Friday, September 30, 2011

Man charged in Child Porn case in Bossier City was convicted of triple murder in Ohio

The Times is reporting that Clifford Chase II, who was arrested for having child porn on his computer when he took it to Best Buy for repairs, was convicted of the triple murder of his parents and his brother in 1974.
Apparently Chase completed his sentence, so there is an argument that he served his time so he should be left alone concerning that case.
There is also an argument that if a convicted triple murderer is living in your neighborhood, you have a right to know it.
I was not able to find a lot of details, but with some research online did find that he was still in prison in 1996, training guide dogs for the blind.
I also found these headlines from The Columbus Dispatch.

THREE MEMBERS OF A WORTHINGTON FAMILY ARE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH AT THEIR MANSION HOME; DEAD ARE ROBERT CHASE, 44, HIS WIFE, JOAN, 42, AND THEIR SON, ROBERT WHITTIER AMES, 17* Monday, February 4, 1974

19-YEAR-OLD CLIFFORD CHASE II ADMITS TO KILLING HIS FATHER, ROBERT, HIS MOTHER, JOAN, AND HIS BROTHER, ROBERT, IN THEIR HOME AT 340 TUCKER DRIVE, AFTER AN ARGUMENT Tuesday, February 5, 1974

PLEAS OF INNOCENT AND INNOCENT BY REASON OF INSANITY ARE ENTERED ON BEHALF OF CLIFFORD CHASE II ON CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED MURDER IN THE SLAYING OF HIS PARENTS AND BROTHER  Friday, February 15, 1974

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY COURT OF APPEALS REVERSED A LOWER COURT RULING AND HELD THAT AN ORAL & SIGNED CONFESSION BY CLIFFORD CHASE TO THE TRIPLE HOMICIDE CAN BE USED IN HIS TRIAL Wednesday, December 18, 1974

THE PROSECUTION CLAIMED THAT CLIFFORD G CHASE II KILLED HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER BECAUSE THEY WITNESSED THE SLAYING OF ROBERT CHASE, 44 Thursday, October 2, 1975

ROBERT (WHIT) CHASE, 17, APPARENTLY STRUGGLED AND TRIED TO TAKE THE GUN AWAY FROM THE PERSON WHO FIRED TWO BULLETS INTO HIS CHEST ACCORDING TO A FIREARMS EXPERT Friday, October 3, 1975

CLIFFORD G CHASE II WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ONE COUNT OF MURDER IN THE SLAYING OF HIS FATHER AND TWO COUNTS OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE SLAYING OF HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER Saturday, October 11, 1975

CLIFFORD G CHASE II WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE MURDER OF THREE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY Wednesday, October 15, 1975

THE OHIO SUPREME COURT RULES THAT CLIFFORD CHASE MUST BE RETRIED IN THE 1974 MURDERS OF HIS FAMILY BECAUSE A COMMON PLEAS CT JURY WAS NOT TOLD HOW TO CONSIDER HIS INSANITY DEFENSE  Thursday, August 3, 1978
 
CLIFFORD CHASE, 23, PLEADS GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE MURDER OF HIS FAMILY ROBERT, JOAN, AND ROBERT (WHIT) CHASE ON FEB 3, 1974  Tuesday, November 14, 1978

17 comments:

  1. Ohio must have some pretty lax laws dealing with dangerous felons. If I recall years ago, when I was working for the police department, we were working a child molestation case where a creep forced a young boy to perform acts on him. When the guy was arrested we found out he had done the same thing in another state, and I seem to call it was Ohio, and that state's parole board allowed him to come to Louisiana and didn't notify this state.

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  2. We seem to be getting pretty laxed around here too. Go spend a day in Benton and watch the ADAs cut sweetheart deals left and right. They do this because they are part- time. Which means the longer they spend in the courtroom in Benton, the less time they have to spend at their private practice. Defense attorneys known this and they use to their advantage. For some reason though we blame the police when a guy continues to get out of jail over and over just wreak havoc on society. Wake up Bossier or we too wil turn into Shreveport or Ohio

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  3. What do you mean "turn into Shreveport"? Bossier is just the part of the Shreveport metro area that is east of the Red River.

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  4. I say we turn this site into My Ohio and fix this mess.

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  5. Yeah I knew it would all end up being the bossier da office fault that this guy murdered people in Ohio 25 years ago

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  6. The Bossier D.A.'S office wasn't responsible for what happened in Ohio, but the rate it's going it soon will be responsible for letting someone go who should have been locked up for life. All for the sake of saving a buck or two to put in the good old boys' slush fund.

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  7. 8:36,
    Wow you missed the point completely.

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  8. The fact of the matter is that there are to many drug cases being prosecuted all over the country. End the "war on drugs" and we can keep as many killers in jail as we need and not have to pay more taxes.

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  9. Yea, that's what I want. A bunch of drug addicts running free. Great logic.

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  10. Have any of you looked into the details of the crime? The circumstances that led up to the tragedy in 1974 in Worthington OH? Does anyone know exactly what was found on his computer or how it got there in the first place? Don't be so quick to judge others without facts. I am a Worthington resident who was around in 1974 and went to school with the Chase Children.

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  11. I too was a friend of the Chase family and the situation was just tragic! I am glad that Cliff was able to work with dogs in prison. Didn't know he was out, but spending 25 years there could have twisted him even more. So sad.

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  12. What is the status of his child pornography arrest/trial?

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  13. I do agree that we should be allowed to know of felons in our area. It is not up to us to judge people for their crimes, lifestyles, financial status, etc., however I do feel that we have the right to the knowledge and we should not have to investigate our neighbor to find out about those crimes. Also, as far as the Shreveport dig... come on... Really? I live in Bossier and strongly prefer it, but I grew up in Shreveport. It does seem much safer in Bossier but we are much smaller. As far as the ADA's office.... again no one should judge those offices because you dont see their case loads and you really dont know ALL sides of the story. Bossier Court House is bogged down everyday with ppl coming in to file restraining orders against their son for beating up their dog, etc... I mean come on!!! No wonder we cant keep a better eye on Sex Offenders or get a grip on the "Drug War". It really doesnt matter because its not for you or anyone else to judge. If you dont like the system, do something proactive to help it.

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  14. Court case keeps getting delayed for Chase. It appears to be happening on July 3, 2012. Bossier City Parish Court, Case C110044153732818

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  15. I knew "Whit", Clifford's younger brother. That household was a nightmare. His parents, both physicians, appeared so normal but were not. His Mom was a child psychiatrist...or psychologist...so perhaps not a physican...but that doesn't really matter. I had heard all sorts of horror stories about what they did to their kids but chose to not believe them. Then, one day, I saw Cliff's father pick their dog up and brake his leg with his bare hands because the dog got in his way while he was walking. I never went to their house again. I don't know what it would have been like to have been brought up in that kind of house but...well...we all know what the outcome was.

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  16. I, too, heard horror stories about Clifford Chase's parents. That they mercilessly tormented their kids as psychological "research" tools, often locking them in their pitch black wine cellar for indefinite periods of time. I also heard that Whit was actually more psychologically damaged (by his insidious parents) than his brother (& murdered by him because he felt he was too far gone). This is a sad story all the way around. I've always felt really sorry for Clifford. I sincerely hope his computer was used & that he did not do this. His parents were well paid monsters.

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  17. Whit was so talented. I took classes with him at Columbus Jr Theater of the arts. Just before the murders he appeared in the newspaper as the lead actor in his high school musical. I wish I'd had the chance to call and congratulate him. I was totally shocked at the loss of this wonderful boy.

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