1994 - June
A Grave Memorial
I would like to thank
Joanie for sending me a link to this picture of Tesslynn.
What a beautiful child
she is and her beauty shines even brighter in color.
Kiser gave birth
to a baby girl on June 8, 2004. Three years later she would do what so
many mothers do, allow her boyfriend to abuse her child to death.
Elizabeth O'Cull was abused from the very moment her mother moved them
into the home of Jesse Compton. Jesse was a drug user who would have
in his home, some of those parties would last several days. After
moved in with him, he began to abuse Tesslynn.
would hit Tesslynn
on different parts of her body with a wooden spoon, a spatula or a
People who were visiting were witness to the abuse they gave her and
said a word. Tesslynn's abuse by this man included slaps in the face,
forced to stand in a corner for long periods of time, being dragged by
her hair and taking long, cold showers or baths.
People who were
to the abuse said that during drug parties, Tesslynn was forced to stay
in her bedroom and that at times, Jesse would go into the room and she
could be heard crying for hours after. No one was allowed to go into
room to check on her or give her help. Tesslynn was eventually kept in
the bedroom for most of the time. At one point, a neighbor complained
the way that Tesslynn was being treated. Jesse told the man that if he
called the police, he would kill him and his girlfriend. About
before he killed her, Jesse broke four vertebrae in her back. He
also used an object to rape her and burned her back, bottom and
using fire. When some of the burns became infected, he treated them by
pouring rubbing alcohol onto them.
with ropes by having her feet and hands tied over her head. She was
in this position for up to ten hours at a time. Sometime with 24
hours before she died, Jesse struck Tesslynn in the head many times
caused her brain to bruise. Internal injuries were also caused due to
abdomen having been stomped on.
also abused with a fork that was scraped on her body causing scratching
and bruising on her abdomen.
Tesslynn dead between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., he immediately untied
tried to revive her by performing CPR, hitting her chest, trying to
her with an electric cord and pouring cold water on her.
was not able
to revive her so he and Stella left her in the room so they could
out what to do. Both adults knew that with the injuries that were
on her body, they would go to jail. It was decided at some point that
would bury Tesslynn and her Aunt would help them do it. When friends
about her, they would say she was with a baby sitter or at her Aunt's
They told friends they were planning to move out of town and wished to
have a baby boy.
to the Springfield Police Department on June 16, 1997 and told them
had happened to Tesslynn and how she had helped her brother and his
to bury her. On the morning of June 17, 1997 Tesslynn's body was found
in a grave next to a logging road. With the body they found cloth, a
belt and woman's ring. Later that day, the police went to Jesse and
apartment and he gave them permission to look around. Jesse was read
miranda rights at that time.
the apartment to be dirty with a bad odor. Holes had been punched in
wall by Jesse during fits of rage. Other searches of the apartment
turn up drug residue, drug paraphernalia, a propane torch, a lamp with
the cord cut off, a pair of pliers which had burn residue on them,
of rubbing alcohol and cloths with knots tied into them.
dumpster, bags of trash from the apartment were found. Inside the bags
police found a Mother's Day card, a child's clothing, the electrical
from the lamp, with one end having been frayed, shoes strings with
in them that had hair tangled in the knots and some rope. A piece of
they found in the trash bag was a match with cloth found in Tesslynn's
revealed that she had died of shock and the cause of death was listed
Battered Child Syndrome.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Gorham, made his apologist to the
for what he needed to tell them regarding the abuse that Tesslynn had
that I have to tell you about these things. You must face the reality
64 different talking points I have written down on the autopsy report.
There are more
that. She has an injury on every part of her body."
to trial on October 20, 1998. Having been charged and convicted
six counts of murder by abuse, first degree sexual penetration, second
degree abuse of a corpse and aggravated murder, on November 5, 1998, he
was sentenced to death. The jury took only four hours to convict and as
Circuit Judge Lyle Velure read the ruling, Jesse had no reaction.
who was from California commented:
what we came to Oregon for"
to trial in January of 1999 and that trial ended in a hung jury. In a
trial staring on April 19, 1999 and ending on April 29, 1999, she was
guilty ONLY of aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in
with no possibility of parole.
Jesse and Stella
had personal ads asking for pen pals. Neither of them even mentioned
at all. Both talked of what wonderful people they are. Tesslynn and
who love her, would disagree!
Below is the poster for
abuse in Oregon.
The picture used is of
some posts that I found related to this case
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alphabetical, state by state listing of how
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