Sexual Assault is the Latest Witch Hunt in America’s History: Guilt By Accusation and Public Shaming is the New Norm, and It’s Wrong

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History of  Witch Hunts in America, located at the Salem Witch Museum, Massachusetts

Society has a tendency to respond in a crisis oriented fashion to a moral panic. After “The Invisible War” gaslighted America, all women soldiers were victims and all male soldiers were predators. This has been a repeated cycle after every sexual assault scandal. The media narratives reflect this and continue to perpetuate the myths typically choosing a blonde white female as the ‘victim’. But that’s not how it works in real life and male victims of crime in the military set both the filmmakers and the media straight. The momentum died off so they created another film about college sexual assault and tried again creating a female versus male division. No one really knows the statistics at the college campuses but in the military, the majority of victims of sexual assault and homicide are men. We care about the men just as much as we care about the women. We care about facts and evidence and have learned that the devil is in the details.

Learn more:
Rape Culture is a ‘Panic Where Paranoia, Censorship, and False Accusations Flourish’
A Complete List of the 35 Basic Military Training Instructors Court Martialed in the Lackland Air Force Base Sex Scandal
Minnesota football rape case emblematic of campus witch-hunt culture
Rape Culture in the West is as Real as ‘Witchcraft in Salem’
A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials


The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of victim accused of witchcraft in early american Massachusetts in between February 1692 and May 1693. The tests caused the executions of twenty victim, fourteen of them women, and all however one by suspendeding. Twelve mistress had formerly been implemented in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut throughout the 17th century. In spite of being generally known as the Salem witch trials, the initial hearings in 1692 were performed in several communities: Salem Village (currently Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich and Andover. The most well known trials were performed by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. -History Channel

Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members

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Objective: Provide support to families who have lost loved ones to non combat death, homicide, and suicide. Prevent non combat death, homicide and suicide by providing an expedited transfer option to whistleblowers and those who feel like their lives may be in danger.

This is a small sample of the many soldiers that have died of non combat deaths, homicide, and suicide. It was hard for me to choose which ones to feature. Given the amount of families who have questioned a ruling of suicide while their loved one was serving in the US military, it’s fair to say that some suicide rulings should have a second look to determine if a homicide was ruled out. It’s important to note that if the cause of death is determined to be suicide, then the military never has to investigate again.

Brief overview of need for expedited transfers for whistleblowers in general:

John Needham and Adam Winfield had a lot in common: they both claim to have witnessed war crimes, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan. They both wanted to report the war crimes but didn’t feel safe doing so. They both admitted to feeling like they were set up to die or participate in the war crimes. The only difference: John’s parents were able to get him out of Iraq after he started deteriorating mentally. Adam’s parents were not able to get him out of Afghanistan and he was charged with war crimes after he was set up to participate. On the Dark Side of Al Doura and the Kill Team Movie are must sees because they show the similarity in the cases and reveal how an expedited transfer option could have helped them & saved innocent civilian lives. I included a history of crime at the bases they were stationed at to demonstrate that the crime simply follows them overseas.

John Needham, Army (2008):
Retired Army Pvt John Needham Beat Girlfriend Jacqwelyn Villagomez to Death, Then Died of Overdose on Painkillers Awaiting Murder Trial
An Inside Look at Toxic Leadership in the US Army: On the Dark Side in Al Doura, Iraq
On the Dark Side in Al Doura, Iraq on YouTube
Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at Fort Carson

Adam Winfield, Army (2010):
Army Soldier Adam Winfield Tried to Report War Crimes But Instead was Charged with War Crimes as Part of ‘The Kill Team’
PBS Documentary ‘The Kill Team’ Nominated for an Emmy
The Kill Team on Amazon Prime
Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at JBLM

Would the expedited transfer option help prevent suicide or homicide in these cases?

Alyssa Peterson, Army (2003)

There were concerns that Alyssa committed suicide because she didn’t want to participate in war crimes like torture. Could her life have been saved if she felt like she had a way out? Did she commit suicide? Was homicide ruled out?

Gloria Davis, Denise Lannaman, & Marshall Gutierrez, Army (2006)

Reports indicate Gloria Davis, Army (2006) committed suicide hours after she provided names and testimony to CID investigators regarding soldiers involved in a bribery scheme in Kuwait. She was a witness to the crimes and a witness for the prosecution. Did she commit suicide? Was homicide ever considered? How could this have been prevented? She was one of 3 people in the same logistics group in Kuwait tied to the bribery scheme investigation that committed suicide. Both Denise Lannaman, Army (2006) and Lt. Col. Marshall Gutierrez, Army (2006) deaths were ruled suicides by the Army as well. Were any of these cases investigated as homicides? Did anyone question why three soldiers from Kuwait tied to one investigation killed themselves?

Suzanne Swift, Army (2006)

Suzanne refused to redeploy for a third time for fear that she would be raped or assaulted this time. She went AWOL instead & was jailed. Could this have been prevented if she had a way out of Fort Lewis? She hadn’t been raped or assaulted yet. She was trying to prevent it given the isolation in Iraq. Does the expedited transfer apply to sexual harassment situations where the offender(s) are escalating? How could we have prevented this? If you look at the history of violent crime at JBLM and in Iraq, you can clearly see why Suzanne Swift was fearful for her life. She chose life and jail over rape and murder.

Genesia Gresham, Navy (2007)

Genesia and Anamarie Camacho were victims of homicide in Bahrain. Genesia was said to have been in a casual relationship with the shooter at one point. Were there red flags prior to the murder? Was the shooters behavior escalating? Does domestic violence, harassment, and stalking qualify for an expedited transfer? Could this have been prevented if Genesia had a way out when she realized she may have been in danger? The killer was never jail but instead institutionalized for mental health issues.

Jennifer Valdivia, Navy (2007)

Jennifer was at the center of command investigation of abuse of prisoners in Bahrain. It was reported that she did not want to participate in war crimes yet was belittled, harassed, and abused by a supervisor if she didn’t do what he asked. If she had a way out, could this suicide have been prevented? Was it a suicide? Was it ever investigated as a homicide?

Kelsey Anderson, USAF (2011)

The Anderson family reported that Kelsey’s health deteriorated after she learned that she could not transfer or get out of the military while stationed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Why did she want a transfer? Why did she want to get out of the military all of a sudden? Did something happen to make Kelsey feel the need to get out of Guam as quickly as possible? Her death was ruled a suicide. Could this have been prevented if she was allowed to transfer? The Air Force took her gun privileges away shortly after she got to Guam because of mental health concerns. They gave it back to her a month before she died.

