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In the following criminal cases, the WatchTower Society - Jehovah's Witnesses
religion served as the spiritual element of the perpetrator's and/or other
actor's formative environment, or otherwise served as a major influencer of the
perpetrator's and/or other actor's behavior. The following cases are often
tragic, and speak for themselves.
OREGON v. SUNG KOO KIM, OREGON v. SUNG K.
KIM, OREGON v. SUNG KIM, and OREGON v. KIM was a
series of 2004-6 Oregon criminal court cases. The Sung Koo Kim Saga
received tons of media coverage from the time it first made the news in
mid-2004, when the 30 year-old was first arrested, until mid-2006, after Sung
Koo Kim had pleaded "guilty" to the second set of charges relating to the thefts
of 1000s of pairs of used women's undergarments, and other items described
below, from the laundry rooms of apartment buildings and college dormitories,
and was eventually sentenced to a total of more than 11 years in prison. The
cases are somewhat confusing to follow given that Kim faced and/or still faces
property theft charges, and even child porn charges, in four different Oregon
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of those
media reports ever focused on what caused Sung Koo Kim to do what he did. At the
first sentencing hearing, in November 2005, Kim read a lengthy statement in
which he apologized for the fear that he had "unintentionally" instilled in his
many victims, and the ill repute that he had brought on his parents and younger
sister. Kim claimed that he never stalked anyone, nor had he ever posed a threat
to the community. He stated that he simply had developed a fetish for women's
undergarments. Kim blamed his mental illness on the isolation he experienced
while growing up as a member of the strict, insular Jehovah's Witness
"I was a Jehovah's Witness all my life, and
tried to live a perfect life, according to the Bible and the doctrines of the
Jehovah's Witnesses. I never committed fornication and kept away from all
worldly sins. I lived all my life in isolation, in a lonely religious prison,
deprived of friends, love, intimacy and happiness. ...
While some would argue that thousands of JW Children
have experience the same issues as did Sung Koo Kim, and did not turn out as did
Kim, others would acknowledge that no two children have the same genetics, nor
experience the exact same formative environment, and thus do not turn out the
In fact, Kim's parents reportedly eventually
acknowledged the damage which had been done to their son, and they eventually
left the WatchTower religion. Joo Kim, Dong Kim, and their two young
children immigrated from Korea to Los Angeles in the late 1970s. There, they
eventually joined the small community of Koreans who were members of the
Jehovah's Witnesses. At some point, there in LA, or after the family had
relocated to Beaverton, Oregon, Joo Kim even was appointed a "Congregation
Elder", which required the parents to place even more pressure on their
children. When Sung Koo Kim entered his high school years, the "honors student"
complained to his parents that he felt like he was being "chained". Sung Koo
experienced teasing and bullying due to both his race and his religion. He
couldn't celebrate holidays. He couldn't play sports. He couldn't attend dances
and other social events. He couldn't date girls. He had no friends. He had no
Having developed no social skills, Sung Koo Kim's
college experience was no better. Kim first earned an Associate's degree in
computers from Portland Community College, and thereafter worked one year at
Intel. Kim then enrolled at Washington State University, and graduated with a
Bachelor's degree in genetics and cellular biology, in 2001. However, Kim never
was employed after graduating. Kim moved back in with his parents, and began to
live a life about which still may not all be known.
Among Kim's personal effects, investigators
reportedly found seven or more assault rifles and handguns. Police also seized
three computers containing 40,000 images of women being mutilated, raped and
dismembered. Police also found more than two dozen suitcases, backpacks,
cardboard boxes and plastic bags, which contained 3400 pairs of women's used
panties and bras -- clean and dirty. Police also found used toilet paper and
feminine hygiene products. They also found packaged dryer lint, and even human
hair. Many of the items were marked as to when/where obtained. Police also found
one secretly made video of two female college students marked with intimate
personal identity info. Needless to say, police suspected Kim of being guilty of
much more than "property theft", but evidently have not been able to tie Kim to
more than these prosecutions. Time will tell.
CALIFORNIA v. ANGEL AGUERO was a
2004 California criminal case. In February 2004, a Jehovah's Witness, named
Angel Aguero, 31, was stopped by a Gilroy, California police officer during the
noon hour for a routine traffic violation. Aguero exited his 1988 Cadillac with
a long metal pipe in his hand, and advanced toward the officer, who pulled
his pistol, and ordered Aguero to stop, and for Aguero to drop the pipe, several
times, but Aguero continued his approach. A male passenger exited the Cadillac,
and unsuccessfully tried to convince Aguero to drop the pipe. That passenger
eventually ran from the scene.
That police officer radioed for back-up, and several
other officers responded. Aguero also refused their orders for him to drop the
pipe, and even told them, "You're going to have to shoot me," and
"You're going to have to kill me." An officer fired a rubber baton
round at Aguero hitting him on the front of his body, but he still held onto the
pipe. They then pepper-sprayed him, and shot him with a second rubber round, and
pepper-sprayed him again, at which point Aguero dropped the pipe and was placed
Both police and bystanders related that Angel Aguero
had declared that he was a Jehovah's Witness, and that he was
"preaching" and "calling to
Jehovah" throughout the standoff.
MISSOURI v. AIMEE SATTERFIELD was a
2003-5 Missouri criminal court decision. At exactly 7:00 PM, on Sunday, June 29,
2003, a 22 year-old Jehovah's Witness "Pioneer"
(full-time door-knocker), named Aimee Satterfield, of Elkland,
Missouri, telephoned 9-1-1 and reported that she had been beaten, slashed, and
raped at knife-point in her auto after she had stopped alongside a busy highway
to fix a flat tire. As soon as the supposed perpetrator left, Satterfield first
telephoned her mother, Connie Satterfield, from her cell phone, and thereafter
telephoned 9-1-1. A Sheriff's Deputy responded. Satterfield was found bruised,
with her clothes cut and torn, and with superficial knife slashes to her chest
and breasts. A rape exam at a Mount Vernon, Missouri area hospital disclosed
that Satterfield had recently had sexual intercourse.
Local authorities were shocked that such an attack
could have occurred in broad daylight alongside a well-traveled highway near an
interstate exchange. Roadblocks were set up around the area during the following
two weekends, including the Fourth of July, looking for the described suspect
and for his described pickup truck, and questioning locals who lived in the
area, or who had been driving in the area at the time of the attack. Over 2000
law enforcement man-hours were expended on this case, rather than on other
pending matters. Fear of the uncaught perpetrator swept females throughout the
However, the more investigating that was done, the
more that Satterfield's story did not make sense. Although there were other
inconsistencies with Satterfield's story, one major issue was that a security
video showed Satterfield leaving a truck stop store, where she had purchased a
drink, at 6:53 PM, which was 2.5 to 4 minutes away from the scene of the alleged
rape. There simply had not been enough time for Satterfield to have gotten in
her station wagon, have driven to the scene, have stopped, have gotten out her
spare tire, have been assaulted by a man offering to help change her tire, have
telephoned Connie Satterfield, and then telephoned 9-1-1 -- all in seven
minutes. After weeks of investigation, and agonizing with the idea of having to
charge a supposed rape victim with lying about such, on September 24, 2003, the
Sheriff finally charged Satterfield with filing a false report.
Warren Satterfield and Connie Satterfield were
outraged, and stated that their daughter had been betrayed, and effectively
assaulted a second time -- this time by the Sheriff. Aimee Satterfield denied
that she had lied. Satterfield stated that she had been a "virgin'
until the rape; that pre-marital sex was forbidden to Jehovah's Witnesses (a
disfellowshipping offense); and she even denied having a boyfriend at the time.
Satterfield told a reporter:
"I am a baptized Jehovah's Witness. ...
If I back down, Jehovah's name is involved. I'll sit in jail the rest of my life
if necessary. But I refuse to put any kind of reproach or dishonor on Jehovah's
In July 2005, the case against Satterfield went to
"trial on the record" -- during which the prosecutor read into the court record
what his witnesses would have testified. Satterfield's attorneys did not present
a defense. According to her attorneys, Satterfield had married and wanted to
move on with her new life. Satterfield's attorneys also mentioned that
Satterfield, who reportedly suffered from fibromyalgia, depression, and two
suicide attempts, had been receiving "counseling". Satterfield was found
"guilty", and sentenced to 6 months in jail. However, the judge suspended the
sentence, placed Satterfield on 2 years of unsupervised probation. Additionally,
Satterfield was ordered to pay restitution to the Sheriff's office
COLORADO v. NATHAN GOAD, COLORADO v. RICHARD
KEMP, and COLORADO v. LEVI BONES were related 2004-5
Colorado criminal court cases. On December 13, 2004, three "overage juvenile"
Jehovah's Witnesses, named Levi Bones, 23, Richard Kemp, 26, and Nathan Goad,
29, vandalized a 9 foot tall Menorah, which had been erected in Aspen's Paepcke
Park as part of the local Jewish community's celebration of Hanukkah. Per Jewish
tradition, the lights on the Menorah are lit individually during each of the
eight days of Hanukkah. The ignorant Jehovah's Witness "juveniles" stated that
they thought that the Menorah was a "broken Christmas ornament", because not all
of its lights were lit, as if they would have had the right to destroy such.
