Information About Murdered P&G Executive Decades Ago

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mbegley

Dayton, OH

#1 Feb 19, 2008
Can anyone remember any details about the murder of a Proctor & Gamble executive several decades ago?(70's or 80's, I think)
The perpetrator was running around Newport claiming to be a warlock or something. I think it was later revealed that he had been having "relations" with the exec.

Names, dates, newspaper articles, or just a hint where I can get more detailed information would be greatly appreciated.
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#2 Feb 19, 2008
Did the warlock get arrested for it?
mbegley

Dayton, OH

#3 Feb 19, 2008
Yes, the young man was arrested and confessed to the crime. I'm not sure if he was convicted of manslaughter, murder, or found innocent by reason of insanity. The case made headlines at the time but I can't remember what year the crime occured.
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#4 Feb 19, 2008
Do you know what city/town it happened in? I seem to remember something like that happening in Mason, but I can't remember the name.
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#5 Feb 19, 2008
Is this it?

West Chester man shot nine times in home

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Police don't expect to solve homicide quickly

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer
UNION TOWNSHIP — Police in this Butler County community said Saturday that a Procter & Gamble researcher found dead in his home was shot seven times in the head and twice in the chest with a small-caliber gun.

WEST CHESTER POLICE GUARD THE HOME OF GEORGE GIBSON
(Ernest Coleman photos)
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The body of George Gibson, 47, a veterinarian, was found at his home by police who responded at 12:32 p.m. Friday. Two pet Bernese mountain dogs also had been shot to death.

Mr. Gibson lived in a modest, two-story cedar home at the end of a gravel lane off Tylersville Road in the Maud area between Interstate 75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road, 22 miles north of Cincinnati.

Police went to the home after receiving a call from a P&G employee who said Mr. Gibson had not reported for work Friday morning at the company's Miami Valley Laboratories in Colerain Township.

Police said the victim's wife, Paige Smith, also a P&G veterinarian, was in New York on Friday. She was brought to the scene by detectives Saturday afternoon to walk through the house and grounds to help determine whether anything was missing or appeared unusual. She flew back from New York on Friday night after being notified of her husband's death.

Police said the couple have no children.

Paige Smith arrives at her home with West Chester Police Detective Mike Quinn
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The suburban home backs into woods. A basketball backboard and hoop and well-tended garden sit along the asphalt driveway.

The Rev. Wallace Marshall, retired pastor of the West Chester Wesleyan Church, lives at the corner of Tylersville Road and the gravel lane. He said Mr. Gibson and his wife attended Sunday services at the church, which was within walking distance of their home.

“They're very quiet people,” he said.“At Christmas, we'd exchange cards or little gifts, but I did not know them really well. If I was outside working on my car or something, they'd stop and talk.”

“We are not going to discuss suspects. We have no suspects,” Assistant Police Chief Capt. John Bruce said.“We spent 10 hours collecting evidence Friday and we have a lot of evidence to sift through.

“We are trying to protect all the evidence we can at this point. I wish I was more comfortable with this. There are cases where I've said we'd have (an arrest) in 24 hours. I can't say that about this one.”

A FAMILY PHOTO OF GEORGE GIBSON AND ONE OF HIS DOGS.
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Capt. Bruce discounted a broadcast report that a neighbor may have heard related gunshots Wednesday. P&G security records show Mr. Gibson reported for work Thursday.

Police also released a broad time frame for the shooting — between the time when Mr. Gibson left work at about 5 p.m. Thursday and when his body was discovered by officers Friday.

Mr. Gibson and his wife worked at Procter & Gamble's Woods Corners facility in Norwich, N.Y., a pharmaceutical research center, before being transferred to this area, said Sue Dietrich, a spokeswoman for the facility. He worked there for at least 10 years, she said. Police said the couple have lived here about two years.

Mr. Gibson was a scientist in the drug assessment safety organization. His wife is a scientist at the health care research center, said Linda Ulrey, P&G spokeswoman.

Capt. Bruce declined to say where in the house Mr. Gibson's body was found.

