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The following criminal court, civil court, and other cases, in which the WatchTower religion served as the spiritual element of the perpetrators' and/or other actor's formative environment, or otherwise served as one of the major influencers of the perpetrators' and/or other actor's behavior, are often tragic, and speak for themselves. Court cases involving Jehovah's Witness Criminals who have been convicted of FINANCIAL CRIMES, including stealing money from their fellow Jehovah's Witnesses and others, are summarized on our JW EMPLOYEES website. Click here for an additional 12 packed webpages of $$$ FINANCIAL $$$ court cases.
The WatchTower Society has proclaimed in its AWAKE! magazine that Jehovah's Witnesses are "the best oriented, happiest, and most content group of people on the face of the earth. They get along better with each other than do people of any other religion, tribe, or social group. [Jehovah's Witnesses] have the least need for psychiatrists."
Tellingly, a former Jehovah's Witness Convert who eventually spent 8 years as a Jehovah's Witness Elder, including serving as the Presiding Overseer of one Massachusetts congregation, reveals that during his short tenure at that single Massachusetts congregation, that that congregation's Body Of Elders had had to deal with four Jehovah's Witness Couples who were engaging in wife-swapping, five incidents of Jehovah's Witnesses physically assaulting others -- including use of weapons, one case of drugs being sold at the Kingdom Hall, and a variety of miscellaneous domestic abuse cases, thefts, sexual abuse cases, etc.
"FEUDING JEHOVAH'S WITNESS NEIGHBORS"
A Tipster reports that in April 2016, two Jehovah's Witness neighbors have started "feuding". What makes this spat particularly interesting is the HYPOCRISY exercised against an elderly, infirmed JW Widow by her neighbor, who is a multiple-times divorced JW Male Contractor. (To keep this story from getting too confusing, we will give this JW Male the moniker, "Harreschou".) Harreschou not only has been married multiple times, but he also has repeatedly relocated long distances across the United States. Harreschou has lived in a west coast state, an east coast state, and even an in-between southern border state. Harreschou's current "position" status in his latest Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses is unknown, but Harreschou has served as both a Ministerial Servant and an Elder in his previous congregations.
These two feuding Jehovah's Witness Neighbors currently own the last two adjacent houses on the same side of a deadend street. No houses are located across the street from either JW home. These JWs live in a small town where there is no zoning, and where there are few if any laws regulating the use of private property. JW Widow, who is now in her mid 70s, has lived in her home for over 40 years. Harreschou and his now "former" JW Wife purchased the home adjacent to JW Widow about 7-8 years ago. Although only Non-JWs, including white-trash renters, had previously lived in that house for as long as JW Widow had lived next door, shortly after the Harreschous moved next door to JW Widow, JW Widow had a privacy fence constructed at her expense -- reportedly because Harreschou earns his living as a miscellaneous building contractor, and Harreschou's ancillary construction business activities on his small 60x100 residential lot was aggravating JW Widow.
Significant to this latest spat is the fact that since Harreschou owns the last house on the street, and since there are no houses located across from him, Harreschou apparently "believes" that he also owns the city street in front of his house. Harreschou regularly leaves parked in the street two or more of his three vehicles, and he occasionally even parks in the street a large trailer containing construction materials and/or construction debris.
Recently, Elderly JW Widow's 19 year-old grandson moved in with his grandmother. Grandson likes cars, and owns two. In the last few days, Grandson purchased a late model car body salvaged from a "totaled" vehicle -- from which Grandson intends to salvage some auto body panels. The delivering rollback wrecker was unable to unload the "shell" (no drivetrain) in JW Widow's yard, so as the only option, that "shell" was unloaded sitting half on the street in front of JW Widow's lot, and sitting half on the easement between the street and JW Widow's lot. The unloading operation took 30 minutes or longer. Afterwards, after all the MEN had left, chicken-crap Harreschou came outside into the street and began complaining that the "shell" was blocking the street and blocking his mailbox. Harreschou threatened JW Widow's newly-arrived-to-visit JW Sister (latter 70s) that if JW Widow did not have the "shell" moved pronto, "I'm going to call the State Police ... ."
Interestingly, the HYPOCRITE Harreschou has his own mailbox erected -- not in front of his own property -- but in front of JW Widow's property, because if Harreschou's mailbox was located in front of his own house, it would be blocked by his own three vehicles and trailer -- most of which he regularly parks out in the middle of the street.
TYPICAL Jehovah's Witnesses HYPOCRITES. Two sets of weights and measures. One set for themselves. One set for all others.
Tipster further reports that another Jehovah's Witness Elder and his family -- whom we will give the moniker, "THE CURRS" -- recently purchased one of the two corner lots/homes at the entrance to this same deadend street. Elder Curr constructed a new privacy fence beside/behind his new home -- with the side which runs alongside the city street being constructed 4-5 feet beyond his property line onto the adjacent city street easement -- so as to make his tiny backyard larger. Now, drivers making a righthand turn into that deadend street must slow nearly to a stop to make certain that no other cars are coming, nor are there children bicycling or playing in the street. One homeowner has proclaimed that the first time that this "illegal" fence causes them to have an "accident", or even "incident", there is going to be a JW Elder named as a co-party in any resulting civil lawsuit -- not to mention that that JW Elder is first going to get the CRAP kicked out of himself.
It is no wonder that younger Elder Curr thinks as he does given that he was reared in the corner lot home across the street, where his own JW Elder Father Curr, who ran an HVAC business, had constructed a single lane parking area which ran half the length of his property line, which was ENTIRELY half on the city street and half on the city easement. NONE of that JW Elder Curr's parking area was even on that JW Elder's own property. This entire situation has for decades created a traffic hazard given that same-side traffic approaching the 90 degree curve at JW Elder Curr's home must swing into the oncoming lane whenever JW Elder has one or more of his cargo vans, passenger vans, autos, etc. parked in the "illegal" parking area. Even neighborhood pedestrians are endangered since there are no sidewalks -- especially the children living in the houses across the street.
COLORADO v. RALPH LEROY CANDELARIO was a 2014-16 Colorado FIRST DEGREE MURDER prosecution in which Jehovah's Witness Minister Ralph L. Candelario, age 52, of Walsenburg, Colorado, was convicted of brutally murdering his "cheating" second wife of less than five years, Pamela Kay Candelario, age 48, in January 2014. Candelario staged a supposed two day-long home invasion as cover for this murder. Ralph Candelario was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Ralph Candelario's first estranged Jehovah's Witness Wife, Dena A. Candelario, then age 36, went missing in August 2004 from her Pueblo, Colorado home, and has not been seen since. The JW Couple had separated in January 2004, and both Jehovah's Witnesses began "dating" other people even though they were not divorced. Ralph Candelario began "dating" a former JW girlfriend named Dana Franklin, and Dena Candelario disappeared soon thereafter. In 2010, Ralph Candelario began "dating" a second "separated-but-still-married" JW female named Pamela Palmer, whose daughter, Shannon Palmer, was "dating" one of Ralph and Dena Candelario's two sons -- Aaron Candelario. (Certainly sounds like there is a whole lot of "dating" going on in the Colorado JW community, where all the JW Elders must be deaf, dumb, and blind. All of these JW "daters" must have been reporting 10 hours of field service every month. In the JW Cult community, "dating" is only a "sin" if you are reporting an insufficent amount of field service. A JW simply can report 10 hours of field service every month, and then they can discreetly "date" whomever they like, so long as that second JW being "dated" is also reporting 10 hours of field service every month.)
Many believe that Ralph Candelario murdered Dena Candelario, and that his getting away with that first murder emboldened him to commit the second murder. DATELINE NBC did an entire hour on this WatchTower Cult soap opera in April 2016. The DATELINE NBC website has much more info that was provided to them by Aaron Candelario and his very attractive, well-spoken, now ex-wife, Shannon Palmer.
COLORADO v. JUNE LENORE CANDELARIO was a 2006-07 Colorado criminal court case in which Ralph Leroy Candelario's then 61 year-old widowed mother, June L.Candelario, of Commerce City, Colorado, pled guilty to only one count of felony "Conspiracy to commit Child Abuse" and unknown counts of misdemeanor child abuse charges, rather than go to trial on all the charges for which she had been indicted -- one count of felony "Kidnapping - second degree", one count of felony "Attempt to Commit Child Abuse resulting in Serious Bodily Injury", and 37 misdemeanor counts of child abuse.
