Saturday, October 13, 2012

Jessica Ridgeway's Body Found

It turns out that the body police found earlier this week, was in fact the body of Jessica Ridgeway. Police stated they could not immediately confirm it was her body because it had been mutilated and dismembered. I am horrified. Who does this stuff to kids? How do you grow up and this is what you need to do to make you happy? How does this happen? This is a 10 year old girl who was going to school in what is a nice, safe town and ends up getting snatched off the street and killed. Not only killed, but mutilated. What kind of sick f**k does this? The police have no leads. The FBI says it was a man who probably called in sick that day to work. That was all they could determine? Police say they have searched 500 homes. I think they need to search every home. You cannot let someone like this act out again.

98 comments:

Pogue Mahone said...

Words can't even begin to describe the sick feeling I have in the pit of my stomach right now.

Beth Padgett said...

My heart breaks for what she went through and for her family to have to endure this. I hope they find the sick bastard who did this and he endures endless pain and suffering.

GrowFarmington said...

I hope they get the sonofabitch before he destroys another family.

Sugarplum Swank said...

I live in that community and I have 2 little boys. It's terrifying because the monster is out there- there have been a LOT of attempted lurings since school started in August this year. I just feel so unbelievably sad for her mom and dad.

cinephreak said...

I cried so hard last night when they announced it. So terrible.

ljsmed said...

This is horrifying, how could anyone treat a child like that. Please get this person. I would be on edge if I lived in that town with kids. @Sugarplum Swank I'm thinking about the community and this poor girl and her family. May justice be served.

rejectedcarebear said...

RIP sweet girl. This is horrifying and so senseless. How could someone do this? Because there is pure evil and sick people in this world. Some hide it so well. Awful awful. Appreciate each day you have. RIP Jessica.

brittiany said...

So sad for what happened to her. Also sad that mental illness is clearly the cause of what happened. Until we start taking mental illnesses more seriously these things will continue to happen. Guy is clearly a psychopath.

jp said...

Enty, if you can stomach it, read some of the books they have on FBI profiling. It's fascinating what logic they use (after interviewing thousands of criminals) to determine the types of behavior people have up to, during, and after a crime is committed. There are set patterns, and then there are the ones that defy all logic.

The fact that the FBI thinks this person is employable must mean that he is someone that people trust to hold a job. Many criminals can't hold onto jobs and usually it's the act of getting fired that triggers some people to kill.

T. E. Cuz said...

RIP Jessica. Prayers and thoughts go to the family... I really hope they catch the predator.

I work with kids and I cannot imagine doing anything to harm them. Can't even raise my voice to them. It blows my mind that there is some monster out there like this....

katsm0711 said...

Oh god what if this is the new trend. Remember Lieby Kletzky.

strawberrygirl said...

I hope the human stain who did this suffers the worst death imaginable.

MissCrop609 said...

This is just a horrid story. I thought my mother was paranoid when I was a kid when I use to walk around the neighborhood without telling her where I was going even though most of my neighbors knew me. Now ow I understand.

Condolences to Jessica's family and friends.

GinaBeana said...

Evil sure does exist. This is aweful. I hope they find the sick puke that did this and let the jail inmates take care of him. This is the worst imaginable pain for a parent to have. I feel sick.

seaward said...

Oh my fucking god. That poor girl. That poor poor girl.
Condolences to her family. RIP, angel.

detown359 said...

No child should have this happen to them. I hope they get the sick bastard who did this to her. Make she rest in peace and her murderer(s) burn in hell.

Meg said...

There are no "safe places." My heart breaks for her family, and for this poor child. I do hope they catch this monster quickly, before he hurts anyone else.

Re. "taking mental illness seriously"...we're not talking about a guy with depression here. Was there ever a time when we didn't take homicidal psychopaths seriously?

As I said in the original Jessica Ridgeway thread, You're kidding yourself if you think the police would announce to the public that they have leads and then spell them all out for you. This is an investigation, the goal is to catch a monster! The public's desire to know what's happening doesn't mean squat! The less the cops/FBI share about their leads, the better the odds they'll catch the culprit before they scare him off or escalate the pattern of his crimes. Let them say they have no leads and are searching blindly, and hope that translates into "shhhh.....we're about to nail the bastard!"

Lila said...

This is tragic, and there is no silver lining, but I do want to point a few things out.

1) These types of crimes are more rare these days than they used to be - we just hear about them much more because of the 24-hour news cycle and social media. If you are old enough, you might recall the Atlanta child murders of 1979 - 1981 where over 20 kids were abducted and killed. But you might not recall it either, because it wasn't on the news constantly.

