Seattle murderer-rapist "Brother" Curtis Thompson gets 5th life sentence

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  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    Background information for those who do not know:

    Curtis Shane Thompson was raised by his JW mom. In 1985 he was arrested and subsequently convicted for four violent rapes in the Seattle area. Thompson served 18 years of a 25-year sentence before his release in 2003.

    In 2003, King County prosecutors sought to have him locked away indefinitely at a treatment center for violent sex offenders, but his family and members of the Shoreline congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses said he had embraced the Jehovah's Witness faith and had turned his life around because JW "bible study" was better than psychiatric treatment. He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in aq prison bathtub, making him an ordained minister of Jehovah's Witnesses, according to the teachings of the cult. Somehow Thompson's defense convinced a jury of local morons, and Curtis Shane Thompson was released into the community. Within one year he was back in prison.

    Curtis Shane Thompson has a younger brother, Drew Richard Thompson, who has been confined to Washington State Penitentiary since 1991 for the murder of Rita Bartschot. He is scheduled for release from prison in 2022.

    Jehovah's Witnesses are just like any other religion: a scam and a racket, unable to positively effect people.

    So, with that background information, I offer:


    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 · Last updated 1:20 p.m. PT

    Called 'devil', 'bogyman," Curtis Thompson sentenced to life BY LEVI PULKKINEN

    As a child, as children are inclined to be, Debi Byars was afraid of monsters.

    She saw bogymen when the lights went out, and turned to her older sisters for the reassurances that would bring her rest.

    Those easing words came easy back then, Byars' sister Penny Collingridge said. That was before any of them knew Curtis Thompson, the Seattle serial rapist who killed Byars in 2004.

    "There is a bogyman, a man with no human compassion or remorse," Collingridge told King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson on Wednesday, minutes before the judge sentenced Thompson to life in prison without parole.

    On May 27, a Seattle jury convicted Thompson, 49, of first-degree murder, finding that he'd strangled and stabbed Byars to death at her Ravenna home. In doing so, jurors essentially guaranteed that Thompson -- who'd already received four life sentences earlier in the year -- would receive yet another life term because of his previous nefarious acts.

    Thompson's life story is a litany of often-sexual, always-violent attacks on women.

    Convicted on four counts of rape in 1985, Thompson spent 18 years in prison before being freed in 2003 when a jury asked to decide whether he was a sexually violent predator worthy of indefinite confinement found that he was not. The following year -- during a six-day rampage -- the Seattle man killed Byars, raped another woman and tried to sexually assault two women in a University District elevator.

    Thompson's bad behavior began well before he was caught raping strangers in 1985, a woman who lived with Thompson's family as a child told Judge Robinson.

    Making claims backed by Thompson's own statements during the 2003 hearing, the woman described how Thompson and his cohort attacked her and other young girls in the home. Even then, she said, she knew he would kill.

    "I didn't know when, but I did know how -- you loved suffocating us," said the woman, who asked that she not be identified. "My first memories are of you and your brothers. If I had any other memories, you've wiped them away."

    Before Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Thompson tried to refuse his seat at the "banquet of consequences" described by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O'Toole. Robinson ordered that he be dragged to the courtroom aboard a low-slung cart designed to keep Thompson restrained.

    Once in court, though, Thompson seemed to relish the opportunity, demanding to make a final proclamation of his innocence to the gathered media. The shouted statement that followed was full of obscenities and free of remorse. In all, Thompson offered nothing he hadn't said a dozen times -- essentially, the world has conspired against him -- during his unceasing stream of outbursts since his arrest.

    Thompson's wicked words continued sporadically as Byars' family addressed Robinson. After muttering less than civil words to Byars' grown daughter, Thompson appeared flustered when the young woman returned an equally un-publishable response.

    Following a chastising from Robinson, Thompson kept his eyes on the counsel table while Byars' family demanded he never be freed.

    "The devil exists, and his name is Curtis Thompson," Byars' niece Karrie Collingridge said in a letter read to the court by her mother. "I would have no remorse if he received the death penalty. The world deserves to be free of his evil."

    Wednesday's ruling means Thompson has received five life sentences.

    As is common, Byars' survivors thanked O'Toole and Robinson. In an unusual move, they also extended their gratitude to Thompson's attorneys, John Hicks and Phillip Tavell, who had the thankless task of defending the hot-tempered felon.

    For her part, Penny Collingridge said she'll do her best to forget Thompson and the harm he caused.

    "I've tried to forget the carpet cut out because of the blood. I've tried to forget the sadness," she said, speaking through tears. "His story will not go on for me. God will deal with him. I don't have to."

    ©1996-2009 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • DJK

    IMO, the courts need to get their act together when it comes to listening to pleas from religious activists on behalf of criminals, especially sex offenders.

    If you have bad credit and you want to finance a new car, you may be required to have a cosigner. Someone who agrees to make your payments if you fail to. The courts should require people to be cosigners when they support the release of criminals. Meaning they agree to go to jail if the criminal reoffends.

  • truthsetsonefree

    If you have bad credit and you want to finance a new car, you may be required to have a cosigner. Someone who agrees to make your payments if you fail to. The courts should require people to be cosigners when they support the release of criminals. Meaning they agree to go to jail if the criminal reoffends.

    Interesting concept. While impractical I wish there were a better way of screening jurists at times. Sometimes people who have poor judgment and little idea of cause and effect make major decisions that subsequently hurt others. It's infuriating.

