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Former Marine Who Sparked Okinawa (Rape) Furor is Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide (Georgia)
Stars and Stripes, plus Japanese JNN Network TV video clip ^ | 25 August 2006 | Stars and Stripes plus Japanese TV video

Posted on 08/25/2006 6:47:14 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

Former Marine who sparked Okinawa furor is dead in suspected murder-suicide Abduction and rape recharged opposition to U.S. bases in late 1990s

By David Allen, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, Friday, August 25, 2006

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Almost 11 years after the crime that recharged opposition to U.S. bases here, a former Marine convicted in the abduction and rape of an Okinawa schoolgirl is believed to have killed a Georgia woman before committing suicide in her apartment.

Kennesaw, Ga., police spokesman Mike Brock told Stars and Stripes on Wednesday that Kendrick Ledet, 31, of Smyrna, Ga., was discovered dead in the third-floor apartment of slain Kennesaw State University junior Lauren Cooper, 22, on Sunday.

Ledet is referred to as a suspect “as long as there is an active investigation,” Brock said. He said the medical examiner must file his report for the investigation to wrap up, expected to happen later this week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited the Cobb County, Ga., coroner in reporting that Ledet was the victim of self-inflicted knife cuts to veins in his arms.

Cooper’s body was nearby. She apparently had been sexually assaulted, then killed by strangulation and a blow to the head, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Ledet and Cooper were former co-workers, according to the police report.

There were no signs of forced entry into Cooper’s off-campus apartment, which was in a gated, luxury community, Brock said.

The coroner said Ledet committed suicide, apparently several hours after Cooper was killed, according to the Journal-Constitution account.

The bodies were discovered Sunday when Cooper’s parents went to check on her after not hearing from the marketing major for several days.

Ledet was a 21-year-old private first class when sentenced in March 1996 with Pfc. Rodrico Harp, 22, and Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, 23, a medic, for raping a 12-year-old girl they abducted from a street corner in Kin village, just outside Camp Hansen where they were stationed.

The incident, which occurred on Labor Day 1995, outraged Okinawans, resulting in several large protest rallies. In 1996, the United States and Japan signed a bilateral agreement to reduce the amount of land on Okinawa covered by U.S. bases by 21 percent. At the time, the bases covered one-fifth of the island.

Harp and Gill were sentenced to seven years of hard labor in a Japanese prison. Ledet — who claimed he changed his mind about the rape but faked having sex with the girl because he feared Gill — was sentenced to 6½ years.

All three men were released from prison in 2003 and dishonorably discharged.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: japan; ledet; mondale; murder; okinawa; prison; rape; suicide; usjapan; usmc

Also, here is the video for one of the Japanese national TV stations reporting this.

http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/cgi-bin/yahoo/news.asx?cid=20060825-00000013-jnn-int-movie-001&media=wm300k

Back then, the story of the Okinawa little girl's rape by the three servicemen was heavily played in the press. It led to revisions of law on how military suspects are treated by the host nation. I'll never forget those days of turmoil, and when Clinton/Mondale (ambassador) finally turned the three over to Okinawa authorities.

Now one of them has apparantly raped and brutally killed a woman back in the USA before brutally taking his own life, there in Georgia.

--As if five years of a Japanese prison had not taught him a thing or two....

1 posted on 08/25/2006 6:47:15 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Sexual predators are unredeemable
2 posted on 08/25/2006 6:53:58 AM PDT by misterrob
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To: misterrob
Those two poor women (and how many others I wonder might not have reported?). The one living, in Japan, would be 22 now, having been raped when she was 12 I believe.

I had heard she can never marry now due to social ostracism--or otherwise will have to move far away and conceal her identity from her future husband..

3 posted on 08/25/2006 7:01:53 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=83681

This horrible crime happened within 2 miles of my house, so sad and tragic.


4 posted on 08/25/2006 7:06:04 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: YaYa123

I wonder if these guys would still be in prison if prosecuted by the US military? Seems like they received short sentences through the Japanese system.


5 posted on 08/25/2006 7:11:25 AM PDT by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: YaYa123

Sounds like an affair gone bad ...She wanted to end it , he didn't . He wanted more sex and she wouldn't give so he sexually assaulted her . Guess he figured he wasn't going to get away lightly this time and ended it all rather than go to prison .


6 posted on 08/25/2006 7:46:20 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman
Victim (Girlfriend):

Perp (Boyfriend/Convicted Rapist/Murderer):


7 posted on 08/25/2006 7:55:25 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Kendrick Ledet = 1 dead maggot


8 posted on 08/25/2006 7:58:24 AM PDT by gitmogrunt (oppose one farce at the border)
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To: sushiman
My questions are these:

1) Was the perp a registered sex offender in the State of Georgia (the crime and sentence having been served overseas)?

