Final Update: We have succeeded! Robert Rice is requesting a new prosecutor to be appointed to the reopened Daisy Coleman case. That doesn’t have to stop you from generally annoying and boycotting people and businesses like Shelby Golightly, Sally Hayse’s Southpaws Clinic, and the fine folks at A&G Restaurant. They’re still monsters who uprooted the Coleman family. Apologies from each of them should be expected and encouraged.
This weekend the Kansas City Star wrote a very in-depth article on the rape of a 14 year old girl in Maryville, MO by 17 year old Matthew Barnett. Barnett and a friend gave the girl an alcoholic drink that made her pass out, raped her, and then left her unconsious out in the 22 degree cold in front of her house. Cause, you know, it’s not rape if you drive a girl home. The Maryville sheriff’s office apparently had a good case against Barnett, including video of the act and a confession. The attorney’s office, however, refused to prosecute. It’s speculated that the case was dropped because Barnett’s grandfather is a Missouri state representative. Peachy, right?
In the midst of all of this the entire town of Maryville turned on the family of the raped teen, forcing her newly widowed mother to leave town. This is the Steubenville nightmare all over again. And again we need to call attention to it until the perpetrators get their day in court. Let’s see what we can do, shall we?
Remember, whenever you contact a party involved with this case be civil. Do not threaten or curse. Just express yourself calmly and clearly. We’re the sane ones here. Let’s not give the other side ammunition to dismiss us.
A note about pages going down. This should be considered a success. It means that not only has our message been heard but that these people, these villains, cannot live a normal life because of the scrutiny we are subjecting them to.
Above is a picture of Matthew from his now closed Facebook page. Caption it as you wish and spread it around. I’m not putting up Matthew’s phone number, but here is his email address.
Matthew’s grandfather, Rex Barnett, is a former state rep and possibly the reason why he’s free. Contact him and let him know what you think about that.
Robert Rice is the Nodaway County prosecutor who dropped the case, calling it a case of “incorrigible teenagers” drinking alcohol and having sex and “doing what they wanted to do”. Let him know what you think of his boys-will-be-boys attitude. Here is his law firm’s Facebook Page. Update: Holy shit! The Nodaway County website is completely down! I’ve changed the link to the Google Cache version.
Heck! Why don’t you contact the mayor and the entire city council while you’re at it?
Update: One of my readers got a response from counsel person Glenn Jonagan which read: “Your harsh words do not bother me.” Glenn Jonagan’s disinterest in this tragedy makes him complicit. Lock verbal phasers AND photon torpedoes on this guy.
Still not enough? Here’s the Governor’s office.
Jordan Zech, pictured left (click for larger version), is the young man who taped the event. His charges were dropped as well. Here is his Facebook page. Awww, he’s in a relationship. How sweet. Update: Facebook page down! But you still have his picture to pass around. Make good use of it.
Matthew Barnett is attending the University of Central Missouri. Shouldn’t the student body know what’s walking their halls?
Matthew Barnett works at A&G Restaurant. The owners’ son was at Barnett’s house on the night in question and could be a witness. Let them know what you think of them employing a rapist.
Hey, look, Matthew Barnett’s sister’s
Facebook page is still up. I’m sure she’ll relay any message you give her. And here is her Linkedin profile to boot. I wonder how her employer would feel about all this? A reader sends me her Pintrest page, which is always good for a chuckle. Update: Facebook page AND Linkedin profile gone. But the link to her employer is accurate and will surely stay up.
The victim’s mother was fired from her job at SouthPaws Veterinary Clinic by her boss, Sally Hayse who admitted to having ties to the Barnett family. Let her know how you feel about her involvement with such an upstanding clan.
Shelby Golightly did not go very lightly when she called Mitchell’s victims sluts on Twitter and Facebook. Her Facebook and Twitter are down, but her mom is still bitching about the morality of iPhone theft here. Tell her how proud she should be of her kid’s upbringing. Update: Mom couldn’t take the heat.
Kelsey Jackson, who goes to the University of Missouri and is a member of, OMG! Alpa Chi Omega, you guys!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!! wants us to know about domestic violence awareness month. She’s also posted on Twitter that if we really look at the evidence we’d know that Matt is not a rapist. Send her a message asking for an explanation of this hypocrisy.