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Stephanie Faye Wagner murder 10/31/06 Logansport, IN

stephaniewagner.jpgThis story, the murder of 16-year-old Stephanie Faye Wagner, is an example of why I believe in the death penalty. On Halloween night 2006, Stephanie was killed on her way home from work. She stopped to help a co-worker who appeared to be having car problems. She worked as a waitress at the Indian Head Restaurant, he, worked there as a diswasher. But he was no ordinary dishwasher. He was Danny Rouse, a 51-year-old convicted child murderer. Did Stephanie know this? Doubtful, as she normally did not work with him. But by all accounts, she was a friendly and helpful person. She probably did not think twice before stopping to help him. When Stephanie did not come home from work, her parents called the police, but then also family members went out to look for her. In fact, it was family members who found her abandoned car, with her purse and cell phone still in the car, but her shoes outside of the car, and a pair of sunglasses. The next morning Rouse showed up to work as normal, and the police took him in for questioning.

Rouse was taken into custody Nov. 1. Police say that during questioning he admitted murdering Stephanie Wagner after she spotted his vehicle on the side of the road and stopped to help.“He said he attempted to strangle Stephanie Wagner and he thought that he had strangled her to death,” Wallace, the Cass County detective, said during Rouse’s probable cause hearing. “And then he noticed that . . . she was not dead and he used what he described as an 8-inch hunting knife, an 8-inch blade … and he stabbed her.”Wallace testified that he drew a map and Rouse pointed out where he’d dumped Stephanie’s body. She was found about a mile from her abandoned car, two rows deep in a field of corn.

Danny Rouse is being held without bond and he has another court date coming up on Jan. 29.

However, in addition to this case, apparently there may be more:

Rouse is also being questioned about two northern Indiana murders committed in the mid-1970s. Police say Rouse gave information in prison that could mean he is a possible suspect in the October 1975 death in Fulton County of 26-year-old Lela Donnelly Hildebrandt. Police also are looking into Rouse’s possible connection to the 1974 death of Nellie Mikesell in Fulton County.

Thus far nothing more has been said about these 2 additional cases, but I am sure more information will be coming out soon. If he is indeed the murderer in those cases, then he will be classified as a serial murderer, as there will be 4 cases attributed to him, including the murder he spent 26 years in prison for, Jason Learst. If he had not been released on parole for that one, at least one life would have been saved.

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Danny Rouse

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15 Responses

  1. i belive danny rouse should live in normal population let the population deal with him as i personally knew stephanie for three yrs i can remember the day i met her sherry and her and her dad and me all went garage sale hunting shy at first but loved everybody her gone has made a tremdous hole in my heart and my sons stephanie was much loved and will always be missed danny will burn in hell when his time comes steph u where taken but u will never be forgotten we all love and miss u rest in peace

  2. Do have any information about a murder that took place in lillington north carolina in 1971. The murderer was Danny Chance and he murdered a 23 year old man and raped a 14 year old girl. This felon is getting out of jail. I wanted more insight on his case.

  3. i wrote a poem in memory of steph. i worked with her as well as danny indian head.this is double hard on me, because steph was my friend i worked with her 6 days a week and started to become very close.what makes this double hard on me is because danny was to be my step-father on decemeber 5,2006.words werent coming to easy so i wrote a poem to express how i feel
    NOT TODAY
    THOUGHT I KNEW YOU,
    I THOUGHT I DID?
    YOU HAD A SECRET,
    ANDKEPT IT HID.

    YOU STOLE SOMETHING,
    PRECIOUS AND DEAR.
    YOU TOOK HER LIFE,
    AND LEFT MUCH FEAR

    IT WASNT YOURS
    NOT YOURS TO TAKE
    THIS IS A NIGHTMARE
    AND IM WIDE AWAKE

    SHE WAS MY FRIEND
    YOUR FRIEND TOO
    WHY DID YOU DO IT
    LEFT BROKEN, LEFT BLUE.

    A YOUNG GIRL
    WHOLE LIFE AHEAD,
    THERES NOTHING NOW
    BECAUSE SHES DEAD

    GREIVING PARENTS
    CRYING FRIENDS
    THE HURT CONTINUES
    JUST NEVER ENDS

    END THE HURT
    STOP MY PAIN
    JUST GO AWAY
    BE ME AGAIN

    LEAVE IT BEHIND
    JUST MOVE ON
    WILL NEVER HAPPEN
    GONE IS GONE

    FORGIVE AND FORGET
    SO THEY SAY
    NOT A CHANCE
    NOT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    steph was literaly a good girl.and i greive for her everyday.

