Shootings suspect well-known to offic...

Shootings suspect well-known to officials

There are 44 comments on the Star Tribune story from Aug 5, 2006, titled Shootings suspect well-known to officials. In it, Star Tribune reports that:

Samuel John Dieteman, one of two men arrested Thursday in the so-called Serial Shooter case in the Phoenix area, was a frequent visitor to the criminal justice system in southern and central Minnesota in the ...

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louise west

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Oct 29, 2006
samuel dieteman would never hurt anyone/ hes a good kid/ i know him like my own kids/ i think that other guy was into bad things befor he knew sam/ he knew sam was down and out so he used sam/ i wish sam had came back home/ i love him like my own son/ louise west stpeter minnesota
Yes but

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Oct 29, 2006
louise west wrote:
samuel dieteman would never hurt anyone/ hes a good kid/ i know him like my own kids/ i think that other guy was into bad things befor he knew sam/ he knew sam was down and out so he used sam/ i wish sam had came back home/ i love him like my own son/ louise west stpeter minnesota
I'm sure "He was just turning his life around" when he started to murder people. I am glad he did not come back, because then he would of been living in your house, and murdering people in Minnesota. You might want to check on what your "own" children are up to as you are a VERY bad judge of people.
louise west

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Nov 4, 2006
i am not a bad judge of people/ i know what my own kids r up to thank you/ if you dont know sam dont judge him ok/ you dont know my kids so please dont say things about thim / maybe you r not a nice person/ thank you/ LW
Mike

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Nov 5, 2006
Found this in the east vally trib. AZ.
"August 4, 2006
Before Samuel John Dieteman became a suspect in a nationally known shooting spree, he'd been arrested for things as petty as theft and property damage. Along with shoplifting. Driving while drunk. Marijuana possession. Assault. Failing to appear in court. The list includes 37 encounters with police and that's in Mankato, Minn., alone.
The 30-year-old tried to leave his troubles behind by moving to Arizona in his early 20s, said Melissa Dieteman, a half-sister who lives in nearby Crystal Lake, Minn. Melissa's father visited Samuel Dieteman in October and saw that his son had a job at a bar. The younger Dieteman gave the impression that he had moved beyond a stage in his life marred by drug abuse and physical violence, Melissa said.

"He must have put on a good show," Melissa Dieteman said Friday after hearing of her brother's arrest.
Samuel Dieteman married a girl he dated in high school in Minnesota and they had at least one child, Melissa said.

They divorced after moving to Phoenix. Court records show he has owed $1,382 in child support since March 2002.

Dieteman wasn't close to his family, by his own choice. His father, Scott Dieteman, traveled to Arizona for his son's birthday in October but Melissa Dieteman said her brother made it difficult for family to keep in touch.

"I think he thought my dad didn't love him," Melissa Dieteman said. "My dad cares about him."

The 22-year-old Melissa last saw Samuel Dieteman in December 1997. A few years later, she wanted her brother to come to Minnesota for her high school graduation. He didn't go.
Dieteman's criminal past includes disorderly conduct, drunken driving and check forgery while he lived in south central Minnesota for most of the 1990s. One home was in Mankato, a city of 31,000. The other was just to the north, St. Peter, a town of 9,700 that boasts being the home of five former Minnesota governors.

In Arizona, he was convicted of shoplifting in Glendale earlier this year. He failed to pay a fine and has had a warrant for his arrest since May 17".
louise west

Faribault, MN

#5 Jul 4, 2007
samuel john dieteman was close to his mother she was the one that took care of him / i never knew sam to speak of his dad but i guess he talked about him to my kids because they grew up like brothers sam stayed at my home i never had any trouble with him he was a happy kid that loves his mother very much so he got into petty crime most kids do that dont make him a killer i will never beleave sam did that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time/ i dont understand how he can be charge with it /and what about the walmart story just because he was in there maybe he was just shopping that dont make him a fire starter /louise west st peter minnesota
Melissa Dieteman- NOT sis

