Thursday, August 09, 2007

BREAK IN JACKIE JOHNS SLAYING

A news conference is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in Ozark to announce the news.

Jackie Johns lived in Nixa and was a former beauty queen for her city's Sucker Days festival. She vanished after leaving work at a livestock auction barn cafe. Her car was found south of Springfield on U.S. 160.

Her body was found five days later in Lake Springfield. She had been beaten to death.

No one was ever charged in her slaying, though one suspect was dogged by police for years. That man, Gerald Carnahan, was later convicted of attempted kidnapping in an unrelated case.

Christian and Greene County cops are holding the news conference. More news in this space, and across the media spectrum, when it happens.

Edited @ 8 p.m. Carnahan is charged with first-degree murder and rape. The probable cause statement is damning; it says Carnahan's DNA was taken on August 8, and it's a match to evidence saved from Johns' death.

Before this is all over, Gerry Carnahan will have much to say.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ron, when was she killed? Is this recent?

Anonymous said...

Just read Carnahan was charged. Wow. Have you had an opinion on this over the years, Red? Did you ever ask him if he killed Jackie Johns?

Anonymous said...

Did you originally cover this back in '85, Ron? Weren't you on the crime beat then?

Anonymous said...

I believe they need to look at the murder of Debbie Lewis, Carnahan was a boyfiend of hers for a long time and was seen with her the night she disappeared in 1984

MrsThurstonHowell said...

The murder occurred around 1985. Darrell Moore said in the news conference that a highway patrolman "had time on his hands" so he selected a cold case to open and he implied the new evidence was DNA related.

That's kind of odd...he had time on his hands. Was this case selected over others because the prior evidence was very compeling? With advanced technology in DNA testing maybe it's time to take another look see at the cold blooded murder of Cheryl Feeney and her children. That is definitely another haunting case.

Anonymous said...

ANON 6:25 -- Naw, Ron wasn't "on the crime beat" when Jackie Johns was murdered. If he had been, he would have solved the case.

Kathee said...

Glad they finally arrested him! They need to question him about Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streeter, and Stacy McCall's disappearnce. Ron, you know why.

VT said...

Well, it's better late then never to have justice for this poor girl.

Anonymous said...

Was Carnahan ever suspected of having something to do with the 3 missing women?

I seem to remember something.

I had meet the creep at a restaurant in Republic while waiting table years ago. Glad he is finally going to pay for this. He has a smile that just ate through you. Like he was saying, "hey I did it, and you're next".

MrsThurstonHowell said...

anon 6:28-what's the story on Debbie Lewis? I don't remember that part of the puzzle.

Kathee Baird said...

Information has been given to the authorities on WHY they should look at Carnahan in Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall's disappearance.

Now, if Carnahan allegedly had anything to do with the three missing women case, his only hope at avoiding the needle in Jackie Johns murder, will be too speak up and give up his accomplice/or accomplices in the women's 15 year-old disappearance in some sort of plea deal.

Come on Gerry, you know you'll feel better if you finally talk!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow...in the last two weeks, I've seen the most mediocre stories/postings I've seen in more than 2-3 years on this site.

Maybe just keep on keeping on, but keep your edge...there is way to much junk on this blog or nothing nearly as savvy as it used to be. I don't know who you work with now, but please don't let them warp your mind.

I could go on and on...but hopefully 'nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Debbie Lewis was a friend of mine. She and Gerry dated off and on during the summer of 1984. We (Gerry, Debbie and I) all went to the lake many times together. Debbie disappeared in I think in July, and her body was found in the woods somewhere close to Neosho in the fall of 1984. Debbie was living with a boyfriend on a farm around Walnut Grove. (He was cleared of any wrong doing.) I was with Debbie the night she disapppeared at Lindburgs, Gerry was also there. When the bar closed she headed home as did I. Her car was found early the next morning on the side of the road along Hwy 160 going the Willard, Her personal effects were all in the car. They Searched the area but never found anything. No one was ever charged in her murder.

