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ms_writer
09-16-2010, 05:13 PM
This is in my hometown, guys. I'm so concerned for this elderly woman. She met a stranger at a local workout facility, who has since been ID'ed as a sex offender.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100916/NEWS/100916014/Missing+woman+seen+with+convict

Blue Ridge
09-16-2010, 06:38 PM
Oh no :-(

KaylynnCouture
09-16-2010, 07:04 PM
Praying for you Ethel.

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 07:25 PM
http://cmsimg.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=D0&Date=20100916&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=100916014&Ref=AR&MaxW=180&Border=0

http://cmsimg.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=D0&Date=20100916&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=100916014&Ref=V1&MaxW=180&Border=0

http://cmsimg.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=D0&Date=20100916&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=100916014&Ref=V2&MaxW=318&Border=0
Simpson’s four-door, 2002 Mercedes bearing Mississippi license plate HXH426

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100916/NEWS/100916014/Missing+woman+seen+with+convict

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 07:27 PM
TIMELINE
The Clarion-Ledger
A timeline of events leading up to the disappearance of 81-year-old Clinton resident Ethel Winstead Simpson:

• 12:51 p.m. Monday — James Cobb Hutto signs in as a guest to use the facilities of the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton. Shortly after, he and 81-year-old Clinton resident Ethel Winstead Simpson are seen talking to each other on the facility’s walking track.

• 3:45 p.m. — Simpson backs into another vehicle in the Healthplex parking lot as she’s leaving, breaking her tail light. She returns to the building’s front desk to report her accident.

• 4:15 p.m. — Simpson and Hutto are seen leaving the Healthplex together in Simpson’s car. Hutto is driving.

• 4-4:30 p.m. — Simpson reportedly takes Hutto to Taco Bell on Springridge Road, just a few blocks from the Healthplex. The two are then seen at the Comfort Inn in Clinton, a block or two from Taco Bell.

• 5 p.m. — Simpson returns alone to her Clinton home.

• 6:30 p.m. — Simpson leaves her home alone.

• 8:36 p.m. — Simpson and Hutto are seen entering the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg.

• 11:40 p.m. — Simpson and Hutto are seen leaving the casino together in Simpson’s car. Hutto is driving; Simpson is a passenger.

• 3:05 a.m. Tuesday — Simpson’s car is seen traveling eastbound on I-20 at the Pearl city limits via law enforcement equipment that uses lasers to read license plates.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100916/NEWS/100916014/Missing+woman+seen+with+convict

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 07:29 PM
Alabama Department of Corrections officials said Hutto was convicted in 2002 of the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl and sentenced to two concurrent 10-year sentences. He served three years and six months before his release in April 2005.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100916/NEWS/100916014/Missing+woman+seen+with+convict

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 07:32 PM
Plates get scanned as you are driving. WTH, yikes.

ms_writer
09-16-2010, 08:55 PM
Plates get scanned as you are driving. WTH, yikes.

I know, right? I've lived here since forever, and I never knew they did that. Creepy, but in this case at least we know which direction he/they were going.

And that very direction is what worries me the most. Clinton (where she lives and met him), Vicksburg (casino), and Pearl (where cameras recorded the plate) are all on I-20, which runs east to west. Vicksburg is on the west, Clinton and Jackson are in the middle, and Pearl to the east of Clinton/Jackson.

So they left Clinton and headed west to the casinos (where they were seen leaving together), then when the car is spotted headed east by the cameras, it has already passed Clinton. To me, this indicates a possibility of the car headed to Alabama, because there's not much else between Pearl and the state line besides a lot of small towns and national forest.

I wish we knew if she was still in the car when it's plate was captured in Pearl. I'm afraid that something happened to her before that time, but after they left the casino. I hope I'm wrong, and she's off having the time of her life. But his background leads me to believe otherwise. :(

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 08:58 PM
I know, right? I've lived here since forever, and I never knew they did that. Creepy, but in this case at least we know which direction he/they were going.

Were they headed further away from her home?

ms_writer
09-16-2010, 09:05 PM
Were they headed further away from her home?

Yes! I clarified above. He/they passed her home and were headed in the direction of Alabama when the cameras caught the plate.

ms_writer
09-16-2010, 09:11 PM
Sorry to double post, but there has been new information:

Hutto preyed upon her sympathies by telling her that he had cancer: http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13166239

Also, his car was found at his hotel, broken down (guess he needed hers . . . :(): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39217520/ns/local_news-jackson_ms/39213275

I think the original story has been updated too. Don't remember seeing this before (my bold):

"Byington [Clinton police chief] said a National Crime Information Center check on Hutto showed convictions on sexual abuse, domestic violence, first-degree kidnapping, felony trespassing and harassment by communication.

A warrant had been issued for Hutto’s arrest by Alabama authorities because he has failed to register as a sex offender as required by law, Byington said."

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100916/NEWS/100916014/Missing+Clinton+woman+last+seen+with+convict

This is looking worse by the minute. I'm just furious.

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 09:33 PM
This is sounding worse by the minute. They bypassed her home, somewhere around 3 am, and his long rap sheet. He also is driving when they leave the casino.

ms_writer
09-16-2010, 09:41 PM
This is sounding worse by the minute.

