June 15 2011

– A Mexican accused of killing an American university professor has been taunting police from across the border.

Jorge Landeros, who has been charged with killing Sue Marcum, an accountant and professor at American University, Washington, is refusing to return to the U.S. for questioning.

He has suggested detectives travel to Juarez to meet him in a cafe for brunch to ‘talk shop’ however  – his ‘treat’.

The 41-year-old also corrects their grammar in email correspondence.

Ms Marcum, 52, was found beaten and strangled to death inside her home in Bethesday, Maryland, last year.

Police initially thought she had been the victim of a robbery gone wrong, but they later turned their investigation onto Landeros, who shared a close relationship with Ms Marcum.

The pair met six years ago when Ms Marcum enrolled in Landeros’ Spanish class, according to police.

Landeros, who holds a duel American / Mexican passport, wrote poetry, studied yoga and was a stock-broker. Together they practised meditation, read books and went to concerts.

At one point they did become more than friends, but that quickly fizzled according to Landeros himself.

According to friends Ms Marcum was ‘fascinated’ with Landeros. She even left her half-million dollar life insurance policy to him in her will and he to her, according to the Washington Post.

Victim: Sue Marcum, who had been friends with Landeros for six years, was found beaten and strangled in her Maryland home last year

Victim: Sue Marcum, who had been friends with Landeros for six years, was found beaten and strangled in her Maryland home last year

‘We always talked about what would happenwhen we got older,’ Landeros said with reference to the policy.

‘We would help each other, I guess… We took it out for that reason.’

He has not had the money yet. It is currently tied up due to the circumstances surrounding Ms Marcum’s death.

Landeros denies killing Ms Marcum and told the Post he was not in the U.S. in late October when she was found dead.

‘I had nothing to do with the murder of Sue Marcum. That was not me,’ Landeros said in an email to the paper.

He added: ‘They (police) want me to just turn myself in, like some silly scapegoat.’

Warrant: Landeros says he did not kill Ms Marcum, but is on Interpol's wanted list

Warrant: Landeros says he did not kill Ms Marcum, but is on Interpol’s wanted list

Police will not discuss the case other than to confirm they did get a DNA sample when Landeros travelled to Texas this year.

They later obtained a warrant charging him with first-degree murder and are now working with Interpol and Mexican authorities in order to locate him – a process that takes times, according to police.

Landeros moved to Mexico in 2008 in order to teach yoga in notoriously violent Juarez, but he still visits his mother, who lives in Northern Virginia.

He told the Washington Post he had visited Ms Marcum in September just a month before her death.

They went for a walk, talked, ate and watched TV, he said. His fingerprints and DNA would have been in the house from that visit alone.

‘It doesn’t look good. That’s why I’m here in Mexico,’ he said.

Meanwhile Ms Marcum’s friends remain frustrated.

‘If he’s so innocent, why is he staying in Mexico?’ fellow accountant Don Williamson, told the Washington Post.

‘She was fascinated by that man. She was a loving, beautiful, vulnerable woman.’

– Amy Oliver


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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