Townshend man kills self in front of police

Full story: Brattleboro Reformer

A Townshend man facing federal charges committed suicide Tuesday afternoon in the Windham County Sheriff's Department parking lot.
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geo

Burlington, VT

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Oct 30, 2008
 
So why did the police not search him for a weapon. He was involved in a standoff? They must have known he had a gun, no?
Ashamed to be a Vermonter

Little Rock, AR

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Oct 30, 2008
 
They never got to him to search for a weapon. He killed himself as they approached his vehicle.
Eddie

Holyoke, MA

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Oct 30, 2008
 
My fellow Entergy employee: Are you ashamed to be a Vermonter because of this event? If so, what should have been done differently?
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Cranston, RI

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Oct 31, 2008
 
geo wrote:
So why did the police not search him for a weapon. He was involved in a standoff? They must have known he had a gun, no?
If you re-read the paper, I think your mixing up the two incidents. When he shot himself he was still in the car. The police had not even gotten to him in the car yet.
XXX

Ellington, CT

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Oct 31, 2008
 
Good, there were witnesses. I feel for his family and his victims, but not him.

I am sure his supporters will sue the police for not stopping him. Get Boubolis and the mail man on it right away.(sarc)
The Brattleboro Informer

Florham Park, NJ

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Oct 31, 2008
 
Townshend man kills self in front of police.

Joseph Childs, doing the job the State of Vermontís criminal justice system refuses to do.
Steve

Bellows Falls, VT

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#7
Oct 31, 2008
 
Perhaps their chosen one AG will prosecute the PD for not knowing he was dangerous, after all he was in their parking lot. Oh... if she has time from her other State's pressing business of prosecuting Bush... OMG only in Vermont where it's Halloween year round!!

http://www.charlottedennettforattorneygeneral...
Go Forward Not Back

Templeton, MA

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Oct 31, 2008
 
The Brattleboro Informer wrote:
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You're not a Brattleboro informer. You're not a Brattleboro anything. And you have no information to inform with. So you're neither.
Linda Brown

Fountain City, WI

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Oct 31, 2008
 
He did the right thing finally. Sounds like he was a loser his entire life and one less child molester on this planet suits me and he knew going up on fed charges, that he was going to get some serious time and he also knew he would probably end up living in PC as most snappers end up there, which means lockdown 23 hours a day. I just wish he had stayed home and did it instead of at WCSD. But I think all child molesters rapists, and killers should be dead, so I lose no sleep when one of them either offs themselves or gets taken out, I actually celebrate!! I feel for his family, I am not that hard core, they too are victims of him as well, they have to live down the fact that he was warped, a twisted, POS, and he committed suicide ,and his poor mother had to see that, just shows how little he cared about others, and his last moment on earth was a selfish one.
MOTHER

West Springfield, MA

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Oct 31, 2008
 
YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MY SON...UNTIL YOU WALK IN someone elses shoes MIND YOUR OWN BUSSINESS....
Linda Brown wrote:
He did the right thing finally. Sounds like he was a loser his entire life and one less child molester on this planet suits me and he knew going up on fed charges, that he was going to get some serious time and he also knew he would probably end up living in PC as most snappers end up there, which means lockdown 23 hours a day. I just wish he had stayed home and did it instead of at WCSD. But I think all child molesters rapists, and killers should be dead, so I lose no sleep when one of them either offs themselves or gets taken out, I actually celebrate!! I feel for his family, I am not that hard core, they too are victims of him as well, they have to live down the fact that he was warped, a twisted, POS, and he committed suicide ,and his poor mother had to see that, just shows how little he cared about others, and his last moment on earth was a selfish one.
MOTHER

West Springfield, MA

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Oct 31, 2008
 
YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MY SON. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
Steve wrote:
Perhaps their chosen one AG will prosecute the PD for not knowing he was dangerous, after all he was in their parking lot. Oh... if she has time from her other State's pressing business of prosecuting Bush... OMG only in Vermont where it's Halloween year round!!
http://www.charlottedennettforattorneygeneral...
MOTHER

