Media Mystery: KCMO Man Suspected of at Least Seven Murders, but the National Media Have No Interest in the Story The MSM can obsess for a month about the justified, fatal shooting of a racist, would-be cop-killer, while giving only cursory coverage to a man charged with killing five people on the same day, and who had earlier beaten the rap for a double murder
Nicholas Travis, 19, and Tabitha Brewer, 16, were in love. Travis worked for Brandon B. Howell’s father. Travis' girlfriend, Brewer, had come into a $40,000 settlement from a car accident, but couldn’t draw on the money. And yet, as my partner-in-crime David in TN observed, Howell probably didn’t understand that. Then again, killers kill.
The last time the couple was seen alive, on April 27, 1998, they were in the company of Howell.
Travis' body was found in the backyard of a Kansas City, MO, duplex on Aug. 12, 1998. Howell's father owned the duplex and Howell and Travis had both worked there, according to a detective's probable cause statement. Brewer's body has never been found.
"Three witnesses told authorities that Howell had confessed to killing the couple or had discussed a plan to kill them, according to the statement. The motive may have been a $40,000 settlement that Brewer had received after a car accident, although she was unable to access the money because it was in a trust fund, the statement said." [Man Acquitted of Murder Faces Questions in Kansas City Killings by DeAnn Smith and Chris Oberholtz, KCTV, Sep 03, 2014.]
Howell beat the murder raps in 2005, but pardon me for being underwhelmed by that fact. (Besides, I’m not an officer of the court.) What are the odds that someone else besides Brandon Howell murdered Nicholas Travis and Tabitha Brewer, buried Travis’ corpse in Howell’s father’s backyard, and disappeared Brewer’s corpse entirely?
Where there’s corpses, there’s stench, and everywhere Brandon Howell goes, he leaves a trail of corpses in his wake. White corpses. Howell is black.
He was in prison before, during, and after beating the rap for the Brewer-Travis murders.
On September 2, a man beat George, 80, and Ann Taylor, 86, to death with his bare hands. The Taylors clung to life on respirators for seven days, before their family took them off, and both succumbed to their wounds on September 9.
After the Taylors were beaten, a man shot Alice Lorene Hurst, 88; her son, Darrel, 63; and Susan Choucroun, 69, to death with a shotgun.
Just before midnight that night, Brandon B. Howell was caught walking with a loaded shotgun on the shoulder of a highway.
Howell has been charged with first-degree murder for all five of the murders committed on September 2.
If Howell were white, and his victims black, this story would be worldwide news. But the people he allegedly slaughtered were all white, every man jack of them, and so it’s not news beyond Kansas City.
Howell is also suspected of assaulting three Motel 6 guests on September 2.
In spite of having beaten the rap for the 1998 double murder of Nicholas Travis and Tabitha Brewer, Howell has spent most of his adult life in prison for one violent felony or another.
Howell allegedly robbed the Taylors of their SUV, but most of the crimes had no conventional motive, other than murderous black racism.
In theory, Howell could get the death penalty, if he is convicted for the new murders, but don’t hold your breath.
Keep in mind that Howell may have killed more than seven whites.
On second thought, this is no media mystery at all.
Award-winning, New York-based freelancer Nicholas Stix founded A Different Drummer magazine (1989-93). Stix has written for Die Suedwest Presse, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Middle American News, Toogood Reports, Insight, Chronicles, the American Enterprise, Campus Reports, VDARE, the Weekly Standard, Front Page Magazine, Ideas on Liberty, National Review Online and the Illinois Leader. His column also appears at Men's News Daily, MichNews, Intellectual Conservative, Enter Stage Right and OpinioNet. Stix has studied at colleges and universities on two continents, and earned a couple of sheepskins, but he asks that the reader not hold that against him. His day jobs have included washing pots, building Daimler-Benzes on the assembly-line, tackling shoplifters and teaching college, but his favorite job was changing his son's diapers.