HESTER, S.C.

(Via WSOCTV) ~ Angela Renee Blackwell walked into court Tuesday with her hands cuffed in front of her.  She barely spoke above a whisper, facing a judge on a charge of homicide by child abuse. Blackwell, 27, is accused of putting her four-day old son William in a refrigerator for three hours at their home on Rose Street on Feb 27. Deputies said she then removed him, and called for help.   According to the coroner, the infant died from hypothermia. He was pronounced dead at the hospital after doctors were not able to raise his body temperature quickly enough to save him. They had initially detected a faint heartbeat.

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Baby William

 

(Via MNU) ~ On Monday, six months after the death of her son, Blackwell was arrested. According to a report from AP, investigators said they spent a great deal of time doing forensic tests on the baby as well as taking statements.  Despite the cruel nature of her crime, the baby’s grandfather, Billy Lewis, does not believe Blackwell was the one who killed her baby, stating that there were other people in the home.

“She didn’t do it. We don’t know who did it, but she didn’t do it,” he said, who added there were other people in the home, but wouldn’t speculate on how the baby might have ended up in the refrigerator.

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Links of Interest~

Obituary for Baby William David Paul Lewis

Angela Blackwell Facebook Profile

Jeffery Lewis Facebook Profile

Angel and Jeff Lewis Facebook Profile

 

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ORTING, Wash.

A little over a month ago, Johnathan Harris, plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of  Orting mother of two, Nicole White.

Now he says he doesn’t know if he killed her or not.

In a stunning move, Harris fired his public defender and has decided to act as his own attorney. He says he now wants to change his plea and face a jury trial.

White and Harris meet on an on line dating site in May of 2015. She was last seen in the company of Harris at Jeepers Bar and Grill in Spanaway on the evening of June 6th.  The couple left the bar together .

The body of Nicole White was discovered several days later wrapped in a tarp and dumped in the woods off of Camp Road One by Lake Kapowsin. She had been beaten and stomped to death.

It is believed that the couple returned to Harris’ residence where he lived with his mother. Sometime during the evening Harris beat and stomped White to death before dumping her body on the logging road. He than returned to his home and ran White’s car down a ravine approximately one mile from his home.

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Nicole White’s Car as Discovered

“This appears to be either a first or second date,” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. “They met in a public place, then they went back to his house and, we believe based on what a neighbor said, that`s where the murder took place. She was heard screaming late that night and then the screaming abruptly stopped.” (Via FoxQ13)

According to prosecutors they were able to locate White’s body as the result of  GPS records from Harris’ ignition interlock device  and his cell phone which show that he returned to the site he dumped her body the following day.

Apparently, the particular ignition interlock device Harris had in his vehicle also takes the subjects photo as they are breathing into the machine also which helped to place him at the scene.

In Harris’ residence law enforcement also discovered the sweat shirt he was wearing the evening he was out with Nicole. Her DNA from blood was discovered on the shirt.

Needless to say, I think that this is one trial that I absolutely can not miss attending. I want to see this smug monster get what is coming to him, in person.

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Nicole White

Links of Interest ~

Nicole White Facebook Profile

Articles ~

Car of missing woman found near Graham

Body of missing Wash. mom found wrapped in tarp

Man who was on date with missing mom now a person of interest in her disappearance

Missing Mom’s Online Date Charged with Murder After Her Body Was Found in the Woods

‘That’s a monster’: Family of slain Pierce County woman reacts to horrific details of her death

 

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EVERETT, Wash. ~

The Everett Police Department is investigating three abduction attempts in south Everett within a month.

According to police, a man tried to force a female into his car near the intersection of 75th Street Southeast and Evergreen Way on July 19.

Later that day, there was a second abduction attempt near 92nd Street Southeast and 7th Avenue Southeast.

On Aug. 16, police responded to a similar incident in the 5600 block of Wetmore Avenue.

Read More ~Everett police investigate attempted abductions

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Police investigating a serial killer stalking two predominantly Latino neighborhoods in Phoenix found 10 shell casings outside a home where one of seven of those killed suffered at least five gunshots, according to a recently released police report.

