New Charges of Attempted Murder for Michael Devlin
Posted by KindraLore on April 18, 2007
Update 4/18/07 8:18PM
The Devlin Task force is asking for the publics help. Please see this blog . (new photos of a very young looking Michael Devlin are posted there as well)
Also, of all the info I have seen about this case, Operation Cyber Tip is right on the money. They have came up with other possible victims way before the news got it, such as the latest one, Steven Kraft.
If you are looking for info on this case, go to their message boards. Lots of info there you may not have seen.
In a press conference today, Washington County prosecutor John Rupp stated new charges were filed Monday against Michael Devlin of attempted murder, armed criminal action, three counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy.
A copy of the charges state that Michael Devlin committed the sex crimes against “SH” on Oct. 6, 2002, the day of the kidnapping, and in the days after the kidnapping. The charges also said Devlin tried to suffocate the victim.
He also stated that they are looking for anyone to come forward that may have loaned Devlin a vehicle.
“We know for a fact that he drove a lot of vehicles that were not his,” Nothum said.Nothum said the task force has eliminated Devlin as a suspect in two cases, but is now looking at a case out of Michigan.
Investigators no longer believe Devlin could have played a role in the abduction of Angie Housman in 1993 and the disappearance of Bianca Piper in 2006.
Housman was abducted from near her St. Louis County home; her body was found nine days later by hunters in St. Charles County.
Bianca was last seen walking near her home in the eastern Missouri town of Foley. Nothum said investigators do not believe Devlin preyed on girls.
Now, the task force is looking at the case of Steven Kraft, 12, who disappeared in 2001 near Pentwater, Mich. Nothum said Devlin often vacationed with his family in that area.
The task force is still looking at two other eastern Missouri cases. Charles “Arlin” Henderson, then 11, disappeared in 1991 while riding his bike on a rural road in Moscow Mills in Lincoln County, about an hour’s drive from St. Louis.
And Scott Allen Kleeschulte was 9 when he disappeared while riding his bike near his home in St. Charles, during a thunderstorm in June 1988.
Nothum said Devlin was known to travel widely in Lincoln and St. Charles counties.
In addition, the task force is looking at the case of Dalton Mesarchik, 7, who was kidnapped in March 2003 from his front lawn in Streator, Ill., and found dead the next day on the banks of the Vermilion River; and Jacob Wetterling, 11, who was abducted by an armed man in St. Joseph, Minn., in October 1989 while riding his bike with several friends.
I have blogged previously that I thought both Scott Kleeschulte, Arlin Henderson and Dalton Mesarchik may have been previous victims.
I had someone on a message board state that they did not think this because Devlin had kept Shawn and not killed him; therefore only making him a pedophile and not a killer. However, I think these new charges of attempted murder prove otherwise. The question begs though, why didn’t he? Obviously that’s a good thing, but what stopped him from completely smothering Shawn Hornbeck to his death? The other question remains; were there more?
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Also see my previous blogs:
Update on Arlin Henderson
What Makes a Boy a Monster?
Dalton Mesarchik Slaying Connected to Michael Devlin?
Shawn Hornbeck’s Story
Photos may be Arlin Henderson?
Brian’s Predictions – A Hoax or for Real?
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Shawn Hornbeck trust fund set up at local bank
“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now”
O’Reilly Eating His Words – Prosecutor Says “Shawn was abducted against his will. Period. End of story”
Did Michael Devlin Join The Search For Bianca Piper?
Michael J. Devlin – Could there be more?
Michael J. Devlin – A Monster Caught
Found Alive! Ben Ownby & Shawn Hornbeck
Another Child Lost – William “Ben” Ownby (And small update on Austin / Homer Clark)