Nebraska judge opens access to killer's drawings; author unsure whether he'll use for book

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — The author of a book about serial killer John Joubert doesn't know yet whether he'll include in the next edition copies of two drawings made by Joubert, who killed two Nebraska boys and one in Maine.

On Thursday a judge ordered the Nebraska Correctional Services Department to release the two drawings by Joubert, whom Nebraska executed in 1996.

Mark Pettit, who lives in Atlanta, said Friday that he must first look at the drawings to ensure they're not too gruesome or disturbing to be included in the next edition of his book, "A Need to Kill: The True-Crime Account of John Joubert, Nebraska's Most Notorious Serial Child Killer."

Pettit says Joubert said they depicted his fantasies to kill again.

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