We posted that at same time. :) Much worse. And I hate that police waited 72 hours to tell us about this. His rap sheet should have precluded any "wait and see if they turn up" attitude.

BTW, my BF is a police officer in the same county where the traffic cameras caught the license plate. He said that "plate recognition" is becoming more common, and is used to help police track stolen cars and POIs -- although he didn't know that it was being used here until today's news story. :waitasec:

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 09:50 PM
I wonder how much has been taken out of her bank account? I just get a feeling he got money too.

ms_writer
09-16-2010, 10:45 PM
I wonder how much has been taken out of her bank account? I just get a feeling he got money too.

Yeah, especially since they were at the casino.

belimom
09-16-2010, 11:15 PM
...(respectfully snipped)...
there's not much else between Pearl and the state line besides a lot of small towns and national forest

...(respecfully snipped)


Oh no... :cry:

eyes4crime
09-16-2010, 11:37 PM
This poor woman, 81 yo, frail, and drives an older Mercedes...looks like he thought she had some money, going to the casino and all. He is a true predator preying on the elderly. His history of violence is of great concern. moo

pufnstuf
09-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Two possibilities.

They/he may be at Pearl River Resort Casinos in Choctaw. Or they/he may be at any of the many casinos on the coast.

With Pearl being east of I-55, and with him heading east, he's either in the eastern part of the state (Meridian) or the southern part of the state. From Pearl, he could be in Hattiesburg, Meridian, or Biloxi, or, like you said, mswriter, Alabama.

Then there's Louisiana...New Orleans is only a hop, skip, jump from Biloxi.

I really really doubt that he's still with her. If he left Vicksburg with her, then the roads between Vicksburg and Jackson are so rural.... she could be anywhere. And Vicksburg is on the Mississippi River, too. Not good for her.

She is such a remarkable looking woman that, if she's with him, someone will see her.

pufnstuf
09-16-2010, 11:58 PM
This case reminds me of the Levitz case from Vicksburg in the 1990s. Another beautiful elderly woman missing, never found. Jacqueline Levitz was VERY wealthy. To this day her body's not been found, and there are no leads to who took/killed her.

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/LAW/11/11/ctv.levitz/index.html

revampz
09-17-2010, 12:06 AM
do you think she may still be with him?????

maybe she is enjoying her time with him..........especially if she has been lonely...

and no I dont mean in a sexual way or anything.....eeewwwkk......but just being out and about.....I have no doubt that this man is bleeding her dry though and using her for money be it at casinos, restaurants, gifts etc.......

I really hope he hasnt killed her.....

one thing is if she is listed as missing and has seen it, you would think she would have contacted the police.......I am concerned that he is indeed holding her against her will and forcing her to withdraw/spend money....

pufnstuf
09-17-2010, 12:18 AM
I read another local story that said that she'd been depressed and lonely since her husband died five years ago. Also said that this man told her that he had cancer and no family, really played on her sympathy.

Sadly, I don't think that she's alive, although I hope she is. I would guess that he had her withdraw as much as she could at the Riverwalk in Vicksburg...the casino. Then, sad to say, as tiny as she is and as big as he is...he could have done anything to her.

So sad--poor woman threw caution to the wind for a little companionship. :(

MsPooh
09-17-2010, 12:39 AM
Close to me too, and it is really scary that we didn't hear about this until today. The agency in her hometown is very good, I am hoping that they know more than they are letting on. Bless her heart, I'm with ms_writer..hopefully she is off having fun and has lost track of time.

ms_writer
09-17-2010, 07:21 AM
Two possibilities.

They/he may be at Pearl River Resort Casinos in Choctaw. Or they/he may be at any of the many casinos on the coast.

With Pearl being east of I-55, and with him heading east, he's either in the eastern part of the state (Meridian) or the southern part of the state. From Pearl, he could be in Hattiesburg, Meridian, or Biloxi, or, like you said, mswriter, Alabama.

Then there's Louisiana...New Orleans is only a hop, skip, jump from Biloxi.

I really really doubt that he's still with her. If he left Vicksburg with her, then the roads between Vicksburg and Jackson are so rural.... she could be anywhere. And Vicksburg is on the Mississippi River, too. Not good for her.

She is such a remarkable looking woman that, if she's with him, someone will see her.

Just my opinion, but if they were headed to points south, then they would have probably taken I-55 south (to New Orleans) or Hwy 49 (to Biloxi). But they had passed those interchanges by the time they were in Pearl. Same with headed to the Choctaw casinos: I think they would have taken I-220 to I-49 north, also at Jackson.

Agree totally about the area between Vicksburg and Clinton. A disproportionate number of human remains are found in western Hinds county, around Bolton.

Also totally agree that she is memorable looking, and would be spotted easily -- IF people in the right area know to be looking. I pray that's so.

------------------------------------

Updated story (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100917/NEWS/9170352/Elderly+widow+missing)

The high points:

U.S. Marshalls are involved in the search because an unregistered sex offender crossed state lines. That's good; the more LE agencies, the better.

AND

LE will not comment on whether her ATM or credit cards have been used. That's a biggie to me.

SuziQ
09-17-2010, 09:03 AM
I've been wondering about the ATM and credit cards as well. Was there alot of activity then suddenly stopped? Sadly I think if there was still financial activity going on LE would basically be a step behind them as of yesterday. Maybe they are and are being tight lipped.