June Candelario was arrested in May 2006 after her then 13 year-old grandson, Nathan Woehlert/Candelario/Joiner -- over whom June Candelario had had physical custody since 2001/02, and eventually adopted -- finally told schoolmates (one of whom told his mother, who called authorities) that for approximately THREE YEARS (apparently after Candelario's husband/babysitter died in June 2002) that his GrandMother had been locking him in a 46 inch x 30 inch x 35 inch plastic dog kennel four evenings per week when she went to work at the Jefferson County Jail from 4:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. Not only could the pre-teen boy (64 inches tall, 110 lbs) barely move, if at all -- squashed into the fetal position inside the small dog kennel -- but he was not given any food or water, plus if he had to relieve himself, he had to live with the consequences until his GrandMother arrived home. (Nathan gained 40 pounds during the 12 months in state foster care following June Candelario's arrest.)
In an EXTREMELY GENEROUS PLEA DEAL offered to June Candelario by the Adams County District Attorney Donald Qwick, June Candelario was sentenced to a minimal three years in prison, with one year probation thereafter. Interestingly, June Candelario had been employed with the Colorado State Patrol for less than one year back in 1989, and had worked as a "Pretrial Service Officer", during the 1990s and early 2000s. At the time she committed these heinous crimes, June Candelario was employed with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office as an "Inmate Counselor" at the Jefferson County Jail.
UNITED STATES v. JOSEPH ANDREW DERUSSE was a 2015 Kansas federal KIDNAPPING prosecution. In January 2015, a Hispanic Jehovah's Witness minister -- publicly alleged to have been a former WATCHTOWER BETHELITE and then current Ministerial Servant -- named Joseph A. DeRusse, age 24, of Austin, Texas, decided to woo his ex-girlfriend, whom had broken up with him three weeks previously, by abducting her at gunpoint, handcuffing her, and blindfolding her, and then taking her to a bed & breakfast in Kansas. Texas police tracked whackjob using the GPS on the victim's cellphone. Newton, Kansas Police were notified, and they pulled Joseph Derusse's auto over out on I-135. The victim told police that whackjob had removed the handcuffs and blindfold as soon as they had left Texas. The firearm turned out to be a BB pistol modified to look like a real handgun. Whackjob apparently had reservations for three weeks at a Kansas B&B, where he hoped to woo the victim into marrying him. He even brought along an engagement ring. Joseph Andrew DeRusse was convicted of federal KIDNAPPING in November 2015, and designated as a "Violent Offender". Sentence unknown.
TEXAS v. JOSEPH HENRY DERUSSE (1975-79) and TEXAS v. JIMENEZ ELSA DERUSSE (1975-77) were related MURDER prosecutions of the Jehovah's Witness Parents of the above Joseph Andrew DeRusse. Elsa DeRusse, then age 22, pleaded guilty to the charge of "Injury To a Child" in exchange for a sentence of 20 years in prison. Joe Henry DeRusse, then age 26, went to trial using the INSANITY DEFENSE, but was convicted of MURDER, and received a 26 year prison sentence. Both convictions were affirmed on appeal.
Joe and Elsa DeRusse then had three children -- a one year-old daughter named Jennifer DeRusse, a 25 month-old son named Joe Henry DeRusse, Jr., and a 5 year-old son from Elsa's previous marriage, named Fred X. On the first Saturday morning in OCTOBER 1975 -- which was then the latest date that the WatchTower Cult had predicted for Armageddon, after their 25 month-old son would (could) not get out of bed and get ready for FIELD SERVICE, Joe DeRusse "only spanked him lightly with my hand". When Joe DeRusse later discovered that his son was not breathing, Joe DeRusse first telephoned one of the "Elders" at their local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, before Joe DeRusse and Elsa DeRusse then drove their "unresponsive" 25 month-old son to the ER at the Robstown Riverside Hospital. The infant Joe Henry DeRusse Jr. was DOA.
Attending nurses later testified that the child's corpse looked as if it had been run over by a car. The Medical Examiner testified that the child had been severely beaten to death -- with at least 75% of the child's body area covered with bruising that extended from the top of the head to the tops of the feet -- and that the infant died of internal bleeding. The DeRusses admitted to police that they had been regularly beating their 25 month-old son with their hands, belts, a wooden paddle, and electrical cords, for the past two years.
These JW Parents believed that their 25 month-old son son was DEMONIZED, and that DEMONS were the cause of the young child's abnormal misbehaving. The torturous physical abuse heaped onto the 25 month-old child was seen as being directed at the DEMON and the bad behavior instigated by the DEMON. This DELUSION apparently was well known to the DeRusse's fellow Jehovah's Witnesses, and particularly the Congregation Elders, and apparently, nothing was done to discourage that delusion nor the resulting physical abuse. One psychiatrist testified that Joe DeRusse had told him that he previously had burned the soles of his son's feet with matches; that both DeRusse and his wife previously had poured jalapeno pepper juice in the boy's mouth and eyes; and that on the night that the child died, he had been left tied to a door so that he could not raid the refrigerator -- a habit which his JW Parents had been trying to break.
Joe and Elsa DeRusse had two more sons after Elsa was paroled -- Jesse Gabriel DeRusse around 1984, and Joseph Andrew DeRusse around 1990. Joe H. DeRusse possibly committed suicide in 2002.
OHIO v. TYLER JOHN ECCARD. In January 2014, Tyler J. Eccard, age 20, of Mount Orab, Ohio, was arrested on charges of domestic violence. Outcome unknown.
TRAGIC DEATH OF MARIAH ANN SHOEMAKER AND INJURY OF THREE INNOCENTS. In October 2013, the Black River Falls, Wisconsin Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses granted the privilege of a "double-funeral" to "exemplary" Jehovah's Witnesses, 16 year-old Mariah Shoemaker, and her divorced 38 year-old Jehovah's Witness Father, Scott Wallace Shoemaker, son of Ronald Shoemaker and Mary Jean Shoemaker, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
On Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2013, just after 4:00 P.M., Scott W. Shoemaker, blew through a STOP sign just outside Hudson, Wisconsin, and was T-boned by a minivan driven by Jason Edwards. Fortunately, the innocent Edwards received only minor injuries, but lost his vehicle to Scott Shoemaker's negligence. While Scott Shoemaker's 14 year-old son, Brock Shoemaker, received non-life threatening injuries, Shoemaker's 16 year-old daughter, Mariah Shoemaker, and 12 year-old daughter, Nicole Shoemaker, both received serious life-threatening injuries. Scott Shoemaker was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.
Typically, some media reported/insinuated that 16 year-old Mariah Shoemaker died at the scene of the accident, or soon thereafter, while other media eventually reported "the truth" that Mariah Shoemaker, whom had been wearing a seatbelt, actually had survived the accident, but had died two days later at Children's Hospital, in St. Paul, Minnesota, after being transferred there from Regions Hospital. Hmmmm??? Blood transfusions refused??? The official "cause" of Mariah's death -- injuries received as a result of the accident -- was not reported until two days later -- October 23, 2013.
CROWN v. DEREK ROSS and CROWN v. DEREK ROSS were related 2005 and 2016 British criminal prosecutions of a "committed Jehovah’s Witness who [takes] his faith seriously", who not surprisingly does not like police officers. In 2005, Derek Ross was convicted of "wounding" one or more police officers, and was sentenced to 39 months in prison.
On an evening in January 2016, police were summoned to the Ross home in South Elmsall by Ross's stepson, who reported that Derek Ross was intoxicated and threatening the safety of his mother. There, a male and female police officer negotiated with Derek Ross for him to temporarily leave the family home for the night, when Ross erupted and attacked the two officers. Ross repeatedly punched the female police officer in the face until she was unconscious. Ross then struck the male police officer over the head with a glass bottle, which Ross then broke and attempted to use as a slashing weapon. After being bitten and having his eyes gouged by Ross, the male police officer and requested reinforcements finally managed to control Ross. At the scene, and later at the jail, Derek Ross continued to spit blood at the officers and threaten to kill them.
If Derek Ross had attacked and had beaten two American police officers in the same ways that he attacked these two English police officers, who were armed with nothing but the typical nightstick, there would not have been any judicial proceedings to further discuss. However, in the more LIBERAL and more civilized Great Britain, Derek Ross was treated more like a victim than a perpetrator.
