Ronnie Johnson murder 1989
tiny dancer

Springfield, MO

#144 Apr 2, 2013
Robert wrote:
Nope. It seemed to be pretty much swept under the rug and forgotten about as soon as possible.
Where would I go to read old newspaper articles and such about the unsolved murder in west plains I have also heard of murder but did not know the victims name for sure. I was trying to write a paper for class and have failed many times on finding out the facts to the case
BaconFat

Garland, TX

#145 Apr 2, 2013
tiny dancer wrote:
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Where would I go to read old newspaper articles and such about the unsolved murder in west plains I have also heard of murder but did not know the victims name for sure. I was trying to write a paper for class and have failed many times on finding out the facts to the case
You can look at old newspapers from the time, those will be found at the library. You could also try talking to law enforcement & newspaper writers that were around at the time. Bet they won't tell you much, though.
Jokers

United States

#146 Apr 14, 2013
Ronnie is my step brothers Dad. He was kille right before my step brother w born. I know most of the story, big parts of it. just don't know exactly who all was involve. I doknow atleast 3 tho. and I know what they did and what they slipped up on and how they identified the body
yumm

United States

#147 Apr 15, 2013
It's over now. Pray for peace. The law will never do anything about it. Try to move on.
wylie

Lampe, MO

#148 Apr 18, 2013
Find Rat Bell. Ask him. He knows.
Let it go

United States

#149 Apr 19, 2013
What good does it do to bring it up? To many ppl involved to blame just a few. If you dont know details and facts then dont talk about it.
Just me

West Plains, MO

#150 Apr 24, 2013
I was told the police thought they knew who did it but couldn't come up with enough evidence to arrest him.Not naming any names but the guy died several years ago they thought did it.
Patricia

Springfield, MO

#151 May 27, 2013
I just watched a program on True T.V. today. They were doing the story on Shirley Joe Williams who murdered the preachers widow. She shot her in the head, then dismembered her body and left the bag along side of the road. She was convited for life and is in Missouri. They also discovered her mothers body parts wrapped in aluminum foil in Oaklahoma. Just makes a person wonder?
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Tony

Ava, MO

#152 Jun 10, 2013
WP oldtimer wrote:
Does anyone know if the Sheriff at the time, Jay Henry, is still alive?
He died.
ThaMuRdurer

Ozark, MO

#153 Jun 13, 2013
I no who komitted the krimz but I am afrade 2 kome forword. To meny ppl half dyed for saiynng they no sumthing.
the anonimiser

Springfield, MO

#154 Jun 16, 2013
kinda hard to kill a person when you dont know their name "thamurder" but yea they cant track ur ip opnly this sites host can which usually is some richy rich person that couldnt give a crap less what anyone says lol so spitt it out
an old acquaintance

United States

#155 Jun 21, 2013
crazy wrote:
my uncle was a great man?? he wasnt a druggie?? he had the biggest heart an cared about everyone?? he didnt have a greedy bone inhis body he was always giving everthing he had!! i loved him so much?? wish he was still with us?? Ronnie we miss u?? an will never give up?? some one please speek up??? u can b the one person that changes that give our family closuer!!
I'm sorry the more I read of these posts I cringe. I knew him personally most of his family actually. He was not a saint honey he abused alcohol, abused his wife, abused drugs, cheated continuously on his wife. No I'm not one he cheated with I was a married woman. I can say he was very polite they all were til you pissed them off then I always felt sorry for their wives.
the anonimiser

Springfield, MO

#156 Jun 21, 2013
Well thank you for letting me no a bit more of of how my family acts. I see quit a bit of resemblance on the polite part but i do not hit women. this thing not just the death or crime but history itself is just a fun puzzle and is only shaped by the victor