We are praying for you Ethel!

ms_writer
09-17-2010, 09:06 AM
ITA. If there was activity, then they know exactly where to search. I wonder if he didn't clean her out, at Vickburg or shortly after, and then hightail it out of state. Alone. :(

SuziQ
09-17-2010, 09:15 AM
What's odd is the case of Mary O'Hagan-78yo from MS. She went missing on Sept 9th. LE won't say why, but they immediately pulled out all of the stops and treated this as an abduction.

The only reason I'm posting this is on the off chance that maybe they are connected.

Link to Mary's case below:
VT VT - Mary Pat O'Hagan - 78 years old - Sheffield - September 10, 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

ETA: 4-5 days to get from VT to MS

ms_writer
09-17-2010, 10:21 AM
What's odd is the case of Mary O'Hagan-78yo from MS. She went missing on Sept 9th. LE won't say why, but they immediately pulled out all of the stops and treated this as an abduction.

The only reason I'm posting this is on the off chance that maybe they are connected.

Link to Mary's case below:
VT VT - Mary Pat O'Hagan - 78 years old - Sheffield - September 10, 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114120)

ETA: 4-5 days to get from VT to MS

Oh, dear. I had read about that case (on another site, I think) but never thought about a connection. Ugh. One thing, did you mean Ms. O'Hagan was from Mississippi (MS?)? I thought she was from Vermont via Massachusetts (MA). Just wondering if it was a state abbreviation mix-up (totally understandable with all the "M" states!) or if there was a Mississippi connection I was missing. Thanks!

There are similarities between the two women for sure. Both were very attractive, and described as vibrant, active and independent.

SuziQ
09-17-2010, 11:57 AM
What's odd is the case of Mary O'Hagan-78yo from VT. She went missing on Sept 9th. LE won't say why, but they immediately pulled out all of the stops and treated this as an abduction.

The only reason I'm posting this is on the off chance that maybe they are connected.

Link to Mary's case below:
VT VT - Mary Pat O'Hagan - 78 years old - Sheffield - September 10, 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114120)

ETA: 4-5 days to get from VT to MS

I meant Vermont. Thanks for catching that!

SuziQ
09-17-2010, 11:58 AM
What's odd is the case of Mary O'Hagan-78yo from VT. She went missing on Sept 9th. LE won't say why, but they immediately pulled out all of the stops and treated this as an abduction.

The only reason I'm posting this is on the off chance that maybe they are connected.

Link to Mary's case below:
VT VT - Mary Pat O'Hagan - 78 years old - Sheffield - September 10, 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114120)

ETA: 4-5 days to get from VT to MS

ETA: to correctly change Mary's state to VT.

pufnstuf
09-17-2010, 04:10 PM
Here's the good news:

CLINTON, MS (WLBT) - James Cobb Hutto, 39, was arrested Friday by sheriff's deputies in Lee County, Alabama.


Here's the bad news:

Clinton Police Chief Don Byington says Hutto was spotted in Simpson's car Friday in Alabama. Byington has officers on their way to Alabama. He says there was no sign of Simpson.

http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13173572

pufnstuf
09-17-2010, 04:12 PM
A 39-year-old convicted sex offender sought in the disappearance of an 81-year-old Clinton woman was apprehended Friday in Alabama — but did not have the missing woman with him.

James Cobb Hutto, whose last address is a home in Jasper, Ala., was taken into custody by Lee County, Ala., authorities at about 11:30 a.m., said Clinton Police Chief Don Byington.

He was driving the 2002 silver Mercedes belonging to Ethel Winstead Simpson of Clinton, who voluntarily left the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton Monday afternoon with him.

“Mrs. Simpson was not with him,” Byington said. “We have investigators en route.”

The chief said he has no further information concerning Simpson’s whereabouts. Lee County is part of the Auburn, Ala., metropolitan area.

MORE: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100917/NEWS/100917022/Ala.+sex+offender+caught++Miss.+woman+still+missin g

krazyfingerzz
09-17-2010, 04:47 PM
A 39-year-old convicted sex offender sought in the disappearance of an 81-year-old Clinton woman was apprehended Friday in Alabama — but did not have the missing woman with him.

James Cobb Hutto, whose last address is a home in Jasper, Ala., was taken into custody by Lee County, Ala., authorities at about 11:30 a.m., said Clinton Police Chief Don Byington.

He was driving the 2002 silver Mercedes belonging to Ethel Winstead Simpson of Clinton, who voluntarily left the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton Monday afternoon with him.

“Mrs. Simpson was not with him,” Byington said. “We have investigators en route.”

The chief said he has no further information concerning Simpson’s whereabouts. Lee County is part of the Auburn, Ala., metropolitan area.

