'He had bruises head to toe'

'He had bruises head to toe'

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not important

Astoria, NY

#1 May 25, 2006
I close my eyes and I see this baby running away from the terror he experienced. He runs right into my arms. He is crying and I wipe his tears from his cheek as I tell him, holding him in my arms that everything will be okay. He is afraid to trust me but I reasure him that I will protect him forever more, I will love him as he has never known and he to will experience pleasure in love with peace a far greater than all the pain he had to endure. I aknowledge him for his strength and kiss his percious cheek greatful to have him with me.

I am troubled by this type of news any time I hear it, but the fact that I have known Lee Crutchfield for many years causes a diffrent type of pain so close to my heart. The details tear at my chest as I just try to rest and have peace in my own life, but when you know someone who could posably have done something so horrific you question all that you have ever known and experienced with that person.

It is easy to hate and cast judgment on those who cause so much pain in anothers life, but for me I have to go deeper and question a society that is lacking compassion tollerance and wisdom. We can put Lee to death but will it stop the next angry brother who reaches his peak and causes the next innocent baby's death? So much of what we see on the news is sensational and I just hope that people can think for them selves and start creating something positive from this kind of pain....It has to stop!!!!!!!
Another old friend of Lee

Saint Louis, MO

#2 May 26, 2006
Lee was a good person- How he turned into a murdering Monster I will never understand. It scares me to think of what happened to Ryon.
What happened to Lee since I last saw him... What will happen to Lee
Death?????
not important wrote:
I close my eyes and I see this baby running away from the terror he experienced. He runs right into my arms. He is crying and I wipe his tears from his cheek as I tell him, holding him in my arms that everything will be okay. He is afraid to trust me but I reasure him that I will protect him forever more, I will love him as he has never known and he to will experience pleasure in love with peace a far greater than all the pain he had to endure. I aknowledge him for his strength and kiss his percious cheek greatful to have him with me.
I am troubled by this type of news any time I hear it, but the fact that I have known Lee Crutchfield for many years causes a diffrent type of pain so close to my heart. The details tear at my chest as I just try to rest and have peace in my own life, but when you know someone who could posably have done something so horrific you question all that you have ever known and experienced with that person.
It is easy to hate and cast judgment on those who cause so much pain in anothers life, but for me I have to go deeper and question a society that is lacking compassion tollerance and wisdom. We can put Lee to death but will it stop the next angry brother who reaches his peak and causes the next innocent baby's death? So much of what we see on the news is sensational and I just hope that people can think for them selves and start creating something positive from this kind of pain....It has to stop!!!!!!!
19 Yr friend of Lee

United States

#3 May 30, 2006
It hurts me to see Lee in such a horrible mess. How did he get to be into such a horrible situation? The Lee I knew was a great guy
who would do anything for a friend. He was protective to his friends and did not have any enemies. He was a great student and
very gentle and easy going... How did he change into a person who would or could murder a child?
It has been quite an emotional rollercoaster watching the unfolding drama of poor Ryon's life and death. I think that we do need to look a little harder at the Systems in place so that we can improve the systems so we can hopefully help families cope-and give them support so that maybe we can prevent a case like this from happening again.
I do feel that this murder could have been prevented if People would have reported earlier abuse and got the System involved.
The family and the Babysitter should have intervened and reported ths abuse. Abuse is wrong and should never be tolerated! We must stand up to abuse and have strong social services and programs to help them get out of the abusive situation.
Lee Innocent Supporter

United States

#4 Jun 9, 2006
Lee has not been convicted yet. We the public have been told he
confessed but that may not be the real story. All of the pieces to the puzzle have not been found yet. I think that Starr is more likely to be found guilty of murder than Lee. It has not been determined what Haida has decided as far as the death penalty as far as the public notification. I believe he had 90-120 days to determine that from 02-03-06. I believe that time frame has passed us by...
Another Momma

Waterloo, IL

#5 Jun 10, 2006
Whether Lee inflicted the fatal blow or not, he is just as guilty as Starr. They both knew what was going on and should had stopped each other. To take an innocent life is unmentionable and God will have his revenge.
OPUD

United States

#6 Jun 12, 2006
duh
Concerned

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Aug 2, 2006
Has anyone heard what has transpired with this case?
We have seen no new news regarding this case in a few months?
Cahokia Girl

AOL

#8 Aug 2, 2006
Concerned wrote:
Has anyone heard what has transpired with this case?
We have seen no new news regarding this case in a few months?
I don't think anything has been said as of late. However, I will check in with some cop friends and see what they may know. Believe me, Cahokia is very upset about this.
knew him

Markham, Canada

#9 Aug 18, 2006
[I Knew Lee for many years as well. I move to another state six years ago, but visited St. Louis approximately two years ago. I had lived,in St. Louis, with my best friend of many years before I left. During the time I was gone he had lived with my friend, and my friend ha to (force) Lee to leave.
While I was visiting two years ago, Lee paid a visit. I was alone with him. At first things seemed normal, but Lee's behavior grew steadily more threatening. This was not the same Lee that I had known. I knew him well. I dated his brother for a short time. The situation got so overwhelming that I had to make him leave. I don't know if he committed this crime.I, reluctantly can't say he wasn't capable. I do know he was witness to the extreme child abuse that was occurring if Starr's home prior to the murder, and did nothing. Just the fact that he was involved with a person like Starr says alot to me. It says that he definitely wasn't himself at the time. I also can't ignore the recent, frequent, reported abuses of the women in his life at the time. I hope he didn't commit this crime. I pray for the peace of the victim, the victim's family, and also Lee's loving family. I hope that we can get more information soon.
knew him

