In February 1966, Georgia Jane Jackson, a 20 year-old female member of the Aylmer, Ontario Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, went missing while walking home from work at the Aylmer Dairy Bar. David Bodemer, then age 21, and also a member of the Aylmer Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, participated in the "searches" for the missing fellow Jehovah's Witness. Georgia Jackson's corpse was not found until nearly a month later -- having been raped and smothered to death.
An interestingly part of this case is Dave Bodemer's confession. Dave Bodemer was employed as a sectionman by the Canadian National Railway. In 1970, the then 25 year-old Bodemer's secret criminal activities began to be publicly exposed. First, Bodemer was investigated by the police for theft and fencing of property stolen from CNR railcars. Shortly thereafter, Bodemer was arrested in Kitchener on charges of Breaking/Entering. That was followed by an arrest for Exhibitionism. All of these criminal activities resulted in multiple ongoing interactions with a "Judicial Committee" at the Aylmer Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. By Fall 1971, the Elders comprising Bodemer's Judicial Committee suspected that David Bodemer may have been the person who had raped and murdered Georgia Jackson back in 1966. Those Elders confronted David Bodemer with the WatchTower teaching that Armageddon was going to occur in October 1975. Bodemer was told that if he did rape and murder Jackson, and did not confess before Armageddon, that he too would be destroyed along with all other non-JWs. Bodemer confessed, and was disfellowshipped. Bodemer's confession was also reported to the police. Bodemer's arrest, prosecution, and conviction followed.
THE LELAND AGEE TRAGEDY. In August 1943, a Jehovah's Witness, named Leland Agee, 40, of Westley, California, died from "unknown causes" per the ruling of a coroner's inquest. Agee's death had initially been deemed "death by drowning" in an irrigation ditch. Agee's death may have been a suicide, but it is possible that Agee's death may have been accidental, and it is even possible that Agee may even have been murdered.
The main witness to the events of August 21, 1943, was his wife, Elna Agee, 28. Some of the details she provided either were contradictory, did not make sense, or raised more questions than they answered. Some details obtained from family and friends also were contradictory. Some of Leland Agee's eleven surviving brothers and sisters were suspicious. Such may have been due to the fact that Elna Agee's first husband was Leland Agee's brother, but it is not known whether Leland and Elna married due to that brother's death, and if so, the circumstances of that death are not know. In any event, Leland had been rearing three of his brother's children, as well a toddler and a 5 month-old baby of his own.
One main issue was the Agees' Jehovah's Witnesses religion. One media report described Leland Agee as having been a Jehovah's Witness for only "a few weeks", while another report had family and friends describing both Leland Agee and Elna Agee as "fervent followers" of the WatchTower Society for some time. Given that Jehovah's Witnesses are notorious for disclaiming any member who brings notoriety to the religion, how long Leland Agee had been a Jehovah's Witness is anyone's guess. Both claims may have been true in that the Agee family may have been associated with the JWs for some time, but possibly Leland or Elna had only recently been formally baptized. Whatever was the case, Kenneth Horton, a Jehovah's Witness "servant", from Modesto, California conducted Leland Agee's funeral.
One interesting detail that the authorities apparently overlooked as being unimportant in this case was the fact that JWs in this locale were away attending a WatchTower Convention on the weekend that Leland Agee's death occurred. That fact perks the ears of those familiar with JWs, because they know that all JWs are required to attend such conventions. The fact that the Agee family was at home that fateful Friday evening most likely is significant to what eventually occurred early Saturday morning.
The seven Agees were a poor family. Leland Agee worked as a farm laborer on a ranch where the family also lived, near Westley, California. Around 3:00 AM, on Saturday, August 21, 1943, Leland Agee woke his wife, and allegedly told her to get the family ready to go for a ride "to see St. Peter" -- verbiage reported by Elna Agee, which may or may not have been something a poorly educated Jehovah's Witness in the 1940s might have used, assuming that was what actually occurred, and assuming that was what Leland Agee actually said.
Supposedly understanding that Leland Agee was intending to kill the entire family, Elna Agee curiously willingly roused her five children and put them in the family's auto. According to Elna Agee, they drove for a short distance until Leland spotted an electric pole for which he aimed the family auto, but managed only to graze that one. Leland Agee supposedly laughed loudly and aimed directly for the next pole, crashing into it head-on. The pole broke off, and the power lines fell onto the car, and burned holes through the metal roof.
Curiously, if any of the children were injured in the crash, such was not reported. In contrast, Elna Agee claimed that she was knocked senseless in the crash, plus she also suffered a broken nose and a badly bruised knee, as well as other cuts and bruises. Elna Agee claimed that when she regained consciousness, Leland Agee claimed that one or more of the children told her that Leland had taken off across a field "on his way to heaven". Elna claimed that she simply told the children, "No use looking for him, he's gone to heaven." Elna Agee claimed that she and the children then walked back home and went to bed. The next day, Saturday, she and the children walked and hitch-hiked to Wesley, where they reported the events to the police. A search near the accident scene failed to find Leland Agee.
However, on Tuesday, the body of Leland Agee was found in an irrigation ditch about two miles from the accident scene. The coroner did not do an autopsy, because Agee's body was supposedly already too far decomposed in the hot California weather. Most people simply dismissed Agee's death as the result of mental illness due to religious fanaticism. They probably were correct -- but just not the way they thought.