Read More ~  Police find 10 shell cases at crime scene of Phoenix serial killer

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WAVERLY, Ohio ~

The killers who systematically shot to death eight members of a southern Ohio family in April were familiar with their homes and the area, Attorney General Mike DeWine said. Many family and community members have speculated the killers had to have intimate knowledge of the rural areas in Pike and Scioto counties where the Rhoden family members lived, including details about their homes and their routines.

Read More ~ DeWine: Killers familiar with Rhoden properties

COMMENTARY

Rather cryptic interview with Attorney General Mike Dewine regarding the on-going Rhoden investigation. I think we all gathered that the killers were familiar with the Rhoden family, their homes and their routines . However, the acknowledgement from “the powers that be” is interesting, considering it comes at the heels of the family members publicly speaking out against investigative law enforcement comments regarding the safety of the remaining children.

While I haven’t provided commentary on the murders or the investigation for some time, I have continued to follow it closely and do a lot of digging of my own. So, now I am going to toss a few things around and share my theory of who the killers are and why I think they are. There will be some rumor and speculation, so if you don’t like that you can stop reading here.

 Motives

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Shortly after the murders several motives began to circulate with in Pike County and with in the media. Yet none of them passed the sniff test for me.

MEXICAN CARTEL HIT

The favorite seemed to be the murders were a Mexican Cartel Hit. The cartel motive gathered steam  with the discovery of 230 pot plants on three of the Rhoden properties, evidence of cock-fighting, and other nefarious activities that could be linked with Cartel activities.

The killers may have attempted to make these killings appear to be a Cartel Hit to throw off law enforcement. However, when you look at the particulars, it doesn’t take long to see that a cartel hit is not likely.

Granted, the Mexican Cartel is alive, well and running operations throughout the United States. However, they don’t make a habit of publicizing it. The cartel would much more prefer to work behind the scenes and keep their activities with in the U.S. on the down low. The cartel makes it a habit, on purpose, of keeping a very low profile of their activities with in the united states.

The Mexican Cartel is not going to bring a media and law enforcement shit storm down onto itself and announce it’s activities within the US boarders  by executing a family of 8 in rural Ohio over 230 pot plants and some small time cock fighting. Any income generated for the Cartel, if any, through the Rhoden’s small time grow operation and cock fighting ring is nothing more than chump change to the Cartel.

 On at least three of the property’s, the Rhoden’s had dogs that were known to not be friendly to strangers. Chris Rhoden had two dogs on his property that were known to be very protective and were also know to be indoor dogs at night-time. Both those dogs were found alive and well on the front porch of his trailer the morning of the murders. According to Bobby Jo Manley, when she pulled up to Chris’s trailer the morning of the murders, the first thing she noticed was his dogs on the front porch, which she said was unusual.

Like wise, Dana Rhoden had several dogs, to include pit bulls and coon hounds that were also known to be very protective and not nice to strangers. Yet, her dogs were also left unharmed and roaming around inside her home. The same holds true for the dogs of Kenneth Rhoden who were roaming around inside his small fifth wheel with his dead body when he was discovered by his cousin, Donald Stone.

If this was a “Cartel Hit”, the dogs would have been taken out immediately. Furthermore, the Cartel would NOT have left the three small children alive. The Cartel DOES NOT SPARE DOGS OR CHILDREN. Period.

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I think we wrapped this motive up with the Mexican Cartel motive. Again, I don’t think this was the motive for the reasons I stated above.

THE FACEBOOK THREAT

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It didn’t take long to throw this motive out the window. Rusty Mongold is a 19 year old kid. He isn’t the  brightest crayon in the box and fancies himself a bad ass. If you looked through his Facebook post for the year or more leading up to the Rhoden murders, it doesn’t take long to see that Rusty likes to threaten people and Rusty likes to fight. Rusty threatened to fight and beat up everyone and their Grandmammie in the year leading up to the murders. Sure Rusty fought a lot with other young men in Pike County but none of them ended up dead with 7 members of their family.

Furthermore,  lets keep in mind that these murders were, a sophisticated operation and those who carried it out were trying to do everything they could do to hinder the investigation and their prosecution, ”. I doubt that Rusty and his running crew could put together a sophisticated and well planned trip to the local Walmart, let alone plan and commit a crime of this magnitude.