Danny Chen, Army (2011)

Danny was being hazed and bullied by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. Could his death have been prevented if he had a way out of this situation? Does the expedited transfer apply to scenarios where an individual is being hazed, harassed, and physically assaulted? Did Danny fear murder? How could this have been prevented so Danny didn’t feel like suicide was the only way out?

Ciara Durkin, Mass Army National Guard (2007)

Ciara found discrepancies in the finance office in Afghanistan & feared that she made enemies. She asked her family to investigate if anything happened to her while she was overseas. Could we have saved Ciara’s life if once she realized that crimes may have been committed, she could leave and then safely report? Ciara was a witness to crime yet had to remain in the setting. Do expedited transfers apply to those who want to report crimes yet cannot do so safely in an isolated location?

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I researched the non combat deaths of female soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas. I was alarmed by what I learned. It appears that close to 30% of the deaths of female soldiers in Iraq alone are from homicide, suicide, or unknown causes. I am working on doing the same research for male soldiers but have been overwhelmed with the number of non combat deaths of male soldiers. I am starting with 2010 to 2016. Then will focus energy on 2001 to 2010.

Non Combat Death of Female Soldiers:
Iraq
Afghanistan
Other Areas

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There are many cold cases in the military. The Army has the most cold cases. This list is a small sample of the cold cases in the military. Each case has the same theme. The families feel like they can’t get cooperation from the military to figure out what happened to their loved one. The families are devastated by the loss and traumatized further by the indifference, lack of support, and bureaucracy. If the homicide occurred on a base, they have nowhere to turn but the military because of federal jurisdiction issues. Most civilian cold case investigators ask for other investigators to take a look at cases to give them a fresh set of eyes. New investigators can add additional expertise to help find answers and give families closure. Two must see documentaries highlighting some of the major issues with investigations in the military are The Tillman Story (Pat Tillman) and The Silent Truth (LaVena Johnson).

Cold Cases:
Gorden Hess, Army (1998)
Col Philip Shue (2003)
Lavena Johnson, Army (2005)
Tina Priest, Army (2006)
Kamisha Block, Army (2007)
Stacy Dryden, USMC (2008)
Blanca Luna, USAF (2008)
Keisha Morgan, Army (2008)
Cherie Morton, Navy (2008)
BG Thomas Tinsley, USAF (2008)
Anton Phillips, Army (2009)
Amy Seyboth-Tirador (2009)
Sean Wells, Army (2013)
Virginia Caballero, Army (2014)

Cases Solved by NCIS Cold Case Squad:
Lt Verle Hartley, Navy (1982)
Andrew Muns, Navy (1968)

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Other Areas of Concern:
David Dickson, US Army (1984) Tracking criminal behavior world wide
Kathleen Lipscomb, USAF spouse (1986) Jurisdiction Issues
Walter Smith, USMC (2006) Use of PTSD defense/stigma
Maria Lauterbach, USMC (2007) Expedited Transfer Policy
Jennifer Cole, Army (2008) Accountability/Investigations
Holley Wimunc, US Army (2008) Domestic Violence/Military Role
Morganne McBeth, Army (2010) Sentencing/Negligent Homicide
Mikayla Bragg, Army (2011) Mental Health/Suicide/Personnel Records
Kelli Bordeaux, Army (2012) Sex offender registry/Army role
Michelle Miller, Army (2013) Accountability of those in positions of power
Shadow McClaine, Army (2016) DV & attempted murder prior to homicide
Cati Blauvelt, US Army spouse (2016) DV/Accountability/Fugitives
A List of Soldiers Targeted & Murdered for the SGLI
Army Vet Micah Johnson Responsible for Dallas Police Officer Shootings
6 Service Members Currently on Military Death Row at Leavenworth
The US Military Recruited Violent Felons to Support the War Efforts

History of Homicide/Suicide on Military Bases:
Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at US Military Bases

Recommendations:

  • Expand expedited transfer policy to include whistleblowers (war crimes, hazing, stalking, sex harassment, witnesses to crimes) in an effort to prevent homicide and suicide
  • Creation of cold case squads in the Army & Air Force to investigate homicide & suicide rulings
  • Centralized location for families to call to initiate an investigation of suicide ruling or cold cases, with mental health component
  • Official way to dispute findings of military investigators/medical examiners, ability to request a second independent investigation

The Feres Doctrine prevents soldiers and families from suing the Armed Forces to hold them accountable financially in an effort to force change. Therefore it only seems fair that we give families the support they need when they lose a loved one who is serving in the US military.

We need centralized databases so that records of criminal activity can be more readily tracked to prevent a violent criminal from escalating to homicide. The military is considered one team now and their criminal activity impacts service members in all branches and civilians in the US and other countries. Given the transient population and jurisdiction issues, it only makes sense to utilize the existing FBI national database in an effort to connect crimes committed on bases, overseas, deployed locations, and in the civilian jurisdictions here in the US. The overall goal is to prevent multiple victims and homicide.

Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at United States Military Bases

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*Research not complete.

My experiences as a victim of crime in the United States military inspired me to do the work I do today as a military justice policy analyst. Not only did I witness first hand how a predator operates but I witnessed multiple predator types in real time while serving my country. If these people committed these acts of crimes at work in the civilian world, they would have been in jail or I would have been rich after taking my employer to civil court. Well maybe not because the deck is stacked against the accuser but we do in fact have a civilian justice system that allows us to hold others accountable, while it simultaneously protects the due process rights of the accused. This cannot be said of the military justice system. There is no guarantee a military Commander will do anything with a crime report let alone process the felony crime effectively. We do not want a justice system where one man or woman decides whether to do nothing, give a non judicial punishment for a felony crime, or railroad the accused or accuser. We do want a justice system where we can hold our employer accountable without roadblocks from the Pentagon, Congress, and the Feres Doctrine. We cannot effectively tackle the violent crime issue in the military until the victims of crimes, like sexual assault and domestic violence, feel safe enough to report. Crime victims have expressed that they do not want to report crimes to a Commander for fear of retaliation. The Department of Defense admitted that of those of who did report the crime, 62% perceived that they faced retaliation. If service members felt safe enough to report, it could help us prevent homicide, suicide, and non combat death.

