John Locke — American Journal Review March 5, 2018
A 22-year-old Missouri man was indicted for the murder of five middle-aged white men since last year and one white woman — including four on south Kansas City walking trails. Frederick Demond Scott, a 23-year-old black man, and faces a total of six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of armed criminal action in a string of killings that began in August 2016.
He made the inflammatory and racist statements including an incident in January of 2014 at Center Alternative School where he threatened to shoot up a school and “kill all white people,” according to a municipal citation for harassment. Court records quoted Scott as stating – “I want to shoot the school up, Columbine-style.” He was sentenced to 180 days in jail but the sentence was suspended and he was given probation instead. He was also ordered to stay away from the school and “intense” supervision was ordered at that time.
He had also had other issues with local law enforcement. Last year, he was found guilty of stealing a three-pack of underwear from a Dollar General. He was also ordered to pay $100 restitution for ripping the screens off of two front windows at the home where he lived. None of his previous involvement with law enforcement gave any indication that he was violent or had any intention of killing anyone.
All five of the male victims were white men between ages 54 and 67. All five were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street. The female victim was homeless. Her decomposing body was found in a tent in woods in Grandview, a suburb of Kansas City. According to police, she was also shot much like the male victims. If Scott is found to be responsible for all six deaths, he would meet the FBI’s standard of a serial killer.
57-year-old Steve Gibbons is the fifth and final victim and was shot in the head in broad daylight.
DNA linked Scott to his murder and to that of the first victim 54 yr old John Palmer.
Scott’s mom had stated previously in an interview with The Kansas City Star that her son suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and refused to take his medication or seek additional treatment due to the way the anti-psychotics made him feel. In 2013, Scott was charged in a Kansas City municipal court for assaulting his mom and was court ordered to be evaluated for substance abuse. She claims that she was unaware of any racial motivation for the killings or any problems he might have with white people. His mom stated of Scott and his potentially racial motivations for killing – “As far as I know Fredrick never had a problem with white people. He would do odd jobs for people and some of those people were white men.” She also stated she had no recollection of the events that transpired at Center Alternative School.
Scott repeatedly testified to detectives after his arrest about his anger regarding the shooting death of his 23-year-old half-brother on his father’s side, Gerrod H. Woods. Woods was fatally shot by Jimmie Verge, also a black man, in a December 14, 2015, robbery at a local convenience store. Verge was convicted and is currently serving a 45-year prison sentence for the murder of Woods and another man. Police state it is unclear at this time why Scott chose to target white men and they refuse to speculate on if the shootings were racially motivated.