KENTUCKY v. HIRAM HENRY JONES was a 1934-36 Kentucky capital murder prosecution of a Jehovah's Witness Minister which has been both HIDDEN and OBFUSCATED since the 1930s by the families of Hiram Jones' four now deceased Jehovah's Witness Daughters -- Fanny Mae Hines of Middletown, Ohio (wife of Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Columbus Hines); Gertrude Hale of Piqua, Ohio; Mellie Gilliland of Piqua, Ohio; and particularly Beatrice "Rose" Jones of multiple locations in Ohio and Kentucky -- all of whom, including their father, "professed" to be "one of the 144,000", or "one of the Anointed Remnant".
Although the fatal shooting which gave rise to this CAPITAL MURDER PROSECUTION had been occasionally mentioned over the decades, children and grandchildren of Hiram Henry Jones's own children were told that Hiram Jones was NOT PROSECUTED because he had shot Herschel Gilliland in self-defense. We know of no current survivors of Hiram Jones who knew that this court case existed -- until now. That's the "hidden" part. The "obfuscated" part is the fact that whenever the shooting and surrounding circumstances were mentioned occasionally by Hiram Jones' children to their own children and grandchildren, those circumstances were so LIED about that no two current survivors were ever told the same set of circumstances, thus, none of Hiram Jones current survivors had even a halfway accurate account of the shooting and surrounding circumstances. ALL of Rose Jones' own children believed that the shooting had occurred in Crab Orchard, Kentucky (wrong), and some believed that Herschel Gilliland died at the time of the shooting or shortly thereafter (also wrong). This criminal prosecution of Hiram Jones only recently became known to his 21st century survivors after a brief blurp about the court case was posted in a "News From The Past" type column published in February 2014 by the Somerset Commonwealth-Journal. Interestingly, the Managing Editor of that newspaper is Ken Shmidheiser, who is also the COBE/Presiding Overseer of the Somerset Kentucky Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. THANKS, KEN!!!
Hiram Henry Jones was born in 1872, into poverty in Bell County, Kentucky, which is located in the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky only a few counties over from where the Hatfield - McCoy feud was ongoing at that time. From 1893 to 1896, H.H. Jones spent three years in California as a "Private" in the U.S. Army. After returning home to Kentucky, Hiram Jones may have been employed by the L&N Railroad -- possibly working in some type of administrative position at the Corbin, Kentucky regional facility around 1900. Thereafter, still in the mid 1900s, Jones went to work for the East Tennessee Telephone Company. In 1904, Jones was transferred to Stanford, Kentucky, and made the new Manager of the telephone exchange in Lincoln County -- just in time for a controversial rate increase. Spending only six months at the Stanford office, Jones was transferred to the Nicholasville telephone exchange in adjacent Jessamine County, in late 1904.
2016 ADDENDUM: KENTUCKY v. HIRAM JONES was a MURDER prosecution conducted in Bell County Circuit Court from 1901-03. In October 1901, a worktrain was derailed by obstructions allegedly placed on the track by a Bell County resident named "Hiram Jones", whom newspapers described as a disgruntled former L&N employee who had once worked as a "brakeman". The engineer died, and many other L&N employees were seriously injured. Notably, our "Hiram Henry Jones" was not the only "Hiram Jones" who was born in Bell County, or who may have been living there, during this same time period. However, we can't connect any of the other suspects to being L&N employees just prior to the derailment. To make a long story short, despite the trial initially being set quickly for December 1901, continuances and a resulting appeal pushed the prosecution into 1903 -- when the case was either dismissed by the Prosecutor, or tried with Jones being found "not guilty". Whichever happened, this Hiram Jones then attempted to sue L&N for slander, but lost that civil lawsuit at trial level. However, that decision was reversed, and we don't know if there was a new trial, or whether L&N may have settled. Frankly, this fits with our newly named "H. H. Jones" then being found working for ETTC in Lincoln and Jessamine Counties in 1904-05, and relocating to Tennessee soon thereafter.
Around 1905-06, Hiram Jones relocated his family to Scott County, Tennessee, on the Kentucky border. It is not known whether Jones was transferred there by the East Tennessee Telephone Company, which was constructing new service in Scott County at that time, but Jones eventually went to work at a new booming lumber mill in nearby New River, Tennessee. It is believed that it was while the family lived in Tennessee from around 1905 to 1911 that Hiram Jones became interested in the teachings of Charles Taze Russell and the WatchTower Society.
Around 1911, Jones relocated his family to a farm which he had purchased on Greasy Ridge, back in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Sometime between 1912 and 1915, in nearby Waynesburg, Kentucky, Hiram Jones started a small factory to manufacture steering wheels for the new automotive industry. (Given his prior employment at the Tennessee lumber mill, Jones may have initially opened a lumber business in Waynesburg.) It is also believed that Hiram H. Jones began spreading the WatchTower gospel that Jesus Christ was going to return in October 1914 throughout southern and southeastern Kentucky during his business travels to purchase raw timber. After the failure of the WatchTower Society's predictions for 1914 and 1915, and failure of Jones' manufacturing business possibly due to his religious expectations, Hiram Jones relocated to Piqua, Ohio, in early 1916, where he was employed by the Hartzell Walnut Propeller Company, which manufactured aircraft propellers for the Wright Brothers and other aircraft manufacturers. Jones progressed to Plant Superintendent.
