Roane County cold case unit

Nov 13, 2009 Full story: WVLT-TV Knoxville 19

The Roane County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help solving a cold case nearly 6 years old.

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One4Justice

Lenoir City, TN

#1 Nov 25, 2009
Are you serious these guys can't solve cases 6 days old let alone 6 years old what a laugh.
hey

Middlesboro, KY

#2 Dec 13, 2009
my grandfather used to own a restaurant in harriman..called charlie's..charles elam was his name..ended up being shot between the eyes..ruled a suicide..but he was seen with someone else not very long before he died..I think a police officer named henry tartar responded to the scene..anyways it was in 1970 when this happened..3 years before i was born..but it always sounded suspicious to me
sickoflawlessnes s

Elizabethtown, KY

#3 Mar 10, 2010
hey wrote:
my grandfather used to own a restaurant in harriman..called charlie's..charles elam was his name..ended up being shot between the eyes..ruled a suicide..but he was seen with someone else not very long before he died..I think a police officer named henry tartar responded to the scene..anyways it was in 1970 when this happened..3 years before i was born..but it always sounded suspicious to me
Hey! Just when you think you've heard it all...I'd like to hear more about this one, like where his restaurant was, and who he was with.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#4 Mar 12, 2010
Who knows what a suicidal person is thinking ??- However , suicide between the eyes ?? Usually it's to the side of the head , thru the mouth , or in the chest - Interesting story -
Hungry

Chattanooga, TN

#5 Mar 16, 2010
To One4Justice:

I have to disagree with you on this one. This detective is from a respected department and has 30 years of dedicated service. He has come to this area to try to bring closure to some of these cases. I admit there is a lot of unsolved cases here, and he will be busy for quite some time, but let's be positive and give him a chance. After all, he's not from here.
sickoflawlessnes s

Elizabethtown, KY

#6 Apr 3, 2010
I want to see them solve that murder of that woman out there on 58 Highway that was found burned at the dumpster. As a matter of fact, most of Roane County wants to see that solved. Maybe the old ex-gov Ray Blanton will keep his nose out of Roane County and stop covering crap like this up for some poor detective to come along and step in. It's pretty bad when crap like this goes all the way to the governor's office. How do they ever get it all shoveled out?
ONE4JUSTICE

Lenoir City, TN

#7 Apr 15, 2010
Okay I will give you that if he is not from here I will give him more than a shot I will put full faith and confidence in this man, also i should have clarified that it's not just the police dept. it is the people who make it hard to solve cases i am sorry.
Hungry wrote:
To One4Justice:
I have to disagree with you on this one. This detective is from a respected department and has 30 years of dedicated service. He has come to this area to try to bring closure to some of these cases. I admit there is a lot of unsolved cases here, and he will be busy for quite some time, but let's be positive and give him a chance. After all, he's not from here.
Night Crawler

Rockwood, TN

#8 Apr 24, 2010
I think you can't totally blame a police dept for not doing their jobs when people witness things but will not speak up. If it is out of fear or they just don't care . It doesn't make it easier for the police to try to solve cases when people will not speak out. We have alot of cases in Roane County that do go unsolved due to that fact. Alot of people want to know what has happened to their friends and family members. Until this happens to someone close to you. Then you will be more prone to speak out. On what you have been told or what you have seen.
house to house

Nashville, TN

#9 May 19, 2010
c'mon......too many BIG cases going unsolved.....all the law wants to do is put their energy into keeping things hush hush. i live in roane county and never heard about the lady the found by the dumpster until reading it on here. just like cheryl payne...i've asked soooo many roane county residents about her and no one seems to know about her going missing. you'd think that that law enforcement would have poster, billboards or even unsolved crimes listed on their website....but noooooo!! why the hell not?????
3 years later

Cranbury, NJ

#10 May 19, 2010
Drug probe leads to murder indictment:
http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x702344509 ...

"According to a Roane County Sheriff's Department press release, Sheriff's detectives and TBI agents followed leads generated from the drug investigation. During those investigations, they determined that Cofer and O'Neal were long time associates in O'Neal's drug business, and that Cofer was killed in order to protect O'Neal's drug operation.

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said specific information about the murder of Cofer would not be released, and some aspects of the case are still being investigated.

O'Neal is currently being held in the Blount County jail by the U.S. Marshal Service awaiting trial on his federal charges.

