Emery Brothers Aug 24, 2017 articles

Could brothers in life-long sex abuse investigation be tied to missing children?

SEATTLE – There was no immediate connection between three Seattle brothers who police believed collected child pornography for decades and local missing person cases.

But at least one law enforcement officer is investigating the possibility. The Gray’s Harbor Sheriff told KIRO 7 he’s investigating whether the brothers have any connection to the 2009 disappearance of Lindsey Baum in southwest Washington.

Charles Emery, 82, Thomas Emery, 80, and Edwin Emery, 79, are charged with possessing child pornography.

“It’s very clear that these three individuals have an obsession with young female children, they’ve had this obsession for most if not all of their lives, and they acted on it,” said Capt. Mike Edwards, who leads SPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

Detectives discovered a staggering amount of child pornography along with children’s worn clothing, underwear, small shoes, toys and movies. Investigators believe each of the men spent the majority of their lives sexually abusing children.

But it was an unearthed “manifesto” about Satanic rituals, kidnapping, raping and killing girls that led detectives to dig under sheds, searching for evidence of potential murder. Charles’ writings were found buried and partially burned — along with a child’s hat.

“Their writings express desires to kill children,” Edwards said.

Baum flier found at family home

Lindsey Baum disappeared from McCleary while walking back from a friend’s house in 2009. The 10-year-old’s disappearance sparked a nationwide investigation.

McCleary is a roughly 30-minute drive from Shelton, where the brothers also owned a property. The Emery’s now-deceased brother, Donald, remained in the Shelton home until 2016.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott confirmed to KIRO 7 News that a flier about Baum was found in the Shelton home, but there is no known connection between the brothers and the disappearance of Baum. Police are investigating.

“When we heard of the link to the Shelton property, and its proximity to McCleary, and the nature of the paper work they found at the [Seattle home] … We immediately began to see if there’s anything that would link to our investigation,” Scott told KIRO 7 News.

“The Lindsey Baum case has been and will be a priority until we find closure or find Lindsey safe. We’ve worked on the case every day in some shape or form.”

According to Scott, detectives intend to do an extensive search of the Shelton property, but it will take a large team as it sits on 14 to 17 acres of land.

Viewer questions about 1956 case

Back at the brothers’ home near Green Lake, detectives on Wednesday set up a tent on the lawn to search and remove items.

Some neighborhood residents and people on social media have speculated on missing person cases connections in the North Seattle area, but police have not indicated any links. A commenter on the KIRO 7 Facebook page mentioned a case where a young girl’s body was found in a garage in the 1950s.

KIRO 7 News ran an archive search that showed in June 1956, the body of Kathryn Ruoff was found in a garage at 4718 Sixth Ave. N.E. – a site that was bulldozed for the construction of Interstate 5.

But a mentally ill man, Ray John Earl Barker, admitted to molesting and killing Ruoff when he was 12. Barker was charged with second-degree murder in April 1963 and was committed to Western State Hospital.

Former Seattle cold case detective gives perspective

KIRO 7 News talked to a retired Seattle homicide detective about the social media speculation and possible connections between the Emery brothers and missing persons.

That detective, Mike Ciesynski, said it would be out of the ordinary for missing persons cases to line up.

“Especially when that child went missing from the neighborhood and never had any contact with the suspect,” said Ciesynski, who spent years investigating Seattle cold cases.

“In my experience … usually the case revolves around the mother’s boyfriend [physically] assaulting one of the kids, [child] goes missing … and in some cases the mother tries to cover it up for the boyfriend.”

As for detectives currently working on the Emery brothers’ investigation, the case remains active. They’re seeking leads from the public and any information related to possible victims. Anyone with information can call 206-684-5259.

http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/could-brothers-in-life-long-sex-abuse-investigation-be-tied-to-missing-children/597121038

 

Investigators look for possible missing children connections to Emery brothers child porn case

MONTESANO, Wash. – Some of the evidence police collected at the three Emery brothers’ Seattle home has led some to wonder if any local children who have gone missing could be connected to the elderly men.

