Under-the-Radar Violence in the Conflict Over Abortion

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 in Reports

Chambers, Tara | 29 | 2002 | NC | Abortion Motive Confirmed
According to police affidavits, Ms. Chambers was pregnant with the baby of Tyrone Raynard Gladden who ordered her to have an abortion so he would not have to pay child support. When she refused, he hired a hit man to kill her. A short time later, her body was found with four gunshot wounds. In 2007, Gladden was convicted of Ms. Chambers’ murder and given life in prison without parole. [The Charlotte Observer 5-19-
2004 / 7-3-2007; The Washington Post 12-19-2004; Court Of Appeals of North Carolina No. COA09-626]

Christensen, Irene Francis | 20 | 1994 | UT | Abortion Motive Self-Evident
Calvin Shane Myers stabbed Ms. Christensen at least 12 times with a rusty hunting knife almost decapitating her. Two weeks later, her frozen body was discovered in a snow bank. Myers told police investigators that Ms. Christensen was pregnant with his baby but that he was “not ready to have children.” In 1996, he confessed to the crime and was given life in prison. [Salt Lake Tribune 9-10-2000 • The Supreme Court of the State Of Utah Case No. 20010955]

Colon, Christina Joyce | 24 | 2004 | PA | Abortion Motive Self-Evident
Damien Michael Schlager shot Ms. Colon to death then dumped her body in a rock quarry where it was discovered eight days later. Police investigators say that Schlager, who was married with two children, killed Ms. Colon in order to keep their relationship a secret and to avoid paying child support. In 2006, he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. [The York Dispatch 7-30-2004 • The Lancaster New Era 9-22 & 28-2004 • Lancaster Intelligencer Journal 10-3-2008]

Croudy, Helen | 16 | 2002 | NJ | Abortion Motive Self-Evident
On New Year’s Day, Ms. Croudy was bludgeoned to death with a ball-peen hammer. Then in 2003, Cordell Harper admitted in court that he killed her because she was pregnant with his child and he didn’t want the inconvenience of a baby. The judge in the case sentenced him to 50 years in prison. [Philadelphia Inquirer
1-3-2002 • The Press of Atlantic City 8-18-2003]

Davis, Jessie Marie | 26 | 2007 | OH | Abortion Motive Self-Evident
Former police officer, Bobby Lee Cutts, killed Ms. Davis and dumped her body in a public park. Prosecutors say that Cutts, who was married to another woman at the time, killed Ms. Davis in order to avoid paying child support. A third woman, Stephanie Hawthorne, testified that she was also pregnant by Cutts and that she had an abortion on the same day Ms. Davis went missing. In 2008, Cutts was convicted for Ms. Davis’ murder and given life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole for at least 57 years. [CBS News 2-25-2008
• ABC News 6-24-2007 • Associated Press 2-5-2008]

DeLain, Niasha | 25 | 2008 | NY | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Ms. DeLain was a bank teller and accounting student when she was stabbed more than 20 times killing her and her unborn baby. Authorities charged Derrick W. Redd with murder after finding evidence that he killed Ms. DeLain because she was pregnant with his child and would not agree to have an abortion. Investigators say Redd told them that he had argued with Ms. DeLain about her refusal to have the abortion and that when he can’t avoid a problem he “eliminates it.” Redd was convicted of murder and, in January of 2012, he was given 25-years-to-life in prison. [New York Daily News 12-9-2009 / 11-3-2011]