If he had any involvement, he would have ran his mouth like a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar the minute law enforcement got him into an interview room and started putting the psychological screws to him. Rusty Mongold is a big mouth and a bully, but he certainly isn’t a sophisticated killer.

Derby Cars


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Frankie and Chris Rhoden, Jr were both active in derby car races with in Pike County. There has been some speculation that several individuals were believed to have been jealous over Frankie $3,000 demolition derby car.

“Some of us have been talking about the jealousy that Frankie had faced over his car,” Johnny Gambill said, the Daily Mail reported. “It was worth more than $3,000 and that made some people jealous around Piketon.” (Via Opposing Views)

This motive doesn’t hold water with me for one second. Sure, I can see some individuals being jealous of Frankie Rhoden’s derby car. But, jealous enough to murder him, 7 of his family members, and leave children with out their parents? Nope, I just don’t buy it.

FAMILY FEUD

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The Manley’s say no family feud played a role in the deaths of 8 Rhoden’s. However, Leaonard Manley, the father of Dana Rhoden and Bobbi Jo Manley, who discovered the bodies, does say that

“Whoever committed the murders ‘are a bunch of scumbag’  who knows the family. Whoever don it, know the family,” Manley said. “(Because there were two dogs there that would eat you up. But I ain’t gonna say no more.” (Via Dayton Daily News

UMBRELLA’S MOTIVE

My theory plays into the “Family Feud Theory”. However, it goes a bit deeper than that. So, allow me to throw out my speculations and theories and let them fall where they may. Again my theory is MERE SPECULATION but I think that it’s worth considering or at least tossing around.

Economics In Pike County

The US Census population estimates in Pike County shows that as of July 1, 2015  the population in the county equaled 28,217 with whites making up 96.1 % of the population. Only 11.4 % of the population held a college degree.

The median income per capita in 2014 was $20,292. That breaks down to approximately $1,691 GROSS income before taxes, per month. So by the time Uncle Sam has gotten his grubby fingers in the pay check, the employee would likely received approximately $1,200 to $1,300 per month take home. Broken down further into bi weekly payment comes out to approximately $650 to $700 the employee would take home every other week.

The total employment for Pike County in 2015 equaled 6,985.

The unemployment rate in 2015 equaled  13.2 % .

21.9 % of the Pike County population lived at or below the poverty level in 2015.

I think it’s fair to say that there are not a lot of rich or well to do folks in Pike County. The job opportunities are not plentiful and in the rural areas in particular large families stick together, live close together and rely on one another to get by and to help make ends meet. It’s not uncommon for their to be nefarious side projects designed to help generate income just so these families can get by every month. (I am not making excuses for illegal or nefarious activities, just stating an observation.)

The Rhoden Family Assets

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Christopher Rhoden, Sr, on the other hand seemed to be doing very well for himself and his immediate family. He was known to work part-time at the Big Bear Lake Camp Ground in Lucasville. Sure, that put a little money in his pocket, but it would hardly make him financially stable enough to accumulate a large quantities of cars, and properties that he had accumulated over the years.

Properties

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When his father, Clarence Rhoden, passed away in 2008,  Chris Sr  inherited the lions share of 40 acres of property the 47 acre property belonging to his father, with the 7 remaining acres being split between his 7 siblings at 1 acre each.( Please see HERE). He also inherited another 20 acres from his father along Union Hill Road and Left Fork Road.

Through inheritance and the purchase of foreclosure properties, Christopher Rhoden Sr. began to acquire himself quite the little empire in Pike County.

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At the time of his death he owned a large portion of the properties along Union Hill Road, North Side Union Hill, and Left Fork Roads.

In total, Christopher Sr. owned approximately 75 acres at the time of his death.

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The last property he purchased was on March 21, 2016, at 4077 Union Hill Road. This is the location that Dana, Hannah, and Christopher, Jr. lived. That final purchase came just a month before the murders.

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Heirs

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Christopher Sr.’s immediate heirs include his mother, wife, children, Grandchildren, and siblings.

Murdered along with Christopher were his immediate heirs that could inherit or were close to the age of being able to inherit.

His wife and all three of his kids were executed.

