Tag Archives: 2001

Raysate Knight

clmccracken   February 17, 2015   Comments Off on Raysate Knight

Raysate Chain Knight, age 6, was starved, imprisoned, and beaten to death by her stepfather, Raymond Jefferson, and her mother Connie Knight. Knight’s four other children, girls ages 16, 13, and 8 and a 4-year-old boy, were not abused. Raysate was homeschooled. Raysate was born addicted to cocaine and removed from her mother’s custody. She lived with her grandmother, aunt… Read more »

7 children of JoAnn and Michael McGuckin

clmccracken   November 4, 2014   Comments Off on 7 children of JoAnn and Michael McGuckin

Seven children—Erina (age 19, right), Kathryn (16), Benjamin (14), Mary (13), James (11), Frederick (9), and Jane (8)—were starved and neglected by their parents, Michael and JoAnn McGuckin (center). All were homeschooled. Both Michael and JoAnn suffered from mental illness, and the family lived in poverty completely off the grid. The children subsisted mainly on lily pads and pond water;… Read more »

15 children of Bill and Debbie Rettew

clmccracken   September 12, 2014   Comments Off on 15 children of Bill and Debbie Rettew

Fifteen adopted special-needs children of Bill and Debbie Rettew were physically abused, medically neglected, and denied food as punishment. The Rettews had adopted at least nine other special-needs children over the years in addition to their biological daughter Deborah Autumn Rettew (age 24) and Debbie’s biological son from an earlier marriage, Wilbur Beddingfield (age 32). All the children were privately… Read more »

10 children of Jack and Kathy Stratton

clmccracken   August 1, 2014   Comments Off on 10 children of Jack and Kathy Stratton

Jack and Kathy Stratton’s ten children–Spencer (17), Isaiah (15), Solomon (11), Tanna (10), Rachel (8), Simon (6), Michelle (5), Maria (4), Stephanie (3), and Leah (1)–were removed from their home by social services due to neglect. The children lacked adequate food and medical care–the Strattons practiced homebirth and never took their children to see a doctor. All the children were… Read more »

Korresha Crawford, and 4 siblings

clmccracken   March 26, 2014   Comments Off on Korresha Crawford, and 4 siblings

Korresha Crawford, age 11, was beaten to death by her 17-year-old sister Cylena, who also assaulted their 13-year-old brother Michael. Two other siblings, ages 11 and 9, were unharmed. The children’s father, Lawrence Crawford, was home at the time. Crawford, a Pentecostal minister, homeschooled the children while his wife Sylvia worked two jobs. However, Cylena was frequently left as the… Read more »

Lauren Kavanaugh, and 5 siblings

clmccracken   March 23, 2014   Comments Off on Lauren Kavanaugh, and 5 siblings

Lauren Kavanaugh, also known as Lauren Calhoun, was freed at age 8 from a six-year imprisonment in a closet where she was systematically tortured, raped, and starved by her mother and stepfather, Barbara and Kenneth Atkinson. The Atkinsons’ other children, who ranged in age from 22 months to 10 years, were also neglected; they did not know how to use… Read more »

Amanda Bates

clmccracken   March 4, 2014   Comments Off on Amanda Bates

Amanda Bates, age 13, died from medical neglect. She had diabetic ketoacidosis, as well as an infection that had turned gangrenous in her genitals and buttocks. Amanda and her 12 siblings were homeschooled. Her parents, Colleen and Randy Bates, did not graduate from high school. They belong to the General Assembly Church of the First Born and opposed all medical… Read more »

Bradley Warren and 2 siblings

clmccracken   March 3, 2014   Comments Off on Bradley Warren and 2 siblings

Bradley Warren, age 13, was shot to death by his 14-year-old brother, Brandon Keith Warren. Brandon also shot and killed their 19-year-old stepsister Marnie Rose Warren and then shot himself. Both Bradley and Brandon were homeschooled, and Marnie and their older brother Ellis (age 21) had also been homeschooled.┬áThe mobile home where they lived was filled with garbage and animal… Read more »

Holly, Kyla, and Corrie Snyder

rachel   February 15, 2014   Comments Off on Holly, Kyla, and Corrie Snyder

Wesley Snyder shot his wife, Ruth, and his three daughters, Holly, 12, Kyla, 10, and Corrie, 8, before turning his gun on himself. The family was found dead by Ruth’s mother, who lived in a mobile home 100 yards away from the family’s mobile home. The family ran a ranch and homeschooled. Neighbors described Wesley as a polite man who… Read more »

Laree Slack

rachel   February 15, 2014   Comments Off on Laree Slack

12-year-old Laree Slack died from internal bleeding after being beaten with rubberized electrical cable by her parents, Larry and Constance Slack. Larry and Constance were devout Jehovah’s Witnesses who homeschooled their six children and followed interpretations of Biblical discipline that included whippings. The incident that led to Laree’s death, as well as the severe beating of her 8-year-old brother, began… Read more »