Arresting police officers stated that some of the JW trio had been drinking.
Goad and Kemp pleaded "guilty", and were fined and placed on two years
probation, plus ordered to pay for the damages. Bones initially declined to
plead guilty. Outcome of his case is unknown.
AARON P. DAVIS. On Saturday evening, November
13, 2005, an Aurora, Colorado African-American Jehovah's Witness Couple, named
Aaron P. Davis, 39, and Benita Coleman-Davis, 36, were both shot and wounded
after physically attacking 52 year-old Glen Eichstedt during an argument in a
Denver-area strip-mall parking lot. Aaron
Prentice Davis later died at the hospital
after he refused to consent to a needed blood transfusion. Benita
Coleman-Davis recovered from her wounds.
Aaron Davis, who was a USPS employee, and Benita Davis were
sitting in their Toyota 4-Runner awaiting a take-out order at a nearby
restaurant, when Eichstedt, who just dropped off his date, parked next to the
Toyota. Eichstedt supposedly hit the Toyota as he opened the door of his
Mustang, and an argument ensued between the JW Couple and Eichstedt as
to whether Eichstedt had dinged their Toyota. The argument escalated to a
shouting match, which escalated to the point that threats of violence were
exchanged. At some point, Aaron Davis, who had a blood alcohol level of .015 at
time of autopsy, retreived a metal bar from his Toyota, and Aaron Davis hit
Eichstedt over the head and knocked Eichstedt to the pavement. Eichstedt claimed
that both Aaron and Benita Davis were beating him as he laid on the pavement.
Eichstedt, a downtown Denver Bar & Grill owner, then pulled a .38 caliber
pistol, for which he had a concealed weapons permit, and shot each Davis two
times. Investigating police officers declined to arrest Eichstedt at the scene
of the attack/shootings. In June 2006, a Grand Jury fully investigated the
attack/shootings, and ruled the two shootings to have been in
The media reported that the Montbello Colorado Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's Witnesses was packed to hear Elder Phil Harris deliver Davis'
eulogy, in which he used WatchTower doctrine to answer the question,
"Why do good people die?"
WALCOTT CONNECTICUT CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES.
On January 23, 2003, Maureen Mayo, 40, of Walcott, Connecticut, dropped
her car off to be repaired at an auto repair shop a few blocks distance from her
apartment. As Mayo walked back to her apartment along Meriden Road, Mayo was
severely and permanently injured after being struck by a passing automobile. A
local 30 year-old female Jehovah's Witness was eventually identified, arrested,
and charged with fleeing the scene of the accident. In April 2005, after
a lengthy six day "jury trial", the accused female JW was found "not guilty".
Maureen Mayo and a number of local citizens who supposedly were familiar
with the facts of Mayo's accident were reportedly upset with the jury's
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY v. JONATHAN MICHAEL
KENNEWELL was a 2004-05 Australia criminal prosecution of a
19 year-old Jehovah's Witness DRUNK
DRIVER who struck another vehicle and seriously injured the
middle-aged Husband and Wife occupants. The victims were so seriously injured
that their prognosis was that they might never again be able to perform most
normal physical activities.
Described by "witnesses" as "driving like a
maniac" and "driving like an idiot", in
June 2004, Jonathan M. Kennewell was driving the "wrong
way" when he struck the other vehicle. A breathalyser test
disclosed a blood alcohol level of 0.104. A "sleep-deprived" Jonathan Kennewell
had also been taking prescribed medication which he had been warned not to mix
with alcohol. Kennewell eventually pleaded guilty to two charges of "causing
grievous bodily harm" to Patrick Rodden and Beverly Rae Rodden. At the
sentencing hearing, supportive letters were received from Kennewell's Jehovah's
Witness Parents, an "Elder" from the family's local Congregation of Jehovah's
Witnesses, and a former employer (suspected to also be a fellow JW)
whom stated that Kennewell was "a responsible, reliable,
conscientious and hard working employee". Despite the extensive,
life-changing injuries to the Roddens, Kennewell was sentenced to a mere 18-30
months imprisonment. Even that light sentence was appealed, but was
Jonathan Kennewell and his five siblings were being reared by
"close and supportive" but "strict" Jehovah's
Witness Parents. Although Kennewell earned "average grades",
the JW Teenager typically did not like to go to high school, and ceased high
school at the age of 14 -- probably because typically, "he didn't have many
friends". Kennewell attended vocational school for six months, but dropped
out due to "mental health" issues. Kennewell had always lived with his
JW Parents (with the exception of three months time when he was 18 years-old
-- when he was unable to fend for himself), and he even had been employed
in the family business up until about 18 months prior to the CRIME, when at the
age of 17, he started drawing some type of "mental health" disability
pension through the family's business insurance
policy. Kennewell had been diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety
disorder and depression. Prior to the CRIME, Kennewell had sought treatment for
both his "mental illness", and alcohol and substance abuse.
IOWA v. LOUIS JONATHAN CUTWRIGHT was a 2003
Iowa criminal conviction of Louis J. Cutwright, then age 29, of Waterloo, Iowa,
on two counts of BURGLARY committed in the nearby city of Waverly, Iowa. Louis
Cutwright was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but is eligible for parole in
NEW JERSEY v. PAMPER PETTERWAY was a 2002-4 New
Jersey murder court decision. Described by media as a "CrackHead
ConArtist", in January 2004, a female African-American, named
Pamper Petterway, 44, of Trenton, New Jersey, was sentenced to life imprisonment
for the September 2002 robbery and murder of an 81 year-old "Good
During the investigation of this murder, police discovered that
"Petterway", had essentially lived at least two lives -- one in North Carolina,
and one in New Jeresey -- under at least 4 or more aliases, and 2 or more SSNs.
Petterway had an extensive rap sheet. Prior to this robbery/murder, Petterway
had been arrested 10 times in North Carolina, mostly for forgery and related
crimes, and Petterway had been arrested 14 times in New Jersey, including two
felony convictions for forgery, one for criminal mischief, and one or more for
At the time of the murder, Pamper Petterway had been married to
Darrell Gilchrist for only four years (when Petterway was 37/38), and they
supposedly had two children who lived with them. Petterway also had at least two
other children who lived with Petterway's mother, Lillian Houston, in North
Carolina. According to Darrell Gilchrist, his wife was a Jehovah's
Witness, who "sometimes hosted religious meetings" at their home. Thus,
it is possible that Pamper Houston, aka Pamper Petterway, aka Pamper Gilchrist,
and who knows how many other names there may have been, had been reared as a
Jehovah's Witness back in North Carolina.
On September 25, 2002, Pamper Petterway "targeted" 81 year-old
Stella Garczynski outside of a local bank. Petterway put on some type of "con"
which attracted the attention of Garczynski, who was a known "Good Samaritan",
who often helped locals who were in need of help. Petterway acted dejected, and
told Garczynski that she and her children had been put out of their apartment,
and needed a place to live to keep from being homeless. Garczynski offered to
show Petterway an available rental near her own home.
After arriving in Garczynski's neighborhood, Petterway asked
Garczynski if she could use her bathroom. Once inside Garczynski's home,
Petterway picked up a lamp, and bludgeoned the elderly woman to unconsciousness.
Garczynski may have regained consciousness, and interrupted the ransacking of
her home, multiple times, because there appeared to have been multiple attacks,
and evidence that Garczynski had fought back. In addition to having been
bludgeoned with the lamp, Garczynski had also been bludgeoned with a picture
frame and a statue. (Garczynski was a devout Catholic.) Garczynski also had
been severely beaten. At some point, Garczynski had also been both bound and
strangled with a cord. Garczynski was also stabbed more than 40 times with one
of her kitchen knives. Most of the stab wounds were to Garczynski's face and
throat, but some were "defensive" wounds to Garczynski's hands and arms.
After cleaning herself up, Petterway went straight to
Garczynski's bank, and obtained the necessary legal documents to gain
power-of-attorney over Garczynski's accounts. Petterway had also stolen about
$1000.00 in cash from Garczynski's home, as well as various legal documents, ATM
card, etc. Petterway was arrested the next day at the bank after the bank clerk
recognized Garczynski's name as that of a recent murder victim.
Given the above circumstances, does anyone really believe that
this was the very first time that Petterway had ever conned her way into
someone's home, and then did who knows what? We are even taking Petterway's word
for it that she gained entry into Garczynski's home the way that has been
Petterway never showed remorse at any of the multiple hearings,
and at the August 2003 hearing, during which she eventually pled guilty in order
to avoid the death penalty, the "the meek and
forlorn-looking" Petterway initially claimed that she was
"innocent" of the charges.
