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First Known Victim Of 'Wooded Rapist' Speaks Out

There are 65 comments on the NewsChannel5.com Nashville story from May 2, 2008, titled First Known Victim Of 'Wooded Rapist' Speaks Out. In it, NewsChannel5.com Nashville reports that:

After 14 years, police arrested Robert Jason Burdick, the so-called "Wooded Rapist," who police said terrorized and raped several women.

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Nolensville, TN

#1 May 2, 2008
Jason Burdick was a Correctional Officer for the State of Tennessee in the late 90's. He worked at Riverbend Maximum Security Instution.
clarksville

United States

#2 May 3, 2008
jason as he was known in high school was no saint. He may have been popular and even considered a "nice" guy by many, I know for a fact he beat at least one girlfriend and she took him to court and he was sent to TPS. He had also been in trouble for vandalism. Maybe these were the warning signs that were missed.
shirleyvielma

Franklin, KY

#3 May 3, 2008
he shouold never get out people should not going around raping people they need to hang him
oldfriend

Smyrna, TN

#4 May 3, 2008
Clarksville- Jason was not sent to TPS he was sent to Spencer a much harsher place. I went to high shcool with him too. Let me tell you bad things went on at CHS. Just to clearify a few things on the vandalism. Jason went back and did MORE vandalism after 2 of his friends did vandalism at the school. It was an effort on his part to try and get them out of trouble. It was stupid plan but an example of the kinda friend he was. I also know the girlfriend you speak of and talked with Jason about her a few years ago. The way he talked she was the one he never got over. I saw the 1st victim on the news and wondered if there was link. (I mean in his mind.) Rape is about power over someone else. His life probably did take a turn after going to Spencer. I am not blaming her for the cores his life has taken. I just wonder what triggered him. I wonder so many things because the guy I knew was very kind and good natured. He was just as sweet when I saw him a few years ago. I have been reading the news and all the comments and I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering why would he do something like this. I could not be more shocked.
Conserned Parent

Nashville, TN

#5 May 3, 2008
This makes me so MADDDDDDDDDDD My family was just @ the nashville Zoo Like 2 weekends ago with our 3 small children. IDO NOT WANT MY CHILDREN AROUND CREPS LIKE THAT HE SHOULD ROT IN JAIL
just candid

Nashville, TN

#6 May 4, 2008
I do not think all rapes are about power over someone, or violence against someone. Think about this: If you do not like someone, why would you even go through the motions, or carry out the act of sex? If I do not like someone, I sure as hell will not carry out any sexual acts with them.
old girlfriend

United States

#7 May 4, 2008
I've sat back and watched the news like everyone else in disbelief. I'm the girlfriend your talking about and as I grew up and chalked it up to growing pains,but I can't believe for one minute that what happened 20 years ago had anything to do with Jason becoming a rapist.Jason obviously needed help and no one saw it. I truly hate this for his family and my thoughts and prayers are with them , I know them and they,re good people. I know they love their son.BUT no one is to blame except for Jason. May God Have Mercy On HIM. A.
another old friend

Chatsworth, GA

#8 May 4, 2008
i remember this whole situation too. A. I don't necessarily think that that whole incident caused anything. I don't think that "oldfriend" intended to blame you if that is the way you are taking it. But something did happen. It had to. Yes, Jason needs to be responsible and he will be held responsible but this is not someone that you would expect something like this from. I don't know if something happened in Spencer or afterwards or if this was deep in his mind back then, but I am TOTALLY SHOCKED.. I too will pray that God gives his family some kind of peace and strength through this...As for Jason, I hope that God will help him realize how wrong and evil what he has done to these women is. I know people are on here writing to hang him and things, but he will have the rest of his life to set in prison and pay for what he has done or maybe even a worse outcome. Hopefully he will repent to God and atleast save his soul.
a personal friend

Knoxville, TN

#9 May 4, 2008
I have known Jason for a few years. We met through our jobs and I have worked with him closely and been out socially with him many times both alone and in crowds. I did not date him but we were,I thought, close friends. I along with all our other friends, his business partner and every one else that he was close to was absolutely crushed and shocked by this news. The Jason I knew was kind and sweet and a great guy that would do anything for anyone. In fact if I had been a victim of these attacks, Jason would have been one of the few male friends I have that I would have counted on to help me get through it. I never EVER would have thought this possible from him. God bless everyone he hurt. I am praying for all the victims. I also pray for Jason and everyone who loved him. I had no idea that everything he appeared to be was false! I feel as if I lost my best friend.
curious