West Springfield, MA

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Oct 31, 2008
 
YOU know nothing about my son.. Mind your own business.
XXX wrote:
Good, there were witnesses. I feel for his family and his victims, but not him.
I am sure his supporters will sue the police for not stopping him. Get Boubolis and the mail man on it right away.(sarc)
MOTHER

West Springfield, MA

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#13
Oct 31, 2008
 
THERE WAS NO STANOFF...... The police called me to get him to the phone... How do you have a standoff when he was in bed in his bedroom, sleeping, until I called and I told him to put the phone down, put his hands behind his head and walk to the door. WHICH he did. I was on the phone, YOU WERE NOT THERE. He politely said "Yes,Sir" to the officers. I HAVE WITNESSES TO THESE FACTS.. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
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If you re-read the paper, I think your mixing up the two incidents. When he shot himself he was still in the car. The police had not even gotten to him in the car yet.
MOTHER

West Springfield, MA

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Oct 31, 2008
 
MIND YOUR OWN Business.......
Eddie wrote:
My fellow Entergy employee: Are you ashamed to be a Vermonter because of this event? If so, what should have been done differently?
Linda Brown

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Oct 31, 2008
 
Well Mother I was trying to be nice, now I could care less how you feel! Mind my own business? Your son was a pedophile, the lowest of the low, anyone who can sexually abuse a child, have child porn in their possession is a twisted POS and we all know he molested that nine year old girl regardless of whether or not the state charges were dropped and you can live in denial all you want, I loathe with every part of me anyone who harms an innocent child, especially when they sexually assault them, they have to live with that fact for their entire lives and some people never get past it, they often end up substance abusers, they have mental health issues and some of them commit suicide because they can't live with the pain and you have the gall to tell me to mind my own business?? Your son did a selfish act, he took himself out because HE did not want to go to jail, all about him right to the end so forgive me if I don't give one crap less that he is dead!!!!
Sister

Birdsboro, PA

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#16
Nov 1, 2008
 
Dear Mother, You are not my mother but I know what you are going through. Please accept my sympathy for your loss and the way the state treated you and your son, and the way they would have treated you in the future. Young men like your son are losing their rights all over this country because we can't find a pill or a program that solves the complex problem of sexual offenders. One day people like your son will have advocates, the same as alcoholics do now. Dear Mother, I hope you can live with what youíve seen. Unfortunately your sonís actions saved you and him from a long protracted hell on earth, because as a sex offender, his life was over anyway. He was very brave to take the action he took. I hope it helps you a little to know that. I am the sister of a sex offender, in the eyes of the law anyway, and I watched my brother die a slow death at the hands of the state. To the insensitive people who commented I say try walking in the shoes of the marginalized and demonized before you decide if the punishments we are handing out to these offenders really fits the crime, or if it isnít one more time in our history where we are forcing a whole group of people to live less than human lives.
Vermontis

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#17
Nov 1, 2008
 
At this point, whatever Joesph may have owed..he's paid. Let it go now.
Anne

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Nov 1, 2008
 
Sad, very sad. ALL of it.....
perceptive vermonter

Westfield, MA

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Nov 2, 2008
 
To all the people who feel they have the right to criticize another human being, ask yourself if you know everything about what has happened to that person. Do you know if there was something done to this criminal/victim to help create the person whom they have become? Do you know this person was not a victim themselves who did not receive help for the act that victimized THEM? Do you know anything about this man's life,.....I think not. You DO NOT know of the difficulties and suffering that this man when through himself. Does this excuse the actions taken, no. However, it is long past time to begin trying to take care of the reasons why people do these things.

It is now time to examine how we are raising our children, how our society supports our children and ourselves toward raising healthy children (emotionally, physically, educationally, etc.) and determine whether what we are doing is working or if changes are due.

If you are not happy with people like him committing the crime he did or even worse crimes committed by many others, you should be arguing for change for our childrens' sake and ours as well.

This was a horrible thing for him to do but now it is time to work together to move forward toward prevention and a better, healthier society. If you are unsatisfied with the occurrence of these crimes, go out and do something to benefit society, volunteer, call child services if you suspect abuse, etc. Don't just complain about how other people/victims have behaved horribly.
Russell

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Nov 2, 2008
 
Spare me this "poor victim" garbage. The victim was the little girl. Good riddance, loser!!!

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