ProPublica: ‘Death and Valor on an American Warship Doomed by Its Own Navy’ (February 6, 2019)

This is footage from the deck of the USS Fitzgerald, a U.S. Navy destroyer, of the moments immediately after it was struck by cargo ship MV ACX Crystal, in the South China Sea around 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017. The picture goes dark for a second as the Crystal hits, then the Fitz is knocked into a 360-degree rotation. 7 sailors died. Our investigation found that the collision was preventable. Read the investigation here -ProPublica

ProPublica:
Part I: Death and Valor on an American Warship Doomed by its Own Navy
Part II: Years of Warnings, Then Death & Disaster: How the Navy Failed Its Sailors
In Navy Disasters, Neglect, Mistakes, and 17 Lost Sailors (Snapshot of Sailors)
How We Investigated the Navy’s Twin Disasters in the Pacific
Senate Committee Grills Navy Official Over 2017 Collisions, Seeking Data to Prove Conditions Have Changed
Exclusive: Footage of USS Fitzgerald After Collision w/ ACX Crystal (YouTube)

USS Fitzgerald Casualties (June 17, 2017):
Shingo Douglass, 25
Noe Hernandez, 26
Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25
Xavier Martin, 24
Gary Rehm Jr., 37
Dakota Rigsby, 19
Carlos Victor Sibayan, 23

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USS John McCain Casualties (August 21, 2017):
Kevin Bushell, 26
Dustin Doyon, 26
Jacob Drake, 21
Timothy Eckels, 23
Charles Findley, 31
John Hoagland, 20
Corey Ingram, 28
Abraham Lopez, 39
Logan Palmer, 23
Kenneth Smith, 22

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In the News:

An investigation with our reporting partners at ProPublica into the 2017 collisions of U.S.S. Fitzgerald and U.S.S. McCain suggest that the Navy had ignored warnings, and postponed critical training and repairs before those deadly accidents. -NBC News

A ProPublica investigation revealed new details into two separate collisions of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald and John S. McCain that led to the deaths of 17 sailors. Robert Faturechi was one of the authors of the investigation, and joined CBSN to discuss their findings. -CBS News

Related Links:
Investigation Into Fatal Navy Collisions Reveals Failures In Repairs And Training
Investigation reveals new details about two 2017 naval ship crashes
The seven sailors who died in USS Fitzgerald collision
10 Who Served at Sea: The Sailors Who Went Missing in the Navy Collision
USS Fitzgerald Victims: Photos to Remember the Sailors’ Lives
ACX Crystal: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Bryce Benson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
USS Fitzgerald officer pleads guilty to role in deadly collision
Former USS John S. McCain commander pleads guilty in plea deal, will retire
Defense team: Navy brass made it impossible for former Fitzgerald skipper to get fair trial
No dismissal in court-martial of USS Fitzgerald commander
Fitzgerald, McCain collisions: Are the right people being held to account?
On This Day: Seven Sailors Died After the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Collided with the Container Ship ACX Crystal Off the Coast of Japan (June 17, 2017)

DOD Releases Annual Report on Sexual Harassment & Violence at the Military Service Academies, Academic Program Year 2017-2018 (January 31, 2019)

Department of Defense“Today, the Department of Defense released the Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies, Academic Program Year 2017-2018…There were 117 reports of sexual assault received across all three academies. This is an increase of five from the prior academic program year, indicating confidence in response measures, however, surveyed measures of unwanted sexual contact and sexual harassment increased compared to rates last measured in 2016. There was also an overall increase in sexual harassment.” Read more here. -Department of Defense (January 31, 2019)

To view the full report, visit SAPR.mil.

Related Links:
DOD Releases Annual Report on Sexual Harassment & Violence at the Military Service Academies, Academic Program Year 2017-2018 (January 31, 2019)
Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies (MSAs) for Academic Program Year (APY) 2017-2018
USA Today publishes fake news story about sexual assault at the military academies | CAAFlog
Department of Defense Retaliation and Response Strategy (July 2017)
Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military (April 2018)
Department of Defense Instruction 6495.02 | Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures

Timeline: Army Sgt. Kelton Sphaler and Army Vet Scott Weinhold Reported Missing at Belton Lake on Fort Hood; After Search Launched, Both Recovered in Water (January 21, 2019)

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Belton Lake, Fort Hood, Texas (Photo: Hunter Davis, KXXV)

Fort Hood History:

Army SSG Devin Schuette Found Dead in Vehicle at Recreation Area Near Fort Hood; CID Ruled Suicide, Spouse Requests Independent Investigation (January 3, 2016)

