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Greetings from Lady Gray

Greetings from Lady Gray

I want to take a moment to say how excited I am to be a part of the new Bad Breeders! I started reading all of Trench’s crime blogs, and especially Bad Breeders, many years ago, and to now be a contributing writer alongside my friend and mentor is exhilarating. I hope readers will enjoy my articles and opinions, and I hope positive things happen with the site back in business.

My heartfelt thanks to Trench for giving me a chance to publish my thoughts on the same page as him, The Master Crimefighting Blogger.

Fostering Most Foul

Fostering Most Foul

Clarence Garretson

In May of 2017, 66-year-old former foster parent Clarence “Charlie” Garretson was sentenced to life in federal prison for sexually abusing and raping at least 14 out of the 35 foster children entrusted to the care of he and his wife by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The crimes took place between 1998 and 2004, when Garretson would take children on over-the-road “trucking trips” and then abuse and rape them in the truck’s sleeper compartment. Following these acts of depravity, big bad Charlie would then threaten the children into not telling what had happened.

Garretson was not charged with any of these crimes until he raped yet another child in 2014. This rape was reported by the child’s parent, resulting in the involvement of the FBI, who then discovered all the other crimes that had occurred while the Garretsons were licensed foster parents 10 years earlier. In court, at least one victim revealed she had tried to tell state caseworkers, Mrs. Garretson and DHS investigators repeatedly, but no one believed her. Another victim said she was too scared to tell anyone at the time, fearful of being moved to another home and thus separated from her siblings.

When Garretson spoke in court, he claimed he didn’t even remember the 7 victims who gave victim impact statements. That’s how trivial and meaningless these crimes were to him. He offered a hollow “I’m sorry to anyone I’ve hurt.” BFD. The judge who handed down the life sentence got it right, though. U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes made sure Garretson, who should have been a safe haven for the already-traumatized children placed in his “care”, will never have the opportunity to hurt another child.

The Arkansas abuse and neglect hotline number is 1-800-482-5964.

We’re Back!

After a long absence, Bad Breeders is finally back.

The reason I stopped writing for the site was because I didn’t have the time to maintain such a popular site, and to be quite honest, the stories we would post were playing havoc with my depression. Well, now I have the time and I have a better handle on my depression so I felt there was no better time than the present to bring the site back.

However, things are going to be done a little differently this time. The first thing is, joining me in writing for the site will be my proofreader and editor Lady Gray. She’s going to be a great addition to the site because she has an extensive background in the child welfare field. Secondly, this site is going to take a new direction. Instead of just naming and shaming suspects, we’re going to use these stories to address the problems behind the stories. This will no longer be a site where you go just so you can be outraged. We want to make a real difference. Lastly, the site is going to be more PG rated. In order to be more respected we need to tone the language down.

As far as the old posts go, they’ll eventually be around in one form or another, I just haven’t decided if they’ll be part of the main site or if I’ll have them archived separately.

If you followed the site before on social media, you’ll need to follow the new links posted at the top of the right hand column for your social network of choice. If you were on the mailing list before, you’ll need to sign up again.

So hopefully, you join us in this new journey going forward.

Doctors claim that father of missing Giovanni Gonzalez is competent

Doctors claim that father of missing Giovanni Gonzalez is competent

Ernesto Gonzalez

It’s been 8 years since then 5-year old Giovanni Gonzalez disappeared. In 2008, Giovanni was supposed to have spent the weekend with his father Ernesto Gonzalez in Lynn, Massachusetts. When it came time for Giovanni to be returned to his mother, Ernesto Gonzalez never returned him and Giovanni has been missing since. After being arrested for Giovanni’s disappearance, the elder Gonzalez claimed that he murdered Giovanni, but authorities claim that there is no evidence that corroborates that story.

After having kidnapping charges against him dropped Ernesto Gonzalez has been held in a Massachusetts mental hospital. Now that hospital is claiming that Ernesto Gonzalez is mentally competent. This starts the process for Gonzalez to stand trial in the disappearance of his son. The next step is for Gonzalez to be examined by doctors from both the defense and the prosecution to see whether he is fit for trial.

As I have previously stated, I unfortunately don’t believe Giovanni is alive, even though I pray that he is. If he is still alive he us believed to be either still in the Lynn area or in Puerto Rico. I’ve included his most recent missing poster from the NCMEC below.

Mother of missing Amir Jennings released from prison

Mother of missing Amir Jennings released from prison

Zinah Jennings

On Christmas Eve of 2011, then 22-year-old Zinah Jennings was involved in a car wreck in Columbia, South Carolina, when police found her. She and her 18-month-old son Amir, had both been reported missing a month prior. When police caught up to Zinah at the wreck, Amir was nowhere to be found. Jennings claimed that Amir was with relatives anywhere from Raleigh, NC, to Atlanta, GA, except Amir was never found.

After bloody clothes and blankets, that had been found in Jennings car, were identified as belonging to Amir Jennings was only convicted of unlawful conduct in the disappearance of her son. She was sentenced to 10 years with nine months served. She also gave birth to another child while in prison.

Now, The State is reporting that Jennings was released from prison back in late September after only serving four years of her sentence.

According to the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Jennings will remain under supervision until March 30, 2017.

Amir Jennings

To this day, Amir Jennings has still not been found. None of the article that I read have said whether or not she could be charged with murder if Amir’s remains were to be found.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC

New details released in the recovery of Erica Parsons

New details released in the recovery of Erica Parsons

Erica Parsons

Recently, the search warrants used to recover the body of Erica Parsons were made public. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina.

The warrants revealed that Erica’s body was allegedly disposed of by the Parsonses on December, 11, 2011. The warrants also revealed the ungodly amount of abuse that the Parsonses allegedly inflicted on her.