During his ten years spent in Piqua, Ohio, Hiram H. Jones also founded a small oil prospecting company named the Greasy Ridge Oil & Gas Company (original capital of $10,000.00 quickly increased to $20,000.00), which unsuccessfully attempted to prospect in the McKinney oil field of Lincoln County, Kentucky, from 1919 to 1921. Jones and four other local Piqua investors apparently never made a profit, and sold their equipment in 1921/22. Jones may have partnered with the local Lincoln County purchasers of such to form I.J.(G.?) R. Oil Company, in 1922, which had initial capital of $15,000.00. There is no indication that Jones ever made any money from these direct prospecting ventures, but Jones did make money investing in the stocks of other oil and gas companies. Even in 1934, Jones was identified as an "oil man". (Fellow researchers should note that an oil prospecting company which newspapers called "Greasy Ridge Oil Company" prospected in both southeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania around the exact same time -- late 1910s. May be the same, but probably not. Note that there was a Greasy Ridge oil field in southeast Ohio around that time.)
Just as Jones had felt it necessary that he leave Lincoln County, Kentucky after the WatchTower Society's promises for 1914 and 1915 failed to come true, Hiram Jones also felt that he should leave Piqua, Ohio, after the WatchTower Society's promises for 1925 also failed to come true. In 1926, Hiram Jones relocated back to Kentucky -- only this time to Science Hill, in Pulaski County, which is adjacent to Lincoln County, on the then main north-south U.S. Highway 27 route through central Kentucky, where Jones and his four adult sons opened a combination lumber, oil, and gasoline business.
FOOTNOTE: Hiram's wife, Mary Ellen Jones, who remained a true tobacco-chewing, whiskey-drinking "hillbilly" until her death in 1972, was "sharper" than her white-collar corporate manager husband. Mary Ellen Jones became known as "Granny" by the time her grandchildren started getting older in the 1940s, and the 1960s Beverly Hillbillies character by that same moniker was a clone of this real-life outspoken hillbilly "Granny". After the WatchTower's predictions for 1914 and 1915 failed, "Granny" had seen enough, and she not only distanced herself from the WatchTower's nonsense, but she attempted to keep her eight teenage children from getting caught up in it again. It wasn't until the early 1930s that Hiram's four grown married daughters finally embraced the WatchTower's gospel (over the later decades they failed to mention that they had at one time OPPOSED the WatchTower Society). In her elderly years, "Granny" had no choice but to tolerate her four daughters' WatchTower religion. However, she would mock both the WatchTower Society and individual JWs whenever she was forced to listen to their formal and informal preaching. "Granny" had lived through 1914/15, 1917-19, 1925, the Depression years, WW2 years, the Korean war years, etc. and she knew what the WatchTower Society had taught and preached through all those trying times. According to outspoken "Granny", the WatchTower Society's prophecy teachings were "all bullsh!t". Such did not stop Granny's JW Daughters from claiming that Granny was a loyal JW. Granny received a JW funeral when she died in the early 1970s.
From 1926 until 1936, Hiram H. Jones was a prominent businessman in central Kentucky who opened gasoline station combination businesses along US 27 and SR 39, in Stanford, Somerset, Science Hill, Crab Orchard, Eubank, and possibly other small towns in Pulaski and Lincoln counties. Anointed Jehovah's Witness Daughter Beatrice "Rose" Jones and her "*common-law*" husband, Herschel Gilliland, operated two of those businesses for Hiram H. Jones from around 1930 until 1934 -- first, a grocery store/gasoline station located in Crab Orchard, and thereafter, a restaurant/gasoline station located in Stanford. They had one child born apparently out-of-wedlock in April 1931 -- a son named Carroll Victor Gilliland (deceased). (**No marriage records have been located for Herschel and "Rose". Their son was conceived in July 1930. The 1930 Census, taken prior to her May birthday, listed "Rose" as living in Piqua, Ohio with her sister Mellie Gilliland, who was married to Herschel's older brother -- Aubrey Gilliland. "Rose" was not going to school, nor was she employed. Her marital status was "single".)
Under definitely obfuscated circumstances, and at some possibly obfuscated time prior to his being transported late on Sunday night, October 14, 1934, to a hospital in Danville, Kentucky (adjacent county), Herschel Gilliland was shot one time by his employer/partner -- Rose Jones' father, Hiram H. Jones. The bullet reportedly entered Gilliland's upper abdomen three inches below his heart, and exited out his back near his spine. Mysteriously, Herschel Gilliland's condition was reported as "good" on Monday morning (making us wonder whether the shooting might have occurred sometime prior to the alleged time of 8:00 PM the previous evening, and that there had been prior treatment before Herschel was finally taken to the hospital in Danville). However, after "suffering intensely" for more than 12 days, Herschel Gilliland, age 27, died on Saturday, October 27, 1934, at the Danville Hospital. Herschel's funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home of decades-long Lincoln County Court Clerk, Victor C. Gilliland, the namesake of Herschel's three year-old son, Carroll Victor Gilliland. Herschel H. Gilliland was apparently buried in an unmarked grave in the Gilliland Family Cemetery located near Eubank, Kentucky.
Hiram Henry Jones was NOT immediately arrested, but was later indicted on a charge of first-degree murder by a Lincoln County Grand Jury on November 22, 1934. Hiram H. Jones was tried on June 4th and 5th, 1935, but the jury "hung" -- reportedly with 8 of the 12 jurors voting "Guilty". H. H. Jones was tried again on May 28th and 29th, 1936, but the second jury returned a fast "Not Guilty" verdict. (Apparently, someone did NOT testify at trial #2 whom had testified at trial #1.)
