My brother killed my mother — and now I fear he’ll get out of prison soon

My brother killed my mother — and now I fear he’ll get out of prison soon


It was a balmy September night in 2007, and Amy Chesler called the house on her way home from work at an after-school program for middle-schoolers. The recent college grad lived with her mother, Hadas Winnick, and her troubled 25-year-old brother, Jesse, in Calabasas, the wealthy LA suburb where she had grown up, and found it odd when no one answered the landline at home. After all, Hadas was a math teacher who rarely went out on school nights and Jesse had earlier seemed anxious for 22-year-old Chesler to get home so they could watch the TV show “Quantum Leap.” 

So she rang Jesse’s cellphone. 

“Is everything OK?” she asked when he answered. 

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“Don’t come home,” he said tersely. 

Confused, Chesler tried the house phone again. And again and again. She dialed her brother twice more in a panic. 

“Mom’s not answering,” she said when he finally picked up. “Where is she?” 

Jesse’s response made her heart stop: “I

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