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Minn. teen charged with killing Iowa store clerks
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | November 16, 2010 | Peggy Senzarino

Posted on 11/16/2010 7:23:16 PM PST by xjcsa

ALGONA, Iowa --- A Minnesota teenager has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the shooting deaths Monday night of convenience store clerks in Algona and Humboldt.

The suspect is identified as Michael Richard Swanson, 17, of St. Louis Park, Minn.

Vicky Bowman-Hall, 47, employed by Cenex in Algona, and Sheila Myers, 61, a clerk at the Kum & Go in Humboldt were identified as the two victims of the shootings, said Todd Holmes, Kossuth County Attorney at a news conference at 1 p.m. at Algona City Hall.

No hometowns of the victims are yet available.

According to Holmes, at about 9:05 p.m. a person wearing a ski mask entered the Cenex convenience store in Algona and demanded cash and cigarettes. Bowman-Hall, who was behind the register, complied with the request and was shot. She died of her injuries at Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, the same subject entered the Kum & Go convenience store at 1212 Eighth St., Humboldt, where he shot and killed cashier Myers. She died at the scene from her injuries.

Autopsies on both women will be performed at the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny.

Swanson has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in both Kossuth and Humbuldt counties. He is being held in the Kossuth County Jail in Algona.

Holmes said he will be tried as an adult.

Assisting the Algona Police Department in the investigation are the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, the Kossuth County Sheriff's Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Webster City Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Iowa; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: conveniencestore; iowa; sociopath

Git a rope.

1 posted on 11/16/2010 7:23:19 PM PST by xjcsa
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To: xjcsa
a person wearing a ski mask entered the Cenex convenience store in Algona and demanded cash and cigarettes. Bowman-Hall, who was behind the register, complied with the request and was shot. She died of her injuries

So much for the advice that your best bet is to simply comply. At least in this case.

2 posted on 11/16/2010 7:26:51 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: xjcsa

He will be making some inmate a happy guy for a long time. He won’t be smirking then...


3 posted on 11/16/2010 7:29:13 PM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: xjcsa

Creepy smirking little psychopath.


4 posted on 11/16/2010 7:38:03 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: xjcsa

You have to be kidding me? I was going to ask “where are his parents?” but never mind. I don’t think he has had any parental upbringing in, say about 17 years. Judging by the looks of him.


5 posted on 11/16/2010 7:39:12 PM PST by Wile E Coyote Genius (IQ 206....more than all Democrats combined)
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To: xjcsa

Sadly, Iowa has no death penalty as this guy certainly would be deserving of capital punishment.


6 posted on 11/16/2010 7:43:13 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: The Great RJ
Wisconsin doesn't have a death penalty either. But they arranged a graceful exit for Jeffrey Dahmer, the cannibal killer. I don't remember all the gory details, but it involved another inmate who inflicted a lot more pain than a needle in the arm.
7 posted on 11/16/2010 7:58:33 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: xjcsa
Who is Michael Swanson?


8 posted on 11/16/2010 7:59:22 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68

The parents should be charged as accessories to murder for their lack of parenting from the time the kid was in diapers.


9 posted on 11/16/2010 8:02:50 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: xjcsa

In the old days, bank tellers simply stood behind the counter. Now most of them are behind some sort of protection (metal bars, etc.).

These convenience store shootings are just heartbreaking. Perhaps it’s time to require owners to put their clerks behind bullet-resistant glass.

That wouldn’t say much for being a free society, but it’s a sign of the times.


10 posted on 11/16/2010 8:02:56 PM PST by Leaning Right
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To: Keith in Iowa

Don’t let those who released him on probation off easy, either.


11 posted on 11/16/2010 8:04:28 PM PST by Leaning Right
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12 posted on 11/16/2010 8:08:31 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Keith in Iowa
The parents should be charged as accessories to murder for their lack of parenting from the time the kid was in diapers.

I doubt it was their fault. Some kids just turn out to be sociopaths.

13 posted on 11/16/2010 8:10:27 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: xjcsa
Swanson allegedly admitted entering the store with the intention of committing a robbery and shooting the clerk so that she could not later call the police or identify him.

He was videotaped. Did he know that convenience stores use security cameras? He could have tried to disguise himself, but did not. He decided his best bet was to shoot the clerks. I have encountered insects smarter than this guy.