Fort Hood Army Pvt. Dakota Stump Unexpectedly Found Dead on Post 3 Weeks After Vehicle Accident; Family Wants Missing ‘Warrior Alert’ Law (November 3, 2016)

Army Spc. Darius Cooper Swept Away in Floodwater Crossing at Fort Hood; Body Never Recovered, Military Board Ruled Deceased 2 Months Later (April 11, 2017)

Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside (2019)

Family Support:

The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook

Bring Scott Weinhold Home on Facebook

Bring Scott Weinhold Home Fundraiser

“Until my son is found, there is no limit to the resources that should be brought. And if that means you have to go over the same area three times, go over the area three times.” -Jennifer Florin (Scott Weinhold’s mother)

Timeline of Events:

Who contacted Fort Hood to inform them of the three missing soldiers who were fishing on Belton Lake? Did they have cell phones? Is their any service in the area? Were their cell phones lost and/or damaged when the canoes capsized? Did authorities find the cell phones? Did the soldier who escaped to safety have a working cell phone. Were the numbers pinged?

January 21, 2019: 

Three men were reported missing in the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA). One unidentified Fort Hood soldier was found alive; Army Sgt. Kelton Sphaler was found dead in 10 feet of water near shore; and Army veteran Scott Weinhold is still missing, search underway. Fort Hood and the Texas Game Wardens took the lead on the search for Scott. According to Hunter Davis of KXXV, three people went fishing at Belton Lake in two canoes. An unnamed soldier claimed he tipped his canoe and Scott Weinhold and Sgt. Kelton Sphaler tipped their canoes in an attempt to help him. The unnamed soldier was able to swim to safety.

January 22, 2019 (Day 1):

Scott Weinhold 1

Army veteran Scott Weinhold currently missing. Last known location is at Belton Lake, Fort Hood, Texas

Diving team recovers body after canoe accident on Lake Belton (KCEN TV | @KCENTV)

“The Morgan’s Point Resort dive team recovered a body [Sgt. Kelton Sphaler] from 10 feet of water at 2 p.m. Tuesday…The body was found on the opposite shore from Sparta Valley Park on Lake Belton…Bernstein [Bell County Game Warden] also said a capsized canoe was located at that bank, and the body was nearby. Sphaler and Scott Weinhold, a Fort Hood veteran, were missing after their canoes overturned on Lake Belton Monday night, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife officials. Another soldier managed to swim back to shore. The three had taken two motorized canoes to Lake Belton…One of the canoes turned over, and during the attempt to save it, the other also capsized.” -KCEN TV

Search crews find belongings of missing man at Belton Lake (KXXV CenTex | 25 ABC | @KXXVNewsNow)

“Weinhold’s family says search teams found his jacket, shoes and tackle box on land Thursday. His wife was called to the area to identify the belongings and she says they belonged to Weinhold. Crews will search the area on land on Friday. They will bring out fresh tracking dogs to help…Weinhold, 25, recently completed four years of military service, stationed in Central Texas. Officials are still searching for his body.” -KXXV CenTex

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (January 22, 2019)

According to the Fort Hood Fallen, family search teams found Scott’s belongings and Scott’s father was able to identify his belongings on site as part of the search team. First they found his tackle box and about 20 minutes later, they found his coat with the sleeves inside out. The Fort Hood Fallen also learned that a man in the Coast Guard and his wife volunteered to help look for Scott but were turned away by authorities who threatened to arrest them if they violated their directive.

January 23, 2019 (Day 2):

Fort Hood Professionals

Fort Hood retweeted Texas Game Warden on Twitter with note on January 23, 2019.

“Continue search for missing boater on Lake Belton; due to wind and water conditions request all volunteers stay off the lake for safety. Lake access at some boat ramps may be closed. The public is reminded land access to the search area is restricted to authorized personnel only.” @TexasGameWarden

“ATTENTION – Those private citizens who are trying to assist in the search for a missing person around Lake Belton, you can help the most by staying at home. You heart is in the right place, but please let the professionals do their job.” @FortHood

Search continues for 25-year-old Scott Weinhold [Picture] (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Update: Hunter Davis KXXV Live on Facebook [Video] (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

The search continues tonight for 25-year-old Scott Weinhold [Video] (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Search continues on Lake Belton for missing soldier (CenTexProud.com)

Search teams continue search for soldier missing since Lake Belton canoe accident (KENS 5 | @KENS5)

#Missing Scott Weinhold, Lake Belton, Belton, TX. 1/21/19 (Texas LostNMissing Facebook)

January 24, 2019 (Day 3):

Kelton Sphaler

Sgt. Kelton Sphaler, US Army

Fort Hood officials release condolence statement for 69th ADA Soldier lost in boating incident (Fort Hood Press Center)

“The three individuals were apparently in motorized canoes which overturned at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Monday while out on the lake. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has led the search and rescue which located two of the three missing boaters from the incident on Lake Belton. They were assisted by several local, state and federal agencies – including Fort Hood emergency services units and are continuing to search for the third boater involved in the incident.” -Fort Hood Press Center

(Editor’s Note: These version of events are what has been reported by the unnamed soldier who was able to swim to safety. His version of events are not confirmed or corroborated.)

