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Belated Background Check Catches Up With Child Murderess

Last week, the city of Austin, TX celebrated Lori Adams, one of its beloved famous citizens. One of world's oldest female pilots alive today has been flying for over 60 years. Not only did she fly over 29,000 miles, she had owned a pilot school in the area for many years, teaching others to fly. The local paper interviewed 81-year-old Lori Adams for the commemorative front-page feature article loved by all.

The paper routinely conducts criminal background checks on feature subjects; not only does it allow a journalist to get a fuller insight into the subject's world, it also helps to avoid all kinds of surprises. Ms. Adams' background check did not contain any criminal records.

After the story ran, the paper received an anonymous e-mail that said: "Here is her scarlet letter: M is for Murderer". The tipster proceeded to attach a 70s newspaper article, which indicated that in 1973, Lori Adams was convicted for murder.

This, of course, caused quite a furor, and led to a full investigation. It turns out, during the initial interview, the celebrated pilot had omitted rather important information about her background. She had mentioned that she had lost her husband, Dick Adams, in a plane crash, and never remarried. She never mentioned her first marriage to Ronald Stevens in 1968, but county records attest to it. A subsequent background check under a different married name revealed the murder conviction.

During the second interview, Lori Adams admitted that no one in her life today, even her closest family members, friends and business associates knew about this part of her life, and she refused to discuss the incident in detail. However, the journalists pieced the rest together from that same old article submitted by the anonymous tipster.

According to this account, a year after the Stevens were married, Mrs. Stevens was arrested for the brutal beating of her 6-year-old stepson, which resulted in the child's death. She cried and told the police she had "whipped" the boy, but the child died from a fractured skull and broken neck, and the autopsy showed many other potentially fatal internal and external injuries. Here's the kicker, though: the judge had sentenced her to just two to four years in prison, and there is no record of her actually serving time. There is, however, a record of the 1975 divorce.

Lori Adams has lived a long, celebrated life and managed to hide the fact that she is a convicted child killer from everyone, even fooling the initial background check due to incomplete information. Luckily, in all these years she never hurt another child. But the truth does have a way of surfacing and catching up with one eventually, no matter how long it takes.

A Good Friend

Dennis Capps was a good friend who came to visit with a bunch of other friends. He was just one of the guys sucking on a beer - a fun, loud older man, rough around the edges, tattoos all over, but good-natured and funny.

It was June 10, 2006 when Dennis Capps and two friends dropped by the trailer of their other friend Brian Aldrich of South Padre Island, Texas. They hung out for a while and left. Unbeknownst to everyone, Capps had seen Aldrich flash a handful of hundred-dollar bills earlier. He later came back to ask Brian for some of that money, with witnesses looking on.

Capps entered the trailer after Aldrich and beat him to death. The attack was so brutal, what remained of Brian Aldrich and the objects Capps smashed into him, was not pretty.

It wasn't difficult for police to determine who was responsible for this handiwork. Capps was arrested in December 2006 and charged with capital murder. Problem is, they let him out on a laughably affordable bond of $100,000 (only 10% is required in cash, the rest - collateral-backed loan). It was June 2007. No one has seen Capps since. He is on the Texas Department of Public Safety's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

The above account is based on a true story. Background checks protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.

Dedicated Music Teacher

Thomas Crumpler was a band teacher working at several high schools in the Lubbock, TX area. The 44-year-old teacher had no family of his own and appeared to have dedicated himself to enriching the children's lives with the precious gift of music. The progress of the young aspiring musicians under his wing was obviously his first priority. Thomas Crumpler even devoted most of his free time to extra practice get-togethers at his home. Parents felt very lucky to have such a skilled musician teach their children and often expressed their gratitude for his enthusiasm.

That is, until the day they realized their trust has been betrayed in the most ruthless way. On that day Lubbock police revealed that Crumpler was an accused sexual predator. His home-based "extra practice" sessions turned out to have been spent on very inappropriate sex education. He showed his students pornographic videos and had sexually explicit discussions with them. Several children accused Crumpler of forcing improper physical contact on them when he took his charges on an overnight trip to a band camp. At that point police had gathered enough evidence to charge Crumpler with Indecency with a Child.

Unfortunately, as it often happens, they didn't move fast enough. Crumpler got wind of the impending arrest, and by the time officers rang his doorbell in 2006, the accused pedophile had fled from Texas. Two and a half years later, there still hasn't been any progress in finding this dangerous child molester.

The above account is based on a true story. Background checks protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.