MORE: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100917/NEWS/100917022/Ala.+sex+offender+caught++Miss.+woman+still+missin g

That's just so not what I wanted to hear. I'm going to hold out hope that he dropped her off, but if she hasn't called, either from her cell or other phone, this is really sad. Her picture and the description of what a lively person she is just grabbed me, and I really hope there's a happy ending.

belimom
09-17-2010, 06:21 PM
http://www.clintonnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100917/NEWS/100917001/Ala.-felon-sought-in-Clinton-woman-s-disappearance-faces-attempted-murder-charge&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL


A 39-year-old convicted sex offender sought in the disappearance of an elderly Clinton woman is in custody in Alabama, charged today with the attempted murder and robbery of an Opelika man.When Lee County, Ala., authorities this morning pulled over the vehicle driven by James Cobb Hutto, 81-year-old Ethel Winstead Simpson was not with him.

And, Lee County authorities say, Birmingham police suspect Hutto may be involved in the death of a Birmingham woman who was discovered at her home on Thursday morning.

That woman is one of Hutto’s relatives, said Lee County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Van Jackson.

More here....http://www.clintonnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100917/NEWS/100917001/Ala.-felon-sought-in-Clinton-woman-s-disappearance-faces-attempted-murder-charge&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

All of this AFTER Ethel Simpson went missing... :(

ETA: sorry - title should read "for attempted murder" not "to attempted murder"

pufnstuf
09-17-2010, 07:07 PM
Heard on the news that he stabbed the person in the attempted murder case.

I'm going to look at the timeline so far and see if we can identify how far off I-20 he might have traveled to dispose of Ethel.

pufnstuf
09-17-2010, 07:27 PM
Ok--timeline:

11:40 - Ethel last seen leaving Riverwalk with James.

3:05 - Ethel's car passes through Pearl MS on I-20.

I've made that drive numerous times. Even during daytime when there's much more traffic, you can easily go from Vicksburg to Pearl in an hour. But at night, when there's hardly any traffic, you could do it in 45 minutes if driving the speed limit, and even quicker if you're traveling above the speed limit.

From the time that Ethel was last seen leaving the casino until the car passed through Pearl, we're looking at 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Subtract 45 minutes travel time, and we're looking at 2 hours and 40 minutes.

So what did James do for two hours and 40 minutes?

I hate to say this, but this indicates that she could be ANYWHERE in west central Mississippi or even east central Louisiana. I do think she'll be found soon, though, because people are out walking deer leases, and every inch of rural ground is walked in Mississippi during dear season. Unless she's in the river, and I've read before that there's a 50 percent chance that any body placed in the river in Vicksburg will make it to the Gulf of Mexico without snagging on the river shore.

In Vicksburg and at many points north and south of Vicksburg, there are many places that one has access right down to the river's edge. Boat ramps, as well as terrain where you can walk right down to the river.

krazyfingerzz
09-17-2010, 07:55 PM
http://www.clintonnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100917/NEWS/100917001/Ala.-felon-sought-in-Clinton-woman-s-disappearance-faces-attempted-murder-charge&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL



All of this AFTER Ethel Simpson went missing... :(

ETA: sorry - title should read "for attempted murder" not "to attempted murder"

Before reading this, I was more optimistic. I'm still hoping, though. Thanks for the update.

pufnstuf
09-17-2010, 08:02 PM
For any of you who might not get the lay of the land, here's a map I just whipped out.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=113741092510424599794.0004907cacd33db18fea8&ll=32.38576,-90.519104&spn=0.662177,1.023102&t=h&z=10

Snoopster
09-17-2010, 09:13 PM
http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Vicksburg,+MS,+USA&gl=ca&ei=hAqUTLu_DqrtnQe7id2sBw&ved=0CB4Q8gEwAA&msa=0&msid=104742589426922589575.0004907def0e068a7cf6f&ll=33.063924,-88.330078&spn=5.191852,7.723389&z=7

Link to map: Where Ethel was last seen plus potential later crimes and arrest of Hutto.

MsPooh
09-17-2010, 09:14 PM
:(
Body found in Edwards believed to be missing woman
EDWARDS, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County investigators have found a body on Highway 22 in Edwards.
Officials believe it is the body of Clinton resident Ethel Simpson, who has been missing since Monday night.
more..
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13175858

Snoopster
09-17-2010, 09:26 PM
http://www2.oanow.com/news/2010/sep/17/jasper-man-charged-attempted-murder-lee-county-ar-843617/

Link to article plus videos with detail about arrest of Hutto and video with detailed interview with Jan Cossitt, the woman from the health center.



Hutto made his first impression in Lee County Friday morning. Mark Ambers Cox, 56, of Opelika, suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck and other lacerations after coming in contact with Hutto in the 5300 block of Highway 29 North in Opelika. Cox was transported to East Alabama Medical Center, then transferred to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

According to Cox, Hutto appeared interested in purchasing property from him. According to police reports, the two went to an area near Cox’s home, where the assault occurred.
Police issued a lookout for Hutto’s vehicle at 10:45 a.m., and Auburn police found a vehicle that matched the description and followed it to Interstate 85 and Wire Road. Hutto exited the interstate and turned east on U.S. Highway 80. Minutes later, he was pulled over in Marvyn and a brief struggle followed. There were no reported injuries.

