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Possible Confession in Egg Harbor NJ Prostitute Murders

(Post by Stephen McCaskill, CrimeSceneBlog.com. Originally posted by Stephen at CrimeBlog.US.)

The remains of 4 prostitutes were discovered Nov. 20, 2006 in a trench close to the Golden Key Motel in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Since that strange discovery, police have waded through tons of evidence and countless interviews.

A person of interest was eventually developed — Terry Oleson, age 35.

Word comes now from Terry Oleson’s attorney that another man who was already in jail called his office and confessed to the murders.

Leonard said the man called his office from the Atlantic County jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges, and said “he had some things he wanted to get off his chest.”

“He talks about strangulation, and mentions one of the women by name,” said Leonard, who recorded several phone conversation with the man.

“In the recording, he takes responsibility for the killings. He said one of the reasons he was coming forward was he didn’t want to see an innocent man go to jail.”

The man’s identity has not been released, since he has not been formally charged. James Leonard, Oleson’s attorney has turned over the recordings of the six phone conversations he had with the man over to prosecutors.

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This evidently is the solid evidence that Leonard alluded to earlier this week when he abruptly cancelled the hearing that was scheduled to compel the prosecutor’s office to release the findings of the DNA sample that was given by Oleson.

UPDATE: 9/28/07 6:28 PM

The Press of Atlantic City states that the man who confessed is William “Bill” Schule (or Schlue). Schlue was considered a suspect early in the investigation.

Earlier reports stated that Schlue had admitted to picking up the women, but claims he did not have sex with them or hurt them.

William Schlue is also the man that Pam Cavelli told police, from her jail cell, may be responsible for the murders.

Pam also claimed in earlier reports that she had been picked up by a man named “John,” who police told her was a man named Bill. During her encounter with him, she also claims to have been with Barbara Briednor and later Tracy Ann Roberts and Kim Raffo, all of whom became victims of what police believe is a serial killer.

"Reformed" Child Killer Richard Dobeski Arrested

(This entry has been cross-posted to In Cold Blog.)

Richard Allen Dobeski, age 59, has spent most of his life in prison. When he was just 16, Dobeski murdered a 6-year-old girl and her little brother, age 3.

On August 31, 2007, the 59-year-old Westville, Indiana resident was arrested again. His alleged crimes again involved children.

Police in Monterey, IN believe Dobeski offered two children age 11 and under up to fifty bucks to ‘pose’ for photos. Dobeski allegedly wanted to take the photos at a beach. Now the ex-con faces felony charges for enticing a child and “attempted criminal confinement.” His bail has been set at $100,000.

The Pulaski County (IN) prosecutor told the LaPorte County Herald-Argus that Dobeski asked the children he approached in Monterey if they wanted “to be models.”

The murders that saw the teen Dobeski supposedly jailed for life occurred on August 31, 1964. Dobeski’s arrest in Indiana occurred exactly 43 years to the day after he killed Shawn Johnston and her brother Cary.

If you’ve never heard of Joseph Edward Duncan III, the story of Richard Dobeski might sound new to you. If you’ve been through the archives related to Duncan at HuffCrimeBlog.com or even better, Jules Hammer’s The Cellar, (Jetd63.blogspot.com), then Richard Dobeski will be familiar. Too familiar…

1964

Michigan State Police arrested Richard Dobeski on September 1, 1964 in New Buffalo, Michigan.
Troopers Darrell Wellman and Herbert Kuipers found the boy on the beach by Lake Michigan, in the Michiana Shores resort area. After authorities in Michigan and Northern Indiana hunted all night for Dobeski, someone tipped the State cops to a sighting of a boy walking on the beach. Wellman and Kuipers simply followed Dobeski’s tracks in the sand.

The tracks led to a tall, slender boy with a blond crewcut hiding in the dunes.

“Are you Richard Dobeski?”

“Yes.”

Dobeski was arrested without incident.

The Dobeski family lived in Long Beach, IN, just south of the Michigan/Indiana state line. Their next door neighbors were Jack Johnston, an advertising executive, his wife Judy, and their children, Shawn and Cary.

