Monday, October 30, 2006

Another Twist

This case involved a days-long search for the missing girl, a false confession that was so thoroughly believed the confessor was arrested and jailed for some time, and a number of other twists and turns.

Now we can add a little rough justice to the list.
Oct 29, 7:55 PM EST

Inmate Charged With Tattooing Killer

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- An inmate accused of forcibly tattooing a slain 10-year-old girl's name onto her killer's forehead in an Indiana prison was the victim's cousin, a family friend said.

Jared Harris, 22, is a cousin of Katlyn "Katie" Collman, family friend and spokesman Terry Gray confirmed to The Republic newspaper. He said he did not believe they knew each other well.

Harris, 22, who is serving time on a burglary conviction at Wabash Valley state prison in Carlisle, has been charged with battery and is accused of tattooing "KATIE'S REVENGE" across Anthony Ray Stockelman's forehead.

Harris told prison officials the attack was in revenge, according to an affidavit.

Stockelman is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to abducting, molesting and killing the fourth-grader, who lived about 70 miles south of Indianapolis. She was missing for five days before her body was found Jan. 30, 2005, in a creek about 15 miles from her home.

The affidavit said that prison officials transferred Harris to the same prison wing as Stockelman on Sept. 19, three days before the attack, and that Harris subsequently threatened Stockelman's life several times.

Harris slipped into the open cell Stockelman shared with another prisoner on Sept. 22 and, when Stockelman returned, Harris closed the locking cell door, according to the affidavit.

Stockelman told investigators that Harris put his right hand around his throat and told him, "I'm either gonna stick you and leave you bleeding or I'm gonna tattoo you." After applying the tattoo using a makeshift tattoo gun, Harris discarded the device in a trash can, he told investigators.
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Kirsten N. Namskau said...

You can be charged for anything and be in jail for what- ever, but if you have done chidren wrong, then you are in problems...even in jail. Criminals are criminals, but the one they don'taccept to have around, is child-molesters, because even among the criminals, that is the WORSE crime. Children can not protect themself. Child-molesters are treated like "shit" in jail among the inmates, and it's nothing the guards can do.

k said...

That is very true. And I've heard one reason is, because so many criminals were molested when they were children.

So they grow up, do crimes, go to jail...and when they see the same type of person who hurt THEM when they were chidren, they fall on him like sharks.

prettylady said...

I am ashamed to say that I find these stories about rapid-turnaround karma to be quite satisfying, on some level.

John P. McCann said...

Guy's lucky he only got tattooed.

Cool leg photos.

I'll be running for you on Saturday.

I'll let you know how we do.

k said...

Jonh - thank you. That means a great deal to me.

Thought you'd like my boo-boo pix!

AB5SY said...

Jared Harris is entitled to a medal and full pardon, but the fun has just started before they extract the final revenge on Stockelman for what his crime on a child.

k said...

Pretty Lady, I do too. But I'm not ashamed. ;-)

I figure it's just one more part of the human condition, and one that's to be expected.

Jeffrey Dahmer didn't last very long. But that's because he was in Wisconsin, a state with no death penalty, so he decided to impose one upon himself. He harassed the prison officials until they took him out of protective segregation and into the *general population* of prison inmates. He did this precisely because he knew he wouldn't live very long out there. An odd act of chivalry from a raping murdering cannibal, no?

Stockelman? We'll see how long he lasts. I'm not taking any bets.