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UNITED STATES v. CRAIG A. CAPSON was the famous 1960-66 JEHOVAH'S WITNESS DRAFT DODGER court case which went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. SCOTUS refused to hear this case of Craig Capson's conviction for refusing to be inducted into the United States military. Craig Capson was a third-generation Jehovah's Witness who proclaimed that he had been "ordained" as a JW Minister when he was 9 years-old. This federal court case made Craig Capson and his extended Capson family one of Utah's most PROMINENT Jehovah's Witness Elders and Jehovah's Witness families during the latter half of the 20th century.
UTAH v. CRAIG A. CAPSON made Craig A. Capson one of Utah's most INFAMOUS Jehovah's Witness Elders during the early years of the new 21th century. In the early 2000s, Craig Capson was convicted of LEWDNESS INVOLVING A CHILD, and served a short stint in jail, and was registered as a Utah sex offender. Capson died in Murray, Utah, in February 2011, leaving three daughters, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a prominent JW Brother and his family.
Although it is not known if he is the same "Clarence Bouse" convicted in the above criminal prosecution, in 1993, a Jehovah's Witness, also named Clarence Bouse, of Harrisonville, Missouri, (two counties west of Sedalia, Missouri) filed a federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination against Capital Cities ABC Inc. and its' newspaper subsidiary, The Kansas City Star, which had fired Bouse in June 1992 from his job as a pressman. (Did Bouse receive his "pressman" training at the WatchTower Society's world headquarters, as have a multitude of former Bethelites who have gone to work for newspapers after leaving "Bethel"???)
MASSACHUSETTS v. JOEL C. BIAS (2003) was a 2002-03 Massachusetts criminal court case involving Joel Bias, which likely was motivated by his earlier prosecution and conviction for RAPE AND ABUSE OF A CHILD. After a two-day JURY trial in November 2003, which undoubtedly excluded any mention of his previous conviction, Joel Bias was found "not guilty" of two counts of assault and battery on a person 14 years-old or older.
This second prosecution stemmed from two "incidents" that transpired in 1998 at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Amherst, Massachusetts, when Joel C. Bias was 28 years-old and the complaining victim was only 14 years-old. The victim claimed that TWICE in 1998 while she was attending services at her local Amherst Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses that Joel Bias touched her on her buttocks without her consent. The victim claimed that both incidents occurred while services were ongoing and while she was returning to her seat after using the restroom. The victim claimed that each time that the incident occurred that Joel Bias was an "attendant" or "usher" stationed at the rear of the Kingdom Hall to guard the main entrance, and that as she was returning to her seat, Bias reached out and hugged her, while allowing his hands to wander to her buttocks. (Apparently, the building layout was such that the restroom entrances were not visible from the auditorium.)
INTERESTINGLY, Bias's attorney apparently did not deny that the incidents happened, but rather successfully claimed that neither incident rose to the legal definition of an "assault" because the 14 year-old victim had failed to complain to Bias or say anything at all to anyone else at the time that the incidents occurred. In fact, the Prosecutor related that the incidents had eventually been reported to the congregation's Elders by the victim, and that Bias had suffered unidentified congregation sanctions (where Joel C. Bias' father is believed to be the COBE/Presiding Overseer). Bias allegedly acknowledged such to police when he was initially questioned. What all this seems to tell us is that the JW Elders did NOT show up and testify at this trial.
This case reminded this editor of an African-American Ministerial Servant in his early-30s who served in a suburban congregation which included multiple African-American Elders and Ministerial Servants, and which was located in a northern suburb of a large mid-west City -- back in 1996. This MS and his new family were relocated from either Toledo or Cleveland to our large city by his employer. He was a recent Divorcee with custody of one child who had recently married an A-A Divorcee with custody of three children. African-American MS was AGGRESSIVELY AMBITIOUS, and was quickly re-appointed as a Ministerial Servant in our congregation by the mixed-race BOE. MS actively campaigned for Public Talk assignments and other congregation assignments/responsibilities, and openly complained when he didn't receive such, plus he let everyone in the congregation know that he wanted to be promoted ASAP to "Elder". The local Elders frequently cited this extremely ambitious MS as an "example" for all the other males in the congregation to follow.
Amusingly, even before the first anniversary of MS's arrival in City, MS's extracurricular congregation ambitions finally caught up with him. MS's "house of cards" came tumbling down when MULTIPLE unmarried A-A females in our congregation, multiple unmarried A-A females in the congregation that shared our Kingdom Hall, and even multiple unmarried A-A females in other local congregations gradually revealed that MS was a SERIAL SEXUAL PROPOSITIONER who made his moves right inside the Kingdom Hall, or at other WatchTower events. What was more shocking to this editor was the fact that the local BOE -- again with several African-Americans -- did not appear to be shocked or even surprised at the "inside the congregation" modus operandi of this Ministerial Servant. A-A MS was disfellowshipped for unknown reasons. Given MS's ability to play the Elders like a banjo, it is hard to believe that he was DF'ed for mere "propositioning". It is more likely that MS had been somewhat successful with his intra-congregational trolling scheme, which would involve A-A JW females willing to fornicate within the congregation
This editor has known of many Caucasian JW Males who carried on affairs with non-JWs, or at least limited themselves to one female inside the congregation with whom they had fallen in love. In fact, in this same congregation, a Caucasian MS recently had left his JW Wife to marry a non-JW co-worker. However, Dude MS was the only JW Male of any race that this editor has known who REGULARLY trolled for casual sex with multiple unmarried adult JW females at multiple Kingdom Hall meetings and even at the local Assembly Hall. His latest wife quickly divorced him, and he eventually moved elsewhere. Because this sexual predator's then KNOWN targets were all adults, this editor will wager much that this Dude simply moved to another City, got reinstated, and replayed his intra-congregation trolling modus operandi. (For those IDIOTS who like to mis-characterize this editor's sporadic rants which don't hesitate to call a spade a "spade", I gave Dude's A-A ex-wife significant funds to pay her bills multiple times after she kicked his sorry arse out. And, I did so despite the fact that only a few months previous she had proclaimed to a crowd of JWs to whom I was speaking after a KH meeting that I KNEW NOTHING about what I was speaking -- which just so happened to be my area of expertise, in which I trained others. I just wrote that incident off as "TYPICAL" for the situation -- a "strong black woman" whose mouth was bigger than her brain.)
Maybe this also is a good time to finally reveal that just a few months before I relocated out of that congregation, the A-A wife of one of the aforementioned African-American Elders began to flirt with me both at the Kingdom Hall and during the few scatter times when I had telephoned her home to speak with JW Elder when he turned out not to be at home. I wrote off JW Elderette's flirting as merely being ackward attempts to be friendly to a whitecollar Caucasian. However, only 3-4 months after moving out of the congregation, while still in communication with members there, I learned that JW Elderette had been disfellowshipped for adultery.
