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Melissa

Russell Springs, KY

#1 Aug 21, 2008
For those who don't know about the case(there is really NOTHING online about it),Tina Roberts was a fifteen year old girl that was brutally murdered in the late 80's in Russell County Kentucky. She was a runaway for whatever reason and she lived part of the time in the back of an abandoned semi-trailer. The rest of the time she stayed at friend's house. The Jaycee Fair was in town and Tina met a guy that she had known as an acquaintence for awhile and he invited her back to his house to spend the night. When she got there four other guys were waiting. They brutally raped Tina,tortured her with boiling water,a broom,a glass bottle,cigarette lighters,God knows what else and bit her all over her body. They thought they had killed her(according to Smith)so they left her body in a creek. Tina was more of a fighter than they thought though. As they were leaving they saw her trying to crawl to the other side of the creek so they went back and while the others held her,Jack Shaffer shot her in the head. A man taking his small son hunting found her the next day and he still cries when talking about it and has nightmares. An elderly couple admitted they heard her screaming for help but said they were afraid to call the police because they were afraid Popplewell would come back and hurt them. The police meanwhile botched the investiagtion. Deputy Bill Popplewell(yeah related)was involved in the investigation. Somehow they forgot to put film in the camera,lost evidence,walked through blood evidence,etc. They were all released from custody,the trigger man Shaffer sued the county and got a few million dollars,bought a log company and proceeded to drive a log truck into a family's car and killed five of them. He killed a Edron and Mary Eads(in their fourties),Aaron Eads(16),Erin DeBoard(15),Brittany Blankenship(18 months)and severly injured Mary's son Adam. He is now in prison for those crimes but Tina's murder remains unanswered for.

Since: Oct 07

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#2 Aug 21, 2008
God Melissa, it's just horrible what that child endured at the hands of those monsters. God Bless her soul.:(

Just an idea that popped into my head today, since you live in the same area. Doesn't the libraries usually have copies of newspapers? Or I think some newspapers do sell back issues. You could possible find some info there.

I'm pretty sure that in 1 of the 2 articles you did find there was a date of the murder or trial ..... Not positive tho!! ;)

I think fate brought you and Tina's friend together so you could fill some blanks in for each other!:)

Good luck and God Bless!!!
Melissa

Russell Springs, KY

#3 Aug 22, 2008
I am going to look around and see. I'm not sure if our library has back issues or not. You would think they would have but you would also think they were on the internet before last year but they wasn't. They still have Windows 98. I will look though and if I can find anything I will figure out a way to print copies.
lisa- bf indy

Jeffersonville, OH

#4 Aug 24, 2008
Melissa do u know if all 5 men where charged or just a couple? I am comfused, is it Mark or Bruce that spent a little time. Could the other, be the fourth person. IF so I am still not hear of the fifth person.
Melissa

Russell Springs, KY

#5 Aug 24, 2008
I think Mark spent the time and Bruce is the one that tore down Tina's memorial. I may be wrong but I think Mark confessed and told the names of the others and he did a small amount of time. I always heard there were five but I cannot for the life of me remember the other person involved. I will go Monday if I get off work before the library closes and find out if they have any of the back issues.
mary

Louisville, KY

#6 Aug 24, 2008
I'm so sorry for all this horrible stuff. I just can't get a hand on GOD with all the torture going on in the world.

These stories are sicking to me and I just can't believe that GOD would let these things go on. Oh well I guess I'm nuts or missing something.

I hurt so bad everytime I read a about a killing like this. OMG she had to suffer so bad, just like Shanda.
Take Care All.
lisa- bf indy

Jeffersonville, OH

#7 Aug 25, 2008
Melissa I am so grateful for all that u are doing.U r filling me in on somethings I did not know. Thanks to the people,who want to help. I am proud to know that we r giving Tina a voice by keeping everything on the table. Melissa, I know Tina would be proud of u. I dont know if u know that the Smiths are in trouble for another rape. The case is ongoing. Would it be grate to set in the courtroom for that one. If there is alot of people there, it would bring the media. They would be curious to know why everyone is there. I wish I know the court date. Call me crazy but it's a thought.
Lost Poet

Charleston, WV

#8 Aug 25, 2008
This is horrible that this happend, but God didn't have anything to do with it. God's idea was for man and woman to live in comfortable surroundings, be provided for and want for nothing, but we screwd that up by wanting to know everything.
Now the garden is polluted with weeds and we are in dire need of pesticide.
mary

