Not guilty plea logged in hammer death

Not guilty plea logged in hammer death

There are 14 comments on the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story from May 27, 2006, titled Not guilty plea logged in hammer death. In it, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports that:

The Ligonier woman who told police she killed her boyfriend with a hammer last weekend appeared in a Noble County court Friday to answer to a charge of murder.

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A mom in ligonier

Albion, IN

#1 Jun 13, 2006
And where is the rest of the story? He was abusive, controlling, a known rapist, drug addict, thief, was hiding from the police with 3 felony warrants, had 2 stolen trucks from the city of Fort Wayne and his mother delivered him camping and fishing gear and his children and then picked them up. Why isn't she being arrested for aiding and abiding a fugitive, or as an accessory to the charge of murder? A ligonier woman just got 60 days for hiding a fugitive. Could it be because he was a cops son and they didn't do their jobs and they are embarrassed. So they don't want anyone to know about his family helping him allude arrest. Christine had to fight for her life and the lives of her family because the cop community didn't do their jobs and pick him up one of their owns family. Does this mean that everyone should have a member on the force so we can do whatever we want. I think at this point I would be embarrassed to be related to a police officer in Indiana.
a friend of Rob

Baltimore, MD

#2 Jul 17, 2006
I am a criminal Justice Major. And for all of you thinking that rob was a bad person and bla bla bla i hate to tell you this he was a very nice and decent person. he loved life his family and his children. little do you all know his children have lost there father. but who cares about that right. well your all wrong. Christina needs to be put to death and or put threw the same things she put rob threw.... little do you all know if rob and his family were all bad people then why in the hell did that women leave her child with his mother. why if you all can tell me and his family this then please do explain. you are all trying to get greif for her. what about his daughters and family and friends that cared about him. she is gonna either get life or she gonna die. cause she messed up not saying that he raped her when she went to the police.......so deal with it.
JonnyPJohnston

South Bend, IN

#3 Jul 18, 2006
I will give you the fact that Rob was a good person, as long as he was not drinking or doing drugs. He and I drank together. Almost every time he did he would get very violent. The last time I saw him was around the middle of April. He needed some money and I gave it to him. I was under the impression that he was going to Florida for work. I distance myself because of his wild side. I went back to AA and he did go to a few meetings with me.

On the other side I knew Christine as well. She and I ate lunch together nearly every day while we were both working at Gulf Stream. She was a sweet person. This is not to justify anything that anyone has done. She was in the wrong and consequently should pay for her crime. I will miss Rob a great deal. He was a very good friend of mine.
terri

Frankfort, IL

#4 Jul 20, 2006
A mom in ligonier wrote:
And where is the rest of the story? He was abusive, controlling, a known rapist, drug addict, thief, was hiding from the police with 3 felony warrants, had 2 stolen trucks from the city of Fort Wayne and his mother delivered him camping and fishing gear and his children and then picked them up. Why isn't she being arrested for aiding and abiding a fugitive, or as an accessory to the charge of murder? A ligonier woman just got 60 days for hiding a fugitive. Could it be because he was a cops son and they didn't do their jobs and they are embarrassed. So they don't want anyone to know about his family helping him allude arrest. Christine had to fight for her life and the lives of her family because the cop community didn't do their jobs and pick him up one of their owns family. Does this mean that everyone should have a member on the force so we can do whatever we want. I think at this point I would be embarrassed to be related to a police officer in Indiana.
well in the first place if you want to go there about the mother you realy should look into the mirror, you hid the girl till she finally turned herself in after driving around talking to all her family first and taking a bath to get the blood off her. you kept his personal belongings from his mother what you didnt sell of his,your son,s are known as the outlaws of ligonier.
also robby never raped anyone. he did have a temper although your daughter who took a hammer to his head while he was sleeping didnt have even a bruse on her. she was hiding from her husband and trying to get rob to hurt him.and if his mom was so bad the night she murderd him his mom babysat her son.
terri

Frankfort, IL

#5 Jul 21, 2006
A mom in ligonier wrote:
And where is the rest of the story? He was abusive, controlling, a known rapist, drug addict, thief, was hiding from the police with 3 felony warrants, had 2 stolen trucks from the city of Fort Wayne and his mother delivered him camping and fishing gear and his children and then picked them up. Why isn't she being arrested for aiding and abiding a fugitive, or as an accessory to the charge of murder? A ligonier woman just got 60 days for hiding a fugitive. Could it be because he was a cops son and they didn't do their jobs and they are embarrassed. So they don't want anyone to know about his family helping him allude arrest. Christine had to fight for her life and the lives of her family because the cop community didn't do their jobs and pick him up one of their owns family. Does this mean that everyone should have a member on the force so we can do whatever we want. I think at this point I would be embarrassed to be related to a police officer in Indiana.
I noticed you didnt include your daughter with those trucks
true friend