His youngest, Chris Jr, at 16 would be able to inherit in two years.

After his wife and children, his closets living sibling Kenneth stood to inherit. Also executed.

The Grandchildren ages 3, 2, 6 mo, 5 days old were all left alive. Interestingly, children can not inherit. Rather, any assets/property left to them would go into a trust until they reach the age of 18.

  That trust and the assets are controlled by another, usually an adult family member. Even better if that same adult family member has custody of the minor children that are due to inherit the assets and property.

Other Potential Heirs

   After his wife, children, and Grandchildren his next line of heirs would be his siblings. Chris Sr. and his brother Kenneth died on the same day, leaving behind his mother, Genevea Stone Rhoden, two brothers, Tony and Brady Rhoden, and four sisters, Norma Thomas, Wilma McCoy, Brenda Weisel and Teresa Grebing.

    The Manley’s, Dana Rhoden’s family, would not stand to inherit anything. That is unless they had custody of any of the Rhoden Grandchildren. Then they would continue to enjoy the benefits of living on the Rhoden properties and other perks that go along with carrying for children who stand to inherit a substantial sum when they are of age.

The Grand Children

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I do not believe that the children are in grave danger. The only minors who were in grave danger were those who were close to the age of inheriting (Chris, Jr).  None of the small children were killed. In fact, it appears that the killers waited to strike until after Hannah Rhoden had given birth to her child, who was a mere four days old when the murders occurred. Thus being able to kill her without killing the child had it still been in utero. I firmly believe that the killers waited to strike until after she gave birth.

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Who ever the killers were knew the families routines, knew where the families lived and the lay out of the homes, they were familiar with the family pets at all four locations, and they waited until Hannah Rhoden gave birth before killing the family. They are not dog killers or baby killers.

  It is my opinion that this was an “inside” job or a “family affair” if you like…Another reason the children were not killed and the attack didn’t occur until just after Hannah gave birth. They just couldn’t bring themselves to murder their own little family members. Killing the small Grandchildren would also have wiped out that portion of the Rhoden blood line. Something no family would want to have happen.

At the end of the day, I think this was about assets, money, and property and who was gonna get it and control it. Those grand babies are the “golden tickets”, who ever has custody of those kids has a proverbial finger in the Rhoden pie until those kids turn 18.

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   When the arrest finally do come, I suspect those arrested will be family members and the motivation will turn out to  be good old-fashioned greed.

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Hendersenville, TN ~

(Via The Tennessean) ~ The Hendersonville teen accused of killing his mother with a sledgehammer while she slept in 2012 will spend at least 51 years in prison, a Sumner County jury ruled on Thursday. As he had throughout the four-day trial, Zachary Davis, 17, sat motionless upon hearing the verdict. He was also charged with trying to kill his older brother, Josh Davis, by setting a fire in the home and fleeing.

The then-15-year-old had been on a downward spiral since losing his father to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2007, Lucas told jurors. The teen had been diagnosed with a depressive disorder with psychosis when he was 11. Medical records from that time show he reported hearing voices. However, his mother discontinued his treatment.

“He had been planning this for a long time,” said Assistant District Attorney Tara Wyllie in her closing statement. “It was his desire and intent to kill his mother.”

Read More ~ Zachary Davis ‘wanted to be a serial killer’

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CHARLOTTE, NC  (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) –

(Via The Charlotte Observer) ~ The mother of slain toddler Jordyn Dumont has issued a statement thanking the community for its support during a tragic week-long ordeal that began with a missing child case and ended with a tiny body being found in the woods near her Bessemer City home.

“I would like to thank our community for the love, support and prayers you have shown for my baby girl following her tragic death this past week,” said Jaylene Dumont in an emailed statement provided to the Observer.

“This has been the most challenging, heart-wrenching time of my life, and I appreciate the outpouring of support for me and my family…

“It is my sincere hope that justice will be done in this case. My family and I intend to honor Jordyn by living lives worthy of her joyful heart and tender spirit.”

Links of Interest

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Jaylene Dumont Facebook Profile

Justice For Jordyn Ann Dumont

Jordyn Ann Dumont Facebook Group

Murder of Jordyn Ann Dumont – Unfiltered and Uncensored Group

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Bessemer City, NC

A North Carolina man  sits in the local jail charged with first degree murder in the death of his girlfriends three-  year-old daughter.