2) The perps are usually caught more quickly these days because of DNA, better information sharing (i.e. getting the word out that the suspect probably missed work that day) etc. It takes a community of vigilant people to help law enforcement, and our communications infrastructure assists that in a major way.

3) As heartbreaking as this story is, I wish the media would spend even 1/10th the air time on the thousands of children in our communities that live horrific lives of abuse and neglect and might themselves wish they were dead. My point is that there are living children that need our help, that don't have food or education or love, that barely have a chance in life. These rare abduction stories garner so much attention that they eclipse the thousands of stories of living, breathing kids that are in desperate situations.

MAC said...

Psychopathy is not a mental illness. It is a personality disorder for which there is no cure. Some people are just evil.

Alma said...

This is horrible. I hope they catch the sick fucking monster that could do this.

SusanB said...

@MAC - agree completely. It seems there are just some people who are born without souls. And there are some who just allow Satan to take their souls over. (No religious slams, please).

MAC said...

Yes stranger abductions are very rare. Most of the time when you here of a child missing it is a parent or relative involved. A child has much more of a chance of being harmed by a new boyfriend of mom's then a stranger.

:| raven |: said...

also live in this area and have gone over and over it again with my grandsons. it is an absolute horror.

the evil that is this piece of shit ... should not be allowed to live or breathe ... but not before he suffers the same way she did. i'm thinking Law Abiding Citizen ....

MadLyb said...

I just looked at her picture yesterday after reading the news and could only think, "Poor baby, you didn't deserve that". I'm an atheist, but choose to believe we have consciousness that moves on from these bodies, and I want to believe she is now safe and at peace.

Police are likely checking sex offender records within the area she lived. This guy will be caught. I'd be willing to bet the perpetrator lived within 2 - 4 blocks of her and probably doesn't work. Meh, some of us can pretend to be CSI or detective, because otherwise, you feel utterly helpless. I hope the mother, friends and family are getting the love and support they will need to get through this.

Lila said...

@MAC There is plenty that we as a society about psychopaths if we can help them early. Even if the disorder is largely genetic, early intervention can teach empathy and social behavior. This is a fact.

If we move towards a society & government structure where "you're on your own" and things like funding for early childhood education support is eliminated (see the Romney / Ryan budget), we will see more dysfunction as kids don't get help.

supapimp said...

RIP

CarolMR said...

RIP, Jessica. My prayers go to her and her grieving family.
I remember when I was Jessica's age (about 100 years ago) and if there were no kids around on my block to play with my mother would tell me, "So go to another block and find someone to play with." It was so much easier to be a child then. I was never afraid and I never heard of any kids who were abducted. Now parents won't even let their kids play in front of the house unless they are nearby watching over them. Sad state of affairs.

Coriander Shea said...

@Meg I believe that there can be safe places if people work together to make places safe. But when we're all floating in our own little isolated bubbles, you're right, there is no real safe place.

RIP sweetheart. I hope you have an amazing life the next time around and that you are always blessed and happy. <3

chachi said...

@Lila, I totally agree. Well said. Heartbreaking and evil, and it should bring to our minds all of the people in the world, past and present, who suffer at the hands of others - political prisoners, the domestically abused children and adults, and on and on. Unfortunately, torture and mutilation are not just found in these type of horrific, publicized cases.
That poor, poor, girl. May she rest in peace now.

brittiany said...

Mental disorder, personality disorder whatever. We all need to know the signs

Amy said...

Isn't that kind of excessive mutilation often considered ... personal? As in, someone who knows and hates and holds an extreme grudge against the person (or, in this case, maybe against the mother or the father and took it out on the daughter to inflict as much pain as possible)?

Rachel Zarling said...

You cannot teach empathy. Personality disorders cannot be cured, and the sooner the public understands this the better off we will be. RIP sweet girl.

Lauren said...

I can't look at Jessica's photo without tearing up. What a beautiful little girl. Prayers to her family.

Coriander Shea said...

@SusanB I say this with respect to your beliefs and in no way am attempting (even passive aggressively) to slam you or anyone else that believes like you do. <3

We've all got free will. We've all got the potential deep inside to do dark things, but most of us choose not to. I believe that when others for example rely on god to bring them blessings or blame satan for all the bad things, they give their power to choose away and become victims. And there are way too many ppl in this world with victim mentality (I am guilty of this too).

SusanB said...

@Coriander - I understand what you're saying - in some cases, I think people CHOOSE to give their souls over to what Satan represents. Some call it Satan, other call it evil, or the dark side. It's all the same, just a different name.

Lioness70 said...

I cried this morning. That poor baby. I can't imagine how cold and deranged the sicko who did this must be.

