Remembering a crime that changed a community forever

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago November 03, 2015 Nov 3, 2015 Tuesday, November 03 2015 Tuesday, November 03, 2015 2:34:00 PM CST in News
By: Jasmine Dell, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - More than two decades after Ernest Lee Johnson murdered three people at a Casey's General Store, the surrounding community said the area has never been the same. 

"Before the killings, it was a neighborhood where we didn't lock our doors; afterwards we went to locking our doors all the time," Creedon Miller, a local resident, said.  "So there was like an innocence that was lost in this neighborhood."

Johnson was found guilty in 1995 for killing three workers with a hammer at the store. He was sentenced to death and is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night.

Miller described the local neighborhood as warm and friendly before the brutal murders.

"The Casey's store created a more wholesome family environment and kind of a community center for people to go to from this side of the street and from Indian Hills. Children and families and everyone would go down there (Casey's). And after that there was a certain amount of innocence that was lost."

Miller said after Casey's left the location, multiple businesses tried to take over the lot, but had trouble sticking around.

"I think for the building itself and for that property obviously it was a very traumatic thing; and yes, we would drive and see that there was a church there and the various other businesses that tried to operate there and couldn't," Miller said. "You know we would think about the fact that the place seemed to be cursed because of that. But, you know life goes on, the neighborhood goes on and we continue to live life. It was an extremely traumatic thing that took place at that time and yes it did affect us."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers took a 15-year-old male into custody after receiving reports of the student threatening violence at... More >>
20 minutes ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:31:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - MU has found its new chancellor. On Wednesday, UM System President Mun Choi introduced Alexander Cartwright as... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:45:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
MANCHESTER -Manchester, England is roughly 4,000 miles away from Missouri. But for students studying abroad, it can feel like a... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:02:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Callaway County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Columbia woman after they pulled her over and discovered she had a... More >>
2 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:51:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A health system based in Kansas City, Missouri, has signed an agreement with Washington University in... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:49:52 AM CDT in News
KINGDOM CITY — A Fulton man was taken into custody last night after a short vehicle pursuit on Old Highway... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deadly shooting of a 28-year-old man in northeast Columbia. Police said in... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:23:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A bat in St. Louis County has tested positive for rabies, and health officials say it should... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:59:00 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE — A southwest Missouri prosecutor has dropped a murder charge in a 2011 death of an Arkansas man, but... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:32:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City man is charged with shooting into a south Kansas City church, injuring a church... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:32:57 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee has endorsed a bill authorizing discounted electric rates for steel and aluminum production... More >>
9 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:57:10 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City police were investigating a Tuesday evening shots fired incident that left a man with an... More >>
15 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:10:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - After President Trump's executive order that put a temporary hold on people from certain countries entering the United... More >>
16 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:52:00 PM CDT in Target 8
ST. CHARLES - The second day of a trial in the death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava centered around... More >>
17 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri System Board of Curators voted Tuesday afternoon to increase tuition at all four UM... More >>
19 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University was expected to announce its interim president on Thursday. The university's board of curators... More >>
20 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - As lawmakers met in special session Tuesday, Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at a rally of Missourians wanting... More >>
20 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Family and friends of Cameron Scott Caruthers spoke to KOMU 8 News over the telephone Tuesday afternoon. ... More >>
21 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:28:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 61°
3pm 64°
4pm 65°
5pm 65°
6pm 63°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
2:30p
Judge Alex
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld