Friday, January 9, 2009

Is Lawton Mackenzie a taxidermist in training, or a budding serial killer

On Dec 3, investigators found dozens of animal carcasses in the home of Lawton Mackenzie. He denies killing the animals, and claims that he collected the carcasses of already dead animals that died of either natural causes, or were killed by hunters or vehicles. Some of what investigators found include the remains of a decapitated dog, also with its front paws cut off, dead snakes, a dead turtle, dead puppies, dead owls, goats, sheep, a fox and what appeared to be the head of a puppy in a plastic storage bag. They also found a goat's head on a homemade grill apparently used to cook the animals. Investigators say they will never be able to get an accurate count of how many dead animals there are, because of how many unmatchable, dismembered parts they found on the property.

This is what he has to say for himself. "All of the animals … being left on the side of the road or left in the middle of the road, why don’t we do something with that? It could be used as a learning tool The animals are dead. People don't have any regards for the animals. Let it be a human being and you keep rolling over it" He doesn't see what he's doing as anything different than a farmer or a hunter, and when he is done turning the animals into jewelry, or decorations for his home, he burns whatever is left over. He said he also understands why people would think his behavior odd, as many people " don't even know where their eggs come from, They think it's cloned eggs. Where does your chicken come from? Where does your beef come from?"

They didn't only find dead animals though, investigators removed 26 living animals from the house, including a dying goat. The goat was rushed to a local veterinarian's office and is doing well. Mackenzie says he raises goats, turkeys and chickens and slaughters them himself for food. He is also in the dog breeding business. I'm a little confused, because the man said he didn't kill the animals, because he's an animal lover, but he kills his own food. So, he killed some of them, but not all of them, or he only mutilates the ones he finds, and not his pets/dinner? I think I might keep tabs on this one and see where the investigation goes.

Gary Gomez killed, then dressed up Robyn Mendez

Gary Gomez has a not to nice little history of hurting people, and Robyn Mendes should have had better taste in men. If she had, she may still be alive. Gomez has already been convicted twice, once in '05, and again in '06, for trying to kill Robyn. But she "still had feelings for him" according to a friend. In '05 he was charged with assault and battery on Ms. Mendes with a dangerous weapon, when he grabbed her by the throat, threw her down, then held a knife to her throat and told her, ‘You’re never going to leave me.”

"You're never going to leave me". I guess he was right. She did try to leave once in '06, and in return, the bastard tried to run over both Robyn, and her ex husband, Victor Mendes. He then got out of the car, and dragged Robyn into the woods. When police arrived on the scene, Gomes had his hands around her neck, but luckily, Robyn lived to tell the tale, that time.

Her luck didn't last long, while Gary was in jail, he and Robyn exchanged letters, and they apparently renewed their relationship. I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but I personally just can't understand why she would press to keep this relationship going. He had threatened to kill her, and tried to kill her. She had an ex husband who took her in, time after time, but she would sneak out of the safety of that house, to spend time with an abusive man.

Police believe, that Gary kept true to his promises to kill her on either Friday or Saturday of last week. He stabbed her multiple times, and also killed his own mother. He then dressed up the body of his girlfriend, and put make up on her face. He then scrawled a message in blood on the wall saying " I (heart) you". But he didn't stop there. He apparently tried to blow up the apartment by leaving the stove’s pilot light on as well as a nearby space heater. Neighbors noticed the strong smell of gas, and alerted authorities. The bodies were then discovered.

Gomes was arrested Tuesday night at Mendes’ Philip Street condo where he had barricaded himself in a room with Mendes’ 12-year-old daughter. Luckily the daughter was not physically harmed.