GEORGIA v. DARYL GRAY was a 2004 Georgia
juvenile court decision. In March 2004, a 12 year-old African-American
Jehovah's Witness, named Daryl Gray, stabbed in the face with a pencil a school
classmate who allegedly had repeatedly been bullying Gray. Gray was convicted of
aggravated battery, and he was sentenced to 90 days of probation, a $332.00
fine, 16 days of community service, attend family orientation counseling
program, and join the Awesome Inc. mentoring program. One media report stated
that Gray's attorney had filed a motion for a new juvenile court trial. Another
mentioned the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the school. No further info
has been located on either.
Daryl Gray claimed that he stabbed the male classmate only after
that other student first punched him. The stabbing left a possibly permanent
facial scar, and the other student was reportedly charged with misdemeanor
battery. Both boys also had been suspended from school for 10 days.
Daryl Gray was an "A" student, who had repeatedly reported that
he was being bullied by multiple classmates, but officials at Pointe South
Middle School had failed to stop the verbal harassment and even physical
attacks. Jeanette Gray, Daryl's mother, stated that she also had reported the
ongoing bullying -- face-to-face, and via an email to the BOE. Reportedly, the
school's only response was advice on avoiding conflict and re-scheduling of
UNITED STATES v. MARCUS A. GRAHAM was a
2002-2004 District of Columbia court decision. In July 2004, Marcus A. Graham,
21, was sentenced to a 50 year prison term for killing his parents' 67 year-old
neighbor, Lucille Batchelor, in a brutal attack and robbery. The conviction and
sentence was affirmed in 2008 by the D.C. Court of Appeals, but likely will be
On Sunday morning, November 17, 2002, then 19 year-old Marcus A.
Graham went to the family's local Wash D.C. Kingdom Hall along with his with
wife, mother, stepfather, and other relatives. Shortly after arriving, Graham
left on the excuse of having argued with his wife, but apparently had other
things on his mind. The previous evening, Graham's mother, Irene Perry, had
asked her son to take some soup and tea to a neighbor who had complained of
having a cold. After purchasing and smoking some PCP, Graham returned to his
parents' apartment, where he and his wife were living.
Thereafter, Marcus Graham went to Lucille Batchelor's apartment,
where he was invited in, possibly on the pretext of retrieving his mother's
dishware. When Batchelor returned to her living room, she caught Graham rifling
through her purse. Graham and Batchelor tussled, and the elderly woman was
knocked to the floor. She either hit her head on, or had it slammed into, the
edge of her dining room table. Graham also beat the elderly woman in the head
with her own walking cane. Finally, Graham stabbed Lucille Batchelor in the
chest with a kitchen knife. Graham left with only $15.00 cash and two credit
cards. At 11:00 AM, a nearby ATM took a photo of Graham as he unsuccessfully
attempted to get cash using one of Batchelor's cards.
Four days later, Marcus Graham voluntarily went to police
headquarters for a requested "interview" that ended up lasting into the AM hours
of the following day. That same evening, Clarence and Irene Perry voluntarily
showed up at police HQ, and Irene Perry was allowed to talk privately with her
son for an hour and a half. Afterwards, in an interview with Clarence and Irene
Perry, Irene Perry told police that she had suspected her son as soon as she
learned of the murder, "because he's different than the rest of the kids.
He's not serving
Jehovah. He's been in the street ... you know, he acts kind of
thug-ish." (Marcus Graham had a prior criminal record.)
Irene Perry pressed her son to tell the truth,
and Graham eventually confessed to the murder. (Graham had confessed to robbing
Batchelor even before his mother arrived, but he had told police that he had
stole the credit cards on Saturday evening.) Both confessions, and Irene Perry's participation in the second, were the subject
of Graham's losing appeal.
Graham's stepfather may not have
been as "cooperative" as was Graham's mother. Clarence Perry reportedly believed
Graham's initial denials, and reportedly offered to help Graham get an attorney
and fight the charges. After Graham's sentencing, Clarence Perry was quoted as
stating: "This picture they're trying to paint of my son, as a
hardened criminal, it's not true."
CALIFORNIA v. WINSTON JUSTICE (2003) and
CALIFORNIA v. WINSTON JUSTICE (2004) both involved a high
profile Jehovah's Witness Teenager named Winston Justice, who now plays
professional football in the National Football League (NFL).
As reported by ESPN, Winston Justice was reared as a Jehovah's
Witness, and attended the Kingdom Hall three times per week. Other media
articles related: "Winston Justice has gone door to door to teach
others about his religion since he was a small baby in his mother's arms. ... As
a small child, Justice learned to not be discouraged when people made rude
comments or slammed doors in his face."
Gary Justice and Winifred Justice (immigrants from Barbados), in
consultation with the JW Elders at their Long Beach area Congregation of
Jehovah's Witnesses, initially refused to permit Winston to play organized high
school sports, but as Winston grew larger and larger, and his athletic potential
blossomed, Winston's JW Parents re-thought the situation, and decided that they
would exercise their own "consciences". They overruled the JW Elders, and
decided to allow their son to play sports during his junior and senior years.
Winston Justice was awarded a football scholarship by the University of Southern
California (USC), and entered college in Fall 2002.
In June 2003, while home for the summer, then 18 year-old
Winston Justice was arrested for "solicitation of prostitution" in his hometown
of Long Beach. The USC All-American eventually pleaded "no contest" to a
misdemeanor in exchange for a $300.00 fine, and three years probation, and
Justice was ordered to undergo HIV testing, and attend a court-approved AIDS
In February 2004, then 19 year-old Winston Justice was arrested
for allegedly flashing what turned out to be a pellet gun at another USC student
and two passengers during a dispute in a parking structure near the campus.
Although arrested by police on "suspicion of felony assault with a deadly
weapon", the USC All-American eventually pleaded "no contest" to a misdemeanor
count of exhibition of a replica firearm, and was sentenced to 60 days of
electronic monitoring, and three years' probation.
PENNSYLVANIA v. ANTHONY LEN LINDSEY, PENNSYLVANIA v.
GEORGE T. LINDSEY, and PENNSYLVANIA v. ERASLEY D. LINDSEY. In June 2004,
multiple Pittsburgh area media outlets reported the arrests of three 32
year-old COUSINS reputed to be members of a large extended African-American
Jehovah's Witness family living in the greater Pittsburgh area. The Pennsylvania
Attorney General alleged that Anthony L. Lindsey, George T. Lindsey, and 14
others (possibly including other relatives or friends thereof) were
"major dealers of drugs" in western Pennsylvania. The AG also
alleged that the three Lindsey Cousins had attempted to hire a police informant
to murder Caleb Thompson (possibly also a relative), who the Trio
allegedly believed to have been "snitching" on Anthony Lindsey to legal authorities.
Anthony "Tone Loc" Lindsey, age 32, of Aliquippa, Beaver County, was
charged with eight counts each of possession of cocaine, possession with intent
to deliver cocaine, delivery of cocaine, one count of criminal conspiracy, one
count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of solicitation
to commit murder. Anthony Lindsey was convicted of 16 drug-related charges in
May 2006, and was sentenced to 17 to 36 years in state prison.
George T. "Cricket" Lindsey, age 32, of Aliquippa, Beaver County,
was charged with one count each of possession of cocaine, possession with intent
to deliver cocaine, delivery of cocaine, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a
communication facility, and solicitation to commit murder. Outcome of that
prosecution unclear. Later, in 2006, George Lindsey was convicted on federal
drug possession charges and charges of firearm possession by a convicted felon,
and he was sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison.
Erasley Dewey Lindsey, age 32, of Aliquippa, Beaver County, was
charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder. Outcome unknown, but given following arrest in 2006, this case was either dropped or pleaded down drastically.
MARYLAND v. ERASLEY LINDSEY. In June 2006, Erasley Dewey Lindsey, age 34, was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia during an interstate highway traffic stop near Hagerstown, Maryland. Erasley D. Lindsey paid a $500.00 fine, and probably was happy to do so. See additional arrests via google.
PENNSYLVANIA v. ODELL MILLS. In December 2011, Odell Mills, of Aliquippa, Beaver County, pleaded "No-Contest" to two charges of Felony Aggravated Assault after being arrested for attempted homocide in January 2011 after he fired shots at two police officers who were pursuing the fleeing Mills near his home. Odell Mills was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison. A TIPSTER alleges that Odell Mills is yet another "cousin" in this large extended African-American Jehovah's Witness family living in the greater Pittsburgh area. See extensive criminal record.
CALIFORNIA v. LAMONT STERLING JOHNSON was a
2003 California murder case. In 2003, during a second trial, Lamont Sterling
Johnson, of Richmond, California, was for the second time convicted of robbery
and first degree murder of a drug dealer in May 1996, and was sentenced to life
in prison without possibility of parole.
