July 17, 1996 in Nation/World

Ex-Scout Leader Executed For Murders

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A former Boy Scout leader who said he enjoyed “seeing the fear” of his murder victims was executed in the electric chair early today for stabbing two boys to death in 1983.

John Joubert, also a former airman, confessed to repeatedly stabbing and slashing Danny Jo Eberle, 13, and Christopher Walden, 12, near the Air Force Base where he was stationed.

After Joubert was convicted in Nebraska, he was convicted in Maine with strangling and stabbing 11-year-old Richard Stetson in Portland in 1982. He got a life prison term without parole for that killing.

“It was the power and the domination and seeing the fear,” Joubert told the Omaha WorldHerald last month in explaining why he killed the boys. “That was more exciting than actually causing the harm.”

Joubert, 33, has said the murders were the culmination of years of psychosexual fantasies. He had asked the Nebraska Pardons Board to keep him alive so researchers could study him.


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