Sunday, May 27, 2007

Challenge to Journalists

Tell the story of Jason "Jake" Kenneth Hamilton.

He's not someone who just happened to move from Kuna to Moscow 8 years ago. He was merely passing through Kuna, one short phase of his tragic life.

He was born in San Pablo, Costa Nostra County, California, in 1970. He had deep ancestral roots in both California and in northern Idaho, but perhaps more so in northern Idaho.

His family history shows a stepmother and 4 half-brothers and half-sisters in CA in the late 70's and 80's.

Where did he grow up? What schools did he attend? How do his relatives, neighbors and schoolmates remember him?

He had an earlier marriage to someone, somewhere. What happened to her?

His criminal record started 19 Dec. 1991 in San Bernardino, CA -- assault on a spouse/cohabitant. The charges were dropped because the victim wouldn't testify.

He was next arrested almost a year later -- 20 Dec. 1992 -- for assault in Lake Havasu City, AZ. He received 2 days in jail & 1 yr. of probation on 12 Mar. 199.

He was arrested again on 1 Mar. 1993 (still on probation from Lake Havasu City) in Kingman, AZ, for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. These charges were dismissed.

He must have been a real sweet-looking guy by age 21:

  • Scar on right forearm
  • Tatoo on left forearm
  • Tatoo on right shoulder
  • Tatto on left shoulder

On 28 Jan. 1995 he was arrested in Tulsa, OK, for cruelty to animals -- stomping on a puppy. He was sentenced to a year in jail, which was suspended.

It appears he arrived in Idaho in 1995 or 1996. His Idaho driving record shows a license suspension from 22 Aug. 1996 until 22 Aug. 1999, apparently for something having to do with liability insurance. If any can translate "N/PF LIA INS. FULL.SR22.08-22-1996.OP", please clue me in.

Sometime between 1995 and 1999 is when he probably arrived in Kuna, most likely 1995 or 1996. My research found no association of his mother (Rebecca J. Germen Achord) with Kuna until 1998, so it's unlikely he was in Kuna long, but 2 or 3 years was long enough to get Crystal Jones involved in his ill-fated life.

He finally set up housekeeping in Moscow around 1998 or 1999, although his family ties to the region go back at least five decades -- odds are he was no stranger to the area.

He must have arrived in the Moscow area with quite a bang -- he was arrested 26 Jan. 1999 (with his usual tattoos and scar) for unlawful discharge of a firearm at a building or vehicle and disturbing the peace. Disposition and sentencing were "withheld" on two court dates -- 5 Mar. 1999 and 4 Apr. 1999.

Along the way, he racked up 4 more traffic violations (two basic rule violations,handed out by the Idaho State Police, my recollection is these are usually handed out after accidents; one for a traffic control device violation in Moscow; and one for negligent driving in WA) and acquired a concealed carry permit. The address on the concealed carry permit was 1035 Libey Road, Viola, MN 83872.

At the time of his arrest for attempted strangulation on 4 Dec. 2005, he still held a concealed carry permit, so they should have assumed he head weapons (obviously didn't check). His address at the time of his arrent was 1002 Valerie Ct., Moscow, ID 83843.

More recent events have been pretty much covered in the media.

1 comment:

Joy said...

I can't believe it. I was fooling around looking up old friend's names of people I have lost touch with and looked up Jake. He lived in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, CA...His mother was married (I think) or living with a guy in the military. His half-sisters are Lisa and June Coonrod. The last I knew Lisa was married and her name was Lisa Hooker. I guess I knew him around 1988. He would do speed and was very paranoid. I was attracted to his sweet side, and wanted to help him, as I'm sure his wife did. It's just so hard to believe he would kill someone that close to him.