The shooting and drawn-out prosecution greatly upset the life of the Jehovah's Witness Minister who had had loudspeakers installed on the roof of his Science Hill, Kentucky home so that he could blast the small town with WatchTower President "Judge" Rutherford's recorded sermons. Jones was reportedly continuously ill after the shooting and death of Herschel Gilliland. Hiram Henry Jones died in his sleep less than five months after finally being acquitted -- on October 21, 1936. Jones' obituary claims that he died of a heart attack.
Herschel Gilliland's status as one of Jehovah's Witnesses "typically" can not be established. Decades later, on top of all the other negatives connected with his early demise, Herschel Gilliland's already sufficiently disgraced non-JW family is not about to have remembered nor be willing to admit anything which might point to Herschel's possible association with the "Jehovah's Witnesses", and obviously, under the circumstances of his death, Rose Jones' Jehovah's Witness family would never admit that Herschel Gilliland ever had any connection whatsoever to the Jehovah's Witnesses.
This court case is actually more about Rose Jones than her father (deceased 1936) or her husband (deceased 1934). Rose Jones eventually lived all but a few months of her remaining long life only a short distance from where all the aforementioned events occurred. Professing to be "one of the 144,000", or "one of the Anointed Remnant", Rose Jones maintained much respect and prestige within the local Jehovah's Witness community for decades until her death in the 1990s. Yet, non-JWs -- wherever she lived -- did not have the same "gut feeling" about Rose Jones as did her fellow Jehovah's Witnesses.
Although the events of this murder prosecution occurred in the 1930s, over the decades there have been isolated instances of people who recalled old memories regarding such. One man, whom had been a teenage customer of the grocery store in Crab Orchard, vaguely recalled decades later that local Lincoln County residents had placed the blame for Herschel's shooting and the deaths of her husband and her father entirely onto Rose Gilliland. Others have allegedly recollected that Rose Gilliland continuously stirred the "jealousy" of the alleged alcoholic Herschel Gilliland -- either by feigned or actual "affairs" with other men -- and that she would then seek refuge with her parents whenever Herschel was sufficiently enraged to lash out at her. In plain language, some people believe that at best Rose Jones was a "flirt", and at worst, Rose Jones was a serial adulteress.
After Herschel Gilliland died in October 1934, Rose Jones and her young son moved back in with her parents into their Science Hill, Kentucky home. By only August 1936, the 26 year-old Rose Jones was pregnant with her second child, and was "claiming" to be re-married to a younger 23 year-old "mamma's boy" who was living in Science Hill with his much older brother. However, the only marriage license which we can find for Rose Jones and this second husband is dated "June 1941". By June 1941, Rose had already had her third child, a daughter named Shelby Jean, in 1940. It is not known what triggered the ANOINTED JEHOVAH'S WITNESS to decide to finally get married in accordance with "the law of Caesar" in June 1941. Interestingly, rather than getting married in central Kentucky and revealing her hypocrisy, Rose and her second husband traveled out-of-state to Scott County, Tennessee (where Beatrice "Rose" Jones was born) to obtain their marriage license, which they then proceeded to obtain by providing FRAUDULENT information to the county officials. Rose Jones and her second husband both provided fraudulent variations of their birth names and inaccurate residences. In fact, "Rose Jones" -- apparently NOT her birth name -- signed the marriage license simply as "B. Jones", rather than signing the paperwork with her birth name -- "Beatrice Jones" -- which she reportedly had disliked since childhood and had informally changed to "Rose B. Jones". "B. Jones" also fraudulently listed her June 1941 residence as "Piqua, Ohio", even though she had not lived there, or anywhere else in the state of Ohio, since 1937/8.
In later decades, particularly when she was mad at her Second (actually First) Husband, Rose Jones privately told both her second Son and other relatives that "Second Husband" was NOT the father of her second Son, even though that second son had been named after "Second Husband", and even though "Second Husband" was listed on Second son's birth certificate. Interestingly, after the death of her father in October 1936, the "supposedly married" Rose Jones went to live with her two sisters in Piqua, Ohio, and she delivered "Second son" in Piqua, in May 1937. If Rose Jones was married, why was she not living with that new husband back in Science Hill, Kentucky in May 1937? (Interestingly, Rose Jones' last child, a son born in 1945, favored Rose Jones' male Anointed Jehovah's Witness BFF more than he favored her husband. Interestingly, Rose Jones openly admitted that her male Anointed Jehovah's Witness BFF had picked the name for her last child.)
Who did Rose Jones later occasionally allege was the actual father of "Second Son"? Rose claimed that the father was actually the much older married brother of "Second Husband". Interestingly, sometime after "Second Son" was born in Piqua, Ohio, OLDEST BROTHER set up Rose Gilliland and his Youngest Brother in a business located in London, Kentucky (two counties away from Science Hill), around 1938. There is NO EVIDENCE that they had lived together until they moved to London. When that London business soon burned down, OLDEST BROTHER once again set them up in a business located in an adjacent county. After running that business for OLDEST BROTHER for several years, Oldest Brother simply GAVE that business to Youngest Brother. Decades later, at his retirement, Youngest Brother, in turn, essentially GAVE that same business to "Second Son". When he died in the 1990s, Youngest Brother still split his estate equally between ALL CHILDREN (including step-son Carroll V. Gilliland), without consideration that he had already GAVE the largest asset in his lifetime to the Son whom Rose Gilliland had long privately alleged was actually the SON of OLDEST BROTHER.
As noted above, the circumstances of the fatal shooting of Herschel Gilliland by Hiram Jones has been both HIDDEN and OBFUSCATED from the time such occurred, and particularly afterwards by Jehovah's Witness members of the Jones family. Practically all family members related that the shooting had occurred at the Crab Orchard business location, and different family members tell differing tales as to the circumstances.