Fort Hood Officials identify the man who died on Belton Lake (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Fort Hood releases statement on soldier lost in boating incident (CenTexProud.com)

“Today, Jennifer Florin says family and friends took part in the search for the first time, searching the area where emergency crews found the body of his friend with their canoe. ‘We had several canines from our agency and we had a couple first responders check on land – where we found shoes, life jackets….and we searched and searched and didn’t find any footprints, anything like that. That would tell us he’s on land,’ Campos explains. Now they think he is in the water somewhere and are now using a tail fish mechanism to find him.” -CenTexProud.com

Fort Hood releases info on soldier who died in Belton Lake boating accident (Killeen Daily Herald | @KDHNews)

Fort Hood sergeant dies in boating accident on Texas lake (Stars And Stripes | @StarsAndStripes)

Scott Weinhold’s mother says crews found his jacket, tackle box and shoes on land (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Fort Hood asks citizens to stop assisting in search for missing man; ‘let the professionals do their job’ (Central Texas News Now | 25 ABC | KXXV | @KXXVNewsNow)

Fort Hood ask citizens to stop looking for missing Lake Belton man (Missing Persons of America | @JerrieDean)

Search for boater who went missing on Lake Belton continues. -KCEN TV

Search for boater who went missing on Lake Belton continues (KCEN TV YouTube | @KCENTV)

Search continues for missing boater; soldier identified (Temple Daily Telegram | @TDTNews)

Search teams continue search for soldier missing since Lake Belton canoe accident (KCEN TV | @KCENTV)

Search teams continue search for soldier missing since Lake Belton canoe accident (MSN.com | @MSN)

Search ongoing for missing man at Belton Lake (Killeen Daily Herald | @KDHNews)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (January 24, 2019)

“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. While we absorb the shock of yet another Hood death, especially one where there are conflicting stories, let us not for one second forget veteran Scott Weinhold who, as of now, is still missing.” -Fort Hood Fallen

January 25, 2019 (Day 5):

Fort Hood identifies soldier lost in boating incident (Army Times | @ArmyTimes)

Day 4 of the search for Scott Weinhold (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Search continues around Lake Belton for missing boater. -KCENTV

Search continues around Lake Belton for missing boater (KCEN TV YouTube | @KCENTV

Missing boater’s items discovered during search (Temple Daily Telegram | @TDTNews)

Reports: Man from NH is missing in Texas. -WMUR TV

Reports: Man from NH is missing in Texas (WMUR TV YouTube | @WMUR9)

Search continues for missing boater; soldier identified (WMUR 9 | @WMUR9)

Search is on for former NH man in Texas lake following canoeing accident (New Hampshire Union Leader | @UnionLeader)

Parks and Wildlife Dive Team Joins the Search for Scott Weinhold (US 105 New Country | @US105fm)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (January 25, 2019)

“As you go thru today and the coming days, we ask that you keep Scott Weinhold, who is still missing from the boating accident on Belton Lake, his family, the family of Sgt Kelton Sphaler and all their friends and brothers/sisters in arms at Ft Hood as they navigate this continued search and grief. We also ask for your prayers for Ft Hoods continued cooperation in this VERY important search.” -Fort Hood Fallen

January 26, 2019 (Day 5):

Bring Scott Weinhold Home Fundraiser (Facebook)

Family & friends have set up a go fund me (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Funeral arrangements set for soldier found Lake Belton (KWTX | @KWTX)

Funeral arrangements made for Fort Hood SSG killed after Lake Belton canoe accident (KCEN TV | @KCENNews)

Funeral set for Fort Hood SSG. killed after accident on Lake Belton (KENS 5 San Antonio | @KENS5)

January 27, 2019 (Day 6):

SSgt. Kelton Sphaler passed away on January 22, 2019 (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (January 27, 2019)

