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Archive for December 2nd, 2009

Religion, Child-rape, cop-killing, mental illness

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Boy, those are “nice” topics for a post.  However, these are headlines, and behind them, one keeps seeing:  child molestation, inexplicable release, further crime.  Sometimes, mixed in there, is also religious conversion.

I’m not knocking religion per se (in THIS post), but it does make you wonder:

The Seattle cop killer had a child-rape accusation (not proved yet?), bail was met, and angered, he went heading for some police officers, and simply killed them.  Were there any warning signs?  Darn right there were…. Was there DOMESTIC violence in the background?  You judge:

HERE:

Clemmons’ criminal history includes at least five felony convictions in Arkansas and at least eight felony charges in Washington. The record also stands out for the number of times he has been released from custody despite questions about the danger he posed.

Clemmons had been in jail in Pierce County for the past several months on a pending charge of second-degree rape of a child.

He was released from custody just six days ago, even though he was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Arkansas and was staring at eight felony charges in all out of Washington state.

Clemmons posted $15,000 with a Chehalis company called Jail Sucks Bail Bonds. The bondsman, in turn, put up $150,000, securing Clemmons’ release on the pending child-rape charge.

He was married, but the relationship was tumultuous, with accounts of his unpredictable behavior leading to at least two confrontations with police earlier this year.

During the confrontation in May, Clemmons punched a sheriff’s deputy in the face, according to court records. As part of that incident, he was charged with seven counts of assault and malicious mischief.

In another instance, Clemmons was accused of gathering his wife and young relatives around at 3 or 4 in the morning and having them all undress. He told them that families need to “be naked for at least 5 minutes on Sunday,” a Pierce County sheriff’s report says.

“The whole time Clemmons kept saying things like trust him, the world is going to end soon, and that he was Jesus,” the report says.

As part of the child-rape investigation, the sheriff’s office interviewed Clemmons’ sister in May. She told them that “Maurice is not in his right mind and did not know how he could react when contacted by Law Enforcement,” a sheriff’s report says.

“She stated that he was saying that the secret service was coming to get him because he had written a letter to the President. She stated his behavior has become unpredictable and erratic. She suspects he is having a mental breakdown,” the report says.

Deputies also interviewed other family members. They reported that Clemmons had been saying he could fly and that he expected President Obama to visit to “confirm that he is Messiah in the flesh.”

Meanwhile, we got women all over the country in jail (or being threatened with it) for one reason or another, typically trying to protect their kids from one or another version of the above characters, failing to force a kid to visit for more molestation, or not being able to afford child support payments.

Go figure.

Also, one wonders, with INTER- and INTRA-family crime being dismissed by family law professionals, clear and present danger though it would seem to present to the families (and the general public), how it ALSO gets missed when it ain’t intra family.

Anyhow, perhaps I should file this one somewhere near the Garrido page.

Four Police were shot, execution style — and little time was lost in nailing the suspect, who is now dead.  Get this:

Here below is quote, with a brief comment between the {{  }}s.  Draw your own conclusions.

Scroll down to watch video of Maurice Clemmons with bishop

I am Jesus … and on the lam, Seattle cop killer Maurice Clemmons told NY bishop Bernard Jordan

BY Helen Kennedy
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Originally Published:Tuesday, December 1st 2009, 5:26 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 2nd 2009, 1:17 AM

Bishop Bernard Jordan in his church at 310 Riverside Drive. Jordan had two bizarre encounters Maurice Clemmons, the man who executed for police officers in a Seattle coffee shop.
Warga/News

Bishop Bernard Jordan in his church at 310 Riverside Drive. Jordan had two bizarre encounters Maurice Clemmons, the man who executed for police officers in a Seattle coffee shop.

Madman Maurice Clemmons, 37, who was shot and killed by Seattle police on Tuesday
PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF / HANDOUT

Madman Maurice Clemmons, 37, who was shot and killed by Seattle police on Tuesday

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Seattle cop killer Maurice Clemmons – shot dead Tuesday by a lone patrolman – drove to New York in June to see a Manhattan minister, declaring God told him to make the trip.

He disturbed a June 13 prayer service, trying to rush the stage and yelling, and then approached Bishop Bernard Jordan at his gala 50th birthday banquet the next day.

“He said he was Jesus. I was kind of shocked,” Jordan told the Daily News.

“We said, ‘If you keep talking like that, you will be locked up and put away.’ I’m not a professional in mental health, but you can always tell when someone’s nuts.”

Clemmons, 37, told Jordan he was running from the police, who wanted him for vandalism. He said he had driven for three days to New York because “God called me.”

The minister – who claims to be a prophet and runs a lucrative “cyber-ministry” on Riverside Drive – told him to go home and turn himself in. “I told him, ‘I am sensing strongly that this is something you should do. You should not be on the run. You should get help,'” Jordan said.

Clemmons, a devotee of Jordan’s online chats, appears to have listened. Two weeks later, he showed up at a July 1 Seattle court hearing and was promptly arrested on charges ranging from vandalism to child rape.

When he made bail last week, he was so angry at his imprisonment that he shot four random uniformed cops doing paperwork in a suburban Seattle coffee shop Sunday, officials said.

{{Will we ever know whether those charges were true or not?}}

{{NOTE:  women who confront their abusers, or the abusers of their children, face similar anger.. and sometimes pay in the same way.  So WHY do such people get out?  (See “toms river” posts, this blog).}}

“The only motive we have is that he decided he was going to go kill police officers. He was angry about being incarcerated,” said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

Patrolman Benjamin Kelly ended the manhunt for Clemmons at 2:45 a.m. when he stumbled upon the suspected killer by his broken-down stolen car.

Clemmons refused orders to show his hands and Kelly shot him, authorities said.

Police then began rounding up a half-dozen friends and relatives who helped the ex-con while he was on the lam.

“We don’t think anyone helped him plan this murder, but his family has enabled him. Even after he killed four officers, they continued to try and save him,” Troyer said.

He said they gave Clemmons medical aid, phones, cars and money and tried to help hide him. There was speculation they also made some bogus 911 calls that had police running all over town, chasing ghosts. “They are going to pay for it,” Troyer said.

A huge memorial for the slain officers is planned Tuesday in Tacoma.

hkennedy@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/12/01/2009-12-01_i_am_jesus_seattle_cop_killer_maurice_clemmons_told_ny_bishop_.html#ixzz0YZ3m2HMe

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