Nashville, TN

#10 May 4, 2008
shirleyvielma wrote:
he shouold never get out people should not going around raping people they need to hang him
Men get raped everyday in our kangaroo courts. Look at divorce court. Men really get raped there.
Intrigued

Norcross, GA

#11 May 5, 2008
a personal friend wrote:
I have known Jason for a few years. We met through our jobs and I have worked with him closely and been out socially with him many times both alone and in crowds. I did not date him but we were,I thought, close friends. I along with all our other friends, his business partner and every one else that he was close to was absolutely crushed and shocked by this news. The Jason I knew was kind and sweet and a great guy that would do anything for anyone. In fact if I had been a victim of these attacks, Jason would have been one of the few male friends I have that I would have counted on to help me get through it. I never EVER would have thought this possible from him. God bless everyone he hurt. I am praying for all the victims. I also pray for Jason and everyone who loved him. I had no idea that everything he appeared to be was false! I feel as if I lost my best friend.
I know his business partner. He seemed like a really nice guy. How is he and do you think he will be ok eventually?
WAKE UP

Mcminnville, TN

#12 May 5, 2008
Ok, so far I've heard all about how Jason was such a "nice guy", "a good friend", and how everybody that knew him is so shocked. Then "it starts" the typical trying to justify it or put the blame on someone other than JASON. How he was adopted, a troubled teen, how somebdy missed the warning signs and may god have mercey on him... blah blah blah. Wake up people! DNA connects him to at least 6 of the rapes... Over 14 YEARS! This guy enjoyed doing what he did and should pay Immensely for his Despicable acts. What about all the faimlies he hurt during his long-time past time hobby? And then trying to change the it around with "men get rapped everyday in the courts" thats a whole differant subject. Maybe while he's locked up he'll be able to experience first hand how it feels to be on the other side of rap. Don't sugar coat what this man has done. It's about time he's off the streets!
Intrigued

Norcross, GA

#13 May 5, 2008
WAKE UP wrote:
Ok, so far I've heard all about how Jason was such a "nice guy", "a good friend", and how everybody that knew him is so shocked. Then "it starts" the typical trying to justify it or put the blame on someone other than JASON. How he was adopted, a troubled teen, how somebdy missed the warning signs and may god have mercey on him... blah blah blah. Wake up people! DNA connects him to at least 6 of the rapes... Over 14 YEARS! This guy enjoyed doing what he did and should pay Immensely for his Despicable acts. What about all the faimlies he hurt during his long-time past time hobby? And then trying to change the it around with "men get rapped everyday in the courts" thats a whole differant subject. Maybe while he's locked up he'll be able to experience first hand how it feels to be on the other side of rap. Don't sugar coat what this man has done. It's about time he's off the streets!
You're right!
oldfriend

Smyrna, TN

#14 May 5, 2008
old girlfriend wrote:
I've sat back and watched the news like everyone else in disbelief. I'm the girlfriend your talking about and as I grew up and chalked it up to growing pains,but I can't believe for one minute that what happened 20 years ago had anything to do with Jason becoming a rapist.Jason obviously needed help and no one saw it. I truly hate this for his family and my thoughts and prayers are with them , I know them and they,re good people. I know they love their son.BUT no one is to blame except for Jason. May God Have Mercy On HIM. A.
I am sorry. I think you are maybe the only one who saw this side of him when we were young. I am glad you stood up for yourself and did not allow him to get away with it. I just wonder if that was a prelude to what was to come. The vandalism thing was another example of the sneaky stuff he was coming up with at 15yrs old. I also know of a number of times he rode his bike to somebody's house in the night. The things we do and the things that happen to us turn us into the people we are. I am sure you are just as shocked as everyone else and I am sorry my speculation hurt you in anyway. I normally would feel like hang him high, he is a beast. It's different when it's somebody who seemed so normal.
a personal friend