If we think about violent crime committed by military personnel compared to violent crime statistics in the United States (reference above graph), at first glance it appears the military has a homicide ‘issue’ among the ranks. Please see the below links for a sample of crime on some of the U.S. military bases. All military bases worldwide will eventually be included in this research. And the research for sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and physical assault specifically has not been conducted yet either. Because the research is far from being complete, it is too early to make any assumptions so I will put the data in one place and let you come to your own conclusions. But if military crime mirrors civilian crime statistics, one can deduce that if the military has a lot of homicide, there is even more rape. Currently the number one concern in the military is a Commander’s ability to give a non judicial punishment for a felony crime. A Commander can bypass the courts martial process simply by punishing and/or discharging the accused with a preponderance of the evidence. This does nothing to protect our military personnel and the civilians who live near our bases in America and worldwide. Predators do not discriminate. They are just as likely to harm civilians as they are military personnel. They know their rights and they know that jurisdiction issues and lack of communication among law enforcement agencies will help prolong getting caught. We need to be one step ahead.

We can’t get real violent crime numbers for the military bases unless we include those who died of non combat deaths while they were deployed. Veterans Noonie Fortin and Ann Wright inspired me to initially look into the non combat deaths of female soldiers overseas because they observed the unusually high number of female soldiers who died of non combat deaths during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their chief concern was that although the military labels a non combat death as a suicide, there are suspicions that some female soldiers were murdered, like LaVena Johnson, Amy Tirador, and Ciara Durkin. I did the research on every single female soldier who died from non combat deaths overseas and their concerns are valid. My research on non combat deaths in Iraq alone revealed that roughly 30% of female soldiers died as a result of homicide, suicide, and other unknown causes. I am working on collecting the data for male soldiers who died from non combat related injuries in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas. I started with 2010 so we can get the most recent cases but I will go back to September 11, 2001 in the next phase of data collection. The first male soldier non combat death case I found in 2010 was an unsolved homicide. His name was SSG Anton Phillips and he was stabbed to death in Afghanistan. Further research in this area has uncovered that non combat deaths of male soldiers are just as prevalent.

Learn more:
The US Military Recruited Violent Felons to Support the War Efforts
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Afghanistan)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Other Areas)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (US Army)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (US Army)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Violent Crime at Fort Wainwright, Alaska (US Army)
Violent Crime at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
A List of Soldiers Targeted & Murdered for the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance Benefits
Rep Nikki Tsongas & Rep Mike Turner Host Educational Caucus: Improving Treatment Resources for Male Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma
An Open Letter to the Senate and House of Representatives in Support of the Military Justice Improvement Act
Letter of Support for Save Our Heroes in Our Shared Quest for Military Justice Reform & Constitutional Rights

Rep Nikki Tsongas & Rep Mike Turner Host Educational Caucus: Improving Treatment Resources for Male Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

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Dr. Susan J. McCutcheon, Director of Family Services, Women’s Mental Heath, and Military Sexual Trauma, Department of Veterans Affairs

Learn more:
Strength & Recovery: Men Overcoming Military Sexual Trauma
Men: You are Not Alone in Overcoming Military Sexual Trauma
Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Sexual Trauma

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Dr. Judith L. Johnson, Consulting Clinical Psychologist, The Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefit Clinic, William and Mary Law School

Learn more: Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, William & Mary Law School

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Diana Rangoussis, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office (SAPRO)

Learn more: Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office

Learn more: Brian Lewis, US Navy Veteran & President and Co-Founder of Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma

Learn more: Bob Hunter, US Navy Veteran & Vice President of Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma

Part 2: Bob Hunter, US Navy Veteran

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Heath Phillips, US Navy Veteran & Executive Director of Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma

Learn more: Heath Phillips, Active Duty Military & Veterans Advocate, a Voice for Male Victims of Crime

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Related Links:
Turner and Tsongas host briefing on Male Military Sexual Assault to give victims a voice
Colonel Doug James (ret), Chairman of “Save Our Heroes” is a “Wingman” for Change!
Veterans Benefits Clinic Highlights Problem of Male Sexual Trauma in the Military
‘It savaged my life’: military sexual assault survivors fighting to become visible
Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma (Mr. MST)
Military Sexual Trauma: Prevalent and Under Treated

Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas

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*Research not complete. (Includes Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, Kelly AFB, Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, & Camp Stanley)

“On Jan. 31, 2010, the 502nd ABW took over responsibility as the host unit at Lackland and Randolph. On that day, the 12th Mission Support Group at Randolph inactivated and the 902nd Mission Support Group activated in its place. Meanwhile, the 37th Mission Support Group at Lackland inactivated and the 802nd Mission Support Group activated in its place. At Fort Sam Houston, the wing assumed IOC on April 30, 2010, when the 502nd Mission Support Group (502 MSG) activated. The 502nd MSG also provided installation support for Camp Bullis in northwestern Bexar County. The US Army Garrison at Fort Sam Houston remained active alongside the 502nd MSG until JBSA achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) on 1 October 2010. At FOC, the Garrison inactivated and the Army civilian employees transferred to the Air Force.  On Dec. 4, 2013, in a transformation ceremony held at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the 502nd, 802nd and 902nd Mission Support Groups inactivated and became respectively the 502nd Force Support Group; the 502nd Installation Support Group; and the 502nd Security Forces and Logistics Support Group.” –502nd Air Base Wing

Gabriel Gutierrez, US Marine Corps (1972): Unsolved Homicide

Robert Ownby, US Army Reserve (1984): Suicide

William Lipscomb, US Air Force (1986): Rape, Homicide

Robert Eric Duncan, US Air Force (1990): Accused of Abduction, Murder of Child

Micah Schindler, US Air Force (1999): Homicide

Jeremiah Mattysse, US Army (2000): AWOL, Accused of Espionage

Philip Shue, US Air Force (2003): Unsolved Homicide

Christopher Barton, US Air Force (2004): Accused of Attempted Sex Assault of Child

Charles Neddo, US Air Force (2004): Murder-Suicide

Robert Torres Reid, US Air Force Reserve (2004): Victim of Homicide

Barry Brown, US Air Force (2005): Attempted Murder

Rico Robinson, US Army (2005): Suicide

Nonnie Dotson, US Air Force (2006): Missing

Nils Andersson, US Army (2007): Suicide

Larry Flores, US Army (2008): Suicide

Patrick Henderson, US Army (2008): Suicide

Jaynie Askew, US Army (2009): Suicide

Michael Fontana, US Air Force (2009): Acquitted of 3 Homicides

Ryan Gartner, US Army (2011): Non Combat Death, Afghanistan

Kevin Shipp, Former CIA Agent (2011): Accused military of poisoning family

Steven Williams, US Air Force (2011): Cardiac Dysrhythmia

Lackland Air Force Base Sex Scandal (2011): Adultery, Unprofessional Relationships, Sexual Assault, Rape

