GA - Gene Siller, 41, Paul Pierson, 76, & Henry Valdez, 46, murdered, Cobb Co, 3 July 2021 *ARREST*

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  1. noseynellie

    noseynellie Well-Known Member

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    My post with the newspaper clip was deleted for not having a link to the original source (I think). It was from the Palm Beach Post, Sunday, March 14, 2010. It can be searched on newspapers.com.

    It shows the accused killer had a nice childhood (IMO) and probably could’ve done many things with his life. Maybe Campbell HS isn’t the greatest school out of metro Atlanta options but it was once good enough for Julia Roberts. So thinking the same as alsleuther posted earlier.

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  2. alsleuther

    alsleuther Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, Noseynellie. I don't know many specifics about Campbell HS, but on Greatschools.org, I can see that it has an 87% graduation rate and 61% of those students go on to pursue higher education.

    Explore Campbell High School in Smyrna, GA

    My point was that he probably had some sort of decent family background and at one point in time (not that long ago) he was studying, getting good grades, graduating with honors and pursuing a college education. Where's his Mom? Usually at this point we'd be hearing some news stories about how he was such a good boy.

    Side note, my friend's son is a straight A, all accelerated classes, honors student at arguably the best HS in all of Cobb County, Walton High School. She just told me last week that instead of going to Walton, he has instead chosen to do the Magnet program at Campbell High School. She told me this while dropping off old Cogat/Iowa prep test booklets that her kids were done with and she was passing on to my kids :) Of all my friends, she's the most focused on quality education for her kids and her first born just chose to go to Campbell :) So while Campbell may have so-so ratings compared to other Cobb County schools, if you are a good student, (as Rhoden presumably was per the friend that said he graduated with honors) they do have some impressive academic programs. So who knows?
     
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  3. MajorHoople

    MajorHoople Well-Known Member

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    Is Bruce Harvey really that good? How is his win and loss record?
     
  4. BOSCOE

    BOSCOE Well-Known Member

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    He's not Ed Garland but pretty darn close. Not sure about his record but he has worked on some big cases especially in big A. He his quite comfortable with high profile and/or unusual cases. Also excellent at brokering deals when it doesn't appear that's an option.

    An old friend of mine used him MANY years ago. Personally I wouldn't count him out on this one. MOO
     
  5. fred&edna

    fred&edna Well-Known Member

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    I made a request. :)

    But, someone reminded me that if this were the case, media would have reported it... which is likely true.
     
  6. moonriverfarm

    moonriverfarm Well-Known Member

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    Any updates?
     
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  7. dixiegirl1035

    dixiegirl1035 I will do it, but I won't like it

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    Last news update was 5 days ago from what I can find on this case. MOO
     
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  8. everybodhi

    everybodhi Well-Known Member

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  9. Herat

    Herat Way out West

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    I haven't seen one yet anywhere.

    Nor have there been any comments at all from family or friends.

    It's almost as if he was in the Federal Witness Protection program and this Pierson identity is a cover.
     
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  10. Kittybunny

    Kittybunny Well-Known Member

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    I suspect that in addition to the shock of his death, perhaps his family was unaware of any of his connections to marijuana, and maybe they are very conservative and just don't know how to handle the revelations/are ashamed.

    This is a strange one for sure.
     
  11. scdiv

    scdiv Well-Known Member

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    The lack of updates in this case is truly bizarre.
     
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  13. everybodhi

    everybodhi Well-Known Member

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  14. everybodhi

    everybodhi Well-Known Member

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    They may be very conservative, but even Kansas has a medical marijuana bill now and 36 states now have some form of legal pot. Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Arizona and Michigan, all states with Republican-led legislatures have legalized recreational use.
    Personally, I would never do a news interview, microphones freak me out. I certainly wouldn't stick my face onto this kind of high profile case and open myself up to the social media mobs, not even for my own brother.
    How does that kind of exposure serve the family anyway, what's in it for them?
     
  15. Herat

    Herat Way out West

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    So if the murder victim is not the 76 year old Paul Pierson who is alive in Topeka, KS, who is he.

    Did we ever find out which state license plates were on the white pickup, that has been described as owned by Pierson? I assume they determine ownership by the vehicle registration and insurance documents.
     
  16. Kittybunny

    Kittybunny Well-Known Member

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    Good point. For some reason I thought that they said that they were going to issue a statement, which is why people were waiting for one. But you're right, I can't imagine why they would.
     
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  17. fred&edna

    fred&edna Well-Known Member

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    Paul LeRoy Pierson is the 74 year old alive in Topeka. The Paul Pierson I found in Kansas had a different middle name (and I do believe he is/was 76).
     
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  18. alibabaGo

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    Obituary? Other than the bot generated ones?
     
  19. fred&edna

    fred&edna Well-Known Member

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    I haven't looked for an obit for him. Would be good if we could find one, though!
     
  20. everybodhi

    everybodhi Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure about the Kansas connection and that previous post with the theory Pierson is a fake identity from the witness protection program is as good a guess as any. jmo
    A disguised person in the witness protection program, a confidential informant, and a really nice guy who owns a cannabis dispensary.
    If any of that is true, gotta wonder who the silent partners are, that may be the real murderer who the cops were originally setting up to bust before he killed everyone. /speculation
    The original description of the shooter was not Bryan Rhoden.
    Or maybe I just watch too many movies.
    There's a brief bio on Pierson's company website and some photos of the truck.
    Looking at photos of his biz address on Google maps, it's all very strange.
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    Paul Pierson's death stirs confusion with Topekan Paul L. Pierson
    "The middle name of the slain Paul Pierson hasn't been released.
    It quoted public documents as saying the slain Pierson spent much of his adult life in and around California’s Wine Country, and was the director, president, treasurer and secretary of Mound House, Nev.-based EcoServices Environmental Remediation Services Inc.
    The telephone number that business lists on its website is no longer a working number, The Capital-Journal learned Tuesday.
    The newspaper tried unsuccessfully to make contact with several people online records suggested were connected with the slain Pierson.
    No obituary for him could be found."

    Rapper charged with Gene Siller's murder knew other victims: report
    "..a friend of Valdez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Rhoden knew the other two victims.
    Pierson — who was in Georgia from Topeka, Kansas — was a longtime associate of Valdez who also had previous dealings with the suspected killer, the paper said, without elaborating. Pierson’s relatives have not responded to requests for comment, AJC said.
     

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