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Last Words of Murdered Man Came Through Text Messages
Fox 4 Kansas City ^ | 9/24/2012 | Unattributed

Posted on 09/24/2012 9:05:01 PM PDT by Huntress

Edited on 09/25/2012 5:17:19 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

GLADSTONE, Mo. AT&T worker Kevin Mashburn, 58, was found murdered early Wednesday morning inside his AT&T Utility truck parked in a yard in the 2700 block of 57th Terrace . He had been severely beaten in the head, apparently with a crow bar.


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This is heartbreaking to read. I can't well but wonder if Mr. Mashburn would have survived if help had arrived sooner.

I'm acquainted with the family. They are good people, strong Catholics. Please pray for them.

1 posted on 09/24/2012 9:05:04 PM PDT by Huntress
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To: Huntress

Poor man. So sorry for his family.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 9:07:39 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Huntress

The perp: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/crime/bryan-middlemas-charged-in-the-murder-of-att-worker


3 posted on 09/24/2012 9:10:57 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Huntress

um... I am confused... if he could make multiple texts and honk the horn... why couldn’t he use the phone to call the police?

this is just odd


4 posted on 09/24/2012 9:17:31 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: piytar

Yet another worthless ex-con walking the streets instead of in Hell where he belongs.

We should be executing a thousand times as many criminals as we do now. Basically any serious violent felony on the first offense, any violent felony on the second offense, and any felony on the third offense. But with a lot fewer things defined as felonies.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 9:17:32 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I think the texts were sent from a computer in his truck, not from a cell phone. I don’t know if he had a cell phone on him or if he was even able to talk with those injuries.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 9:21:10 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I suspect the cause of your confusion is the words “text message” and most everyone’s mind turning to a cell phone.

I suspect what really happened was the text messages where sent from a terminal in the truck that has no voice capabilities.

Think yahoo messenger, AOL messenger, IRC type text messages.


7 posted on 09/24/2012 9:24:30 PM PDT by cableguymn (peace through strength. if they don't like you at least they will fear you.)
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To: Huntress

My condolences and prayers to his entire family.

Folks, unless you’re armed, or you’re equipped to defend yourself in that situation, handing over the wallet may be the best thing.


8 posted on 09/24/2012 9:29:05 PM PDT by This Just In
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Unfortunately it’ll take a long time to try this thug. Then if he’s sentenced to death, it’ll take fifteen years. Sometimes I think you do have to break some eggs to make an omelet.


9 posted on 09/24/2012 9:42:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons seem to be very afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: piytar

Unfortunately it’ll take a long time to try this thug. Then if he’s sentenced to death, it’ll take fifteen years. This guy should be hung within a week. Or maybe hand him over to a gang and tell them to beat him to death. Sometimes I think you DO have to break some eggs to make an omelet.


10 posted on 09/24/2012 9:43:52 PM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons seem to be very afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: This Just In

The ones inclined to use a crowbar on you if you don’t hand it over are the same ilk who after getting your wallet will go ahead and use it on you anyway - to make sure you won’t follow them. Or just because there wasn’t enough in it.


11 posted on 09/24/2012 9:44:12 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: This Just In

News flash: A lot of those people have discovered that ‘dead men tell no tales’ - or in a more current argot, ‘dem stiffs don’ squeal, yo.’

Also, keep in mind that a ‘third strike’ for a repeat offender is the same sentence for murder in many states. This means that a habitual criminal has NOTHING to lose by killing any potential witnesses.


12 posted on 09/24/2012 9:57:24 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Not sure about that. Maybe he called police first?

I used to work in a similar job. Many communications utility locations where technicians work are out of the way and don’t have easily associated street addresses. It could make it very hard for police to find him, but other technicians and hopefully his dispatch would have a better time of it.

I have heard stories of technicians having heart attacks and calling their dispatch. I think that the tech might hope that dispatchers would be able to better help police/emergency services find them, especially if they are losing consciousness.

It must be awful to be the person on the other end of the line knowing that the person who called you is dying.

My sympathies for his family and co-workers.


13 posted on 09/24/2012 10:03:28 PM PDT by UncleHambone ("Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney)
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To: Spktyr

“This means that a habitual criminal has NOTHING to lose by killing any potential witnesses.”

It also means they have a LOT to lose by committing their third felony.

That knife cuts both ways.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 10:37:40 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Huntress

Frustrating story and heartbreaking. Prayers for his soul and family. Hope a hardcore death comes to the perp.


15 posted on 09/24/2012 11:11:24 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: Persevero

Actually, I am simply pointing out that once they have already gone ahead and decided to commit their third felony (armed robbery) it doesn’t ‘cost’ them any more to go for murder. In fact, it’s desirable as the victim would be unable to testify and aid the police in apprehending the felon, and the three time loser doesn’t have anything to lose (remember, his third strike was the robbery, so he’s already done.)


16 posted on 09/25/2012 12:03:52 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Huntress

No radio in a utility truck? Or is that old school?


17 posted on 09/25/2012 2:56:02 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Spktyr

Well one thing’s for certain; the man is dead. We, and his family, will never know whether or not handing over his wallet may have saved his life.

NEWS FLASH: Hindsight is 20/20


18 posted on 09/25/2012 8:05:18 AM PDT by This Just In
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“Actually, I am simply pointing out that once they have already gone ahead and decided to commit their third felony (armed robbery) it doesn’t ‘cost’ them any more to go for murder.”

You are correct, but so am I: I am saying that knowing that it would be their “third strike” can influence them not to go ahead and decide to commit it.

Once they’re committed, sure.

You and I are both assuming, though, that a criminal thinks things through. Frankly, most of them are stupid. It is stupid to live a life of violent crime. So I don’t know how much reasoning there is going on. Crime does NOT pay.

I as a potential victim feel quite assured that by the time someone commits their third felony, they are habitual criminals and have forfeited their right to live among those of us who are not. Three felonies allows for youthful mistakes, wrongful convictions, and rehabilitation.

By the time you are arrested, tried and convicted for three felonies, you have probably committed 300.


19 posted on 09/25/2012 11:35:31 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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