Cody Hooks, US Air Force (2013): Murder-Suicide

Juan Jose Pena, US Navy (2013): Charged with Sexual Assault

Jaime Rodriguez, US Air Force (2013): Aggravated Sexual Assault

Alvin Roundtree, US Army (2013): Plotted to Kill Wife

Kimberly Epperson, US Army (2014): Sexual Assault of Son

Terron Moore, US Air Force (2014): Collapsed After Run, Sickle Cell Trait

Ian Morgan, US Army (2014): Accidental Death

Craig Perry, US Air Force (2014): Relieved of Command, Blames Toxic Leadership

Ana Espinal, US Air Force (2015): Suicide

Michael Keltz, US Air Force (2015): Career Derailed-Inappropriate Comment

Emily Riley, US Air Force (2015): Suicide

Kelani Thomas, US Air Force (2015): Heart Failure

Steven Bellino, US Air Force (2016): Murder-Suicide

Josue Delgado, US Army Reserve (2016): Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child

Cristina Silvers, US Air Force (2016): Unknown

Kenneth Sturgill, US Air Force (2016): Died During Training

Ryan Sweeney, US Air Force (2016): Suicide

Anthony Quesinberry, US Army (2016): Sexual Exploitation of Minors

Related Links:
Man’s body found on Camp Bullis
From a War Zone to Stateside Nightmare
Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves?
Army Recruiter Suicides Prompt Investigations
Army to stop recruiting for 1 day after Houston suicides
Army creates suicide prevention board
Lawmakers probe Army recruiter suicides
Cornyn calls for hearings on Army recruiter suicides
Army completes recruiter suicide investigation
Hell in the Houston Recruiting Battalion, Texas
Porn hunted down at Randolph
The Lackland Air Force Base Sex Scandal, Texas (2011)

Lt Col Teresa James Shares Experience with Sexual Assault & Reprisal at DoD IG Worldwide Hotline Outreach Conference

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The Department of Defense Inspector General’s office held a Worldwide Hotline Outreach Conference today July 28, 2016. One of their keynote speakers was Lt Col Teresa James, US Army, Retired, highlighted before on this site. The DoD IG twitter feed shared excerpts from her presentation summarized below. As she spoke, I tweeted with them to bring awareness to the specifics that Lt Col James noted and why they are so important. For a complete listing of the tweets by the DoD IG, please visit their Twitter feed here.

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Kenneth Shinzato, USMC Veteran, Japan

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Kenneth Shinzato, USMC Veteran

Former Marine is prime suspect in murder of Okinawa woman
Ex-marine now prime suspect in Japan rape-murder
Okinawa suspect married to local woman; couple have infant
Former U.S. Marine arrested in Okinawa over murder case
U.S. military contractor arrested after Japanese woman’s body found, sparking outrage on Okinawa
Ex-U.S. vet’s arrest in Okinawa woman’s death stirs outrage
Ex-U.S. Marine charged in 20-year-old woman’s rape, murder
U.S. Contractor Kenneth Shinzato Charged in Okinawa Murder
Former Marine charged with murder, rape in Okinawa woman’s death
US military worker on Okinawa is arrested on suspicion of killing Japanese woman, 20, just days before Obama is due to visit Hiroshima
Outrage in Japan as U.S. Marine veteran arrested in connection with death of woman on Okinawa
Massive rally to protest ex-Marine’s arrest in killing of Okinawa woman
Thousands to call for US troops’ exit from Okinawa
Abe Voices Outrage After Former U.S. Marine Is Arrested in Okinawa Killing
Japan ‘outraged’ after US airbase worker arrested in murder case
Okinawa base imposes curfew on US troops after woman’s death
4th of July canceled after ex-marine’s rape & murder of Japanese woman
US military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan
The Suitcase Murder Tearing the U.S. and Japan Apart
Trying to find U.S.-Japanese harmony amid the discord of a death in Okinawa
Defense attorney says Okinawa confession made in a daze
Defendant in Okinawa slaying seeks change of venue
US Military Worker Wants His Murder Trial Moved off Okinawa
Shinzato’s murder trial must be held in Okinawa: Supreme Court

Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)

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Fort Carson prepares trained and ready expeditionary forces for deployment in support of Combatant Commander requirements, provides first class support to Soldiers and families, and enables unified action with community, state, and interagency partners for the greater good of our Soldiers and their mission.

Roman Alred, US Army (2016)
Four Fort Carson soldiers accused of home invasion robbery
Police: 4 soldiers arrested for Colo. home invasion, threatening family

Andrew Byers, US Army (2016): Combat Death, Engaging Enemy Forces

Ryan Gloyer, US Army (2016): Combat Death, Engaging Enemy Forces

Mykal Hall, US Army (2016)
Four Fort Carson soldiers accused of home invasion robbery
Police: 4 soldiers arrested for Colo. home invasion, threatening family

Branden Harms, US Army (2016)
Fort Carson soldier charged in death of 4-month-old girl
Fort Carson infantry scout jailed in connection with child’s death

Dustin Mincy, US Army (2016)
Four Fort Carson soldiers accused of home invasion robbery
Police: 4 soldiers arrested for Colo. home invasion, threatening family

Aaron Perry, US Army (2016)
Four Fort Carson soldiers accused of home invasion robbery
Police: 4 soldiers arrested for Colo. home invasion, threatening family

Christopher Wilbur, US Army (2016): Non Combat Death

Benjamin Cardwell, US Army (2015)
Inside Job: Military Equipment Allegedly Stolen By Soldiers Sold On eBay
Four Men Arrested In Scheme To Sell Stolen Material From Fort Carson
Soldiers in Colorado Arrested for Stealing Weapons They Sold on Ebay
2 Active Soldiers Accused Of Major Thefts From Fort Carson

Todd Crow, US Army Veteran (2015)
Inside Job: Military Equipment Allegedly Stolen By Soldiers Sold On eBay
Four Men Arrested In Scheme To Sell Stolen Material From Fort Carson
Soldiers in Colorado Arrested for Stealing Weapons They Sold on Ebay
2 Active Soldiers Accused Of Major Thefts From Fort Carson