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#157 Jun 21, 2013
I read through these posts and all I can do is shake my headÖ Everyone knows who did it, yet no one knows. It seems to me like there are just a bunch of people on here who want attention. However, Iíd like to shine some light on who my father was. I really donít care who gets butt hurt or who wants to disagree. You see the difference between the previous posters and I would be that I was there. I lived it. My memories of this man are based on what I witnessed with MY EYES and not on the embellished foolishness from my elders. Unlike many of you, I was old enough to know and understand the imprudence of this man. I read through the previous posts and seeing such statements as ďHe was a good guyĒďHe wasnít a druggieĒ. This is absolutely ludicrous! As a little girl I watched him beat my mother on many occasions. I was in tow many times when he had drugs on him and was dealing drugs. I saw his other girlfriends and him with his hands all over them! I know for sure that two of them were underage. On one occasion I even remember him telling me that one of his crotch rot girlfriends would be my new mommy. He had a VERY hot temper. I remember not one day passing without me getting beat with belts or switches. EVERYDAY. I was a little girl. Could I have done anything that bad to get beat numerous times everyday?! I remember him and my uncle getting into a disagreement and him chasing his brother with a knife out the front door and through the back door over and over again while I consoled my two cousins outside because they were terrified. Yeah, previous posters, I bet you donít remember that because you were too little! Itís just like how you were too little to remember Ronnie but seemingly come up with these gracious claims to place him on a pedestal. Thank God your daddy didnít get killed that day! Oh, but deny, deny, deny. It never happened because thatís not what they want you to believe. This man was never home. Unfortunately I was often taken along with him as his drug cover. After all, who would expect a man with his little girl to be running drugs? I would yell and scream that I didnít want to go, but I had no choice. He wasnít a man and certainly wasnít a father. I rarely remember him working a day in his life. His acquaintances were like those in the movie Winterís Bone. They were skanky, druggie, and uneducated. I was terrified of him wondering when the next beating would come.
I donít want any bullshit from my so called family who I have seen post on here. Iím not your family and Iím not going to fabricate a web of lies to make him look good just because heís dead. Itís all bullshit and you know it. And to those of you who knew me back in school, a heart felt thank you for making my life a living hell. Thanks for the whispers of ďDid you here about that girl?Ē or ďMy mom said I couldnít hang out with her because of what happened to her dadÖĒ You all knew me so well. I was 6 or 7 years old and did not ask for this to rear its head in my life. I didnít understand why I all of a sudden lost all of my friends. I didnít understand why I was being treated different. But, by the grace of God, I didnít turn out like my father and most of my Ďfamilyí. I have a good, clean, honest life. I have a college education, a job, and a wonderful family. I donít continue the cycle of beating my children nor do I have a husband who would ever initiate an act of violence. OH, YEAH! I ALMOST FORGOT! I CAN SPELL, HAVE GOOD GRAMMAR, AND CAN PUNCTUATE PROPERLY!! Not to be arrogant, but good grief, some of these posts are kind of hard to decipher!
Well, enough with the walk down memory lane.
Sad

Springfield, MO

#158 Jun 21, 2013
Ronnies daughter wrote:
I read through these posts and all I can do is shake my headÖ Everyone knows who did it, yet no one knows. It seems to me like there are just a bunch of people on here who want attention. However, Iíd like to shine some light on who my father was. I really donít care who gets butt hurt or who wants to disagree. You see the difference between the previous posters and I would be that I was there. I lived it. My memories of this man are based on what I witnessed with MY EYES and not on the embellished foolishness from my elders. Unlike many of you, I was old enough to know and understand the imprudence of this man. I read through the previous posts and seeing such statements as ďHe was a good guyĒďHe wasnít a druggieĒ. This is absolutely ludicrous! As a little girl I watched him beat my mother on many occasions. I was in tow many times when he had drugs on him and was dealing drugs. I saw his other girlfriends and him with his hands all over them! I know for sure that two of them were underage. On one occasion I even remember him telling me that one of his crotch rot girlfriends would be my new mommy. He had a VERY hot temper. I remember not one day passing without me getting beat with belts or switches. EVERYDAY. I was a little girl. Could I have done anything that bad to get beat numerous times everyday?! I remember him and my uncle getting into a disagreement and him chasing his brother with a knife out the front door and through the back door over and over again while I consoled my two cousins outside because they were terrified. Yeah, previous posters, I bet you donít remember that because you were too little! Itís just like how you were too little to remember Ronnie but seemingly come up with these gracious claims to place him on a pedestal. Thank God your daddy didnít get killed that day! Oh, but deny, deny, deny. It never happened because thatís not what they want you to believe. This man was never home. Unfortunately I was often taken along with him as his drug cover. After all, who would expect a man with his little girl to be running drugs? I would yell and scream that I didnít want to go, but I had no choice. He wasnít a man and certainly wasnít a father. I rarely remember him working a day in his life. His acquaintances were like those in the movie Winterís Bone. They were skanky, druggie, and uneducated. I was terrified of him wondering when the next beating would come.
I donít want any bullshit from my so called family who I have seen post on here. Iím not your family and Iím not going to fabricate a web of lies to make him look good just because heís dead. Itís all bullshit and you know it. And to those of you who knew me back in school, a heart felt thank you for making my life a living hell. Thanks for the whispers of ďDid you here about that girl?Ē or ďMy mom said I couldnít hang out with her because of what happened to her dadÖĒ You all knew me so well. I was 6 or 7 years old and did not ask for this to rear its head in my life. I didnít understand why I all of a sudden lost all of my friends. I didnít understand why I was being treated different. But, by the grace of God, I didnít turn out like my father and most of my Ďfamilyí. I have a good, clean, honest life. I have a college education, a job, and a wonderful family. I donít continue the cycle of beating my children nor do I have a husband who would ever initiate an act of violence. OH, YEAH! I ALMOST FORGOT! I CAN SPELL, HAVE GOOD GRAMMAR, AND CAN PUNCTUATE PROPERLY!! Not to be arrogant, but good grief, some of these posts are kind of hard to decipher!
Well, enough with the walk down memory lane.
It sounds like someone did.you a favor. I hate that anyone would go through that. Many prayers for you and your family.
baby

