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The full transcript has been released of Tuesday's court proceeding where Danny Heinrich confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Jacob Wetterling.

Jacob Wetterling had been missing for 27 years, and the mystery finally came to a close after Heinrich confessed on Tuesday September 6, 2016.

The following is the confession Danny Heinrich gave to the courtroom about the kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of Jacob Wetterling on October 22, 1989. Some of the confession may be graphic and hard to read.

Mr. Schleicher is Steven Schleicher of the US Attorney's Office and the Defendant is Heinrich.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Sir, as part of the plea
agreement, you understand that you're providing a factual
accounting for what happened to Jacob Wetterling on October
22, 1989, is that right?

THE DEFENDANT: That's right.

 MR. SCHLEICHER: On October 22, 1989, did you
kidnap, sexually assault and murder Jacob Wetterling?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I did.

MR. SCHLEICHER: I need you to tell the Court
what happened on that evening beginning around 8:00 p.m. in
the city and town of St. Joseph, that area.

THE DEFENDANT: I was driving on a road, a
dead-end road. I noticed three children on their bicycles
with a flashlight. I pulled into a driveway, passed --
after they passed me, turned around and faced the direction
of the road that they would be coming back on.
Approximately 20 minutes or so later, they came
back. I stepped out of my car. I put a mask on. I
reached for my revolver. I proceeded onto the road. I
confronted them. I told them to get into the ditch with
their bicycles.
They cooperated. They did. I asked their names,
their ages.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Do you recall what their answers
were?

THE DEFENDANT: Not right offhand, I don't, no.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Do you know now that the three
children involved were Jacob Wetterling, Trevor Wetterling,
Aaron Larson?

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: You indicated that you took out
your revolver. Can you please describe the revolver? What
caliber and type was it?

THE DEFENDANT: .38 Special, Smith & Wesson, snub
nose.

MR. SCHLEICHER: After you confronted the
children, what did you ask them to do?

THE DEFENDANT: I asked -- well, they offered me
a tape, and I knocked that down. They tried to shine a
flashlight in my face, and I said, No, don't do that.

MR. SCHLEICHER: The tape was a videotape?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: That they had rented?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: From the local store?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay.

THE DEFENDANT: Yes. Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: After you knocked it down, what
did you say to them?

THE DEFENDANT: I told Trevor and Aaron to run
away, not look back or I would shoot, and I took Jacob back
to my car.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What did you do when you took
Jacob back to your car?

THE DEFENDANT: I handcuffed him and put him in
the front passenger seat of my car.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Did you handcuff him behind his
back?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: After you handcuffed him, did
Jacob Wetterling say anything to you?

THE DEFENDANT: What did I do wrong?

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. What did you do after you
placed him in your vehicle?

THE DEFENDANT: I got into the, into my car, and
we drove out of town, out of St. Joe. On the way out of
St. Joe, I had the scanner on.
A lot of police activity started coming over the
radio, so I decided I would head back to my home town of
Paynesville.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Now, you said a scanner. Can
you just briefly describe the scanner?

THE DEFENDANT: A Regency 50-channel scanner.

MR. SCHLEICHER: For the purpose of listening
to --

THE DEFENDANT: Listening to police calls.
That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Did you instruct Jacob
Wetterling to do anything when you were driving --

THE DEFENDANT: I --

MR. SCHLEICHER: -- on that road?

THE DEFENDANT: On the way out of St. Joseph, I
told him to duck down, lean forward in the seat. When we
got out of St. Joe, I told him he could sit back up.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Did he make any statements to
you at that time?

THE DEFENDANT: No. No, he did not.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Could you as best you can please
describe the route that you took from the point of the,
what would have been the Raisser farm, to the point you
ended up?

THE DEFENDANT: Got back on the road that the
boys were on. We headed not to Main Street, but back to, I
don't know, Highway 75, whatever, that runs back to
St. Cloud, that direction, but we headed west on that road.
And I got on the interstate and headed north to
Albany. From Albany, I got off the interstate and hit
another country -- county road that went to Roscoe,
Minnesota, and then from Roscoe, I headed east or west on
23 to Paynesville.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. And where specifically in
Paynesville did you go?

