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Kimberly Jo Dotts murder 5/10/1998 Clearfield, PA *beaten up then hung by other teens, including her cousin*


West Branch of the Susquehanna River

Charged in her murder (or at least there during the crime):

Jessica Holtmeyer, 16 (one of the actual killers) convicted of murder; received LWOP
Aaron Straw, 18 (one of the actual killers) convicted of murder; received LWOP
Tracy Lewis, 24 (her cousin) pleaded guilty; received 5-20 years in prison (no longer in prison)
Dawn Lanager, 14, received juvenile detention
Clint Canaway, 17, (could not find info, I think he got juvenile detention)
Teresa Marie Wolfe, 14, received 6 months in detention center
Patrick Leroy Lucas Jr., 16 (charges dropped)

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Jessica Holtmeyer

Apparently this happened because a group of teens (one was her cousin Tracy Lewis who was actually 24) planned to run away, but Kimberly changed her mind and told the group she was going to tell someone. So, they decided that torturing and killing her was the answer. For threatening to tell about them RUNNING AWAY. A bit extreme, to say the least. I cannot imagine how these kids thought that was the answer. They put a noose around her neck and would tighten it and then loosen it. She was dragged around the woods with it. During all of this, she was crying and I am sure she was begging for her life. Some people left, but not one of those people got help for Kimberly. Not one. After being dragged she was hung from a tree with the rope until she lost consciousness. When they realized that she was not dead, she was hit with a rock. This 15 year old girl with learning disabilities must have been terrified throughout all of this. And none of these so-called friends cared. Including those who did not touch her or left. Nor her 24-year-old cousin. All are responsible for this heinous murder, which should never have happened. All they said: “Snitches get hurt”

To make matters worse, this all happened on Mother’s Day 1998. What a way to pay tribute to your mother, by killing another mother’s child. And for Kimberly’s mom, it could have only made matters worse for her. Kimberly did not deserve what happened to her. Neither did her family or friends. At least two people will be in prison for life, although I personally believe everyone else who was there and did not stop this or get help for Kimberly should have gone to prison also. Some true remorse would be nice too, but I am sure that is asking way too much for some of them.

Teens charged with hanging, torturing girl for snitching
Two teens charged with hanging, torturing girl
Teen bludgeoned and hanged was searching for friends, uncle says
American teenager tortured and killed for threatening to tell tales (about 1/2 way down)
Two teens charged with hanging, torturing classmate for snitching
National News Briefs; Teen-Agers Arrested In Girl’s Hanging
Girl, 16, Is Guilty Of Killing Girl, 15
Kimberly’s Story (about 1/2 down the page)
Wash And Wash But Never Clean
TEENAGE GIRL MURDERED BY SEVEN CLASSMATES
Court to get final suspect in teen hanging
Defense expert says Straw did nothing to kill teen
Adams jurors convict teen in hanging
Nothing ‘fun’ in teenage murder
Paper Dolls Presents: Jessica Holtmeyer (her request for pen pals!) [her profile shows she has no remorse]
Fallen Angel (and yet another pen pal site for Jessica!)
Straw appeal
Parents fight to keep juvenile killers in prison

Books
Wicked Deeds: Murder in America
Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer

INMATE INFORMATION
Inmate: OE6965
First Name Middle Name Last Name Suffix Name Type
JESSICA N HOLTMEYER Commit Name
JESSICA NICHOLE HOLTMEYER True Name

Inmate Details
Age: 28 Sex: FEMALE
Date of Birth: 03/01/1982 Citizenship: USA
Race: WHITE Complexion: LIGHT
Height: 5′ 09″
Current Location: MUNCY
Permanent Location: MUNCY
Committing County: CLEARFIELD

INMATE INFORMATION
Inmate: EA1214
First Name Middle Name Last Name Suffix Name Type
AARON JAMES STRAW Commit Name
RUNAWAY STRAW Also Known As

Inmate Details
Age: 30 Sex: MALE
Date of Birth: 01/08/1980 Citizenship: USA
Race: WHITE Complexion: LIGHT
Height: 5′ 08″
Current Location: DALLAS
Permanent Location: DALLAS
Committing County: CLEARFIELD

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