Garden City, MO

#159 Jun 22, 2013
he was a good man he would give me change for candy! he even gave he even gave me a Cabbage Patch doll and I cherish it I miss my uncle Ronnie he was a good son brother and a father I remember playing at your house with you and your brother Cody this is hard for me to believe that this is Rachel it breaks my heart that his daughter say such horrible things about him? Ronnie will always be missed

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#160 Jun 22, 2013
He was a good man because he gave you candy money and a cabbage patch?? Seriously? The cabbage patch was probably stolen. No, he wasn't a good father. Dear, you were way to young to remember. I was almost 7 so that would have made you what, about 3? Oops, credibility just went down the drain. You NEVER came over to my house! We would play at Sue's house. And my brother was one. You played with him? Was he a good father when he let me watch him beat my mother and laugh about it? Or when he took me on drug runs? I saw this with my own two eyes, princess. Don't try to fabricate some illusion that he was such a good man when he was arrested for meth in the early 80's, went to prison at one point, and was an unfaithful husband. Yeah, your daddy will admit to you that Ronnie had other girlfriends. Seriously, just ask him. I did. Oh, and my dad and your daddy (among other Johnsons) use to like to try to collect insurance money from wrecking vehicles and burning down their home. Ask the police what a good man he was. My intention is not to disrespect anyone on here, but I'm tired of the bullshit. Quit posting if you were too young to really know.

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#161 Jun 22, 2013
Ok, now that I'm done ranting, I have a question for the previous posters. Why is everyone so afraid to just come out and say who was involved? Quit playing games. It was almost 25 years ago! What the hell are you so afraid of? I posted my picture and who I was on here. I don't care who sees it. I'm not afraid of some redneck druggie piece of shit who may or may not have murdered Ronnie. For Christ's sake just come out with it already. Quit being idiots and posting things like "they can trace my ip address". Seriously? Who cares! Look at my picture. I'm just girl, but apparently have way more guts than the rest of you cowards! Someone knows... So spill it. People in West Plains like to talk and brag so I know people have to know something. Jesus, 8 friggin pages of bullshit and bragging!

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#162 Jun 22, 2013
Rat Bell? Does anyone have a real name? How the hell does anyone find rat bell? A pet store? Wtf? Cowards.
info

Ozark, MO

#163 Jun 23, 2013
The person rumored to be responsible for this HAS been mentioned many times on this thread. It has always been my understanding that your family was told my law enforcement who the accused murderer was. So I will say this... the man who is rumored to have killed your dad is dead.... killed 10+ years later by another man who was an accomplice to the murder. When that man was arrested for the shooting it is rumored that he told about every crime he knew about, the shooting was said to be self defense and he was placed into some type of protection and re-located. I use the word rumored because I don't believe anything was ever proven though it is likely true.
BTW... I am extremely sorry for the things you experienced as a child. You are an amazing person to have overcome these terrible. You are also very brave for standing up and not letting everyone paint your dad as a saint simply because he was murdered.

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