In the latter 1960s, while they were alone, a JW grandson of Rose Jones asked her to tell him in detail about the events of Herschel Gilliland's death. Rose Jones stated that Herschel and she had gotten into an argument at their Crab Orchard home/business, and that she took her son, Carol, and fled to her parent's home in Science Hill. Sometime later that evening, Herschel came to her parent's home to retrieve his wife and son. Rose's parents denied Herschel entry into the home because he was drunk and angry. When Herschel attempted to force open the locked front door of the home, Hiram Jones "shot through the front door" and struck Herschel. Herschel was taken back to his Crab Orchard home, where Rose cared for him several days before he eventually died. (Interestingly, over the decades, Rose Jones repeatedly related to various persons how 3 year-old son, Carol, had laid in the bed with Herschel AT THEIR HOME during the days leading up to his death. However, there is no indication that once Herschel was taken to the Danville Hospital immediately after the shooting supposedly occurred on Sunday, October 14, 1934, that Herschel ever returned back home. That is why we suspect that the shooting may have occurred earlier than was told to law enforcement, and that the entire story told to law enforcement and to two different juries may have been FABRICATED to keep Hiram Jones from going to prison.)
At the two trials, Hiram Henry Jones' defense team related to the court that the routinely drunken Herschel had once again routinely beat Rose, whom had fled with her three year-old son to her parents' home in Science Hill. Hiram Jones traveled to the restaurant/gasoline station managed by Herschel and Rose just outside Stanford, Kentucky to "talk" with Herschel. (We can't help but wonder whether Herschel and Rose -- who BOTH drank like fish -- were also "bootlegging" at the both "dry" Stanford and previous Crab Orchard locations.) There, at around 8:00 PM, on Sunday, October 14, 1934, with supposedly NO OTHER PERSONS AROUND, Hiram Jones and the inebriated Herschel Gilliland supposedly got into an argument. When the 30 year-old Gilliland threatened the small, 5'8" tall, 62 year-old year-old Hiram Jones with physical violence, Jones pulled his pistol, which he had fortunately brought with him. Gilliland then physically attacked Jones. Gilliland and Jones allegedly struggled over the pistol, and Herschel was ACCIDENTALLY shot in the upper abdomen. Herschel was quickly transported to the Danville Hospital in an adjacent county. (We wonder whether the shooting did not occur Saturday night rather than Sunday night, and whether Rose was actually present, and whether Herschel might have been treated at home for a day prior to being taken to the Danville Hospital, or even first transported to the Crab Orchard location, where Rose usually later told that the shooting occurred.)
Unfortunately, we don't know if Hiram Jones testified in his own defense, and we don't know whether Herschel Gilliland spoke with law enforcement, or even doctors and nurses, during the 12 days that it took him to die, and if so, what he related. We don't know if Rose Jones testified at either trial, nor what she said if she did so. Which one of the above version of events was the "truth", and which were "fabrications"? If you were arrested, indicted, and being prosecuted for FIRST DEGREE MURDER, which story would you rather have told to a jury in hopes that they would find you "Not Guilty" by reason of "self-defense" -- that you had shot the deceased while he wrestled with you in an attempt to take your pistol away from you, or that you had shot the deceased "through your front door", while he stood on your front porch?
During the remainder of her life, the "Anointed" Jehovah's Witness Rose Jones maintained a number of other "secret habits" which essentially DESTROYED the lives of her sons and daughters, and severely NEGATIVELY IMPACTED the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren -- all while she lived her own double life on a Jehovah's Witness pedestal.
2016 ADDENDUM: We just discovered what triggered H. H. Jones' death, which is listed as Wednesday, October 21, 1936. On the day of or before Jones' death, Tuesday, October 20, 1936, there was an ABSOLUTE AUCTION of H. H. Jones residence and businesses at Science Hill. Jones sold his main "beautiful" residence, which was located on 2.5 acres one mile south of town, and his multiple businesses located inside Science Hill -- restaurant, gasoline station, multiple fuel storage tanks, two storage buildings, and two residential dwellings.
Since we now know that Jones' home actually was one mile south of Science Hill, instead of inside the city limits as Rose Jones always portrayed, assuming that her story was true about her father having loudspeakers installed on the roof of his home so that he could blast Judge Rutherford's sermons, then the loudspeakers were installed on the roof of one of his multiple other buildings located inside the city limits -- not on top of his home.
The ABSOLUTE AUCTION scenario raises many new questions. Keeping in mind that October 1936 was still in the GREAT DEPRESSION, why would anyone put up at absolute auction his prize properties unless that person was being forced to pay off business creditors? Or, pay his large legal bill? Or, was the extremely mobile Jones' going to once again relocate somewhere out of state? Jones was dealing with both the MURDER and being a JEHOVAH'S WITNESS. Whatever actually motivated the ABSOLUTE AUCTION, did it really cause Jones to have a heart attack later that night, or DID JONES COMMIT SUICIDE???
What happened or had happened to Jones' other properties in Somerset, Stanford, Eubank, and Crab Orchard? Were they sold due to possible financial problems, or for similar reasons as the Science Hill properties??? This raises YET ANOTHER LIE TOLD FOR DECADES BY ROSE JONES. She consistently claimed for decades that her father "left" all of his estate to his four sons, and left his four daughters little or nothing -- Rose Jones receiving ZERO. In actuality, there is no evidence that Jones' sons received any significant assets after the death of Jones. Most indications are that Jones' resume as a MURDERING JEHOVAH'S WITNESS MINISTER, along with the Great Depression, resulted in the total failure of his small business empire, and that death by SUICIDE is equally as possible as is from a heart attack.