At the time that the crimes were committed, Lamont Johnson was
19 years-old. During the penalty phase of the trial, Johnson's attorney
successfully used the fact of Lamont Johnson's "strict Jehovah's
Witnesses upbringing" and alleged "learning disability" to make a
case that the death penalty was not warranted. Deliberating less than a full
day, one juror explained why the jury had not given Lamont Johnson the death
penalty, "We looked at the whole big picture, from his childhood all
the way to now."
NEW YORK v. GEORGE HARDY was a 2002-3 New York
court case. Limited details. Reared as a "devout Jehovah's Witness"
by a JW Mother, named Yugetta M. Osborne, 14/15 year-old George
Hardy was convicted, and did jail time, for charges related to carrying a
firearm while attending classes at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, New
York. In 2007, George Hardy, then 19, was shot and killed.
PAUL CHASE and JAMAICA CHASE. On New Years Eve,
December 31, 2002, at around 6:30 PM, Paul Chase, 22, and his newlywed wife,
Jamaica Howard Chase, 21, of Tacoma, Washington, were each "executed" while
sitting in their standing automobile, by being shot in the back of their heads.
The shootings went unsolved.
Apparently, it was not until the couple's Jehovah's Witness
Families began complaining about media reports that disclosed Paul Chase's gang
affiliation, and his extensive criminal background, and Jamaica Howard's minor
criminal record, that it was even disclosed that Paul Chase and Jamaica Howard
apparently had both been reared as Jehovah's Witnesses.
Subsequent media reports quoted Paul Chase's sister, Elizabeth
Williams, boasting how Paul Chase "had worked diligently in recent months to
develop his talents and become a good, God-centered
father" [to his two children by another woman]. Jamaica Howard's
step-grandmother, Judy Broadhurst, told reporters that she first learned of the
marriage when Paul Chase's mother told other congregation members at the local
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses which both families apparently attended.
Judy Broadhurst boasted how the couple were attending congregation meetings, and
were working to turn their lives around. Jamease Howard, then 14, said she
looked up to her sister. Friend Maria Kramer likewise admired Howard, stating
that, "She was a single mom, and she did such a good job raising her son
PENNSYLVANIA v. JOHN GARTH was a early 2000s
Pennsylvania criminal court case. Incomplete details. John Garth Jr., of the
greater Pittsburgh area, reportedly served 18 months in state prison for selling
crack cocaine, sometime around 2002-4, when Garth (born 1981) was roughly 21-23
John Garth Jr. had been reared as a Jehovah's Witness
by African-American Jehovah's Witness Parents, John Garth Sr. and Marta Garth.
According to his sister, Joanna Garth Potts, "We were brought up pretty
strict." Joanna Garth Potts told a reporter about their JW upbringing
which centered on "worship, Bible study, and family rules". Despite
such, John Garth Jr. had entered the world of drugs during his high school years
at Allderdice High School, and he eventually even dropped out of school without
Unfortunately, John Garth Jr. was murdered in October 2004.
Garth left behind a pregnant girlfriend, Jessica Monroe, who was also the mother
of his two year-old daughter, Messina Garth. Chalina Garth was born around
NORTH CAROLINA v. QUINCY JOVAN ALLEN (2004)
and SOUTH CAROLINA v. QUINCY JOVAN ALLEN (2005).
Reared in South Carolina by a "strict" single
African-American Jehovah's Witness Mother, in 2002, then 22 year-old Quincy J.
Allen went on a multi-state arson, armed robbery, and murder crime spree, which
ended in robbery and murder convictions in both North Carolina and South
Carolina. While North Carolina agreed to a plea bargain which sentenced Quincy
Allen to life without the possibility of parole, South Carolina sentenced
Quincy Allen to the death penalty, which was upheld by the Supreme Court of
South Carolina in 2009.
SOUTH CAROLINA v. QUINCY J. ALLEN. Prior to
2002, Quincy Allen had served prison time for a previous auto theft
In July 2002, for no other reason than to test-fire a newly
acquired shotgun, Allen shot and wounded a homeless man sleeping on a park bench
in Columbia, SC. Several days later, Allen shotgunned and killed a 45 year-old
female, and then burned her body. In August 2002, Allen shot into an automobile
belonging to the boyfriend of a co-worker killing a 22-year-old passenger. Allen
thereafter set fire to the boyfriend's home. Allen later set fire to two other
automobiles, and threatened others with his shotgun. Still in August 2002,
Quincy Allen fled to New York City where he attempted to find employment as a
"mafia hit man". Laughed out of NYC, Allen returned to South Carolina,
but not before first shooting and killing an interstate convenience store clerk
and a store customer during an armed robbery in North Carolina. After
telephoning multiple SC media outlets and threatening to kill even more people,
Quincy Allen fled westward, but was eventually arrested after he shot at Texas
police officers during a traffic stop.
In their attempt to avoid the death penalty, Quincy Jovan
Allen's South Carolina defense attorneys claimed that Allen had been diagnosed
in the latter 1990s with schizophrenia and other mental disorders during the six
times that Allen was in and out of psychiatric facilities. They alleged that
Allen was physically abused, starved, and teased as a child. They alleged that
Allen's mother, who was "strict in her Jehovah's Witnesses
faith", beat Allen and frequently locked him out of the house as
punishment. Allen allegedly was often left to fend for himself -- living with
friends, in a treehouse, or wherever else on the streets that he could find
shelter. One defense attorney told reporters:
"This guy had a really bad
upbringing. He became very bitter. He's deeply mentally ill. None of this is
said to justify anything, but this guy, ... the wheel's came off the
Although the SC trial judge acknowledged Quincy Allen's
"poor and destructive home life", the trial
judge ruled that Allen's crimes were an attempt "to be noticed and
respected", rather than the a result of a major mental illness, and even
stated in his decision to issue the death sentence that he hoped it would act as
a deterrent to "abusive parents".
NORTH CAROLINA v. DALE MCCLAIN and NORTH
CAROLINA v. JAKE MCCLAIN. Both are members of a prominent
African-American family of Jehovah's Witnesses in Buncombe County, North
Dale Lamar McClain, age 29, of Asheville, North Carolina was
convicted of misdemeanor larceny in May 2003. At his February 2004 funeral,
which was conducted at the South Ashville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses,
he was remembered for giving "gifts of his time" to others. He was
always willing to help those in his family and his congregation when they had a
need. The cause of death was glaringly absent from his obituary.
Brother, Lawrence Jake McClain, Jr., age 37, of Asheville, North
Carolina was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in January 2004.
KANSAS v. RONALD RAY SCHNEIDER was a 2001
Kansas criminal court case. On Monday, April 16, 2001, at around 6:30 PM, a
Jehovah's Witness, named Ronald Ray Schneider, 50, drove his Pontiac
automobile directly into oncoming traffic as he proceeded westbound in the
eastbound lanes of I-470 in Topeka, Kansas.
Eventually, Ronald R. Schneider struck head-on an eastbound automobile
containing two 22 year-old females, neither of whom were wearing seatbelts. A
semi-truck driver later told police that Schneider had drove straight at his
semi, and that he had avoided hitting Schneider head-on only by swerving into
Ronald Schneider and the female passenger in the other vehicle
were each treated at a local ER and released. However, the operator of the other
vehicle was admitted to a local hospital in "serious" condition. She improved to
"fair" condition a few days later, but her outcome is unknown. No further
details regarding wreck or criminal prosecution, but Schneider died about 6
months later at a Topeka hospice from causes apparently unrelated to any
injuries from this wreck. Civil lawsuits were likely avoided, because
Schneider's insurance carrier would probably have simply paid policy limits
under these indefensible circumstances.
Ronald Ray Schneider was a member of the Colly Creek
Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, and a former "WATCHTOWER
BETHELITE". It is unclear whether he and Loretta Tindell Schneider
were still married at the time. Interestingly, Ray Schneider had worked as a
Computer Programmer at WatchTower Society world HQ from 1978 until 1986, when he
left to get married in Nebraska. Such likely indicates that Schneider was one of
the "fathers" of the WatchTower's "MultiLanguage Electronic
PhotoTypeSetting System", commonly known as
MEPS, given that the MEPS
project began in 1979 and was finished in 1986.