THE DEFENDANT: I went to that -- when I got to
Paynesville, before I got to Paynesville, I turned on the sewage pond road. About 100 yards up that road, there is
an approach and -- to a field next to a grove of trees.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And this area, is there also a
gravel pit in the area?

THE DEFENDANT: There was then, yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: This was an area with which you
were familiar, is that right?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, it is.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What happened when you pulled
the vehicle into the area near the gravel pit?

THE DEFENDANT: I drove as close as I could to a
grove of trees. I stopped the car. I got out. I opened
the door for Jacob. I unhandcuffed him. I took him over
to the edge of the grove of trees.
I asked him to undress. I undressed. I touched
his penis. He touched my penis. I had him masturbate. In
about 20 or so minutes, about a half hour later, he said
I'm cold, and I said, Okay. You can get dressed, and I got
dressed.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. I need to clarify a few
things.

THE DEFENDANT: Sure.

MR. SCHLEICHER: With the touching, this was
something you compelled him to do?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: He knew that you were armed, is
that right?

THE DEFENDANT: That's right.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And in terms of any other sexual
acts performed by you upon Mr. Wetterling --

THE DEFENDANT: No. No, there was not.

MR. SCHLEICHER: So there was no penetration?

THE DEFENDANT: No penetration.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And no forced oral --

THE DEFENDANT: No.

MR. SCHLEICHER: -- sex?

THE DEFENDANT: No, there was not.

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. After you were
finished, you indicated that Mr. Wetterling said something?

THE DEFENDANT: He said, I'm cold. So I said,
Okay. You can get dressed, and I got dressed. On the
way I said --
Are you taking me home? I said I can't take you
all the way home. There is a lot -- you live a town or so
away.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What was his reaction to that?

THE DEFENDANT: He started to cry. I said, Don't
cry.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Now, before this point, sir, had
you noticed any law enforcement in the area?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes. On the way back to the car,
there was a patrol car that came down the road with no
siren with its lights, and it headed east on Paynesville.
I panicked. I pulled the revolver out of my pocket. It
was never loaded until that point.
I, I loaded it with two rounds. I told Jacob to
turn around, I had to go to the bathroom. He didn't know
what I was doing.

MR. SCHLEICHER: You told him that you had to go
to the bathroom?

THE DEFENDANT: I had to go to the bathroom. I
asked him to turn around.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Did he do so?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, he did.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And then what happened?

THE DEFENDANT: I, I, I raised the revolver to
his head. I turned my head. It clicked once because it
didn't line up, the first chamber.
I pulled, pulled the trigger again. It went off.
I looked back. He was still standing. He hadn't fallen.
I raised the revolver again and shot him again, and that's
when he fell to the ground.

MR. SCHLEICHER: After Jacob Wetterling fell to
the ground, at some point did you check and find that in
fact he was dead?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, he was. I did check.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Just for clarification, were you
under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of
this?

THE DEFENDANT: No, I was not.

MR. SCHLEICHER: So you were sober, correct?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. And all of your actions
that you took were voluntary of your own free will, is that
right?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. After you confirmed
that Jacob Wetterling was dead, what did you do?

THE DEFENDANT: I left him, and I went home.

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. Where specifically?
What --

THE DEFENDANT: Back to 121 Washburn Avenue, the
Plaza Apartments, downtown Paynesville.

MR. SCHLEICHER: How long did you remain at your
home?

THE DEFENDANT: I -- couple hours or so.

MR. SCHLEICHER: After a couple of hours passed,
did you return to the gravel pit area where Jacob
Wetterling was lying?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I did.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What did you do?

THE DEFENDANT: I dragged him off about 100 yards
off to the north of the site where I shot him.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What was your purpose in
returning to the site?

THE DEFENDANT: To bury him.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And for what reason?

THE DEFENDANT: To hide the body.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. And you said that you
dragged Jacob Wetterling's body from the place where you
shot him to about 100 yards off?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Can you describe the area,
please?

THE DEFENDANT: It would be to the north of the,
of the -- where I shot him. 100 yards to the north,
northwest -- northeast. Correction.
I brought a shovel with me, but it wasn't big
enough. So I figured, I remembered there was a
construction company next door. So I thought I would go
over there and see if I could find a shovel, or else it
would have taken me hours to dig the grave with a little
shovel.
When I got over there, I noticed there was a Gehl
or a Bobcat, and I'm familiar with operating one of those, and I remembered where they kept the key. I found the key,
and I started it up. I drove back to --
I turned the lights on to find out where I had
left him, and I found him, and I dug a grave with the
Bobcat at that site.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Can you, as best you recall,
tell us about what time that was that you would have --

THE DEFENDANT: It was after midnight.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And this was a fairly remote
area, is that right?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: After you dug the grave with the
Bobcat, what did you do?

