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Jason Learst murder 10/28/1979 Wichita, KS *Danny R. Rouse convicted, sentenced to life in prison*

jason-learst.jpgFrom Danny Rouse’s appeal: On Sunday, October 28, 1979, the appellant was a visitor in the home of Kathryn Crowley, in Wichita. Kathryn lived in a duplex with her five-year-old son Jason Learst. The appellant had previously visited Kathryn at her apartment on four or five occasions during the preceding four months. Kathryn and the appellant were not romantic friends, and did not date. They first became acquainted through mutual friends in March 1979.

The appellant arrived at Kathryn’s home near 8 o’clock p.m. He brought some beer, and they each drank two. They also smoked two marijuana “joints.” They talked and watched a movie, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Jason was asleep in his bedroom during the evening.

Shortly after the movie ended the appellant made a verbal sexual pass which Kathryn declined. The appullant soon announced his intention to leave and told Kathryn he would take the remaining beer. As Kathryn was reaching into the refrigerator she was struck from behind and repeatedly stabbed by the appellant. Kathryn pretended she was dead by going limp and falling to the floor. The appellant left Kathryn in the kitchen and walked into Jason’s bedroom. The appellant killed Jason by cutting the boy’s throat.

The appellant went into the bathroom, and washed blood from his knife and himself. He returned to the kitchen and retrieved the empty beer cans from the trash bag. He turned off the television, pulled down several window shades, turned off the lights, and departed after locking the front door. Kathryn stumbled and crawled out of her apartment to the front door of her neighbor’s apartment, and told the neighbor to call the police.

After leaving Kathryn’s apartment, the appellant returned to his own home, packed personal items and clothing in a backpack, and went to the home of his friends, Phil and Mary Michaud. A few weeks earlier, the Michauds had offered to buy the appellant’s 1967 Mercury Cougar. The appellant told the Michauds that his mother had suffered a stroke, and he was going to Chicago by bus to be with her. The appellant sold his 1967 Cougar for $100 and signed over the title to the Michauds. He wrote a bill of sale and accepted $20, which was all the cash the *602 Michauds then had on hand. The Michauds drove the appellant to the bus station and returned home. They testified the appellant seemed nervous, but never mentioned his evening activities. The appellant was arrested the next day in Bolivar, Missouri, and returned to Wichita.

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DOC Number 184602
First Name DANNY
Middle Name R
Last Name ROUSE
Date of Birth 05/05/1955
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana State Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 00/00/0000

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 12/14/2007
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days LIFE
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 09D02 0611 MR 2
County of Conviction CASS
Projected Release Date 00/00/0000


One Response

  1. There is so much more to this story before Danny Rouse was released that no one seems to care about. If anyone out there is interested into the complete ineptness of the Kansas State Parole Board please contact me via email. That part has been totally covered up.

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