HAWAII v. RAMIL FERNANDO DULDULAO was a 2014-15 Maui, Hawaii criminal court case which involved a 44 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister named Ramil F. Duldulao, of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. In late 2013 or early 2014, a 13 year-old boy who attended the Kihei Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses reported to his Jehovah's Witness Parents that fellow Jehovah's Witness Ramil Duldulao had been repeatedly sexually fondling him and sexually harassing him opportunistically at the Kihei Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, while engaging in field service, at the Duldulao home whenever the victim visited the Duldulao children, and at the victim's home when the Duldulao family socialized at the victim's Parent's home.
The 13 year-old victim's JW Parents reported the matter to the Body of Elders at the Kihei Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, whom formed a "judicial committee" to investigate the child molestation allegation. In accordance with WatchTower Cult standard-operating-procedure, the 13 year-old victim was FORCED to confront Ramil Duldulao face-to-face and make his accusations while Duldulao was present. The crying child victim described how Duldulao had repeatedly fondled his buttocks on multiple occasions, and how Duldulao had repeatedly put his hands down into the child's pockets, and how Duldulao had repeatedly made obscene hand gestures and spoken to the child using sexualized language.
Apparently familiar with the WatchTower Cult's RULE that requires there to be TWO WITNESSES to an act of child molestation, Ramil Fernando Duldulao simply laughed-off the child's tearful testimony. Duldulao claimed that on all those multiple occasions that he had simply been "playing" around or horsing around with the victim during "sports play". Apparently, no formal action was taken against Duldulao by the Kihei Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Sometime thereafter, "someone" reported the matter to the police, who arrested and charged Ramil Fernando Duldulao with continuous sexual assault of a minor. Interestingly, this "alien" PERP managed to be LICENSED as a "Security Guard" by the State of Hawaii in April 2015 -- while he was under indictment for "continuous sexual assault of a minor".
In 2015, Ramil Fernando Duldulao, a Filipino National, accepted a plea deal offered by the LAZY Maui Prosecutor to plead Guilty to a lesser single count of third-degree sexual assault. In November 2015, Ramil F. Duldulao was sentenced to one year in jail with five years probation, forced to register as a sex offender, and ordered to pay $5400.00 restitution. Repeating Duldulao's statement that he had made saying, "I am 100 percent against violence. [Sexual] acts outside the marriage [are] detestable and against Bible principles," the no-nonsense female Judge stated, "I really wish you'd practice what you preach. I think you need to take a good look at yourself. You can laugh all you want, and you can joke all you want, but I think the joke's on you. You're going to laugh all the way to [Maui Community Correctional Center]."
Ramil Fernando Duldulao apparently is part of a large extended Jehovah's Witness family from the Phillippines, who all live in the Anchorage, Alaska area, or on Maui. Ramil F. Duldulao, and his wife and children, also recently lived in Anchorage, Alaska. Notably, Duldulao's sister testified as a character witness for the PERP, stating that Duldulao was a good husband and a good father, who regularly performed volunteer work for his church, and who had "always been a good, law-abiding person". Once again, a snickering Jehovah's Witness "Satan" gets off with a wrist-slap.
UNITED STATES v. LESLIE ALLEN LETTS (2004) and UNITED STATES v. LESLIE ALLEN LETTS (2010) were related Wisconsin federal court cases in which Leslie A. Letts, ages 35 and 41, of Janesville, Wisconsin, pleaded "Guilty"to using the Internet and telephone to persuade a 13-year-old South Beloit, Illinois girl to engage in a sexual act. Lett also admitted to traveling across state lines to South Beloit, Illinois, for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a person whom Lett believed was a child. Letts was originally sentenced to 60 months in prison without parole, with 60 months supervised release to follow. However, after Leslie Letts was released from prison in January 2009, Letts violated one of his release conditions by repeatedly accessing a public computer at the Milton, Wisconsin Public Library to make contact with females. Letts was tried in 2010 for such, and sentenced to another 12 months in prison.
Originally, Leslie A. Letts was caught in a police "sting", and apparently never ever actually communicated with the young girl. Instead, after Letts located the girl's online profile and sent her a message, the teenage girl's Mother intercepted Lett's messages, which even included a sexually explicit photo, and turned such over to the police, whom began an undercover sting on Letts. Letts was highly surprised when he traveled to Illinois to meet for sex a person Letts thought was going to be a 13-year-old girl. Interestingly, Leslie Allen Letts initially was released on bond, but confined to the home of his "exemplary" Jehovah's Witness Parents, Amos Letts and Ruth Letts, in Janesville.
JENNIFER L. ELLIS LETTS v. LESLIE ALLEN LETTS was a 2001 Wisconsin Divorce case.
LEANNA LYNN HANSEN LETTS v. LESLIE ALLEN LETTS was a 2011 Wisconsin Divorce case.
WISCONSIN v. WAYMON CHANDLER IVERY was a 1992 Wisconsin criminal court case. In December 1992, married African-American Waymon C. Ivery, age 42, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was convicted/pled to one count of First Degree Sexual Assault On A Child -- his 9 year-old step-daughter -- and was required to register as a Sex Offender (mobile - currently Colorado Springs, Colorado). Waymon Ivery reportedly served only one year of a multiple years prison sentence.
OHIO v. RICHARD ALLEN KANDRA was the 1989 Ohio criminal prosecution of Richard A. Kandra, then age 28, of Lagrange, Ohio, on one count of statutory Rape. Richard Kandra served an unknown length prison term, and was required to register as a Sex Offender at least as late as 2003, when he registered in the state of Florida.
FLORIDA v. RICHARD ALLEN KANDRA and FLORIDA v. RICHARD ALLEN KANDRA. Richard Kandra was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida in May 1996 and in May 2000 on charges of failing to register in Florida as a Sex Offender. Richard Kandra was arrested again in Fort Myers in October 2001 on unclear charges. Outcomes unknown.
KATHY VAULS MOLESTATION. In 1976, 14 year-old Kathy Vauls was sexually molested by a 27 year-old "Ministerial Servant" from the same Baltimore, Maryland area Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses which Kathy Vauls attended with her JW Parents, John and Bette Vauls. That married JW MS allegedly fondled Vauls breasts and digitally penetrated her vagina as he drove her home in his car from babysitting his two children. Kathy kept the sexual assault a secret until after she turned 18 years-old, when in 1979 she finally told her mother, who in turn reported the 3 1/2 year-old rape to the Congregation's Body of Elders.
