Ronnie Johnson murder 1989

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Robert

Republic, MO

#1 Sep 24, 2010
Does anyone know anything about the murder of Ronnie A. Johnson in April of 1989. The whole town suspected it was a cover up and it probably was. It's been 21 years now and maybe it's been long enough for someone to want to talk. It was a horrific murder scene and police seemed to want to keep very hush hush about it until it all just went away. Fact or rumors or welcome. Just wanted to see if anyone knows anything.

“Sincerity is a dangerous thing”

Since: May 10

West Plains

#2 Sep 25, 2010
Never heard about this. Sounds pretty interesting. What's the story? Like, what happened?
I THINK

Forsyth, MO

#3 Sep 25, 2010
I beleave his wife and her dad killed him
well

Marthasville, MO

#4 Sep 25, 2010
I was friends with his daughter about the time this happened. I was too young then to realize what was going on but something was definitely different with that household. But I think it was drugs more than likely. Supposedly they found his body in pieces near Noblet lake. There wasn't any teeth or anything else to identify him at the time except for a tattoo. I always heard it was drug dealers. The reason no one cared to solve the case was because of his past.

Since: Sep 09

Hollister, MO

#5 Sep 25, 2010
I barely remember hearing about this. But I was only 9.
Robert

Republic, MO

#6 Sep 25, 2010
They found his body in pieces near noblet lake, but no one cared to ever solve the case because he had a bad past...This just sounds too fishy to me. Do you think it could have been a big cover up?? I could see not caring to solve it if it was just a gun shot or stabbing that killed him, but look at how his body was found..."in pieces." This just don't sound like something that a homicide investigation would say, "Well boys, I'd say he's dead. Lets wrap this one up."

Since: Sep 09

Hollister, MO

#7 Sep 25, 2010
So nobody was ever charged with the murder?
Robert

Republic, MO

#8 Sep 25, 2010
Nope. It seemed to be pretty much swept under the rug and forgotten about as soon as possible.
not surprising

Columbia, MO

#9 Sep 25, 2010
This doesn't sound surprising to me, and with the law just forgetting about the case and letting it go cold really shouldn't surprise anyone who knows about the law enforcement in rural missouri, drug thing, maybe, probably, but most druggies who commit such serious crimes aren't functioning at a high enough intellectual level at the time of the crimes to do things like remove the teeth, fingers or other body parts routinely used to identify a corpse, they don't take the time which things like that would require, they usually prefer something quick & simple so they can get & go, run and do their drugs, wouldn't surprise me if it was a family member, a friend or a couple bad cops, probably the later if this guy was known to be in the drugs, probably knew too much and was silenced & dismembered for identification purposes, tossed, then forgotten, case closed.
Kramer

United States

#10 Sep 25, 2010
If I remember correctly there is still a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction for the person(s) responsible. I think his brother put up the money. I can't recall his first name.
cdj

Ava, MO

#11 Sep 25, 2010
i most would like to know what happen to ronnie . the way his death was horrific.and mite say that think it was a family member but i know this not to be true cause i am ronnie bro do i think the law know's what happen to ronnie yes i do but like some one said this is rural Mo and we all know what that means maybe one day befor i'm to old we mite find out..
Robert

Republic, MO

#12 Sep 25, 2010
Cdj, I think that Gwj wants to know more than anyone. Heard that Gwj convinced a cold case detective to re-examine the case and this detective thought he may have uncovered enough information to 'crack the case wide open,' but was fired shortly afterwards. This was supposed to have all happened approximately a year ago. Why was the guy fired? Perhaps over something totally unrelated but I have my own speculations....but if you are really his brother then you already know who gwj is???
cdj

Ava, MO

#13 Sep 25, 2010
yes i do and it was more than a yr ago that all happen gwj and my self do want to know but like i said the law around here shut every thing down and they dont want this to go any where things we found and truned in now thay say that thay dont know what we are talking about so it sounds like you want to know as bad as we do maybe one day we al will know
Robert

Republic, MO

#14 Sep 25, 2010
Wow, cdj, I would like the chance to talk to you. Do you really live in Ozark? I talked to GWJ this evening on the phone and I'm suppose to call him again tomorrow. I'll get your number though him. To hell with them shutting everything down! It's a fucking small ass backwards town! They're not gonna cover there asses forever! Gwj mentioned a last name that started with an "M" to me who supposed to be involved. I'm so sick of this cover up.
cdj

Ava, MO

#15 Sep 25, 2010
yes about the name M and gary will give u my number if you ask this is not the only cover up in this town it's just one of many
Robert

Republic, MO

#16 Sep 25, 2010
West Plains is full of dirty little secrets, but this is the one I want to blow the lid off of. You said that the cold case detective that you and gwj talked to was more than a yr ago. So how long ago was it? Was EJ involved in this with you and gwj?
cdj

Ava, MO

#17 Sep 25, 2010
yes ej was and it was around5 yr's ago some times i think that the johnson should be like the old day and that is some thing west plains is not ready for the days that the law know's nothing of what we do but things get done
Robert

Republic, MO

#18 Sep 25, 2010
I like the way you think. I'll call you tomorrow or Monday. But you never answered if you live in Ozark or not. I'd like to visit you sometime if you do. You don't need to post any other personal info on here...just curious about if this is where you live. You'll know who I am when you hear from me.
cripes

West Plains, MO

#19 Sep 26, 2010
I had forgotten all about this! I hope this case would get closure. Awful to think that this perp is still out there unknown, possibly among us.
Robert

Republic, MO

#20 Sep 26, 2010
It's really an unsettling thought. You'd think police would want them off the street.

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