This treatment included “locking the girl in a closet, beating her with a belt buckle, bending her fingers back and choking her,” the warrant said. That confirmed what the Parsonses’ son Jamie had testified to during their fraud trial — that he had witnessed his parents abuse Erica and that the couple encouraged him and his younger siblings to abuse her.

Salisbury Post

The fraud trial that the above quote is referring to, is from when the Parsonses were convicted of fraud for collecting Erica’s government benefits after her disappearance.

According to his testimony, Casey would often break Erica’s fingers by bending them backwards. She would then make her own cast for Erica’s fingers and would not take her for medical assistance.

Jamie testified that Sandy would often get mad and punch Erica with his fist in the back and the top of her head.

Erica was forced to live in a closet with the clothes, Jamie testified, and was often locked in the closet for hours at a time. There was no bed in the closet and she was forced to sleep on the floor.

She was not given access to a bathroom, he said in court, and when Casey found out that Erica had relieved herself she would be beaten, Jamie said. He also said food was often withheld from Erica and she was forced to eat dog food out of a can.

WBTV

Jamie Parsons said it was his mother, Casey Parsons, who ran the house and was behind most of the abuse that everyone else was afraid to confront.

“They beat her with a belt buckle, that’s why Erica was bald on the top of her head, is because momma would always, or Casey, excuse me, Casey, would always beat her on the top of her head with the belt buckle,” he said.

WSOC

FOX 46 out of Charlotte, NC has a timeline of events in Erica’s disappearance.

Erica’s biological mother had some words for Casey and Sandy Parsons

“If you ask me what I think of him now, it’s not appropriate to hate people – I know that. It’s not appropriate to not be able to pray [for] people, and believe you me I know that one too. I don’t care. I despise every breath they’re still allowed to take,” Carolyn Parsons said.

Carolyn Parsons said after Erica was reported missing in 2013, she tried to meet with Casey and Sandy.

“I gave them ample opportunities,” she said. “See me. If you don’t want to tell the Sheriff’s Department I don’t care. If you don’t want to tell the FBI I don’t care. Tell me where she is. Tell me what you did. They never had the guts to face me and I still don’t think that they do.”

Casey and Sandy Parsons have yet to be charged in Erica’s death, but both are currently in prison, serving time for fraud.

Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica’s remains

Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica's remains

Erica Parsons

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been dealing with a minor health issue that’s prevented me from posting, but I’m much better now.

This past week the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on the discovery of Erica Parsons’ remains. The Sheriff stated that it appeared that Erica had been long dead prior to her being reported missing. It was also revealed that it was Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy Parsons, who led investigators to the burial site. Let’s focus on that for just a moment. Since the time that Erica was first reported missing in 2013, she was already gone for two years. In all that time, Casey Parsons was trying to portray that somehow she and her husband were the victims, not that they were fooling anybody. All this chicanery just so they could collect a few bucks a month from the government in the form of Erica’s benefits. All the while, Erica was already dead in an unmarked grave while people who still cared about her looked for her. Sandy Parsons is also believed to have bragged in prison that they would never find Erica without him. Most reports say that Sandy Parsons was allegedly trying to work out a deal with prosecutors. If any deal has been made, I hope it only goes as far as sparing him from the death penalty. However, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has said there is no deal in place.

So far, no cause of death has been released and the Parsonses have not yet been charged in Erica’s death.

An anonymous donor donated $5000 for a memorial marker to Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, however they are still collecting donations in Erica’s name. You can make a donation here.

Skeletal remains of Erica Parsons found

Skeletal remains of Erica Parsons found

Erica Parsons

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the skeletal remains of Erica Parsons have been found. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. They were convicted of fraud and are currently in prison. Casey Parsons always maintained that Erica was alive even once saying that she would travel to New Orleans to find her. At the time I sarcastically asked if she would be traveling with OJ Simpson on his trek to find the ‘real killer’.

Erica’s remains were found in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, not too far from where Sandy Parsons’ mother lived. It’s rumored that Sandy Parsons had been talking to authorities while in prison but its unknown if he told them the location of Erica’s body. When the Parsonses were sent to prison after their fraud convictions I wondered how long it would take for one of them to turn on the other. No cause of death has been discussed, but authorities will be holding a press conference next week, although it’s doubtful they’ll have that information at that time.

My prayers and condolences go out to the true friends and family of Erica.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: No charges have been filed against the Parsonses yet as the investigation is still ongoing.

New reward and new age progressed photo for Erica Parsons

New reward and new age progressed photo for Erica Parsons

Erica Parsons’ new missing poster

Yesterday, the FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the location of Erica Parsons. If you’ll recall, Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina, but no one can prove that the woman, allegedly Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman, actually exists. The Parsonses also continued to collect the government benefits for Erica while she was missing. They were convicted of fraud and are currently serving out their sentences.

The FBI and the NCMEC also released a new age progressed photo of Erica. If she is still alive she would now be 18. The photo can be seen above and at the NCMEC website.

If you know where to find her, call the Rowan County Sheriff’s at 704-216-8700 or FBI Charlotte 704-672-6100.

Adam Herrman’s adoptive father dies

Adam Herrman's adoptive father dies

Adam Herrman’s age progressed photo from 2014

Earlier this month Adam Herrman’s adopted father, 61-year-old Doug Herrman, passed away. Adam disappeared in 1999 at the age of 11, but his adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, did not report him missing until 2008. They continued collecting government benefits for Adam and were each sentenced to less than a year for fraud. They’ve both been considered suspects in Adam’s disappearance from Butler County, Kansas.

To this day Adam has yet to be found and in 2014 there was a $100,000 reward being offered for information leading to his recovery.

Anyone with information about Adam’s whereabouts or his disappearance is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or 316-322-4257.

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