was raped, stabbed, and decapitated on the Lindenwood University Campus in St. Charles, MO. in 1998 by a student.
Friday, May 8, 1998
A Lindenwood University student and his 15-year-old friend have been
charged in the decapitation of Tiffany Sabourin, 13, of Wentzville.
Jason Shipman, 21, and his close friend, both of St. Charles, have
confessed to the killing and were charged Thursday, police said. Shipman
also was charged with statutory rape and armed criminal action.
Sabourin was stabbed to death on the Lindenwood campus sometime after
midnight April 26, said Tim Braun, the St. Charles prosecuting attorney.
Her headless body was dumped behind a bank near the entrance to the
athletic fields. It was found that Sunday morning at 6:50 a.m. by a
Lindenwood student who was walking to work.
Sabourin's head was found in a portable restroom nearby on campus, Braun
A police source said the girl had been fatally stabbed at the top of her
back after she was raped and sodomized. Then, almost as an afterthought,
the knife was used to cut off her head, and it was put in the portable
toilet, near the Lindenwood athletic field, the source said.
Shipman enrolled as a student at Lindenwood in January and had lived on
campus, but he left school the day Sabourin's body was found, said St.
Charles police Capt. Pat McCarrick.
The 15-year-old, who was being held at the Juvenile Justice Center in
St. Charles, has been charged with murder under the state juvenile code.
*I will never forget this case. It has struck with me every since I first heard it. It is so sickening*
I have been reviewing some of the newspaper clippings from that time all day today.
Anyhow I just had a bunch of flash backs from my childhood as Tiffany Sabourin was a close friend and was like family. My mother and hers (Dawn) were friends then and still are. Dawn is like a second mother to me as well to my younger sister. I was 11 years old when my mother told me what had happened to Tiffany. Its still hard to imagine that she is gone and in such a gruesome way! I still see images of Dawn crying like she had lost everything. Tiffany was Dawns oldest daughter, she has two boys Derick and Jacob, and the youngest is Brittany. I have had a different perspective on these things after it had hit home.
Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 27, 2005) was a nine-year-old girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida in the early morning of February 24, 2005. Believed held captive over the weekend, she was raped and later murdered by 46-year-old John Couey who lived nearby. The media covered the investigation and trial of her killer extensively. On August 24, 2007, a judge in Inverness, Florida sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, sexually battering, and First degree murder of Jessica.
-the OJ Simpson white bronco car chase (I remember sitting on the floor in front of the tv eating a fudge popsicle)
-9/11 attacks. I was getting dressed for school and my sister came running down the hall yelling "WORLD WAR III"
-the DC Sniper. We watched new coverage of it in class and I remember the guy sitting next to me said the killer was white because "a brotha would kill another brotha"
-the Sharon Tate murder. I wasn't alive then but I had a old newspaper book with the top headlines and I remember being captivated by her and the Manson Family.
Watching the challenger explosion as a 6th grader. Still makes me cry.
Watching magic Johnson announce he has HIV - It became real then
And the kidnapping and subsequent brutal murder of Adam Walsh which irreparably altered childhood. Nd still makes me cry.
There was good news- I watched the Berlin wall come down and the princess Di and prince Charles' fairy tale wedding day.
I remember a lot of what is posted here, but these especially. I was 9, I think, when Adam Walsh was kidnapped and a few months later I remember my mother taking me to the mall, of all places, where I was fingerprinted and put in a "chilf registry". I remember there being what seemed like hundreds (but was more likely dozens) of people there doing it. You are right clu13, it changed childhood forever.
I remember watching reports about the Columbine shooting on the TV in my freshman dorm lounge.
(Around that time I had to periodically leave school to go to my hometown hospital to bank blood for an upcoming surgery. I remember during one of my sessions I was reading an article about the whole thing in Time magazine.)