Monterrious Daniel, US Army (2015): Non Combat Death

Johnny Herrera, US Army (2015)
Inside Job: Military Equipment Allegedly Stolen By Soldiers Sold On eBay
Four Men Arrested In Scheme To Sell Stolen Material From Fort Carson
Soldiers in Colorado Arrested for Stealing Weapons They Sold on Ebay
2 Active Soldiers Accused Of Major Thefts From Fort Carson

Justin Holt, US Army (2015)
Paralyzed soldier says Army was at fault in fatal wreck on Fort Carson
Army breaks silence on 2015 Fort Carson Stryker crash that killed soldier

Joseph Kimsey, US Army (2015)
AWOL Fort Carson Soldier Arrested in Death of Colorado Springs Woman
AWOL Fort Carson soldier arrested in ex-girlfriend’s death
Hearing in homicide of Colorado Springs woman focuses on involvement of man levied with upgraded murder charge
Two ordered to stand trial in stabbing death of Colorado Springs woman

Noel Acevedo-Mercado, US Army (2014): Accused of Rape
Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping Colorado Springs teen after party
Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping teen plead not guilty
Trial date set for Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping teen
Plea deal could be in works for accused Fort Carson soldiers

Lamar Anderson, US Army (2014): Homicide
Defense attorneys: Fort Carson soldier charged with murder didn’t intend to kill girlfriend
Colorado Army sergeant convicted of killing his soldier girlfriend
Army sergeant convicted of murder in girlfriend’s death
Soldier convicted of murder in girlfriend’s death

John Donathan, US Army (2014): Accused of Rape
Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping Colorado Springs teen after party
Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping teen plead not guilty
Trial date set for Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping teen
Plea deal could be in works for accused Fort Carson soldiers

Jeffrey Page, US Army (2014): Homicide
Local soldier murdered on deployment?
Unfriendly Fire: Army Specialist May Have Murdered Fellow Infantryman at Airbase in Jordan
Fort Carson soldier Jeffery Page faces court-martial in 2nd soldier’s shooting death
Fort Carson soldier from Ohio charged with using M4 rifle to murder another US soldier
Pine Valley Soldier Victim of Murder: Army
Soldier Faces Court-Martial In 2nd Soldier’s Shooting Death
Fort Carson soldier killing case heads to court-martial
Fort Carson soldier convicted of killing comrade in Jordan

Deangelo Brown, US Army (2013): Homicide Victim
Jacksonville soldier killed outside Colorado bar
Man arrested in killing of Jacksonville soldier outside Colorado bar
29-year-old convicted of murder in Fort Carson soldier’s death

Jonathan Clark III, US Army (2013): Suicide by Cop
Man shot by Fountain police dies, is identified
Germantown soldier dies after being shot by Colorado police
Soldier died of suicide during shootout with Fountain police
Friend Of Soldier Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting Speaks To 11 News

David Dunlap, US Army (2013): Homicide Victim
Gun used to kill newlyweds was stolen in burglary in same Colorado Springs neighborhood
Colorado Springs teen headed for trial in adult court in slayings of newlyweds
Colorado Springs teen sentenced for killings of Fort Carson soldier and pregnant wife
Jury: Colorado Springs teen guilty in killing of Fort Carson soldier, wife
Teen sentenced for killing Fort Carson soldier, pregnant wife during burglary

Whitney Butler Dunlap, US Army Spouse (2013): Homicide Victim
Gun used to kill newlyweds was stolen in burglary in same Colorado Springs neighborhood
Colorado Springs teen headed for trial in adult court in slayings of newlyweds
Colorado Springs teen sentenced for killings of Fort Carson soldier and pregnant wife
Jury: Colorado Springs teen guilty in killing of Fort Carson soldier, wife
Teen sentenced for killing Fort Carson soldier, pregnant wife during burglary

Joseph Alfred Garcia, US Army (2013): Child Sexual Assault
Fort Carson soldier arrested in child sex assault
Soldier Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault, Authorities Looking For More Victims
Former soldier sentenced to 30 years minimum on child sex assault

Saul Lucas, US Army (2013): Accused of Attempted Murder
Police: Man enraged by loud party stabs 4
Angry neighbor allegedly stabs four at a party
Saul Lucas, Fort Carson soldier, allegedly reacts to loud party by stabbing four people

Montrell Mayo, US Army (2013): Homicide of Female Army Soldier

Mark Petrosky, US Army (2013): Accused of Child Sexual Assault
Soldier Arrested On Charge Of Sex Assault On Child
Fort Carson soldier arrested in sex assault on 14-year-old
Soldier Arrested At Colorado Army Base On Sex Charge
Private at U.S. Army base in Colorado base arrested on sex charge
Soldier at Colorado army base accused of sex with 14-year-old girl

Patrick Quinn, US Army (2013): Afghanistan-Injuries Caused by Small-Arms Fire

Richard Sheltra, US Army (2013): Child Sexual Assault
Soldier pleads guilty, gets 10 years for having sex with 13-year-old girl

Kimberly Walker, US Army (2013): Homicide Victim

Eric Bartholomew, US Army (2012):
John Burrell second soldier busted in Virgil Means killing near motorcycle club
Third Arrest In Motorcycle Club Murder
Killing at Colorado Springs biker clubhouse leads to 21-year sentence
Colorado soldier gets 21 years in fatal shooting

John Burrell, US Army (2012)
John Burrell second soldier busted in Virgil Means killing near motorcycle club
Third Arrest In Motorcycle Club Murder
Killing at Colorado Springs biker clubhouse leads to 21-year sentence
Colorado soldier gets 21 years in fatal shooting

Kevin Corley, US Army (2012)
Murder-for-hire sting nabs soldier, ex-Army officer
Ex-Carson soldier pleads guilty in murder-for-hire
Former U.S. Army Officer Hitman Sentenced in Murder-for-Hire Plot

John Dupree, US Army (2012): Accused of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence
Soldier Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault
Fort Carson soldier arrested on local sexual assault, domestic violence charges

Calvin Epps, US Army (2012)
Murder-for-hire sting nabs soldier, ex-Army officer
Verdict Returned Against Two Remaining Defendants in Murder-for-Hire and Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
Former Army soldier sentenced for murder-for-hire and gun possession