Snoopster
09-17-2010, 09:31 PM
:(
Body found in Edwards believed to be missing woman
EDWARDS, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County investigators have found a body on Highway 22 in Edwards.
Officials believe it is the body of Clinton resident Ethel Simpson, who has been missing since Monday night.
more..
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13175858

So sad, but not surprising, once Hutto was caught driving her car alone.
RIP Ethel. May your life have been wonderful and full.

belimom
09-17-2010, 09:53 PM
I'm heartbroken for Ethel... :cry:... rest in peace.

cj1132
09-17-2010, 09:55 PM
All cases I read about bother me but the ones against the elderly and children are the hardest. I will never understand why someone can do this. This one bothers me a lot.

belimom
09-17-2010, 09:57 PM
From http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13175858:

"Clinton Police Chief Don Byington said the clothes on the body match the ones Simpson was last seen in."



This brings me a little comfort... considering he was a convicted sex offender/rapist. Doesn't necessarily mean anything, but... hoping.

ms_writer
09-17-2010, 10:14 PM
Western Hinds County, ugh, I knew it. This is the FIFTH body that I can think of that was left in this area, and that's off the top of my head. The law enforcement boyfriend and I were going to drive around out there tomorrow to see if we could find anything.

Sad, awful news. Found out from one of the articles that she went to my childhood church, where my parents still attend. Will see if mom can tell me anything that hasn't been in the news.

Kimberlyd125
09-17-2010, 10:32 PM
So sad. Rest in Peace dear Ethel.

So sorry your compassion and loving heart was taken advantage of by a monster.

krazyfingerzz
09-17-2010, 11:03 PM
http://www2.oanow.com/news/2010/sep/17/jasper-man-charged-attempted-murder-lee-county-ar-843617/

Link to article plus videos with detail about arrest of Hutto and video with detailed interview with Jan Cossitt, the woman from the health center.

Reading this, it seems that he also attacked another man in this short period of time. That's three people, including poor Ethel. It's a tragedy when anyone is killed, but Ethel seemed to enjoy life to the absolute fullest, which makes it even worse. RIP, Ethel.

RubyRed
09-17-2010, 11:14 PM
I just logged in and am very sad to see this. This guy murdered Ethel and possibly his aunt in Birmingham. All this violence is so senseless. RIP Ethel and Virginia, I'm sorry you met this scum.

Article about his Aunt.
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/09/lawmen_pooling_suspicions_and.html

eyes4crime
09-17-2010, 11:22 PM
My heartfelt sympathy to all those who love and care for Ethel. Sounds like Ethel has enjoyed life to the fullest and will now rest in peace. :blowkiss:

pufnstuf
09-18-2010, 02:23 AM
Map updated to show where her body was found.

So terribly sad that her life will now be remembered for the tragic way that it ended.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&msid=113741092510424599794.0004907cacd33db18fea8&ll=32.392718,-90.54245&spn=0.662126,1.023102&z=10

revampz
09-18-2010, 06:33 AM
UTTER SCUM! vulnerable old ladies........RIP Ethel

MsPooh
09-18-2010, 08:52 AM
All cases I read about bother me but the ones against the elderly and children are the hardest. I will never understand why someone can do this. This one bothers me a lot.

I feel ya and agree with you on that, I hate it when this happens to anyone..but when it's a child or older person it makes it so much sadder, because both age groups are so vulnerable. Her son said that she wanted to go out to eat that night but couldn't find anyone to go with her, which is soooo sad to me...she was looking for a friend in this loser and he did God only knows what to her. And her poor son (only child) lives in Texas, I am hurting for him too...his father died a few years ao.

ms_writer
09-18-2010, 09:33 AM
Updated article (http://http://www.clarionledger.com/section/iphone?template=iphonefront#_wholeArticle) indicates she may have experienced blunt trauma to her head and chest. Scumbag doesn't even begin...

Also states that police in Brookhaven, MS are interested in speaking with him about an 83-year-old woman missing since '05.

At least, if these remains are in fact Ms. Simpson, her family will know for certain what happened, and weren't left in limbo for years like so many others.

May justice for this sweet lady, and all his other victims, be swift.

Patty G
09-18-2010, 10:40 AM
Updated article (http://http://www.clarionledger.com/section/iphone?template=iphonefront#_wholeArticle) indicates she may have experienced blunt trauma to her head and chest. Scumbag doesn't even begin...

Also states that police in Brookhaven, MS are interested in speaking with him about an 83-year-old woman missing since '05.

At least, if these remains are in fact Ms. Simpson, her family will know for certain what happened, and weren't left in limbo for years like so many others.

May justice for this sweet lady, and all his other victims, be swift.


Link is not working as there is a double http:// in the address.

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100918/NEWS/9180351/&template=artiphone

ms_writer
09-18-2010, 11:22 AM
Link is not working as there is a double http:// in the address.

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100918/NEWS/9180351/&template=artiphone

Thanks! Posting from my phone right now, so I wasn't sure I did it correctly!

mysticrose
09-18-2010, 11:22 AM
Ok so if I am reading the article right he is not only being questioned about Ms. Simpson, but also the death of a relative and the stabbing of a man that showed him property all around the same time frame, as well as a older case for the disappearance of Virginia Ratliff, 83.

Why in the heck was this man even let out of prison ! He only served a little over 3 years of his ten year sentence, and now we have 2 people dead, one in serious condition.

I will never understand our system, I know there is overcrowding but if we would just off the worst of the worst instead of keeping them alive we wouldn't have a overcrowding problem and perhaps less crime if they knew the could die for it !