Police are investigating a possible break-in in a recreation room. He also declined to say whether one or more than one person appeared to have killed Mr. Gibson.
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#6 Feb 19, 2008
If this is the one you're referring to, according to the link below, it's still an unsolved homicide. No mention of warlocks or vampires.

http://dennislathamfiction.blogspot.com/2007/...
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#7 Feb 19, 2008
West Chester man shot nine times in home
----------
Police don't expect to solve homicide quickly

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer
UNION TOWNSHIP — Police in this Butler County community said Saturday that a Procter & Gamble researcher found dead in his home was shot seven times in the head and twice in the chest with a small-caliber gun.

WEST CHESTER POLICE GUARD THE HOME OF GEORGE GIBSON
|
The body of George Gibson, 47, a veterinarian, was found at his home by police who responded at 12:32 p.m. Friday. Two pet Bernese mountain dogs also had been shot to death.

Mr. Gibson lived in a modest, two-story cedar home at the end of a gravel lane off Tylersville Road in the Maud area between Interstate 75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road, 22 miles north of Cincinnati.

Police went to the home after receiving a call from a P&G employee who said Mr. Gibson had not reported for work Friday morning at the company's Miami Valley Laboratories in Colerain Township.

Police said the victim's wife, Paige Smith, also a P&G veterinarian, was in New York on Friday. She was brought to the scene by detectives Saturday afternoon to walk through the house and grounds to help determine whether anything was missing or appeared unusual. She flew back from New York on Friday night after being notified of her husband's death.

Police said the couple have no children.

Paige Smith arrives at her home with West Chester Police Detective Mike Quinn

The suburban home backs into woods. A basketball backboard and hoop and well-tended garden sit along the asphalt driveway.

The Rev. Wallace Marshall, retired pastor of the West Chester Wesleyan Church, lives at the corner of Tylersville Road and the gravel lane. He said Mr. Gibson and his wife attended Sunday services at the church, which was within walking distance of their home.

“They're very quiet people,” he said.“At Christmas, we'd exchange cards or little gifts, but I did not know them really well. If I was outside working on my car or something, they'd stop and talk.”

“We are not going to discuss suspects. We have no suspects,” Assistant Police Chief Capt. John Bruce said.“We spent 10 hours collecting evidence Friday and we have a lot of evidence to sift through.

“We are trying to protect all the evidence we can at this point. I wish I was more comfortable with this. There are cases where I've said we'd have (an arrest) in 24 hours. I can't say that about this one.”


Capt. Bruce discounted a broadcast report that a neighbor may have heard related gunshots Wednesday. P&G security records show Mr. Gibson reported for work Thursday.

Police also released a broad time frame for the shooting — between the time when Mr. Gibson left work at about 5 p.m. Thursday and when his body was discovered by officers Friday.

Mr. Gibson and his wife worked at Procter & Gamble's Woods Corners facility in Norwich, N.Y., a pharmaceutical research center, before being transferred to this area, said Sue Dietrich, a spokeswoman for the facility. He worked there for at least 10 years, she said. Police said the couple have lived here about two years.

Mr. Gibson was a scientist in the drug assessment safety organization. His wife is a scientist at the health care research center, said Linda Ulrey, P&G spokeswoman.

Capt. Bruce declined to say where in the house Mr. Gibson's body was found.

Police are investigating a possible break-in in a recreation room. He also declined to say whether one or more than one person appeared to have killed Mr. Gibson.
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#8 Feb 19, 2008
Oops, didn't mean to do that twice.

According to the link below, it's still unsolved. No mention of warlocks or vampires.

http://dennislathamfiction.blogspot.com/2007/...
mbegley

Dayton, OH

#9 Feb 19, 2008
Hmm, thanks for the reply but that isn't the crime I'm thinking of. The executive was unmarried and was a high level VP in his company. I don't know exactly where the crime occured but I think it happened in Cincinnati. The perpetrator was from Northern Ky and was arrested there. The exec was alledged to have promised the young man special powers in exchange for certain "favors" (I'm trying not to be too explicit here). This made headlines but because of the exec's position the whole the whole thing seemed to get swept under the rug after a few days.
Hmm

Louisville, KY

#10 Feb 19, 2008
Sorry I couldn't help you. That's the only one I could think of.
Kathleen

