Wooded Rapist hires new lawyer seeking to overturn convictions

The so-called “Wooded Rapist” was like a shadow – assaulting women and always one step ahead of the police.

The sexual predator terrorized much of Middle Tennessee for more than a decade before he was finally caught.

He appealed and lost, but Jason Burdick isn’t giving up trying to overturn his beliefs.

This attempt is different from his previous unsuccessful appeals, as this time it is for post-conviction relief. NewsChannel 5 has learned that his family has hired a new private attorney, and there may be new issues to discuss.

“I love. I give. I’m the first to come and rescue you in your car if it breaks down. I believe in giving back to the community,” Burdick said after his arrest in an exclusive interview with jail before trial.

If you were a woman in distress, Burdick would be the last person you would want to see, according to police.

“He’s a dangerous person. He’s someone who’s a predator,” former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said.

A serial rapist, Burdick terrorized Middle Tennessee from 1994 to 2008.

One of the first victims bit off a piece of flesh from his hand.

When Burdick later became a suspect, DNA linked him to the rape, which then linked him to other crimes in three counties – Davidson, Wilson and Williamson.


Jason Burdick’s DNA linked him to crimes in three Tennessee counties from 1994 to 2008

Burdick’s latest legal challenge solidifies his beliefs and will likely challenge everything from the quality of his legal representation to the decisions made by trial judges.

But the chances of success are low given the scientific evidence.

“It’s hard to show that your attorney was so ineffective that the outcome would have been different, especially with all that DNA evidence. It’s very hard to overturn convictions,” said Nick Leonardo, legal analyst for NewsChannel 5.

Motions challenging convictions in Davidson County alone fill a large file in the clerk’s office.

They will take time to be heard, but prosecutors and victims like Pat Young have said since his conviction that they want to make sure Burdick never gets out of jail.

“They take people’s souls to empower themselves, and that’s a deviance of human behavior. How do you feel about him? I think he’s a deviant subhuman,” Young said after sentencing. Burdick.

The bottom line: Burdick certainly has time to pursue those calls. He is 52 years old and is currently serving a 70-year sentence.

Burdick’s most recent appeal likely won’t be heard in criminal court until November.