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Man with Criminal Past that Includes Gruesome Triple Murder Arrested in Waco for Harassment

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(KCEN) -- A man who has a criminal past that includes the triple murder of his family was arrested in Waco over the weekend for sending harassing email and text messages to three area women.

McLennan County deputies arrested Jovan Collier, 46, on Saturday on three charges of harassment by intentionally sending text messages and emails in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass or offend the recipient.

According to arrest affidavits , three women complained Collier was sending them unwanted electronic messages. All of the women in the affidavit stated they had received numerous unwanted texts from Collier and two women said they were in fear of him. Two women had ended a romantic relationship with Collier and wanted to end all communication with him. Collier had even tried to contact one of the women through her work email.

All of these complaints were made on June 30th.

But this isn’t the beginning of Collier’s criminal past… A past that not only includes serving time for stalking and harassing an ex-girlfriend… but a past that also includes the triple murder of his mother, father and younger brother.

McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon says last month the McLennan County Sheriff’s Dept. was notified Collier was in the area after his ex-fiancée had been watching a true crime show called, “I Dated a Psychopath.” The woman told authorities the episode detailed a case involving 14-year-old Peter Zimmer, who murdered his adoptive parents Hans and Sally Zimmer and his 10-year-old adopted brother, Perry, in May 1983 at their rural Wisconsin home.

The mother, 44, had been stabbed at least 15 times.

The brother was stabbed more than 20 times.

The father, 48, was shot five times when he returned home from work.

Collier’s ex-fiancée believed Collier and Peter Zimmer was the same person.   

Cawthon has confirmed they are.

Zimmer couldn’t be charged as an adult under Wisconsin law at the time.

He pleaded no contest, was found to be a delinquent and served four-years in a juvenile detention center.

Zimmer was released at age 18, changed his name to Jovan Anton Collier and with a trust fund from his dead parent’s estate moved across the country picking up occupations as a carpenter, contractor and construction supervisor.

Collier would run into the law again after he was arrested and jailed in Florida for aggravated stalking which also including sending an ex-girlfriend hundreds of emails and threatening presents in the mail.

He then made his way to Central Texas after serving 3 and a half years for the crime.

Collier's currently in the McLennan County Jail on a $150,000 bond for the current charges of harassment through electronic communication.

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