A judicial committee was formed, and the by-then 18 year-old Kathy Vauls was grilled for 3-4 hours without the presence of her JW Parents. Vauls reported that the three Elders perversely wanted to know every minute detail of the sexual assault -- down to "how many fingers" had the JW MS used during each part of the assault. Alleging that the 14 year-old Vauls then had had "big boobs" and "dressed provocatively", the 3-member judicial committee reportedly decided that the then 14 year-old girl was as much, if not more, responsible for her RAPE as had been the JW MS who raped her. Reportedly, the three Elders decided to discipline the Rapist by merely "reproving" him "privately", while also "reproving" Kathy Vauls -- but "publicly".
Bette Vauls obviously was very unhappy with the way the BOE had handled the matter -- not to mention their decision and "sentence". However, all three Vauls still maintained the WatchTower-taught "code of silence", and no report of the RAPE was made to the authorities. Yet, the whole matter became an ongoing irritant to Bette Vauls, and she apparently wore on her sleeve her displeasure with the BOE, who in turn returned the favor. Bette Vauls was hounded by the BOE until they finally had grounds to disfellowship her in 1983. Bette Vauls eventually filed a failed, but well-publicized, civil lawsuit against several individual Elders in 1985. See BETTE VAULS v. NICK G. LAMBROS ET AL.
INDIANA v. GLEN M. FLESHER is an ongoing 2015 Indiana and Texas criminal prosecution. In September 2015, a reportedly "never-married" onetime Jehovah's Witness Ministerial Servant at the Terre Haute, Indiana Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, named Glen Flesher, age 33, was arrested at the home in Terre Haute which he shares with his JW Mother, Rhonda Flesher. Computers and other property were seized from the home. Glen Flesher is accused of beginning an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Texas girl in 2014, and now faces criminal charges including child exploitation, possession of child pornography, child solicitation, vicarious sexual gratification, and dissemination of sexual material to a minor -- all of which resulted from the exchange of nude photographs between Flesher and the female minor. Flesher and the minor female also used Skype to facilitate their illegal relationship. Glen Flesher remained in jail on $75,000.00 bond. Outcome pending.
OKLAHOMA v. KENNETH L. WOODRUFF was a 2011 Oklahoma criminal prosecution of a 77 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister, father, and grandfather, who was arrested in August 2011, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on charges of CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, and held on $100,000.00 bond. Outcome unknown. Kenneth Woodruff died in July 2015, and received a Kingdom Hall funeral in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
CALIFORNIA v. FALKO NOFRIED FORBRICH (DOB: 10-13-1943) (Multiple aliases: Falco, Norfried) Date unknown, Falko N. Forbrich, of Cupertino, California, was convicted of LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD 14 OR 15 YEARS OLD. Sentence unknown, but Falko Forbrich was once listed on the California Sex Offender Registry. Falko Forbrich is one of three brothers reared in communist East Germany by active Jehovah's Witness Parents. Forbrich has boasted that his JW Father spent 8 years in an East German prison due to secret activities performed inside East Germany for the outlawed WatchTower Society. The JW Family eventually somehow managed to escape into West Germany. Falko Forbrich immigrated to the United States sometime prior to 1984 -- probably using his controversial "Jehovah's Witness" religion as a primary reason for entry, as do many immigrants. Research raises a question about the GENDER of the child whom Falko Forbrich sexually assaulted. Interestingly, in 1984, Forbrich's older brother, Ernst Forbrich, was caught in an FBI SPY STING in Florida and convicted on two counts of ESPIONAGE against the United States.
PENNSYLVANIA v. TERRY JEANNE MONHEIM was a 2012-13 Pennsylvania criminal court case in which a Female Jehovah's Witness named Terry Monheim, aka Terry Jeanne Seipp, then age 58, then of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault on a person younger than 16 years old, and corruption of a minor. Outcome unknown.
In 2011, the alleged Female victim, by then age 22, whom had been reared as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness, reported to law enforcement that she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by Terry Monheim between 2003 and 2005, when the alleged victim was 14 to 16 years-old, and while the alleged victim and Monheim had been fellow members of the Spring Grove Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, in York County, PA. The alleged victim further alleged that both she and Terry Monheim had been "publicly reproved" by the Congregation -- for what the Elders at the Spring Grove Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses apparently had considered to have been a consensual homosexual relationship. The alleged victim thereafter publicly alleged that she also had been sexually assaulted by an unidentified Male Jehovah's Witness when she was only 4 years-old. Outcome unknown.
PENNSYLVANIA v. MERVIN TORIAN SR. Mervin Torian Sr., African-American male, DOB 2/21/1969, started serving a lengthy prison sentence in the mid-1990s, on charges of incest, rape, and corruption of a minor.
OHIO v. JW STEPFATHER. Sparse details. In the latter 1980s, an anonymous 16 year-old Jehovah's Witness girl living in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, disclosed to her mother that the "devout Jehovah's Witness" Step-father had repeatedly abused her during her earlier childhood. Together, the JW Girl and her JW Mother confronted JW Step-father, who CONFESSED. However, since the abuse had already ceased, JW Mother and other family members urged JW Girl to keep the JW Family's secret a secret. JW Girl eventually disclosed the prior abuse to the authorities, and eventually filed criminal charges against her stepfather. At the trial, JW Step-father pleaded NOT GUILTY. JW Girl sat alone with the Prosecutor as JW Mother and JW Step-father sat on the other side of the courtroom. JW Girl did her best for the prosecution, but she only was able to recall scattered bits and pieces of the sexual assaults which had occurred years earlier when she was much younger. JW Step-father was found guilty of only a minor charge and was sentenced to only 60 days in jail. If you read this JW Girl, please send us the specifics.
OHIO v. JERALD JORDAN was a 2010-14 Ohio criminal court case which involved a practicing Jehovah's Witness Minister named Jerald Jordan, age 62, of Crestline, Ohio. Jerald Jordan eventually accepted a plea deal for 9 years in prison (minimum of 7 served) in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of Unlawful Contact with a Minor, two counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance, and one count of Attempted Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance. Multiple attempts at appeal have failed. Typically, this was the Jehovah's Witness Minister's first ever run-in with the legal system.
In February 2010, Jerald Jordan's JW Wife of thirty years, Brenda Jordan, and possibly one of his four daughters, reported to local police that Jerald Jordan had sexually assaulted a 13 year-old granddaughter who had spent the night during early February 2010. Jordan eventually admitted to police that he had rubbed the granddaughter's vagina while snuggling under a blanket while watching a movie together. Jerald Jordan was arrested and incarcerated -- where during a visit with his brother, Lloyd Jordan, Jerald Jordan was taped asking Lloyd Jordan to go to his home and remove a certain garbage bag from the bedroom. That garbage bag was intercepted, and inside the bag were found 24 secretly recorded VHS tapes of multiple different minors in various stages of nudity while visiting at the Jordan home.