Knoxville, TN

#15 May 5, 2008
Intrigued wrote:
<quoted text>I know his business partner. He seemed like a really nice guy. How is he and do you think he will be ok eventually?
I hope so. The partner is shocked like the rest of us. Please say prayers for him as he is an innocent victim as well. He is a nice guy and deserves better than this. WB Technologies is ruined because of Jason.
Someone who knew him

Saint Louis, MO

#16 May 5, 2008
If investigators look closely enough, they will also discover that he had a troubled younger past. He was involved in destroying Clarksville High School's gym when he attended there....records are most likely sealed because he was under 18 but he also hurt other girls during that time too....
Someone who knew him

Saint Louis, MO

#17 May 5, 2008
while he was dating that "girlfriend"....I know personally.
just candid

Nashville, TN

#18 May 6, 2008
WAKE UP wrote:
Ok, so far I've heard all about how Jason was such a "nice guy", "a good friend", and how everybody that knew him is so shocked. Then "it starts" the typical trying to justify it or put the blame on someone other than JASON. How he was adopted, a troubled teen, how somebdy missed the warning signs and may god have mercey on him... blah blah blah. Wake up people! DNA connects him to at least 6 of the rapes... Over 14 YEARS! This guy enjoyed doing what he did and should pay Immensely for his Despicable acts. What about all the faimlies he hurt during his long-time past time hobby? And then trying to change the it around with "men get rapped everyday in the courts" thats a whole differant subject. Maybe while he's locked up he'll be able to experience first hand how it feels to be on the other side of rap. Don't sugar coat what this man has done. It's about time he's off the streets!
You must be one of those male bashing male hating feminazi vigilantes who eat stories like this up, while seeking to generalize all men as rapists, murders, thieves and, anyother crime/wrong any human being can do. You might consider seeking professional help for your issues with men. Btw, I was raped as a child by my foster father and I do not see all men as criminals who need to be sadistically tortured and killed just because of what happened to me.
current friend

United States

#19 May 6, 2008
I realize that the things Jason is accused of are horrible and that he needs to be punished for whatever he has done to hurt other people. At this point, I realize that the evidence of his guilt is overwhelming. I pray every day for Jason's soul, because all I ever saw from him was kindness, so I guess I was lucky.
But what I ask from everyone as a long time friend (13 years) of Jason's is that you take the time to think of how you would feel if someone YOU loved turned out to be someone accused of such terrible things and how you would feel. I can tell you from this experience that I have gone through emotions like grief, anger, depression and mostly a burning desire to know what went so wrong in his life that he felt he had to do these things.
Most of all, I am having to face the realization that someone who has been incredibly sweet to me and my family and the friends he held close, has also apparently got a very dark violent side that we knew nothing about and will most likely spend the rest of his life in jail for what he has apparently done.
I ask that you remember that the rape victims are not the only ones suffering now. We, his family and friends, are hurting just as much as anyone, especially hearing people call someone we care about a monster and saying they want to see him dead or worse.
As this situation shows, it can happen to anyone's family, so please keep that in mind.
I pray for his business partner, who has been hit the hardest by this scandal. We are doing whatever we can to help him emotionally, but the nature of their business makes a scandal like this devastating.
I pray for the victims and hope that this brings forth some measure of healing when Jason is punished for his crimes.
And most of all I pray for the people who are sitting in judgement of someone they have never met that this never happens to someone you love so you can avoid the pain that we are all going through right now.
Reply to Just Candid

United States

#20 May 6, 2008
Just Candid said:
just candid wrote:
I do not think all rapes are about power over someone, or violence against someone. Think about this: If you do not like someone, why would you even go through the motions, or carry out the act of sex? If I do not like someone, I sure as hell will not carry out any sexual acts with them.
With all due respect, you are missing the point entirely. Unwanted sex is the deepest of all violations, and a rapist knows it. Rapists don't only rape with their sexual organs - sometimes they rape with objects. Rape is an act of selfishness and hatred against another. If you liked someone even a tiny tiny bit, you wouldn't force sex on them. Think of it like this: If you liked someone just a smidge, would you intentionally, knowingly, brutally, shatter their world and their sense of safety? By the way, plenty of people who say they "love" someone, rape them. Because they have no idea what "love" really is.

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