I have a hunch that it's the same person involved in those attempted abductions. They've probably been casing the neighborhood, looking for a target. Sick sick SICK. This poor girl barely made it out of her house (again, a hunch) before this monster snatched her.

Once law enforcement catches him, throw him in general, and let the inmates deliver their own special brand of justice.

Even though that little girl is now safe in Heaven, I still wish she got to live her life to the fullest. No child deserves to be robbed of their future and killed so brutally. Her family is in my prayers.

Mother Campfire said...

I know this doesn't make me sound sane but I would really like to pull off this persons sexual organs agonizingly slowly. Jail or death is not enough.

Maggie Casey said...

This is so so sad, beyond horrifying. She looked like such a sweet little girl. I really wish they didn't release that her body was dismembered, thats so horrifying to picture. But I guess they needed to in order to catch this monster. What a shit summer for us in the Denver area. Why does this area keep attracting psychos?

Maggie Casey said...

When they catch this guy, they should just shot him so we don't have to go through a trial. Or better, put him in James Holmes cell and have them fight to the death

:| raven |: said...

Maggie .. it really has been, hasn't it? with the shooting, the wild fires, and now this ....

IDoTheRobot said...

This absolutely breaks my heart. Rest in peace, sweet girl. Prayers to the family as well.

kj said...

This just should break any human beings heart. I don't even want to try to imagine what your final hours were like. But rest assured, he will be caught. Bless you little angel, rest in peace.

OMAMA is BROKO said...

ok...I'm going to say it, there are some sick individuals out there, and even some who group together, such as the rocking x ranch in colorado (google "beth holloway vanished, johnny gosch" to comprende). ANd just days before this child's body was found, I read on henry makow's site about how to spot satanists, to which he said notice an onslaught of missing cats and kids around certain days, days which are ritualistic for these sort of people (days which I just do not know). NOW, this child' body turns up, and dismembered?!?! Idk about you, but I do feel that there are satanists practicing everywhere. I do believe the story's such as the franklin credit scandal (paul bonacci's story), what happened with the pedo ring in PA, the jersey kid home in the UK, etc (and some I even know to be fact). I also know that without a doubt, anyone who deems it fit to use a child or sex or turn a blind eye to it, IS in fact a satanist, regardless if the claim otherwise.

Many of the human's in this world are F'ed up, but they do hide it sooo well.

my prayers are with this child's family.

OMAMA is BROKO said...

***....use a child for sex or turn a blind eye.....

///I am sorry. I am upset.

Tru Leigh said...

Psychopaths don't think like you and me.

What a tradgedy.

urban chaos said...

Stay safe with your babies and grandbabies Raven and Sugarplum.

I have nothing to add here except rest in peace darling girl. This monster will not go unpunished..

Alicia said...

I'm going to hug my kids just a little bit harder today.

My thoughts go to her poor grieving family.. And to all that suffer because of another humans abuse.

OMAMMA - I believe you're correct in regards to practicing satanists. We had a huge wave of missing cats in my neighborhood two years ago. My sweet kitty Sake was one of the missing. Dismembered body parts of cats started showing up in people's lawns for a few weeks afterwards. It was all over the news and police seemed to think it could've been a group of satanic worshipers. The worst part was receiving a phone call during that time at 2 am from blocked number. Someone had read one of my missing cat posters and called my number and left a disturbing message detailing all the things they did to my cat. I forwarded it to the police but as far as I know, no one was ever caught. There are some sick fucks in this world.

katsm0711 said...

No @amy you're thinking of multiple stab wounds. Dismemberment is usually trying to make it hard to identify the body or to dispose of it easily. (I only know this from tv shows)

AKM said...

"Psychopathy is not a mental illness. It is a personality disorder for which there is no cure. Some people are just evil."

Personality disorders ARE mental illnesses. Or DSM disgnoses, if you'd prefer. And "psychopathology" is not a personality disorder. Antisocial or narcissistic personality disorders are, which are often the disorders stuck under the layman's term of "psychopathology."

All that said, this is a tragedy, full stop. I have to say, though, that I'm surprised that you, Enty, being a lawyer and all -- AHEM -- would actually suggest arbitrarily searching the homes of everyone. Seriously?!

katsm0711 said...

If there's any similarity here, Lieby Kletzky's murderer and dismemberer got 40 to life. Google that one parents if u never want to let your kids out of your site again. He begged his parents for weeks to let him walk to school alone bc he was a "big boy" and the very first day he got lost and asked the wrong man for directions. The guy was completely crazy. How nobody reported him before is just as insane. Well he dismembered Lieby bc he wouldn't all fit.... where he wanted to dispose of him. Jesus Christ how the fuck is this happening. The murderer will be caught, don't worry. I just shared this so maybe you find some comfort that he's caught and will get locked away.

brittiany said...