Neighbors in the small town of McCleary say old wounds have now been ripped open over the case of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum who disappeared in 2009.

Investigators from multiple agencies told Q13 News no concrete evidence linking the Emery brothers to Lindsey’s disappearance exists so far.

The top cop at the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office has been working on Lindsey’s case since 2009, and he promised to continue searching until he can tell her mother exactly what happened.

“It brings back horrible memories and it’s just. It’s just very sad,” said Kristina Greenfield, who lives in McCleary.

In the middle of the small town, a large photo of Lindsey is displayed, easy for many to see.

Lindsey went missing in the summer of 2009 while walking home from a friend’s house — many families in Grays Harbor County remember like it was yesterday.

“There’s posters everywhere,” said Greenfield. “My kids ask about it so I have to explain to them what’s going on.”

Police say Edwin Emery, 79, Thomas Emery, 80, and Charles Emery, 82, lived in the same home in north Seattle for about 50 years. They were arrested Monday and charged with possession of child pornography.

Evidence recovered at the Emerys’ Seattle home included pornographic images of underage girls, and young girl’s clothing – but also magazine clippings of missing and murdered children, Seattle police say.

It was later learned that another Emery brother, now deceased, had owned a house in Shelton and left it to his brothers.

Greenfield fears Lindsey’s disappearance could somehow be connected.

“I just don’t even want to think of something horribly happening to a child like that,” she said. “I would just hope there would be closure for her mom.”

“It’s never going to be a cold case, it’s something that’s always going to be active,” said Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott.

Scott has worked Lindsey’s case since the beginning, but connecting her case to the Emery brothers has so far not panned out.

Over the years police have identified several persons of interest in her case, but nobody has been criminally charged.

And since Lindsey disappeared so close to the Emerys’ Shelton property, local law enforcement vow to dig deep to find any possible connection to Lindsey.

“Lindsey certainly fits their victim profile and it’s something that we’re going to try to look further into and see where it takes us,” said Scott.

Lindsey’s mother told Q13 News she was too upset for an on-camera interview but posted a statement to her Facebook page that said in part:

“I am devastated at the thought of these monsters being involved in Lindsey’s abduction. But at this point it’s too soon to know. I pray for answers not only for myself but for other mothers and families going through this nightmare too.”

Investigators look for possible missing children connections to Emery brothers child porn case

Sheriff’s office watching Seattle arrests for Baum connection

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office now is looking into the connection between Lindsey Baum, a missing child from McCleary, and three elderly brothers recently arrested on child pornography charges in Seattle.

Charles Emery, 82, Thomas Emery, 80, and Edwin Emery, 79, all of the Green Lake neighborhood in Seattle, were charged with two counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexual conduct on Aug. 21.

A family member had been cleaning the men’s home when she discovered what is believed to be material depicting the sexual abuse of minors, SeattlePI.com has reported. Charging papers noted that the home was covered “floor to ceiling with child exploitative images, children’s clothing articles, toys and movies.” Handwritten notes found at the home describe kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of girls.

A fourth brother had lived in Shelton until he died in 2016. The brothers are believed to have visited that family property in Mason County.

During an initial search of the properties, authorities found a missing person poster for Lindsey Baum, who went missing from McCleary in 2009. Baum was 10 years old when she disappeared. She had been walking home from a friend’s house alone in McCleary and was never seen again. An extensive search was launched, but no sign of Baum was found.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott said his office is interested in the brothers and would like to know if the brothers are connected to Baum’s disappearance.

“At this point, there is no connection. This is kind of more about common sense and due diligence,” Scott said on Aug. 24. “We don’t know that these guys have any knowledge or involvement in her disappearance, but we don’t know that they didn’t. An investigation will either exclude them from scrutiny or heighten our interest.”

For Scott, proximity is important.