Prayers ..................

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100918/NEWS/9180351/&template=artiphone

SuziQ
09-18-2010, 12:44 PM
This is just getting worse. I am so sad to hear about Ethel. Even though I knew that this would be the result, I am having a hard time hearing the news this morning.

RIP Ethel.

dreamweaver
09-18-2010, 01:15 PM
So very sorry to hear about this.
RIP Ethel.

MsFacetious
09-18-2010, 03:31 PM
I'm confused...why would it take 4-5 days to get from Vermont to Mississippi??? I haven't seen anything about his whereabouts in the days before he was in Mississippi on September 13 but he had time to be in Vermont as well.

Pat went missing Friday September 10 or early September 11.

Even if he left Vermont 12+ hours later, Saturday night, he still had more than 36 hours and could have easily been in Mississippi by Monday morning. (Unless there is construction or weather I am unaware of???)

He was seen in Mississippi in the afternoon on September 13th. Ethel went missing later in the day Monday September 13.

The police insist Ethel's case is an isolated incident... so apparently he's not involved. However, he definitely had TIME to be in both places.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=sheffield,+vt&daddr=Clinton,+MS&hl=en&geocode=FVSSqAId-J6z-ymNYt6L1jK0TDFziBuCMpFPUA%3BFR5-7QEdosyd-impiMvY2EoohjETu5P5QUt0oA&mra=ls&sll=32.348642,-90.321693&sspn=0.13922,0.220757&g=clinton,+mississippi&ie=UTF8&z=5


What's odd is the case of Mary O'Hagan-78yo from MS. She went missing on Sept 9th. LE won't say why, but they immediately pulled out all of the stops and treated this as an abduction.

The only reason I'm posting this is on the off chance that maybe they are connected.

Link to Mary's case below:
VT VT - Mary Pat O'Hagan - 78 years old - Sheffield - September 10, 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114120)

ETA: 4-5 days to get from VT to MS

panthera
09-18-2010, 03:41 PM
The worst tragedy is this lady lived 81 years only to die in such a horrendous manner ~ likely because she befriended the wrong person. :furious:

Rest in Peace, Ethel :rose:

Amster
09-18-2010, 04:14 PM
Sex perverts CANNOT be fixed, treated, rehabilitated! Why, why, why are these monsters allowed to have do-overs? How many times are they released early and end up killing someone? Spitting mad!

Blue Ridge
09-19-2010, 05:26 PM
Mississippi authorities use dental records to ID female body

...dental offices won't open until Monday so it could be days before officials will know whether the victim is 81-year-old Ethel Simpson.

http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news/local/story/Mississippi-authorities-use-dental-records-to-ID/vAoOBcacfkaKptO65xb33w.cspx?rss=59

SuziQ
09-19-2010, 06:17 PM
I'm confused...why would it take 4-5 days to get from Vermont to Mississippi??? I haven't seen anything about his whereabouts in the days before he was in Mississippi on September 13 but he had time to be in Vermont as well.

Pat went missing Friday September 10 or early September 11.

Even if he left Vermont 12+ hours later, Saturday night, he still had more than 36 hours and could have easily been in Mississippi by Monday morning. (Unless there is construction or weather I am unaware of???)

He was seen in Mississippi in the afternoon on September 13th. Ethel went missing later in the day Monday September 13.

The police insist Ethel's case is an isolated incident... so apparently he's not involved. However, he definitely had TIME to be in both places.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=sheffield,+vt&daddr=Clinton,+MS&hl=en&geocode=FVSSqAId-J6z-ymNYt6L1jK0TDFziBuCMpFPUA%3BFR5-7QEdosyd-impiMvY2EoohjETu5P5QUt0oA&mra=ls&sll=32.348642,-90.321693&sspn=0.13922,0.220757&g=clinton,+mississippi&ie=UTF8&z=5

I thought LE had been saying this wasn't an isolated incident and they now even suspect him of killing his aunt?

Also, I meant he had four or so days to get to MS, not that it would take that long. Sorry for the confusion!

KaylynnCouture
09-20-2010, 01:44 AM
This is SO sad.

Ethel, rest in peace. :rose:

hoppyfrog
09-20-2010, 05:38 PM
Could someone please PM me or hit the alert button once this perp is arrested for Ethel's murder? TY.

cluciano63
09-20-2010, 05:47 PM
I can't help wondering about those unsolved murders of the elderly in MS-was he in prison then? Does anyone remember that 48 Hr show "Ghosts of Mississippi" Or recall these cases?

krazyfingerzz
09-20-2010, 07:13 PM
I can't help wondering about those unsolved murders of the elderly in MS-was he in prison then? Does anyone remember that 48 Hr show "Ghosts of Mississippi" Or recall these cases?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/06/26/48hours/main209570.shtml

They seemed to have stopped in 1998...perhaps the perp went to prison. I don't think they caught anyone, either. Excellent possibility.

ms_writer
09-20-2010, 07:42 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/06/26/48hours/main209570.shtml

They seemed to have stopped in 1998...perhaps the perp went to prison. I don't think they caught anyone, either. Excellent possibility.

