Where is Beatrice Six Suspect James Dean Today? – Helen Wilson, a 68-year-old Beatrice, Nebraska resident who was murdered in 1985, will be the subject of the documentary Mind Over Murder. Following the murder, the so-called “Beatrice Six” were apprehended and convicted. Five of the six confessed to the murder after authorities threatened them with the death penalty if they didn’t confess. The six were convicted, but their convictions were overturned in 2009 when DNA evidence exonerated them all. The documentary series will cover everything from the murder to the investigation to the exonerations and everything in between, as well as how the whole incident impacted the Beatrice community.
In 1989, James Dean was one of six people arrested as part of an inquiry into Helen Wilson’s death from a few years before. However, the interrogation that resulted in the admissions has since been challenged for the manner in which it was conducted. The HBO documentary “Mind Over Murder” follows James and five others as they are sentenced to prison for a crime they did not commit, all based on supposedly coerced confessions. So, how about we learn a little more about James?
Must Read: Helen Wilson Murder Case: Who Killed Her and Why?
Who is James Dean ,and What is His Story?
Debra Shelden accused James Dean of the crime, and he was arrested in April 1989. He was a 25-year-old construction worker at the time. His first reaction was to cry and say he had nothing to do with Helen’s murder. James apparently requested counsel even while being questioned, but his request was reportedly denied. Others had been talking to the cops about his involvement, he was told. Dean was told he failed a polygraph because “he was being deceitful,” according to reports.
When James began to doubt what he told the cops, the psychologist, Wayne Price, suggested that he might have suppressed these memories. Wayne then volunteered to hold sessions with him in order to help him remember them. During these sessions, James confessed that he was physically assaulted as a child by his father and brother-in-law. He then claimed that Joseph White resembled his brother-in-law and that he might have asked him to do something unpleasant, as his brother-in-law had done in the past.
By May 1989, James had seen the crime scene photographs and had visited Helen’s apartment. He then admitted to the police that he and the others were involved in the murder. “Well, I feel like I remembered it in my sleep,” James continued. Obviously, I was experiencing some sort of subliminal stumbling block. I’m not sure what it was, and I’m not sure I recall, but I assumed I was telling the truth when I stated I wasn’t there.”
During the course of the investigation, James gave up to eight distinct statements, each containing different details about what happened on the night of the 1985 murder. He did say, though, that he obtained a lot of that information through his dreams. “I’m simply telling you bits and pieces of what I can tell you,” James said, “as you guys wanted to know.”
What Happened to James Dean and Where Is He Now?
In May 1989, James pled guilty to second-degree murder aiding and abetting. He was condemned to ten years in prison and spent around four and a half years in prison. As part of the agreement, James agreed to testify at Joseph’s trial. A psychologist also diagnosed Stockholm syndrome in James, Ada Taylor, and Debra.
James earned $300,000 for the erroneous conviction and $2 million at the civil trial after being exonerated of the crime in January 2009. He was engaged to Lydia Buckley at the time of the judicial proceedings. James has kept a low profile since then, but it was stated in 2009 that he was a truck driver in Salinas, Kansas.
The first episode of Mind Over Murder will air on Monday, June 20th, with subsequent episodes airing on Mondays. The show will premiere on HBO and will also be available to view on HBO Max.