Stoney Camden died two years ago. He was only 31 years old. The day he died, he was in St. Francois County, Missouri. Denise Camden, Stoney's mother, is no stranger to the challenging road a parent has to travel when dealing with a child addicted to drugs.
The day she lost her son.
I asked Denise if her son was involved in drugs, and Denise told me, "He struggled with addiction on and off for a few years." "The day he died, he was clean off fentanyl for six days." Denise went on to say, "He was leaving and told me he would be back at 2:45 that afternoon when his daughter got home from school."
"A few hours later, the hospital called and told me he was dropped off and had overdosed." When Denise arrived at the hospital, it was not good. Her son was in bad shape. His heart was not beating when he was left there.
The hospital was able to get his heart beating again, and he was transferred to a hospital in St. Louis and put on life support. Four days later, Denise was forced to make a decision no parent wanted to make. She decided to take her son off life support.
Denise said, "My son told me a few weeks before he died he had made some people mad, and he'd be dead in a few months." "He was right."
Denise explained the circumstances leading up to his death. "My son was at Alex Wampler's house when he overdosed, and actually, her last name may be Hines now." Denise went on to tell me this was not the first time her son had overdosed while with Alex, "The first time his friend Kyle was with him and called me to say Stoney was OD'ing, and he was giving him CPR."
"I said to call an ambulance, and Kyle said she already did, referring to Alex." "He said I don't know why they are not here yet; I don't know what to do." "I got the address from Kyle and called 911, and I told them someone had already called, but no ambulance was there yet." "The operator told me there had not been any calls to 911 made." "Alex lied about calling 911 and was going to let my son die."
Denise told me why she thought Alex told her about Angela, "I posted something on Facebook about my son being with Alex when he died, and she called me about two weeks later." "When I answered and realized it was her, I said, you finally killed him," "Alex said no, I didn't; Angela Ogle and her brother Dustin Ogle killed him." "Alex said they shot him up with meth, and she didn't know why."
Denise went on to say, "The only reason my son made it to a hospital was that Tory Graham Jr. and Dawn Clark showed up as he was dying and took him to the hospital." "I was told that Alex said just throw him in a ditch."
Tory and Dawn didn't just throw him in a ditch, they took him to the emergency room, but it was too late. By the time they got him there, he was dead, and even though the hospital got his heart to pump again, the damage was done.
After he died, Denise said someone told her that her son was unresponsive, and Angela Ogle shot him up with meth. When Angela shot him up with meth, he started gurgling and dying. Denise did not feel comfortable publishing the person's name in this article.
Overdose or murder?
Angela Ogle is someone whose name is becoming quite familiar in Madison County.
In part three of this series, Angela Ogle was allegedly the person who gave Jacob Kirkpatrick a shot of drugs that ended his life and then, with the help of someone else or several other people, threw him in the road to get run over.
Angela had already spent ten years in prison for another murder committed with drugs. That death was pled out at a lesser charge which decreased the time she would serve. Denise said, "People have told me that Angela Ogle openly runs around town claiming the local funeral home, which is the coroner, covers up her murders for her."
"She claims they cover up her "murders" because the person who owns the funeral home is the grandfather of one of her kids and is raising one of her five children."
"DFS took all of her kids from her custody because she is an unfit mother." "I don't know that it is true what she says about the coverup, but it just shows she is bragging and has no remorse for the people she kills."
Another mother, who allegedly lost her son from one of Angela's lethal shots, said, "In the Madison County drug world, Angela is the one who shoots people up who can't shoot themselves up; she is the "pro."
Denise told me about the response she received from the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department when her son died. "I called them to try and file a police report." "The police officer I spoke with was rude." "He told me there was no case," she went on to say, "I said my son was murdered; they killed my son,"
"The police officer said, "They didn't kill him, you took him off the machine, so they did not kill him." Denise said she sent an email to the sergeant, "He never even bothered to respond."
Stoney Camden's death certificate states he died from "acute methamphetamine intoxication" and that it was accidental. Denise is waiting for the toxicology report to be sent to her, she has never read it. She is not sure if Dr. Deidiker is the Pathologist listed on the report, but there is a very good chance that he was.
Many questions with no answers.
Many unanswered questions loom "in the air" for all mothers in this series. Questions that keep them up at night. The worst part is that many people in these counties know the answers to the questions. People openly talk about all of the cases. The issue is St. Francois, Madison, and Washington Counties Sheriffs refuse to do what they were elected to do, keep people safe and investigate crime.
They are breeding conspiracy theories by ignoring victims' families and refusing to examine cases. In another interview I conducted with Karen Whitener, former mayor of Fredericktown, she described the situation in Madison County as "dire" and said, "Our area is in shambles!" "We have to address it now; we cannot wait."
Karen explained, "There are so many misconceptions and stigmas surrounding addicts." "People need to know that the people suffering from addiction are all someone's child." and "The people overdosing and missing all belong to someone."