O'Neal will be sentenced on June 30, 2010 in Knoxville.
hey

Georgetown, KY

#11 Dec 25, 2010
sickoflawlessness wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey! Just when you think you've heard it all...I'd like to hear more about this one, like where his restaurant was, and who he was with.
My mom thinks it was between what was and as far as I know still is a shoe store on Roane Street(Edwards shoe store) and a store called "scrubs and more" which back then was a jewelry store. Anyways yes there was someone with him when my mother last saw him about 11:30P.M. Employees of his restaurant were having a party that night when she left. Some of the people my mom remembers being there that night were named trula, brenda noe, mary lou russell(or mary russell)..mary russell is the one who claimed that he told her he was going to kill himself..then she said that he did just that..she was the only one in the front part of the restaurant with him..all the other workers were in the back washing dishes and cleaning. It was never investigated. They just ruled it a suicide right then and there.
travis

Rockwood, TN

#12 Jan 9, 2011
hey wrote:
<quoted text>My mom thinks it was between what was and as far as I know still is a shoe store on Roane Street(Edwards shoe store) and a store called "scrubs and more" which back then was a jewelry store. Anyways yes there was someone with him when my mother last saw him about 11:30P.M. Employees of his restaurant were having a party that night when she left. Some of the people my mom remembers being there that night were named trula, brenda noe, mary lou russell(or mary russell)..mary russell is the one who claimed that he told her he was going to kill himself..then she said that he did just that..she was the only one in the front part of the restaurant with him..all the other workers were in the back washing dishes and cleaning. It was never investigated. They just ruled it a suicide right then and there.
Was there any evidence left now, did they take proper protocol, gun shot residue etc.
hey

Middlesboro, KY

#13 Jan 13, 2011
travis wrote:
<quoted text>Was there any evidence left now, did they take proper protocol, gun shot residue etc.
Well she was just 14 when this happened and doesn't know how they investigated, just that they ruled it suicide within hours if not quicker.
cmj2891

Kershaw, SC

#14 Jan 29, 2011
On the topic of cold cases.... Did anyone here know that a man named Bruce Davis once attended Roane County High School. I believe he was on the annual staff and participated heavily in school functions. This same guy was also a member of the Charles Manson gang, and was one of the lead suspects in the Zodiac murders. I know a few people who knew him and he did return from California to Kingston at one time. According to them, the last time they saw him, he had a Nazi swastika tattoed on his forehead and had completely changed since his attendance at RCHS. It would be interesting to know how many Kingston/Roane County cold cases exist from that time period. Maybe it's worth looking into???

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#15 Oct 20, 2011
3 years later wrote:
Drug probe leads to murder indictment:
http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x702344509 ...
"According to a Roane County Sheriff's Department press release, Sheriff's detectives and TBI agents followed leads generated from the drug investigation. During those investigations, they determined that Cofer and O'Neal were long time associates in O'Neal's drug business, and that Cofer was killed in order to protect O'Neal's drug operation.
Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said specific information about the murder of Cofer would not be released, and some aspects of the case are still being investigated.
O'Neal is currently being held in the Blount County jail by the U.S. Marshal Service awaiting trial on his federal charges.
O'Neal will be sentenced on June 30, 2010 in Knoxville.
Dear user from PA,

Per posts on topix.com , Boone Cofer's family rejects the deliberately false murder indictment filed against Ralph O'Neal by D.A. Russell Johnson in Roane County, TN who has an illegal grand jury foremant named Charles Snow.

Likewise, you appear to be a friend of one of these corrupt officials in RC or racist Det. Mynatt himself that would love to see this this black man hang as a result of a false murder charge since his trumped up drug charge was illegitimate and illegal based on the paperwork out of Washington D.C. showing David Lewen to be acting illegally in bringing down drug indictments in 2008.

You appear to be the same PA user with a prior user name "Anamoose" who was trying to also suggest to Travis's family that O'Neal murdered him? Travis' family also rejected your suggestion on topix.com , and they also say the real murderers of their family member is also walking free. Is this also a RC corruption issue where O'Neal get's falsely accused while RC officials allow the real murderer to walk free in exchange for favors and lies in court on other cases where the authorities "want to get someone"?

Who are you from PA? You appear to be connected to corrupt Roane County officials with your false murder allegation agenda on different forums on topix where you imply O'Neal had something to do with a murder, and the family of the murder victim throws your false allegation back at you like Travis' cousin did recently.

Your agenda is very very clear. Are you a friend of Kris or Casey Mynatt, Russell Johnson, David Lewen, Charles Snow or anyone that has signed any false indictments on O'Neal?

How many Roane County cold cases are really "cold". Boones' was never cold. RC officials appear to have known who the murderers were from the very beginning based on the evidence. So why is there a defendant falsely charged for 3 years and still waiting for a trial date? What's the hold up on this Roane County?

Incompetence and corruption by a bunch of good-ole-boys! That is the two main problems in Roane County Law Enforcement Agencies, D.A.'s Office, and courthouse. And that appears to be why we have not seen a trial date set for Boone's murder yet. These corrupt officials cannot try this case without exposing a lot of their corruption that would put them in jail if some outside investigation by legitimate and non-corrupt officials would look into the matter. Isn't it illegal to knowingly file false murder indictments and manufacture evidence intended to hang a black man when he killed no one. And the two murderers who did kill Boone are ones that the cops have been known to use for years snitching and... lying, as perhaps even killing for the cops.