THE DEFENDANT: I placed Jacob in the grave, and
then I covered it back up with the Bobcat.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. And was Jacob wearing all
of his clothing at the time.

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, he was.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And can you describe what you
recall clothing he was wearing?

THE DEFENDANT: His reflective vest, his red
jacket, blue sweat pants. Tennis shoes came off when I put
him into the grave, so I threw them -- I didn't bury them
with him in the grave.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay. After you covered Jacob's body back up with the Bobcat, you returned the Bobcat to
the construction site?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I did.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Did you then return to the site
to make any effort to conceal what you did?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I did. I camouflaged the
area with grass and brush. I -- oh, I should say I didn't
return with my car. I walked back to the scene then.

MR. SCHLEICHER: You had walked back to the scene
from your --

THE DEFENDANT: From my --

MR. SCHLEICHER: -- Paynesville --

THE DEFENDANT: From my apartment. That's
correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. And then after you
returned the Bobcat and camouflaged the site, did you walk
back home?

THE DEFENDANT: I walked back home and threw his
tennis shoes into a ravine about another 100 yards down the
road.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What was your purpose in
removing the shoes and throwing them --

THE DEFENDANT: I, I just noticed that I hadn't
buried them with him so --

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. And then you returned home?

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Mr. Heinrich, at some point
approximately a year later, did you return to the site
where you had buried Jacob Wetterling's body?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I did.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Could you please describe what
you saw when you drove by the site?

THE DEFENDANT: I didn't drive. I walked back
again. I walked back. It was late at night again,
probably around midnight, with a flashlight. I noticed --
I shined the area and noticed that the grave was partially
uncovered.
You could see his red jacket.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Above the ground?

THE DEFENDANT: Above the ground.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Did you see anything else in the
area that caught your attention that would have been by the
grave site? Vegetation or --

THE DEFENDANT: Nothing, none at that time --
well, yes, there was a tree growing in that -- excuse me.
There was a small tree growing in that area or a bush. I
don't know. A tree or a bush.

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. Did that cause you
concern, that you could see the jacket?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, it did.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What did you do?

THE DEFENDANT: I, I, I can't remember. I had a
bag with me, a garbage bag. I placed as many -- his
jacket, his bones, his skull into that bag to move. I
figure I've got to move it.

MR. SCHLEICHER: You had a shovel with you?

THE DEFENDANT: I had an army entrenching tool
with me.

MR. SCHLEICHER: So you dug up as many of the
remains as you could gather?

THE DEFENDANT: I never dug any. It was already
that uncovered.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Okay.

THE DEFENDANT: I never dug up anything. I
gathered up as much as I could and put it into the bag and
transported it across the highway there to his final
resting spot.

MR. SCHLEICHER: All right. You walked over
across the highway to a location of a rural farm in rural
Paynesville, is that right?

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Fairly close to the original
place where you had buried Jacob Wetterling the year
before?  

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: What did you do when you
transferred the remains to this farm property?

THE DEFENDANT: I found a spot. I dug a hole
with the trenching tool about two feet deep. I took his
jacket out of the bag.
I can't remember what other clothing. Just the
jacket I remember, and I put the bones in that hole and
then his jacket on top and covered it up and left.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Obviously you were arrested
sometime after the search warrant was executed at your
Annandale residence. So it would have been about 25 years
later.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, last week, you were
transported in custody by law enforcement to the site where
you had buried Jacob's remains for the second time, is that
right?

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And you were in custody the
entire time, is that correct?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: Handcuffed?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And secured.
You showed law enforcement the location of that second grave site as best you were able, is that right?

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And after you pointed out the
location of the grave site, you were transported in custody
away from the scene and were returned to jail, is that
right?

THE DEFENDANT: That's correct.

MR. SCHLEICHER: And is it fair to say that you
acted alone in the kidnap, sexual assault and murder of
Jacob Wetterling?

THE DEFENDANT: That is correct.