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March 24, 2005

Norman Porter: Homicidal Moonbat

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, "progressive" poet and activist J.J. Jameson — who has been on left-wing Pacifica Radio and was chosen March 2004 Poet of the Month by, which refers to him as "one of Chicago's most beloved anti-war poets" — is actually a twice-convicted murderer by the name of Norman A. Porter Jr.

A "happy-go-lucky" pacifist, Porter was convicted of the 1960 execution-style shooting (shotgun to the back of the head) of a clothing store clerk in Massachusetts and the shooting death of a jail minister during a jailbreak the following year. Because the death penalty is all too rarely applied, Porter was able to bide his time until 1985, when the opportunity came to "walk away" from a facility where he was allowed to do maintenance work on the prison grounds.

Porter was arrested four times between 1989 and 1993 in Illinois and Washington state, but it wasn't until last Tuesday that his old murder raps caught up with him (actually, Michael Dukakis — of Willie Horton fame — had commuted one of Porter's murder sentences back in 1975).

Massachusetts state police Lt. Kevin Horton called it "a sweet, sweet day" when he finally tracked Porter to Chicago. His fugitive unit had been hunting him for 20 years.

Most moonbats seem to be harmless kooks. But Porter offers a useful reminder that no kook is truly harmless.


Norman A. "J.J. Jameson" Porter Jr. recites some lovely poems.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 24, 2005 6:43 AM


Progressive, activist poet? Now I've heard it all. Freak.

Posted by: Raven at March 24, 2005 4:03 PM

one less chicago moonbat, yippeee

remember northwestern u. in evanston has convicted terrorists on there staff. Why am I not supprised.

Posted by: yochanan at March 24, 2005 5:36 PM

he is not the monster you beleive he is i worked with him for a breif period of time and he was kind and generous person I cant beleive he would be capable of murder.I hope i am proved right. someone fill me in !!!!!!!

Posted by: carlos escobar at May 17, 2005 12:09 AM

All I know is what I read in the papers. Last I heard, Porter is claiming he's innocent and offering to take a lie detector test (although he has already confessed).

Posted by: Van Helsing at May 17, 2005 5:40 PM

I've been researching and looking for porter with the state police for more than half of my life. My mother was engaged to the first man that Porter Killed. There is no doubt that he commited these crimes. He confessed to planning the robbery and bringing the guns (this after a months long crime spree), and to shooting Jackie. When his accomplice was killed in prison, porter started saying he didn't do the shooting. This is why he was denied parole, he was not taking responcibility for his actions. I have MUCH paperwork and detailed information about this case if anyone is interested.
I will be seeing him face to face in court in two weeks.

Posted by: N. Bray at June 10, 2005 1:28 AM

Nancy, thanks for the inside information. Good luck in court.

Posted by: Van Helsing at June 11, 2005 11:45 AM

No problem on the info. I figure people want to be well informed. :) Thanks for the well wishes for court. Ill let you all know how it goes.

Posted by: N. Bray at June 13, 2005 12:38 AM

Don, from Chicago. I knew of "J. J. Jameson" (his Nom de Guerre here) for six years, and I have a couple of thoughts:

  1. While I believe he may have finally rehabbed himself, it sure took a long time for him to do so. Six years ago, at a poetry reading where he was headlining, he dedicated a reading to a friend of his, saying "I'm halfway back from some troubles I had fallen into. Thank you for helping me get this far." While it may be that he was referring to when he was 19, I got the impression his problems were more recent. Makes me think (more so, having read about his troubles in the late eighties and early nineties) that some people are just better off behind bars. Or even executed - I'm of the opinion that twenty years in jail should be definded as cruel and unusual punishment, and if we're not going try to rehab our prisoners, then it'd be better for us to kill them.
  2. Who's to say he didn't turn himself in? Or have a friend turn him in for the reward money? After all, Porter/Jameson's seventy years old, is quite ill, has no Social Security or savings and has only done handy-man work (for cash). Not only that, but he was pretty high-profile in the poetry scene -- high-profile enough in Chicago that he read only when and where he was invited to headline or feature. I find it strange that they would have taken so long to catch the man, and then in the haphazard way they claim to have caught him.

Nothing else...have thought about this too long.

Posted by: Don at June 23, 2005 12:26 AM

I can put your mind at rest. I know for an absolute fact that he did not turn himself in. He himself talks about how surprised he was when he got caught 13 years after his fingerprints were taken. He killed two people, escaped from prison 5 times in 20 years, and now he'll be in till the day he dies, cause that's what he deserves.
Right now he and his lawyers are stalling for time, but it won't work. MA State is going for the FULL sentence and nothing less. GOOD FOR THEM.
He's wasted too much of our states time and money already. he's a theif and a killer. He is where he deserves to be.
rest your weary mind.