  • mraimondi

    "Jehovah's Witnesses are just like any other religion: a scam and a racket, unable to positively effect people."

    fucking ridiculous

    JWs positively influenced me in a number of ways:

    1. got off drugs

    2. stopped drinking

    3. better relations with family (they were bad before, i healed things quite a bit even though i was still more distant that your average son)

    4. stayed out of politics

    5. helped my jealous tendencies

    6. became a better person in general (friendships, relationships, etc...)

    7. and there is more where that came from!

    just because it doesnt work on everyone doesnt mean they CANNOT affect people positively.

    you are a bitter, biased, fool if you think this.

    I am GLAD i am not a witness. It was a game i did not want to play any longer. It was a school i graduated from. I got hurt on the way out. But to say they didnt affect me in a good way, is pure stupidity.

    this guy did a prison convert, which many people in the prison system AND in the JWs realize is usually bunk. He WASNT a witness when he stabbed those ppl.

  • rebel8

    Is this the same guy who had the dubbies give him a character reference at his trial or parole hearing?

    And then re-offended quickly after release?

  • Scully

    rebel8, yes, it is the same guy.

    I bet there will be no Experiences™ uttered from the Platform™ regarding the miraculous prison conversion of Brother™ Curtis Thompson. I bet if anyone mentions his name, there will be awkward silences followed by a lame excuse that he "was not a JW when he committed those offenses."

    Funny how the JW label can just *poof* vanish when someone like Brother™ Curtis Thompson rapes and/or bludgeons and/or murders a woman/women while on a crime spree. That just doesn't seem to work when the offender is, say, a Roman Catholic, or a Methodist, or a Baptist, those people are still Catholics or Methodists or Baptists or whatever the hell they were before they offended. But the WTS has that all figured out now. When someone commits a sin or a crime that would Bring Reproach on Jehovah™, they are automatically - by their actions - Disassociating Themselves™ and are No Longer One Of Jehovah's Witnesses™. Isn't that just soooooo convenient??

  • FuzzyPaul

    Jesus Christ died for PEOPLE not for an organization or to establish a religion, church, papacy, building program, publishing society ....

    The selfish nature of the WTBTS is easily shown in that it says that no ones salvation is guaranteed, but the organization's is! THEY ARE A CORPORATION - technically in law, a stack of papers that is given the powers of a person to own, buy, make contracts, hire people, earn and spend money. If the laws regarding corporations change, so does a corporation. Corporations are psychotic sociopaths based on their entirely selfish behaviors - should they actually have been a live person.

    Just about every religion in existence has reformed people. Its not an exclusive claim. The Watchtower's Works + Faith = salvation is a sham.

    John 3:16" For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

    NOT: "exercising faith" with the Watchtower's long list of required behaviors and works implied. (They admit to that heretical alteration of John 3:16 with a bogus claim of a technicality in the tense of the word.)

    Ephesians 2:4-10 "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    It was intended for us to be good in our behavior - good deeds can not save us from Gods wrath even after only one sin. Only faith qualifies us for salvation. Thinking that the blood shed by Jesus wasn't enough, as if we could augment that great a sacrifice by any number of works which we couldn't perform perfectly anyway, is a great insult to God and a sin in itself.

    Leviticus 17:11 "it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life."

    1John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."

    ALL SIN. Ephesians 2:8,9 - NO WORKS needed to QUALIFY or augment or maintain salvation. Bad behaviors sufficiently heinous do DIS-QUALIFY. Belief that failure to perform some sort of good deeds or works DIS-QUALIFIES makes works necessary for salvation by implication. Only believing that Jesus paid the penalty IN FULL qualifies one for salvation.

    Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." A wage is earned, a gift is not.

    Romans 4:4-5 "Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness."

    It can't work both ways - salvation by faith alone (based on Apostle Paul's elaboration) AND salvation by works + faith (based on a mis-interpretation of James words. Good works prove their is a heart-beat and brain-wave and thus a living faith. Performance can't create faith.)


    Curtis Thompson and his supporters thought so. Both have thus failed to actually have FAITH in the full value of Jesus blood.

    I quoted the NIV but prefer the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Read a Bible translated by person's who aren't intent on forcing you into a mold of service to a publishing corporation. Especially such a one as the Watchtower that constantly re-arranges it's "truth", endorsing sociopathic behaviors and requiring a belief that faith wasn't enough. Didn't the Watchtower's editors in fact expect you to believe that God misled us about how to get saved and they explained it more correctly?

    The NIV, Holman and numerous others can be read at

    I just had to go there, Salvation IS by faith alone, in Christ alone.


    Fuzzy Paul

  • shamus100

    These people that fall on religion when they're life turns to shit - I'm sorry, it's just too pathetic. It's still all about them, not the victim.


  • FuzzyPaul

    Huh? What do you mean by that? God IS good. People definitely tend not to be. Why would seeking God be pathetic?


  • Scully

    FuzzyPaul writes:

    Why would seeking God be pathetic?

    It is pathetic when seeking god is used as a smoke-and-mirrors ruse to get oneself out of a more-than-deserved prison sentence, and once the parole board is convinced of said person's reformation and allows said convict to return to society, only to have him reoffend in the most horrendous manner. In the case of Brother™ Curtis Thompson, known rapist and murderer, it cost people their lives.

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