“Scott Weinhold is still missing from the fatal boating accident this week, that claimed one Ft Hood Soldiers life. Scott, a native on New Hampshire, served in the Army is an Eagle Scout and a volunteer Fireman. His family has been adamant about making sure their continued access is granted and that they are involved in the search in Belton Lake and in the surrounding area on Ft Hood Property.” -Fort Hood Fallen

January 28, 2019 (Day 7):

Funeral arrangements announced for Fort Hood soldier (CenTexProud.com)

Lake Belton fisherman still missing Monday (Temple Daily News | @TDTNews)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (January 28, 2019)

“The Facebook portion of this research, support and advocacy mission started in October of 2016 with a Ft Hood missing soldier. Since then, we have not been as impacted by a missing warrior or his family as much we are right now. Over 1700 of you have joined us in this mission. You are our partners. We know your heart and your power…Tonite and every night until Scott Weinhold is found or returns home safely, our admins will join with his family friends to keep a light on to guide his way. We ask that you join us in doing so and pray to whatever powerful source you hold dear for justice and Scott’s safe return.” -Fort Hood Fallen

January 29, 2019 (Day 8):

Agencies continue search for missing fisherman (Temple Daily Telegram | @TDTNews)

Fake Facebook profile pretends to help family of man who went missing on Lake Belton (KCEN TV | @KCENTV)

Fake Facebook account pretends to help family of man who went missing on Lake Belton. -KCEN TV

Fake Facebook account pretends to help family of man who went missing on Lake Belton (KCEN TV YouTube | @KCENTV)

January 30, 2019 (Day 9):

Drowned Fort Hood soldier mourned at funeral (Temple Daily Telegram | @TDTNews)

Funeral services held Wednesday for Fort Hood soldier who died on Lake Belton. -KCEN TV

Funeral services held Wednesday for Fort Hood soldier who died on Lake Belton (KCEN TV YouTube | @KCENTV)

Search continues for Scott Weinhold on Lake Belton. -KCEN TV

Search continues for Scott Weinhold on Lake Belton (KCEN TV YouTube | @KCENTV)

Search continues for missing Lake Belton boater. -KCEN TV

Search continues for missing Lake Belton boater (KCEN TV YouTube | @KCENTV)
Morgan’s Point Resort dive team now searching for missing Fort Hood soldier (CenTexProud.com)

January 31, 2019 (Day 10):

Scott Weinhold Missing

The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook created this profile picture to assist the family with awareness efforts. Bring Scott Weinhold Home.

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (January 31, 2019)

Keep a Light on to Guide Him Home [Photo] (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Bring Scott Weinhold Home Facebook Page

Game Warden says full staff searches pulled back, authorities still looking for Scott Weinhold (Game-Warden.org)

February 1, 2019 (Day 11)

Jennifer Florin & Scott Weinhold

Jennifer Florin of New Hampshire and her son Army veteran Scott Weinhold of Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo: KXXV)

Interview with Jennifer Florin 1 [Video] (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Interview with Jennifer Florin 2 [Video] (Hunter Davis, KXXV | @HunterDavisKXXV)

Weekend searches for missing fisherman planned; mother raises questions about incident (Temple Daily Telegram | @tdtnews)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (February 1, 2019)

“The mission, and the only mission here at Ft Hood Fallen is to advocate for and support our countries warriors and their families at Ft Hood. There will never be another mission. We do not provide formal counseling or formal investigative services. We are always open to having as many partners in this mission of honor as possible to include civilian, law enforcement, first responders, military and governmental resources. These soldiers, first and foremost belong to their families and ultimately to this country and to it’s people. We welcome anyone who feels the same. God Bless our Best.” -Fort Hood Fallen

February 2, 2019 (Day 12):

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Army veteran Scott Weinhold has been missing since January 21, 2019. (Photo: Jennifer Florin)

Day 12 of Scott Weinhold Missing – Update from Mother (Jennifer Florin | Facebook)

“Day 12 begins today. Each day that I wake up, I pray that today is the day that we find you. I pray that someone searching is given the guidance to locate you and bring you back to us. The search continues and I will continue to dig and get answers today! When the moments hit me, that I just can’t breathe, take another step or make another call to dig further, somehow I receive some strength! We will find you!” -Jennifer Florin, Facebook

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (February 2, 2019)

Keep a Light on to Guide him home!! Please light a candle or keep a light on for Scott Weinhold until he is found. Here is an additional way to help. #BringScottHome

February 3, 2019 (Day 13)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (February 3, 2019)

