NEXT AT SIX.
WHEN PROSECUTORS AROUND THE U.S.
TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORST VIOLENT CRIMES - MANY
TURN TO A MADISON WOMAN FOR ANSWERS.
ANNA SALTER IS A NOTED PSYCOLOGIST WHO'S SPENT MUCH
OF HER LIFE LOOKING FOR THE ILLUSIVE - WHY.
AS NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS US - SALTER'S
QUEST TAKES HER INTO THE DARKEST CORNERS OF THE MIND
OF A KILLER.
he was living a second life.
IT IS A PLACE WHERE MOST WOULD FEAR GO - INTO A MIND
NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND.
IT IS WHERE ANNA SALTER GOES LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
THAT ARE HARD TO FIND.
befuddled, how could any human being do this kind
JESSICA RIDGEWAY WAS ONLY 10-YEARS-OLD.
SHE LEFT HER COLORADO HOME ONE DAY TO GO TO SCHOOL
- SHE NEVER GOT THERE.
POLICE LATER DETERMINED JESSICA HAD BEEN ABDUCTED,
RAPED, MURDERED AND THEN DISMEMBERED BY A 17-YEAR-OLD
BOY - AUSTIN SIGG.
A CRIME SO UN-IMAGINABLE IT SHOCKED F-B-I INVESTIGATORS.
they have never seen an offense like this committed
by someone under 18 - EVER.
WHICH IS WHY PROSECUTORS TURNED TO ANNA SALTER.
THE NOTED PSYCOLOGIST FROM MADISON HAS SPENT YEARS
STUDYING SADISTS AND VIOLENT PREDATORS.
PROSECUTORS HOPED SALTER DO WHAT NO ONE ELSE IN THIS
i think there's a human, natural human instinct is
to reach for the why, to search for an explanation.
TO FIND THAT ANSWER SALTER BEGAN SIFTING THROUGH VOLUMES
OF EVIDENCE IN THE CASE.
school records and kinds of information they had in
i got, it was an overwhelming amount.
INTERVIEWS WITH NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS PROVIDED ANSWERS
- BUT NOT THE ONES SHE WAS LOOKING FOR.
no one, no one knew what he was up to.
THE GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF AUSTIN SIGG CAME THE
NIGHT OF HIS ARREST.
that night he was willing to talk to police
and he talked to them for six hours.
A SIX HOUR GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF A KILLER
that i murdered jessica ridgeway and that i was responsible
for her abduction and her death.
he talked in matter of factly about killing her as
he would have about going to a grocery store.
HOURS AND HOURS TURNED INTO DAYS AND DAYS STUDYING
THE DARKEST CORNERS OF A MIND.
THERE WOULD BE NO EASY ANSWERS.
SIGG HAD NOT BEEN ABUSED OR NEGLECTED AS A CHILD.
HOW HE HAD BECOME SO BROKEN WAS A HIDDEN MYSTERY.
this kind of offender is different.
this kind of offender is living a double life.
WHAT ANNA SALTER DISCOVERED SHE SHARED AT SIGGS SENTENCING
there is no fix for him.
the only way to protect the community from his is
to keep him confined forever.
LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 86 YEARS IS THE ONLY ANSWER THE
COMMUNITY WILL EVER GET.
AFTER LOOKING EXHAUSTIVELY - IN THE END FOR AUSTIN
SIGG THERE IS NO WHY.
BUT FOR ANNA SALTER ENTERING THE MIND OF A KILLER
COMES WITH A PRICE.
i don't care how professional you are or how much
research you read or how much distance you try to
put between yourself and this kind of case.
if you are human this kind of case is going to affect
FOR NOW SOLICE FOR ANNA SALTER COMES IN KNOWING HER
WORK GIVES GUIDANCE TO COURTS AND KEEPS COMMUNITIES
SAFE FROM THE AUSTIN SIGGS OF THE WORLD.
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN SHE'LL STOP LOOKING FOR THE
ANSWER TO - WHY.
what other hope is there except that we can make enough
sense of it to begin to develope some kind of way
to prevent it.
TO ADD PERSPECTIVE - ANNA SALTER TESTIFIED IN THREE
MURDER TRIALS INVOLVING THE TORTURE OF CHILDREN IN
THE SPAN OF THREE WEEKS - INCLUDING THE JESSICA RIDGEWAY
SHE SAYS - AT LEAST TEMPORARILY - SHE HAD TO TAKE
A BREAK FROM HER WORK.
-- DAVE --
SALTER ALSO WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT
OF CORRECTIONS PROVIDING ASSESSMENTS OF THEIR MOST
-- MICHELLE --