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    Kim Marie Swann

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Monsters Among Us: Joseph Lee Fordham killed 11-year-old Mary Stiles on Halloween 1985; Sentenced to 25 years in prison


Mary Stiles

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Joseph Lee Fordham

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7 Responses

  1. I wonder what ever happened to Joseph Lee Fordham. The article said he tried to kill himself, but I suppose he didn’t succeed or they would have called it suicide. I wonder where he is?

    • He did not succeed from what I read. I read somewhere he went to Georgia for his parole, but from there, I don’t know. Maybe Paula Zahn will tell tonight what he is up to. (this story is on her show tonight)

    • Moved into his grandmas house in Bleckley county
      In 1998 he went to prison after moving out of state in Indiana without notifying his parole officer
      Worked in Peach County, GA at Blue Bird plant in Fort Valley, Georgia
      Tried to kill himself in Houston County at a hotel
      In the article–at https://ididitforjodie.com/2016/03/14/the-low-rent-zodiac-killer-and-the-mysteries-of-texas/
      (((Coda: upon further reflection I must concede that my last sentence a lie;
      one thing is for certain—if you live in Cochran, Georgia and allow your kids go trick-or-treating without a chaperone this year
      you’re a bigger maniac than Fordham is.)))

      ******^This guy is everywhere not just in Cochran, GA*********

      Other stories of crime
      https://ididitforjodie.com/

  2. This story made me sick to my stomach. How can anyone call this justice? Eight years? That’s all he sat? Eight years? Does anyone out there think this this guy doesn’t have the urge to do this again? Killing for no reason is extremely rare and takes a really sick person, especially at that age. Her father should receive a medal for not going after this guy. Hopefully whatever life he is living….it’s miserable.

  3. Just saw the show. This evil man’s sentence is utterly perplexing!! I see no reason that this Satan-like man was only given 25 years for what was clearly premeditated murder. Pure travesty of justice! The D.A.’s office failed to do it’s mandated job. Shame on this office!

  4. She was my best friend. I still have nightmares. This isn’t the “entire” story. That spawn of Satan was unfortunately closer to the family than the report explains (I think, as I have yet to watch). How is he free? I just don’t get it.

    • Rachell,

      I am so sorry for your loss. He is out because he was only sentenced to 25 years, not life. Personally, I think he deserved life and should still be in prison. He killed a child. This has long lasting consequences for everyone, especially those who loved her. All of you received a life sentence. He should have gotten one, too.

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