Steven Johnson rape details: Man who dismembered wife lured 1996 victim with pot

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Steven Johnson and his wife, Manya (left); Johnson's 1996 mugshot (right).
Police say Steven Johnson, 35, confessed this week to brutally murdering his wife, Manya Johnson, after she told him she was leaving him and taking their young child with her on Sunday. Manya, 32, had a master's degree in counseling psychology and worked at Target Corp.

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A question raised by the tragic story is why Manya would've married Steven, a convicted rapist who was released from prison in 2008 after serving a dozen years, in the first place. That question is becoming increasingly hard to answer as brutal details about Johnson's 1996 rape conviction emerge.

According to investigators' account of the September 13, 1996 incident, Johnson and two accomplices followed a woman into her Coon Rapids driveway around 1 a.m. that morning. Johnson exited his Oldsmobile, "intimated to [the victim] that he knew her and asked her to step back to the Oldsmobile to look at something."

Once the victim [known as "S.A.B." in the criminal complaint] got into the vehicle, Johnson showed her "a large marijuana smoking smoking device" and asked her if she wanted to smoke some "weed." Johnson then drove to a wooden area near Sand Creek Park as S.A.B. protested that she had to work the next day and wanted to go home.

After Johnson, his two accomplices, and S.A.B. reached the park, Johnson "displayed to S.A.B. what he represented to be a badge. Johnson also displayed to S.A.B. a pair of handcuffs." WIth the help of one of his accomplices, Johnson then placed the handcuffs on S.A.B.'s wrists, behind her back. At that point, one of the two accomplices with Johnson ran off, perhaps sensing something heinous was about to go down.

The criminal complaint details what happened next:
Johnson and Scott removed all of S.A.B.'s clothing and fondled her breasts and vaginal area. After Johnson and Scott indicated they were going to have intercourse with S.A.B. S.A.B. pleaded with them and told Johnson and Scott that she had AIDS and herpes and she was pregnant. Johnson and Scott placed tape over S.A.B.'s mouth, which was removed after S.A.B. promised not to scream. Johnson then had forced vaginal intercourse with S.A.B. while wearing a condom. S.A.B. was then forced to perform oral sex on Scott. After the oral sex, Scott had forced vaginal intercourse with S.A.B. After Johnson again had forced vaginal intercourse with S.A.B., S.A.B. was penetrated simultaneously, both orally and vaginally, by Johnson and Scott. Johnson had both vaginal and oral intercourse with S.A.B. on one final occasion before S.A.B. was allowed to get dressed. S.A.B. reporting that during the time she was being assaulted, Johnson made statements about having a gun and threatened to kill S.A.B. if she did not cooperate.
After robbing her of $33, Johnson bought her two packs of cigarettes and dropped her off blocks away from her house. She immediately contacted police, who were able to identify Johnson's accomplice thanks to a distinctive hand tattoo. Johnson was arrested shortly thereafter.

The accomplice who ran from the scene as the rape began later told police the three were driving around looking for a party when they saw S.A.B. outside her vehicle. "There goes a chick," someone said, and next thing he knew, Johnson had coaxed the woman to enter the Oldsmobile. At the park, the accomplice said he repeatedly told Johnson and the other accomplice that they shouldn't be doing what they were doing, to no avail, before he decided to leave.

During Johnson's rape sentencing in December 1996, S.A.B. read a victim impact statement that was chilling in its foreshadowing of Manya's murder.

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Captaingrumpy
Captaingrumpy

He probably got his degree in prison where he would have got a pat on the back and told he was a good boy. Prison is NOT the prison I would like. Coffee machines , TV , cookers for their noodles etc. Plus the internet.

About time they reviewed prisons.

p.lindberg
p.lindberg

I absolutely hate when people spell losing as "loosing."......ummm....please go back to school before you write a letter to another judge trying to free your evil nephew.

italianprincess81
italianprincess81

Wow, this girl married a CONVICTED rapst. That alone is enough to send any normal person the other way. Johnson: Yeah I totally raped some girl with my friends, BUT now I found God so I'm okay. Manya: Cool, let's get married, because even though I'm studying psychology I'll turn a blind eye with thinking you're all better. Really?  

David Hannigan
David Hannigan

Dana, yes It's relevant. 'He killed her' is just what happened Sunday... there's more to a story. He had a prior. A terrible one. Should rapists never get a second chance? Well, not by me.

Amy Feagler
Amy Feagler

Im not blaming her, i just have a deep curiosity about human nature. And 99.9% of the women I know would never marry a man who brutally raped a woman. But I agree with much of what Pamela Patterson Lake says above...sigh

Monica Bertrand
Monica Bertrand

What does pot have to do with this story? Seriously. Let's focus on the real crime.

Scott Kulzer
Scott Kulzer

I hope this guy never walks the streets as a free man again... for everyone's safety

Monica Simons
Monica Simons

You have to wonder how much she really knew. Look at some couples who have been married for YEARS, something like this happens and you later find out that the other spouse had no idea who they were really married too.

Pamela Patterson Lake
Pamela Patterson Lake

Psychopaths are pretty stinking good at presenting a false front. He probably had a good spiel - "I'm a Christian, I did terrible things because of drugs and bad company, but Jesus changed all that blah, blah, blah," and she was probably a sympathetic, compassionate, and naive individual who believed him. I bet he was sweet to her during their courtship - and I wouldn't be surprised if all that changed shortly after the wedding. Why did she stay as long as she did? Probably because she loved him, and thought that maybe they could get through whatever crazy crap he was doing...until she realized that they couldn't get through it. See, I think we tend to not think the worst of the people we love - we're quicker to give them benefit of the doubt. At some point she knew that for her and their child's safety, she had to get out. Unfortunately, the stats show that leaving puts a woman in great danger - and she didn't survive. Thankfully the kid did.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Obviously he fell back in with that rough, beer-party crowd again.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

Wondering why she married him isnt the same thing as victim blaming. At all.

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

How about stop blaming the victim, people? The woman was killed... The reasoning behind "why" she got together/stayed with him shouldn't matter.

Chrissy Burgell
Chrissy Burgell

Hmm. My guess is that she felt she could help him. Or that she had emotional problems. Most psychology majors do from my experience. Where is the kid?

Brian Cook
Brian Cook

Start choppin parts off him and listen to him scream...

Tony Dean
Tony Dean

This guy is a piece of shit.

Amy Feagler
Amy Feagler

why why why would this woman marry this man after what he did?

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Blame drugs. Find Jesus. It works every time.

pthorn01
pthorn01

@Christine Deeble Probably because alcohol is involved.  Premeditation cannot be determined as a factor if he was physically and mentally impaired by alcohol.  Alcohol impairs someone from making decisions based of sound judgement.  Just like all the vehicular homicides that happen due to ones' impairment from alcohol?  are not homicides, but reduced to manslaughter.

FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

@Lisa Andrews exactly. No one is saying she DESERVED it. We're saying that she made some really questionable choices that may have contributed to her death.

FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

@Chrissy Burgell unfortunately, many women gravitate toward damaged men because they think they can fix, help, change, reform, etc...he needs me, I can change him, he'll change for me. Uh no...sorry. Unfortunately, far too many women like that end up dead. Just watch DATELINE.

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