A 22-year-old Missouri man was indicted for the murder of five middle-aged white men since last year and one white woman — including four on south Kansas City walking trails. Frederick Demond Scott, a 23-year-old black man, and faces a total of six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of armed criminal action in a string of killings that began in August 2016.
He made the inflammatory and racist statements including an incident in January of 2014 at Center Alternative School where he threatened to shoot up a school and “kill all white people,” according to a municipal citation for harassment. Court records quoted Scott as stating – “I want to shoot the school up, Columbine-style.” He was sentenced to 180 days in jail but the sentence was suspended and he was given probation instead. He was also ordered to stay away from the school and “intense” supervision was ordered at that time.
He had also had other issues with local law enforcement. Last year, he was found guilty of stealing a three-pack of underwear from a Dollar General. He was also ordered to pay $100 restitution for ripping the screens off of two front windows at the home where he lived. None of his previous involvement with law enforcement gave any indication that he was violent or had any intention of killing anyone.
All five of the male victims were white men between ages 54 and 67. All five were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street. The female victim was homeless. Her decomposing body was found in a tent in woods in Grandview, a suburb of Kansas City. According to police, she was also shot much like the male victims. If Scott is found to be responsible for all six deaths, he would meet the FBI’s standard of a serial killer.
57-year-old Steve Gibbons is the fifth and final victim and was shot in the head in broad daylight
DNA linked Scott to his murder and to that of the first victim 54 yr old John Palmer.
Scott’s mother had stated previously in an interview with The Kansas City Star that her son suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and refused to take his medication or seek additional treatment due to the way the anti-psychotics made him feel. In 2013, Scott was charged in a Kansas City municipal court for assaulting his mother and was court ordered to be evaluated for substance abuse. She claims that she was unaware of any racial motivation for the killings or any problems he might have with white people. His mother stated of Scott and his potentially racial motivations for killing – “As far as I know Fredrick never had a problem with white people. He would do odd jobs for people and some of those people were white men.” She also stated she had no recollection of the events that transpired at Center Alternative School.
Scott repeatedly testified to detectives after his arrest about his anger regarding the shooting death of his 23-year-old half-brother on his father’s side, Gerrod H. Woods. Woods was fatally shot by Jimmie Verge, also a black man, in a December 14, 2015, robbery at a local convenience store. Verge was convicted and is currently serving a 45-year prison sentence for the murder of Woods and another man. Police state it is unclear at this time why Scott chose to target white men and they refuse to speculate on if the shootings were racially motivated.
The Daily Mail reports of the murdered victims and how law enforcement officials were able to trace the evidence back to Scott –
“The DNA trail that caught up with Scott didn’t end with, Steven Gibbons, 57, who died August 13, 2017, after he got off a bus in south Kansas City.
Police then matched the DNA from his crime scene to that found at the murder scene of John Palmer, 54, whose body was found on August 19, 2016 – making him the first of Scott’s supposed victims.
He was killed on East Bannister Road and Lydia Avenue near the Indian Creek hiking trail – which led to the slayings being dubbed ‘the Indian Creek Murders’.
The next victim linked to Scott was David Lenox, 67, whose body was found just steps from his front door on the 9900 block of Walnut Street on February 27 of this year.
61-year-old Mike Darby was killed in May 2017
67-year-old David Lenox was killed in February 2017
He had been walking one of his dogs when he was killed. It was with him when police arrived. A .380-caliber bullet was recovered from the scene.
On April 4, Timothy S Rice, 57, was found dead in a shelter at Minor Park, near East Red Bridge Road and 110th Street, close to Blue River Trail.
He had been shot multiple times with 9mm ammunition in the head and elsewhere.
After Rice’s death, Scott reported that his 9mm handgun had been stolen, police claim.
57-year-old Timothy S. Rice was killed in April 2017
And the fourth alleged victim, Mike Darby, 61, the co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill, a popular local establishment, was found dead on the Indian Creek trail off 103rd Street.
He had been walking his two dogs when he was shot in the back of the head with a .22-caliber bullet on May 18. They stayed by his body until police arrived.
Karen Harmeyer, 64, who was homeless, was found in her tent by friends on July 19, she also was shot.
Karen Harmeyer is the only female victim
Scott was charged with the murders on August 18, but his arrest was not announced until Tuesday.
He has pleaded not guilty to the three initial charges of murder.”