OHIO v. MICHAEL HARRIS and OHIO v. MICHAEL HARRIS are/were somewhat related 2007-13 Ohio criminal court cases in that an African-American Jehovah's Witness named Michael Harris, of greater Cleveland, Ohio, was convicted of repeatedly raping a 6 year-old step-daughter during 2007-08, plus Harris was also convicted of raping an adult step-daughter in 2007.
Michael Harris and Robin Harris married in 2004. They initially lived in Euclid, Ohio, before then moving to Cleveland Heights. Michael Harris was alleged to have repeatedly performed oral sex on the 6 year-old female, plus repeatedly forced her to perform oral sex on him under threat of spanking. Harris also watched pornographic movies in front of the 6 year-old. Michael Harris was sentenced to 30 years to life on the first conviction. The second conviction has been overturned and remanded for a new trial due to errors relating to the possibility that the multiple sexual contacts between Harris and the adult step-daughter may have been consensual. Quite a top quality JW family we have here. Outcome of new trial unknown.
OHIO v. AARON M. MAY. Aaron May, African-American male, DOB 3/23/1973, started serving a lengthy prison sentence in the early 1990s, on charges of first degree rape of a male minor, and first degree rape of a female minor.
VERMONT v. THOMAS F. BATHRICK. Limited details. Tom F. Bathrick was convicted on 05/21/1998 of "Non-NYS Felony Sex Offense". Vermont's Sex Offender Registry specifies as "sexual contact" with a "non stranger".
MASSACHUSETTS v. THOMAS F. BATHRICK. In January 1998, Tom Bathrick Jr., of Bellows Falls, Vermont, was also arrested and charged with stealing a 1988 Saab at gunpoint after he hitchhiked a ride with the owner. Mass State Police stopped the vehicle with spike-strips. Outcome unknown.
Informant alleges that Thomas Bathrick was reared in a JW Family, and was baptized at age 22, in 1999.
PENNSYLVANIA v. GREGORY J. YARBENET was a 2002-03 Pennsylvania state criminal prosecution of a Jehovah's Witness Minister named Gregory Yarbenet, then age 55, of Girard, Pennsylvania, who had been employed as an award winning Rice Avenue Middle School science teacher for 32 years. In April 2002, Greg Yarbenet was arrested for repeatedly -- sometimes almost daily -- sexually molesting a female student named Stacey S. between February 1999 and June 2000, while the girl was in the seventh and eighth grades, and while Yarbenet was the girl's homeroom teacher and adviser. In a March 2003 plea deal, Greg Yarbenet pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of indecent assault, and three counts of corruption of minors, and was sentenced to 11-22 years in state prison.
WASHINGTON v. JAMES ACE SALMON II was a 2015 state of Washington criminal prosecution. In September 2015, James A. Salmon, then a transient living in Port Angeles, Washington, pled guilty to a single count of "Communication with minor for immoral purposes". Sentence unknown. Registered sex offender. James Ace Salmon is believed to have JW Family in Idaho, California, and Washington state.
In Januray 2015, James Salmon was arrested on charges third-degree rape of a child, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Police stated that, from December 2013 until February 2014, that James Salmon had exchanged texts and pornographic selfies with a 14 year-old girl whom knew that Salmon was 21 years-old at the time. Salmon confessed that he had communicated with the girl via digital media and had met up with her and had sexual intercourse on multiple occasions.
OREGON v. DONALD MERLIN SERJEANT was a 1990 Oregon criminal prosecution of a 58 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister and SERIAL CHILD PREDATOR named Donald Merlin Serjeant (DOB: 6/18/1932), then of Albany, Oregon. Donald Serjeant, aka Donald M. Serjeant, aka Don Serjeant, aka Don M. Serjeant, aka Donny Serjeant, aka Donny M. Serjeant, actually resided in multiple locations in Washington state prior to relocating to Oregon from Washington, where he also had frequently moved about, although a significant term of residence was spent in Bottell, Washington (see below).
It appears that the Linn County Grand Jury may have been presented with evidence of three possible victims, but returned an indictment only with regard to one of those possible victims. In April 1990, Donald Serjeant was indicted on 4 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, 1 count of Attempted Sodomy in the Second Degree, and 1 count of Attempted Rape in the Second Degree. Those incidents occurred between 1984 and 1989 to a female under the age of 12 years-old who was the daughter of close family friends of Serjeant.
In July 1990, the Prosecutor cut a deal with Donald Merlin Serjeant to plead "no contest" to the four counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Serjeant was sentenced to only 5 years in prison, but was out on parole by December 1992. Don Serjeant was also ordered to pay $3000.00 restitution for counseling for his young victim.
WASHINGTON v. DONALD MYRLIN SERJEANT was a 1993 Washington state criminal prosecution of 39 year-old Donald Myrlin Serjeant (DOB: 6/16/1954). In December 1993, Donald Myrlin Serjeant was convicted of sexually molesting a 13 year-old female.
Donald Serjeant, aka Donald M. Serjeant, aka Don Serjeant, aka Don M. Serjeant, aka Donny Serjeant, aka Donny M. Serjeant, actually resided in multiple locations in Washington state prior to relocating to South Dakota after serving time for this conviction. Sergeant is believed to have graduated from Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington.
BELEN CASTRO v. VIRGIL BUSHMAN, TOPPENISH WASHINGTON KINGDOM HALL, WTBTS, ET AL was a 2014?-2015 state of Washington civil court case. Belen Castro, now age 24, alleged that a fellow member of the Toppenish Washington Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses named Virgil Bushman began sexually abusing her around 2002 when she was 11 years-old. Castro alleged that Bushman's attentions became physical in May 2003. Castro claimed that Bushman first kissed and intimately held her during a Memorial Day weekend camping outing with several families in the Toppenish Congregation. (Was this a "JW get-together"??? Were Congregation Elders in attendance???) Bushman allegedly next had sexual contact with her at Bushman's parents' home, where he had invited her, her brother, and several other children(Jehovah's Witnesses???) to go swimming (Was this a "JW get-together"??? Elders or Elder's children ever in attendance???). Castro alleged that Bushman touched her vagina with his fingers while they were all in the hot tub, and later kissed her in his parents' kitchen. Castro further alleges that Bushman had unwanted sexual contact with her during a sleepover party at his home in June 2003, while his wife, Lisa Bushman, was out of town (Was this a "JW get-together"???). Finally, Castro alleged that there were several times when Bushman would touch her or "try to talk me into something" during church related events, including while attending meetings at the Toppenish Kingdom Hall. Castro testified that Bushman would come up behind her and "grab her butt" behind the large sound box in the back corner of the Kingdom Hall. (Was Bushman responsible for some or all of the sound system??? What were Bushman and Castro doing "out-of-sight" at the Kingdom Hall? For the sake of argument, assume that this accusation is accurate and true. That would certainly make EXTREMELY BRAVE and EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE someone who held no prominence or position in the Congregation. Why did someone with no position and no prominence in the Congregation have the CONFIDENCE to repeatedly "be around" congregation Minors, much less have the CONFIDENCE to assault them without fear of immediate report???? Had Bushman ever been appointed as any type of "pioneer" -- "auxiliary" or "regular"? Had Bushman ever appeared in SAD, Circuit Assembly, or District Convention programs??? Had Bushman ever acted as an attendant or performed other function at a SAD, Circuit Assembly, or District Convention??? Non-JWs should KNOW that EVERY Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses has a long list of "privileges" extended to "exemplary" male JWs who have not yet been "promoted" to Ministerial Servants -- attendant, security, field service conductor, sound system servant, microphone servant, literature servant, magazine servant, etc., etc. Any of these "privileges" would signal to congregation members that Bushman had met certain standards within the organization and had met the approval of the Congregation's BOE. PS: If certain "people" reading these notes don't know for what some of the above abbreviations stand, then that could explain some things.)