BASIAGO v. BERNADINE DISTEFANO was a 2001
Pennsylvania civil court decision. In April 2001, Jennie Basiago was awarded a
civil judgement in the amount of $632.00 by a local judge after filing a civil
trespassing complaint in Cleona, Pennsylvania, against Bernadine DiStefano, a
member of the Palmyra, Pennsylvania Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Jennie Basiago worked night shifts and had repeatedly been
awakened during the daytime by JWs knocking at her door. Basiago claimed that
local JWs had called at her home approximately 4 times per year during the
previous 12 years. Basiago had posted eight (8) "No Trespassing" signs, along
with 3 "Beware of Dog" signs along her lengthy 300 foot long driveway. In
October 2000, she had even telephoned both local JW Kingdom Halls and told them
that she was going to file a lawsuit if they ever again came on her private
property. Yet, Bernadine DiStefano, accompanied by another unidentified JW
female, still called at the home of Jennie Basiago and woke her up in February
2001. Fed up with the ignorant pests, Jennie Basiago filed this civil
Bernadine DiStefano raised as her defense that the local
township had recently changed the address numbers of area homeowners, which
caused the JWs "Do-Not-Call" list to not work. This says much about the
mentality of Jehovah's Witnesses. They have absolutely ZERO respect for the
eight (8) "No Trespassing" signs which Jennie Basiago had posted along her
driveway. Unless the local JW Congregation said not to call at Basiago's door,
the JWs could care less about the property owners legal rights. Jennie Basiago
should have demanded that the local District Attorney also criminally prosecute
Bernadine DiStefano for "criminal trespassing". (In fact, the judge had
included the $395.00 criminal fine when computing his civil award to
Basiago.) This is just another example of why civil libertarians have no
business praising the WatchTower Society and Jehovah's Witnesses for allegedly
expanding civil rights and liberties. In fact, JWs could care less about anyone
else's rights and liberties other than their own.
PHILIPPINES v. RAFAEL DIOPITA y
was the 1995-2000 Philipines RAPE
prosecution and conviction court case of a
Jehovah's Witness MINISTERIAL SERVANT
, who was sentenced to
LIFE IN PRISON. That conviction and sentence was reviewed by the Philippines
Supreme Court and affirmed.
Shortly after sundown, on Friday evening, April 14,
1995, Jehovah's Witnesses around the world -- including those living in the
Philippines -- gathered for one hour to celebrate the only "holiday"
celebrated by the WatchTower Cult, their annual LORD'S
EVENING MEAL. This WatchTower Cult "holiday" is typically always
celebrated within a few days of EASTER, which Jehovah's
Witnesses condemn as a "pagan".
Two nights later, at around 9:00 P.M., on
EASTER Sunday night, April 16, 1995, while walking home from
work, a 24 year-old woman named Dominga Pikit-pikit was physically attacked,
robbed, and then raped. After the attack, the woman went straight home, where
her neighbors called the police. The victim was taken to the police station,
where she gave her statement. The victim was taken to the hospital, where
intercourse was confirmed. A single shoe was recovered from the crime scene
within 8 hours of the attack, and it was eventually found to fit the accused.
Police quickly detained 4 suspects from homes near the crime scene, and around
6:00 A.M., the next morning, the victim readily picked from a police lineup the
Jehovah's Witness MINISTERIAL SERVANT as her attacker, given
that the rape had been committed outside in the light of a FULL
At the trial, the Jehovah's Witness
MINISTERIAL SERVANT produced FIVE
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES as "alibi
witnesses" -- his wife and son, as well as 3 adult male Jehovah's
Witnesses. This "coven" of five JWs all testified that they had gathered at a
private home near the crime scene on that EASTER Sunday evening
to conduct a "Bible Study" -- conveniently from 8:30 P.M. until midnight. The
FIVE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES testified that the accused never left the home during
those hours. Both the trial and appellate courts completely dismissed the false
testimony of this "coven" of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Here is an excerpt from that Decision of the
Philippines Supreme Court -- which we GUARANTEE you will never find quoted in
one of the plethora of WATCHTOWER magazine articles
boasting about the superior morals and ethics of Jehovah's Witnesses:
[THE ACCUSED] tenaciously maintains that it was impossible for him to have committed the crime
charged since he is a person of good moral character, holding as he does the
position of "Ministerial Servant" in the congregation of Jehovahs
Witnesses, and that he is a godly man, a righteous person, a
responsible family man and a good Christian who preaches the word of
We are not impressed. The fact that
accused-appellant is endowed with such qualities hardly justifies the conclusion
that he is innocent of the crime charged. Similarly, his having attained the position of "Ministerial Servant"
in his faith is no guarantee against any sexual perversion and plunderous
proclivity on his part. Indeed, religiosity is not always an
emblem of good conduct, and it is not the unreligious alone who succumbs to the
impulse to rob and rape. An accused is not entitled to an acquittal simply
because of his previous good moral character and exemplary conduct. The
affirmance or reversal of his conviction must be resolved on the basic issue of
whether the prosecution had discharged its duty of proving his guilt beyond any
peradventure of doubt. Since the evidence of the crime in the instant case is
more than sufficient to convict, the evidence of good moral character of
accused-appellant is unavailing.
Accused-appellant likewise bewails and assigns as
reversible error the failure of the trial court to give credence to the
testimonies of the defense witnesses. He argues that
these are Jehovahs Witnesses, and as such, they are God-fearing people who would
never lie as to his whereabouts at the time in question. This
argument is as puerile as the first. ...
KENNETH HAWTHORNE v. GOLDFINCH and
KENNETH HAWTHORNE v. ADELAIDE CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES were
related 2001-3 Australian civil court cases. Although I typically avoid
posting JW cases from foreign countries, even those which were sufficiently
notorious so as to garner international media attention, there is the occasional
case which simply demands to be posted here. These cases from Australia are
such. They involve a Jehovah's Witness TRESPASSER, who ended up
injured, and then had the nerve to sue the property owners, and amusingly, even
the local Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, of which the JW Trespasser was a
In July 2001, Kenneth Hawthorne and his wife, Pamela Hawthorne,
then of Tea Tree Gully, were out in "field service" selling
WATCHTOWERS door-to-door, when they came to the small
farm of Ronald and Julie Goldfinch, near Paracombe. The Goldfinch's property was
fenced, and on the closed gate at the entrance near the farmhouse was a posted
sign which read: "PRIVATE - KEEP OUT".
Typically, the JW Couple ignored the property owners' sign, and
entered private property that they had no legal right to enter. As the
trespassing JW Couple proceeded toward the farmhouse, a four year-old ram ran at
and repeatedly butted Kenneth Hawthorne -- fracturing one his legs.
Thereafter, Kenneth Hawthorne filed a civil lawsuit against the
Goldfinches seeking damages for his injuries and loss of earnings due to his
supposed inability to earn a living while recovering. The lawsuit was settled
just prior to trial in January 2003 -- probably by the Goldfinch's insurance
More interesting was the fact that Kenneth Hawthorne even sued
his own local Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for its' alleged failure to
provide proper instructions about door-knocking in rural areas. Outcome
Amusingly, the Australian media reported that the ram's name was
"SH*T-FOR-BRAINS". I doubt that such was true. It was
more likely that the Aussie reporters simply felt that someone in this story
needed to be labeled as such, and only the ram could not sue them.
COLORADO v. JOEL STOVALL and COLORADO v. MICHAEL
STOVALL were related 2001 Colorado murder court cases which are
recounted on Crime TV programs. In November 2001, twin brothers, Joel Stovall
and Michael Stovall, 24, pleaded guilty to the murder of a Deputy Sheriff, 18
counts of attempted murder against police officers, and one count of aggravated
robbery, in exchange for sentences of "life plus 896 years".
On September 28, 2001, Joel Stovall was arrested in Penrose,
Colorado, after shooting a neighbor's dog, and Michael Stovall was arrested for
interfering with his brother's arrest. The Deputy Sheriff failed to search the
brothers before placing them in the backseat of his patrol car. While on the way
to county jail, Michael Stovall used a concealed handcuff key to free himself,
and then used one of two concealed pistols to shoot out the rear right side
window. Michael then stuck one of the pistols out the window and back toward the
Deputy's front passenger side window. When the Deputy refused to stop, and went
for his own pistol, Michael shot the Deputy multiple times. When that Deputy's
body was found, it had 12 shots to the head, and 4 shots to the body, and two
different pistols had been used. Later, in Florence, Colorado, the brothers
carjacked at gunpoint a pickup truck. Three hours later, the brothers ambushed a
moving city patrol car striking the driver, Officer Bethel, three times and
leaving him paralyzed. Toby Bethel also lost his spleen, liver, and a kidney.
During the subsequent chase, they wounded another Deputy in the arm, and even a
fourth officer was slightly injured by flying glass as his windshield was shot
out. The brothers peacefully surrendered to police the next day.
The brothers attitude during all this was beyond belief. Not only did they
exchange gunfire with police on a number of occasions with some degree of
fearlessness, but after shooting up Bethel's patrol car, which contained a
second uninjured officer, they returned when they saw the EMTs arrive, and they
proceeded to taunt and threaten them from a short distance. After their arrest,
the brothers reportedly threatened to kill a guard if given the chance. Joel
Stovall even gave a jail house television interview in which he smiled, joked,
and mocked the audience for having to support him for the rest of his
Robert Stovall and Linda Stovall had reared Joel Stovall and Michael
Stovall as Jehovah's Witnesses, and at the time of the rampage, they were living
with and caring for an ailing grandmother who called them "good boys" who were
"perfect in her book". Until these events, the brothers had had no trouble with
the law since the time that the two then Sophomores were arrested at Florence
High School after they climbed into the ceiling above the choir room and dropped
burning pieces of paper down onto the choir causing minor fire damage and
evacuation of the school. Also, while the brothers were still in high school,
one shot the other near the collarbone with a bow and arrow. The boys reportedly
did not use drugs, and were light social drinkers.