Many people have been touched by addiction and experienced the suffering that goes hand in hand with loving someone addicted to drugs, and it is only getting worse.
In 2019 Fentanyl became the leading cause of death for people ages 18-45 years old.
Fentanyl silently moved into the place of the leading cause of death among ages 18-45, just barely surpassing suicide. For context, suicide took roughly 21,000 lives in 2019, compared to approximately 22,000 deaths from fentanyl poisoning. But in 2020, one of these numbers changed substantially. Suicide increased, but only minorly. On the other hand, deaths by fentanyl overdose increased to more than 35,000 in 2020.
A study published on sciencedirect.com found that to counteract the effects of fentanyl, addicts are using meth. Injecting meth is commonly used to counteract the effects of fentanyl and even reverse overdoses in some cases. Heroin addicts can usually only get fentanyl because it has replaced heroin.
A tiny amount of fentanyl can kill people. Even just getting it on your skin can send you into an overdose. To solve the problem, heroin addicts have needed to improvise to stay alive. It doesn't always work and, in some cases, becomes the cause of death. Drug users never know what they are getting, and meth is often laced with fentanyl.
46.3 percent of the participants in the study said they used meth to counteract the effects of fentanyl.
- Ever experienced an unintentional opioid-related overdose (OD) 87.8%
- Ever obtained take-home naloxone 87.8%
- Ever used naloxone to help an OD victim 73.1%
- Ever used methamphetamine to reduce the risk of an opioid OD 46.3%
- Ever used methamphetamine to help an opioid OD victim 48%
Scott, a 55-year-old man who started heroin use in his 30s, explained:
"Fentanyl came out and took everything over, really. It's just flooded our streets."
Per participant accounts, "ice" was extremely plentiful and inexpensive, like nothing they had ever seen before. Nearly all participants rated methamphetamine availability as "very easy" and the average price of methamphetamine was perceived to be very low, around $20-$30 per gram.
I mean, it's an abundance. Everyone has it [meth]. The price… You can't- it's really hard to make money off of it. You really have to have control of an area to be able to make money off of it. (…) If you're selling $20 [per] gram then .05 [g] is going to be $10. So you really have to have a good clientele that are buying grams or better to be able to make money off of it. (Cortney, 41-year-old woman)
For example, Gary noted, "You can get it for free from people all the time; it's not something they prize. It's easy and cheap. It's easy to get and cheap to get."
Fentanyl is destroying our nation. People with opiate addictions commonly overdose repeatedly, some even overdosing more than 30 times.
Yeah, if you do a big shot of meth, you can turn around and do a decent shot of boy [heroin], and it's not going to take your heart rate down so much that you fall out. I've seen people do it, and I've done it. When my people tell me that they have new dope in, I've gone and done it [meth] so that way I know that I'm not going to fall out. I'll only still do a little bit but doing the meth is my safety net that my heart's not gonna stop.
Megan, a 24-year-old woman, described how she saved her friend's life:
It didn't seem like he was breathing. I checked, he didn't have a pulse. I shot him up in the neck. Which, I know technically ain't the best place, but at the time […] I didn't have Narcan … I'd [have] thrown water on him. We were in a car. Basically, the only option that I had to try [was to inject meth]… They started breathing again. I mean, they weren't really, I would say coherent, but he was alive. He's still alive today.
Many of the overdose reversal scenarios described by the study participants indicated attempts to avoid calling 911 right away to minimise [sic] potential contact with authorities, especially when an overdose was occurring in settings where drugs were also sold and/or when people involved had current entanglements with the criminal justice system. [sic]
So is this what Angela Ogle is "allegedly" doing? It could be, but the flip side to that is if someone intentionally shot someone up to kill them, it would almost be a perfect crime.
The "Good Samaritan Law" protects drug users from arrest by providing no excuse to avoid calling 911 when someone is dying. To intentionally not call 911 when someone is dying is murder. Also, even if you are trying to save someone by giving them meth, you are killing them. So why are the sheriffs doing nothing?
While investigating this series, it almost seems that St. Francois, Madison, and Washington counties Sherriff's departments are involved in something more sinister, a cover-up, a payoff, something.
In all of my interviews, the common denominator was talk of cover-up and the Sheriffs departments being on the drug dealers' payroll. It is understandable why it may seem this way to the mothers of dead or missing kids.
It is apprehensible to think that someone with such authority as an elected Sherriff would blatantly ignore these types of crimes and the victim's parents. People search for an explanation because there has to be a reason they would refuse to investigate.
While conducting interviews, several people stated that Sherriff Katy McCutcheon openly and blatantly admits to not caring about crimes against drug addicts. Especially regarding their deaths. It is common knowledge in Madison County that she is content with them killing each other, and investigating these crimes is a waste of time and resources.
Allegedly Sherriff McCutcheon claims not to have the resources to investigate deaths. When the parents of the victims hear this, it is hard for them to understand. To believe an elected Sherriff could care less if their children are murdered is too much to wrap their heads around.