In late June 2003, Castro confided in a cousin about Bushman's alleged abuse. Someone thereafter notified the Congregation's Elders. A meeting between Castro, her mother, and two Elders took place in July 2003. Ms. Castro revealed at least some of Bushman's actions to the elders. Bushman never again molested Castro following that meeting.
Belen Castro reportedly did not file a police report until 2012, and one or more federal and state lawsuits may have been filed thereafter. All claims against Virgil and Lisa Bushman were SETTLED. In this state case, in 2015, the Washington state trial court summarily dismissed the Congregation and the two WATCHTOWER corporations from the case after the twoWATCHTOWER corporations claimed without adequate rebuttal that they no longer exercised any input over individual Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses after 2001 (Apparently, the plaintiff failed to name as DEFENDANTS the plethora of WATCHTOWER corporate affiliates, particularly the pertinent CHRISTIAN CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, INC. in this lawsuit. It would be interesting to know whether certain Bushman relatives were JWs, and whether they had ever held a position of responsibility within the Watchtower organization???), and after the Congregation claimed without adequate rebuttal that Bushman had never held any position of responsibility within the Congregation (Really, then how did Bushman get invited to so many social functions with other Congregation members, including the ABILITY to hold without question sleepovers for possibly children of other Congregation members?????), plus that the Congregation was totally unaware (Really???) of any criminal propensity whatsoever on the part of Bushman, and thus no duty ever arose to protect Castro from Bushman (What about the duty to protect Congregation children from adult males with no known criminal propensities, but who have the propensity to constantly interact with young underage females???). On plaintiff's appeal, the Court of Appeals of Washington affirmed the trial court's summary dismissal of the Congregation and the two WATCHTOWER corporations, in September 2015. WOW!!!!! ... ... WOW!!!!! ... ... WOW!!!!!
CALIFORNIA v. SCOTT GILMAN was a 1999-2000 California criminal prosecution case involving a Jehovah's Witness named Scott Gilman. In 1998, then 18 year-old Scott Gilman was accused by fellow Jehovah's Witnesses, Winford Roberson and Kim Roberson, of taking their 3 year-old daughter into the restroom at the Adelanto, California Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, and there sexually molesting her. When the BOE at the Adelanto, California Congregationl of Jehovah's Witnesses investigated, but did nothing, the Roberson's reported the matter to the Adelanto Police Department. Gilman was also accused of molesting a 4 year-old girl in her playhouse -- possibly the same child.
In April 1999, Scott Gilman was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd acts with a child. Due to the improbability of proving either charges in court, the local Prosecutor and Gilman agreed for Gilman to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of child annoyance in exchange for serving 210 days in county jail, and only on weekends. Scott Gilman was ordered to pay the Robersons more than $3,000.00 in restitution, and serve three years supervised probation. Although media reported that Gilman was to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, we find no such registration.
ARIZONA v. LEROY GILBERT was a 2003-06 Arizona criminal court case which involved a Jehovah's Witness Elder named Leroy Gilbert, age 78 at time of conviction in December 2004, of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Gilbert pleaded guilty to attempted molestation of a child, and was given the minimum prison sentence of five years. In 2006, the Arizona Court of Appeals denied Gilbert's appeal of the minimum sentence based on his eligibility for probation due to his age and failing health.
Leroy Gilbert's victim was his own granddaughter, whom he repeatedly molested when she spent the night at his home during the 1980s -- when she was under 15 years of age. Granddaughter suffered extensive mental harm from the repeated molestations, including low self-esteem, anger, self-doubt and depression. The victim finally reported her molestations to her Jehovah's Witness Elders around 1997, but Gilbert apparently denied her accusation, and was believed by his fellow Elders. Granddaughter attempted suicide in 1998. In 2003, Granddaughter again raised the matter with local JW Elders and law enforcement. This time, Gilbert admitted the molestations. In Gilbert's prosecution, Granddaughter requested but was denied reimbursement for her mental health expenses due to Gilbert's lack of assets.
KEVIN ROY v. LAKE COUNTY JAIL, ET AL was a 2009-2010 Indiana federal court case. Kevin Roy, approximately age 50, and confined in the Indiana Department of Corrections, filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Lake County Jail officials violated his right to practice his WatchTower religion while he was confined at the jail as a pretrial detainee for nine months in 2007-2008. In 2010, the USDC denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment. Here is a pertinent excerpt:
Roy alleges that the defendants prevented him from practicing his religion while he was at the Lake County Jail. He specifically asserts that he is a Jehovah's Witness, that jail officials would not allow Jehovah's Witnesses to conduct group worship in the jail chapel even though other denominations were allowed to do so, and that jail officials made it difficult for his minister [a local JW named CHASE] to give him spiritual guidance and eventually refused to let him come in the jail. ... "
Googling key terms yields a sex offender website, which lists a Kevin Roy, who then was a 47 year-old African-American male, who had been charged in Lake County, Indiana, under Indiana Criminal Code 35-42-4-3: Child molesting. Googling key terms also yields a Kevin Roy who held a school teacher's certificate (Physical Sciences) in the state of Indiana from 1989 until August 2006, when such expired.