Frankfort, IL

#6 Jul 21, 2006
JonnyPJohnston wrote:
I will give you the fact that Rob was a good person, as long as he was not drinking or doing drugs. He and I drank together. Almost every time he did he would get very violent. The last time I saw him was around the middle of April. He needed some money and I gave it to him. I was under the impression that he was going to Florida for work. I distance myself because of his wild side. I went back to AA and he did go to a few meetings with me.
On the other side I knew Christine as well. She and I ate lunch together nearly every day while we were both working at Gulf Stream. She was a sweet person. This is not to justify anything that anyone has done. She was in the wrong and consequently should pay for her crime. I will miss Rob a great deal. He was a very good friend of mine.
court ordered aa plus antibuse will clean you up jonny I just hope you stay clean
Ratliff Supporter

United States

#7 Jul 21, 2006
terri wrote:
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well in the first place if you want to go there about the mother you realy should look into the mirror, you hid the girl till she finally turned herself in after driving around talking to all her family first and taking a bath to get the blood off her. you kept his personal belongings from his mother what you didnt sell of his,your son,s are known as the outlaws of ligonier.
also robby never raped anyone. he did have a temper although your daughter who took a hammer to his head while he was sleeping didnt have even a bruse on her. she was hiding from her husband and trying to get rob to hurt him.and if his mom was so bad the night she murderd him his mom babysat her son.
For someone who thinks they know alot...you don't know sh**. Her mother did NOT hide her out. Her mother was not even in the same zip code let alone county that day. She wasn't hiding from her husband. You don't know anything that really happened that week. Just back off and let this ride out. It's not in your hands right now so walk away and quit running your mouth about what you don't know. Were you there? Just because he was good to you doesn't mean anything. Let the lawyers figure it out. What she did sucks. I don't condone it, but I still don't have any answers and she is my sister. So I don't see how you think you know everything. I know my sister very well and she is a good at heart. I probably feel about her the way you feel about Rob. There is an element of protection that presents itself when someone we care about is hurt. I have sat back and tried to just watch and see what people believe and what they think about her. It's a toss. 50/50. I love her and my natural response is to support her. Sh** got wierd. Nothing I can say about that. So let it go. She's where she is and he is where he is. Neither better off. I feel awful for his family. I really do. I think of them alot. What can I say to them that will make them feel better...nothing. I hate that. Families destroyed and NOBODY knows why. Don't jump to conclusions. You may have known Rob....but I knew my sister. She is my best friend. She is like my twin. She was a homemaker for 13 years before Rob came along. She raised 7 step-children and one of her own. She has never really dated before. She was with her husband since she was 17. So lay off for awhile, okay. You back down...we back down.... can we just call it a truce and just see what happens? Trashing either one of them is getting us nowhere. Rob was a human being...I get that. Everyday, I get that. I understand that you're in pain,but we all are, just recognize that. If there is something you're wanting form her family to make you feel better tell me. I don't know what I can do to to make you feel better about something that somebody else did. Does it make you feel better to know that my 11 year old daughter found this forum and has seen the horrible thing that people say? She asks why people are mean to each other when it is completely out of their hands. She asks about forgiveness, about moving on, about closure. Does it make it easier for me to tell you that I can't think of a single night in the last 2 months where I didn't fall asleep without this in my heart? I am trying to preserve a little dignity for my family. Please respect that. We are trying to heal just as you are. Please I will give you the respect for Rob that he was good to many. That I am glad that you have. I am sorry that I don't have those memories. I just have the ones where he was the way he was to Chrissy. The truth will come out. It always does. Can we just chill until the trial? Let the judge be the one who gets bottom of it. I don't think either you nor me is qualified right now. Peace, please.
true friend

