Under-the-Radar Violence in the Conflict Over Abortion

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 in Reports

Adams, Cherica | 24 | 1999 | NC | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Ms. Adams was pregnant with the child of former National Football League player, Rae Carruth, when she was shot to death by Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy. At trial, it was revealed that Carruth had paid them $6,000 to kill Ms. Adams because she had refused his demand to have an abortion. Watkins and Kennedy eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. In 2001, Carruth was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 18-to-24 years in prison. [Salt Lake Tribune 4-26-2006 • Associated Press 2-16-2011]

Ambrosino, Susan | 26 | 2005 | NY | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Steven Schiovone was the father of Ms. Ambrosino’s unborn child and was demanding that she have an abortion. Because she refused, he killed her by shooting her in the back of the head. In 2007, Schiovone admitted to the crime and was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter rather than face a murder charge. [The New York Daily News 2-28-2005 • Newsday 4-17-2007]

Anderson, Linda | 25 | 2010 | NY | Abortion Motive Self-Evident
Authorities say that Jimmy Humphrey strangled Ms. Anderson because she was pregnant with his child and he did not want to start a family with her. After she was killed, her apartment was burned and police speculate that Humphrey set the fire in an attempt to cover-up the crime. Ms. Anderson’s two-year-old son died in that fire. [NY1.com 8-2-2001 • The New York Times 7-16-2010]

Baker, Tammy Lynn | 24 | 1997 | VA | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Witnesses stated that when Ms. Baker told her boyfriend, Coleman Leake Johnson, that she was pregnant by him, the two had a heated argument over her refusal to have an abortion. When Johnson realized that Ms. Baker was not going to change her mind, he hid two homemade pipe bombs under a garbage can lid outside her apartment. When she lifted the lid, the bombs exploded and killed both her and her unborn daughter. In
2001, a jury found Johnson guilty of her murder and gave him life in prison. [The Washington Post 12-19-
2004 • Richmond Times Dispatch 5-15 & 17-2001]

Bakley, Bonny Lee | 44 | 2001 | CA | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Ms. Bakley was pregnant by actor, Robert Blake, when she was shot to death while sitting in his car. In court, witnesses testified that Blake had planned to abduct Ms. Bakley and hire a doctor to abort the baby and, if that didn’t work out, he said that he intended to “whack” her. Blake also admitted that he had offered Bakley
$250,000 to have an abortion but she refused. In 2005, a jury found that there was not enough evidence to convict Blake of the criminal charges but, in a subsequent civil trial, the jury found him responsible for Ms. Bakley’s murder and ordered him to pay $30 million in damages. [Court TV 10-3-2005 / 12-14-2005 • The Herald Sun 1-21-2005]

Betts, Cassandra | 25 | 2000 | OH | Abortion Motive Confirmed
Ms. Betts was six weeks pregnant when her boyfriend, Tony M. Ringer, lured her to the parking lot of a local business under the pretense that he was having car trouble. When she arrived, he stabbed and shot her to death. The victim’s seven-year-old daughter was in the car at the time and was still with her mother when they were discovered the next morning. In 2002, Ringer received 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. The county prosecutor said that he killed Ms. Betts because she refused his demand to have an abortion. [WLWT-TV Channel 5, Cincinnati 12-22-2000 • The Cincinnati Enquirer 3-10-2002]