Rebekah Herzberg Interviewed on Snapped: Killer Couples - The Walter/Gregory Story



The motives behind Snapped culling me in to discuss this blood-curdling case extracts from an article I wrote about the grisly murder. Oxygen contacted me and they informed me that they were engrossed with the notion of composing a documentary that spotlights one of the most horrific homicides in Beaumont, Texas. It’s hard to fathom their crew skimming through my scant but essential article with aspirations to attain more information. That being said, there is insufficient public information accessible regarding this crime.

My main concern with this case was to help awareness and hopefully spark an interest in the public eye to help our fellow citizens to OPEN their eyes realize that this is a real problem. The city of Beaumont hears the word ‘stripper’ and they turn their heads. This city doesn’t care when erotic dancers go missing and this city barely blinks when these girls are brutally murdered which is odd to me since this is a music town with several night clubs and bars. Thankfully, Jennifer Walters and Christopher Gregory did not get away with this crime. However, Christopher got off lightly. He strangles the mother of his son in the next room.  He decapitates the mother of his son and cuts off one of her arms while their son is tucked away with zero recognition that he will never see his mother again. What a cruel lesson for this little boy to learn from his father. I unsuccessfully tried to find their son for comment on the pain he suffers from losing his mother at such a young age. I continue to keep him in my thoughts.




Jennifer Walter's Confession:
Lets get to Jennifer Walter’s confession that she gave to the police. I will scan my copies later. For now, I am going to point out the most meticulous excerpts from her eerie confession. “My name is Jennifer Walter, I am 22 years of age, my date of birth is 03-01-1977, and I presently reside at 3155 French Rd. #107, Beaumont, Texas. 


I have been living together with Christopher Gregory at the French Road Apartments since October 1999. Before that we lived together for a while at his mother’s house (Dena Gregory) in Nederland. I have been employed at Team Mates since April or May of 1999. I actually met Chris from Team Mates. He has been employed there about two years. I know that Chris and Kristy Robbins were once engaged to be married together, and actually had a child together named Chris Gregory Jr. who is 21 months old now. Kristy has custody of the child, but Chris gets to visit him on Tuesdays and Thursdays and each Saturday, but every Saturday he gets to keep him overnight. I have never personally met Kristy, nor does she know that I am in the picture with Chris, I know that Kristy was still in love with Chris for she wanted that big happy family. She often called our house and just wanted to come over and spend the night with him. She was just wanting to have sex with him.

On Saturday, October 30, 1999, Kristy kept calling our house late at night. On my caller ID at home (409-924-7734) I swear I saw three times on the caller ID of Kristy calling. (Note: Records show Christopher Gregory called Kristy first and in return Kristy called more than three times) Kristy called and wanted to come by and see him, so he told her she could. Chris gae me a bath towel (white with blue stripes) to wrap around her throat and kill her. Chris turned out all the lights in the apartment. I was standing just behind the corner from the front door and quickly wrapped the towel around her head area as she walked in. I did not have the strength to choke her. (Jennifer Walter notes in the confession on a later date that she never said that and asked why she would say that.) Chris instantly grabbed the towel and took her to the floor (Kristy being face down) and choked her until she was dead. When she hit the floor her nose may have broke and I guess that is where the blood came from because I did see some blood on the floor after Chris picked her up. As Chris was choking her I attempted to put my hand over her mouth to keep her from hollering out loud. She was able to holler, “What are you doing?” When I had my lefthand over her mouth she bit me on the top knuckle of my ring finger. I still have a scab there and I am willing to let you photograph it. She also bit me on my right leg." Below is a slide show of crime scene photos, police footage, and press.




Jennifer continues, "After she was dead, Chris just left her there on the floor and decided to drive to Wal-Mart  in his vehicle and buy an entire set of knives, Resolve, Lysol, Febreeze, and garbage bags. He already had some duct tape in the apartment. Chris told me to stay there and watch after Chris Jr. while he slept to make sure he did not wake up and find his mother like that. I want you to know I was freaking out and smoking heavily. I was also eating a lot of pills (Xanax) that I have as a prescription from Dr. Sprott II in Beaumont. I have been treated for severe anxiety and depression. 


Chris Jr. stayed sleeping the entire time. Chris returned from Wal-Mart and showed me that he had bought a set of knives. I disposed of the entire set that he had bought in a dumpster at the Days Inn Motel in Beaumont off Interstate 10; It was probably at 8a.m. Before I forget to remember, Chris and I crushed some Somas and mixed it with water. We then got a syringe he had (Chris took steroids) and Chris injected it into her right arm. Chris then carried her into the bathtub with the intentions of cutting her to pieces to bring her out to the car. After he cut her head off and her right arm off he said it was too much trouble. We then bagged her up in the big trash liners he had bought. 