Brandy Fonteneaux, US Army (2012): Homicide Victim

Vincinte Jackson, US Army (2012): Homicide of Female Army Soldier

Aaron Lucas, US Army (2012): Indecent Exposure, Kidnapping, Child Rape

Christopher Mountjoy, US Army (2012)
John Burrell second soldier busted in Virgil Means killing near motorcycle club
Third Arrest In Motorcycle Club Murder
Killing at Colorado Springs biker clubhouse leads to 21-year sentence
Colorado soldier gets 21 years in fatal shooting

Stephen Payne, US Army (2012): Accused of Assault, False Imprisonment
Suspect Shot By Fountain Police Is Active Duty Soldier
Police Cleared In Wounding Of Fort Carson Soldier

Samuel Walker, US Army (2012)
Murder-for-hire sting nabs soldier, ex-Army officer
Verdict Returned Against Two Remaining Defendants in Murder-for-Hire and Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
Former Army soldier sentenced for murder-for-hire and gun possession

Stephanie Charboneau, US Army (2010): Bribery, Conspiracy to Commit Bribery
Army Soldier and Civilian Sentenced on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan
Army Soldier Sentenced on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan

Thaddeus Montgomery II, US Army (2010): Non Combat Death

Christopher Weaver, US Army (2010): Bribery, Facilitating Theft of Fuel
Army Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Theft of Fuel in Afghanistan
Former Fort Carson soldier sentenced in $1M fuel theft from US military
Army Soldier and Civilian Sentenced on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan
Army Soldier Sentenced in Kentucky on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan

Roy Mason, US Army (2009): Suicide
Missing Fort Carson Soldier Found Dead
Memorial grows at spot of soldier’s suicide
Soldier who killed himself in Santa Cruz was part of troubled Army unit

Jose Barco, US Army (2008)
Fort Carson soldiers’ killing spree after Iraq combat
Ex-soldier who wounded pregnant woman sentenced to 52 years
Three stories from FRONTLINE’s The Wounded Platoon

Jomar Falu-Vives, US Army (2008)
2 Fort Carson soldiers arrested in double homicide
Army soldier gets 12 years
Ft. Carson GI sentenced as accessory to 2 murders

Judilianna Lawrence, Civilian (2008): Rape/Homicide Victim

Courtney Lockhart, US Army (2008)
PTSD: How the U.S. Army Failed Veteran Courtney Lockhart
Combat experience is factor in death penalty cases, experts say
How Did a Lifelong Prison Sentence for an Iraq Vet Turn Into an Imminent Death Sentence?

Robert Marko, US Army (2008): Rape/Homicide of 19 yo Civilian

John Needham, US Army (2008): Accused of Homicide, Overdosed Awaiting Trial

Rodolfo Torres-Gandarilla, US Army (2008)
2 Fort Carson soldiers arrested in double homicide
Army soldier gets 12 years
Ft. Carson GI sentenced as accessory to 2 murders

Jacqwelyn Villagomez, Civilian (2008): Homicide Victim

Bruce Bastien, US Army (2007)
Iraq Vets Charged with Murder of Fellow Soldier
3 Buddies Home From Iraq Are Charged With Murdering a 4th
Iraq vet sentenced to 60 years in killing
The Fort Carson Murder Spree

Louis Bressler, US Army (2007)
Iraq Vets Charged with Murder of Fellow Soldier
3 Buddies Home From Iraq Are Charged With Murdering a 4th
Iraq vet sentenced to 60 years in killing
The Fort Carson Murder Spree

Kenneth Eastridge, US Army (2007)
Iraq Vets Charged with Murder of Fellow Soldier
3 Buddies Home From Iraq Are Charged With Murdering a 4th
The Fort Carson Murder Spree
Iraq vet sentenced to 60 years in killing
“That young man never should have come into the Army”
Eastridge denied parole in 2007 killing of soldier
Three stories from FRONTLINE’s The Wounded Platoon

Robert James, US Army (2007): Homicide Victim
Shocking Details About Men Charged with Roscoe Soldier Murder
Iraq vet sentenced to 60 years in killing

Kevin Shields, US Army (2007): Homicide Victim
Iraq Vets Charged with Murder of Fellow Soldier
3 Buddies Home From Iraq Are Charged With Murdering a 4th
The Fort Carson Murder Spree

Olin Ferrier, US Army (2007)
Carson soldier accused in slaying
War Stresses Linked to Soldiers’ Crimes
New Details On Pueblo Cab Driver Death Investigation
Intense combat tied to homicides by Ft. Carson GIs

Reggie Martinez, US Army (2004)
U.S. Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Drowning Death
Soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraqi’s drowning death
Soldier in Iraqi drowning case blames commanders
GIs Deny Drowning Iraqi

Tracy Perkins, US Army (2004)
U.S. Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Drowning Death
Soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraqi’s drowning death
Soldier in Iraqi drowning case blames commanders
GIs Deny Drowning Iraqi

Jack Saville, US Army (2004)
U.S. Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Drowning Death
Soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraqi’s drowning death
Soldier in Iraqi drowning case blames commanders
GIs Deny Drowning Iraqi

Leroy Davis, US Army (1991): Homicide of Male Army Soldier
Lt Joe Kenda of Homicide Hunter Outlines Murder of Army Soldier Christopher Walton

Christopher Walton, US Army (1991): Homicide Victim
Lt Joe Kenda of Homicide Hunter Outlines Murder of Army Soldier Christopher Walton

Nolly Depadua, US Army (1985): Homicide of Air Force Spouse
Nowhere to Turn: Soldier Extorted by a Military Wife Ends in Murder

Brian Hawkins, US Army (1985): Accessory to Homicide
Nowhere to Turn: Soldier Extorted by a Military Wife Ends in Murder

Lourdes Riddles, US Air Force Spouse (1985): Homicide Victim
Nowhere to Turn: Soldier Extorted by a Military Wife Ends in Murder

Dennis Taylor, US Army (Year Unknown): Attempted Homicide

Related Links:
The Wounded Platoon, Frontline PBS, 2010 [Video]
Violence and the Military
Deadly duty for Fort Carson
17 Fort Carson Soldiers Charged in Domestic Killings
Fort Carson soldiers’ killing spree after Iraq combat
“All I Know How to do Is Kill People”
Intense combat tied to homicides by Ft. Carson GIs
Fort Carson report: Combat stress contributed to soldiers’ crimes back home
Army: Investigation of Homocides at Fort Carson, Colorado (Nov 2008 – May 2009)
A History of Shootings at Military Installations in the U.S.
Soldiers suspected in Colorado slayings
Army to Probe Five Slayings Linked to Colorado Brigade
Fort Carson Gets a Black Eye for Its Treatment of These Green Berets
9 years after leaving Army, veteran mistakenly declared AWOL is arrested, jailed
Three stories from FRONTLINE’s The Wounded Platoon (David Nash)
Human Cost of Combat Can Come Due at Home

Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (US Army)

Fort Bragg Map

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Fort Bragg equips, trains, rapidly deploys, and sustains full spectrum forces supporting Combatant Commanders from a Community of Excellence where Soldiers, Families and Civilians thrive.