True! And Columbus, MS is closer to Alabama than not. Do we know anything about this guy's past (other than his rap sheet)? I'd like to know where all he's lived, his occupation, etc.

ms_writer
09-20-2010, 07:47 PM
Could someone please PM me or hit the alert button once this perp is arrested for Ethel's murder? TY.

Hopefully that will come as soon as we have a positive ID. Thought that would happen today, but looks like we're still waiting (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100920/NEWS/100920016/ID+awaited+on+body+found+at+Hinds+farm).

I wonder which state will get to put him on trial first. Our local sheriff (Hinds County, MS) stated in the linked article that he really hopes we get first crack at him, and I agree. That's just my selfish inclination, though, since I tend to take Miss Ethel's case more personally (my hometown). As long as he stays locked up where he belongs, I suppose it doesn't really matter.

MsFacetious
09-20-2010, 09:14 PM
I thought LE had been saying this wasn't an isolated incident and they now even suspect him of killing his aunt?

Also, I meant he had four or so days to get to MS, not that it would take that long. Sorry for the confusion!

Sorry, the first one Pat O'Hagan...they immediately came out and said she had been abducted but it was an isolated incident.

krazyfingerzz
09-20-2010, 09:45 PM
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13186598

They have positively identified Ethel. Now, for justice.

lonetraveler
09-20-2010, 10:00 PM
This just totally sucks.:furious:

butterfly1978
09-21-2010, 02:41 AM
Ok so if I am reading the article right he is not only being questioned about Ms. Simpson, but also the death of a relative and the stabbing of a man that showed him property all around the same time frame, as well as a older case for the disappearance of Virginia Ratliff, 83.

Why in the heck was this man even let out of prison ! He only served a little over 3 years of his ten year sentence, and now we have 2 people dead, one in serious condition.

I will never understand our system, I know there is overcrowding but if we would just off the worst of the worst instead of keeping them alive we wouldn't have a overcrowding problem and perhaps less crime if they knew the could die for it !

Prayers ..................

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100918/NEWS/9180351/&template=artiphone

Why???? because this is Alabama. I have lived here my whole life. The a$$ hole that molested my two girls had been convicted 4 times in the past and you know what he got for molesting my girls? a 20 year split sentence. He served 5 years in prison and released on probation for the next 15 years, you know why I didn't know he was a SO? because he didn't registar and no one ever did anything about it.. he was not even charged for failing to register..... Like I said this is Alabama and they don't care!!!!!!!!!!!

ms_writer
09-21-2010, 07:22 AM
Why???? because this is Alabama. I have lived here my whole life. The a$$ hole that molested my two girls had been convicted 4 times in the past and you know what he got for molesting my girls? a 20 year split sentence. He served 5 years in prison and released on probation for the next 15 years, you know why I didn't know he was a SO? because he didn't registar and no one ever did anything about it.. he was not even charged for failing to register..... Like I said this is Alabama and they don't care!!!!!!!!!!!

Just hitting the "thanks" button wasn't enough. I am so terribly sorry for what happened to you and your babies. Thank you for sharing. Many of us are infuriated when things like this happen, but we cannot imagine the anger and pain that your family has been through. I sincerely hope that you and yours will somehow, some way, be able to heal and gain strength from this.

ms_writer
09-21-2010, 07:25 AM
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13186598

They have positively identified Ethel. Now, for justice.

Another article (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100921/NEWS/9210350/Body+ID+d+as+missing+Clinton+woman)about the positive ID.

Still no charges in Ethel's case, but investigators are traveling to Alabama to question him "soon." Hopefuly, this means they are getting their ducks in a row before they go -- and that they will arrest him upon conclusion of their interview.

Joe Friday
09-21-2010, 02:27 PM
Does MS have the death penalty?


http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13191714

James Hutto charged with capital murder

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County authorities have filed capital murder charges against the man last seen with the Clinton woman who turned up missing and was later found dead in Edwards.

81 year old Ethel Simpson was last seen Monday night with a convicted sex offender. Her body was recovered in Edwards on Friday.

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ms_writer
09-21-2010, 04:56 PM
Does MS have the death penalty?


http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13191714

James Hutto charged with capital murder

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County authorities have filed capital murder charges against the man last seen with the Clinton woman who turned up missing and was later found dead in Edwards.

81 year old Ethel Simpson was last seen Monday night with a convicted sex offender. Her body was recovered in Edwards on Friday.

(Snipped)

YES. And we use it. Not as often as, say, Texas. But it definitely happens.

pufnstuf
09-21-2010, 06:57 PM
The man believed to be responsible for the kidnapping and beating death of 81-year-old Clinton woman Ethel Simpson is now facing charges of capital murder, Hinds County authorities said.

Hinds County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeffrey Scott said James Cobb Hutto, 39, of Alabama, is being detained in Alabama, where he was arrested Friday driving Simpson’s Mercedes.

“We understand there was a bond placed on him, and we will fax our warrants to Alabama and place a hold on him,” he said. “It’ll be up to conferencing between the states to see who gets first shot at him.”