United States

#6 Aug 2, 2007
I am also named Melissa Dieteman, how ever I am not directly related to the Minnesota Dietemans. I am fascinated to learn that a Dieteman was a serial shootest in Arizona and that the man's sister is of my same name! Can anyone offer more info on this family? Thanks.
LOUISE WEST

United States

#7 Aug 8, 2007
IF YOU ARENT RELATED TO THE SAM DIETEMAN WHY DO YOU WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THEM? I KNOW SAM AND HIS FAMILY.BUT I NEVER WOULD GIVE OUT INFO ABOUT THEM. THEY HAVE A LOT ON THERE PLATE THEY DONT NEED ANYMORE B S FROM ANYONE/ THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE/AND I WILL NEVER BELEAVE SAM DONE THAT/ LOUISE WEST ST PETER MN
rake iowa

Forest City, IA

#8 Aug 16, 2007
there is not a full story on this
danielle

United States

#9 Feb 6, 2008
i know he would never hurt anyone. he is the best dad ever. i hope none of you believe any of that.
Anonymous

Mankato, MN

#10 Feb 21, 2008
Thank you!
LOUISE WEST wrote:
IF YOU ARENT RELATED TO THE SAM DIETEMAN WHY DO YOU WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THEM? I KNOW SAM AND HIS FAMILY.BUT I NEVER WOULD GIVE OUT INFO ABOUT THEM. THEY HAVE A LOT ON THERE PLATE THEY DONT NEED ANYMORE B S FROM ANYONE/ THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE/AND I WILL NEVER BELEAVE SAM DONE THAT/ LOUISE WEST ST PETER MN
louise west

Mankato, MN

#11 Mar 14, 2008
i know your dad would not hurt anyone i am glad you beleave in him because he is a good person/ i him you stick by your dad and dont beleave all the lies they are saying about him/ i beleave in him/
annoymous

Edgerton, WI

#12 Apr 17, 2008
Hey Louis, I know you and your sons. From awhile back. I also know Sam it is very hard to belive that he would do such a thing. That is not the Sam I know. The Sam I knew was happy joking around. Just having a good time. I wanted better for Sam than all of this. This just sucks. My prayers go out to his family and child and all that has been effected by this. God bless
louise west

Mankato, MN

#13 Apr 26, 2008
hay annoymous/ thank you i know sam was always a happy person and its hard i pray things work out for him i want to thank you so very much for writting such nice things about him / i wish he had came back home my son ask him to but he said he was going to stay there for awhile i pray to god he dont get death / again ty /
louise west

Mankato, MN

#14 May 8, 2008
I DO UNDERSTAND HOW THE FAMILEYS FEEL BECAUS I TOO HAVE LOST FAMILY TO A SERIAL KILLER BACK IN THE 70S IF ANYONE WANT TO READ ABOUT IT JUST TYPE IN PEEWEE GASKINS IT HAPPEN IN S C ITS NOT A GOOD FEELING I KNOW HOW ALL OF YOU FEEL /AND I AM SO SORRY FOR ALL THE FAMILYS THIS HAPPEN TOO I PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU/ ITS NOT A GOOD FEELING /LOUISE WEST
anonymous

Edgerton, WI

#15 May 17, 2008
hey louise it's me agian. Your very welcome. I pray for Sam also. I miss him being around also. I wish he could come back. Sometimes I just lye awake at night just thinking of him and the times we had shared together. I am so torn. My heart is broken. I wished he never left. I wish whatever happened in phenniox never happened. It is a night mare for me. I cared for and I loved Sam alot with all my heart. I wished better for him. If people don't want to believe this or not this is not the Sam I knew. He made me feel safe and loved. i just can't believe this is happening. I am so numb and saddened by this whole thing. I wish I could talk with him. I want him to know that my heart gose out to him and I think of him often. God Bless until next time.
louise west