PATTERSON v. PATTERSON and OHIO v. JAMIE LEE PATTERSON were related 2004-5 Ohio civil and criminal court cases which involved a Jehovah's Witness Family in Alliance, Ohio. In 2003, Jamie L. Patterson, then age 35, and Regina Patterson, then age 33, had three children -- the oldest being a boy, and the two youngest being girls. Gina Patterson began to observe situations which made her suspect that improper sexual activity was occurring between her husband and their oldest daughter, who was only six years old. After an incident in October 2003, when her daughter had physical signs of molestation, and told her that such were caused by touching by the father, Gina Patterson separated from Jamie Patterson, and filed for divorce in February, 2004. Gina Patterson reported the situation to Department of Family Services, who in turn notified local police. After a thorough investigation, Jamie Lee Patterson was indicted in December 2004 by the Stark County Grand Jury on a charge of Gross Sexual Imposition On a Victim Under Age 13. A jury found Jamie Patterson guilty of one count of Gross Sexual Imposition. The trial court sentenced Patterson to a three year term of imprisonment, and adjudicated him a sexual predator.
After John Nicoll's release from prison and placement on the sex offender's registry list, Nicoll moved to Scotland, in 2008, to be with his father, who had returned there after splitting with Nicoll's mother in 2003. In February 2010, John Nicoll pled guilty in Scottish Court to entering a local home without permission. Although details are unclear, Nicoll evidently entered a stranger's home during an ongoing party, and he was discovered snooping through the bedrooms. Thereafter, in mid 2010, John Nicoll was sentenced to 12 months in Scottish prison on possession of child pornography charges that resulted from a police investigation that grew out of the aforementioned criminal case. The court was told that John Nicoll had been assessed as posing a "very high risk" to the public by both social workers and psychologists who had worked with him.
TEXAS v. JOHNNY WALDEN was a 2001 Texas murder court decision. Limited, incomplete details. In May 2001, a 93 year-old "devout" and "active" Jehovah's Witness, named Julia Walden, of Brazoria, Texas, was murdered by her 39 year-old son, Johnny Walden. Walden was convicted, and he may have received a 40 year prison sentence in a plea deal.
Johnny Walden and his 18 month younger brother, Tommy Walden, were adopted by Julia Walden when they were babies/infants, and when she was in her mid to late 50s. Julia Walden's husband, Bill Walden, left her not long thereafter, and she reared the boys by herself. There is a good possibility that the two boys were children of one of Julia Walden's relatives. Johnny Walden had lived a troubled life -- from childhood right up to the murder. He was the "bad" son, while Tommy was the "good" son. Over the years, Johnny Walden had claimed that his troubled life was the result of mental issues caused by his having been sexually molested when he was around 3-4 years old by a late-teens male relative who also lived in the household at that time.
Possibly after serving a tour in the Army, Johnny Walden returned to Brazoria and married Sheryl Anderson, and they had a son sometime around 1984/5, named Jonathon Walden. Johnny Walden and Sheryl Walden divorced around 1992/3. Prior to April 2001, Johnny Walden had lived away from Brazoria. It is not clear whether this was his choice, or whether he had been incarcerated. In any event, Johnny Walden asked his mother's permission to move into a small house behind her home, and she allowed him to do so, in April 2001, despite protests from Tommy Walden, Sheryl Anderson, and Jonathon Walden.
On the evening of May 20, 2001, Johnny Walden and Julia Walden argued over whether or not Johnny had been molested by a relative when he was a child. Apparently, this had been a decades-long issue between Johnny and his mother, who apparently had always denied that the molestation had occurred. Julia Walden still would not admit such. Johnny Walden apparently stewed overnight on the issue, and re-initiated the argument on the morning of May 21. Apparently, when Julia Walden still would not admit that Johnny had been molested, he attacked her, and smothered her to death with a pillow.
Tommy Walden found his mother's body when he got off work that afternoon. She was in her bed, as if she had died in her sleep -- except for the signs of a struggle on both her forearms. Johnny Walden was the main suspect, and he apparently confessed a few days after the Kingdom Hall funeral.
"It just seemed like a quiet way to kill and a relatively painless way to die. There was little pain. All of them were dead in less than five minutes. I hit them with a hammer in their sleep and then put them face down in the bathtub to make sure they did not wake up in pain. To make sure they were dead."... I have come to hate this life and this system of things. I have come to have no hope. I killed the children to exchange them for five minutes of pain for a lifetime of pain."... I know that Jehovah will take care of all of them in the next life."Please know that I love Leigh Ann, Matthew and Mychelle with all of my heart. If Jehovah is willing, I would like to see all of them again in the resurrection, to have a second chance. ... ."
CHILD-MOLESTING PRESIDING OVERSEER KILLED BY JW SON-IN-LAW. We have received a submission which we cannot verify, but which has the "ring of truth". The Editors would appreciate hearing from anyone else who lived in the Atlanta area back in the 1980s who can confirm this case or who knows anything about this case. Around 1985, the 18-20 year-old step-daughter of an Atlanta JW Elder married a 20-21 year-old male JW. Shortly thereafter, JW Wife revealed to her new husband that her JW Elder step-father had repeatedly sexually molested her while she was a child. That fact, plus the fact that JW Elder was promoted to Presiding Overseer, plus the fact that arrogant P.O. repeatedly butted into the business of new couple led JW Son-in-law to quickly HATE his P.O. Father-in-law. (We do not know whether this "matter" had been previously revealed to the congregation, or how handled if revealed, or even if the Child Molester was a JW at the time that he was molesting his step-daughter. Whatever were the circumstances, SIL apparently did not have the option of taking this matter to the congregation, and for whatever reason or reasons, did not take the matter to the police.) SIL apparently reached his breaking point with FIL after a minor legal incident which gave FIL the opportunity to repeatedly deride his new SIL. SIL purchased a firearm and went to FIL's home and shot and killed him. Again, we are seeking confirmation and clarifying details of this submitted account.
Steve Mansfield reportedly had previously been placed on PAID administrative leave in 1986 and again in 2000. According to a 2002 investigative report compiled for the Longview School District by personnel consultant Jan Marchbanks, in 1986, a local mother reported that she had found 82 "love letters" from Steve Mansfield to her teenage daughter, who previously had been one of Steve Mansfield's middle school students. According to the investigator's report, in September 2000, Steve Mansfield was again placed on paid administrative leave for seven months after an incident at his Castle Rock home. Mansfield and a 13-year-old female student were allegedly seen in his hot tub, with the 13-year-old female student sitting in his lap, with her arms around him. No criminal charges were filed after the girl and her mother said Mansfield was a close family friend and denied that anything inappropriate had happened.
At the May 12, 2003 BOD Meeting of the Longview School District, a parent named Suzanne Yule had some choice words for the Board for not previously publicly disclosing everything that it knew about Mansfield, but only after first acknowledging that she and her daughter had taken the side of Steve Mansfield in two earlier investigations after Mansfield had initially gained their trust, which Yule stated that they now regretted having done. Yule even used the "P" word, and even stated that "Steve Mansfield deserves to be in jail".