Some of the brothers' issues likely resulted from the separation of their
parents (at some uncertain time), and then being reared by a father who
apparently was an outdoorsman, who introduced them to everything that goes along
with such. Most of the twins "issues" were likely from all the baggage that
results from being reared as a Jehovah's Witness. Locals who had went to school
with the twins described them as "loners", who kept to themselves, and who
didn't hang out with other students, and thus had few friends. One local who had
went to school with the twins since kindergarten stated that their
fellow classmates had made fun of the boys and picked on them for years because
of their religion. The boys were not permitted to participate in any holiday
festivities, nor even sex-ed classes. After a while, "they just sort of
withdrew". After Joel Stovall was suspended for the fire incident, neither boy
returned to high school. However, the twins apparently finished high school
either via homeschooling and/or GED, because they both attended community
college for one semester before dropping out.
Evidently, as the boys got older, hunting and survivalism gradually became
their energy outlet as they also likely consciously and subconsciously came to
the understanding that their WatchTower religion was the cause rather than the
solution to many of their problems. At some point, the brothers came to hate the
police, despite the fact that their mother worked as a prison guard, and that
Michael had enrolled in the community college's criminal justice program before
dropping out, and that both twins had worked as security guards.
NEW JERSEY v. SAEED SCOTT was a 2002 New Jersey
court case. In May 2002, 23 year-old Saeed Scott was arrested in a wooded
area of Burlington Township after eluding and fighting with police officers
who had been chasing the naked Scott. Saeed Scott was reported to the police by
a group of children at a bus stop, who told police that Scott initially
approached them talking about his Jehovah's Witness religion, but then stripped
off all his clothes. Outcome unknown.
JW SUICIDE BY COP. In June 2002, a
"home-schooled" 21 year-old inactive Jehovah's
Witness, named Yukio Allen, who reportedly had no history of violent behavior,
committed "suicide-by-cop" in Inverness, Florida, after a series of
negatives in his life, which evidently caused his depression.
In what may have been a poorly thought out plea for help, Yukio
Allen walked to a nearby convenience store to supposedly make copies of a
suicide letter that he had composed. While there, Allen flashed a pistol at the
clerk, and dared her to "call the cops." Allen returned home, where cops said he
later wielded two guns, one in each hand, and confronted them, and told them
that he had turned on the gas in the house, and was going to blow himself up.
However, when Allen refused to surrender the two guns he was waving around, the
cops took him out.
While being reared as a JW in Detroit, an older brother, named
Patrick Allen, had been shot and killed by another youth with whom he was having
unspecified issues in 1993.
CALIFORNIA v. ENRIQUE PANIQUA COLIN was a 2001-2
California murder court case. Sometime during 2000-2001, the 10-year marriage of
a 32 year-old Watsonville, California Jehovah's Witness, named Enrique Paniqua
Colin, fell apart, and thereafter, so did his life. Like a farm animal born and
reared inside a barn that does not know how to behave outside the barn when
eventually let out, Enrique P. Colin went "crazy" after the breakup of his
marriage and his divorce from his wife, and after his "excommunication" from the
Enrique Colin was referred to by the media as having been a JW
"lay minister". Whether this meant that Colin had been an "elder", "ministerial
servant", or merely a lowly congregation publisher is not known. At his December
2002 sentencing, Colin accepted full responsibility for his crimes, and he
apologized to his victims. His sister, Norma Colin, described her brother as a
loving father to his two sons, and a loving brother to his JW family members
(six siblings with numerous children of their own). She cautioned those who did
not know Colin to not judge him by his past couple years, and spoke for the
Colin family: "We know he is a man of God -- no matter what anybody
In June 2001, Colin was convicted of violating a restraining
order, and was placed on three years probation. At the time, Colin was already
on probation after being convicted of spousal battery.
On Christmas Eve, 2001, Colin drove to pickup his male roommate
from work at the Watsonville KFC. From there, Colin drove to Village Liquors,
where his roommate wanted to re-stock after the previous night's alleged
marathon session of drinking and methamphetamine smoking. While the roommate was
in Village Liquors, Colin went into nearby Pacific Rim Buffet, which had already
closed. There, Colin, pulled a pistol, and attempted to rob the owners. However,
the owner verbally refused Colin's demand for money. Whether he recognized Colin
as the JW son of Jose Colin and Maria Colin, who owned the Watsonville Mexican
restaurant known as Mi Rancho is not known. Colin responded to the
refusal by shooting Khoon Shao "Sean" Koay, 40, in the chest and head as his
wife and 3 year-old daughter looked on. When Koay's 65 year-old
father, Shang-eng Koay, came to his son's aid, Colin shot him three times. While
the father survived with only losing the partial use of an arm, Sean Koay
On December 29, 2001, two sheriff's deputies went to a home in an
adjacent county as part of a separate burglary investigation, and there
discovered a stolen vehicle parked in the driveway. Enrique Colin ran out of
that house and started firing his .38 pistol at the deputies, who returned fire
striking Colin in the chest, shoulder, and hip. Colin was charged with attempted
murder, vehicle theft, and possession of stolen property in that county.
Colin's roommate, who reportedly had not known that Colin was
going to stickup the restaurant while he was buying booze, "gave up" Colin, and
he was thereafter charged with the Xmas Eve crimes. In December 2002, Colin
agreed to a plea deal in which he received life without the possibility of
parole. He was also ordered to pay $137,241.00 in restitution. It is not known
whether the separate charges from the December 29, 2001 shooting were dropped or
Using what has become "standard operating
procedure" for practically every newspaper that publishes a
seasonal article about how its local residents are choosing to celebrate
Christmas, or other holidays, the News-Press, of Fort
Myers, Florida, on January 1, 2004, in a Christmas article, included comments
from a local Jehovah's Witness Male, who had been interviewed on December 24,
2003, who related that he would not be celebrating Xmas due to his WatchTower
beliefs. That JW Male, who just so happened to have so unusual a surname such
that I had never heard/seen such previously, also just happened to mention as an
aside (Freudian? - conscience?) that he had had plans to drive to
Ohio over the Christmas holiday to visit his son, but that his
plans had fallen through.
Because that JW's surname was so unusual, I
googled such, and surprise of surprises: A male with the exact same name shows
up on an Ohio government webpage, which indicates that a male
with the exact same full name had been arrested for his 9th DUI
in October 2001. That man's age was officially listed as 43 (in 2001), while the
JW with the exact same unusual name, who was interviewed in 2003, told the
reporter that he was 42, or at least that was the age that was published.
JW WINDOW PEEPER SHOT. In May
2001, a self-proclaimed Jehovah's Witness, named Rutilio Gracida Castillo, 23,
of Oxnard, California, was shot and killed by one of two Oxnard police officers
who had responded to a complaint that Rutilio Castillo was peeping into windows
at an apartment building -- possibly his own. Castillo had a history of mental
illness, which had led to previous encounters with police. In particular,
Castillo was paranoid that someone was trying to kill him. On the night in
question, Castillo was carrying a knife. The police chased Castillo to a nearby
crowded strip mall parking lot, but when he failed to heed police commands to
drop the knife, and supposedly lunged at or advanced toward the officers, he was
shot three times and killed. The Ventura County district attorney’s office
concluded that the officers had acted reasonably, and that the shooting of
Castillo was a justifiable homicide.
The following excerpts are taken from a 2002
California Appellate Court decision which reviewed and affirmed the exclusion of
four African-Americans from the original murder trial jury. One of those
dismissed jurors was a Jehovah's Witness Mother of six children, of Carson,
California, and identified only as "P.B.", who was employed as a beautician,
volunteered as a teacher's aide, and was married to a chiropractor:
"... Counsel argued that
the last four peremptories the prosecutor had exercised were against
African-American prospective jurors ...
"... P.B. was not
'terribly bright' and was disturbed by the nature of the case and the
type of evidence that would be presented. ...
"P.B. was a married Carson
resident, who worked as a hairdresser and volunteered part-time as a teacher's
aide for the L.A. Unified School District. She had six children. A year
previously, she and her husband were victims of a Long Beach carjacking. The
carjackers were prosecuted. Her husband handled most of it. She and her husband
appeared at the defendants' sentencing. She was nervous about attending the
sentencing proceedings since the friends and family of the defendants were
present. She is a Jehovah's Witness and sees apparent gang
members when she is in different areas; that does not bother her. At age
18, one of her sons was involved in an out-of-state bank robbery. The
son was released, had turned his life around and was now working for the city.
Her husband is a chiropractor, and her other children are employed or married.
When asked about the credibility of gang member witnesses, she replied
that from her experience with her own child, sometimes it was 'just association
or situations that they have been into.' She would not be prejudiced
against gang witnesses. None of her children had been gang-affiliated.