I believe the Franklin Credit Scandal too. So horrible.

Brenda L said...

RIP baby girl, all the bad is over now. Rest.

jennifer hansen said...

you can't teach empathy & love to someone who doesn't have it and can't feel it. psychopaths & sociopaths cannot be cured of what they are.

Del Riser said...

My prayers are with the friends and especially the family of this poor girl. RIP.

Hootspa said...

People are horrified and offer their RIPs, but the theaters will be packed when the next horror/axe attack/teen-held-against-her-will-in-a-basement-dungeon film opens. I'm sick of this crap, and I'm sick of people flocking to it.

Michelle said...

My heart, too, is heavy for what this precious child suffered and for her parents who now will suffer for her loss, particularly in such a grievous way.She looks like my 12 year old niece, which makes it more relatable. May the perp be caught and punished swiftly.

Alma said...

All we can do is supervise our children. Is he evil or a psychopath, I don't give a damn. Statistically, the world might be just as safe as when we were younger but this happening once is one time too many.

NYCGirl said...

I can't look at her picture...it breaks my heart to think about what was done to her.

Sandy said...

There are like 50 sites devoted to "hands-off" parenting, because the members maintain that being "helicopter" parents just makes kids fearful and shy.

Sorry; when I read stories such as this one I want to have all kids driven to and from school, and the ones who walk have armed guards. This is one of the most horrifying things I've ever read. The mind resists thinking about the events before her terrible death.

What's more horrifying is that this psychotic murderer has probably done this before, and will do it again. Surely someone saw something during her abduction.

Lola said...

Poor, poor baby. RIP

M said...

The Search For The Killer is On:
If you want to help,instead of comment, act now, do something:
google formercriminalprosecutor
As always ; M

E Gee Be said...

Oh, that poor baby girl. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

M said...

@Madlyb,@Lioness70,@Maggie Casey- you can do more than just comment & guess. Websleuths solve crimes every day, put names on "Jane Does", hunt for missing children, track down the killers. Their work is better than the FBI & saves lives. Join them.
Details as formercriminalprosecutor
As always ; M

Cheryl said...

So sad. I have nothing to add but my prayers and support for this family. What a beautiful girl. Her parents must be shattered.

Moosefan said...

Prayers of peace to her family, friends.
My brother in law was murdered 4 years ago, and we are no closer today than we were then to finding the people responsible for his death. It was a senseless act that forever changed us.

Alma said...

I agree.

Free range parenting is not really parenting. Part of being a parent is to protect your children. It is not always easy but I hope people learn from tragedies like this.

Popnursing said...

There is mental illness and there is pure evil. They are not interchangible.

Jessie said...

Katsm - was Leiby Kletzky the little Hasidic boy? I remember the story because it was the first day I arrived in NYC for a holiday. It was so heartbreaking when they found his body. And you're right, when I have kids I won't let them walk alone.

auntliddy said...

Rest in peace little angel. Im sure the police know alot more than they are letting on, and will soon hv this sicko in custody.

MAC said...

I've been a WS member for about 4 years. They do phenomenal work.

sylmarillion said...

Her poor family. This has to be the absolute worst. RIP little girl.

katsm0711 said...

Yep @jessie

ABlake said...

I certainly hope the police are looking into anyone who has done work within those 3 blocks she would walk alone. Contractors,cable,phone etc.
It's pretty obvious this person was nearby enough to know her routine (and that she was alone).
Also, a question that has bothered me, what did her mom do with her when she was working her overnight shift? Was she left alone? If so, would someone have picked up on that as well?

Either way, this is heartbreaking. Rest in peace little one.

SusanB said...

Good point

All about Eve said...

I was just reading an article about kids who are psychopaths and the experts working with these kids said there is no improvement, they only get better at lying and manipulation. It's sad but unfortunately the truth.

All about Eve said...

I'm broken hearted for the parents. As a mom this is my worst nightmare. I pray they find this monster before he can do this again. M I will be looking at your blog shortly.

Ashlea said...

Agreed Pop!

Brenda L said...

Hugs @Moosefan

Brenda L said...

also @Moosefan, I truly believe that people who don't pay for their crimes in this life pay very hard in the next.

Ashlea said...

:-( So sorry about your Kitty and harassment Alicia. Talk about insult to injury.

Reese said...

This is beyond repulsive. I hope whoever did this never sees the light of day again.

Krissie said...

People who do things like this can't be fixed. They aren't mentally ill and they can't be helped by Prozac or Lithium. They are evil. You can't fix evil.