In February 2016, Ross cut a deal with the local Prosecutor, who has the fine English name of MEHRAN NASSIRI, and pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of assaulting a constable, and two counts of criminal damage, in exchange for the typically British sentence of a mere 9 months in jail. The Leeds Crown Court Judge practically apologized to Derek Ross for what that judge apparently thought was a particularly harsh sentence. Apparently, LIBERAL English Judges and Prosecutors are competing with LIBERAL Canadian and Australian judges and prosecutors to see who can give violent Jehovah's Witnesses Criminals the lightest sentences. See Aussie case below as well as our British, Canadian, and Aussie child molestation case summaries. You have to be a FOOL to believe that what this world needs is more LIBERALS and more LIBERAL thinking. You also have to be a FOOL to believe that what Europe, North America, and Australia needs is more Muslim immigrants and more modern Islamic philosophy incorporated into our European-based societies.
Quebec v. Herménégilde Gagnon was an alleged criminal complaint filed around 2006 by a then Jehovah's Witness named Madeleine Guillemette, which alleged sexual assault against a "Herménégilde Gagnon". The complainant -- possibly later disfellowshipped, but seeking reinstatement -- was subsequently inappropriately contacted by a female attorney associated with Jehovah's Witnesses -- possibly at the "suggestion" of a JW Elder -- who attempted to convince Madeleine Guillemette to drop her complaint. That female attorney was subsequently "quietly" disciplined by the Quebec Bar Association for that improper contact with Madeleine Guillemette. Does anyone have ANY INFO whatsoever about anything mentioned above???
QUEENSLAND v. DAMON FRANK CALANCA (1992) and QUEENSLAND v. DAMON FRANK CALANCA (1993-94) were two Australia criminal court cases which aptly demonstate what can happen when IDIOT LIBERAL PROSECUTORS and JUDGES fall for the DECEPTION and LIES put forth by FIRST-TIME CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS who have been reared as DEVOUT JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES. In these particular instances, Damon F. Calanca, of Innisfail, Queensland, Australia, had been reared by "strict Jehovah's Witness" parents -- thus, the victims and other actors also may have been associates of the WatchTower Cult.
In December 1991, when he was 24 years-old, Damon F. Calanca TWICE attempted to MURDER a romantic rival named Paul Mellick. Under the guise of wanting to talk to his former girlfriend's new boyfriend about that former girlfriend's welfare, Calanca persuaded the new boyfriend -- Paul Mellick -- to get into Calanca's car. Calanca then drove to a secluded area where he stopped to "talk" with Mellick. At some point, Mellick and Calanca exited Calanca's vehicle -- probably after Calanca pulled out a knife and began "to clean his toenails". When Mellick attempted to re-entered Calanca's vehicle so that Calanca could take him home, Calanca stabbed Paul Mellick in the back. Mellick managed to wrestle the knife away from Calanca, and attempted to flee. Calanca then attempted to run over Mellick with his automobile.
After Paul Mellick reported the TWO MURDER ATTEMPTS to police, Damon Calanca told police that his "discussion" with Paul Mellick simply had been motivated by his sincere concern for the welfare of his old girlfriend, and that the stabbing simply had been an unplanned and unfortunate result of that heated conversation. Calanca further claimed that he had not attempted to hit Paul Mellick with his vehicle, but rather had been following after Mellick simply in order to take Mellick home.
The police did NOT buy into Damon Calanca's excuses. However, the local idiot Prosecutor did. After being informed that Damon Calanca had been reared as a "strict Jehovah's Witness", whom had had no previous serious run-ins with the law, the idiot Prosecutor offered Calanca a plea bargain which Calanca accepted -- to plead "Guilty" to one count of "unlawful wounding" and one count of "dangerous driving". The Prosecutor further recommended to the Judge that Calanca should NOT serve prison nor jail time. The idiot JUDGE also swallowed Calanca's story hook, line, and sinker -- sentencing Damon Calanca merely to two years PROBATION and 200 hours of community service. Unbelievably, even after the Prosecutor's bosses decided to appeal the sentence after protest from the victim, his family, and the general public, the Queensland Court of Appeal upheld the ridiculous conviction and sentence.
Only a few months later, in January 1993, Damon Calanca successfully MURDERED Gabriel Meyer, who was the 17 year-old brother of Fawn Meyer, who was either that same former girlfriend, or another former girlfriend, who had recently returned to her native United States to live. Calanca apparently was hoping that Fawn Meyer would return to Australia for the funeral, which would give Calanca another opportunity to reconcile with Fawn. Using the same modus operandi as he had done with Paul Mellick, Damon Calanca lured his victim to an isolated location where Calanca gave Meyer a drink of Sustagen which had been laced with 14 or more Vicks cold capsules and Maxalon anti-vomiting tablets. Calanca then suffocated Meyer by placing a plastic bag over his head. Calanca buried Gabriel Meyer's corpse in a shallow grave.
When questioned by police, after first deceiving them as to where and how Meyer died, Calanca eventually claimed that he had killed Gabriel Meyer because Meyer had made a homosexual advance towards him. In 1994, Damon Calanca was convicted by a jury of murder, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. However, under Aussie law, Calanca has been eligible for parole since 2006, but has been denied multiple times. However, because of Calanca's "typically" excellent prison record, Calanca has been permitted to participate in the Aussie Work Release program.
GHANA v. EFFORT DANKWA is an ongoing 2015-16 ATTEMPTED MURDER prosecution of a Jehovah's Witness Husband named Effort Dankwa. Effort and Benita Dankwa are fellow Jehovah's Witnesses who met at the Tema Community 11 Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2006. The couple dated for five years, and then were married in 2011. Although the couple were not attempting to have children, Benita became pregnant in early 2015. In August 2015, when Benita was seven months pregnant, she woke up one morning feeling strange and paralyzed. Benita had to persuade Effort to call a taxi to take her to a maternity center. There, it was discovered that Benita had been gunshot, and that the bullet had passed all the way through her chest. Benita had to be sent to a larger hospital, where it was discovered that she was permanently paralyzed because the bullet had struck her spinal column. The newborn had to be delivered by caesarian section in mid-September. In September 2015, police learned that that Effort Dankwa had been carrying on an extra-marital affair for five months. Effort Dankwa was not formally charged until January 2016. Outcome pending
SOUTH AUSTRALIA v. BRETT DARREN MARDON was a 2012-15 Australia criminal court case which received much international attention. However, the circumstances of the Jehovah's Witness Perpetrator have not always been presented accurately, and the prominent status of the family of Jehovah's Witness victims has been ignored.
First, the "poisoning" victims were a family of Jehovah's Witnesses living in Stirling, South Australia, named Ben Anthonysz, then age 45, his wife, Karen Griggs Anthonysz, then age 39, and their three children (ages 4, 9, and 10 in April 2011). Karen Griggs Anthonysz is the daughter of South Australia's one-time most prominent Jehovah's Witness Elder, Eric John Griggs, who was a prominent real estate developer who eventually had legal problems within his business dealings with the WatchTower Society. Despite such, daughter and son-in-law Ben Anthonysz maintained their relationship with the WatchTower Society, with Ben Anthonysz serving as a longtime Elder at the Crafers Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. (For additional details regarding the business dealings of Eric John Griggs and his family, including son-in-law Ben Anthonysz and daughter Karen Griggs Anthonysz, see court cases, ERIC JOHN GRIGGS v. AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES COMMISSION and DAVID JOHN GRIGGS v. AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES COMMISSION.)
Second, the perpetrator, Brett D. Mardon and his family had begun associating with Jehovah's Witnesses when he was 17 years-old, while they lived in Whyalla. Brett Mardon was thereafter baptized at the age of 19. Brett Mardon eventually married a fellow Jehovah's Witness. Years later, in 2010, the Mardons began experiencing marital issues, and Brett Mardon eventually committed adultery. After suffering self-condemnation for six months with thoughts of moral uncleanness and dishonesty, Mardon first confessed to his wife, and thereafter to an Elder at the Crafers Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Routinely, the Crafer Body of Elders formed a "judicial committee" of three JW Elders to handle the matter -- one of whom was Ben Anthonysz. Self-confession of a secret sin is generally interpreted as evidence of the sinner's required remorse and repentance, with the sinner thereafter merely being sanctioned by the "judicial committee", and only "publicly reproved" before the congregation. Instead, Ben Anthonysz and the two other members of the "judicial committee" decided that Brett Mardon would be "disfellowshipped" (excommunicated) out of the congregation, and "shunned", thus causing Mardon the loss of his entire social structure.