Frankfort, IL

#8 Jul 22, 2006
Ratliff Supporter wrote:
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For someone who thinks they know alot...you don't know sh**. Her mother did NOT hide her out. Her mother was not even in the same zip code let alone county that day. She wasn't hiding from her husband. You don't know anything that really happened that week. Just back off and let this ride out. It's not in your hands right now so walk away and quit running your mouth about what you don't know. Were you there? Just because he was good to you doesn't mean anything. Let the lawyers figure it out. What she did sucks. I don't condone it, but I still don't have any answers and she is my sister. So I don't see how you think you know everything. I know my sister very well and she is a good at heart. I probably feel about her the way you feel about Rob. There is an element of protection that presents itself when someone we care about is hurt. I have sat back and tried to just watch and see what people believe and what they think about her. It's a toss. 50/50. I love her and my natural response is to support her. Sh** got wierd. Nothing I can say about that. So let it go. She's where she is and he is where he is. Neither better off. I feel awful for his family. I really do. I think of them alot. What can I say to them that will make them feel better...nothing. I hate that. Families destroyed and NOBODY knows why. Don't jump to conclusions. You may have known Rob....but I knew my sister. She is my best friend. She is like my twin. She was a homemaker for 13 years before Rob came along. She raised 7 step-children and one of her own. She has never really dated before. She was with her husband since she was 17. So lay off for awhile, okay. You back down...we back down.... can we just call it a truce and just see what happens? Trashing either one of them is getting us nowhere. Rob was a human being...I get that. Everyday, I get that. I understand that you're in pain,but we all are, just recognize that. If there is something you're wanting form her family to make you feel better tell me. I don't know what I can do to to make you feel better about something that somebody else did. Does it make you feel better to know that my 11 year old daughter found this forum and has seen the horrible thing that people say? She asks why people are mean to each other when it is completely out of their hands. She asks about forgiveness, about moving on, about closure. Does it make it easier for me to tell you that I can't think of a single night in the last 2 months where I didn't fall asleep without this in my heart? I am trying to preserve a little dignity for my family. Please respect that. We are trying to heal just as you are. Please I will give you the respect for Rob that he was good to many. That I am glad that you have. I am sorry that I don't have those memories. I just have the ones where he was the way he was to Chrissy. The truth will come out. It always does. Can we just chill until the trial? Let the judge be the one who gets bottom of it. I don't think either you nor me is qualified right now. Peace, please.
I am very sorry it took playing fire with fire to make someone realise just how hurtfull words can be we didnt start this foram. But will not set back and let them drag all the garbage up on half trues.
He has a family to and a mother that cries every day I will call a truce if the rest do.
Ratliff Supporter

United States

#9 Jul 22, 2006
true friend wrote:
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I am very sorry it took playing fire with fire to make someone realise just how hurtfull words can be we didnt start this foram. But will not set back and let them drag all the garbage up on half trues.
He has a family to and a mother that cries every day I will call a truce if the rest do.
Thank you.
Living

College Station, TX

#10 Aug 9, 2006
Take a moment and step back. Remember EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE. Taking another persons life was her choice. All the facts leading up to that moment no longer excist. Only because she made the CHOICE to take another human beings LIFE. EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE. Reporting the abuse to the police would have been my FIRST CHOICE. He made a choice. He chose to stay. He chose to sleep. She made the choice to go out for a moment and then chose to come back. She made the choice to take a hammer to his skull. She made the CHOICE to make sure he would no longer be able to take a breath. Remember, EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE. Only then do we have to deal with the consequences. LIFE IS A CHOICE.
Ratliff Supporter

United States

#11 Aug 9, 2006
Please, just stop.
Crystal Diehm

Kendallville, IN

#12 Sep 27, 2006
to jonny thank you for seeing both sides and caring for all concerned i met rob and sometimes he seemed nice enought but he was controling and abusive i saw marks on her alot twords the end i am sorry for his family but i am sorry for mine too i love my sister she did what she thought she had to i regreat that she had no other opptions that she could see i hope you all can sleep at night
Crystal Diehm

Kendallville, IN

#13 Sep 27, 2006
terri you wouldn't know the truth if it bit you a** clean off
you should go to jail for slander only a sick sadistic person would make up lies about a child to better there appearance of a desecrating monster i happen to know that it was robby's face plastered all over crime stoppers not the child you are referring to i just wish i had see it sooner when something could be done and my mother did not hide her we were in fort Wayne at the time and did not return until we got the phone call that she had already turned herself in so keep your lies to your self you don't know a thing about honesty or our family so you need to know the facts before you speak or type just because you are grieving doesn't give you the right to lie apparently you did not read the terms of service or you would start telling the truth and my mom tried several time with the police present to return sead property and his mom was a no show so get the facts first
she did it

Darien, IL

#14 Dec 4, 2006
yes she did guilty 20 years, do no less than 8

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