John Hodge Suciide/Murder?

John Hodge Suciide/Murder?

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Warrensburg, MO

#1 Jan 18, 2010
I am looking for information about an old "suicide" that may have possibly been a murder. The victims name was John Hodge and this most likely occured in the early 60's. Feel free to respond on this forum or privately email me at [email protected]

Since: Jan 10

Willow Springs, MO

#2 Jan 25, 2010
Moseeker, John didn't commit suicide. His death was considered an accident. They officially said he fell out of a tree stand during deer season, but I heard the original scanner broadcast and it was originally reported that there was a bullet wound. I only heard it once and then the official report was he fell from a tree stand. I went to high school with John in St. James. No one ever suggested he committed suicide that I'm aware of, however there were rumors that he was involved in a drug deal gone wrong made to look like an accident. And I don't remember the exact year, but it would have been between 1980 and 1983

Sullivan, MO

#3 Sep 22, 2011
The real story: This happened in 1987, and he was in the old cabin that he built for hunting purposes. According to the trooper on scene, he fell from the loft in the cabin and dead of a head injury. There have been many rumors over the years of a drug deal gone bad, out of state coke dealers and so on. To my knowledge it was a tragic accident.

Saint Clair, MO

#4 Sep 28, 2011

Clarksville, TN

#5 Dec 30, 2011
I heard his head injury was severe_more so than what could have happen had he fell. l believe he was murdered and there was a local cover-up. Y

Wentzville, MO

#6 Jan 2, 2012 guys can't even agree on what DECADE this happened in.....but your 'sources' convince you it was 'suspicious'? REALLY?!

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#7 Apr 19, 2012
it was the mid 80s,in a cabin near the south city limits of st james,it was behind our house. they said he was kneeling in the loft trying o fix speakers mounted under the loft. He fell and crushed his face. a friend came by and found him. no actual witness to him falling,they said it was an accident.

United States

#8 Jun 17, 2012
Everyone knows, it was aliens. ;)

United States

#9 Jan 10, 2017
My sister was a killed herself in 82 here in st james
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Wentzville, MO

#10 Jan 11, 2017
Yes it was in the eighties. Yes he did fall from his loft. Yes there were rumors of funny dealings and drug dealings. One other thing, there were 4 or 5 people die that year. Most of them had been known to mess with drugs. Nothing was ever proven in any of the cases. Ross Lenox, Gary Dillon, Elmer White ( X chief of police), Johnny Ridenhour and a guy name John Bell who died a few years later in Vegas. One of the main men involved was in prison or going to prison. I won't mention his name but I believe he's back in prison for drugs today.

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