Louisville, KY

#9 Aug 25, 2008
I'm 53 years old and I was raised in church and all my life I was told that GOD is a forgiving and powerful GOD. That HE can do anything in our life HE wants. Well why is turning HIS back on all these sweet little children that I do know have never done anything to deserve to die in the most horribly tragic ways that their dying. Sorry but I just don't think that there is a GOD anymore. Maybe HE died or something.
Take Care All.
Melissa

Russell Springs, KY

#10 Aug 25, 2008
lisa- bf indy wrote:
Melissa I am so grateful for all that u are doing.U r filling me in on somethings I did not know. Thanks to the people,who want to help. I am proud to know that we r giving Tina a voice by keeping everything on the table. Melissa, I know Tina would be proud of u. I dont know if u know that the Smiths are in trouble for another rape. The case is ongoing. Would it be grate to set in the courtroom for that one. If there is alot of people there, it would bring the media. They would be curious to know why everyone is there. I wish I know the court date. Call me crazy but it's a thought.
I looked and couldn't find anything before 1990. I will check the other library. I think it would be a GREAT idea if people showed up in court. Someone needs to answer for what they did to Tina and what they allowed to happen to other women.
Lost Poet

United States

#11 Aug 25, 2008
John 3, 16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whom so ever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Lost Poet 1, 1: For doing nothing more than trying to teach a corrupt world to love one another, he was humiliated, tortured, and hung.
I believe he has risen.
WHO CARES

Jeffersonville, OH

#12 Aug 26, 2008
Lost Poet wrote:
John 3, 16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whom so ever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Lost Poet 1, 1: For doing nothing more than trying to teach a corrupt world to love one another, he was humiliated, tortured, and hung.
I believe he has risen.
god bless your little heart
Lost Poet

Charleston, WV

#13 Aug 27, 2008
WHO CARES wrote:
<quoted text>god bless your little heart
Well, thank you! He does! May he bless your little heart too, and make you CARE. If more people CARED, there would be many less children getting killed.
Concerned

Lisle, IL

#14 Aug 27, 2008
I will give you a new baby being killed!! China Arnold out of Dayton Ohio is accused of putting her 28 day old baby girl in the microwave and killin her!!Its every where and theres nothing we can do about it and that makes me sick!!!
Lost Poet

Charleston, WV

#15 Aug 27, 2008
Concerned wrote:
I will give you a new baby being killed!!
I don't want one.
Lost Poet

Charleston, WV

#16 Aug 27, 2008
Concerned wrote:
China Arnold out of Dayton Ohio is accused of putting her 28 day old baby girl in the microwave and killin her!!Its every where and theres nothing we can do about it and that makes me sick!!!
That is so sick! I've read stories of mother's getting scared right after having the baby and killing it, and you ALMOST feel sympathy, but to wait 28 days.
Concerned

Lisle, IL

#17 Aug 27, 2008
Lost Poet wrote:
<quoted text>
That is so sick! I've read stories of mother's getting scared right after having the baby and killing it, and you ALMOST feel sympathy, but to wait 28 days.
It looks like to me that she is going to get off for doing this murder.What is up with our justice system?
Lost Poet

Charleston, WV

#18 Aug 27, 2008
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>It looks like to me that she is going to get off for doing this murder.What is up with our justice system?
If she didn't do it, it's either the baby sitter, husband, or one of the other siblings. But, I don't buy her story. If you have a 28 day old baby, I feel it's too young to be left with anyone other than family, but I can say "OK, maybe she absolutely had to go some place she couldn't take the baby", but what person who calls thereselves a parent wouldn't check on the newborn before going to bed?? If she doesn't atleast get neglect and someone else get murder charges, there is no justice here.
BIG SISTER

AOL

#19 Aug 27, 2008
i need all facts !!!! i need known fugitive charged with crime and the perpetrator that has yet to be identified i need the police agency that filed the charges and is there any photos available of the victim or the fugitives any where
big sister

AOL

#20 Sep 1, 2008
BIG SISTER wrote:
i need all facts !!!! i need known fugitive charged with crime and the perpetrator that has yet to be identified i need the police agency that filed the charges and is there any photos available of the victim or the fugitives any where
does anybody care? does anybody dare? are you that scared? i need help.

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