For decades, Jens Soering has claimed his innocence. He was convicted of brutally murdering his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents in Bedford County in 1985.
On Monday, former FBI agent Stanley Lapekas joined a growing list of former investigators calling for his pardon. He offered some new information he believes shows investigators had tunnel vision when they went after Soering.
Former FBI profiler Edward Sulzback appeared in the documentary “Killing for Love” that follows the Haysom murders.
In it, Sulzback and former Bedford County investigator Chuck Reid, who worked on the case, say he created a profile of the murderer that pointed to Elizabeth Haysom.
“We’re dealing with somebody that’s close to these people,” says Sulzback in the documentary.
Bedford County authorities have long said no profile was ever done.
“Chuck Reid absolutely misspoke when he said there was ever any profile done on this case. There was never a profile done in this case,” says Bedford County Deputy Sheriff Ricky Gardner in the documentary.
“There’s absolutey no doubt about it, that Ed Sulzback did a profile,” said Lapekas.
A profile has never been found, but Lapekas says he was able to find documents including an affidavit from the commonwealth’s attorney for the case. In it he says Suzlback determined the suspect was female and knew the victims.
An FBI document also shows a profile had been performed. In addition Reid says six months of investigating pointed to Elizabeth Haysom but their focuses changed when the two left the country and were caught in England. He says he’s now trying to right a wrong.
“It’s based on 4 days in England and that 6 months investigation was just totally flushed and swept under the rug,” said Reid.
“This happened 30 years ago. He was convicted in court. Why go any further then?” says Ricky Gardner in audio from the documentary that never aired.
“If we all had that attitude, nobody would ever get exonerated,” said Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding, who joined other investigators in writing a letter to the governor asking for Soering to be pardoned.
We reached out to the governor’s office who sent us this statement,
“Mr. Soering’s petition is under review by the parole board. When that review is complete the Governor will be presented with its findings and will make a decision on the petition.”