Iris Armstrong, US Army (2016)
Army investigating death of Fort Bragg soldier
Army: Fort Bragg soldier’s death investigated as a homicide
FBI offers $5K reward for man suspected of killing Fort Bragg soldier
Man found dead after police standoff was wanted for soldier’s Fort Bragg murder

Jeanie Ditty, US Army (2016)
Area Woman Charged in NC Child Death
Jeanie Ditty: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

David Penix, US Army (2016): Homicide Victim
Fort Bragg Man Charged with Murder in Fellow Soldier’s Death

Grant Shanaman, US Army (2016): Found Dead in Off Post Home

Johnathan Simpson, US Army (2016)
Fort Bragg soldier accused of raping fellow soldier

Ryan Walker, US Army (2016)
Fort Bragg Man Charged with Murder in Fellow Soldier’s Death

David Winchester, US Army (2016)Found Dead in Barracks

Javore Blackwell, Civilian (2015)
Second Arrest Made in Connection with Fort Bragg Soldier’s Murder
Second man charged in April homicide of Fort Bragg soldier

Joseph Carreiro, US Army (2015)
Westport soldier dies in Fort Bragg, cause of death unknown

Anthony Pantano, US Army (2015)
Soldier accused of causing Fort Bragg woman’s death found dead

Nicholas Roberts, US Army (2015)
82nd Airborne paratrooper killed at Fort Bragg, the latest in a series of military training deaths
Investigation: Loose Rucksack Contributed to Army Paratrooper’s Death

Joshua Wheeler, US Army (2015)
Fort Bragg soldier killed fighting ISIL remembered as ‘really respectful’

Robert Williams, Civilian (2015)
Second man charged in April homicide of Fort Bragg soldier

Adacia Bruton, US Army (2014)
Police make arrest in Fort Bragg soldier’s murder

Darrell Robinson, US Army (2014): Cause of Death Unknown

James Groth, US Army (2015)
Paratrooper dies during training at Fort Bragg

Cory Muzzy, US Army (2015)
Live-fire training accident changed Fort Bragg soldier’s life in a flash

Omar Velez-Pagan, US Army (2014): Homicide
Fort Bragg soldier to face court-martial in Panama slaying
Trial venue for military killing sparks outrage
Court-martial: Velez-Pagan found guilty of unpremeditated murder

Allen Thomas, US Army Veteran (2013): Homicide-Suicide
Murder-suicide leaves many searching for answers
911 calls: Neighbors tried to help couple slain in murder-suicide

Sean Wells, US Army (2013): Homicide Victim

Darron Wright, US Army (2013)
Iraq veteran, author killed in Bragg training exercise
Fort Bragg Colonel Killed in Parachute Malfunction Accident
Col. Darron Wright, Mesquite native, career Army officer who served in Iraq, dies at 45
How a jump turned fatal at Fort Bragg

Christopher Blackett, US Army (2012)
Two Fort Bragg Soldiers ‘Murdered 17-Year-Old They Played Basketball with Then Dumped his Body in Woods’

Kelli Bordeaux, US Army (2012): Homicide Victim

Sebastian Gamez, US Army (2012)
Two Fort Bragg Soldiers ‘Murdered 17-Year-Old They Played Basketball with Then Dumped his Body in Woods’

Joshua Eisenhauer, US Army (2012): Attempted Homicide

Nicholas Holbert, Civilian (2012): Homicide of Army Soldier

Giocondo Navek, Civilian (2012)
Gun used in doctor killing same as in N.C. death
Authorities probe link between dead woman in N.C. and two doctors killed in N.J.
Doc showed signs of instability before slayings

Wade Page, US Army Veteran (2012)
Police identify Army veteran as Wisconsin temple shooting gunman
Hate groups have uneasy history with military base

Jeffrey Sinclair, US Army (2012)
General charged with sex crimes
Aide says general in sex case threatened to kill her, family
Women say they sent nude photos to general

Seth Andrews, US Army (2011)
Enterprise woman killed in Fort Bragg murder-suicide

Kenneth Clark, US Army (2011)
NC Man Found Not Guilty in Soldier Shooting Death

Brandon Mims, US Army (2011)
Fort Bragg Soldier Accused in Murder Back in NC

Breon Smith, US Army (2011): Homicide Victim
Arrest made in murder of Fort Bragg soldier
NC man acquitted of shooting of Fort Bragg soldier

Nicholas Bailey, US Army (2010): Homicide-Iraq

Mathew Golsteyn, US Army (2010)
In leaked report, Army alleges Green Beret confessed to murder

Morganne McBeth, US Army (2010): Non Combat Death-Homicide

Jacob Swanson, US Army (2009)
Fort Bragg Iraq war vet kills girlfriend, then himself

Kyle Alden, US Marine Corps (2008): Homicide of Army Soldier

Matthew Kvapil, US Army (2008): Homicide of Army Soldier

Edgar Patino, US Army (2008): Homicide of Army Soldier

Matthew Rhoads, US Army (2008): Cause of Death Unknown

Christina Smith, US Army (2008): Homicide Victim

Richard Smith, US Army (2008): Homicide of Wife

Megan Touma, US Army (2008): Homicide Victim

Holley Wimunc, US Army (2008): Homicide Victim

John Wimunc, US Marine Corps (2008): Homicide of Army Soldier

Michael Barbera, US Army (2007)
Army drops murder charges against soldier, Staten Island native Michael Barbera, over Iraqi boys’ deaths

Charles Robinson, US Army (2005)
Enemy explosive kills local soldier A bomb detonated Friday near a vehicle carrying Capt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, outside Orgun-e, Afghanistan

Jeffrey Toczylowski, US Army (2005)
Soldier’s last mail: If I die, no regret An Army captain wrote an e-mail to his family and friends just before his death in Iraq