Shawn and Cary didn’t come home on the night of August 31, 1964. By 8 p.m., an alarm was raised.

Richard Dobeski’s mother Lucille found the brother and sister around 10 that night. She opened a trap door covering a crawlspace beneath the Dobeski home. There, in a place Richard Dobeski called “The Pit,” were the brutalized bodies of the Johnston children.

Tightly knotted cords were around the siblings’ throats. Shawn Johnston’s hands were bound behind her back. An autopsy later showed that Shawn’s brother Cary died of multiple stab wounds to his neck and chest. Shawn was strangled to death.

Near the small bodies police found a blood-stained length of pipe, a pocket knife, and part of a brick.

2003

He’d once been a “handsome teenage boy,” a “mathematics whiz and a regular churchgoer.”

In 2003 Richard Allen Dobeski was a fifty-something male with decades of prison behind him. A free man finally, he wanted a college education.

Allyn West, then a senior journalism major at Ball State University, believed that Dobeski deserved the chance.

Writing in a column titled “Charmingly Disheveled,” West briefly sketched Dobeski’s situation:

Dobeski was released from a Michigan City prison on Sept. 18 after serving half of his 80-year sentence.

People are trusting (or perhaps naive) to think that after 40 years in prison, Dobeski has been rehabilitated and changed. The weight of his crimes has sparred with his conscience since he was a teen-ager. Surely four decades of faithful, lonely incarceration have eliminated his threat…

West supported his argument:

Without a doubt, Dobeski has a dark, violent and frightening history, but that does not mean he will always be a dark, violent and frightening criminal.

The Indiana Department of Corrections thinks similarly. It has approved his release, and prison psychiatrists, with whom Dobeski spent years, have pronounced him “cured.”

The collegiate columnist took a preemptive strike at his school:

[Dobeski], and his application, will also be ridiculously (but rightly) scrutinized by the admissions office, the Muncie and Ball State news media and the city and university governance.

His leash is short enough that, if he gives authorities the slightest reason, he’ll be jerked right back into prison, probably for the rest of his life.

Dobeski poses no more threat to Ball State’s students and the surrounding neighborhoods’ children than rush-hour traffic, poisonous household chemicals or freak accidents. He is (and always will be) a convicted murderer. But the state’s professionals believe he is rehabilitated…

West’s faith in “the state’s professionals” was probably misplaced. “Professionals” had been wrong about Richard Dobeski before.

1964

Richard Allen Dobeski’s need to molest, to harm children was already a problem when he lured the Johnston children into what Dobeski referred to as his “pit.”

Dobeski molested other children as early as 1961. He would have only been 12 or 13. Even though he was a highly intelligent, eminently presentable boy, his mother was finally convinced in 1963 that he needed to be institutionalized. She’d resisted for quite some time. An episode where Dobeski allegedly tied a young girl to a tree may have been the catalyst for Lucille’s acquiescence.

Dobeski spent 11 months being treated at the LaRue Carter Hospital in Indianapolis between mid-1963 and August, 1964. He was “on leave” from the Hospital when he murdered the Johnston children. After so much time under in-patient care, “professionals” at LaRue Carter believed their charge was making some headway.

Dobeski’s prosecution stretched through 1965. Interesting testimony was reported in October of that year. That was when three psychiatrists testified that Dobeski had a “character disorder.” The boy in the courtroom that day was not, in their estimation, psychotic.

It was not stated outright, but it seemed like these practitioners were talking about a psychopath.

A brief article published on September 4, 1964 supported such an inference. From UPI, by way of the Anderson, Indiana Herald — emphasis has been added:

Authorities Thursday questioned Richard Dobeski, 16, Long Beach, in connection with the slaying of two small children, while he laughed and smiled and showed no signs of remorse.

Richard Dobeski started early in life. Inside him two primal impulses were irrevocably fused. He was what he was, and he couldn’t change that. He could behave outwardly like any other kid, even while his own mother was trying to deal with the grisly scene she’d found beneath her pantry.

