They did something right

On July 21, 2005 Morris “Tom” Mitchum was sentenced to 1 year in prison for an incident that occurred in October of the previous year. He was convicted of aggravated burglary and abduction or unlawful restraint, the articles seem to differ on the actual charges. Allegedly in the incident he entered the home of his ex-girlfriend Marilyn Allen, 52, and waited until she returned home, then restrained her.

During the past year, Allen has regularly been recieving cards and letters from the prison. About one every three weeks. In April of 2006, Allen filed an affidavit stating that Mitchum continued to send the letters, even though he had been told not to and Mitchum was charged with  menacing and stalking.

Allen moved on with her life. She remarried 18 days ago. She was planning on moving. Mitchum was discharged from prison on July 14.

On August 1, Mitchum showed up at the address where Allen was living with her new husband.  According to the new husband, Mitchum showed up about 10 pm on Tuesday, and held a gun on him, Marilyn Allen and Allen’s mother. He held them in the home for about 8 1/2 hours. 

About 6:30 am on Wednesday, Mitchum forced Allen to leave the home with him, and told Allen’s new husband he did not intend to hurt her. The new husband then called police and the search for Allen began.

About 9:50 am police responded to a call from someone that they had a suspicious car in their area. When they arrived, they found Mitchum either passed out or asleep, with the gun nearby. Allen was also found nearby and unharmed.

Mitchum is now facing charges of an unlawful weapon in the county in which they were found, and charges of kidnapping in the county from which Allen was taken.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060803/NEWS01/608030367/1077

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060803/NEWS01/608030376

Let’s see….by my calculations it has been about a year and 10 months since the first incident. A year since the conviction. Four months since the newest charges. And about 2 1/2 weeks since his release from prison.

He allegedly stalked her from behind prison walls. (I haven’t seen anything that indicates what may have happened with the menacing and stalking charges that were filed in April.) And soon after his release from prison, he has obtained a gun and is after her again. This is a good illustration of the determination a stalker often has to get at his victim.

So many things could have gone wrong here. Allen is extremely lucky, though after being held at gunpoint all night, after being forced to leave her home, after hours worrying about her safety, I would guess that Allen, her new husband, and Allen’s mother don’t feel very lucky right now. But they did something right. So many things could have gone wrong. But she, her new husband and her mother are alive.

I have heard victims say it is unfair, unfair that they have to leave their homes, often leave their established lives to escape a stalker ex. They may have to leave friends, jobs, and all behind, so that the ex cannot find them. And it is unfair. But often it is the only safe thing to do, if they want to live.

Mitchum had to know what would happen with him. He had been to prison once for the same type of incident. He had been charged a second time, while still in prison. Yet as soon as he is released, he does it again. Allen was lucky, because Mitchum had to know that he was headed back to prison anyway. But beyond being lucky, Allen the new husband, and the mother did something right as they all lived through it.

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Victims have stated that Mitchum was drinking heavily during the night and they think that may be the reason that he passed out behind the wheel. Mitchum may be facing more charges, possibly including DUI.

http://www.wkrc.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=EAC35768-E75F-4B29-AD82-CEA04842E67E

http://www.timesgazette.com/main.asp?SectionID=18&SubSectionID=175&ArticleID=139777

Marilyn Allen talks about the ordeal, while at her home and being held at gunpoint, Allen and her husband kept offering Mitchum beer. Mitchum’s mood fluctuated. She feels that the reason she was able to escape safely was because she didn’t try to force an opportunity or create an opportunity to escape, she waited until it came to her.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/08/03/kidnap_folo.html

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Mitchum has been indicted on 4 counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of having weapons under a disability.

At the time of the kidnapping, there was a protection order against Mitchum. It is alleged that after leaving the home, that Mitchum repeatedly raped Allen.

http://www.fox19.com/Global/story.asp?S=5241932&nav=0zHF

Police believe that Mitchum may have been in the area for a week prior to the kidnapping. One street over from Allen’s home, a truck registered to Mitchum’s father was found. Police believe he may have been living in the truck and stalking Allen.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/08/02/kidnap.html

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Morris Mitchum was found dead in his jail cell. Police believe that he hanged himself.

http://www.wkrc.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=5AF280DE-4EAC-488A-9F0C-9DCFEA1A727D

http://www.channelcincinnati.com/news/9659669/detail.html

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