Initially a great shock to the life of this loyal Jehovah's Witness, Brett Mardon came to accept the committee's decision as part of the price that he had to pay for his having "sinned". Brett Mardon committed himself to attending every Kingdom Hall meeting so as to prove his remorse and repentence, and thereby eventually being "reinstated" as a member of the Crafers congregation. For more than a year, Brett Mardon suffered in silence through the shame of being "shunned" by his former congregants at those Kingdom Hall meetings. However, both the typical "six months" and apparently even "12 months" passed without the Elders at the Crafers Kingdom Hall believing that Brett Mardon was worthy of reinstatement. Brett Mardon formally petitioned for "reinstatement" three times, but each time his request was denied. Mardon not only suffered the loss of friends and family, and the resulting depression, but Mardon even specifically avoided forming new social relationships with non-JWs so as prove his seriousness about rejoining the local Jehovah's Witness community. At the same time, Brett Mardon also attempted to mend his relationship with his wife. Mardon wanted to relocate to a new area where they could start over, but every time that he convinced his wife of such, Mardon's wife would discuss the relocation with the Crafer Body of Elders, and they would convince her otherwise. Gradually, Mardon's wife turned against him, and eventually divorced him in 2012.
Despite Brett Mardon's multiple and persistant attempts to make things right with his wife and his congregation, every effort he made to do things right was marginalized or blocked by the Crafers Body of Elders. Brett Mardon eventually came to believe that JW Elder Ben Anthonysz was intent on destroying his life, and that Ben Anthonysz was his main enemy. Mardon became obsessed with Ben Anthonysz and also came to believe that Ben Anthonysz was stealing money from the congregation. Beginning in March 2011, in hopes of catching Ben Anthonysz in his own "secret sin" -- for which Ben Anthonysz might also be "disfellowshipped" -- Mardon used his knowledge of the fact that the Anthonyszs often left a key to their home in one of the home's doors to repeatedly enter the Anthonysz's home to search for "evidence" against Ben Anthonysz. Apparently unsuccessful, Brett Mardon's mental condition apparently deteriorated to the point that beginning in August 2011, Mardon began to put small amounts of glyphosate -- a type of weed killer -- into the milk, juice, and other drink containers inside the Anthonysz’s refrigerator whenever he secretly searched their home. Mardon did so three or more times before he was caught by a hidden video camera set up by the suspecting Anthonysz family, who had repeatedly detected the foul tasting liquid in their drinks.
In May 2015, Brett Darren Mardon, now age 47, was tried and convicted on 2 counts of theft, 3 counts of serious criminal trespass in a place of residence, and 3 counts of attempted create risk of harm. Mardon was sentenced to a 35 months maximum prison term.
BEN ANTHONYSZ, KAREN ANTHONYSZ, ET AL v. BRETT DARREN MARDON is a June 2015 civil lawsuit filed by the Anthonysz family against Brett Mardon seeking $100,000.00 damages due to the anguish and fear of not knowing the eventual consequences of possibly having ingested small amounts of weed killer placed in their foodstuffs by Mardon. Pending.
WASHINGTON v. JOSEPH McENROE. In March 2015, Joe McEnroe was convicted of six-counts of aggravated first-degree murder for shooting and killing his girlfriend's parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson, age 60s; his girlfriend's brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Erica Anderson, age 30s; and that couple’s children, Olivia Anderson, age 5, and Nathan Anderson, age 3. The murders occurred in 2007 at the rural Carnation, Washington home of Wayne and Judy Anderson as the family gathered to celebrate Christmas Eve. Joe McEnroe and his girlfriend, Michele Anderson, both then age 29, were angry at her parents and brother over perceived "financial" slights. Although the four adults were each shot multiple times to put them down, they and the two children were finished execution-style with a shot to the head. This pair of NUTS met each other through an online dating service around 2001/2. Joseph McEnroe disclosed his past connections with the Jehovah's Witnesses during the penalty phase of the trial.
Michael Lee Stevens, age 39, of Morehead, Kentucky, died at home in August 2015 of a "suspected" drug overdose. Michael Stevens received a "funeral home funeral" conducted by an "out-of-town" Jehovah's Witness Elder from the nearby Olive Hill Kentucky Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, named Markus Giese.
KENTUCKY v. MICHAEL LEE STEVENS was a JUNE 2015 arrest for PUBLIC INTOXICATION - DRUGS.
KENTUCKY v. MICHAEL LEE STEVENS was a NOVEMBER 2014 arrest for PUBLIC INTOXICATION and DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
KENTUCKY v. MICHAEL LEE STEVENS was a APRIL 2013 arrest for DUI, NO INSURANCE, and LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT.
Michael Lee Stevens was the only child of Marty Wheeler Stevens and Lois Ann Stevens, who all owned LYING LEE'S USED CARS, which had two sales locations in Morehead, Kentucky and Ashland, Kentucky. The Ashland location of LYING LEE'S was managed by a "brother" of Lois Stevens, named Darrell Wayne CONN, who allegedly at that time was an Elder/MS at the Olive Hill Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
In July 2013, dozens of law enforcement officers with the FBI, IRS, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police, and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, plus private agents of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), armed with search warrants, swarmed two residential and three business properties owned or occupied by Marty Stevens and Lois Stevens, and their son, Michael Stevens. Business records, miscellaneous personal property, and several alleged stolen or improperly documented vehicles were confiscated from the two LYING LEE'S USED CARS sales lots. Outcome unknown.
KENTUCKY v. MARTY W. STEVENS. Marty W. Stevens, then age 57, of Morehead, Kentucky, had previously been arrested and indicted in 2012 and earlier in 2013 on charges of Theft by Deception -- Over $10,000.00 and Receiving Stolen Property -- Over $10,000.00. Outcome unknown.
KENTUCKY v. DARRELL WAYNE CONN. Darrell W. Conn, then age 49, of Olive Hill, Kentucky, was arrested at the Ashland LYING LEE'S sales location on the day of the raid for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm, and Darrell Conn was formally charged with RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY -- FIREARM. Outcome unknown.
KENTUCKY v. DENIVET C. GAMBALIE. In June 2014, an African-Italian Jehovah's Witness named Denivet Gambalie, age 27, of Nancy, Kentucky, who is an employee of her Jehovah's Witness Family's accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation business in Somerset, Kentucky, named Fast Tax, Inc. (according to their webpage, Denivet is their "Notary Republic"), was arrested by the Kentucky State Police on charges of (1) No Operators License - Moped, (2) Careless Driving, and (3) DUI. The MARRIED JW FEMALE was arrested at 3:09 AM on a Thursday morning -- reportedly driving a MOPED. There was another arrest in November 2014 on a "First Offense" DUI charge which may have related to the original June 2014 incident, or possibly was a second incident if the first DUI charge had been dropped. Outcomes unknown.
ONTARIO v. MICHAEL SMITH was a 2009-14 Canada Jehovah's Witness MURDER case. While multiple media articles indicate that the victim, Eugena Slade Smith, had been reared as a Jehovah's Witness, and was an active Jehovah's Witness during her marriage to her husband, Michael Smith, the religious status of Michael Smith is curiously not mentioned by anyone -- not the media, not the victim's JW Family, not Michael's family, not other friends and relatives who commented publicly after the murder. If Michael Smith had NOT been a Jehovah's Witness, then all the Jehovah's Witnesses who talked publicly about this MURDER would have repeatedly made that point to the media that Michael was not a JW. The absence of such denials is telling. Additionally, there are multiple pieces of this puzzle which point to Michael Smith being a Jehovah's Witness, including the fact that Michael Smith was continuously in communication with multiple members of his wife's Jehovah's Witness family during their separation. (Michael even telephoned Eugena's Aunt after the murder to tell her that he wished that "he had been stronger".) If CRAZY Michael Smith had not been a JW, then Eugena Smith's JW Family would have been happy that Eugena was divorcing Michael, and they would have done nothing to encourage Michael or to help him sustain the broken marriage. Thus, we believe with plenty of evidence that the convicted MURDERER Michael Smith was also a Jehovah's Witness.
