safety thoughts on Swamp Murders Deadliest Catch 32-year-old Mark Mueller & Kent Heitholt

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safety thoughts on Swamp Murders Deadliest Catch 32-year-old Mark Mueller & Kent Heitholt

Post by redpill on Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:16 pm

from time to time i watch crime documentaries

i just saw Swamp Murders Deadliest Catch S05E05 about murder of 32-year-old Mark Mueller’

by – Jared Fitch and Harold Hains III

like 99% of the crimes on ID channel, I have never heard of this crime nor encountered it ever.

the show starts by having a white male being beaten to death.

pretty dramatic.

case facts

A Lake County judge Wednesday sentenced a 20-year-old sailor from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center to 54 years in prison for the murder of a Wheeling fisherman along the lakefront in Waukegan.

During the sentencing hearing, Jared Fitch told Judge Harry D. Hartel Jr. that he was sorry for his role in the slaying of 32-year-old Mark Mueller in the early morning hours of Oct. 20, 1989.

``I can`t say I am sorry enough because I know it will not change anything,`` Fitch said.

While fishing that morning, Mueller caught a two-foot salmon when he struck up a conversation with Harold Hains III, 20, of Casper, Wyo., who came walking by, authorities said.

Hains was then absent without leave as a sailor at the Great Lakes center near North Chicago. He and Fitch, his Navy buddy, were intent on getting some money and a car to get out of town, according to Lake County State`s Atty. Michael J. Waller. Fitch wanted to go back home to Barberton, Ohio.

While Hains and Mueller chatted amicably along the shore, Fitch said he waited in some bushes. As Mueller was putting his salmon in a bag, Hains struck him in the back of the head with a baseball bat found in an alley near the Navy base, according to a statement Fitch made to police.

``At the time, the guy (Mueller) hit the ground. He wasn`t dead, he was kinda . . . kinda breathing . . . but he wasn`t dead,`` Fitch told police.

``So I told Hal (Hains) to hit him again, and Hal hit him again and he got a little scared. I guess he got hit about nine times.``

Fitch said he and Hains then rolled Mueller into Lake Michigan. ``He was still alive when we put him in the water,`` Fitch said. ``Because when we put him in the water he woke up.

``He . . . um . . . kinda looked up at us and he had this . . . look on his face and he was trying to splash a little bit with one hand.``

Fitch and Hains took $9 in cash from Mueller, his driver`s license and his battered 1980 Chevrolet Malibu station wagon. The car was later found in Barberton and led to the arrests of Fitch and Hains.

``I can`t stand here and tell you that I was not responsible for what happened. I was there,`` Fitch said Wednesday.

Waller and his assistant, Robin Goodstein, urged a 60-year sentence for Fitch-10 years less than the 70-year sentence Hartel gave Hains.

``The crime can only be described as brutal, cruel, vicious and heartless,`` Waller told the judge.

Peter Staben, Fitch`s attorney, urged a 20- to 25-year sentence. He said his client has shown genuine remorse and deserves another chance at freedom in the future.

Hartel said he was trying to be objective in his sentencing. The judge said he has fished the Waukegan lakefront where Mueller died and that other fishermen have tried to tell him what the sentence should be.

Hartel said that Fitch showed he wanted to harm Mueller by helping roll the fisherman into the lake. He said he is aware of Fitch`s troubled youth and of a broken family life, but he said, ``I think society has to be protected from him.``

Under Illinois law, Fitch is eligible for parole after serving half the sentence.
MORE:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-02-21/news/9101170102_1_sentencing-hearing-lake-michigan-sailor



we live in a free country and if you want to fish by yourself on a bridge in Waukegan Illinois close to a navy base, at night time in near total darkness you can.

but from a safety standpoint is this a good idea?

as in do you want to be beaten to death and murdered and your body thrown into a lake?

the answer, as we learn is no.

32-year-old Mark Mueller has a wife and baby girl, age 4 at the time. he had a lifelong passion for fishing.

at sometime after 10pm he told his wife he wants to fish, even though he has work the next day.

so he drove his car to this fishing location.

next day he was found murdered. detectives considered other explanations like drugs, but

when they caught the 2 sailors who murdered him, they said nah no drugs. just fishing.

basically based on this two accounts, these 2 thugs were disenchanted with Navy wanted to basically steal and take his car.

this is 2 19 and 20 year old white males at the time attacking and killing a 32 year old white male.

they pretended to take interest in his fish he caught then beat him from behind with a baseball bat.

i'm watching this and my heart is racing. to be completely alone, in complete darkness, in a remote location, when 2 white adult males approach you is an extremely dangerous situation.

for starters i'm not really all that into fishing. i fished as a kid that's it. second, i prefer not to be out of my house after dark, bc you never know if there is a murderer lurking in the dark, or a robber or a thug.

so Mark Mueller wasn't alarmed when he was by himself and Hains and Fitch approached him. he showed them the fish he caught not suspecting that one of these thugs had struck him with a baseball bat, shattering the glasses blood everywhere. mostly to steal his car. sometime at night.