Hamilton, OH

#11 Apr 29, 2010
mbegley wrote:
Can anyone remember any details about the murder of a Proctor & Gamble executive several decades ago?(70's or 80's, I think)
The perpetrator was running around Newport claiming to be a warlock or something. I think it was later revealed that he had been having "relations" with the exec.
Names, dates, newspaper articles, or just a hint where I can get more detailed information would be greatly appreciated.
Tonight, 04/28/10 Cincinnati channel 12 had a special on it. It occurred ten years ago, so it would have been in 2000. They say that the murder was personal and that the murderer left finger prints and DNA with they now have the technology to examine. There was no reference top any suspect as you refer to. I think they believe it has something to do with someone he was seeing that he met on a chat line. All I know is what channel 12 said, but I do remember when the murder occurred as a lesson NOT to get involved with any chat line. It could be dangerous!!! His widow is offering 10K reward for information leading to an arrest
Kathleen

Hamilton, OH

#12 Apr 29, 2010
OOPs I didn't read all of the threads before I wrote. I only know of that P&G exec. I am sure the local police records could help you.
mbegley

Middletown, OH

#13 Jul 17, 2010
Thanks for the reply, Kathleen. The crime I'm referring to definitely happened in the latter '70s or early '80s, but I appreciate the tip. Was just wondering if I could get access to police records.
Maybe this is it

AOL

#14 Jul 17, 2010
Was the P&G executive name, Donald Cerniak, he was killed by a Covington KY 19yr old named Thomas Turner in August 1981, with a hammer.

He said he had seen the "devil" and was a witch. Was charged with murder and robbery.

He was convicted in January of 1982 and paroled in October of 2008. You can see his info at website: Ohio department of rehabilitation and correction. Offender number A166454.

Also the Hamilton County Library in Cincinnati has newspaper articles on story.
mbegley

Middletown, OH

#15 Aug 17, 2010
@Maybe this is it... That's it! Thanks so much for your reply and the info. My original post was 2 1/2 years ago, so I had almost given up any hope of getting information about this. Next step is to visit Hamilton County Library archive as you suggested. It's ironic that I called them yesterday, to ask about their archives on an unrelated matter. You have probably saved me weeks of research, since I wasn't even sure in what decade the crime occured. Thanks again!
I Know Him

West Chester, OH

#16 Aug 17, 2010
mbegley wrote:
@Maybe this is it... That's it! Thanks so much for your reply and the info. My original post was 2 1/2 years ago, so I had almost given up any hope of getting information about this. Next step is to visit Hamilton County Library archive as you suggested. It's ironic that I called them yesterday, to ask about their archives on an unrelated matter. You have probably saved me weeks of research, since I wasn't even sure in what decade the crime occured. Thanks again!
MBegley: Contact me at lavaplains@aol.com ... I can enlighten you ...
Library

Lexington, KY

#17 Aug 18, 2010
I would definetly try the HC Library. Mbegley, you have peaked my interest, I might have to do my own research on this.
Don was my friend

Darien, IL

#18 Sep 27, 2010
mbegley wrote:
@Maybe this is it... That's it! Thanks so much for your reply and the info. My original post was 2 1/2 years ago, so I had almost given up any hope of getting information about this. Next step is to visit Hamilton County Library archive as you suggested. It's ironic that I called them yesterday, to ask about their archives on an unrelated matter. You have probably saved me weeks of research, since I wasn't even sure in what decade the crime occured. Thanks again!
MBegley:Contact me at bob.klafeta@gmail.com. He stood up for my wedding and would be interested in any feedback you could give me. Thanks for keeping the memory of Don alive.
Dan Cope

Florence, KY

#20 May 9, 2013
mbegley wrote:
Can anyone remember any details about the murder of a Proctor & Gamble executive several decades ago?(70's or 80's, I think)
The perpetrator was running around Newport claiming to be a warlock or something. I think it was later revealed that he had been having "relations" with the exec.
Names, dates, newspaper articles, or just a hint where I can get more detailed information would be greatly appreciated.
I was one of the two arresting officers from Covington, Ky. after commiting the murder, turner drove back to covington and deposited his bloody clothes in a dumpster on Scott st. this was a homosexual/witchcraft initiation murder. if you need more write me at ddcope@hotmail.com

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