James Valentine, US Army spouse (2005)
Bragg Soldier From Kentucky Killed in Murder-Suicide

Andrew Baddick, US Army (2003)
Pa. soldier in Iraq drowns in rescue try

Sherman Cooley, US Army (2002)
Arrest in Fort Bragg Gun Slay

Andrea Floyd, US Army Retired (2002): Homicide Victim

Brandon Floyd, US Army (2002): Homicide-Suicide

Cedric Griffin, US Army (2002)
4 Wives Slain In 6 Weeks At Fort Bragg

Jonathan Meadows, US Army (2002)
Fort Bragg’s Deadly Summer

Rigoberto Nieves, US Army (2002)
4 Wives Slain In 6 Weeks At Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg’s Deadly Summer
Army’s Malaria Drug Linked To Three Fort Bragg Wife Killings

David Shannon, US Army (2002): Homicide Victim

Joan Shannon, US Army Spouse (2002): Homicide

William Wright, US Army (2002)
4 Wives Slain In 6 Weeks At Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg’s Deadly Summer
Army’s Malaria Drug Linked To Three Fort Bragg Wife Killings

John Diamond, US Army (2000): Homicide of USAF Officer

Frank Theer, US Air Force (2000): Homicide Victim

Michelle Theer, US Air Force Spouse (2000): Homicide of USAF Husband

Forest Nelson, US Army (1999)
Ex-Army officer guilty of murder

James Burmeister, US Army (1995)
Ex-G.I. at Fort Bragg Is Convicted in Killing of 2 Blacks

William Kreutzer, US Army (1995)
Judge sets sentence for Bragg shooting spree

Randy Meadows, US Army (1995)
Ex-paratrooper Gets Probation For Role In Murders

Malcolm Wright, US Army (1995)
2nd Ex-soldier Is Sentenced To Life In Slaying Of 2 Blacks

Erwin Graves, US Army (1993)
A Ft. Bragg Summer Meant A Tragic End For A Young Soldier

Kimberly Ruggles, Civilian (1987): Rape & Homicide Victim

Ronald Gray, US Army (1986): Rape & Homicide; Death Sentence

Laura Vickery-Clay, US Army (1986): Rape & Homicide Victim

Cara Eastburn, US Air Force Dependent (1985): Homicide Victim

Erin Eastburn, US Air Force Dependent (1985): Homicide Victim

Kathryn Eastburn, US Air Force Spouse (1985): Homicide Victim

Timothy Hennis, US Army (1985): Rape & Homicide; Death Sentence

Alvin Williams, US Army (1980)
Parachute Rigger Faces Murder Rap
Parachute Rigger Cleared in Death

Jeffrey MacDonald, US Army (1970)
On-Scene Detective Identifies Cult Members Responsible for 1970 MacDonald ‘Green Beret’ Murders & Army/Police Complicity in Cover-up
Three Trials for Murder
The Fort Bragg murders: is Jeffrey MacDonald innocent?
Jeffrey MacDonald DNA: Army Doctor Convicted Of Killing Pregnant Wife, Kids Could Clear Name
Maybe Jeffrey MacDonald was innocent after all

Related Links:
A War at Home
The Fort Bragg Murders
4 Wives Slain In 6 Weeks At Fort Bragg
Rash of Wife Killings Stuns Ft. Bragg
Rash of Wife Killings at Ft. Bragg Leaves the Base Wondering Why
Army Instituting Broad Inquiry at Fort Bragg After 4 Killings
Base Crimes. The military has a domestic violence problem.
A History of Shootings at Military Installations in the U.S.
Fort Bragg, Page’s Army base had white supremacists
Fort Bragg soldier killed in skydiving accident

Highlights of Lt Col Teresa James, Army National Guard, Military Sexual Assault Case

Lt Col Teresa James

Lt Col Teresa James

Lt Col Teresa James had a stellar career in the Army National Guard for over 30 years until she reported being sexually assaulted by a senior officer. Shortly after reporting the crime, she took convalescent leave for 30 days to seek medical treatment and eventually was medically retired because “she refused to come into work” according to leadership in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Lt Col James states that she asked for an extension to her convalescent leave (while continuing to seek medical treatment) or to work at an alternate location away from those who were retaliating against her. She did not want to retire and fought the forced medical retirement process but lost those appeals. She is now speaking up about the sexual assault and retaliation she experienced after reporting the assault.  This case is a good example of the complications associated with the expedited transfer policy and how it is applies to the National Guard when both the accused and the victim are permanently stationed at the same location.

In May 2016, news broke that the Department of Defense Inspector General found that a brigadier general in the West Virginia Army National Guard did in fact retaliate against Lt Col James after she reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another officer. This is the first time that the DoD IG has confirmed a report of retaliation in the military. This case highlights the need for coordinated reform on the part of the Chief, the National Guard Bureau, and all of the state National Guard headquarters. The federal government does not have jurisdiction over the States therefore only the Governor and State Congressional members have authority to enact new laws for the National Guard. The National Guard must enact it’s own policies. The DoD IG has no jurisdiction over the West Virginia Army National Guard therefore cannot court martial or admonish the individuals involved. Lt Col James is focusing on ensuring that all State’s enact legislation to protect their National Guard members.

“My whole reason for speaking out is to educate other survivors,” she said,“ ‘That you are not alone. There are people out there that will help you, and that the best thing to do if you are assaulted is report it.’” (via Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Lt. col. says speaking up about assault hurt her career
Serving in Silence: Rape in the National Guard
Troops who report sexual assault face retaliation
Retiring National Guard officer: Leadership should have done more in sexual assault case
62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation (A Taste of Creole)
62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation (NBC Washington)
US: Military Whistleblowers At Risk, Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Assault
WVNG Sexual Assault Claims; Female Officer: Leaders Didn’t Act Fast Enough against Superior
Reporting and Law Enforcement Facts For LTC Teresa James, West Virginia National Guard
One-star general retaliated against LTC sex assault victim, IG finds
First time: IG confirms retaliation against rape whistleblower
Lt. col. says speaking up about assault hurt her career
IG: Rape whistleblower saw retaliation
DOD report: WV National Guard general retaliated against assault victim
Lt Col Teresa James Shares Experience with Sexual Assault & Reprisal at DoD IG Worldwide Hotline Outreach Conference
Serving in Silence: Sex Assault Retaliation Complaints Investigated