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


From S.A.B.'s statement (emphasis mine):
And I could recite every word he said to me that night to you. And I could tell you every little detail about the entire night, because it was so intense... He mentioned that night that I was the first woman he had ever been with... And one day you [i.e., Johnson] will meet somebody, and I know you will. And I hope to God she thinks twice, because I -- I was a stranger to you.
Prior to his sentencing, Johnson wrote to a judge that he had "turned [his] life over to the Lord Jesus Christ... since that day its been wonderful, there's a feeling inside of me that is just indescribable. God is forgiving." Regarding the night of the rape, Johnson wrote that he "made a lot of bad choices. That night I chose to drink, I chose to use drugs, and I chose to do what I did. It's nobodys [sic] fault but mine."

Meanwhile, Johnson's aunt and uncle who he lived with during the summer of 1996 traced his downfall to a "beer party" he attended in May 1996. From a letter they sent to the judge:

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Twelve years later, Johnson was released from prison, and soon thereafter, he met the woman S.A.B. predicted -- Manya Johnson. And on Sunday, Johnson -- again under the influence of alcohol according to the account of events he gave police -- decided to shoot her in the head, dismember her, put her remains in plastic bins, and then transport them to a friend's garage in White Bear Lake without telling him until the next day. He's been charged with second-degree 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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