“We have three brothers who it turns out have been involved in decades with predatory sexual behavior targeting children. They have a history of acquiring child porn and victimizing children,” Scott said. “We now know they grew up and frequented a family property in Shelton.”

The Seattle Police Department and Mason County Sheriff’s Office are the lead agencies in the investigation, but Scott has asked that his office be included in future searches to see if there is anything that connects the brothers to Baum’s disappearance.

“They’ve lived in that Green Lake area since 1962. The oldest brother lived at the family property outside of Shelton, but it’s my understanding — and this is all preliminary information — that the three brothers from Seattle regularly frequented the property outside of Shelton,” Scott said. “We know they were mobile going back and forth from Seattle to Shelton. It’s reasonable to think they could have been in and around McCleary.”

“If we know they were in and around McCleary during that time period or that they’re related to any of the people who share that last name who live in our county, that will be something we’ll be interested in exploring further,” he said.

Scott said no connections had been established as of Aug. 24.

Following the brothers’ arrests, authorities have scoured the associated properties in search of evidence. The home in Seattle has been described as something that would be featured on the TV show Hoarders.

One woman told police she had been abused by Charles and Edwin Emery as a child, the Seattle PI reported. Charles Emery was working as a janitor at Seattle Children’s hospital when the abuse occurred.

According to the Seattle PI, charging papers state the handwritten notes depicting rape, torture and murder of children were “manifestos” written by Charles Emery.

“Edwin and Thomas Emery referred to Charles Emery’s manifestos detailing child rape and homicide and his extensive collection of items related thereto as ‘Charles’ hobby,’” the charging papers state.

The Seattle PI also reports that charging papers state, “Both Thomas and Edwin Emery denied knowledge of child homicide, but would reply to law enforcement questions on the topic that it was ‘possible’ if everything the officers was saying was true.”

Edwin Emery admitted to being sexually attracted to children, while Thomas Emery told investigators he kept hundreds of items of child pornography because he “considered it art,” according to charging papers.

Edwin Emery had been investigated in 2013 when he took his computer into a store to be fixed. An employee reported that the computer contained child pornography, the Seattle PI reported: “Edwin Emery was interviewed by police in 2013 and admitted to sexually abusing at least two people many years before. He also is alleged to have admitted to printing child pornography. That investigation did not ultimately result in charges because most of the material found on Edwin Emery’s computer was not clearly child pornography.”

This article references the Seattle PI report “Police: Seattle Children’s janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child abuse”

http://www.thevidette.com/news/sheriffs-office-watching-seattle-arrests-for-baum-connection/

 

Police: Seattle Children’s janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child abuse

Investigators discover trove of child pornography, children’s shoes, handwritten descriptions of child murders in elderly men’s Green Lake home

King County prosecutors have filed child pornography charges against three Seattle brothers – including one who for decades worked as a janitor at Seattle Children’s hospital – caught with a disturbing collection of images, child’s clothing and handwritten notes in their home.

Charles, Edwin and Thomas Emery lived together in a Green Lake-neighborhood home covered “floor to ceiling with child exploitative images, children’s clothing articles, toys and movies,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson said in charging papers. Gregson noted that the investigation is ongoing into handwritten notes found at the home describing the murder of children.

“Charles Emery maintained an extensive ‘collection’ of materials related to the sexual assault and murder of female children,” Gregson said. “Edwin and Thomas Emery referred to Charles Emery’s manifestos detailing child rape and homicide and his extensive collection of items related thereto as ‘Charles’ hobby.”

Childless and unmarried, the Emery brothers lived together for more than 50 years, most recently in the 100 block of Northeast 59th Street. A police investigation was launched Aug. 9 after a woman contacted officers claiming they sexually abused her.

The woman pointed police to boxes of child pornography, girls’ clothing and magazine clippings related to missing or murdered young girls. Investigators claim to have recovered handwritten notes describing the kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of girls.

