Skip to comments.Teen With Camcorder Captures His Own Killing On Tape
Posted on 09/30/2005 4:55:13 AM PDT by lunarbicep
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Friends and relatives have said their final goodbyes to Wisconsin high school senior Seth Hammes.
Hammes, 17, was out using his camcorder as he explored the woods near Little Falls, Wis., last Saturday when the camera ended up recording his own fatal shooting.
After searchers found his body that night, investigators ran the videotape, which had captured the crack of gunshots, the teen's screams and the voice of the shooter, promising help that never came.
Police said the camcorder was the key to catching the man now charged with reckless homicide, 24-year-old Russell Schroeder. He told police he thought he saw an animal when he fired the shots, and he didn't call for help after seeing Hammes because he feared he would get in trouble.
The funeral service for Hammes was held Thursday.
His uncle, Ed Hammes, described his nephew as a gentle giant, who stood over six feet tall and wore size 17 shoes. He said the teen liked to tinker with the family's lawn mowers and research fireworks, but mostly he was someone who would go out of his way to help another.
Schroeder was being held on $250,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 85 years in prison.
Didn't call for help = guilty.
Send this guy away forever.
How does a big like like this get confused for an animal? Prayers up for this family.....
THOUGHT he saw an animal? Idiot with a gun.
"he didn't call for help after seeing Hammes because he feared he would get in trouble"
Well, he sure as hell did...
Shades of my own mis-spent youth. What a shame. How can one be so inhumane to leave another person to die just because one is afraid of getting in trouble?
I wouldn't be able to send him away forever just based on the information here.
If you are a hunter you already know the answer to that question. There are people in the woods during hunting season who can't tell the difference between a deer and a pickup truck.
He told police he thought he saw an animal when he fired the shots...
And what animal would that be? The only large game in Wisconsin is deer and it sure as hell isn't deer season.
We used to live in upstate NY and cows would get shot by the city folk.....bottom line if you wander the woods during hunting season wear orange
This idiot should go to jail just being STUPID! Stupidity and guns don't mix and I fear there are way too many more like him out there. Safe hunting to all you responsible hunters.
Prayers for this kid's family. They must be miserable right now.
The anti-2nd nuts love stories like this.
Evidence of an individual who acted solely in his own self-interest. Seth's cries for help will haunt him for the rest of his life.
May God comfort and care for Seth's family...
I'd say this article is a bit lacking in details.
I do not allow hunting on my property. I well understand why anyone would hunt and kill for survival, but I do not understand how anyone could derive pleasure from killing and subjecting animals to pain and terror.
Too bad a camcorder was not recording at Chappaquiddick when Teddy "did not call for help."
Schroeder definitely has all the Democratic Senator qualities.
Which is why hunters should NEVER get the luggage rack option on their hunting vehicle. Looks just like whitetail antlers. I was rabbit hunting one time and crossed paths with some other hunters. About the time I am broad side of them about 50 yards away, they jump a rabbit and it ran right at me. I turned my back to them just in time to get sprayed with the buckshot. Didn't draw any blood fortunately. I just hustled on away from the moron for fear I would shoot back.
I agree with you....this guy is lying through his teeth. In this case, the police authorities may be smart enough to nail him. They were bright enough to have played the video tape.
The tape shows a person Quirin said is Schroeder in a nearby field. Schroeder's voice can be heard, telling Hammes he'll call for help on his cell phone, the complaint said.
Then Schroeder says he can't find a signal and promises to get help. But according to the complaint, he instead went to a birthday party, home to play video games and then his job as a custodian at the Army's Fort McCoy near Sparta. ---
Buckshot on a rabbit? Sounds like the idiot was out to kill something, anything. Including you if you got in the line of fire. You're a lucky hunter to have walked away unscathed.
Then, about an hour later, I'd see them back again, when they couldn't figure out how to operate the action on their shiny new gun. I probably shouldn't have shown them how to operate it, but I was young and I think that part of me was hoping they'd off a few of each other. ;-) I recall wondering how they ever got their licenses...we had to complete a course, written test, and shooting test.
I could hunt there myself, but believe me, I never would do so with these idjits out there.
Have you ever seen a deer ripped half to death in winter because there was too little food for it to have the strength to escape, dragging what's left of it by its remaining front legs until the blood loss can kill it?