On Monday, August 15th, William Joseph McCullen, 25, called 911 around 3:30 p.m. from his residence at  1904 Bess Town Road in Bessemer City reporting that he had put his girlfriends daughter, Jordyn Ann Dumont, down for a nap at 1:00 p.m and took a nap himself.  He claimed that when he woke up the front door was open and the little girls was gone.

(The 911 call can be heard below)
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Law Enforcement launched an extensive search which included 100 volunteers,  K-9’s, four Wheeler’s, and the Highway Patrol helicopter equipped with a heat-sensing camera before suspending their active ground search at about 9:30 p.m.
The search resumed around 7:30 a.m Tuesday. At 11:00 a.m. searchers found the remains of the little girl in a wooded area approximately 500 to 750 yards north behind her home. She was wrapped in a sheet and stuffed under a log.

In a news conference law enforcement stated that they believed the little one was dead 24 to 36 hours before being placed in the woods where she was found.

According to law enforcement, their was no blood discovered on or around the child’s body, she was completely in tact and in the clothing she was reported wearing in the 911 call. Police would not discuss whether the death appeared intentional. A subsequent preliminary autopsy revealed that the little girl died as the result of blunt force trauma.

The child’s mother, Jaylene Dumont, reportedly went to work that Monday morning at the Whiskey Mill Bar and Grill in Bessemer City. She was originally not considered a suspect.

However, with the discovery that the child had died approximately 24 to 36 hours before being place in the woods, questions are swirling about what the mother knew and where the mother was at the time of death.

POLICE ACTIVITY AT THE HOME

Gaston County police said Thursday that they responded to 16 calls for service at the home where Jordyn lived with her mother, Jaylene Dumont, and McCullen.

Police Response List can be found below via WSOCTV~

Nov. 3, 2015: William McCullen called about trespass issue. (William had inherited house and his sister and her associates were living at the house.)

Nov. 12, 2015: Jaylene Dumont called police for person refusing to leave house. (persons left before police arrived).

Nov. 12, 2015:  Police called out to residence due to William McCullen’s concern that people from earlier call may come back.

Nov. 13, 2015: William McCullen called police with further information on previous day’s call.

Nov. 27, 2015:  Officer went to house three times this date looking for an unrelated person that used to live there (considered three separate calls).

Dec. 23, 2015: Officer dispatched to check for a stolen vehicle (vehicle was found and Donald Wallace arrested).

Jan. 9, 2016: Jaylene Dumont called when William McCullen left house with her wallet (not a crime).

Feb. 19, 2016:  Attempting to locate a stolen vehicle (not found).

March 16, 2016: Larceny of lawn equipment reported by Jaylene Dumont (property dispute that is a civil matter).

April 6, 2016: Person came to house to retrieve medication and McCullen and Dumont would not let him in.

May 14, 2016: Argument between two unrelated people who were there babysitting. Reporting person was concerned for children.  No issues discovered.

June 2, 2016: Jordyn Dumont’s biological father called to have police check her welfare due to not hearing from Jaylene Dumont for a while. Jaylene told officer that she did not want to have any contact from Jordan’s father.  Officer returned to the residence a short time later to follow up with Jaylene Dumont about the same call. No issues with the children were discovered (considered two separate calls).

June 6, 2016: Jordyn Dumont’s biological father called again, wanting to have the police check on the welfare of children in the house after he received a letter from Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services. Officer checked on the children and found no issues.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 

The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services was actively investigating the family until May of this year. Between March and May DHHS made five unannounced visits to the home .

DHHS began investigating accusations of  child neglect due to improper supervision and suspected substance abuse. However, DHHS said they “found no evidence that children lacked supervision or were impacted by parental substance abuse”.

DHHS closed the case against the family on May 20, 2016, recommending that the family “maintain a drug free home and sober adult supervision. It was further recommended that William McCullen receive a substance abuse assessment”.

Three months later, little Jordyn was murdered.

William McCullen is being held on No bond. His next court appearance is September 6, 2016.

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