Despite numerous allegations of misconduct made over many years, some of which can be found online elsewhere, Steve Mansfield, now in his mid-60s, has never been criminally charged, and many of Steve Mansfield's former students still have fond memories of him.
PENNSYLVANIA v. JAMES HOMER was a 1984-7 Pennsylvania murder trial. In 1987, James Homer, 34, was convicted of murdering his 9 year-old daughter, Joyce Homer, and his 13 year-old step-daughter, Danetta Bullock, at the Philadelphia area home of this family of Jehovah's Witnesses. James Homer was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without parole, as well as 10 to 20 years for arson, which runs concurrently with the two life sentences.
On the evening of February 10, 1984, the fire department was called to the home of James and Denise Homer, where the bodies of Danetta and Joyce were found in a charred first-story front bedroom. James Homer initially claimed to have been at work when the fire started on the mattress. Denise Homer, 30, and daughter Sandy Homer, 10, were at a dentist's office. The scenario apparently was suspicious. On February 14, James Homer checked himself into the hospital for "stress". On discharge, a week later, James Homer was arrested for the murder of the two girls, and setting the fire to cover such up. Homer eventually confessed to strangling to death the two girls, as well as setting the fire and staging the scene. Homer claimed that he and the girls had been watching television when an argument erupted between Danetta and he over which program to watch, which led to him striking her with a bed slat, which then caused him to also attack Joyce Homer. Homer then finished the job by strangling them. Some authorities doubted Homer's tale, and suspected that he had been sexually abusing one or both girls. Such was evidently never proven, and Homer never confessed to such.
NORTH CAROLINA v. JEFFREY HAMILTON GIST was a 2009 North Carolina familicide which managed to escaped the attention of WATCHTOWER WORLD -- until now. In March 2009, a 16 year-old African-American Jehovah's Witness, named Mylin Tierra Bullock, was murdered by her step-father, 32 year-old Jeffrey Gist. Jeffrey Gist had a lengthy breaking-entering criminal record from 1998-2002, and had done 18 months in prison. However, Gist apparently reformed and possibly converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses given the reported several years long marriage to the victim's mother, Michelle Bullock Gist (also reported as Melissa Bullock Gist, and also Jocelyn Bullock Gist), who had two children -- the victim and her younger brother, C.J. Bullock. Mylin Bullock had complained to friends that Gist was "strict, real strict, and he didn't want her doing a lot of stuff". Gist even walked the 16 year-old to her school bus each day. On a Friday night in March 2009, Jeff Gist and Mylin Bullock argued over what Gist later claimed was their "relationship", while the JW Mother worked her night shift at a local health care facility. Early Saturday morning, Bullock's partially burned and beaten corpse was discovered in the parking lot of a nearby nature preserve. The autopsy revealed that Bullock had died of strangulation. Mylin Tierra Bullock received a Kingdom Hall funeral attended by her extended Durham, North Carolina area Jehovah's Witness family.
Ed Bullock, the victim's Jehovah's Witness maternal grandfather, initially told reporters that no sexual abuse was suspected, but later told reporters that such may have been the motive for the murder. Ed Bullock called Jeffrey Gist "a fine father", and told reporters that his daughter had "vetted" Jeff Gist before marrying him, and that he had even met Gist's parents, who were "professionals". Jeffrey Hamilton Gist quickly admitted killing Mylin Bullock, and eventually alleged that there had been a "relationship" between he and his step-daughter, and that the argument the night he killed Mylin had been the result of his "jealousy" over other males in her life. Gist also gladly pled guilty to the reduced charge of second degree murder, and he was sentenced to only 18-23 years in prison. The plea deal miffed both the local prosecutor and the sentencing judge, but was reportedly made at the insistence of Jocelyn, or Melissa, or Michelle Bullock Gist -- whichever is the name of Mylin Bullock's mother.
CALIFORNIA v. LARRY JOSEPH THIELEN was the California conviction of Larry J. Thielen, DOB: 10/18/1949, on charges of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation with a minor under the age of 14 years-old. Details uncertain, but Larry Thielsen is believed to have been a JW Elder at the time, and his victims may have been a fellow JW married Female and her young daughter. Date uncertain, but possibly 1982.
UNITED STATES v. BRIAN LEE BROWN was a 2001-3 Arkansas federal criminal court case which involved a "Jehovah's Witness" named Brian Lee Brown. Brian Brown testified that he had been "studying" to become a JW for about one year. Brian Brown was employed as a truck driver for an unidentified corporation. During an October 2001 delivery trip to Dallas, Texas, Brian Brown, of Holton, Kansas, stopped along the way to visit (possibly JW) friends in Hutchinson, Kansas. Brown offered to take the friends' ten year old daughter along with him on the delivery to Dallas, and return her the next day on his way back through. Beyond belief, the child's mother gave Brown a signed note giving permission for her young daughter to go to Dallas with Brown and return the next day. Brown started molesting the girl that night in Dallas. The next day, instead of returning the child to Kansas, he "stole" the truck, and drove to a rural campground in Arkansas, where he raped and beat the child. A suspicious grocery store owner reported the pair, and Brown was soon arrested.
A federal jury convicted Brown of kidnapping and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and the USDC sentenced him to concurrent terms of life in prison. Brown appealed his conviction on several grounds, including his claim that the government had violated his religious freedoms as a Jehovah's Witness when the USDC ordered that Brown submit a blood sample for DNA testing. The USDC had ruled that Brown did not sincerely hold the belief that donating a blood sample for DNA analysis violated the beliefs of the Jehovah's Witness religion. The USCA also ruled against Brown on this issue noting that a JW Elder testified for the prosecution that JWs did not object to giving blood samples or blood testing. Brown submitted WatchTower materials that suggested that some JW might possibly object to giving blood samples, but the court ruled that "Brown failed to show that forbidding blood samples is a 'central tenet' of the Jehovah’s Witness religion."
TENNESSEE v. EUGENE EDWARD HAMBLIN was a 1987-1990 Tennessee MURDER prosecution in which "devout"Jehovah's Witness Minister, Eugene E. Hamblin was found "Guilty" only of "Involuntary Manslaughter" during a jury trial, with the two year sentence then being "suspended".
