"He is a sociopath with no feelings about anyone other than himself.”
Those are the words from the lead investigator in the George Burch intentional homicide conviction, Detective Sergeant Brian Slinger of the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday, Burch was convicted for killing VanderHeyden in May 2016.
Prosecutors say his motive was rape.
Investigators found Burch’s DNA all over her body and his cell phone GPS tracked him to the place she was last seen, the place of the murder and where the body and clothes were dumped.
"There's a lot more to Mr. Burch than he would lead everyone to believe,” Slinger told Action 2 News Friday. Slinger says evidence of murder led him to arrest Burch, who was polite, called him 'sir', but took an interest in Donald Trump but stayed silent about being a suspect for murder.
"It was kind of weird,” said Slinger, “because this was pre-election. So he was talking about Donald Trump, and how Donald Trump had messed up the state of Virginia buying all this real estate developments and whatever."
“I advised him that he was under arrest for or whatever and asked him if he wanted to talk. He did not at that time which, that's his right. But then he went right back into talking about Donald Trump again,” said Slinger. “I had just told him that he was under arrest for a homicide, and nothing changed."
Burch's lengthy record in Virginia includes charges of grand larceny and heroin possession.
“Most of them were drug related I believe. In 1998, he was arrested for first degree intentional homicide in the state of Virginia where he went to a jury trial and was ultimately acquitted."
The victim's sister of that 1998 Virginia murder was in court for the entire Burch trial. Slinger said she befriended VanderHeyden's family, hoping Burch wouldn't be acquitted twice.
Slinger says he hopes the families find peace knowing Burch is locked up.
“He is a sociopath with no feelings about anyone else other than himself. Listening to his jail phone calls,” Slinger said. "Clearly, he cared about one person, and that was himself."