Mankato, MN

#16 May 27, 2008
thank you anonymous for all the kind words i miss him too if you want his address email me at [email protected] and i will be happy to send it to you/ i write to him and i am sure he would love getting letters from you he is a good person i dont care what they write or say about him/ hes like my own kid /i wish for better things for him and i also wish he had came back home/ again ty/ louise west st peter
tammy

Rochester, MN

#17 Jul 6, 2008
i know that some of the stories i was told was told by the person on the other end of his rage, but since i was also there during some of the things this man has done, ive know him since he was 17 and trust me i wish i didn't think he could do this but i feel he is capable of it and would not doubt he had an active role in this. was looking to hear where the trial for him was at. for his girls i hope this gets settled soon. sorry mary if your reading this.
LOUISE WEST

New York, NY

#18 Jul 9, 2008
MARY AND SAM HAVE A LOT ON THERE PLATE I DONT THINK SHE NEED SO CALL FRIENDS PUTTING BAD THINGS ABOUT HER SON SAM ON THE INTERNET/ IF YOU CANT SAY GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL/ THAT REALLY MAKES ME MAD BECAUSE MOST OF YOU PEOPLE DONT EVEN KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SAM ONLY WHAT YOU READ ON THE DAM NET/ YOU KNOT KNOW THE REAL STORY SO BACK OFF/ LOUISE ST PETER MN
kenny hale

Rogers, MN

#19 Nov 1, 2008
louise west is my mother and i knew sam growing up, he was my brothers' best friend. everyone of us got into some trouble when we were growing up and i agree that getting into trouble doesn't make you a murderer unless of course you don't change your life around before you sink to that level. i for one can't sit back and say that same absolutely did not do these things and if my mother could be honest with herself, neither can she say that with certainty. every human being is capable of murder, it's as old as cain and abel. Jesus Christ said that men's hearts are deceitfully wicked. unless a person is living their life fully devoted to Christ, then they are capable of all kinds of evil. i wish sam wouldn't have done these things but there is still hope for his soul if he will repent and follow Christ.

Since: Dec 08

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#20 Dec 15, 2008
LOUISE WEST wrote:
MARY AND SAM HAVE A LOT ON THERE PLATE I DONT THINK SHE NEED SO CALL FRIENDS PUTTING BAD THINGS ABOUT HER SON SAM ON THE INTERNET/ IF YOU CANT SAY GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL/ THAT REALLY MAKES ME MAD BECAUSE MOST OF YOU PEOPLE DONT EVEN KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SAM ONLY WHAT YOU READ ON THE DAM NET/ YOU KNOT KNOW THE REAL STORY SO BACK OFF/ LOUISE ST PETER MN
It is sweet you think defending this man and his family is really doing any good. But honestly Louise, you have NO right to tell people what they should or should not write. This is a public forum for peoples "opinions" and they can say anything they please whether you agree with it or not.

It is clear you have known this man for a very long time, however, you are obviously in denial as you think he is incapable of these crimes. In one post you say the other person influenced him... are you serious? He is a grown man and looks and sounds to me like he was NO innocent man what so ever with all of the crimes he has been convicted of. Just because he was sweet around you and possibly a happy person who loved his mother in no way means he is not capable of murder.

In my "opinion", he needs to remain in jail for eternity just based on the previous number of charges he has had. America has enough criminals running around and getting cut lose on a daily basis, I say keep this one while you have him and don't let him go. His kids can still visit him in jail.

And as for your comments on his family not needing anymore grief or not needing to read bad things said about their son/family member. Well, they should probably not get on a public forum and read post regarding the crimes their son/family member has been accused of if they don't want to see negative feedback. It is in no way my job nor anyone elses job to hold our thoughts or opinions just because someone "might" read it. His family can not honestly think people see him as innocent or that people in anyway like him for what he has done in the past or may have done this time.

Signed,
Sick and tired of people walking around with blinders on, thinking they can control the world.

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