Were any corrupt RC officials back 2007 responsible for the "hit" on Boone by Wright and McClure. Is that why they have not been arrested for this murder and are "above the law" while at the same time they are on the state's witness list against the man that was deliberately falsely accused of Boone's murder?

A number of RC locals have stated to me recently that "the law" is responsible for Boone's murder, and O'Neal just a fall guy.
heyhey

Knoxville, TN

#16 Oct 20, 2011
the trial supose to go to court in nov this year,and there is alot of witness that supose to be on that list.i hear that they dont want it to go to court is why it hasnt made it there yet.

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#17 Oct 20, 2011
heyhey wrote:
the trial supose to go to court in nov this year,and there is alot of witness that supose to be on that list.i hear that they dont want it to go to court is why it hasnt made it there yet.
The witness list is from the June 2009 false murder indictment. This witness list appears to be the "smoking gun" for this false indictment being knowingly and deliberately false. Therfore, the trial date keeps getting delayed because they appear to be trying find a way to make this 2009 witness list "work" for the false indictment.

I predict they will give up on it, and dismiss the charges. Otherwise, it appears those who signed the false indictment (Russell Johnson and Charlie Snow) have a lot of explaining to do.

Maybe some jail time is in order for some officials if they want to pursue deliberately false murder charges intended to cover up RC corruption in 2007 on the Faye Hampton and Boone Cofer murders, and the judicial wrongdoing on the 2008 drug charges on O'Neal that got him a life sentence in June 2011 by Judge Phillips after public defender Shope totally failed the defendant with ineffective counsel. Each appeared to have their own good-ole-boy agenda that have nothing to do with "justice" and "defense", respectively.

Who is Judge Phillips and Public Defender Shope? I intend to find out more about both of them, as well as the new attorney assigned to O'Neal by Judge Emblen. I smell and see rats all over the Boone Cofer and Faye Hampton murder cases. The corruption is one lie to cover up another lie.... things our mothers taught us... Any fool knows that it takes more lies to cover up past lies, and the future always has a place for exposing the lies from the past.

The best thing these corrupt officials could do would be to drop the false murder charges on O'Neal, and consider "time served" on the federal drug charge which was obtained with an illegal indictment based on the paperwork I have just received from Washington D.C. regarding David Lewen, the attorney responsible for that indictment. In other words, both indictment's brought against O'Neal are illegal. If they don't put a hit on him in jail, they will have to let him go. I fear that they might have him killed since they seem to hate this black man that much. Why do they hate him? I am studying that racism presently and will be reporting on it in the future if appropriate and necessary in protecting other residents from similar racism. It does appears to be a factor, and was also the case with a Knox County defendant named Kelso who is completely innocent and was thrown in jail because he refused to snitch and lie about other defendants. I have his story too, and it is very similar to the snitching/lying deals cops are using on defendants against each other that puts people in jail based on who the cops do or don't like. And they appear to like snitches and liars even if they are major drug traffickers and murderers. These are the ones that get short or no jail sentences, and/or reduced charges regardless of of what kind of threat they are to society. This includes innocent children in the community that are being exposed to known drug dealers and murderers because they "help" the cops with snitching and lying.

These false indictments are side splitting when looking at what the officials appear to be guilty of. I will not let this issue go if O'Neal dies in prison or is left in prison to die after what I have leaned about Roane County Corruption. I just don't understand where they get there arrogance and confidence. Higher state government? Hmmm, one has to wonder.





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filed while Russell Johnson and Chalie Snow knew that it was "false".
The Trouble Is

Harriman, TN

#18 Jan 9, 2014
Most of the cops in Roane County are political appointees, or patronage jobs if you will. Roane County is actually corrupt to it's core, the voting blocks are Masonic Lodges, Churches an both of the culminate at the Rescue Squad in Midtown.

The reason they can't solve a crime, unless it's totally obvious is because they are inept and spend most of their time covering up for the well connected.

The most corrupt and evil city by far in Roane County is Rockwood. They have put the innocent in prison to cover their own asses and have operated like one huge drug money laundering operations since the 1950's.

The Rockwood International Airport is basically useless except for a few raggedy ass planes operated by Free Masons and the rest are drug traffickers. The drug money has always been laundered through local "merchants" who rarely if ever had a customer darken their doorways.

The only good cops Rockwood ever had, they got rid of one way or the other. There were some brave men back in the early to mid 80's but they were driven out.

Rockwood still stands today as the most corrupt city in Roane County complete with its' Auto Chop shop of corporate scale, and it's drug trafficking and money laundering.

If you recall the "Battle of Athens" after WWII, the trash Athens drove out came to Rockwood and set up shop and the people were powerless to stop them. Irish trash from Athens along with some English trash set up roots and stayed.

One day God is going to get over it, flush the toilet and Rockwood will be gone forever.
see me now

Kingston, TN

#19 Jan 9, 2014
Sounds interesting. Can you give us names of the corrupt ones in Rockwood? I hear a lot about the airport, and know for a fact drugs come in and out of that place.

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