The convicted felon who is believed to have switched out his own sperm in at least one artifical insemination procedure boasted of fathering several children despite never having any with his own wife, KUTV-TV reported on Friday.
Jean Lippert, whose husband Thomas died in 1999, told KUTV that he “was proud of the fact he had these kids out there,” and that she felt trapped throughout their 20-year marriage.
“If I would have left he would have killed me, he threatened my life every day,” she said to KUTV. “I didn’t stay out of the goodness of my heart.”
Lippert spent two years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges in connection with kidnapping one woman and attempting to kidnap two others as part of a plan to subject his victims to electroshock therapy in an effort to force them to fall in love with him.
A genealogy exam conducted by another family revealed that Thomas’ sperm was used to father another woman’s daughter. The woman, identified as “Paula,” told KUTV she met Thomas Lippert while he was working at Reproductive Medical Technologies, Inc. (RMTI) as her family went through the in-vitro fertilization process, and remembered that he had photos of several children at his work station. The facility shut down in 1998.
She has since set up a website for families wishing to make sure they were not similarly fooled. The University of Utah, a former affiliate of RMTI’s, has also offered to provide free genetic testing for families who were treated there between 1988 and 1994.
Jean Lippert also told KUTV that the news of her husband’s death in a care center did not sadden her.
“I was sleeping the phone rang and they said your husband died,” she recalled. “I said ‘OK,’ went back to sleep. It was the best sleep I ever had.”
Watch KUTV’s interview with Jean Lippert, as aired on Friday, below.