Peter Kema‘s parents have been charged with murder. About. Fracking. Time. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is a copy of the indictment which a nice reporter sent to me. The same reporter interviewed me on the phone, asking what I thought of the case and so on.

I told her about my corpus delicti lists and how there were way more convictions than acquittals, theorizing this was because, without a body, the other evidence in the case has to be VERY strong. The reporter asked how Peter’s case lined up with other child abuse  homicides on the Charley Project. I said I knew a lot more about Peter’s case than most other cases due to the DHS releasing his file, but it didn’t seem at all dissimilar to other child abuse homicides in terms of the severity and so on. (Colton Clark‘s foster parents, according to Colton’s brother, shocked the boys’ genitals with a cattle prod.) I did say I found it slightly unusual that Peter appears to have been singled out by his parents for abuse, even though he was his father’s biological son and named after him, and there were stepchildren in the family. (Armchair psychologists: might this suggest that Peter Kema Sr. was working out some self-hatred by abusing the son that shared his name?)

Anyway, articles:

Parents of ‘Peter Boy’ Kema charged with murder
‘Peter Boy’ Kema’s parents indicted, 19 years after his death
“Peter Boy” Kema’s parents indicted on murder charges
Murder Charges Filed Against Parents of ‘Peter Boy’ Kema
After 19 Years, Parents Of Vanished Peter Boy Kema Charged With Murder
Parents in custody for death of ‘Peter Boy’

10 thoughts on “Happyhappyjoyjoyjoy

    • J.K. April 30, 2016 / 6:15 am

      Hell doesn’t exist. Just saying.

      • Meaghan April 30, 2016 / 2:27 pm

        I don’t think it does either but for people like the Kemas it would be nice to believe it does.

      • D'Lil May 2, 2016 / 4:38 am

        Hell is other people. -Sartre

  1. Jackyn April 29, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Just read the article!!! Yay! How sad that it took so long!!! The system sucks. Now they will cost the state millions more to keep them incarcerated! It’s hard not to wish they could be punished with how they treated little Peter!

    • Meaghan April 29, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      If you want to build a building that will last, you need to take your time, set a strong foundation, etc. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Many times it takes years or even decades to arrest someone but that doesn’t mean the police were twiddling their thumbs. I see how sometimes they chip away at cases for years, then suddenly arrest a suspect with all the evidence needed for an airtight case.

      • Jaclyn May 2, 2016 / 9:36 pm

        Thank you for the feedback. I agree that it takes time for the arrest. What is so frustrating is the involvement of CPS and their follow-up to the mistreatment of Peter. From any perspective, this is a horrible tragedy. There have been too many of these cases, and probably more than we are aware of, where a child goes for such along time living with maltreatment. Breaks my heart.

  2. Kat April 29, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    There’s always a reason these kids are picked out from a bunch of siblings, usually a perceived “weakness”. Though at this point, only knows. It’ll be rough to get a conviction after all this time, but good luck trying, at least they were indicted, though how many other kids they had an abused…….let’s hope some break the cycle.

    • Meaghan April 30, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      I have seen Peter’s older half-sister’s Google Plus page. She has a child now.

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