“For over a week, the family and authorities have been searching and while the governmental resources are being cut back, the family will not stop. There has been SIGNIFICANT activity by a private rescue dog in Belton Lake. The family needs a PRIVATE and QUALIFIED search diver IMMEDIATELY to dive for what may be their Warrior. PLEASE NOTE: Large Rescue organizations have been contacted and have offered and CANNOT participate if not invited by Wardens and/or Ft Hood which they have REFUSED to request. If you have any PRIVATE contacts or are certified yourself, please message us here immediately.” -Fort Hood Fallen

February 4, 2019 (Day 14)

Belton Lake Map

Map of Belton Lake (photo: Fort Hood Fallen)

Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (February 4, 2019)

“Please talk about and share Scott’s story. Many people are still not aware. It only takes one witness who has seen anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to make a difference. Little details add up to recovery!! So please talk!!! Keep Scott in your conversations in the towns and communities around Belton Lake and definitely within a 35 miles radius.” -Fort Hood Fallen

February 5, 2019 (Day 15)

Scott Weinhold’s body recovered on Lake Belton (KCEN TV)

Scott Weinhold’s body recovered on Lake Belton (KCEN TV YouTube)
Body found in search for man who drowned in area lake (KWTX)
Body of missing fisherman, an Army veteran, located after 15 days (Killeen Daily Herald)
Body found on Lake Belton identified as Scott Weinhold (KCEN TV | @KCENTV)
Authorities confirm body found in Belton Lake is missing veteran (KXXV)
Body Found in Search for Ft. Hood Soldier at Lake Belton (KTEM)
Body Found At Belton Lake Is That Of Missing Soldier (Patch.com)
Body Found At Belton Lake Is That Of Missing Soldier (MSN.com)
Fort Hood soldier killed in boating incident laid to rest (Killeen Daily Herald)
Fort Hood Fallen Facebook Post (February 4, 2019)

“Words will never adequately express our humble feelings of being entrusted with this family nor will words ever be able to convey our most sincere condolences for their immense loss. A wonderful and selfless man is gone but we will never forget. Rest Easy Scott. Till Valhalla.” -The Ft Hood Fallen

Scott Weinhold Never Forgotten

(photo: The Ft. Hood Fallen)

Top 10 on Military Justice for All in 2018 (December 31, 2018)

Forensic Files

10. Air Force Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass Hired Hitmen to Kill Wife at Clark AFB in Philippines for $400,000 Life Insurance Payout; Sentenced to Life in Prison (February 26, 1991) #ForensicFiles

Homicide Hunter

9. Army Veteran Brandin Penza Stabbed 74 Times in Colorado Springs Parking Lot by Stranger; Kevin Gooley Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison (September 23, 1994) #HomicideHunter

Forbidden Dying for Love

8. Navy Master Chief John Bench Murdered Son & Attempted to Murder Wife & Daughter in Japan, Then Killed Self in Motorcycle Crash (August 30, 2009) #ForbiddenDyingforLove

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7. Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside (February 13, 2017) #NeverForget #HonorThem

Maggie Fetty

6. Army Spouse Melinda Stewart, Army Sgt. Daniel Stewart, Jill Yousaf & Army Soldier James Catlin Conspired and Murdered Homeless Colorado Teen Maggie Fetty (November 30, 1991) #HomicideHunter

A Stranger in My Home

5. Air Force Retiree Philip Inhofer Murdered by Nevada Escort for Money and 1975 Mercedes Convertible; Michelle Cummiskey Sentenced to 25 Years to Life (March 7, 1991) #AStrangerinMyHome

cold case

4. Army Pvt. Paige Fontenot Briles Found Unresponsive in Vehicle at Fort Hood Housing in Texas; Initially CID Investigated as Homicide But Later Ruled Suicide (December 24, 2016) #ColdCaseJustice

Forbidden Dying for Love 2

3. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Norris Fatally Shot Army Spc. Kamisha Block in Iraq After She Ended a Forbidden Relationship, Then Ended His Own Life (August 16, 2007) #ForbiddenDyingforLove

We Wil Never Forget

2. Fort Hood Army Spc. Zachary Moore Found Unresponsive in Barracks on Deployment to Camp Hovey, South Korea; CID Ruled Suicide (August 2, 2017) #NeverForget #HonorThem

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People Magazine Investigates Premiered ‘Terror in Philadelphia’ on Investigation Discovery: Air Force SrA Troy Graves Serving Life Sentence for Rape & Homicide (November 12, 2018)

ID Go: In 1998, a gifted Philadelphia graduate student is found murdered in her bed. The hunt for her killer forces police to reevaluate a series of unsolved crimes, turning the city upside down. Will her killer be caught or will he strike again? -Terror in Philadelphia, People Magazine Investigates (S3, E2)

