In September 2017, I shared a story on Patreon about Temple University student Jenna Burleigh. Jenna was a transfer student from suburban Philadelphia. She’d just started her junior year at temple in North Philadelphia, majoring in film and media arts studies, commuting from her home in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. The semester had barely begun when Jenna was reported missing by her father on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Temple University campus police, Philadelphia police and the Pennsylvania state police worked quickly and within days they’d found Jenna Burleigh in north east Pennsylvania. She’d been murdered. Police identified a person of interest who was quickly arrested and charged with Jenna’s murder: a man named Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple University Student with a criminal record that went back to his teenage years, although nothing in that record came close to murder.
In January 2019, Joshua Hupperterz was tried for Jenna’s murder and within less than two hours after the case was handed over to a jury, he was found guilty of murdering 22 year old Jenna Burleigh on the morning of August 31, 2017.
This episode includes background about Jenna’s life and her murder from the 2017 Patreon episode, plus case updates about the trial of Joshua Hupperterz.
Research sources for this episode include:
- Temple News
- The Tab
- The Philadelphia Daily News
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- Philadelphia NBC 10
- Philadelphia ABC 6
- Philadelphia CBS 3
- Court Transcripts
- Criminal Records Search
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