Dobeski was sentenced to life in prison in October, 1965.

Prison, if anything, may have made him an expert at seeming human.

2007


From a thread in the Indianapolis forum at Topix.net, part of a post made on April 25, 2007:

The prison system and the philosophies it operates under is also a couple centuries old. It too needs an in-debth [sic] examination.

How can a state government think it is fair, proper, and conducive to rehabilitation to send its prisoner citizens 2000 miles away from their families — as in the case of the Arizona inmates being housed at the New Castle facility. And remember that Arizona is there because California backed out of a deal.

Indiana has also sent its inmates to New Mexico and Tennessee.

Maybe this is a warning call to get people questioning how their tax dollars are being spent.

From the arrest process (example: Chicago torturing confessions from suspects) through the trial process (example: this case only on “eyewitness” identification) and the subsequent incarceration after: The system need to be redesigned. There are just too many mistakes.

We may not be able to change the past, but do we have to continue doing the same old things into the future? Isn’t it time to bring “criminal justice” into conformity with the 21 st century?

The poster signed off:

Richard Dobeski
Executive Director
Indiana C.U.R.E.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

It was a weirdly familiar refrain from an ex-con who had served time for violent, sexually-motivated crime. Read the following from a blog entry by Joseph Edward Duncan III, convicted serial killer of children:

I have been very patient with this whole injustice, telling myself that everyone suffers injustice of some kind. But I can feel it now starting to approach the limits of my tolerance. I can’t afford an attorney, and even if I could I don’t know if it would do any good. It seems the Law is dictated by popular opinion (and we all know how reliable that is) with no rationality. I feel close to cracking, and I don’t even know what that means. I keep feeling like I want to cry, I have not felt this stressed in a long time.

The message from both men seemed to be “I am an intelligent ex-con, and I know how to fix things for my brothers still behind bars.”

Viewed on the surface, Duncan and Dobeski might appear to share a sense of being called to assist others who have been in prison. A deeper look might reveal their pontificating on how best to reform “the system” as simply another expression of each man’s true self — the supremely arrogant, all-knowing stance of the psychopath, eternally a legend in his own mind.

Unlike Duncan, Dobeski seemed at first enough of a success that even the Indiana Department of Corrections saw fit to quote him in a press release. In the release written by Java Ahmed in 2006, Dobeski touched on the theme he later covered in his Topix post:

Richard Dobeski served 40 years in the state prison system. When he got out, he says, he got “$75 and a pat on the back.”

Dobeski was a teenager when he murdered a 6-year-old girl and her 3-year-old brother in the crawl space of his home in the affluent Lake Michigan community of Long Beach. He says he paid the price the state set.

“The prisons system in this state was about punishment and housing prisoners. There was no rehabilitation, no re-entry,” he said.

Dobeski was fortunate to have a network of friends and family members to support him when he was released in 2003. Now living in Michigan City, he’s staying out of trouble, but said other inmates who gain their release often have little support in finding jobs, a place to live, and counseling.

Was Dobeski really staying out of trouble?

That’s the question to ask.

Joseph Edward Duncan III certainly seemed like he was staying out of trouble. Right up to the moment he absconded from his address in Fargo, ND and went on to massacre the Groene family in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

After Duncan was arrested, it became clear that he might have been killing children since the mid-’90s.

Duncan got started early. He entered prison at age 17. He spent 20 years learning how to become an even better manipulator, a better criminal, and exited his incarceration ready to pick up exactly where he left off.

Arthur Shawcross and Ed Kemper followed similar patterns. Both committed violent crimes when they were young, and when they got out of lockup — or in Kemper’s case, “treatment” not unlike the treatment given to Dobeski — they simply started killing again. Profilers underestimated Shawcross’s age when he was still an unknown subject by nearly the same number of years he was incarcerated.