  4. i wrote a poem in memory of steph. i worked with her as well as danny indian head.this is double hard on me, because steph was my friend i worked with her 6 days a week and started to become very close.what makes this double hard on me is because danny was to be my step-father on decemeber 5,2006.words werent coming to easy so i wrote a poem to express how i feel
    NOT TODAY
    THOUGHT I KNEW YOU,
    I THOUGHT I DID?
    YOU HAD A SECRET,
    ANDKEPT IT HID.

    YOU STOLE SOMETHING,
    PRECIOUS AND DEAR.
    YOU TOOK HER LIFE,
    AND LEFT MUCH FEAR

    IT WASNT YOURS
    NOT YOURS TO TAKE
    THIS IS A NIGHTMARE
    AND IM WIDE AWAKE

    SHE WAS MY FRIEND
    YOUR FRIEND TOO
    WHY DID YOU DO IT
    LEFT BROKEN, LEFT BLUE.

    A YOUNG GIRL
    WHOLE LIFE AHEAD,
    THERES NOTHING NOW
    BECAUSE SHES DEAD

    GREIVING PARENTS
    CRYING FRIENDS
    THE HURT CONTINUES
    JUST NEVER ENDS

    END THE HURT
    STOP MY PAIN
    JUST GO AWAY
    BE ME AGAIN

    LEAVE IT BEHIND
    JUST MOVE ON
    WILL NEVER HAPPEN
    GONE IS GONE

    FORGIVE AND FORGET
    SO THEY SAY
    NOT A CHANCE
    NOT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I KNOW SHES SLEEPING WITH ANGELS BECAUSE SHES ONE HERSELF.YOUR GREATLY MISSED STEPH I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. angela… i thought i would say i came across this i am stephanies older cousin

  6. The animal should be put to death not only for those he killed in the past but those he might kill in the future. Imagine this, thirty years in the future when a bleeding heart society deems him no longer a threat to society and releases him. He could be sitting in a retirement village posing as a respectable senior citizen. What if you are in this village and your children bring your grandchildren to visit you and you’re next door to the beast? What if one of your grandchildren falls to this predator? I’ve not heard one word about this case in a long time and that tells me they are probably going to tidy this up into a nice little package and give him life. Remember one thing. He wouldn’t have been paroled in the first place if he didn’t know how to behave in prison. Also look at the current trend of privatizing prisons. An elderly man would probably be released just to save tax dollars. God bless Stephanie and her family.

  7. actualy there will be a trail in june. they keep on havin to continue the trial wich is a pain.

  8. The stephanie bill was passed and signed yesterday so no longer will muders will be able to be let out on paroll.

  9. if anyone would like to e-mail me back it’s sarah_louise41@yahoo.com

  10. Just wanted to say that Stephanie was a great person. I miss her soooo much. Great Friend, that pretty much sums her up in two words. It has been nearly a year, and it is still not easy. RIP Stephanie.
    GOD BLESS

  11. Announced today by Associated Press…Rouse has pled guilty to the murder of Stephanie, and admitted the murders of the 2 others. He is scheduled to be sentanced on December 14.

  12. William,

    Thanks for the info.

  13. Love you steph and miss you always never thought I’d say this to a friend but your grave is gorgous and you cross is the prettiest love you and miss you always

  14. stephanie was a good friend of mine and even though stephs mom didnt seek the death penalty danny will rot in jail thenin hell so thanks to all that have posted things for steph and the family but just so u all know steph was to go and take her brother jj trick or treating and we all had to watch him ask his mom where stephs at and we had to tell him that she was never going to come home again well i hope that mr. rouse reads this and thanks again for all the support every1

  15. i knew stephanie. she was my younger sister’s best friend. she was the younger sister of one of my good friends, she did not deserve what happened to her. five years later we all still feel the sting of her death. danny rouse deserves to burn in hell for eternity. you cannot understand if you have not been through it. i was not a fan of the death penalty until this happened. i hope he gets tortured by his inmates. i wish all the curses of the world on him. i know that’s not good of me but i don’t care. he is a monster. he deserves to suffer for not just this crime but for what he did to that little boy in kansas. i’m sorry if you don’t agree but you didn’t hug her mother while she wept. you didn’t look into the tear filled eyes of your friend as she tried to be strong. i beg god to forgive me for my bitterness but even after all this time my mind has not changed.

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