Date of Arrest: April 23, 2002
Offender: Troy Graves, 29, US Air Force service member
Victims: Shannon Schieber, 23, University of Pennsylvania student (rape/homicide), multiple rape victims in Pennsylvania & Colorado
Circumstances: Shannon Schieber was enrolled as a Phd. student at the Wharton School of Business, on May 7, 1998, Shannon was studying for exams when a neighbor heard what sounded like cries for help, he called 911 to report that his neighbor was asking for help, the police arrived but no one answered the door and the neighbor backed off his statement, they searched the property and the neighbor said it could have been outside so they left, Shannon’s brother showed up the next day and Shannon didn’t answer the door, the neighbor told her brother what he heard the night before, they broke into the apartment and found Shannon naked on her bed, Shannon was strangled to death and it appeared she tried to fight off her attacker, police found DNA at the scene, DNA ruled out those close to Shannon, Shannon’s parents were outraged that the man who killed their daughter was in the apartment when the police knocked on her door, but the police did their job right and by the book, a few days before the murder, Shannon reported being followed home one night, she was scared, so police started investigating the stranger angle, perhaps this is a serial rapist, they look into sex crimes in the area, they want to match the DNA to other sex crimes in the area, in February 1999, they got a DNA match, 2 other sexual assaults had occurred but they were coded as misdemeanors, the assaults occurred just a few blocks from Shannon’s apartment, in June and July 1997, two more sexual assaults were connected to the offender bringing the total to 5, the PPD coded these sexual assaults as misdemeanors as well, they downgraded the offenses because it lessoned the load for the police, and made the arrest rate look better than it was, Shannon’s case helped enact change in Philadelphia, if they had investigated these cases, everyone would have known there was a serial rapist, Shannon would not be dead if she knew what was going on, the DNA still didn’t have a match to the offender, in 1997, a sketch was drawn from the recollections of the first victim, they got a new composite, this offender would enter the home, hold the victim down on the bed, rape them or make them perform oral sex, it was about control and domination for this guy and he was also somewhat of a romantic, once they acquiesced, he would treat them like a date, he would get comfortable with the victims, they determined he was a light skinned black male based on information he shared with one victim about his life growing up with bi-racial parents, he was dubbed the Center City rapist, in August 1999, no other cases were reported since Shannon’s murder, the case went cold, the police got a bulletin in 2001 from Fort Collins, Colorado, the offenders modus operandi sounded familiar to the Philadelphia PD, on June 13, 2001, one victim was home when she was attacked from behind and raped, after she acquiesced, the rapist became gentle as if he was a boyfriend, after he left, she called 911, she was his third victim in Fort Collins, they were all blitz attacked, FC police were investigating a serial rapist, a fourth & fifth rapes were reported, he made a mistake and left behind a ball cap at the fifth victims home, Fort Collins DNA was matched to the rapes in Philadelphia, PPD gave FCPD the composite drawing, police received a letter in the mail from the suspect, he was taunting them, in the fall of 2001, the attacks in Fort Collins stopped, meanwhile the PPD started focusing on cross referencing names of suspects with the two geographic locations, they got a match for Air Force service member Troy Graves, he was in Philadelphia, Fort Collins, and now at Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 2002, the police had the new suspect in their sites, the police learned that Troy was also investigated by the Office of Special Investigations, it was over charges of harassing a female colleague, the charges were dropped but there was still something suspicious there, Graves has a clean criminal record and no finger prints on file, the case was circumstantial, they reached out to Graves to come to the police department and do an interview, Troy Graves and his wife showed up to the Fort Collins PD, the police immediately separated the couple, his wife admitted that he had insomnia and went for walks and drives at night and that honestly she thought he was having an affair, meanwhile Troy denied knowing anything about the crimes, the police confronted him about the rapes in Fort Collins, he denied being arrested for any sex crimes, he denied being investigated by the Air Force, he did not want to provide his fingerprints but a warrant was issued to compel him, the fingerprints were a match, Troy Graves was arrested and booked into custody, this case changed the PPD policies on sexual assault to include how evidence is handled and how the victims are treated and interviewed
Disposition: Troy Graves feared a trial would not go in his favor in Fort Collins, Colorado, he pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole; Pennsylvania wanted to seek the death penalty but Shannon’s family did not want that because Shannon wouldn’t have wanted that, Graves entered into a plea agreement and got life in prison plus sixty years

Notable Quotes: “We have to change the system but not put people to death.” -Vicki Schieber (Shannon’s mom)

Source: ‘Terror in Philadelphia’ People Magazine Investigates

Shannon Schiebercredit: Courtesy Schieber Family

Shannon Schieber (Photo: People Magazine Investigates)