Dental records confirmed Monday that the body of a woman found on a hog farm in Edwards off Mississippi 22 Friday was that of Simpson. The elderly woman was last seen on Sept. 13 at Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg wearing a red shirt and khaki pants and in the company of Hutto, a convicted sex offender and kidnapper.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100921/NEWS/100921012/Man+faces+capital+murder+charge+in+Clinton+woman+s +death

Mississippi recently had two executions back-to-back giving the impression that the state executes a lot of people, but, really, Mississippi is kind of an aberration for statistics of the south, with only Tennessee having fewer executions (of southern states) than Mississippi. Even Ohio, Arizona, Delaware, and Indiana have more executions than Mississippi since 1976.

Here's a list of Mississippi executions:

http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us/mississippi_and_the_death_penalt.htm

Since 1976, the state has only executed 13 people vs. 463 in Texas.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/death-penalty-facts/executions-by-state/page.do?id=1011590

RubyRed
09-21-2010, 07:45 PM
Am I reading that right, Alabama placed a bond on him? WTH.

Joe Friday
09-21-2010, 08:06 PM
Am I reading that right, Alabama placed a bond on him? WTH.

It just keeps getting worst.

James Hutto is now accused of killing his aunt in Alabama along with the stabbing of a man also in Alabama. That is why he has a bond in Alabama.

He has also been charged with capital murder in Mississippi in the death of Ethel Simpson.

So two murder charges and a charge of attempted murder and burglary.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/09/birmingham_police_add_murder_c.html

Birmingham police have filed a murder charge against a Jasper man suspected in a trail of terror in at least two states.

James "Jamie" Cobb Hutto III, a 39-year-old convicted rapist who used to fight in Tough Man competitions, is accused in the death of his 68-year-old aunt, Virginia "Faye" Rardon of Birmingham.

Earlier today, authorities in Mississippi filed a capital murder charge against Hutto in last week's slaying of 81-year-old Ethel Winstead Simpson of Clinton, Mississippi.

Both women, authorities said today, suffered blunt force trauma to their upper bodies.

(Snipped)

Hutto also is also charged with robbery and attempted murder in an attack on an Auburn man. That victim, Mark Ambers Cox, 56, remains at UAB Hospital in Birmingham in fair condition. Authorities say Cox was stabbed multiple times after a chance meeting with Hutto at a Lee County convenience store on Friday.

(Snipped)


Authorities initially believed Rardon's death was a natural one because of ongoing health problems. But when U.S. Marshals came looking for Hutto and learned she had died, a murder investigation was launched. The autopsy showed foul play.

hoppyfrog
09-21-2010, 08:19 PM
I am moving this thread to the Awaiting Trial forum.

Thanks for caring so much about Ethel.

RubyRed
09-21-2010, 08:35 PM
It just keeps getting worst.

James Hutto is now accused of killing his aunt in Alabama along with the stabbing of a man also in Alabama. That is why he has a bond in Alabama.

He has also been charged with capital murder in Mississippi in the death of Ethel Simpson.

So two murder charges and a charge of attempted murder and burglary.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/09/birmingham_police_add_murder_c.html

Birmingham police have filed a murder charge against a Jasper man suspected in a trail of terror in at least two states.

James "Jamie" Cobb Hutto III, a 39-year-old convicted rapist who used to fight in Tough Man competitions, is accused in the death of his 68-year-old aunt, Virginia "Faye" Rardon of Birmingham.

Earlier today, authorities in Mississippi filed a capital murder charge against Hutto in last week's slaying of 81-year-old Ethel Winstead Simpson of Clinton, Mississippi.

Both women, authorities said today, suffered blunt force trauma to their upper bodies.

(Snipped)

Hutto also is also charged with robbery and attempted murder in an attack on an Auburn man. That victim, Mark Ambers Cox, 56, remains at UAB Hospital in Birmingham in fair condition. Authorities say Cox was stabbed multiple times after a chance meeting with Hutto at a Lee County convenience store on Friday.

(Snipped)


Authorities initially believed Rardon's death was a natural one because of ongoing health problems. But when U.S. Marshals came looking for Hutto and learned she had died, a murder investigation was launched. The autopsy showed foul play.

bbm

I agree it is getting worse but with all he has done in Alabama why on earth would they set a bond? He is a murderer in Alabama as well. Have you heard what the bond was set at? Who wants this POS on the streets. I know he won't get out because MS wants him, I just find it strange.

ms_writer
09-21-2010, 08:51 PM
bbm

I agree it is getting worse but with all he has done in Alabama why on earth would they set a bond? He is a murderer in Alabama as well. Have you heard what the bond was set at? Who wants this POS on the streets. I know he won't get out because MS wants him, I just find it strange.

I think the reason they set bond is because as of right now, he is only charged with attempted murder in Alabama (no arrest yet on the aunt, who he is also suspected of killing). Not saying I agree, but it's probably following statute about what crimes are allowed bond.

Joe Friday
09-22-2010, 10:48 AM
http://www2.nbc13.com/news/2010/sep/22/jasper-man-now-charged-two-deaths-al-and-ms-ar-862989/

Jasper man now charged in two deaths in AL and MS

A Jasper man is now charged in the death of a woman in Birmingham.

The Birmingham Police Department reports that James Hutto, 39, faces a Capital Murder warrant in the death of Virginia Rardon, 68.

(Snipped)

ms_writer
10-20-2010, 07:17 AM
Mississippi will get first crack (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101020/NEWS/10200348/1001/RSS01)at prosecuting Hutto, and he will face the death penalty.