Even though Richard Dobeski began abusing children when he was still a child himself, even though he committed a truly horrific double murder at age 16, there is still a chance he was a perfectly upstanding citizen between his release in 2003 and his arrest on August 31, 2007. If he did attempt to take two children to the beach for “modeling,” it might have been a momentary aberration. Stress from elsewhere in his life might have sent Dobeski spiralling back into an inner place he tried to leave in his youth. Even the suggestion of the beach (again, if the charges are true) smacks of this.

I imagine, though, that authorities in Michigan and Indiana, perhaps nearby states like Illinois, are taking a hard look at any missing childrens’ cases, any unsolved murders of young people from the last 4 years.

A person who would laugh and talk normally with cops hours after he murdered two small children can’t really grow a conscience. They can, at best, only learn to restrain their predatory impulses, impulses as natural to them as breathing.

The state psychiatrists apparently considered Dobeski cured.

Maybe the state needs to cure itself of those psychiatrists, and any laws still on the books that might ever put another vicious double-murderer back on the street again.

Any updates will be added below.

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George Horner, Absconded Sex Offender

George Richard Horner, a 26-year-old registered sex offender, is on the run tonight.

On Friday a 6-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by Horner. The former resident of Maurice,

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Louisiana had been staying with the girl and her mother in Maricopa County, Arizona, and good old George offered to take the girl to school.

The little girl and Horner vanished for a time, long enough for an Amber Alert to be issued. Eventually, the child was found walking through a neighborhood in Casa Grande, about 20 miles from her home. Authorities say she may have been sexually assaulted.

More information can be found here.

Even though articles about this Horner and this abduction state that he was supposedly on the way from California to Louisiana, just staying in Maricopa for a short time, Horner’s MySpace says he lived there:

http://www.myspace.com/nypho85232

Male
26 years old
Maricopa, ARIZONA
United States

Last Login: 12/12/2006

Comparisons between published photos of Horner (link goes to his Louisiana Sex Offender Registry page) and the photos found on the MySpace profile show the same man. Additionally, Horner helpfully gave his height and build on his profile, and those match his registry listing, as does his probable Astrological sign. Horner apparently last logged into MySpace on his 26th birthday, and the George Horner on MySpace stated that he was a Sagittarius.

A young woman who on her own page gives her age as 18 was the only person who left comments on Horner’s profile. Between July 28 and July 30 she posted 41 times.

This young woman has no mention of Horner on her page now, but her last MySpace login was on January 22, and on the 24th a friend of hers left the following comment:

OOOH SHiT YOU GO GiRL…YOU GET YOUR MAN!!! i’M HAPPY YOU iN LOVE. KEEP HiM HAPPY AND HE’LL KEEP YOU HAPPY =]!!! SPEAK SOON. MUCH LOVE…

(Though it is obvious who this girl is once you click through to Horner’s profile, I’m holding off on directly linking her or naming her for the moment.)

The 18-year-old friend of Horner’s who was so avid in posting comments on his profile for a few days in July may have discovered his status as a registered sex offender and lost interest. Or perhaps their relationship became more secretive. A Google search on her screen name called up a cache of her profile page made in November, 2006, and George was still her #1 friend.

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I had to wonder. The girl gave a location in Tennessee — could it be that George Horner is as likely to be headed to Tennessee as Louisiana?

It’s a question worth asking.

Especially since the guy has already been convicted of sex with a minor once, and now may have gone deeper into his perversion. The minor he assaulted before was a teen; the girl abducted early Friday was probably in kindergarten.

So take a look at George’s photo and the photos on his MySpace, paying special attention to the captions — just click the smaller image above, on the left. It would seem that George wrote those captions with an audience in mind — likely the 18-year-old in Tennessee.

Take a look, because that’s a face that needs to be seen behind bars as soon as humanly possible, if the man is guilty of assaulting a six year old.

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UPDATE, 1/27/07, 6:01 p.m. ET

George Horner (this has already been posted in the comments left for this entry) has been arrested.

No other details have been released yet, but at least he’s off the street.

I know others feel this way, so I don’t mind saying I’d like to know if George has encountered a little girl named Marissa Graham in the last couple of weeks, as well.