Anonymous said...

Kathee,

Is it your belief Carnahan killed the missing women, then buried them at Cox Hospital? Do you have any psychic evidence of this? Any grainy videotape?

Go away. You do nothing but annoy the rest of us who feel like victims in the missing women case. I imagine Janis McCall feels the same, although slightly more than annoyed. She's just too polite to say so.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Sherrill Levitt used to cut Gerry Carnahan's hair?

I wonder how many bodies are strewn across China?

Anonymous said...

Kathee:

Don't worry about the mindless morons slamming you on here. They just need something to do between surfing porn and having their mom bring them milk and cookies in their basement room...er....man cave.

MrsThurstonHowell said...

anon 7:05-thanks for the info. Now I believe I remember the media coverage of Debbie Lewis because I associate her with Willard and a photo (I think) of her on a lawn mower?? that's okay-you don't have to respond-I'm just thinking.

Carnahan in China nine months out of the year. It occurred to me that maybe suspects like him head to foreign countries where they may not likely be extradited back to the states or at least to avoid the heat. Jon Feeney comes to mind-last I read he was supposed to be doing "mission" work in a foreign country.

Kathee Baird said...

If I was worried about what people said about me, I would have quit trying too find out what happened to Sherrill, Suzie and Stacy, A LONG TIME AGO!!!

Janis has a right to her opinion, and I have respected what she has asked me do to. I continue to search for answers to what happened June 7th, 1992, because there are three women who cannot tell us what happened to them, and they deserve justice!!!!

I follow ALL of the tips I receive. The reason that the hospital parking garage needs to be looked at is because there is SCIENTIFIC DATA that says there IS
something there. For the record, I have other people who told me to look at that parking garage, in addition to a psychic telling me too look there. Janis McCall herself has consulted with several psychics regarding her daughters disappearance, why all the hate for them all of a sudden?

Is it Sherrill, Suzie and Stacy under the concrete at the parking garage, I don't know. However, there is something there!!

Anonymous said...

Okay RED where were you on the night of... If Darrell only had his crime lab this would have been settled long ago... I was just waiting for the crime lab plug. I know it's coming.
Hope Darrell isn't the trial attorney, he'll lose it like every other big case.

Anonymous said...

Kathee:

"A LONG TIME AGO!!!!"

" SCIENTIFIC DATA"

"!!!!!!!!"

This is, in part, why you are not taken seriously.

Now will you go away?

P.S. No porn. No cookies.

Anonymous said...

Kathee said:

Don't worry about the mindless morons slamming you on here. They just need something to do between surfing porn and having their mom bring them milk and cookies in their basement room...er....man cave.

I think the person bashing you prefers POPSICLES!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the most pertinent question was, "Where was Darrell on June 17, 1985?"

Phelps Grove Park would be my bet.

Anonymous said...

With Rep Bob Dixon

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 8:34: Wonderful anti-gay slur. You should be ashamed of yourself if you still have that capability.

Anonymous said...

Glad someone else remembers the Phelps Grove Park allegations about Darrell Moore. Somehow that gets swept under the carpet when he's running for office. Wonder why that is?

Anonymous said...

It is because the police reports (2) have been "cleansed" from the records. There has been a fairly substantial reward for a copy floating around for several years.

Anonymous said...

Besides, who gives a crap if he's gay?

Anonymous said...

If the sheriff's dept. Had taken my mother's statement-which she offered @ the time-this crime would've been solved years ago. She witnessed Carnahan at the crime seen w/ Jackie Johns just moments before the crime. But as usual the corrupt law enforcement dept. Told her they would contact her is they needed to take her statement. Maybe now w/ a national DNA database some of the unsolved crimes won't get pushed under the rug as in the past-now, what do you think about running DNA from the unidentified hairs found @ the Cheryl Feeney murder? Maybe law enforcement could solve yet another "unsolvable" case.

Anonymous said...

Test the DNA in the FENNY MURDERS.Why is this not being done.

Anonymous said...

Thats Feeney.