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Fear Thy Neighbor: 21 Veteran Cases Featured on Investigation Discovery (November 5, 2018)

Preview: In North Carolina, a retired Vietnam veteran sells off a piece of his land to a young family. No one can predict the modern day Hatfield McCoy neighbor feud that will ensue and the midnight shootout that will end it. -Lies, Lawns & Murder, Fear Thy Neighbor (S1, E1)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Lies, Lawns & Murder’ on Investigation Discovery: Roland Younce was Fatally Shot by Cops After Wounding Four People (April 14, 2014)

ID Go: The Phillips’ family moves to a quiet seafront town in Maine to escape a crime wave in Indiana. But their dream home comes with a not so dreamy ex-military neighbor. A barrage of gunfire between the houses one night shatters both families forever. -Red Picket Fences, Fear Thy Neighbor (S1, E2)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Red Picket Fences’ on Investigation Discovery: Richard Uffelman & 2 Children Executed The Phillips in Small Town Maine (April 21, 2014)

ID Go: In Miami, a young mother has no choice but to shut the door on her warring neighbors as a three-year feud over a patch of land and differing moral standards reaches a bloody and tragic conclusion. -Home’s Where the Hearse Is, Fear Thy Neighbor (S1, E5)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Home’s Where the Hearse Is’ on Investigation Discovery: Baldomero Fernandez Ended a Property Dispute with Fatal Violence (May 12, 2014)

ID Go: An elite California Lakeside Community is rocked to its core when two well-to-do gentlemen go to war over an 18-inch property line discrepancy. One neighbor takes the dispute to new levels when he hires a hitman to permanently solve the problem. -Welcome to Murder Street, Fear Thy Neighbor (S1, E6)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Welcome to Murder Street’ on Investigation Discovery: Bill Weissman Busted in Undercover Murder-for-Hire Sting Operation (May 19, 2014)

Preview: An older man obsessed with his property lines soon learns that his neighbor’s dock is actually on his property, and wants it moved immediately. His neighbors aren’t going to go down without a fight. -Lake of Madness, Fear Thy Neighbors (S2, E2)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Lake of Madness’ on Investigation Discovery: Paul Crawford Executed Family Next Door, Then Killed Himself (April 20, 2015)

Preview: Neighbors go to war when an older man obssesses over the boundary lines of his property and wont let his neighbors anywhere near it. -Driveway of Death, Fear Thy Neighbor (S2, E3)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Driveway of Death’ on Investigation Discovery: John Kenney Fatally Shot The Grimes Over Shared Driveway Dispute (April 27, 2015)

ID Go: Instead of a brand new start, a man’s move to Canyon Country, California, finds him locked in a bizarre and increasingly acrimonious eight year feud with his neighbor –that is finally resolved with blasts from a shotgun. -Good Fences Make Dead Neighbors, Fear Thy Neighbor (S2, E4)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Good Fences Make Dead Neighbors’ on Investigation Discovery: Paul Tracey Created a Kill Zone & Fatally Shot Anthony Davis (May 4, 2015)

ID Go: Two families in Elyria, Ohio live beside each other in friendship and peace for decades, but as time goes on things deteriorate into acrimony, mutual accusation, violence, and finally a shocking and bloody shoot out. -There Bleeds the Neighborhood, Fear Thy Neighbor (S2, E5)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘There Bleeds the Neighborhood’ on Investigation Discovery: Paul Hashman Shot Darrell Hoskins 7 Times with Intent to Kill (May 11, 2015)

ID Go: When a freewheeling family moves from California to the buttoned down enclave of Leesburg, Virginia, they quickly get on the wrong side of their neighbour across the way. The conflict escalates until bullets fly and blood flows in the street. -Kill-De-Sac, Fear Thy Neighbor (S2, E8)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Kill-De-Sac’ on Investigation Discovery: Robert Lorenz Shoots Duren Eldridge, Claims Self-Defense, Acquitted of Murder (June 1, 2015)

ID Go: A couple settles in Josephine County, Oregon, where they learn their new neighbor has a deadly past. Now, as relations sour and tempers flare, blood will be spilled on this land…. -Homeowner Hell, Fear Thy Neighbor (S2, E11)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Homeowner Hell’ on Investigation Discovery: Donald Easley Killed 2 Property Owners, Kenneth Vaughn & Laron Estes (June 29, 2015)