One daughter was incarcerated after she failed to pay tickets
and, since the daughter had no money, she chose to stay in jail rather than pay
a fine. P.B. knew someone who was a law enforcement officer. She would be
uncomfortable about hearing that someone was killed, but would try to put aside
her feelings so that she could objectively evaluate the evidence. When asked
about whether she would be able to view bloody pictures, she said, 'It would be
hard,' and she would not want to see such
ALASKA v. JASON WALTER PRITCHARD was a 2001 Alaska attempted murder criminal court case. In October 2001, a 34 year-old Jehovah's Witness, named Jason Walter Pritchard, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder. Pritchard was ruled "guilty but mentally ill", and was sentenced to two concurrent 99-year prison terms, during which he will effectively never be eligible for parole.
Jason W. Pritchard became a Jehovah's Witness sometime in the early 1980s while he was still in high school. A fellow female student at Homer High School, who was a Jehovah's Witness, had used Pritchard's attraction to her as her opportunity to convert Pritchard. However, after Pritchard became a JW, their relationship was apparently terminated. This scenario possibly traumatized Pritchard and led to his mental illness given that Pritchard evidently never married, and given Pritchard's later problems with sexual issues.
Interestingly, in 2001, Pritchard's mother told a reporter that teenage Pritchard had been confused by WatchTower teachings, since Jason had interpreted some Bible verse to mean that children should "shun" their parents. [Those familiar with WatchTower teachings know the significance and impact of the mother's vague reference -- the Jehovah's Witnesses were teaching then teenage Pritchard to limit as much as possible his relationship with his own parents, since they were not JWs.]
After high school, Pritchard worked on fishing boats and at other various jobs, and apparently saved his money. Sometime in the early 1990s, Pritchard moved to Anchorage, where he purchased a four-plex to live in and rent out for extra income. Pritchard also operated a vending machine route, while he also was employed at a carpet company. All the while, Pritchard apparently was an active Jehovah's Witness.
It was around 1994 when Jason Pritchard's life started to fall apart. From the fall of 1994 until the fall of 1996, Pritchard received 5 citations for reckless driving, DWI, and driving with a suspended license. Pritchard also lost his job due to such.
In August 1997, Pritchard was arrested for "trespassing" while he apparently was "door knocking" at an Anchorage apartment complex where both the manager and police had warned him not to solicit tenants. Pritchard also had two encounters with police due to his drinking around this same time.
At some point around 1997-8, Pritchard's drinking also led him to frequent bars, strip clubs, and massage parlors. Pritchard also began to hear voices, and Pritchard's interpretations of the Bible went off the deep end. Apparently, having started to engage in illicit sex, which troubled his conscience, a voice supposedly told Pritchard that cutting off his penis would solve his problems, which Pritchard actually partially accomplished. It was around this very time that Pritchard was "disfellowshipped" due to sexual sins.
After being disfellowshipped, Pritchard was driven to start preaching to teenagers and even children about sexual sins. In mid 1998, Pritchard started approaching teenagers and children in and around schools, and he was reported to police, who in turn investigated and reported Pritchard to all local schools. Pritchard's "sex talk" was interpreted as sexual advances toward children and teenagers, but Pritchard was actually warning the children and teens about the "evils" of sex -- as his mentally ill mind so interpreted. In June 1998, Pritchard was cited for "stalking" a 14 year-old boy.
In December 1998, Pritchard walked into Anchorage Rescue Mission and started throwing $5000.00 in cash into the air, and then left. Apparently, around $4400.00 was turned over to police by the staff. The next evening, Pritchard walked into the middle of a Kingdom Hall service and started blaring that all the JWs present needed to kill themselves, or at least that's what they told police. Pritchard was "escorted" outside twice, and was returning a third time when police arrived and placed him under arrest. Pritchard spent the next several months in jail and mental health facilities under suicide watch. In March 1999, Pritchard was placed in Alaska Psychiatric Institute for one year, after which he was released and lived with his mother.
Sometime in latter 2000, on medication, Pritchard moved to Anchor Point to live with his former stepfather. There, he worked in a cannery, and attended every Kingdom Hall meeting. Pritchard also immersed himself in "bible study".
Then, on Monday morning, May 7, 2001, Pritchard, who apparently had stopped taking his medication, showed up at Mountain View Elementary School, in Anchorage, and began attacking with a knife students who were waiting for school to open. By the time police arrived, Pritchard had attempted to cut the throats of three boys, ages 8 and 9, and he was attempting to cut a fourth student inside the school, but was being prevented by a teacher with a desk.
At gunpoint, the police ordered Pritchard to drop the filet knife and surrender, but he not only refused, but even encouraged the officers to help him kill "his little brothers and sisters", and "send them to Jehovah". At one point, he exclaimed that he wanted "strength" so that he would not "take the mark of the Beast". Rather than shooting Pritchard, the police used three shots from a beanbag gun to disarm and subdue him. During such, Pritchard exclaimed, "Strengthen me, Father, to do your will." All four young boys suffered life-threatening slashes to their throats and/or faces, but all were fortunate to survive.
CALIFORNIA v. ARMANDO TIZOK FRIAS was a 2001-2 California murder case. On May 21, 2001, Armando Tizok Frias, 19, who was a Nuestra Familia gang member, was selling drugs at a Salinas, California saloon, when Raymond Sanchez and Joseph Cantu walked in and sat at the bar. Sanchez also was a drug dealer, who also was a NF "dropout" who had stopped associating with the gang. But, more importantly, Sanchez was sporadically selling drugs in NF territory without paying the NF "tax". After Sanchez's failure to heed repeatedly warnings, NF leaders had given the "green light" to its' street soldiers to kill Sanchez. Just within the past few days, the "hit" order allegedly had been confirmed by a NF "Street General" named Daniel Hernandez.
Armando Frias telephoned his local NF leaders, who met Frias in the parking lot. Frias was given a pistol. Frias walked back into the bar, and when the opportunity arose, he walked up behind Sanchez and shot him in the back of the head. Frias also shot Cantu out in the parking lot. Sanchez died. Cantu survived.
Armando T. Frias, his girlfriend, and their 7 month-old son fled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to hide out at the apartment of Frias' Jehovah's Witness Mother. Armando Frias had been reared in the WatchTower religion in Salinas, California. Armando Frias had attended a local Kingdom Hall, and like other JW Kids, he had gone without birthdays and holidays. Frias missed such as a child, but says that he was respectful of his mother, and did not complain "too much". His mother had relocated to Oklahoma City sometime when Frias was a teenager. Frias and his girlfriend had lived with his JW Mother in Ohlahoma City for a while in 1999 and/or 2000, after Frias had been released, at age 18, from California Youth Authority, where he had been incarcerated for a robbery in which two people had been murdered. At some point during all this, Frias' father, Armando Rico Frias, who also had been a NF gangbanger, had reformed, possibly had also become a JW, and possibly had reconciled with his JW wife in Oklahoma.
In June/July 2001, Armando Frias was captured at his mother's apartment, extradited back to California, tried, convicted, and sentenced to 29 years to life for the May 2001 murder and attempted murder (sounds like a plea deal). But the story does not end there.
CALIFORNIA v. DANIEL HERNANDEZ ETC., ETC., ETC. The Sanchez "hit" order allegedly had been "green-lighted" by a NF "Street General", named Daniel "Lizard" Hernandez, who later denied that he did so. Interestingly, Daniel Hernandez, who obviously had an extensive criminal and prison history in order to have reached the level of a "Street General" in the Nuestra Familia, had been reared in a middle-class Long Beach, California family of Jehovah's Witnesses. Hernandez once told a reporter, "As a kid I didn't know anything but religion."
But, like many children reared as JWs, Hernandez rebelled against the heavy yoke of WatchTower Rules, and his JW parents sent him to live with an aunt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hernandez eventually returned to live in California. At age 19, Hernandez was convicted of armed robbery, and while awaiting sentencing, he knifed another prisoner during a jail house fight. After that, "Lizard" became indoctrinated into the Nuestra Familia by a cousin that he met in San Quentin. Thereafter, Hernandez moved up the ranks of Norteno (after spending a short while as a Sureno) as he participated in gang-life inside various California prisons and outside on the streets of California and Pittsburgh.
FLORIDA v. JARROD LYNN CEARLEY. In April 2001, Jarrod L. Cearley, then 25 years-old, of Vero Beach, Florida, was convicted on one count of burglary and one count of trafficking in stolen property back in January 1999. Jarrod Cearley was sentenced to six years in state prison.
FLORIDA v. JARROD LYNN CEARLEY. In June 2001, Jarrod L. Cearley was convicted on one count of weapons charges committed in November 2000, and was sentenced to 3 years in state prison.
Jarrod Cearley was a member of a large extended family of Jehovah's Witnesses, and had associated with multiple Kingdom Halls in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina before dying of unknown causes in 2009 at the age of 34.