Seattle Police Department Capt. Mike Edwards said investigators are combing evidence recovered from the home to determine whether the brothers may have killed or hurt children beyond the identified victims they are believed to have sexually abused.

“A lot of these writings were very specific about harming children, abusing children and even murdering children,” said Edwards, who leads the regional Internet Crimes Against Children unit based at the Seattle Police Department.

“The house itself was like one of the worst houses you’d ever see on an episode of ‘Hoarders,’” Edwards continued. “We don’t want to miss anything.”

According to charging papers, the woman discovered the boxes while cleaning out Charles Emery’s possessions. Charles Emery, 82, was recently moved into a nursing home due to dementia.

Interviewed by detectives, Thomas Emery, 80, and Edwin Emery, 78, initially claimed they hadn’t entered the garage where those boxes were stored in years, Detective Danial Conine said in court papers said.

Investigators searched the Emery home on Saturday. They spent more than 30 hours scouring the home, which they described as a “hoarder” house.

Edwards said the men appeared to have closed themselves off from much of the world, except for a fourth brother who lived in Shelton and died in late 2016. Police searched his property as well.

Detectives will attempt to piece together a history of the Emery brothers in coming days. What appears clear, Edwards said, is that they had been abusing girls known to them for decades without a report to police.

One woman told police she had been abused by Charles and Edwin Emery as a child, according to charging papers. Charles Emery was working at Seattle Children’s hospital when the abuse occurred.

“The one message we beat the drum over all the time is, ‘Report it, report it, report it,’” Edwards said. “These types of cycles can only be broken if someone speaks out.”

Printed child pornography was found throughout the home, according to charging papers. Thomas and Edwin Emery were arrested at the scene.

“Both Emery brothers remained nonchalant and relatively unconcerned about the serious nature of the investigation,” Conine said in court papers.

Edwin Emery admitted to being sexually attracted to children, while Thomas Emery told investigators he kept hundreds of items of child pornography because he “considered it art,” according to charging papers.

“Both Thomas and Edwin Emery denied knowledge of child homicide, but would reply to law enforcement questions on the topic that it was ‘possible’ if everything the officers was saying was true,” Conine said.

Investigators will now undertake the difficult work of identifying the girls displayed in child pornography taken from the homes. Edwards said some of the material appeared to have been obtained online, but that it was too early to know whether the brothers had produced any on their own.

Writing the court, Conine outlined the bizarre, disturbing collection of items recovered from the home:

“Dozens of pairs of children’s shoes most of which are penny loafer-style shoes with pennies inserted in the front of the shoes; several pairs of minor female children-style underwear … ; dozens of books and articles related to child homicide, child sexual assault, and missing and murdered female child victims to include both local and national cases; dozens of images of minor female children apparently taken from advertisements placed in magazines and newspapers on which some contain handwritten notes concerning the sexual abuse and murder of the depicted child and/or children;

“Dozens of papers and scraps of papers containing handwritten notes detailing ritualistic and satanic sacrifices of minor female children, the sexual abuse of minor female children, the grooming and supplying of minor female children with vodka placed inside soda pop … and the repeated detailed description of how the minor female children would wear penny loafer shoes prior to the abuse and murder.”

Conine went on to note that investigators found numerous books on ritualistic killings, graphic photos of child homicides and airplane bottles of vodka tucked inside the children’s shoes. Several rolls of microfiche film were also recovered.

Edwin Emery had been investigated in 2013 after bringing his desktop computer to Office Depot for service. An employee reported to police that the computer contained child pornography.

According to Conine’s statement, Edwin Emery was interviewed by police in 2013 and admitted to sexually abusing at least two people many years before. He also is alleged to have admitted to printing child pornography.

That investigation did not ultimately result in charges because most of the material found on Edwin Emery’s computer was not clearly child pornography, Edwards said.

The Emery brothers are being held at King County Jail. They have been charged with second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Police-Seattle-Children-s-janitor-brothers-11948353.php