Eugena Artemise Slade was born in Ontario, Canada in 1974 to a large family with ten children. Probably originally Catholics, the Slade family at some point converted to the WatchTower Cult. Michael Smith is the son of Joseph Smith and Sadie Smith, also of Ontario, Canada. Eugena and Michael first met in 1998, but typical of JWs, did not marry until 2000, when Eugena was 26 years-old, and Michael was 28 years-old. A daughter, Jaydn Smith, was born in 2003. After purchasing their first home in St. Thomas, Ontario, in 2006, the marriage quickly began to fall apart. Rightly or wrongly, Michael genuinely believed that Eugena was carrying on an extramarital affair with one of his former co-workers -- Tim Veal. In January 2007, Eugena asked Michael to move out, which he did. However, only six weeks later, Eugena requested that Michael move back home. In March, Eugena again asked Michael to leave, which he again did. Although Michael slept elsewhere, the unemployed Michael Smith spent much time at the family's home helping with Jaydn and household chores.
On June 3, 2007, Eugena informed Michael that she wanted a legal separation. On June 7, at 2:32 AM, Eugena sent Michael a FACEBOOK message to a fake account that Eugena knew to be Michael letting Michael know that the marriage was over. Michael read that message at 4:25 AM and went straight to the family home and let himself inside. There, Eugena and Jaydn were sleeping together in Eugena's bed. Michael likely attempted to have sex with Eugena, who refused. Michael then STRANGLED Eugena to death while Jaydn slept next to her. Michael likely forced sex on Eugena either before, during, or after her death. At some point, Michael woke up Jaydn, dressed and fed her, and then took her to his parents' home. Michael Smith then returned to the family's home where he again raped Eugena's corpse. In all, the evidence seemed to indicate that Michael Smith raped Eugena Smith orally, anally, and vaginally before, during, and after her death. Afterwards, Michael Smith made a fake attempt at suicide -- downing several bottles of non-narcotic cough syrup, while leaving the bottles which did contain codeine -- which all made Smith sleepy. Police found Michael asleep in the bed with Eugena's corpse at 6:40 AM -- after Michael had telephoned in his "suicide". The ER exam disclosed no overdose of any medicine.
After his arrest, in 2008, Michael Smith spent two months at an Ottawa psychiatric hospital, where he claimed to not remember murdering Eugena Smith. Michael did however admit obsession with pornography and having sexual fantasies that included rape and other violence, including strangulation and choking. At the 2009 trial, Deanna Mizon, a Jehovah's Witness friend of both Eugena and Michael, testified that Michael had told her in June 2007 that the couple's separation was due to his obsession with pornography. A co-worker of Eugena's testified that Eugena had complained to her that Michael expected her to perform like porn actresses performed.
A 5-week long trial took place in Spring 2009, and Michael Smith was quickly found guilty of first degree murder by a jury. Smith was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years. On appeal, both the conviction and sentence have been upheld.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA v. PETER OLOMBOL was a September 2014 criminal court case which involved a 52 year-old Jehovah's Witness male who physically attacked one of his male relatives at their common home in Mendi, in April 2011, after the victim refused to immediately pay back an overdue loan. The victim's arm was broken and his head injured. Olombol pleaded guilty and received a suspended one year sentence, plus restitution.
We are including this documented court case here because the COBE/Presiding Overseer of the Mendi Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, named James Wena Kolip, provided character testimony for Olombol, stating that he had known Olombol for four years as a "faithful, dedicated and good person within our congregation and community". INTERESTINGLY, the court record also states that Peter Olombol "has two wives".
BRITISH COLUMBIA v. BENJAMIN JAMES McBEATH is an ongoing Canadian criminal case involving Benjamin J. McBeath, who was reared as one of Jehovah's Witnesses by adoptive JW Parents whom McBeath states treated him very well. Ben McBeath pursued higher education and became a Certified Management Accountant. McBeath's career peaked when he became the Chief of Finances at Matsqui Penitentiary.
Unfortunately, Benjamin James McBeath's life has went astray in other areas. McBeath met his future wife in 1998, and they married in 2001, when McBeath was about 24 years-old. Jacob McBeath was born in 2007. There were problems throughout the marriage which resulted from McBeath's drug use, numerous infidelities, and his violent and controlling treatment of his wife, whom McBeath physically and emotionally abused. In August 2011, Wife and three year-old Jacob moved out of the family home after McBeath punched her two or three times. Later that same month, McBeath assaulted her again, and she pressed charges. McBeath received a two month jail sentence. In September 2011, McBeath broke into his wife's home, vandalized property, and when wife arrived home unexpectedly, he assaulted her and abducted Jacob.
Benjamin J. McBeath was eventually arrested, and in December 2011, he pled guilty to abduction of a child under 16, assault causing bodily harm, and being unlawfully in a dwelling house. In May 2012, Mcbeath was sentenced to 38 months in prison. McBeath was paroled in March 2013. On appeal, McBeath's sentence was reduced in July 2014.
BRITISH COLUMBIA v. BENJAMIN JAMES McBEATH (1999) and BRITISH COLUMBIA v. BENJAMIN JAMES McBEATH (2009). Ben McBeath was convicted for assault with a weapon in 1999. In 2009, McBeath was charged with criminal harassment, uttering threats, and assault, arising out of an incident where he threatened a woman with whom he was having an extra-marital affair, and her boyfriend. The charges were dropped, and McBeath entered into a peace bond.
ALBERTA v. TREVOR DAVID BOBOCEL was a 2011-14 Canadian MURDER prosecution of Trevor D. Bobocel, who was reared as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in an extended JW Family in Alberta. Tevor Bobocel had a low IQ, and had mental health issues dating back to around 1999, but he refused to acknowledge such, and refused medication and treatment. Bobocel was more recently diagnosed with a delusional disorder of mixed type, primarily persecutorial and jealousy.
Trevor Bobocel and his common-law wife of fifteen years had five children. Since 2007, or previous, the marriage had gradually fallen apart, and the wife was in the process of leaving Bobocel. In March 2011, Trevor Bobocel, then 39 years-old, killed his wife at their home in Wandering River, Alberta. Bobocel murdered her by hitting her in the head with a hammer three times while she slept. Trevor David Bobocel pled guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Bobocel must serve a minimum of 15 years before he will be eligible for parole.
VIRGINIA v. DAVID HERNANDEZ SHUMAKER is an ongoing 2013-14 Virginia criminal court case which involves a 28 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister named David H. Shumaker, of Rochelle, Virginia. The ALLEGED victim is an unidentified, recently divorced 38 year old Jehovah's Witness female who attends the same Culpepper Virginia Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
On the morning of December 17, 2013, David Shumaker borrowed a "friend's" car to drive to the Richardson Elementary School, in Culpepper, where he waited for the victim to bring her children. While the victim was inside the school, Shumaker donned a ski mask and hid inside the victim's van. When the victim entered her van, Shumaker threatened her with a knife, and told her to drive away. However, the victim escaped from her van and ran inside the school building. Leaving the knife and mask behind, Shumaker ran after the victim inside the school. There, school officials locked Shumaker inside an office and called 9-1-1 as he attempted to explain that the whole matter was nothing but sexual "role-playing".
David H. Shumaker allegedly told police that he and the 38 year-old Jehovah's Witness Divorcee had had a previous sexual relationship, and that he had simply been attempting to fulfill one of her "rape fantasies". The victim denied such, and alleged that Shumaker had been "stalking" her, and that he had even once been found inside her home. Interestingly, media reports indicate that the victim has written letters to Shumaker during his incarceration. In February 2014, David Shumaker was indicted on three felony charges -- abduction with the intent to defile, carjacking, and wearing a mask in public. It will be interesting to see if this case ever sees the light of a courtroom. Something tells me that the prosecutor is going to find that his principal witness is less and less cooperative.
NAMIBIA v. SELMA NAMBI was a 2014 criminal court case. After denying the crime for five months, while allowing others to be accused of such, in July 2014, a female Jehovah's Witness named Selma Nambi, age 21, admitted that she had stolen $4000.00 USD from fellow Jehovah's Witness Nadia Lourdes Manuel Da Silva, with whom she lived. Having pled guilty and made partial restitution, she was handslapped with a fine and no jailtime. Selma Nambi used the stolen money to pay for tuition, books, etc. at the Polytechnic of Nambia.
TERRY JOHNSON - DONALD JOHNSON MURDER-SUICIDE. In January 2014, Terry Johnson, age 58, of Berea, Ohio, walked into the MetroHealth Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was being treated for mental health issues on a then out-patient basis, pulled a handgun, and fatally shot herself in the head. Several hours later, security guards found Donald Johnson, age 61, dead inside a vehicle parked in the Medical Center's parking garage. He too had been fatally shot in the head. Reportedly, the Johnsons had separated about two years previous after filing bankruptcy, but had remained married, and had recently discussed re-uniting. Online observers report that the Johnsons were Jehovah's Witnesses.
