In case you’re not familiar with the story of Donna Jou she was a 19-year-old honor student at San Diego State who was last seen on June 23, 2007, riding off on the back of the motorcycle of one John Steven Burgess, a known sex offender. The pair had met on craigslist.
In the past two years police always believed that Burgess was their main suspect in Donna’s disappearance. This past week. they were finally able to charge him.
Burgess was already in jail serving time on an unrelated charge. Recently LAPD detectives confronted Burgess with what evidence they had so far which wasn’t much. However, Burgess admitted to police that he provided Donna with heroin which she OD’d on. He then took her body far out into the Pacific Ocean and dumped her body there. Burgess has pleaded not guilty to the charges of involuntary manslaughter. Burgess is only looking at 8 years for his involvement in Donna Jou’s death.
My prayers and condolences go out to the Jou family.
I guess now we can finally say that Donna Jou was the first craigslist related death.