Chris loaded the body in the rear of Kristy’s Explorer that I had backed up to the curb line in front of our door. I carried out the head in the other bag and set it in the rear of her Explorer with the rest of her body. We took the baby car seat out of Chris’s Toyota Camry and placed it in my vehicle. We both took a shower together either just after cutting her up or after loading her body. I got into my car and drove to the Texaco at Delaware and Eastex Freeway and I purchased with cash ($1.15 - Woah, gas was cheap then) and filled a Hawaiin Punch bottle with gas. I returned to the apartments. Chris loaded up the baby and followed me in my car as I drove Kristy’s Explorer to a location underneath the Neches River bridge (Now known as the Purple Heart Bridge) on Interstate 10. Chris began dowsing her body and the entire inside of this vehicle with gasoline. To ignite the fire I had saved a little of the gas and placed it in a Pine Sol bottle and stuffed a rag or paper towel in the opening, lit it and threw it into the rear of the Explorer and it began burning. When we got home I really don’t have much recollection because I was so messed up and pilled up. I cannot remember cleaning up. 


Chris told me if he was ever caught he would never admit to the murder. Some of the lies he was going to tell was that he and Kristy were having an affair. It was also Chris’s idea to cover the blood stain with Cranberry juice and pouring Lysol on the stain. I have been scared shitless since this happened. I have thought about taking my own life. This is going to hurt my family very much. I hate the thought of completely losing my kids. Chris really hated Kristy’s parents very much and wished this had happened to them instead.”

Jennifer Walter’s Reflects on the Murder:
That was Jennifer’s confession. Here’s a note I received regarding her feelings on this confession, “This is pretty accurate but it’s not written as I told it! It hardly even sounds like me! He changed shit around! It sounds like a robot in some places! Some shit I never even said! I was like what! I didn’t even remember reading this or signing it!”

Jennifer has seen a copy of Christopher Gregory’s pen-pal paragraphs, it makes her laugh while she is still sick to her stomach. She makes note that all he could do was carry on with his lies and complain that it was his 22 birthday and he ‘ended up with something in his body.’ Gregory told the police that Walters and a male figure drugged him on his birthday and killed Jennifer while he was asleep. Phone records and the testimonials given by Kristy Robbin’s friends and family paint a different picture. Evidence and witnesses show that Gregory cannot keep the story straight and his lies are obvious. His birthday was October 29th. One night before he murdered the mother of his child. However, Jennifer also contradicts her own stories. In her letters she says she didn’t kill nor touch Kristy Robbins yet in her confession she says she was the first to attempt strangulation and she offered to show marks on her hands and leg from Kristy biting her mid-strangulation. She also says she only knew Chris 3 1/2 months when he killed her.


Christopher Gregory's Pen-Pal Bio:
"I was on top of the world enjoying life, then got knocked down flat on my back. It was my 22nd birthday, something ended up in my body that I was not aware of. I eventually fell asleep and had a horrible dream. When my mother woke me up with a phone call, I realized that the previous night was no dream. I had been part of someone's death.... Upon my arrival in prison, my mind had been made up -- I will change. My devotion was to rehabilitation programs and anything to help me change and grow up.  Now I am destined to prove myself as a productive member of society.  Got a vision. Hope. Just waiting for the door to open. Looking for some friends who would like to be part of my trip to the promised land. Culture, race, color ethnicity does not matter. No discrimination! Ladies, how about some conversational companionship. Significance. A friend. Motivation. Someone to learn, value, and praise your personality. Recount your strengths and be sensitive to your weaknesses. Someone just to talk to.  I'm here and waiting. Let's go!"


Jennifer Walter’s life was far from perfect. She was far from ready for motherhood so she gave her children away to family members. Soon after she fell in love with Xanax and Crown Royal. Every day, Jennifer consumed these products with the hopes of falling asleep and never waking up - suicide. She so desperately wanted to die. Chris came into her life like a knight in shining armor, with hopes to get rid of Kristy. He even began planning her murder months before the events. A girlfriend of Jennifer’s was approached by Chris one night with a request to beat Kristy up in exchange for an 8-ball of cocaine. Jennifer took 10 Xanax, smoked Marijuana, and downed a bottle of Crown before her confession. As I stated on the show, there’s no way you can remember the events that transpire after that amount of drugs in your system.

Unfortunately, Jason Hughes was taken out of the episode. Jason grew up with Jennifer and shed some light on her character; "I've known Jennifer since the first grade. She was always a blast to hang out with. She was funny, and harmlessly wild in a fun way, as we most were. She, her cousin and I hung out a lot throughout elementary through Jr. High. In Jr. High, she would walk around school, sucking ketchup straight from the small lunch packages. When she moved, we went our separate ways. When I heard of the murder, I was shocked to hear that she had been involved. She was a very sweet, unique, charismatic person that I never would've thought could have committed such a heinous or brutal crime. I personally think she was brainwashed by love and controlled by his obsessive behavior. I was shocked and in disbelief when I found out that it was her who had done such a thing."

Christopher Gregory and Jennifer Walter remain behind bars but one day they will be released as they did not receive a life sentence which is completely shocking. Rest in peace Kristy Robbins.



 

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