There are many stories of people who do things like this who show no remorse at all for their victims, literally none. All they are sorry about is that they got caught. Ted Bundy snivelled like a baby when he got the death penalty and said "I don't want to die!" to an interviewer. As I said. Only sorry for himself that he got caught. Not sorry about all those people he killed whom I'm sure did not want to die either. Whoever did this to Jessica is probably exactly the same and I hope they find him ASAP because he is going to do this again. They never stop after once.

The only good thing to come out of this, and I'm sure it doesn't feel like much right now, is that at least her family has closure. It must be even worse to never know what happened.

RIP Jessica.

@Alicia that is absolutely sick and terrible and I am so sorry.

poovey-tunt said...

People who do things like this can't be fixed.

They can't be fixed NOW. Who's to say that that would always be the case, with enough research put into how these people's brains work?

katsm0711 said...

So @poovey you're like Hershel the old man dr who owns the farm on The Walking Dead who keeps all the walkers in his barn hoping for a cure before they escape and turn him into a walker too?

Krissie said...

@Poovey-tunt, honest question: could you ever really feel certain about declaring that someone who killed and mutilated a child was "fixed", and could safely be let out into society?

I would never let this person out no matter what any doctor or scientist ever said.


Slim said...

@hootspa I absolutely agree. The story lines on prime time TV shows are horrifying as well as those awful movies. Disgusting.

WW said...

On the mental illness-evil train of thought: I remember hearing a guy named Andrew Vachs, who is an investigator of crimes done to children. He said something that's always stuck with me. "If you have thoughts about harming or killing a child, you're sick. If you act on those thoughts, you're evil."

katsm0711 said...

Here's another. Remember the guy who stabbed, beheaded and cannibalized Tim McLean on the Canadian Greyhound bus? How does this make you feel?
"On May 17, 2012, the National Post reported that Vince Li has been granted temporary passes that will allow him out of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre for visits to the town of Selkirk, supervised by a nurse and peace officer"
I don't want to be in town the one time he snaps and loses his privileges.

ecua said...

Mentally ill or not, whoever did this deserves NO mercy.

Ashlea said...

This is making me hold and kiss my daughter more. That poor angel. God rest her soul.

s. said...

my mother let me walk around the corner to the comic book shop every day after school, until etan patz disappeared, nearby. i remember his sister.

we left nyc that summer, but she still let me play alone outside, and walk to school, and i am grateful.

i wish i were braver with my own son. he is too sheltered, as are all of his peers - he's never spent hours and hours outside, til dark, playing, digging, building forts in the woods with his friends, or ever, not even once, walked alone to town to buy ice cream. its a real loss from childhood, i think.

"you kids turn off the tv, go outside and dont come back til dinner" is not something parents say anymore, and that is so sad.

i wish i did not have to look at this sweet girls face - as another poster said, the mind balks at thinking about what the last hours were. dear god, i hope it went fast.

ABlake said...

People who do this don't deserve to be fixed.

Get it?
Got it?

Good

Just_Me said...

I live in Littleton, CO.. The crime happened probably 5-10 miles from me. Means nothing in my area, I know but too close to home as far as I'm concerned. My roommate's daughter is 11 and looks like Jessica Ridgeway, I can't help feeling protective and grateful and know this could happen to anyone.

This sick F**k is roaming loose and the parent attention around my neighborhood is on HIGH ALERT...This is a big thing for parents with children in DENVER. There are so many community friendly neighborhoods around Denver, it's very scary times here. Even young children know there's a BOOGIEMAN running around and the Denver news is reporting that there was an attempted abduction tonite with a 13 year old boy in Golden, CO.
Maybe overhype or copycat but still .. TOO SCARY

djphob said...

People like to watch crime shows and horror movies bc it helps you feel better about it. Everything gets resolved in 45-90 minutes.

But then there are people like me who read about real killers so I guess you guys think I'm really fucked up. Rawr!! >:)

WUWT? said...

As much as I hope she was not sexually assaulted, I hope he left behind some DNA that can't be explained by casual contact.

Get this guy.

ImmaculateLover said...

Horrifying. Obviously the work of a psychopath. But evil like this has always existed. If you read up on a man named Albert Fish, he did a similar thing to his most famous victims which were mostly (maybe all) children and worse.

doctressjulia said...

"Who does this stuff to kids?"

In the vast majority of cases, men do.

Lori said...

@AKM-thank you!!! psychopath is a layperson's term and not a diagnosis of a PD.

So tired of people playing couch psychologist and throwing around the word "psychopath".

and for those of you, who may not have a background in psychology, personality disorders CAN be treated.