaying body was discovered over a year and a half after her disappearance, but after that, the investigation was shelved for more than three decades. After more than 33 years had passed, the perpetrator of the murder finally admitted his guilt to a variety of people, including a regional news station. If you are interested in learning more about the case as well as the identity of the criminal and their present whereabouts, then you can count on us to provide such information. Then, shall we get started, will we?
How Did Carrie Ann Jopek Die?
Carolyn Tousignant and the late Robert C. “Beezer” Jopek Jr. were the parents of Carrie Ann Jopek when she was born on August 17, 1968 in Milwaukee, which is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The young lady, then 13 years old, attended Kosciuszko Middle School in Milwaukee, where she was in the seventh grade. She lived at 1929 South 10th Street with her mother and stepfather, Fred Tousignant. When asked about her daughter Carrie, Carrie’s mother described her as a defiant adolescent who wasn’t afraid to occasionally disobey regulations in order to attain what she wanted.
Carrie was expelled from the school she attended on March 16, 1982, for the infraction of “walking the hallways without a pass.” Carolyn received a phone call from the school administration in which they offered her the opportunity to collect her daughter from the main office. But she had denied doing so because they lived a block away from the school, and it was rumored that she knew that her daughter had gotten suspended on purpose to attend to a house party — a decision that she would regret for the rest of her life. But she would later come to regret her decision.
Carrie’s mother called the authorities to report her daughter missing when she did not return from the party on that particular day. She feared that her daughter had absconded from the family home. Carrie had been sent home from school on March 16 at approximately 1:30 p.m., and from there she proceeded to a house party that was hosted by her best friend, Robin Mandt. This was discovered by the investigators. After the celebration, she vanished without a trace and was never found alive again. On September 2, 1983, more than 17 months after she had been reported missing, her body was discovered buried on the porch of the home that belonged to the Mandts.
According to the show, Robin’s mother had expressed an interest in renovating the deck, and a local builder named Conrad Nisiewicz dug up pieces of the deck in order to locate the teen’s body after it had decayed. Because her daughter’s jacket was found nearby, Carolyn was able to determine that the body was that of her daughter. The cause of the teen’s death was determined to be internal bleeding inside her skull as a result of head and neck injuries, according to the autopsy report. After conducting tests using Carrie’s dental record, the police were able to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the body belonged to Carrie on September 6, 1983.
Who Killed Carrie Ann Jopek?
The cops were working with a very limited amount of evidence. They talked to each person who attended the party, but they were unable to develop any plausible lines of inquiry. One of the only leads that seemed to have any potential was provided by a neighbor who claimed to have seen a man named Jose E. Ferreira Jr. standing close to the location where the body of the teenager had been discovered on September 6, 1983. It was said that witnesses had observed him “sobbing and raising his hands up.” When the police questioned Jose, he stated that he had nothing to do with the crime and denied any involvement.
The investigation was eventually closed because there was no tangible evidence and no one to suspect in the crime. If Jose hadn’t confessed to the crime more than 33 years after the fact, the case most likely would not have been solved at all. On October 11, 2015, he made a phone call to his wife and confessed to killing Carrie after meeting her at the party on March 16, 1982. He had met Carrie for the first time on March 16, 1982. The confession was conveyed to the West Milwaukee Police Department by her wife. During this time, Jose also acknowledged to killing the teenager more than three decades ago over the phone with a crisis hotline counselor in Milwaukee, and then with WISN 12 news station.
On October 13, 2015, Jose was taken into custody by the police, and he explained everything that took place in great detail. At the party, he had introduced himself to Carrie and made an offer to give her marijuana in exchange for her company in the basement. Carrie initially decided to follow him but then she abruptly changed her mind. Because Jose shoved her, she lost her balance and went down the steps into the basement, where she broke her neck and suffered fatal internal injuries. In addition to that, he owned up to the fact that he had sexually assaulted her before he knew that she had passed away. After that, Jose put her body in a shallow grave and buried it on the front porch of the house where the Mandts lived.
There are a variety of hypotheses on the motivations for Jose’s decision to confess after such a long period of time had passed; the prosecution portrayed him as a “pathetic individual who had sort of hit a rock bottom,” suggesting that his heavy drinking led to his decision to confess. His defense attorney stated that Jose suffered from mental illness and sought to use the spotlight to convince her wife, who had filed for a divorce, not to leave him. Carolyn, on the other hand, was of the opinion that the confession was prompted by the individual’s guilty awareness as well as by the spectral image of Carrie.
Where is Jose Ferreira Jr. Today?
In October 2015, Jose Ferreira Jr. was initially charged with second-degree murder, but the prosecution opted to offer him a plea agreement since there was insufficient evidence of the victim’s personal presence in the case. His trial for murder began in January of 2017, and Jose made the decision to accept a settlement that required him to plead guilty to “attempted second-degree sexual assault, with the use of force, and false imprisonment, both as a party to the offenses.”
In March of 2017, Jose was given a combined maximum sentence of 5 years in prison for attempted sexual assault and 2 years in prison for false imprisonment. Both sentences are to run concurrently. The sentence was handed down 35 years and one day after Carrie had been reported missing. Carrie’s family was also given an apology by Jose, who stated that “I can’t take back how it happened… Please accept my sincere apologies, as they come from the bottom of my hurting heart. As of the year 2022, he has completed his term and is currently a registered sexual offender under active supervision in the city of Glendale, which is located in the state of Wisconsin.