Friday, April 18, 2008
A former Oklahoma City police officer hanged himself in a jail cell on Thursday, a day after being arrested on a murder-for-hire complaint.
Kenneth J. Griffin was found unresponsive in his Oklahoma County jail cell and was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m., according to jail spokeswoman Kelly Marshall.
Griffin is accused of hiring a hitman, but to kill whom is still unknown. The Oklahoma County district attorney said a sealed indictment against Griffin would be opened on Friday.
Griffin resigned from the police force in April 1996 amid a conviction for accepting money under false pretenses.
Authorities said he had taken money from charities under the pretense that he had been hurt in the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and that his insurance didn't cover all his costs.
Griffin served prison time on that conviction.
Police officer Neil Becker admitted to modifying family photos of his stepdaughter, a young neighbor girl and other family members into photos of them having sex with him. The children were never actually violated physically. (But you know that will fuck with them mentally for a long time.)
According to court documents, Neil Becker told detectives that he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong because it was just a fantasy. (Rather a sick fantasy don’t you think? It would have been just a matter of time before he stepped the line between fantasy and reality.)
Peggy Becker, his wife was the one who turned his sick ass into the police. (Good for her.) She said she was shocked by what she found on the family’s computer. "It was very difficult, because I love my husband and I love my family, and I tried to weigh which was more important. I couldn't overlook it," she said.
"I was just totally shocked when I found them, because No. 1, it involved my daughter, my sister and I. The mere volume of pictures... " Peggy Becker said.
"I was aghast. I took them to my son and he said, 'That's just wrong. You're not supposed to see your mother like that,'" said Debbie Schuller, Peggy Becker's sister.
Police searched the Becker’s house on Wednesday.
"When the tactical guys came, he couldn't believe what they were doing to him after 25 years of faithful valor and service to the police department," Peggy Becker said.
"Neil, he's a retired Kansas City police officer, and he knew better. I just don't believe he didn't know it was wrong," Schuller said.
"These were happy family pictures that aren't so happy anymore," she said.
Police said that when they interviewed Becker, he admitted to deleting the photos once he realized his wife had viewed them.
Neil Becker was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
An Apapaho, Oklahoma Sherriff resigned after an investigation revealed he was running a sex-slave operation from the jail he where he was suppose to be helping individuals straighten out their lives.
Sherriff Burgess resigned after posting a bond Wednesday night. He has been charged with 35 felony counts, including accusations of forcible oral sodomy, kidnapping, rape, perjury, bribery of a public official, indecent exposure, 14 counts of rape in the second degree and rape by instrumentation. Investigators said at one time, Sherriff Burgess oversaw wet T-shirt contests at the Custer County Jail.
(Why does this shit surprise people. It happens all the time, but people are ignorant believing that it doesn’t go on. It does happen people, and it needs to be stopped!)
The Texas County district attorney started looking into Burgess in May 2007 when a participant in the Washita-Custer County drug court program told investigators that Burgess made her have sex with him on a threat of sending her to prison. Because of a conflict of interest, Custer County prosecutors handed the case to Texas County authorities.
According to an affidavit signed by District Attorney James Boring, Burgess compelled a Weatherford woman to travel to Oklahoma City and meet him at the Biltmore Hotel for sex in April 2006. The same woman had sex with Burgess under duress at a Clinton truck stop parking lot and at her home.
Once the investigation of Burgess got going, the former sheriff is accused of having another woman go to the alleged victim's home in Weatherford to remove incriminating evidence against him in exchange for securing her brother's release from prison.
Other accusations outlined in the affidavit include testimony from a former sheriff's deputy, who said Burgess groped her between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2005. Burgess also allegedly forced a drug-court probation violator to perform oral sex on him in his county vehicle.
Perjury charges stem from an incident in which Burgess allegedly helped a Custer County woman falsify and secure a protective order against another man. The affidavit states that Burgess directed and coached the woman "as to facts she was to present and which she in fact testified to under oath" with regard to the protective order.
Burgess had been sheriff in Custer County since 1994, and these accusations have the entire region talking. Residents said that if the accusations turn out to be true, it sends a bad message.
"That you can't really trust anybody no matter if they're in power because people in power abuse their power," said Kim Whiteshirt.
If convicted on all counts, Burgess could face a sentence of up to 467 years in prison.
(And I hope the bitch gets raped everyday!!)