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Monsters Among Us: James Eugene Schnick killed family members so he could inherit money

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Julie Schnick, 30
Steve Buckner, 35
Jeanette Buckner, 36
Kirk Buckner, 14
Dennis Buckner, 8
Timmy Buckner, 6
Michael Buckner, 2

In the beginning of the investigation, investigators believed Kirk Buckner killed his parents and brothers. However, they were able to dismiss this theory and found that Kirk had put up a fight for his life.
Find-A-Grave: Steven James Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Jeanette Ann Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Steven Kirk Buckner
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Find-A-Grave: Timothy Ray Buckner
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SCCC #185723
Age 66
South Central Correctional Center


7 Responses

  1. I can’t find anything online about Schnick’s stabbing. Can you provide a link, date of death, etc?

    • I read it today in one of the articles I read (in the comments I believe). I will have to look again tomorrow.

      *Update* Boy was I wrong! I must have mixed up my info with someone else. I still can’t find him in the inmate locator, but he is there.

  2. He is a fucking horrible monster!!😡😡😡😡
    My heart feels bad for that whole family he wiped out!!! To bad Schnick hasn’t been “Shanked” while in prison! He deserves a “real” punishment for the innocent lifes he took upon
    himself to snuff out!!!!😡😡😡😡

  3. He’s not listed in the MODOC inmate search. With today’s broken justice system, it wouldn’t surprise me if they paroled him.

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