WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – The young man who kidnapped and murdered Jessica Ridgeway told investigators what led up to the crimes in a police interview right after his arrest and CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger was able to view the video.
Austin Sigg was just sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for killing Ridgeway last year. She was abducted while walking to school.
In the video Sigg is calm and unemotional. In Sallinger’s video report that aired on CBS4 News, the most horrifying segments weren’t shown, but just portions of what a jury was to see and hear. That was until the defendant suddenly pleaded guilty just before his trial was to begin.
In the video Sigg is led into an interview room with two Westminster officers. Earlier at his home Sigg had already confessed to his mother, who called police.
“What did you tell your mom?” the investigator asked Sigg.
“That I murdered Jessica Ridgeway and that I was responsible for her abduction and her death,” Sigg replied.
He described the abduction of the young girl, throwing her into his car. He showed the marks on his hands left from trying to strangle Ridgeway with zip-ties, but failing.
Pictures of Sigg’s home were released that show where he took the young girl before strangling her.
“I would lie to her. I would tell l her everything was going to be okay and I would just lie to her,” Sigg said.
Sigg talked about the pornography later found on his computer. He said he was addicted and the violent images became darker and darker.
“I don’t feel like I’m the kind of person who would do this kind of thing,” yet he remarked.
But he did and also admitted attempting to kidnap a jogger at Ketner Lake.
Westminster police and Jefferson County prosecutors say it’s one of the most horrifying cases they have ever seen.
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