Man pleads guilty to 3 homicides after confession
By NIGEL DUARA
Of the Associated Press
PORTLAND — Jeffrey Cutlip called a 911 operator in July 2012 and said he had a story to tell. At a Brownsville, Texas, police station, he confessed to killing three women in 20 years, crimes for which he was suspected but never charged.
The confession drew Portland detectives to the town on the Mexican border where Cutlip gave them three names: Marlene Claire Carlson, Julie Marie Bennett and Nielen Doll.
Carlson and Bennett were killed in Oregon in the 1970s, and Doll was killed in 1993.
On Wednesday, with some of the victims’ family members present, Cutlip pleaded guilty to their murders.
“He's looking forward to resolving it,” said his attorney, Benjamin Kim. Cutlip will be sentenced on Dec. 16. He faces life in prison without parole.
Kim said the information Cutlip has already provided should provide some closure to the families of the victims.
Cutlip was led into the courtroom in a blue jail jumpsuit, pink socks in brown sandals and was shackled at the wrists and waist. The thin, balding 64-year-old still wears the wispy mustache from his 2012 mug shot.
He replied in short monosyllabic bursts to Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Bergstrom, who asked he understood the consequences of his guilty plea.
He was required to register as a sex offender following a 1982 sodomy conviction. State sex offender records label him a “predator” and say he targets adult female strangers using threats and weapons to gain compliance.
Cutlip was married with a 2-year-old daughter in 1982 when he was charged with multiple offenses related to attacks on two women. A jury convicted him in one case and he pleaded guilty in another. He spent more than a decade behind bars for the burglary and sodomy convictions.
In the sodomy case, a lawyer for Cutlip wrote that his client had a history of mental problems and was admitted to a mental hospital several times since the 1960s, according to Multnomah County court records. The lawyer wrote that Cutlip was taking medication for manic depression.
Multnomah County probation officers closely supervised Cutlip since he was released from prison in 1993. He's been returned to jail or prison seven times for various parole violations, including once for failing to participate in sex offender treatment.
It was unclear why Cutlip was in Texas when he confessed to killing the three women.