Holy crap!

They’ve arrested a suspect in Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible‘s cases. The man, Ronnie Dean Busick, was charged with four counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of arson.

The police gave a press conference and said Busick and two other people, David Pennington and Warren “Phil” Welch, killed Ashley’s parents, set the fire and took the girls. They then held Ashley and Lauria captive for some time — the cops don’t know exactly how long, but days at least — and took Polaroid photos of them, which they showed to other people, and bragged about what they were doing.

Pennington and Welch are dead now. The cops have recovered the Polaroid photos and hope to locate the girls’ bodies. I hope they do, and quickly. It’s been eighteen years.

24 thoughts on “Holy crap!

  1. Marsha Moriarity April 23, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I have followed this case from it’s beginning, needless to say I was thrilled when OK missing reported it on my FB newsfeed. Finally!!!

  2. K Landrum April 23, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I sure hope so too. We didn’t live very far from the scene and it was the scariest night ever….Ashley freeman took me to all my classes when I started at Welch. I am one of many that have been affected by all this. Please bring those girls home!!!!

    • Tawni McKeon April 23, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      This case has always lived in my heart for years!!. I am glad their is finally closure for the remaining family members, but also authorities who have worked on this case for years.

  3. Christie M Groves April 23, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    WOO HOO! RIP Girls hope we get you justice.

    • Meaghan April 23, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      I am appalled that the people who were shown the photos didn’t go to the cops. Bragging about a crime could be just making shit up to make yourself sound big and bad. But they SHOWED those photos to people.

      Then again I suppose these guys’ friends were also awful people. Birds of feather and all that

      • Ivana April 23, 2018 / 8:43 pm

        Article says that they are showing photos to fellow drug dealers, that explain all. By the way, I saw Busick’s facebook profiles, just look at these mugs

      • Meaghan April 23, 2018 / 8:44 pm

        I feel sorry for whoever Roger Dean Busick II is.

      • marsyao April 23, 2018 / 10:03 pm

        Those people were drug dealers, not some gentlemen with concious

      • Meaghan April 23, 2018 / 10:11 pm

        I knew a drug dealer once. He was a very nice young man. He would not have stayed silent about kidnapping, arson, rape and murder.

      • Ivana April 24, 2018 / 12:03 pm

        There are definitely some pretty large groups and environments where each and every participant is a certified POS.did you hear about the case of Junko Furuta? (WARNING: that is definitely the most horrifying case that I have ever read about, even Wikipedia article will make you sick to the bone, so better don’t read) more than HUNDRED people knew about it, and participated directly and indirectly. A 17 y/o girl was kidnapped, tortured in the worst possible ways for 44 days in a row untill she died. Perps 4 were teenagers whose parents, siblings, neighbours and friends were aware of her ordeal from the day one, and many actively participated. POSs and SOBs have a capacity to detect their kind and associate.

      • whereaboutsstillunknown April 24, 2018 / 2:47 pm

        It’s sounding more and more like people did come forward. There are references to a box of documents and interviews that were only recently looked at, and police not taking information that a PI had uncovered.

      • Meaghan April 24, 2018 / 2:49 pm


  4. Patrick Kerrigan April 23, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    What sounds interesting is these guys were bragging to others about what they did. It was nice of them to keep quiet all these years.

    But, them someone was mostly afraid of these guys. So, they waited until at least one or two of them were dead.

    • Meaghan April 23, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      This kind of reminds me of Charles Ng and Leonard Lake. I wonder if there are other victims. You don’t go from being a law-abiding citizen one day to committing arson, kidnapping and quadruple homicide the next.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan April 23, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Meaghan, please recheck the Jahia Baker. It appears she is not listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s Missing Person Site. Also they provide a different phone number for the Cincinnati Police Department Person Crimes Unit. They are the ones who investigate missing person cases.

    • Meaghan April 23, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      I will look later. Right now I have a purring cat in my lap and dare not move.

  6. Alice April 23, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I sincerely hope that they weren’t held for days. Strange, really; I don’t think there are any other cases where the victim was held for days and it encompassed the millennium.

  7. Justin April 23, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    “The teenagers were kidnapped, tied up, raped and held in a mobile home at 412 S. College St. in Picher — less than a mile from the Freeman home — for a “matter of days” before being fatally strangled, according to the affidavit.”


    Knowing that they were alive less than a mile from where they were taken for days must have been a real knife in the gut to the families.

  8. Celeste Keenan April 23, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    Ashley and Lauria deserve to have justice done for this seneless act against the Bible and Freeman families. Those girls deserve to be at peace.

  9. Patrick Kerrigan April 24, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    I found the obit for Mr. Welch, of course it did not mention his criminal background. But, he became an ordained minister and was the father of four children. He also served in Vietnam, with the U.S. Army. Just an around nice guy. Who knew he was a drug dealer, murderer and involved with all this bad stuff.

    I like that certain law enforcement agencies refused the information developed by private invrstigators. Who knew what was in the one set of files that destroyed.

  10. Katalina April 24, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    The polaroids were recovered? I thought one of the witnesses (a girlfriend of one of POI’s) put them inside the trunk of a car, which was subsequently taken to a scrapyard or somewhere similar. This whole case is so horrifying. I can’t believe so many people saw those photos and didn’t say a word. Disgusting.

    Also, did you read that an insurance card which could be linked to one of the POI’s was found at the scene of the arson just days afterward? It feels like LE really bungled this case from the start. It makes you wonder if those girls could have possibly been saved 😦

  11. Patrick Kerrigan April 24, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Quite often Cold Case detectives will come across material in a file that was never followed up on or looked at.

    Some have stated that the key to solving the case is on the file.

    Also, with the passage of time, people will come forward and provide the information needed to solve the case. Most of the time they were afraid of the offenders involved.

    Here we had an insurance card, but most likely there was nothing to connect it to anything. However, sometimes as other evidence or information comes in, then it fills in a picture.

  12. Philip May 23, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    The polaroids were never recovered. It has only been stated by several witnesses that they existed. Hoping they will find “the pit” that the girls’ bodies were thrown in to very soon…

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