COLORADO v. ISABELLA YUN MI GUZMAN was the 2013-14 Colorado capital MURDER prosecution of 18 year-old Isabella Guzman, who is believed to have been reared by Jehovah's Witness parents and possibly JW stepfather. Robert Guzman and his Korean wife, Yun Mi Guzman, divorced around 1999 when Isabella was only 4 years-old. Only a year later, Yun Mi Guzman remarried to a eight years younger Ryan Paul Hoy (former Bethelite???). Isabella went to live with Robert Guzman and his presumably new wife when she was 7 years-old. It is unclear exactly when Isabella returned to live with the Hoys, but as Isabella grew older, her relationship with her Mother became strained and eventually contentious.
On a Monday in late August 2013, Isabella broke up with her boyfriend, and Isabella ended up chasing him off with a golf club when he attempted to retrieve some property from the Hoy's home. The next day, Isabella and her Mother got into an argument of unknown topic during which Isabella spit in her face. Yun Mi Hoy, age 48, who interestingly must have been in the habit of sleeping separately from her husband, asked Ryan P. Hoy, age 40, to sleep in her locked bedroom that Tuesday night because she was afraid of Isabella. When she awoke on Wednesday morning, she had a threatening email on her telephone from Isabella. When Yun Mi arrived home from her Portrait Studio business on Wednesday afternoon, Isabella again threatened her Mother, who then called the Aurora, Colorado Police to the house at 5:02 P.M.. The police talked to all the parties and left thinking that the situation had been de-escalated. Yun Mi Hoy then telephoned her ex-husband, Isabella's father, Robert Guzman, who came over around 7:00 P.M. and counseled Isabella about "teenage rebelliousness" and her need to respect her elders.
"I went to talk to her because her mother was worried and wanted me to talk to Isabella. So, I went to talk to Isabella and we sat down in the backyard looking at the trees and the animals and I started to talk to her about the respect that people should have for their parents. And I was trying to let her know that she should be obedient to her parents, not rebellious, that she should try to listen more and everything was going fine. ... In the conversation, I thought that I made progress, but obviously it didn't do nothing, because hours later, this thing happened. ... Isabella is a good kid. She's good hearted. But I don't know what could've happened -- honestly -- to provoke this kind of reaction."
Isabella stayed in her room for the rest of the evening. Yun Mi Hoy then returned to her photography business until she again arrived home around 9:30 P.M. Around 10:00 P.M., Yun Mi Hoy went upstairs to take a shower before going to bed. While in the shower, Isabella slipped into the bathroom and attacked her Mother with a baseball bat. After Yun Mi went down, Isabella pulled a knife and stabbed her more than 150 times, plus cut her throat. Isabella was finally interrupted by Ryan Hoy who came upstairs to see what was the commotion. Curiously, Isabella did not attempt to hurt Ryan Hoy, and Ryan Hoy did not attempt to stop the escaping Isabella. Isabella left the Hoy home and spent the night in her car at a nearby parking garage, where she was apprehended the next day.
In June 2014, after months of psychological evaluations, the Prosecutor asked the Colorado court to accept Isabella Guzman's plea of "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity", and to confine her in the State Hospital for treatment until she is no longer a threat to herself or society, when further court hearings will decide her further fate. During Isabella Guzman's evaluations, she was found to be hallucinating and talking to persons not present. Isabella Guzman was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
DENNIS PERRY - LUCY PERRY MURDER-SUICIDE. In July 2013, 64 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister, Dennis Joseph Perry Sr., of Suffolk, Virginia, first shot his 67 year-old wife, Lucy Celenia Perry, and thereafter shot himself. The murder-suicide occurred about a week after the couple returned home from attending the annual WatchTower Society District Convention.
FLORIDA v. JONATHAN ROWLES is an ongoing 2010-13 Florida juvenile manslaughter case. Sometime prior to 9:15 AM on a Sunday morning in August 2010, 13 year-old Jonathan Rowles shot his JW Mother, Kelly Ann Rowles, age 39, in the back of her head using one of his father's, Christopher Rowles', rifles. Jonathan Rowles initially told responding Collier County deputy sheriffs that an "intruder" had shot his mother while he watched television in another room of their Naples condominium, but quickly admitted that such was a lie when investigators began to realize that Rowles' assertions and the physical evidence did not match up with Rowles' "intruder" story.
Rowles then claimed that he had "accidentally" shot his JW Mother after he took a .22 caliber rifle from his father's gun cabinet, fully loaded it, and then began horsing around and taking aim at various objects in the condo, including aiming toward the back of his mother's head and "accidentally" pulling the trigger. Responding deputies later described Jonathan Rowles as being "fairly calm" and "relatively composed" at the scene. Rowles chatted with deputies about video games, school, and things he had recently done with his JW Mother.
In February 2013, after multiple hearings and a January trial, Jonathan Rowles was found "delinquent" -- the juvenile equivalent of "guilty" -- on a single charge of manslaughter. The Judge found that Rowles did NOT intentionally shoot his mother, but that Rowles' recklessness and negligence did meet the legal standard of manslaughter. The Judge ruled that Rowles be sent to a moderate-risk juvenile justice facility for at least six months, where Rowles will receive intensive mental health therapy.
Jonathan Rowles reportedly had struggled in school -- particularly with his reading skills. The tall and stocky Rowles had also recently been moved to an "alternative school" after several incidents of "bullying" and fighting. During all of his court hearings and the trial, Jonathan Rowles was supported by attending Jehovah's Witness Family and friends. Several of those family members and fellow Jehovah's Witnesses sent letters of support for Rowles to the Judge -- calling Jonathan Rowles a "gentle giant" on a spiritual path.
FLORIDA v. CHRISTOPHER DALE ROWLES was a 2012-13 CHILD MOLESTATION prosecution of 43 year-old Christopher D. Rowles, of Naples, Florida., whose 13 year-old son, Jonathan Rowles, had shot and killed their JW Wife/Mother back in August 2010. In March 2012, Chris Rowles, was arrested and jailed on charges of sexually molesting an unidentified girl (believed to be his daughter or step-daughter) repeatedly while she slept when she was 14 years-old to 17 years-old. Rowles confessed such to police. In June 2013, Rowles was convicted of one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim 12 to 15 years old, and was sentenced to an unknown term in state prison.
ANOTHER OREGON JW MURDER - SUICIDE -- WITH A TWIST ERRR TRYST. On Monday, Memorial Day 2013, at around 6:00 PM, the holiday peace was shattered when multiple gunshots rang out from the 25+ year-long home of Kenneth Van Patton and Melinda Van Patton, which was located just south of the city limits of Hillsboro, Oegon. Neighbors thereafter observed 56 year-old Glen Hamilton running out of the house and stumbing over the surrounding fence. Kenneth Van Patton followed Glen Hamilton out of the house and fired another gunshot at Hamilton as he continued to run away from Patton while repeatedly screaming, "I'm just trying to help." Kenneth Van Patton then went back inside his home, from where a single final gunshot was heard.
Responding police found Kenneth Patton, age 61, dead with a single gunshot wound to his head. Melinda Patton, age 56, was dead from multiple gunshots to her torso. Glen Hamilton was relieved to be alive -- having suffered only a single wound to his ARSE, which was probably from the single shot that Patton had fired at him inside the home. Yes, you guessed it. This married Jehovah's Witness Couple, with multiple adult children, who had been married for 37 years, were now in the process of breaking up, and Ken Van Patton obviously thought that his house guest Glen Hamilton was doing more than "just trying to help".
Police reported that they had responded to the home three times in the past two months, including at around 9:30 AM the previous Sunday morning. There was never any violence, so all they could do was suggest that one of the couple leave the home -- which they both refused to do. The divorced Glen Hamilton, who reportedly is/was a onetime fellow Jehovah's Witness of the Pattons at the Hillsboro Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, reportedly had been living with the Pattons since November 2012. Police and neighbors stated that Glen Hamilton and Melinda Van Patton had been romatically involved. Typically, little additional info has escaped from silenced local JWs who know exactly what all had gone on.