MARIA LEAL v. CITY OF SANTA ANA was a 1999 California civil court case, and an "almost" criminal court case, which involved a Jehovah's Witness named Maria Leal. In May 1999, Maria Leal, age 60, was doing "street witnessing" in the downtown business section of Santa Ana, California. Probably because Leal was bored from people ignoring her, Leal allegedly started feeding the pigeons. Santa Ana had an ordinance against feeding the "poop machines", and some business owner called the police.
Officer Leonard Salcedo, an eleven year veteran, responded to the complaint. Salcedo approached Leal and another unidentified female and told them that someone had been observed feeding pigeons in the area and that doing so violated at least two city codes, including one against littering. Salcedo reportedly had no intention of ticketing anyone. He simply wanted to stop the feeding and attracting of pigeons into the downtown area.
However, when he asked Maria Leal for her identification, she reportedly became indignant, and refused. Ratching up the situation, Leal now placed Officer Salcedo in a position of having to detain her. Acording to Salcedo, he placed his hand on Leal's shoulder, and she then bit one of his fingers. Given the sensitive situation, Salcedo called and waited for backup. Then, when attempting to place Leal into custody, Leal allegedly became "uncontrollable", and Leal allegedly "plopped" to the ground on her own. Leal was inevitably arrested, booked, fingerprinted and photographed.
However, the D.A. refused to prosecute the case, even though it involved an assault on a police officer, which prompted the local media to backhandedly poke fun of Officer Salcedo and his arrest of a "pigeon feeder". In reality, the chicken-xxxx D.A. was more likely afraid of prosecuting a public-preaching Jehovah's Witness.
Thereafter, Maria Leal filed a $25,000.00 lawsuit against Officer Salcedo and the City of Santa Ana in which Leal claimed that Salcedo bruised her breast and buttock when he "forced" her to the pavement. In December 1999, a jury heard Leal's case, and deliberated all of 15 minutes before deciding in favor of Salcedo and the City.
One can't help but wonder if the second female mentioned above was also a JW and a friend of Maria Leal, and why did she not testify at Leal's civil trial? Or, did she? Leal's attorney later told a reporter that he only took this case because he was already representing Leal in another civil case in which she was suing someone else. As for Officer Salcedo, he went on to have a respected career in law enforcement, and eventually started a polygraph business.
TEXAS v. BILLY GEORGE HUGHES was a 1976-99 Texas murder court decision. Forever labeled "A Cop Killer", Billy George Hughes, Jr., of Fairhope, Alabama, was executed by lethal injection in Texas, in January 2000, for the 1976 shooting of a Texas State Trooper, while Hughes was stopped alongside a Texas interstate by that trooper and his partner.
Billy George Hughes had been an easy person to villainize given that his murder of a law enforcement officer was the finale of a three-year long series of crimes. Hughes former wife, Beth Rounds Hughes, who was a Jehovah's Witness, had been one of Billy George Hughes' biggest critics, and Jehovah's Witnesses everywhere were quick to point out his multiple crimes, along with the fact that Hughes had been "disfellowshipped" for such.
Few webpages bother to discuss what type person was Billy George Hughes, Jr. before 1973 and after 1976. According to his father, Billy George Hughes, Sr., Junior had an idyllic childhood. School, education, and preparing for his future were primary in Hughes' life. In elementary school, Hughes played on various local football and baseball teams. In High School, Hughes competed on the cross-country and track teams, and also was a statistician and sports reporter for the high school football team. Hughes once served as the President of his school's Junior Achievement club. When Hughes was 10 years-old, he won a local essay contest, writing on the topic: "Why My Daddy's The Greatest". The Hughes family lived on a small horse farm to accommodate Billy George's love of horses, and Hughes once had had hopes to become a veterinarian. After Billy George Hughes was imprisoned, he earned two college degrees, and became a celebrated artist and cartoonist, and Hughes donated artwork to several charitable causes.
Billy George Hughes, Senior, claimed that the day that two Jehovah's Witnesses came knocking at his front door was the "sad turning point" in his family's life:
"One afternoon, two young men showed up and said to me, 'Would you like to be able to live forever and never have to die?' And so I said, 'What? Do you know something I don't know?' That was the beginning of the trouble that came into the Hughes family."
It is not clear exactly when that day occurred, but it probably was while the oldest child, Junior, was in High School (1967-71). Senior did not fall for the JWs' sales pitch. However, Senior evidently was interested just long enough, and allowed the JWs access to his family sufficient for his wife, Vida Hughes, and all his children, including Junior, to all convert to the WatchTower religion.
Because the WatchTower Society was against higher education, because Armageddon was going to occur in October 1975, Junior gave up a chance for a scholarship in the physical therapy field, and abandoned plans to study the farrier trade or become a veterinarian.
In the summer of 1972, at a WatchTower District Convention, Hughes met fellow JW, Beth Rounds, of Montgomery, Alabama. They were married in June 1973. Typical of numerous such JW marriages during the pre-1975 days, the marriage was a disaster. It is not clear what all occurred after 1972, but up until 1972, Billy George Hughes, Jr., had lived an unblemished life. He was well-liked and respected by the Fairhope community.
ALABAMA v. BILLY G. HUGHES. The couple quickly developed financial problems as Hughes bounced from one bad business venture to another bad business venture. Almost sounding like a re-run of the Christian Longo saga, Billy George Hughes began passing bad and/or forged checks around the area. It was that affront to the reputation of the local JWs that got Hughes excommunicated. That only caused the couple's problems to escalate. The couple separated and filed for divorce in early 1974. Beth Rounds Hughes claimed that Hughes had began to beat on her during the last days of their relationship. At some point, the Hughes couple filed bankruptcy.
UNITED STATES v. BILLY HUGHES. At some point in all of the aforementioned, Billy George Hughes also made multiple telephoned bomb threats to area businesses -- possibly to those businesses who were prosecuting him for the passing of the bad and/or forged checks. Hughes plea bargained "guilty" to a federal extortion charge, and received three years probation -- apparently because the telephoned bomb threats were seen as being "out-of-character" for Hughes.
However, the federal prosecutor and judge did not do Hughes any favors, because Hughes, who was likely "mentally diseased" at that point, only continued his criminal activities. In January 1976, Hughes left one of his shirts -- bloodied -- on a nearby beach, so that people would think he was dead, and like Christian Longo, Hughes left town, and went on a multi-state crime spree.
Hughes three-month long, multi-state and multi-city crime, spree ended in Texas, on the night of April 4, 1976, when two Texas state troopers pulled Hughes' stolen 1975 Ford LTD over near Sealy, Texas, after a motel clerk had telephoned the vehicle's description to police after the operator had attempted to rent a room with a stolen credit card. As the troopers approached Hughes' vehicle, Hughes stuck a 9mm pistol out the driverside window and shot one trooper. Hughes sped away, but was arrested two days later during a massive statewide manhunt.
Hughes first conviction was overturned on appeal, but he was convicted again during the 1988 re-trial. During the penalty phase of the trial, Beth Rounds traveled to Texas to testify against her former husband. She told jurors that Hughes physically assaulted her numerous times, lied, stole, and made her life miserable during the year and a half they were married back in 1973-4. Rounds testified that she still feared Hughes, and that she thought Hughes to still be a violent person and a continuing threat to society. Rounds stated: "He was very convincing. He could turn those baby blues on. I know what type man he is inside."
To no avail, defense attorneys presented about a dozen character witnesses who testified Hughes was not the same man in 1988 who went on the cross-country crime spree in 1976. A Catholic Priest, a Lutheran Minister, a Texas Agricultural Extension Service horse specialist, a SPCA employee, a childhood friend and two school principals from Fairhope, Alabama, and even a Corrections Consultant once tapped to head the Texas Department of Corrections, all testified that Billy George Hughes was an asset to society who should not be executed.
An "email contributor" reports an incident which is so "unique" and "unusual" that no JW readers will believe such even after I am able to locate the published news report -- thus, why I choose to go ahead and post a summary of the "lead" now. The "contributor" has a 100% track record thus far, but has been unable to locate and forward the article. I too have not been able to locate such -- yet. "Contributor" states their recollection of reading a news article, sometime in the early 2000s, which reported an incidence of gang violence in the Los Angeles area which involved two separate groups of youths -- and here is where the story will be denied by JWs -- who were associated with two separate Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses.
-- Thanks to a second emailer who vaguely recalls the news report, but their recollection was that it was a fight between two groups of JW youths from two different KHs, but not necessarily "gang related". This helper recalls "California", but not necessarily LA, and indicates time period may have been in late 1990s.
Signature found on a 1994 Resolution presented to President Bill Clinton advocating the de-criminalization of drug use.
Farris Lee Huff, Ministerial Service, Jehovah's Witnesses, Compton, CA
Do you suppose that "Brother Huff" had a reason for such views? Google his name.
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