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    MO - Benjamin Renick, 29, snake breeder, shot to death, New Florence, 8 June 2017

    Authorities investigate Missouri snake breederís death
    6/16/17 8:30 AM

    NEW FLORENCE, Mo. ó Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri snake breeder who was shot several times by an intruder.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2ry8p4y ) reports that Montgomery County Sheriff Matthew Schoo says 29-year-old Benjamin Renick was found last week near several hundred caged snakes inside his business, Renick Reptiles.

    He specialized in breeding designer pythons at the business that he ran out of a building near his home. He sold the nonvenomous snakes nationwide.

    http://www.therepublic.com/2017/06/1...reeder-killed/
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    I am wondering who will be taking care of the snakes at the farm now. As long as they are fed well they are content to be in the cages. But if not they are great escape artists to go on the hunt for food. By looking at the website for Renick Reptiles it appears to me that those enclosures are not substantial to hold a strong python or constrictor who wants out. Not to mention how aggressive they become.

    JMO

    http://benrenick.com/

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    MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A Montgomery County man was found dead after being shot multiple times by an unknown intruder on his reptile farm.
    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department initially were called out to the farm off of Highway RB Thursday night for a possible incident with a snake. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the owner, 29-year-old Benjamin Renick,*was dead.

    http://www.komu.com/mobile/story.cfm...known-intruder

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    He was found inside his business, Renick Reptiles, near 300 to 400 exotic snakes held in cages, said Montgomery County Sheriff Matthew Schoo, who was tight-lipped on details.
    “When we are talking about homicide, we like to keep that pretty close to the vest,” he said. “We don’t have too many of those. We have people of interest, and we are working that angle.”
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...f90e45b35.html

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    It seems that this property that Ben lived on has a storied past, and his snake farm was on it...

    "Until recently, two of his sons lived on the 72-acre property with their families in separate homes. At 6:35 p.m. June 8, an emergency call went out over the radio about the youngest one possibly being killed by a large snake that was on the loose.

    But that’s not what happened. Police said Benjamin B. Renick, 29, was shot several times by an unknown intruder."

    I live in MO and I have no seen the MO Highway Patrol Drug and Crime Unit involved in a regular homicide.

    JMO



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