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Old 11-13-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default Missouri: Father, 4 Sons Accused of Molestation

Authorities: Burrell Edward Mohler Sr., Four Sons Brutally Abused Children for Years

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Missouri Property Searched After Claims of Horrific Sex Abuse, Murder
Authorities: Burrell Edward Mohler Sr., Four Sons Brutally Abused Children for Years

By SARAH NETTER
Nov. 12, 2009

Investigators are digging up a rural Missouri property looking for notes they say six children buried in glass jars documenting years of nightmarish sexual abuse allegedly at the hands of their grandfather, father and three uncles.

The children reportedly wrote the notes between 1988 and 1995 because they claim they were told doing so would make their memories go away, police said.

Police who are excavating the 55 acre property said they are also looking for bodies, although they would not say whether they were looking for bodies of adults or children.

The five men, three of whom were lay ministers with the Community of Christ church, have been arrested and appeared in court today to hear the charges against them, including forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance. They were shackled at their wrists, waists and ankles.

The men did not enter pleas and did not appear to have legal representation

Burrell Edward Mohler Sr., 77, the grandfather of the five girls and one boy - now all adults - faces the worst of the charges that include forcible rape of a child under the age of 12, two counts of felony rape and two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance.

His son and the father of the five children, Burrell Edward Mohler Jr., 53, was charged with forcible rape of a child under the age of 14 and two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance.

Also charged with sexual abuse were the children's three uncles -- David Mohler, 52, Jared Mohler, 48, and Roland Mohler, 47.

"Obviously, it's disturbing," Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Bill Lowe told ABCNews.com today. "But anytime you are dealing with children, it is that way with us."

Lowe said a 26-year-old woman came to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department in August claiming that she had been raped and was forced into an abortion before her 12th birthday.

According to a probable cause statement filed with the Lafayette County prosecutor's office, the woman also told investigators that her grandfather, father and two uncles forced a series of sexual abuses on the children ranging from sodomy to bestiality.

The documents also describe fake marriages between the girls and their uncles in which the alleged victim "and her sisters would pick flowers to adorn their hair. They also wore special dresses."

The "weddings" were consumated in a trailer parked in the yard or the chicken coop, according to the probable cause filing.

"She remembers her grandfather putting a blanket over the glass door and saying, 'You all have fun,'" the document states.

Police Digging for Bodies, Jars of Evidence

Since the woman first came to police in August, all six children have approached authorities and alleged abuse by all five men, according to the probable cause statements. The children, Lowe said, are now scattered across the United States.

Lowe said jars of notes could potentilly be damning pieces of evidence against the men if authorities can find them.

"The victims at the time were told if they write down these events that occured and put them in a glass jars and bury them, those bad memories would go away," Lowe said. Investigators are not sure where on the property the jars may be buried.

In addition, he said, "We've been given information that there could possibly be a body or bodies located on the property."

Lowe declined to comment on specifics with investigators conversations with the woman or her siblings, but said they had reason to believe authorities may find human bodies somewhere on the 55 acre property, which includes quite a bit of wooded land.

The search of the former Mohler property, "could take quite awhile, we're early on," Lowe said. "We're in for the long haul."

To aid in the search for the possible jars and bodies, investigators have brought in ground penetrating devices, cadaver dogs and a front loader.

Authorities have been looking back at missing persons reports from the years that the Mohler's lived on the property and are asking anyone who knows someone that disappeared in that area to come forward.

Police are also asking for the public's help in identifying more people who may potentially be victims. The family, Lowe said, does not have a history with police. "They weren't known to anybody out here," he said.

A woman named Shawna, Burrell Mohler Jr.'s wife of four months, told ABC's Kansas City affiliate KMBC that she believed the charges were untrue and the result of a longstanding fued with an ex-wife.

According to the police department's probable cause statement, Burrell Mohler Sr. purchased the property in 1974 and sold it to his son Mohler Jr. in 1995. Lowe said the property has since changed hands again and is now occupied by a different family.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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I have an interest in this story because it is kinda close to home. I'll try to post some updates as they become available.
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:34 AM   #3
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On the news last night they interviewed a woman who claimed tolive across the road "neighbor" and said she did not know the man had sons or that they were living on the farm.
The showed aerial photos of the place. Seemed very odd she had grandchildren and the bus stop was in fron of this mans drive and she saw him often when the children livied with her. Mentioned the man was just normal acting.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:56 AM   #4
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BABYDOLL,I moved down here cuz of the stuff I was around 21yrs ago, Bates city was the next town over. That ain't pooh compared what I left!!! Ya'all might be set back some,but for normal healthy kids, this area is GREAT! PLZ don't ask for more cuz alot has happen since. An I LUV the GRAINVALLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH evan thou (god bless the lil girl killed by there) . KNOW matter where we go,darkness is apond us, we all must find the light. IS MY SPELLING AND PRENUNUAITION OK?????PLZ don't condemd me,I'm only human!
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:08 AM   #5
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Hi cookielady, oh i'm sure there will be a couple on attack mode, but hey who cares!
Your opinion is just as important as any one else, the ones who attack just show there ignorance to everyone else....
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The quality of life in this area is a good I guess all things considered. Kids can still pay in their yards, that is if parents dont worry about an out of state van taking pictures. People dont have to chain link their front yards to keep people out but might want to chain link it to keep the big dog in that will eat u dare you want to tresspass. Meth heads and makers of meth have a pretty good swing all things considered the police cant be every where all the times. Seems one prominent Cherokee County family gets all the attention only to be let out and charges dropped time and time again.

Yes SE Kansas is a good place to be if you are looking for high paying (to be able to house feed and cloth your family) job. It is a GOOD PLACE FOR LOOKING

Highways we got them once you leave the area.

Lots of people come back to retire which is a good thing were it not for them I have no idea what Pittsburg would look like, possibly Baxter Springs just 30 miles further from the Highways.

I am a proud life long resident and have seen much progress in our area, but the more things change the more things remain the same.

We dont demand change just accept it when it comes good or bad.

Every election I hope for change but all we get are new ideas that dont change anything just taxes, new laws some simple and defining in purpose like lets keep 21 years olds out of bars or prohibiting riding skate boards on city side walks. Bring new industry would be asking to much we need to beautify, keep the lawn cut and they will come. Its working isn't it.
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Well put dude,it is a very good area for a family, the only problem with the chain link fence is my dog is so big he just goes right over it.
Don't know why my neighbors don't come in my yard while i'm gone??? lol....
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Well put dude,it is a very good area for a family, the only problem with the chain link fence is my dog is so big he just goes right over it.
Don't know why my neighbors don't come in my yard while i'm gone??? lol....
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When first married we got this thing you hooked in the door and it was motion controlled
if you touched the door handle a big dog started barking. It was a fun thing to have when you told people to come in they "didn't".
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I simply can not grasp how any parent would subject their child to such abuse for that matter any child . Its a case where I have no desire to be able to get into the heads of such creatures .
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When I lived in that area, I met a women who claim male family members had first rights to the girls of the family. Two houses down the wife was allowing husband to molest kids. When busted for it, he sang an got out. You can't tell what poeple think,only help mentor the young to a better path.
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