ID Go: A young couple finds their paradise in a Vancouver, Washington housing development with strict codes of community conduct. But someone forgot to tell their neighbour the rules, and he will resist them at all costs. -Landlord, Death Lord, Fear Thy Neighbor (S2, E12)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Landlord, Death Lord’ on Investigation Discovery: John Kendall Shot at Erich & Abigail Mounce 17 Times With an AK-47 (July 6, 2015)

ID Go: The promise of peaceful life in Tamarac, Florida is broken when the son of a newly arrived family befriends the neighborhood’s most unruly kids. Bad blood between the neighbors boils over until things come to a horrifically violent end on Halloween. -Nail in the Coffin, Fear Thy Neighbor (S3, E1)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Nail in the Coffin’ on Investigation Discovery: Richard Day Used Truck as Murder Weapon, Killed Robert Campbell in Florida (March 30, 2016)

ID Go: In peaceful Alden, New York, siblings who live in neighboring houses get into a conflict when their prodigal brother returns home. Soon, the family is at each other’s throats until their war finally comes to a shocking, fiery end. -Burn Neighbor, Burn, Fear Thy Neighbor (S3, E6)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Burn Neighbor, Burn’ on Investigation Discovery: In Retaliation, Andrew Sindriewicz Burned Down Two Family Homes (May 4, 2016)

ID Go: An argument about access to a disputed road puts two Lompico, California men at each other’s throats. Things progress from intimidation and property damage to a backhoe attack and, finally, one of the most shocking murders the area has ever seen. -Bonfire of Blood, Fear Thy Neighbor (S3, E9)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Bonfire of Blood’ on Investigation Discovery: Escalating Property Dispute Between Walter Stephens & Bob Hall Turns Deadly (May 25, 2016)

ID Go: Two young couples in an Idaho apartment building walk on eggshells around a neighbor who can’t stand the one couple’s music and the other’s dog. Tensions keep rising between all parties until finally hell breaks loose and a violent rampage erupts. -Night of the Machete, Fear Thy Neighbor (S3, E10)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Night of the Machete’ on Investigation Discovery: Veteran Twain Thomas Flipped Out on Camera After VA Cut Off Monthly Benefits (June 7, 2016)

ID Go: A couple who tragically lost their son are thrilled when a family with two boys moves in across the street. But the relationship soon sours, engulfing all of them in conflict, accusation, and finally a deadly shooting. -Hysteria Lane, Fear Thy Neighbor (S4, E3)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Hysteria Lane’ on Investigation Discovery: Ronald Ragland Harassed, Gaslighted & Executed Army Vet Robert Mitchell (April 20, 2017)

Preview: A man finds himself living between hostile neighbors on both sides, including a former marine with severe PTSD. Their campaign of intimidation ramps up to the point of no return, ending with a deadly confrontation on the street outside their homes. -Monkey in the Middle, Fear Thy Neighbor (S4, E8)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Monkey in the Middle’ on Investigation Discovery: Spencer Newcomer Found Not Guilty of Murder, Claimed Self-Defense (May 25, 2017)

ID Go: Two neighboring bachelors start out as friends. Harmless banter turns into threats eventually igniting an escalating war. The violence ends with a murder so shocking it is almost beyond belief. -Head in the Oven, Fear Thy Neighbor (S5, E3)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Head in the Oven’ on Investigation Discovery: Ex-Marine William Perry Stopped Taking Meds, Unraveled & Murdered Brett Smith (June 16, 2018)

ID Go: Two women living next to each other since childhood descend into bitter conflict when the ex husband of one starts seeing the other. Add property issues to this toxic mix and the result is an act of shocking violence that engulfs all. -Mistress of Death, Fear Thy Neighbor (S5, E6)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Mistress of Death’ on Investigation Discovery: Linda Cowan Convinced Son Vinson Thomas-Ward Cowan to Kill Woman Next Door (July 7, 2018)

ID Go: A couple from Michigan realizes a long held dream when they relocate to Florida, but their life in the sun is destroyed when they get into a fatal conflict with their neighbor. -This Bullet’s for You, Fear Thy Neighbor (S5, E7)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘This Bullet’s For You’ on Investigation Discovery: Bruce Schunk Entered Keith Lewandowski’s Florida Home & Executed Him (July 14, 2018)

ID Go: A man who is meticulous about his lawn runs into conflict with a new neighbor who doesn’t have the same priorities. The feud between the two men viciously escalates, ultimately ending in an episode of shocking violence. -Dead Men Tell No Tales, Fear Thy Neighbor (S5, E9)

Fear Thy Neighbor Premiered ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ on Investigation Discovery: Mark Tatum Ambushed Neighbor David Allen in Louisville, Kentucky Home (July 28, 2018)

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