I don't understand how anyone could derive think that is less pain and terror than being shot. But then again, I think that few people other than those who are avid hunters have respect for wild animals these days.
It's black bear season,with the leaves still on the trees I can see it happening.
Sorry, didn't mean to imply it was 0 or 00 buckshot. I would guess it was number 6 or 8 shot. 00 would have put me under at that range I suspect. As was, it just stung like the dickens. I may have sworn under my breath a little. They may have even heard the part about their maternal ancestry.
I had a brown duck game vest, Carhart overalls and an insulated Carhart jacket on. Yes, did have the requisite orange hat and had orange on my game vest. I was most defintely not dressed as anything that was in season.
If you don't like to hunt, don't hunt. You are well within your rights to control hunting on your property as well.
I would wager that you haven't tried hunting, so you don't understand the appeal. That's OK. More for me!
Didn't know that from this article,thanks for the info!
My father's family, whom I love and admire, are avid hunters--the men, the women, and the children.
My father was not, though he loved to fish, but I never heard him comment one way or another about hunting.
When I was a teenager I hunted with my family. I have killed ducks, and I have been involved with killing deer, boar, racoons, possoms, and other animals, though I never killed one myself. I hated watching them die.
I never liked hunting because I never enjoyed subjecting an animal to pain, terror, and death, and I never understood how anyone could. I still don't.
I have no problem with others who do--including my family members.
I am also a vegetarian--for the same reason, I suppose--but I have no quarrel with those who are not.
Incidentally, a dear friend invited me for dinner, and as a special surprise, she served me venison, that someone had given her. (She forgot that I was a veg.) I ate it. I appreciated her kindness. I would do it again.
Thought he was big foot. Actually, he wasn't far from it.
Remember the woman in Texas a couple years ago who hit a pedestrian who got lodged in her windshield, but was still alive. She drove home with him hanging out her windshield, drove into the garage and left him there to die...only because she was afraid of getting in trouble. Ya just can't make this kind of stuff up, can ya!
(I ate it. I appreciated her kindness. I would do it again.)
Then your not a veggie, your a hypocrite.
I have. And I haven't done as much hunting as you have. Maybe you should take a look.
Do you think the deer that is exhausted from the chase of the dogs is not terrified?
What about the animal who is not killed instantly? Do you think it doesn't feel pain and fear?
I have seen people enjoy watching dogs kill a raccoon.
If you enjoy it, do it. I'm not trying to stop you.
However, if you think the animals don't experience pain and terror, you are kidding yourself.
We don't. We derive pleasure from harvesting game. A conscientious hunter's goal is to do that with as little pain and terror as possible.
The process itself is primal, and intrinsically validating for one who is unashamed of masculinity. To bring home the venison is akin to bringing home the bacon; it says to you "Yes, you have what it takes." It's affirming.
That said, it's not for everyone.
Well, that's fine. More for me.
as a gentle giant, who stood over six feet tall and wore size 17 shoes.....do you think this hunter thought he saw a bigfoot? There are people that would love to capture or kill one to prove it's real and what kind of animal did this guy think he was hunting and did he have a permit just to go shoot any animal.
This idiot needs to be locked up and the keys lost.
It was one of the many choices that we all make every day.
Incidentally, this friend is a raving Leftist and Democrat who campaigned for Kerry and adores Bill and Hillary Clinton. I also did not attack her political positions--though I have discussed these things with her many times and consider them utterly harebrained, and she knows it. Being a Leftist and a carnivore are only some of her qualities; she has many more that I value, cherish, admire, and respect.
This no more makes me a Leftist/Democrat and hypocrit, than my accepting her gift of venison makes me a carnivore and hypocrit did.
(Do you think the deer that is exhausted from the chase of the dogs is not terrified?)
Don't know what state you live in, but hunting deer with dogs is illegal here.
"How does a big like like this get confused for an animal? Prayers up for this family....."
We have that problem here in the mountains of the Carolinas. Many hunters are out to kill whatever. And often they are caught hunting in areas they have no busines in. Sadly due to these idiots we curtail hiking in the fall due to stupid hunters. Last year on my own land a shot rang out and heard the round go through the trees.