Posted by: Nancy at June 28, 2005 1:38 PM

I'm not resting easy over this, nor am I sweating bullets at night over this; I only knew him as a name with a face in the poetry scene, nothing more or less.

As for him "Acting Surprised:" He always acted like he came from Maine and had two children from a former marriage. The boy lived in California, the girl in England. If he can lie about his past, he can sure lie about his surprise over seeing the cops that day. Maybe you should drive for further punishments: No pens or paper (or computers) allowed in his cell, no treatment for his physical illnesses, etc. Since we're talking "victim's rights" here, you might as well push for extra severity; from what I've seen "victim righters" get what they want and probably would get more if they pushed.

And just for the record: I do believe he had rehabilitated himself. I don't expect him to see the light of day because of this (as rehabilitation is considered a perversion of the plan with life sentances), but what I saw of him leads me to that opinion.

Posted by: Don at July 5, 2005 12:40 AM

I appreciate your thoughts, and I understand where you are coming from.
I have been working CLOSELY with the MA State police, and I KNOW Norman did not turn himself in...he was caught because of his arrests in Chicago. The FBI notified the police that they found a hit on the fingerprints matching the name JJ Jameson, but the prints matched Norman A Porter JR then the police found him on Epoets, etc. online, went to Chicago, and found him at his church.
If he was truly rehabilitated, why was he arrested four times during his time in Chicago? How many times have you been arrested? Me... NONE... in my whole life. That is not rehabilitation.
He killed two people, he doesnt' need rehabilitaion, he needs to be punished, and we won't stop until he recieves that punishment.
His escape and hiding out has caused so many people here so much anxiety and anger, I can't see anything good hapening for Norman any time soon.
Let him write his poetry, I don't care, Let him talk, It doesn't change anything, he's a murderer, maybe in his next life he'll get the fact that you have to work for what you want,,, you can't just take it. We can only hope.
As far as 20 years in prison being cruel and unusual punishment, remember, he got fed 3 times a day, got to go out and have unguarded work furloughs (over 100), recieved a free education, and got more out of the state than any member of my law abiding and tax paying family. That's cruel and unusual??? I don't think so. In fact, his statement is that he is concidering his incarceration his retirement.... "it's all Theatah" according to Norman. HA
Im meeting w/ the DA next week, we'll see how it goes.
I thank you for your response, and will post again soon.

Posted by: Nancy at July 6, 2005 1:09 PM

I guess nobody much cares about what is going on with Norman Porter, since there's been no posting about him lately. Not sure if I should even bother with an update. If anyone wants to know what's going on, just post it and I will respond.

Posted by: Nancy at July 22, 2005 2:05 AM

what the heck is that all about???????

Posted by: Nancy at July 29, 2005 1:02 AM

I was wondering what's the lastest news on Norman Porter?

Posted by: Sally at August 16, 2005 7:07 PM

We are going to court on Sept. 27th to give our victim impact statements, and Norman will have people testifying on his behalf as well... tho I don't know what they can say.. he was supposed to be in prison and he WASN'T.. end of story right? You'd think so, but his lawyers are dragging this out as long as they can, but that's okay, we've got plenty of strength on the victims side, and we're willing to go alllll the way with it. Years even, God willing it won't come to that,but at least he'll spend those years in maximum security prison.
Any other questions, just ask.

Posted by: Nancy at September 2, 2005 11:36 PM

Court went GREAT... for the victims families anyway. The defenses testimonies were underwhelming, Norman looked like a dirtbag. He tried, what he called, an apology, but it fell very flat and unmoving. I think he's going away for a long time. One way or another.
post if you have any questions or want details, Id be happy to inform anyone interested.
PS did anyone read the article in Septembers issue of Chicago Magazine? Very Interesting. Give it a read if you haven't already.
Nancy Bray

Posted by: Nancy at September 30, 2005 9:54 PM

Norman pled guilty today to Escape in court. He Was sentenced to 3 years to 3years and one day. THis will be served after he finishes his life sentence for Jackie Pigott's murder, and has his commuted sentence revoked because he violated his parole by escaping. He's never gettting out. You'll never see him in Chicago again thats for sure... Unless he escapes again, tho he may be too old for that now. He's a bit frail and has lost a lot of weight since his capture. Poor baby.
Anyhoo, that's the scoop, any questions, just ask.

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