To think she is profiting from looking the other way or that she is a part of the "drug game" is much easier to understand. Considering the sheriff's openly vocal opinion she shares readily that addicts "don't count" in her book, you would think she would never want to be seen as a player in the "drug game" in Madison County. Yet here we are.
When interviewing the former mayor of Fredericktown, Karen had this to say about Sherriff Katy McCutchen's handling of the cases in her county,
"If Katy would make personal contact with Barb Hall and other mothers, the majority of the controversy would go away." she went on to say, "I know Katie, and I know she is a good person, but she needs to know that every single person involved in the drug world is someone's child and deserves the same police protection other citizens are awarded."
Karen is working on creating a nonprofit organization to help people navigate the rehab system before and after treatment. Karen explained her thoughts on addiction.
"I have been affected by addiction in my own life with my children and family members." "I have no experience with drugs, and it's been hard to understand how to address the problem." "I believe removing the stigma around addiction and raising awareness will make a huge difference."
"There are many variables surrounding people who want to be clean," Karen said, "some people make over 100 phone calls and may have a week clean before finding a treatment center to take them." "Imagine finding out you have to be actively using and test positive for drugs when you check-in, but since you are clean, you will not be accepted into the program."
Karen continued to say, "Some programs want you to be clean when you check in, and people who have no resources are expected to get clean while living at trap houses and being surrounded by drugs before being admitted." "These people have usually lost everything, including any network to help them."
"They have burned all their bridges, and their families are using tough love in desperation to help them." "This is what people have done for years and are told to do, but it is not working, and our towns are crumbling,"
Another issue that has arisen in my interviews is the subject of jurisdiction. Many people are confused about whose job it is to handle these cases. Some people blame the Fredericktown Police; however, there are rules and city lines, and the Fredericktown Police have to abide by the rules.
Fredericktown police only have jurisdiction within the town of Fredericktown. Anything beyond the city of Fredericktown is Sherriff McCutcheon's area and is considered Madison County. Another police department cannot, by law, take over no matter what the case.
The Fredericktown Police Department has no more power to change how the Madison County Sheriff's Department conducts its business than a private citizen. However, I've noticed while conducting interviews that the Fredericktown Police Department is competent and concerned about its resident's safety.
They have made several arrests of people mentioned in these stories. They were all arrested on unrelated charges. While they cannot go into Madison County and take a case in Madison County, they make sure the people committing these crimes are held accountable for what they do when they are within Fredericktown city limits.
Today on Facebook, someone publicly announced some relevant and credible information in the Jacob Kirkpatrick case.
People are coming forward with information on all of the cases discussed. Autopsies were recently overturned in three cases, and at the very least, there is plenty of witness testimony in all the cases.
The mothers of the victims would like prosecutors in each county to revisit their cases. Some still have not even been allowed to speak to a police officer about their child even once.
Prosecutors are held responsible by the American Barr Association.
What are the ethical obligations of a prosecutor?
The prosecutor should seek to protect the innocent and convict the guilty, consider the interests of victims and witnesses, and respect the constitutional and legal rights of all persons, including suspects and defendants.
Derontae Martin, Mikayla Jones, Jacob Kirkpatrick, Timmy Dees, and Stoney Camden have chapters to close. There are many more who did not get covered in this series. To ignore these crimes and expect them to work themselves out is not only unacceptable but is also an impeachable offense, according to Missouri law.
106.020. Who is impeachable — reasons for impeachment. — All elective executive officials of the state, judges of the supreme court, the court of appeals, and circuit judges shall be liable to impeachment for crime, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude, or oppression in office.
In my interviews, I heard from several people that impeachment petitions were being drafted for several elected officials. They plan to hold Sherriff McCutcheon accountable for what they view as incompetency and willful neglect of duty in these cases and others. Other officials involved are also in the hot seat.
It seems a change is happening in these parts of Missouri, and residents are tired of being ignored. People are of the common opinion that if the sheriffs and prosecutors had acted in previous cases instead of ignoring them, their children would still be alive. How many people have to lose their children before they do something?
What to do?
Karen, the former mayor of Fredericktown, summed it up quickly in our interview. Karen said, "The drug epidemic is no longer just a "big city" problem, it's everyone's problem."
"Unless we come together as a community and get the people suffering from addiction the resources and help they need to be productive members of society today, we will have even more significant problems on our hands in the upcoming years."
"Ignoring addicts puts your law-abiding citizens at risk and is killing their families." "It is everyone's problem now, and unless the county sheriffs and prosecutors make a change quickly, the conditions in Missouri will continue to deteriorate."
"Throwing addicts in jail and prison only exasperates the problems and play a significant role in the desperate state of our communities today."
Change comes from involvement, and involvement is easier than you think.
What are your thoughts on the situation in St. Francois, Madison, and Washington County?
(D. Camden, interview, May 17, 2022.)
(K. Whitener, interview, May 20, 2022.)
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