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Jesse Rugge
Born Jesse Taylor Rugge
(1979-11-10) November 10, 1979 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Residence California
Known for Involvement in the murder of Nicholas Markowitz.

Jesse Taylor Rugge (born November 10, 1979) is one of the former members of Jesse James Hollywood's gang that helped in the kidnap and murder of Nicholas Markowitz.[1][2]

His trial started in April 2002.[3] He was the get away driver when Nicholas was abducted, and was in charge of watching him during his kidnapping. He also tied Nicholas's hands together and put duct tape over his mouth right before his execution and helped Ryan Hoyt bury the body.[2] In September 2002 Rugge was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after seven years.[4] Rugge was incarcerated in Avenal State Prison for his part in Nicholas Markowitz's murder. His parole in 2006 was denied.[citation needed]

The mother of the victim, Susan Markowitz, started a petition to try to have Rugge's parole denied. However, on July 2nd, 2013, Jesse Rugge was granted parole, and he was released from prison on October 24th, 2013. [5]

In the film Alpha Dog he is portrayed as the character Frankie Ballenbacher by actor and musician Justin Timberlake. [2]


  1. ^ Scheeres, Julia. "Jesse James Hollywood, drug dealer orders murder and flees". Crime Library. Courtroom Television Network LLC. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Uehlinger, Tim (April 12, 2006). "The long hunt for Jesse James Hollywood". Dateline. Retrieved 2007-01-01. 
  3. ^ Guccione, Jean (Sep 25, 2002). "22-Year-Old Is Sentenced to Life in Teen's Kidnap-Slaying". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ Guccione, Jean (Sep 25, 2002). "Los Angeles; 22-Year-Old Gets Life in Valley Teen's Kidnap-Slaying". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ http://www.keyt.com/news/accomplice-in-markowitz-killing-to-go-free/22517056

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Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Independent
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:04:50 -0700

Jesse Rugge (pictured), convicted on charges of aggravated kidnapping in connection with the killing of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz 13 years ago, was released from Chino prison after serving 11 years of a life sentence. The state parole board voted ...

Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Independent
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:58:54 -0700

As members of the Santa Barbara community and beyond voice mixed reactions to the news that Jesse Rugge was granted parole and released from prison this week — Rugge was convicted of kidnapping in connection with the murder of Nicholas Markowitz ...

NBC Southern California

Radar Online
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:15:45 -0700

Susan Markowitz is stunned and outraged. One of the men convicted in the kidnaping murder of her teenage son, Nicholas, 13 years ago, is being paroled. Jesse Rugge, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the movie, Alpha Dog, is being paroled on ...

LA Magazine

LA Magazine
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:09:49 -0700

In the driver's seat was Jesse Rugge, a speedy center fielder from their baseball years. After his parents divorced, he split his time between his father's house in Santa Barbara and his mother's in West Hills. A high school dropout, he had a shaved ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:27:15 -0700

The Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday upheld a July decision to release 33-year-old Jesse Rugge, after Gov. Jerry Brown asked the board to reconsider. Parole board spokesman Bill Sessa said Rugge could be released on parole as early as next week.
The Santa Barbara Independent
Sun, 31 May 2009 20:28:46 -0700

Blackford explained that she met Hollywood, Hoyt, and convicted kidnapper Jesse Rugge one summer when they all began to hang out as a group in May 2000. Blackford also knew Nick Markowitz because she went to high school with him. When asked if ...

The Santa Barbara Independent

The Santa Barbara Independent
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 19:33:44 -0700

After years of having other people - from police and prosecutors to moviemakers, journalists, friends, and enemies - tell his story, Jesse James Hollywood took the witness stand on Monday afternoon to finally give his own account of the events ...

The Santa Barbara Independent

The Santa Barbara Independent
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 06:01:29 -0700

When Pressley met Markowitz at his friend Jesse Rugge's Santa Barbara home on August 6, 2000, nothing seemed unusual. Rugge introduced Markowitz as “a friend from L.A.,” and he was not bound or tied up in any way. After hanging out with Rugge's ...

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