It reminds me of the Randy Newman song "Little Criminals":

Got a gun from Uncle Freddy
Got a station all picked out
Got a plan and now we’re ready
Gonna take that station out
...
‘Cause we’ve almost made it
We’ve almost made it
We’ve almost made it to the top

14 posted on 11/16/2010 8:11:57 PM PST by TChad
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To: Vigilanteman
Dahmer was beaten to death with a mop handle.

He and another inmate were moping floors when the other inmate decided to kill him for an unknown reason.

15 posted on 11/16/2010 8:14:18 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: Vigilanteman

Broom handle through the eye socket, IIRC.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 8:14:54 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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To: Keith in Iowa
Sociopaths have messed up brains. It can't be fixed by parenting. These folks called the cops on their little monster. They aren't part of the “my angel never hurt nobody “ crowd.
17 posted on 11/16/2010 8:20:16 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Leaning Right
In the old days, bank tellers simply stood behind the counter. Now most of them are behind some sort of protection (metal bars, etc.).

These convenience store shootings are just heartbreaking. Perhaps it’s time to require owners to put their clerks behind bullet-resistant glass.

I have a better idea. Maybe their clerks should be armed.

By the way, bank tellers here are still just behind counters.

18 posted on 11/16/2010 8:23:50 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Leaning Right
These convenience store shootings are just heartbreaking. Perhaps it’s time to require owners to put their clerks behind bullet-resistant glass.

Some have had those precautions for years.

Thirty years ago, the 24 hour gas stations and party stores had a chute installed in the face of the counter. You told the clerk what you wanted and you paid through a small basin under the security glass. After you paid, the clerk would put your items in the chute, lock their side and opened yours. Once you took your stuff they relocked your sides.

19 posted on 11/16/2010 8:24:29 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: Leaning Right

That should be “...the 24 hour gas stations and party stores IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD...”


20 posted on 11/16/2010 8:26:24 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: Russ

I would not put money on that. I bet he gets 10 years or less.


21 posted on 11/16/2010 8:28:32 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
I would not put money on that. I bet he gets 10 years or less.

Nope. He's in for life.

He's been charged as an adult with two counts of first degree murder, and there's absolutely no way the prosecutor cuts him a deal, and there's no way he gets acquitted. In Iowa a conviction on first degree murder means a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

22 posted on 11/16/2010 8:35:47 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: xjcsa

You wrote: “Maybe their clerks should be armed.” (I still haven’t figured out how to italicize.)

Yes, I thought of that too.


23 posted on 11/16/2010 8:40:22 PM PST by Leaning Right
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To: Leaning Right
To italicize text, enclose it in an I tag: <I>Text to italicize</I>

...produces: Text to italicize

24 posted on 11/16/2010 8:42:35 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: TChris
Thanks! :)
25 posted on 11/16/2010 9:01:06 PM PST by Leaning Right
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To: xjcsa

When’s the hanging?


26 posted on 11/16/2010 9:06:16 PM PST by kiryandil
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To: MrEdd
Sociopaths have messed up brains. It can't be fixed by parenting.

Yeah, it happens. Harris and Klebold, for instance, came from stable families and both had siblings who turned out just fine.

Even good parents can have bad kids and I'm sure these parents are devastated.

27 posted on 11/16/2010 9:10:12 PM PST by Drew68
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To: xjcsa

If you are outraged now about this wrongful killing spree, you will really burn when some liberal federal appeals judge frees this punk on the theory that a 17 year old lacks the capacity to comprehend such a criminal act. After all those darn guys in black robes have already eliminated the death penalty and life, no release, for minors by saying this.


28 posted on 11/16/2010 9:18:02 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: Hunton Peck

Broom handle through another, more nether, socket, IIRC.


29 posted on 11/16/2010 9:19:41 PM PST by punchamullah
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To: xjcsa

The parents have 2 older kids who have managed to not kill any one or make headlines.

Some people are just evil all on their own.


30 posted on 11/17/2010 8:38:35 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: xjcsa

I saw the smirk on Fox9. Some of his comments indicates that he thinks this is all some kind of joke. OK, so Iowa has no death penalty. May this turd have a short hard life in prison.
He is a hard sociopath. Just think, it could have been worse. He could have become a politician (any guesses to which party?).


31 posted on 11/17/2010 2:11:54 PM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes.)
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To: Fred Hayek
He is a hard sociopath. Just think, it could have been worse. He could have become a politician (any guesses to which party?).


32 posted on 11/17/2010 3:02:10 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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