2) Did the girlfriend know of the perp's past?

3) Did the parents of the murder victim know the past of the perp?

It would be instructive to know these. If in the case of #1, he was NOT on some kind of Georgia state sex offender list, then this calls up all kinds of questions, i.e. Americans overseas after horendous crimes are committed, but no communication from the foreign authorities or US military to the states.

9 posted on 08/25/2006 8:00:01 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: Wristpin
I have just checked the Georgia State Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender List. http://services.georgia.gov/gbi/gbisor/SORSearch.jsp

There was no data on this man, a resident of Smyrna, GA, or elsewhere, as a sex offender, WHO HAD RAPED A 12 YEAR OLD GIRL IN JAPAN and served five years in a Japanese prison.

10 posted on 08/25/2006 8:06:16 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
A classic sanitized report.
Would not have known that the murderer was black and the latest victim was white, if not for Free republic.
Compare this reporting to that of the Duke rape case.
11 posted on 08/25/2006 8:08:31 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
She seems a lot more attractive than he is.

I would guess that she wanted to break up with him and he wasn't taking the break-up real well. Probably either he was a bit over-controlling and she either wanted to break up for that reason, or she learned of this rape incident in his past.

12 posted on 08/25/2006 8:11:34 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (Let's Roll...)
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To: TET1968
I think the real issue here--vs the race factor which is irrelevant and not the intent of my thread--is that, at least according to my investigation, this convicted rapist appears NOT TO HAVE BEEN REGISTERED UNDER GEORGIA SEX OFFENDER LIST.

It may well be that his girlfriend, whom he has since murdered, never knew about his past in Japan and what a horrendous uproar and international incident he and two others caused 10 years ago.

Sheesh, I know we don't track violent rapists and murderers coming into the USA from MEXICO (as Buchanan points out), but you would at least think that once the guy is kicked out of the US military, the US military would get him into the US statewide reporting system so he could be tracked.

This could turn out to be a major story prompting important legislation. I think FOX or CNN for example should pick this one up ASAP!

13 posted on 08/25/2006 8:12:21 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: TET1968

Well, it's not supposed to matter...

Having said that, it is funny about the difference in how the main stream media reports these things, isn't it?


14 posted on 08/25/2006 8:13:40 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (Let's Roll...)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; Screaming_Gerbil; sushiman

I see nothing that would lead me to believe she was his girlfriend. They were ex-co-workers who knew each other. Am I missing something? Why would you think they were boyfriend and girlfriend? You could be doing a serious disservice to this girls memory by assuming she would go out with a rapist.


15 posted on 08/25/2006 8:37:01 AM PDT by monday
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To: monday
Join us will you, and do some detective work? OK?

"Police say Ledet and Cooper were former co-workers and had a relationship of some kind but would not elaborate. They say Ledet was likely at Cooper's apartment since Friday or Saturday and that there was no sign of forced entry. "

16 posted on 08/25/2006 8:48:43 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I read that. It DOESN'T mean they were boyfriend and girlfriend. It doesn't even mean they were friends.


17 posted on 08/25/2006 9:38:11 AM PDT by monday
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To: AmericanInTokyo

This is a tradegy...I just gotta think they would still be in prison if prosecuted by the US Military.

I wonder if the other perps are on watch lists?


18 posted on 08/25/2006 9:47:17 AM PDT by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I taught my kids about life using Proverbs (from the bible) as an adjunct. Rule number one is not to get involved in any way with someone who did years in prison for violent rape.


19 posted on 08/25/2006 9:48:16 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Wristpin

The other two rapists were kicked out of the military and then released into the general US population after they served their time in Japan. Who knows where they are? The question is, do they show up on a sex offender list in any of the 50 states for their sins in Japan? If not, that means BIG TROUBLE...like it did for the poor deceased in this case.


20 posted on 08/25/2006 10:27:25 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: monday

I doesn't not mean it either. The preponderance here is that, yes, they had a private relationship. Read into it what you want. I am not here on this thread to argue with you on this point.


21 posted on 08/25/2006 10:28:55 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I'll never forget those days of turmoil, and when Clinton/Mondale (ambassador) finally turned the three over to Okinawa authorities.

Yep, I was there. That was a bad time to be in the military in anywhere in Japan, let alone Okinawa.

22 posted on 08/27/2006 7:55:24 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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