personally i am strongly reluctant to put myself in this situation.

basically if you are alone and it is dark and one or two adult males approach you, that is an extremely dangerous situation.

not too long ago was the 2001 killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt
wiki wrote:
Ryan W. Ferguson (born October 19, 1984) is an American personal trainer and author who spent nearly 10 years in prison after being convicted of a 2001 murder in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri. At the time of the murder, Ferguson was a 17-year-old high school student.[2]

Kent Heitholt was found beaten and strangled shortly after 2 am on November 1, 2001, in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune, where he worked as a sports editor. Heitholt's murder went unsolved for two years until police received a tip that a man named Charles Erickson could not remember the evening of the murder and was concerned that he may have been involved with the murder. Erickson, who spent that evening partying with Ferguson, was interrogated by police. Despite initially seeming to have no memory of the evening of the murders, he eventually confessed and implicated Ferguson as well. Ferguson was convicted in the fall of 2005 on the basis of Erickson's testimony as well as the testimony of a building employee.

In the early morning hours of November 1, 2001, 48-year-old Kent Heitholt was murdered in the parking lot of The Columbia Daily Tribune where he worked as a sports editor. He was last seen alive by co-worker Michael Boyd. Boyd told police that they had a work related conversation in the parking lot between 2:12 and 2:20am.[7]

Minutes later, janitor Shawna Ornt stepped outside for a cigarette break and saw two shadowy figures near Heitholt's car. She ran back inside to get her supervisor, Jerry Trump.[7] Both janitors witnessed two college-age men near Heitholt's car.[2] The janitors reported that one of the men yelled "Someone's hurt out here, man" before both men walked away through a nearby alley. The janitors notified other employees and called 911 at 2:26 am. He was found severely beaten with a blunt object, and then strangled.[8]

On the same evening, 17-year-old high school junior Ryan Ferguson and another junior Charles Erickson were attending Halloween parties in the area.[2] Ferguson and Erickson later decided to go to meet Ferguson's sister at a bar called By George because a bouncer who worked there would let them in despite being underage. When the teens were out of money, Ferguson's sister bought them a few additional drinks, then cut them off and Ferguson and Erickson left the bar.[9]

On the night of the murder, Erickson had been under the influence of cocaine, Adderall, and alcohol. The following day, he had had no memory of what had transpired that Halloween night. At a later hearing, attorneys asked Erickson if he had noticed anything unusual the morning following the crime such as injuries or blood on his clothing. Erickson confirmed that there was nothing out of the ordinary.[10]

Ornt told police that she got a good look at the young men while Trump reported that he was unable to see them clearly. Police recovered unidentified fingerprints on and inside Heitholt's car as well as an unidentified hair in his hand. Police also recovered footprints in the blood at the crime scene. Ornt gave police a description of the men and a composite sketch was made.[8]

The crime had been unsolved for two years when, in October 2003, local media again covered the murder. Erickson reportedly had several dreams about the crime after seeing an article in a newspaper and, a few days later, mentioned the murder to Ferguson asking him if he thought he may have be involved. "It was crazy that someone had been murdered a couple blocks away from where we had been partying". said Erickson. Ferguson reassured him that he was not involved in the crime. Over time, Erickson says, he began to think more and more about the murders and about the fact that he could not remember that evening.[10]

In November 2003, Erickson read an article in the local newspaper that included a sketch of a possible suspect in the case. Erickson thought the sketch resembled him and became more concerned. He told friends Nick Gilpin and Art Figueroa about his worries and they notified police.[9]

In the recorded interrogation, Erickson seems to have little knowledge of the crime. He told police, "It's just so foggy... I could be sitting here fabricating all of it."[11] At one point he is asked questions about the weapon used to strangle Heitholt. Erickson replies that he thinks it was a shirt. When the police officer tells him that it was not, he replies "Maybe a bungee cord?" Eventually the police officer tells Erickson that the weapon was Heitholt's own belt. Erickson replies: "I don't remember that at all."[11] After much prodding by investigators, Erickson eventually told police that he and Ferguson robbed Heitholt for drinking money.[8][12][13] In March, 2004, Erickson and Ferguson were arrested and charged with the murder.[9][14]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_W._Ferguson


based on what happened to Mark Mueller it's not hard to imagine the original intention for the attack on Kent Heitholt was robbery, possibly they wanted his car, though they may have ran off after the attack.

Kent Heitholt was obviously alone and by himself next to his car at 2am when he was attacked. Kent Heitholt was a very tall big man. he still was attacked.

so one you can be attacked near your car as you enter the car. you can be attacked for your car.

if i were Kent Heitholt i wouldn't be in the office at 2am and then going to the car, and if i have to, i'd ask for an escort.

but it's pretty dangerous to be yourself in the dark, and any adults entering should be seen as an extremely dangerous threat.

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