This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Suspect says he was high on meth when he committed murders (Indiana)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The man charged with killing a woman and her two daughters said he was high on methamphetamine when he committed the murders and only remembered killing two of the victims.

Daniel Ray Wilkes, 37, of Vincennes told the Evansville Courier & Press for a Saturday story that he been awake for a week before killing 38-year-old Donna Claspell and 13-year-old Avery Pike.

Wilkes also is charged in the death of Sydne Claspell, 9, but said he had no memory of it.

“I didn't even know her youngest daughter was there, and still don't remember her being there,” he told the newspaper Friday during an interview in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Police officers found the bodies of Claspell and the girls inside their locked home on Evansville's west side on Wednesday after Claspell's mother reported she had not seen them for days.

Donna Claspell and her 9-year-old daughter were found in a back room of the home, and Avery was tied to a bed naked, Police Chief Brad Hill said. Investigators had no evidence she was sexually assaulted but were examining the possibility, he said.

Wilkes told investigators he beat Donna Claspell to death and strangled Avery Pike with clothing early Monday, a court affidavit said.

Autopsies on Thursday determined that Donna Claspell died from multiple blows to the head and cuts to the neck; Avery was strangled, and Sydne died from blows to the head, the Vanderburgh County coroner's office said. The times of the deaths were not immediately determined.

Wilkes was an acquaintance of Claspell and spent time in an addiction recovery program she had attended. He said she allowed him to stay at her house after they left the program and he began using drugs again.

He said Claspell gave him some of the prescription drug Xanax to help him sleep on Sunday night and his memory was inconsistent after that. He said he recalled going into Claspell's bedroom and beating her to death with an object but did not recall what he used.

“I don't know why I did it,” he said.

Wilkes said he went to a liquor store and later returned and killed Avery. He said afterward he thought the murders might have been a dream.

“I pretty much knew in the back of my mind something bad” happened, he added.

“I don't know what to say to them,” Wilkes said of Claspell's family. “There isn't anything you can say to that.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He went a week without sleep due to meth, then the real drug that sent him over the edge was Xanax, which is a powerful mind drug. Meth is a horrible drug yes, but just as horrible are prescription drugs that causes personality changes in people. My wife was placed on Prozac for a few years, the woman I knew for the first 15 years together no longer exist, and it is not a better person than before. I miss her so much even though she swears she is still her. I can see a big difference, like day and night. So put the blame squarely on both drugs where it belongs in this case.

Saturday, September 11, 2010 11:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, put the blame "squarely on the drugs." Are you F'n kidding me? So in your warped liberal love thy criminal it's society's fault way of thinking, you belive this monster bears no culpability what-so-ever for his heinous and depraved acts?!! STFU!!! You are crazy. Let him out I say--then you can have him...idiot.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 5:29:00 PM  

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