Audio: Jacob Wetterling's killer believes he's no longer a monster

December 13, 2018 06:30 PM

The man who confessed to kidnapping and murdering Jacob Wetterling believes he’s “not a monster,” according to newly-released jailhouse phone calls.

The more-than-40-minutes of audio is part of a new batch of evidence authorities released Wednesday.


For the first time, the public can hear the gravelly voice of Danny Heinrich as he talked with his brother David while sitting in the Sherburne County Jail awaiting his sentence.

“I was a monster back then, but I stopped,” Heinrich tells his brother in one recording.

“I haven’t had no sexual contact with anyone since that night… if I was a monster David, I wouldn’t have stopped 27 years ago. I never touched anyone since that f****** night. The monsters don’t stop. They keep going.”

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Included in the newly-released evidence is a video investigators filmed of Heinrich’s house during a search warrant in the summer of 2015.

The Annandale home has since been torn down.

The video includes shots of Heinrich’s closet where investigators said a stack of binders was filled with child pornography.

Prosecutors ended up using a child pornography charge to gain leverage and get a confession out of Heinrich.

“I got charged with one count of child porn,” Heinrich tells his brother. “That's what a lot of people are pissed off about.... But that's the deal I made. I didn't have to confess to this because they didn't have s*** on me as far as Wetterling goes until I confessed. So they would have never known who if I wouldn't have said anything.”

At one point, Heinrich appears to break down on the phone as he describes the night of the murder.    

“I got home that night, David, I'm going to tell you the truth, and I cried. I could, my God, what have I done,” he said. “I don't know what went wrong. Everything went wrong.”

Heinrich is scheduled to be released from prison in 2033. He told his brother he has no plans to return to Minnesota over fears he’ll be civilly committed because “people hate me here.”

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