Still more questions come from additional research that indicates that Jones' wife, Mary Ellen Jones, continued to live at Science Hill for several years after her husband's death -- until she relocated back to Ohio. Did some of the dwellings go unsold, or did she rent, or did she move in with one of the sons who may have had his own home somewhere in or around Science Hill? Son, Stanley "Ned" Jones, divorced his SH wife and left his SH children at some point, and relocated to Dayton, Ohio. Had Mary Ellen moved in with him, and caused the divorce? (If any MIL could do it, she could.) Were Ned's and his mother's departures from Science Hill to Ohio simultaneous?
Rose Jones and her siblings, and all their children, LIED so abundantly and so frequently, and attempted to rewrite history so much so, that the phrase "the truth" is reduced to a JOKE!!!!
THE EMMANUEL SHAPIRO TRAGEDY. Sometime around 1938 or 1939, a Jewish teenager then living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, came into contact with local Jehovah's Witnesses, who eventually were able to turn the "boy" into one of their own. Having been reared in Judaism, the Jehovah's Witnesses were the boy's first and only exposure to "christianity" and the New Testament.
At first, this must have been quite a shock to his Jewish parents, Mr/Mrs Julius Shapiro. But, the shock likely did not last long as reality set in, and their Jewish relatives, friends, and neighbors whispered about young Emmanuel Shapiro preaching the WatchTower gospel on the streets and sidewalks of Pittsburgh. Undoubtedly, there must have been a lot of stress in the Shapiro home as Emmanuel probably continued his recruiting efforts once he went home.
On Monday, March 18, 1940, young Emmanuel Shapiro prepared to leave his home to go handout WatchTower flyers and play Judge Rutherford's records. His mother encouraged him to eat something, but he left home without eating. Emmanuel's mother did not see him again until sometime Thursday. Emmanuel either stayed with some of his new Jehovah's Witness "family", or he had fashioned himself a bed and living quarters in the basement of the "Kingdom Hall" he attended, which was about a mile from his parent's Hill District home. (That so-called "Kingdom Hall" sounds as if it was a typical old downtown multi-story masonry building.)
When Emmanuel's mother answered his knock at the door on Thursday, she instantly knew that something was wrong. Emmanuel was as white as a sheet. Emmanuel smiled, and pulled his arms from his coat pockets. Emmanuel's mother probably nearly feinted. Emmanuel proudly displayed both blood-soaked arms. It would have been easy to see that his hand was missing from his bloody left arm. It probably took some time to figure out that only one finger was missing from Emmanuel's bloody right hand.
Fortunately, for both Emmanuel and his mother, the Police soon arrived, and Emmanuel was transported to Mercy Hospital. The Police hopefully had been notified by the Jehovah's Witness who was the first person to learn of Emmanuel's self-mutilation, and not someone who saw or talked with Emmanuel during his mile-long walk back to his parent's house.
The Jehovah's Witness, who first discovered Emmanuel's self-mutilation, found Emmanuel sitting in a chair in the basement of the "Kingdom Hall". Blood was everywhere, and Emmanuel's left hand was laying on the floor. On a nearby workbench, a butcher knife had been clamped into a vise sharp-side up. A bloody large hammer laid on the workbench. Evidently, Emmanuel had first amputated a finger from his right hand before amputating his entire left hand. The amputation was performed by laying the finger and the hand across the knife's blade, and then striking the body part with the hammer. It was probably the cleanness of the cuts that kept Emmanuel from dying from blood loss before he received the delayed medical attention, that undoubtedly include blood transfusions.
Emmanuel was eventually transferred from Mercy Hospital to St. Francis Hospital for psychiatrist observation. Emmanuel was eventually transferred to a local mental facility. Emmanuel refused to explain to his parents or doctors why he did what he did, but his "mission from Jehovah" was not over. Emmanuel now believed that it was Jehovah's will that he die, so he refused to eat as a way of committing suicide. Emmanuel Shapiro slowly died in early June 1940.
It is unknown whether Pittsburgh JWs were guessing based on previous conversations, or whether Emmanuel had explained his actions to the JW that found him, but the JWs believed that Emmanuel had been obsessed with Jesus' statement: "And if thy hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is good for thee to enter into life maimed, rather than having thy hands to go into hell." One local JW commented regarding such, "You can find anything in the Bible."
A JW Overseer indicated that Emmanuel had been staying in the basement of the so-called "Kingdom Hall", rather than staying at home, because he had been intensely studying the life of Jesus Christ in preparation for the upcoming annual celebration of "The Lord's Evening Meal", or "The Memorial", which is the WatchTower equivalent of Passover.
It is anyone's guess as to what "crap" the Pittsburgh JWs had initially put into the mind of the immature and obviously unstable Jewish boy in order to get him to convert from Judaism to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Additionally, at the time of Shapiro's conversion, the WatchTower Society was changing its' teachings regarding whether new converts would go to heaven, or live forever on earth. Then, there is the question as to why Emmanuel would want to mutilate himself, and then later commit suicide. It is almost like Emmanuel Shapiro had been given a "messiah complex" by "someone". The Jewish boy's given name was an easy target for anyone wishing to manipulate someone naive with regard to Christianity and New Testament teachings.