On HALLOWEEN EVENING 1987, Gene Hamblin, then age 45, of Nashville, Tennessee, tied his ROTTWEILER DOG on the front porch of the Hamblin residence with the INTENT to prevent neighborhood children from "trick-or-treating" at his home. When some of the neighborhood children attempted to walk onto the Hamblin's front porch, they were lunged at by the female ROTT. Those children's father, accompanied by a second, older man named Jack Morris, age 48, walked over to Hamblin's home, knocked, and angrily asked Hamblin what the hell was wrong with him, and verbally threatened both Hamblin and his dog. Hamblin claimed that the pair made a threatening move toward him, so he shoved/punched Morris, who fell backwards into Hamblin's yard. After retreating from Hamblin's porch, the children's father apparently got in a punch before retreating from Hamblin's yard. After knocking Morris down a second time in Hamblin's front yard, Gene Hamblin then grabbed Jack Morris, who was partially physically-disabled, and rammed Morris head-first into a nearby parked automobile. When Jack Morris began to experience widespread paralysis, Morris went to the ER, where he was found to have a swollen and bruised spinal cord. Surgery was unsuccessful. Morris developed respiratory complications, and DIED 13 days later.
At trial, a series of fellow Jehovah's Witnesses served as character witnesses for Eugene Hamblin -- one even publicly condemning Halloween as being "a satanic holiday". Although Morris had initiated the confrontation on Hamblin's own front porch, the jury decided that by the time that Hamblin rammed Morris into the parked automobile that Hamblin already was out of danger from being further harmed by Morris, with Hamblin's continued physical aggression -- that eventually resulted in Morris' death -- thereby being unlawful. In any event, the Judge sentenced Hamblin to a mere two years in prison, and then SUSPENDED the sentence. On appeal, the trial court decision was affirmed.
TENNESSEE v. EUGENE EDWARD HAMBLIN. Eight months after Eugene Edward Hamblin was tried and sentenced in January 1989, a pre-teen girl from Hamblin's neighborhood came forward and accused Hamblin of having sexually assaulted her in his home on at least three occasions when she was 10 years-old.
Gene Hamblin was arrested and incarcerated without bond in September 1989. Although most JWs believed that the sexual assault accusations were false, and in retaliation for Hamblin's "getting off" of the murder prosecution, Gene Hamblin eventually confessed to one or more of the sexual assaults. Typically, Gene Hamblin even told police that immediately after one of the sexual assaults that he had had the 10 year-old girl join him in prayer -- during which Eugene Hamblin asked Jehovah "not to let her do this to me again".
Just prior to trial in 1991, Eugene E. Hamblin, then age 49, somehow cut a deal with the Prosecutor to plead guilty to only one of the three sexual assault charges -- one count of aggravated sexual battery. Sentence unknown, but guideline was 8-12 years.
MICHAEL E. CORRELL v. SCHRIRO, ARIZONA v. MICHAEL EMERSON CORRELL, ARIZONA v. MICHAEL EMERSON CORRELL, Etc., Etc. Michael Emerson Correll currently sits on Arizona's "death row" after being convicted in 1984 of three first-degree murders, one attempted murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of first degree burglary, and four counts of kidnapping. Michael E. Correll's most recent "death penalty" appeal was in May 2008. The USCA ruled that Correll was entitled to a new penalty phase trial, because:
"Correll was constitutionally entitled to the presentation of a mitigation defense. He did not receive one, although substantial mitigation evidence existed."
Michael Correll's mother, Joyce Elene Callahan Correll (remarried Knobel) was described as a "fanatical" Jehovah's Witness, whose commitment to the WatchTower Society came before her commitment to her family. She spent most of her time with JW activities, and often neglected her six children's basic needs. Her six children were required to attend all meetings at the Kingdom Hall, and if they misbehaved, or even indicated that they were confused, or did not understand WatchTower doctrine, they were punished.
As a result of their rearing in this abusive Jehovah's Witness household, all six Correll children (Robin Darlene, Patricia Williams, Michael, Daniel, Terry, and Timothy) reported that they had or have had substance abuse problems beginning in childhood or adolescence. At least five of the six children spent time in juvenile correctional facilities, and all four of the boys in the family have spent time in adult correctional facilities.
Michael Correll's problems with drugs and alcohol began early. In response to Correll's obvious substance abuse problems, his parents intervened with beatings and threats of kicking him out of the house. He was arrested multiply times before he was 14 years-old. Correll's JW Parents were not entirely remiss in his rearing. After Correll was expelled from the eighth grade for threatening a teacher with a knife, his parents took him to a private psychologist, and participated in a six-month treatment program with him.
However, shortly thereafter, when Correll was 14 years-old, he got into another incident in which he was shot in the arm. After he recuperated from such, Correll's parents petitioned the State of Arizona to sever their parental rights and make him a ward of the state. According to the court record, Correll's parents had done such in accordance with the WatchTower Society practice of "shunning", which is treating an excommunicated member as if they were already dead, which would also seem to indicate that Michael Correll may have been a "baptized" member, and that he may have been "disfellowshipped", which would further indicate that Correll's local JW Elders may have played an "unadvertised" role in all of the aforementioned.
Within months of becoming a ward of the state, 14-year-old Correll became addicted to heroin. Amongst the various state institutions where Correll spent his teenage years, Correll was committed to psychiatric institutions at least twice, and at age 16, Correll was described as "severely psychologically impaired". Correll was treated with tranquilizer/anti-psychotic drugs while institutionalized, and he attempted suicide on two occasions. Correll's criminal history also included numerous escapes from mental health treatment facilities, as well as hostage taking and armed aggression against mental health workers.
Methamphetamine eventually became Correll's drug of choice. At the time of the April 1984 murders, Correll's meth use put him in the top 1% of meth users quantity-wise. Michael Correll's life as a druggie was one of continuously trouble. The court record also included brief remarks about Correll's knifing of one man, and his stabbing of a pregnant woman. Except for 229 days, Correll was incarcerated for the 9-year period between October 1975 and March 1984.
During the early AM hours of April 12, 1984, Michael Correll and John Nabors went to the home of a friend/co-worker of Nabors, pulled a gun, and demanded money and drugs. After Correll secured the homeowner and his girlfriend with duct tape, a tenant and her boyfriend arrived at the home, and Correll secured them with duct tape as well. For whatever reason, the Duo left the home with the friend, tenant, and the tenant's boyfriend in the tenant's car. Curiously, the homeowner's girlfriend was further bound by Nabors, but left at the home. She was later found in the house dead from strangulation.
Correll drove the stolen auto to a deserted area where Nabors's truck was parked. Nabors took his truck and followed Correll to a desert area north of Phoenix. There, they forced the three victims out of the car and made them lie face down on the ground. Correll shot the homeowner in the back of the head. Nabors then shot and killed the tenant's boyfriend, and then tried to shoot and kill the tenant. The gun misfired a couple of times. After reloading the gun, Nabors was finally successful in shooting and killing the tenant.
Miraculously, the homeowner, whom Correll had shot, did not die, nor even lose consciousness, and he reported the crime as soon as Nabors and Correll left the scene. Nabors committed suicide while police were attempting to arrest him a few days later. On April 20, 1984, Michael Correll was apprehended at his father's residence in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had fled to be with the father and other family members.
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