OREGON v. JONATHAN DANIEL HOLT was a 2012-13 murder prosecution. Jonathan D. Holt, age 24, was alleged to have kidnapped, sodomized, and murdered 21 year-old Whitney Heichel, who was a married Jehovah's Witness who lived in the same Gresham, Oregon apartment complex as Jonathan Holt and his own wife, Amanda Holt. Despite the fact that local JWs were heavily involved in the investigation of Heichel's disappearance from the very outset, the fact that suspect Jonathan Holt and his wife were fellow Jehovah's Witnesses was only slowly revealed to the media -- and then given little weight. Initially, suspect Holt was identified as being a possible "acquaintance", since he also resided in the same apartment complex. Later, Holt was identified as an "acquaintance" of the victim. Even later, Holt was identified as an "acquaintance" of both the victim and her husband. Eventually, the local chief of police barely even mentioned as an aside that Holt and the victim "may" have known each other "through Jehovah's Witness meetings". Finally, a reporter interviewed the Portland neighbors of Jonathan Holt's parents, who identified Holt and his parents as "Jehovah's Witnesses". Apparently, the last thing the Oregon Jehovah's Witness community needs is another media blitz reporting another murder of a Jehovah's Witness by a fellow Jehovah's Witness -- after all, it has been a year or so since the last JW-on-JW murder in a long series over the past decade.
ADDENDUM: The victim's family, no doubt in conjunction with local JW leaders, finally issued a public statement acknowledging that Jonathan Holt was "an irregular attendee of our meetings" (The JWs bolded and underlined "irregular".) The JWs' statement also called Jonathan Holt's wife "an innocent victim", and added, " and our love and support is as strong for her and her family." That likely can be interpreted as indicating that Holt's wife and family are probably also Jehovah's Witnesses.
The JWs' carefully worded statement obscures the question whether Holt was reared as a JW in nearby Portland, and would have associated with the victim and her husband over the years. By calling Holt "irregular", the statement also obscures the question as to Holt's association between the local Gresham Kingdom Hall, his previous Kingdom Hall in Portland, and possibly his JW Wife's previous Kingdom Hall. The WatchTower Society's PR Dept may have even drafted this statement. Never forget that JWs are masters of devilishly relating facts without ever telling the complete truth.
UPDATE: The majority of the OREGON MEDIA continue to cooperate with the Jehovah's Witnesses in labeling Jonathan Holt as a mere "acquaintance" of Clint and Whitney Heichel, who merely "irregularly" attended the same "church", despite an abundance of contrary evidence pointing to the probability that the Holts and Heichels had known each other for many years. The OREGON MEDIA has FAILED to even mention that this is another JW-on-JW murder in a long series of such murders over the past decade. In the multiple news articles reporting on Jonathan Holt's "theft" of a friend's car in 2011, Holt's possession and disposal of multiple handguns, and Holt's possession of child pornography on a computer, the OREGON MEDIA has FAILED to even question how such character flaws stack up with the fact that Jonathan Holt is not only a "Jehovah's Witness Minister", but was likely "reared" as a JW by JW Parents.
Jonathan Holt's former neighbors in Portland stated that Jonathan Holt and his parents were Jehovah's Witnesses. Jonathan Daniel Holt and Amanda "Adams" Holt were married in 2010 at the very SAME Kingdom Hall in Gresham where the recent "Open House", or "Memorial", for Whitney Heichel was held. Non-JWs should understand that in order to be permitted to be married in a Kingdom Hall, engaged couples are required to meet with the "Elders" and be thoroughly questioned so as to be determined to be "exemplary" Jehovah's Witnesses (even being asked as to whether they have engaged in forbidden premarital sex). Amanda Holt and Clint Heichel even met and spoke at the regular religious service at that same Kingdom Hall on Wednesday night, October 24, 2012, which would seem to indicate that not only did they attend the same Kingdom Hall -- they were members of the same "congregation", which only makes sense geographically given that they live in the same apartment complex. Clint Heichel even told reporters that Jonathan and Amanda Holt had recently cared for the Heichel's pets and plants while the Heichels were out of town, and Clint Heichel had recently helped Jonathan Holt work on his motorcycle. Jonathan Holt was even sufficiently well known amongst Gresham Jehovah's Witnesses that some had recognized Holt out walking while they were searching for the missing Whitney.
Unbelievably, Lorilei Ritmiller, MOTHER of Whitney Heichel, publicly released a letter that she supposedly wrote to fellow Jehovah's Witnesses. That letter contained this "revelation" regarding what is most important to Jehovah's Witnesses:
"My family has been told that many are crushed with sadness for us. Don’t be overcome with grief. As difficult as this has been, a tremendous opportunity has opened up because people in communities around the earth have opened their hearts wide to learning more about us as a people and the God whose name we carry. Because of the experiences I have recently witnessed or someone has shared, this ordeal has greatly impacted the minds and hearts of really good, compassionate and loving people. I promise you that if Jehovah told me that he would end this cruel system immediately so that I could hold Whitney safe and warm in my arms, see those shining eyes and her radiant smile tomorrow, I promise you… that I would beg him to wait so that we would have the time to reach out to those people. We could not rescue Whitney but we can rescue them. Jehovah knows what he is doing."
UPDATE: Congratulations are extended to the WatchTower PR machine for controlling the Oregon media's spin on this murder, which has nearly erased the slightly significant FACT that this MURDER was committed by a JEHOVAH'S WITNESS.
Unconfirmed rumors are now saying that Jonathan Daniel Holt had been a "Ministerial Servant", who stepped down in 2011 after the overnight theft of a friend's automobile. Jonathan D. Holt also had taken E.M.T. training, although it is unknown whether he ever actually worked as an E.M.T. Another rumor says that Holt used his E.M.T. training as a First Aid tech with the WatchTower Society's local Oregon "Regional Building Committee".
FINAL UPDATE: In a June 2013 plea deal, Jonathan Daniel Holt pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, first-degree kidnapping, and first-degree robbery. Charges related to Holt's illegal entry into the Heichel's apartment and theft of a cellphone, plus charges relating to child pornography found on Holt's computer were all dismissed. Holt agreed to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parol to avoid facing the death penalty at trial.
MAINE v. JARROD BILODEAU was a 2011-12 Maine criminal state court case. In September 2012, Jarrod A. Bilodeau, age 27, pled guilty to burglarizing six Jehovah's Witnesses homes located in five communities in Kennebec County, while those six JW families were attending regularly scheduled religious services. Bilodeau is a well educated and well known member of Kennebec County, who reportedly recently suffered from alcohol and/or substance abuse problems. Bilodeau's affiliation with the local JW community typically went unspecified, although some of Bilodeau's victims reportedly were "relatives" who immediately suspected that Bilodeau was the perpetrator. Interestingly, although only "some" of Bilodeau's victims were "family", the entire group of JW victims petitioned the Prosecutor's Office for an extraordinarily light sentence for Bilodeau, plus showed up at Bilodeau's sentencing hearing to support the light sentence of $21,000 in restitution, and time served (six months in local jail). The 4 years prison sentence was suspended and replaced with 3 years probation. Bilodeau seems to have been cooperating with more than one judicial body interested in this matter.
In August 2012, 14 year old Jeremy Antonio Pereyra, son of Jehovah's Witness Parents, Francisco Pereyra and Keren Pereyra, of Derry, New Hampshire, was traveling in Londonderry on I-93, during afternoon rush hour traffic, in an automobile driven by his JW Mother, when a physical altercation erupted. Keren Pereyra pulled her car over to the side of the busy interstate, and proceeded to call 9-1-1 to report "a domestic". Jeremy A. Pereyra jumped out of the family vehicle and ran off into some nearby woods. However, soon thereafter, Jeremy Pereyra returned and proceeded to run out in front of oncoming traffic, where he was struck and killed by a driver who was NOT cited by investigating New Hampshire State Police.
CROWN v. PAUL KELLY was a March 2012 case in which a British Jehovah's Witness, named Paul Kelly, age 45, was sentenced to 24 months community service, mandatory participation in a domestic violence program, and fined $300.00, after he used an axe to chop open the barricaded door to his 22 year-old stepson's bedroom. Kelly told police that he and his stepson of four years did not get along because the stepson's behavior was contrary to Jehovah's Witness beliefs.
NEW JERSEY v. DWAYNE FLOURNEY is an ongoing 2012 murder case in which a 26 year-old African-American is accused of stabbing to death the two people who reared him -- his doting 76 year-old grandmother, Sandra J. Flourney, and his father, 52 year-old, Brian Flourney. In March 2012, in Maplewood, New Jersey, Dwayne Flourney allegedly first stabbed to death his grandmother on a Saturday afternoon, and later that day, his father, when the father came home from his work as an investigator with the local DA's office. Dwayne Flourney reportedly then invited 8-10 friends to the family home for a drinking party that same evening. Dwayne Flourney was described as a troubled adult whom had been kicked out of the family home on multiple previous occasions. It is known that this was a Jehovah's Witness family because one media report quoted a neighbor who described Sandra Flourney as a JW who frequently proselytized the neighborhood.
