More news on the Clinton Avenue Five murders

As promised, the police have released more info. The suspects are the aforementioned Lee Anthony Evans, as well as Philander Hampton, both in their fifties. A third suspect, Maurice Woody-Olds, died in 2008. The three men are all cousins. As to motive, this article says: Police say Evans routinely hired teens to help with odd jobs, and they believe the boys broke into one of the suspects’ apartments and stole marijuana. Drugs. I suspected as much. Getting involved with drugs is like poking Death with a stick.

And here’s how it happened:

The five teenagers were led into an abandoned house on Camden Street in Newark, where they were locked inside at gunpoint, authorities said at the conference. The house was then burned to the ground.

God, what a horrible way to die.

This has made a big splash in the news, making headlines as far away as Malaysia. Here are some articles:

The New Jersey Star-Ledger
The Associated Press
The Alternative Press

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9 thoughts on “More news on the Clinton Avenue Five murders

  1. emma l March 23, 2010 / 4:45 pm

    Good GOD that is terrible. Shocking that none of them managed to get out. Awful.

  2. jaime March 23, 2010 / 5:23 pm

    MSNBC says that a witness came forward 18 months ago with a tip. This tip was enough for them to restart an investigation and eventially arrest these 2.

  3. jaime March 23, 2010 / 5:25 pm

    MSNBC says that a witness came forward 18 months ago with a tip. This tip was enough for them to restart an investigation and eventially arrest these 2. I wonder if the tip came from a family member of the 3rd suspected accomplice who died in 2008 his name I believe is Maurice Woody-Olds. I believe I could be wrong.

  4. Lisa March 23, 2010 / 10:34 pm

    How awful. Their remains were never noticed in the burnt out building?

    • Meaghan March 23, 2010 / 11:51 pm

      Perhaps the murderers later removed them.

  5. donna March 24, 2010 / 4:00 am

    Thirty years is a long time to carry such a horrendous secret. Justice has prevailed! I believe that they removed the Bodies from the House and disposed of them elsewhere. Maybe it’s too much to hope for the recovery of the remains, still it would help their grieving Families find some kind of closure.

  6. Cattt March 27, 2010 / 8:41 am

    Wow! I always wondered what happened! Now I know! I remember reading the story and googling months ago to find any updated news. I can’t believe I’m actually reading news about what happened!

    Another that I think about is that kid that disappeared in NY. He called his Mom to come pick him up and when she got there all she saw was his clothes. She went away on a business trip to DC and called home to see if maybe he was there and the phone line was busy. When she got home his cap was there and the couch looked like it was slept on.

    Weird.

  7. Cattt March 27, 2010 / 10:57 am

    I can’t believe those kids were murdered over some stupid weed!

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