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Serial peeper found dead in Roxboro home

Posted August 8, 2012

— A man whose crimes led to a rewrite of North Carolina laws on peeping committed suicide in his Person County home last month, authorities said Wednesday.

Deputies found the body of John Thomas Whitt Jr., 60, on July 25 when they went to his Virgilina Road home near Roxboro to check on him because relatives said they hadn't heard from him in a while, Sheriff Dewey Jones said. Whitt had been dead at least two weeks before he was found, the sheriff said.

Whitt was convicted of dozens of peeping offenses a decade ago. Prosecutors said he secretly videotaped students undressing in dormitories at North Carolina State University and two sorority houses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His case was among a handful of peeping convictions to prompt lawmakers in 2003 to make peeping with video a felony in North Carolina.

Whitt was arrested last fall and charged with peeping at Chapel Hill's annual Halloween festival, and he faced charges in a June peeping incident at a Chapel Hill apartment complex.


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  • bevmorgan56 Aug 8, 2012

    I do not condone John Whitt Jr.'s previous actions. Although, the simple fact that WRAL wrote, and published this article shows how low they will sink to generate "News". This man, while disgusting, does not need to be reported on posthumously in a negative manner. I don't care what he did in life. This report only further hurts those that care/cared for him, by reopening old wounds. Please report Actual news in the future instead of further disparaging this individual for his actions in life after death. I am disappointed by your actions on this matter because of it's obvious distasteful, and disrespectful nature.

  • djofraleigh Aug 8, 2012

    His crimes were not crimes of greed, but of ??? misguided sexual obsession. He did no physical injury and I wish he didn't feel the need to die and society had the power to help him. It's just so sad to live and die this way!

  • djofraleigh Aug 8, 2012

    What a sad little man! Couldn't mental health help him and even be forced on him after repeated convictions?

  • CarolinianByChoice Aug 8, 2012

    Does anyone else find it poetic justice that a guy who snuck around peeping at women died without anyone noticing him? - Relic

    No, I find it incredibly sad that this guy didn’t possess the self-control required to keep him from doing such sick things. Then he became a scourge of society who alienated everyone in his life - and ended up dying not only alone, but without anyone even noticing for weeks.

    Don't get me wrong, he had to be “not right in the head” to do those things and deserved the punishment he already received and would have received ; I have NO tolerance for his actions.

    It’s just sad when someone keeps screwing up and can’t get themself ”right” and ends up with no one caring about them.

  • AX MAN Aug 8, 2012

    I saw a cereal peeper in wal-mart looking into all the Kellog's boxes !

  • ifcdirector Aug 8, 2012

    I saw this guy's car one time and it had a pair of eyeballs on the front license plate! I am serious.

  • Keyboard cat Aug 8, 2012

    Does anyone else find it poetic justice that a guy who snuck around peeping at women died without anyone noticing him?

    Nope, but I find it ironic since everyone always noticed when he was peeping, hence his arrest record.

  • puzzled Aug 8, 2012

    I bet puzzled thinks the police planted the blood on OJ's truck. Yes, the police take things so personally they would disregard evidence to show something else. I am sure puzzled had never worked in law enforcement.
    August 8, 2012 12:51 p.m.
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    Nope, never worked in law enforcement. Don't take everything at face value either. I am a thinker. I am sure murders go out as suicide. Think person, think. Oh, and all law enforcement personnel are not honest either. Read the news.

  • Thought Criminal WS Aug 8, 2012

    "Someone murdered this man. Keyboard cat"

    My thoughts exactly. There's a few more "bad apples" that should fall from the tree of life un-noticed and we won't cry for them.

  • Relic Aug 8, 2012

    Does anyone else find it poetic justice that a guy who snuck around peeping at women died without anyone noticing him?