SUICIDE OR MURDER? In July 2012, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, a Jehovah's Witness named David Sibekithemba Madebe, then age 33, married a fellow Jehovah's Witness named Samantha Musawenkosi, then age 23. In April 2013, Samantha Madebe DIED -- purportedly, by SUICIDE. Samantha's family believes that she was MURDERED.
On the evening of April 15, 2013, while driving from their suburban Bulawayo home to pick up David's visiting mother, who had taken a Greyhound bus from South Africa to Bulawayo, the allegedly miffed Samantha proclaimed, "Why was I the last person to know that your mother is coming? David responded that he had only learned about his mother's intent to visit via her text that same day. David alleges that Samantha then proclaimed, "I am now tired of this," and opened up the passenger side door of their Toyota 4x4 pickup truck and jumped out. David claims that he attempted to grab Samantha, but failed, and that the Toyota pickup then ran into the ditch and wrecked. David claims that the impact was so great that he was thrown from the Toyota. In shock, instead of telephoning an ambulance, or the police, David instead telephoned his mother at the bus station. David's mother then telephoned David's sister, Privilege Zhou, who is the wife of a medical doctor, and possibly a nurse. Privilege Zhou reportedly first telephoned her brother David Madebe, before then traveling to the scene of the accident. Curiously, Privilege Zhou was the FIRST PERSON to arrive at the scene of the accident, where she "realized" that Samantha was dead, and instead of telephoning an ambulance, or the police, telephoned Samantha's family to notify them of Samantha's death.
At a court inquest held in August 2014, Samantha’s sister Isabel Melisa Chizirika testified that David Madebe had failed to give Samantha's family a convincing account of what transpired on the night of Samantha's death. While David's family testified that the marriage was "happy", Isabel Melisa Chizirika testified that David Madebe was "over controlling", and that Samantha suffered from David's "emotional abuse" during the entire nine months that they were married. Isabel Melisa Chizirika further testified that when the family went to the scene of the accident the following morning, they found what they believed to be "animal blood" all over the scene. They also questioned the fact that Samatha's body was found on the opposite side of the roadway from which she allegedly "jumped". Isabel also claimed that David’s brother-in-law -- a Dr Zhou -- attempted to discourage the family from viewing Samantha's corpse, and encouraged a quick embalming and burial. The post mortem report indicated that Samantha died due to multiple skull fractures and subarachnoid haemorrhage.
After the "suicide", David Sibekithemba Madebe relocated to South Africa, where he reportedly is "employed by the Jehovah’s Witness Church".
WatchTower rules mandate that only "exemplary" members may use their local Kingdom Hall for a personal function such as a wedding or funeral. That fact prompts this posting of an alleged MURDER that occurred in Nigeria in February 2012. Dick Chidiebere, age 34, and Naomi Chidiebere, age 24, were just married at the Ijegun, Nigeria Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, in November 2011. Allegedly, on February 10, 2012, Dick Chidiebere came home late, and DRUNK. When Naomi chastised Dick, he became infuriated, and beat her up. Naomi escaped his beating and hid in a closet in the couple's four-bedroom residence. Dick then retreive a container of gasoline, poured such on Naomi, and set her ablaze. Naomi managed to escape the home, and ran to a friend's home for help. Naomi was eventually taken to a local hospital, where she died about a week later. The exemplary JW, Dick Chidiebere, was arrested as he was attempting to leave the country. Chidiebere denies Naomi's allegations, and claims that she must have been burned in a mysterious accidental fire.
WASHINGTON v. BRYAN ALARCON is an ongoing November 2011 state of Washington criminal case in which 19 year-old Bryan Steve Alarcon has been accused of burglarizing the homes of fellow Jehovah's Witnesses while they were attending meetings at the Mount Vernon, Washington Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Local JWs described the teenager as a "former" member, which probably is the local JWs way of keeping from having to admit that Alarcon was reared as a JW in their own congregation. Alarcon pleaded "not guilty" to three counts of residential burglary and three counts of trafficking stolen property.
OREGON v. JOSE PEREZ-SILVA was an 2009-11 Oregon murder prosecution. For the past 6 years, in the wake of the Longo and Bryant Jehovah's Witness familicides, the Oregon news media has concealed the fact that Ana Berthan Meraz, then age 32, and her killer, Jose Perez-Silva, then age 29, were both active Jehovah's Witnesses Ministers. Reportedly, Ana Meraz and Perez-Silva had been involved in a secret "intimate relationship" even prior to Meraz's then recent divorce in 2005. However, in May 2005, as Meraz and Perez-Silva drove to work, Meraz ended the affair. The enraged Perez-Silva pulled a box cutter and stabbed and slashed Meraz as she drove along an interstate highway near Ashland, Oregon. Meraz was able to call 9-1-1 during the attack. Arriving paramedics found the bloody and dying Meraz lying outside her auto alongside the interstate. Efforts to save her life were unsuccessful. Perez-Silva's attorneys admit to their client's guilt, but they were hoping for a manslaughter conviction, rather than murder. They allege that their client was suffering from depression, emotional disturbance, and physical health issues which prevented him from having the requisite mental capacity to have committed "murder". However, this killer was convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.
JOSE MERAZ v. CITY OF MEDFORD was a 2007 civil court case in which Jose Meraz, the allegedly cuckolded husband of Ana Meraz, and possibly also a Jehovah's Witness, filed a $3,000,000.00 "wrongful death lawsuit against the 9-1-1 provider, on behalf of the estate, and the 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter whom Jose Meraz had with Ana Meraz. Meraz accused the 9-1-1 center of negligently mishandling the call, which resulted in delayed arrival of paramedics, and causing the death of his ex-wife. Outcome unknown.
SHELLY DIANNE NAROIAN. Described as an active devout Jehovah's Witness, Shelly Dianne Naroian, 47, was shot and killed in her living room by a Hillsborough, New Hampshire Police Officer on May 19, 2011, which coincidentally was the JW's birthday. Non-JW Husband explained that the couple had been arguing because Shelly's 42 year-old stepson, a High School Teacher, had lived with the couple for the past 10 months. Shelly Naroian wanted him evicted. Husband had threatened divorce. Husband eventually went to bed, but was awakened by Shelly around midnight. Having evidently found the hidden keys to the husband's gunsafe, Shelly was holding a pistol to her head. She asked husband "is this a good one to use?" Husband called 9-1-1. At some point, Shelly discharged a firearm inside the home after police took up positions outside the home. Shelly then threatened to shoot the stepson, but he took two pistols from her, and then escaped from the home. Shelly pointed an unloaded pistol at the responding officers after they entered the home. Both fired, with one bullet fatally striking Naroian in her neck.
Shelly Naroian had a history of mental illness. She had been hospitalized twice for psychiatric problems, most recently around Christmas time in 2010. Shelly was diagnosed with bipolar and dual personality disorders. Both husband and stepson stated that Shelly suffered from mood swings that could occur in an instant. "She saw enemies everywhere. If you didn't think like she did, you were not only wrong, you were evil. She was out of touch with reality, and you never knew from one minute to the next what mood she was going to be in or what she was going to do", stated stepson. Both of the couple's natural children had rejected their mother's WatchTower religion due to her irrational behaviors and beliefs. Husband also believes Shelly was abusing her multiple prescribed medications as well as taking medications that didn't belong to her.
JOSHUA RAY. Described by his Jehovah's Witness Parents, Jerry Ray and Betty Ray, of Bluffton, South Carolina, as "active" in the family's local Bluffton Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, thirteen year-old Joshua Ray was accidentally shot and killed while at the home of a 17 year-old friend. The circumstances are unclear, but the accidental shooting reportedly occurred around 6:30 A.M., on a Sunday morning, in June 2011. Local police allege that Joshua Ray, the 17 year-old friend, and another 16 year-old friend, had spent that Saturday night drinking vodka and smoking marijuana. Local police also alleged that the Trio were "wanna-be gangsters", who were involved in local criminal activity. Commenters allege that the involved families include "illegal aliens", some of whom may be involved in drug trafficking.
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