JEHOVAH'S WITNESS MOTHER
DROWNS HERSELF AND TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS
In August 1932, at around 10:00 P.M. on a Sunday evening, an unidentified motorist stopped to get water for his car's radiator at Duck Pond, which was just outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when he heard a cry for HELP from 10 year-old Louise Simmons. Louise had been marooned on a small island located in the center of the pond for about an hour before that motorist conveniently was forced to stop for water.
Earlier that same Sunday evening, at around 8:30 P.M., Louise Simmons' father, William Simmons, had heard his dogs tree a possum, and he had went out to the nearby woods to retrieve his dogs. When he returned home, Simmons discovered that his automobile was gone, as were his wife and three daughters.
Louise Simmons, whose family lived about 12 miles outside Tuscaloosa, eventually explained to her rescuers and Alabama authorities that on that Sunday evening as her bedtime neared, that after her father left to retrieve his dogs, that her mother, Ottie Simmons, told Louise and her two younger sisters, Dorothy, age 8, and Helen, age 6, that they were going to go somewhere in their car.
Ottie O. Kirkland Simmons (mother), age 28, first drove to Druid City Lake, which she circled several times -- fruitlessly hoping for several persons to leave. Ottie Simmons then drove into Tuscaloosa to the home of her parents, but they were still at a late religious camp meeting. Ottie Simmons then drove to the nearby Duck Pond, where she stopped. There, Ottie Simmons told her three daughters that she was going to "baptize" them.
After taking off their dresses, Ottie Simmons and her three girls held hands and waded out into the pond. There, Ottie Simmons apparently attempted to drown Louise first. Louise broke free from her mother's grip and managed to make it to the small island in the center of the pond. Thereafter, Ottie Simmons proceeded to drown Dorothy, Helen, and herself.
William Simmons told the authorities that his wife had been behaving strangely ever since she had converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses and had been attending their meetings and distributing WatchTower literature. Undoubtedly, there were events that occurred that Sunday which were not related to the media.
For multiple instances of Jehovah's Witnesses converting isolated and lonely Wives/Mothers and thereafter destroying the homes/lives of their unconverted husbands, read our multiple DIVORCE court cases -- starting with the 1940s cases.
MORE MILLENNIAL DAWN DEMONS!!!
Until Sunday, March 1, 1896, Charles W. Ramsey, age 40, and his wife, Effie Kunkle Ramsey, age 35, were "numbered among the most highly respected and intelligent people residing in the Tuscarora Valley". The Ramseys lived and worked on a farm belonging to Charles' father near East Waterford, Pennsylvania. "Their married life has been without issue, and in consequence no sorrow and wretchedness is entailed upon the offspring."
On Monday morning, March 6, 1896, Charles Ramsey's father, Samuel Ramsey, on arriving at the Ramsey's farmhouse, discovered the Ramsey's furniture and most other household items thrown outside of the house. Effie Ramsey was found murdered inside -- lying face down on the kitchen's hearth, with her head and face pounded into a pulp and her brains scattered about the room. The nearly naked, nearly frozen, and badly beaten Charles Ramsey was found hiding in a nearby barn.
Arrested and jailed, the erratic -- passive/aggressive -- Charles Ramsey asked to be taken to the Insane Asylum at Harrisburg. Ramsey claimed that around 10:00 P.M. on Sunday evening that a DEMON had entered the couple's home and told the couple that one of them was be a "sacrifice". Ramsey supposedly fought long and hard with the Demon, but he had been unable to stop the Demon from sacrificing Effie. At the same time, Ramsey also realized that it was Effie with whom he had been fighting, and that it was he that had beaten Effie to death with a club -- but only because he somehow had become subject to the Demon's authority, and the Demon had commanded him to kill Effie. Charles Ramsey died a week or so later. We are unsure whether Ramsey died as a result of his injuries and exposure, or whether he committed suicide.
This news story received national coverage. At the inquest, neighbors had claimed that Charles and Effie Ramsey had recently been reading one of the MILLENNIAL DAWN volumes, and that as a result, BOTH of them had been acting very strangely in recent days. The Ramseys had become especially fearful of others, and had locked themselves inside their home for several days, and had refused to come out. The Ramseys even spoke to neighbors standing outside about a pending "sacrifice" -- making their own neighbors afraid of them.
When Charles Taze Russell caught wind of this news story, he directed some "unknown" local Bible Student to obtain affidavits from the Ramsey's local doctor, Effie's brother, John Kunkle, and Samuel Ramsey, which claimed that only Charles Ramsey was "insane", and that he had been so since he had been hit on the head by a robber 18 months previous. Those persons claimed that it had been six months since the Ramseys had read any WatchTower literature, and that Charles had not even accepted Russell's teachings. Charles Taze Russell then sent the three affidavits along with his own letter to publishers of the original reports. Some apparently published Taze's rebuttal, while other did not. In his own egotistical insanity, Taze Russell failed to realize that in 1896, noone knew or cared who had published the literature read by the Ramseys -- just like today, 120 years later. Who do you suppose gave the Ramseys that WatchTower literature. Guaranteed to be one or both of the testifying family members. What did the neighbors have to gain by lying?
Interestingly, Charles Taze Russell included this letter from one of his followers in the July 1, 1897 issue of his WATCH TOWER Magazine:
One of the simple modern devices for awakening interest and leading on to fuller "mediumship," "possession" and "control," is described in a letter just received, dated March 11, '97, from a Christian lady, a school teacher in Georgia, and a deeply interested student of God's plan of the ages. The writer says:--
" ... My husband's brother is a Spiritualist, Some time ago he bought a Psychograph, an instrument used by mediums for communing with spirits, but he could not use it.