Markham, Canada

#10 Aug 18, 2006
I also wonder if police sre looking at the chil's father who is also a known abuser who Starr was, at that time, trying to escape.
I know lee

Lebanon, IL

#11 Aug 22, 2006
Lee was always very free with his hands. He once tried to fight me over sleeping spot at our buddy house. I wachted him punch his so called best friend right in the nose over a girl. The last time I saw lee he was asking me for money to buy heorion. He is absolutly guilty of this murder!!!!!!!!
Concerned

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Aug 24, 2006
It seems like it has been a long time since we
have had any news on this case... Has the DA decided
on the penalty as of yet? I heard months ago that the prosecuter was trying to get another Judge assigned to the case.
It is sad that Lee has changed into a monster-
I imagine that it is true he was a drug user and abuser as well. At one time about 20 years ago
he was an awesome friend. I am saddened by his actions and wish he had not turned into the person he is now.
I believe that we as a community do need to provide
and have Psychiatric,Drug/Alcohol,Famil y respite programs. We must stop this horrible cycle of abuse and murder.
Knew Him

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Aug 28, 2006
I know lee wrote:
Lee was always very free with his hands. He once tried to fight me over sleeping spot at our buddy house. I wachted him punch his so called best friend right in the nose over a girl. The last time I saw lee he was asking me for money to buy heorion. He is absolutly guilty of this murder!!!!!!!!
Lee is guilty! I knew him in my late teens. he was huge into drugs & lied, cheated & stole all the time! He faked an accident at his job as a valet, claimed he slipped on oil spot, to get a settlement. He was on acid, coke, pot, crack...you name it, he was on it. he was never in his right mind. I believe he was all drugged up & lost it & killed this innocent lil kid. Wish he would have overdosed & killed himself before that innocent child was abused to death.
Concerned

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Aug 30, 2006
The more I read I realize that Lee has totally changed. It sounds like it is good that I have not seen him in 19 years. How someone could ruin their
life- is so sad. He really was a great person when I
was friends with him. Almost everyone has seen him
as a monster not the friend I once had...

Poor little Ryon suffered from his Mom and Lee...
Skeptical

United States

#15 Sep 8, 2006
When will we hear any updates on this case?
Will justice ever be served for Ryon?
Does anyone know what kind of person Starr is/was?
We have all heard what a monster
Lee is- what about Starr?
Does anyone else have comments about Lee that differ the above comments?
Concerned

Saint Louis, MO

#16 Dec 4, 2006
Has anyone heard anything on this case?
I knew Lee

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Jan 12, 2007
I met him when he worked on the Admiral as a dealer. I thought he seemed normal. Then as time went by I noticed he was always agitated. He stole $600 out of my purse when we were at Harrah's. He kind of scared me so I decided not to talk to him anymore. Then he started stalking me. I would get up at 6am to let my dog out and he would be staring at me through my front door. Everytime he did this I called the police but, he was never to be found. One time he told me he was going to the OZ on the east side to sell drugs. I have no doubt in my mind that he was capable of killing such an innocent child. I'm just lucky it wasn't me. Around the time he stopped stalking me is when, according to the newspaper timeline, he started dating Ryon's mother. So, what has happened with this case?
UPSET

Saint Louis, MO

#18 Jan 29, 2007
HEARD LEE IS GETTING OUT OF JAIL BY FEB 1, 2007 BECAUSE THE CHARGES WERE DROPPED? HOW CAN THIS BE? WAS HE NOT ENDANGERING RYON'S LIFE?
NYC

Woodbridge, NJ

#19 Feb 16, 2007
Concerned wrote:
The more I read I realize that Lee has totally changed. It sounds like it is good that I have not seen him in 19 years. How someone could ruin their
life- is so sad. He really was a great person when I
was friends with him. Almost everyone has seen him
as a monster not the friend I once had...
Poor little Ryon suffered from his Mom and Lee...
Don't doubt the past. Lee has many sides. Be greatful for being one who knew the best of him. I knew many sides of Lee including the angry conbative side, however he is a human being with a track record of also being a fun loving amazing human being. I've seen him with his son and niece playfully in the park, Laughing, he has supported my business, maintained his integrity with me for many years but I do think drugs, abuse, and fear have the power to distroy a person down to the core of rage..it happens every day!
Love the life you live...live the life you love ~MIDNIGHT
NYC

Woodbridge, NJ

#20 Feb 16, 2007
UPSET wrote:
HEARD LEE IS GETTING OUT OF JAIL BY FEB 1, 2007 BECAUSE THE CHARGES WERE DROPPED? HOW CAN THIS BE? WAS HE NOT ENDANGERING RYON'S LIFE?
Where did you hear that?

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