"A few days ago it was placed in my hands, and, as I found I was a medium, I resolved to "try the spirits." ... When asked what he (a demon) wished to say he cited us to Titus 3:5, said MILLENNIAL DAWN doctrine is true, ...
"The next day I tried the wheel or Psychograph again, and was told that a dear good friend of mine who had lived in speaking distance of me for several years was talking to me. ... She (another demon) said she regretted that she had not given DAWN the attention that I had wished her to, ... one claiming to be Eastman ... One claiming to be Cephas ... Another, claiming to be my father ... all (demons) professed to believe in Christ and that [MILLENNIAL] DAWN is a correct exponent of God's Word, ... "
In the very next issue of the WATCH TOWER magazine, Russell included a second similar letter:
Another letter received recently from Florida, from a brother in Christ, a WATCH TOWER reader, well educated in several languages, informs us concerning some peculiar experiences recently had with these "seducing spirits." He became aware of the presence of invisible spirit beings, and they (demons) seemed to manifest a curious interest in his work: he was translating MILLENNIAL DAWN into a foreign language.
In the Second Adventist religious community, May 1879 is notable for Charles Taze Russell's publishing/printing of the first July 1879 issue of ZION'S WATCH TOWER and HERALD OF CHRIST'S PRESENCE magazine, and the EDITH FREEMAN MURDER, as reported by The New York Times (edited):
"Charles F. Freeman, the Pocasset [, Massachusetts] farmer who lunged a knife into the heart of his little daughter Edith on Thursday morning last, became converted to the ultra views of Second Adventism about a year ago. ...
"Farmer Freeman became a leader among the Second Adventists. He believed it his mission to preach, and was a zealous exhorter. That great things were in store for him as a missionary among the faithless of the world he did not doubt. As time passed, he came to regard it as his duty to make some great sacrifice, which should result in a miracle and fix the attention of mankind upon the new faith. Some time ago he announced this belief to several of his fellow worshipers. Two weeks ago, as he says, the long-expected revelation of the necessary sacrifice came to him in the night. It was then indicated to him that a member of his family must die by his hand. He talked the matter over with his wife, and persuaded her not to stand in ‘the Lord’s way,’ as they both considered it. They had two daughters, Bessie, 7 years old, and Edith, 5 years old. The latter was a sunny-haired child, the pet and idol of the household. The father prayed long to know who was appointed as the victim. He says that he prayed that it might be himself, but it was not to be. After patient waiting the second revelation came, late in the night of the murder. The pet Edith was pointed out as the sacrifice. The father was taken aback, but dared not resist the command of God. He awoke his wife and told her what was demanded. Then the mother’s heart refused to acquiesce in the unnatural deed. She begged hard for her darling’s life, but the husband was inexorable. Working on his poor wife’s fear of displeasing God, he at last gained her consent. The scene that followed is horrible beyond precedent. After Freeman had knelt and prayed that he might be spared the test of his faith, he nerved himself for murder. He felt he that he was another Abraham, and that God would either stay his hand or else raise his daughter from the dead, as a reward for his obedience. Then he and his wife went into the bedroom, where their two children lay sleeping, side by side. The mother carried the eldest to her own room. Freeman turned down the bed-clothes from the form of little Edith, raised the knife which he had provided for the occasion, and waited to see if God would not interpose. After a vain watch, he bent forward over the child, and with great care plunged the knife into Edith’s heart. There was an exclamation, and all was over. The insane father clasped his pet in his arms, and held her until he was certain life was extinct. Then he laid down and slept by her side, satisfied that he had done the will of God.
"When the news of the murder was told to his fellow believers, although staggered by such a proof of faith, they joined Freeman in holding that God would restore the child to life. There was some protest, but so infatuated was this entire following, comprising more than a score of respectable people in Pocasset and its vicinity, that they did not look upon the action as a crime, and beloved with the perpetrator that it was done by God’s command.
"There was among the Second Adventist band, therefore, the deepest surprise, chagrin, and confusion today at the failure of little Edith to rise from the dead. Their faith did not waver in the least; and as an instance of this unparalleled credulity a Journal reporter telegraphs that last night he talked with Mrs. Swift, the child’s grandmother, who begged him not to mention to [Bessie], the other child, anything about the murder, saying that there was no need of her knowing anything about the affair, because Edith would be alive again in the morning. Two or three of these peculiar people, however, doubted whether the resurrection would take place to-day, all, nevertheless, being sure that it would come soon. These few are not disheartened, but claim that the truth of their doctrine will yet be shown. But others mutter about 'God breaking his promise.'
The funeral services took place in the Methodist Church this afternoon, the little edifice being crowded to suffocation and hundreds standing around the outside of the building. The Pastor, the Rev. Mr. Williams, assisted by the Baptist clergyman of the village, conducted the services and improved the opportunity to give the deluded Adventists, who all the while kept their eyes on the coffin, some sound advice. He said a great deal in a few words, warning them to give up their false belief while their reason remained. The funeral being over, Alden P. Davis, the leading spirit in the Advent company, now that Freeman is in jail, attempted to make a speech, but was ordered to keep quiet or submit to arrest. When the body had been removed to the little grave-yard, Davis mounted a grave and made just such a speech as might have been expected, saying that he was an infidel until two years ago, when God revealed himself to him. He eulogized the murderer until the crowd interrupted with cries of ‘Choke him,’ ‘Bury him in the open grave,’, and a scene unparalleled in recent New-England history ensued over the coffin and the grave. No violence, however, occurred."