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Details emerge in grisly slayings of couple

Published: Tue, October 4, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


Louis Mann

By Ed Runyan



Louis R. Mann told police he strangled his mother with a clothesline during an argument, then “took out 31 years of rage” on his father by hitting him in the head with a flashlight and shooting him.

Later that day, Mann drove a woman to his parents’ Jefferson Street Southwest home and showed her the bodies of Frances M. Mann, 53, and Philip J. Mann, 59.

Louis Mann, 31, was arrested Saturday, the day after the homicides, and was in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Monday afternoon, charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

He is being held in the Trumbull County jail on $3 million bond and could be charged later with capital murder, meaning he could face the death penalty.

Louis Mann, who had been living with his parents since his release from the Trumbull County jail the previous Tuesday, was cooking a hamburger when he and his mother got into a dispute over Louis Mann’s child, Mann told police.

“Louis said he became enraged and grabbed a clothesline from on top of the refrigerator and strangled his mother to death,” according to an affidavit filed with the court. Mann said he covered her body.

Frances Mann’s body was found with a blanket over it, a clothesline still around her neck.

“Louis then stated ... that his father came into the room with a .22 bolt-action rifle. Louis stated ... that he got the gun away from his father. Louis then stated he picked up a Mag flashlight and ‘took out 31 years of rage on his father’s head.’ Louis then stated he shot his father,” the affidavit said.

Mann, who said he left the house with his father’s yellow 1982 Cadillac DeVille, picked up Warren woman Atara Broadus and told her he wanted to “party,” Broadus later told police.

Mann had blood on him, Broadus said, adding she asked Mann “why he was so upset and he stated, ‘I’m going back to prison’ and ‘I killed someone,’” the affidavit said.

Mann and Broadus partied and used the hot tub at America’s Best motel on Mahoning Avenue before Mann took Broadus to the Jefferson Street residence and showed her the bodies, Broadus said.

The two met up again Saturday and went to the Capri Motel on East Market Street in Howland, where Mann was arrested.

Earlier Saturday, Mann and his mother-in-law had visited Mann’s wife, Tanya, in the Trumbull County jail. Mann told his wife his mom and dad were “gone,” then he “made a slashing motion with his hand across his throat indicating they were dead,” the affidavit said.

Mann had just served 33 days in the Trumbull jail before his release Sept. 27. It was the sentence for a trespassing offense out of Newton Falls. Mann has had addresses on Maple Street in Newton Falls and Logan Avenue and Parkman Road in Warren.

Mann was convicted of felony breaking and entering and receiving stolen property in November 2010 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and sentenced to probation.

Mann was brought back to common pleas court Monday afternoon, where he was advised of a criminal complaint filed against him by the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office and bond was set.

Chris Becker, assistant county prosecutor, said it is customary for the prosecutor’s office to present a case such as this — one with the potential for capital punishment — to a county grand jury. Becker said he would expect this case to follow that route.

Mann was arraigned earlier Monday in Warren Municipal Court on a felony drug-possession charge that arose from drugs found at the Capri Motel when Mann was arrested Saturday.

Judge Thomas Gysegem entered an innocent plea for that charge and said Mann wasn’t eligible for bond because the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department had placed a hold on him for a potential violation of the terms of his probation.

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, performed an autopsy on the body of Frances Mann on Monday and reported that her cause of death was homicide as a result of strangulation. An autopsy on Philip Mann had not been completed as of Monday afternoon.

Mann’s mother-in-law, Brenda Carnes, went to the Warren Police Department at 1:45 p.m. Saturday to ask them to check on Philip and Frances Mann at 1686 Jefferson St. SW.

When police arrived, they found the bodies in the living room, covered by blankets — Frances Mann on a mattress on the floor, the body leaning against a couch; and Philip Mann curled up on the floor. Both were dead. A shell casing was near Philip Mann’s body.

Police found a .22-caliber rifle leaning against a living room wall, a spent shell casing and blood spatters on the wall and ceiling, Warren police said. They recovered two flashlights in the room, one a Mag light.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Cole said he had no information on the type of injuries visible on the bodies.

Louis R. Mann was arrested at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Capri Motel. He and Broadus had been there since about 2 p.m. Broadus has not been charged.

Jefferson Street residents interviewed by The Vindicator on Monday said Philip and Frances Mann had lived there about six months.

The 875-square-foot residence is valued at $19,500, according to the Trumbull County Auditor’s Office, and is owned by Perry Postlewaite of Warren.


1rafcruzjr(12 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

It's so scary that he has a child and the mother of that child is in jail. This child needs to be given to a family that will give the child some stability and hope. It's always bad when two messed up people procreate.

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2steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunatley they have more than 1 child.
We can only hope the children are safe and being raised in a stable loving home.

I couldn't agree more.
It's usually a disaster when people like this bring kids into the world.

Louis Mann is huge standing well over 6ft.tall with a large build.
His mother and father had no chance defending themselves against such a brutal,violent assualt by a person of their son's size.

Mr.Mann Sr. was in poor health and had been for quite sometime.
It couldn't have been difficult for a man of Lou's size and strength to overpower his father.

I believe as more details emerge drugs will be shown to play a large role in this terrible double homicide.
The Tribune story this morning stated that a woman recieved a phone call from Mann in which she claims he sounded
"xanaxed out"

Xanax when abused can and often does make the abuser totaly irrational and extremely dangerous and violent.

I find Mann's admission of 31 years of rage nothing more than a lame excuse and his pitiful attempt to blame his victims for his actions.

By Mann's own statements to the police and others followed by his actions after the killings he shows a complete lack of sorrow,regrert and remorse.

If charged and convicted with capital murder he will be eligible for the death penalty.
It's unfortunate that most convicted and proven guilty without question will live on death row for decades before their sentences are carried out.

In this particular brutal and shocking case the perpetrator stands an excellent chance of out living his victims years.
In my opinion that hardly seems like justice.

Of course all evidence must point to guilt beyond any doubt and in this case the police have a confession and the physical proof will bear Mann's own confession out.

May Mr.and Mrs.Mann rest in peace.

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4lilgandee(103 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Stark county just had an article in The Repository over the death penalty. I wrote that I support it and this case is one example of why. The part I hate is stated above-it will be years before carried out. The justice system needs to get the appeal process quicker (or in cases like these-remove the ability of appeals with the jury in sentencing). If that were my family I would want swift justice, he** I do anyway. I feel sorry for the children to have a parent like him. We must not judge the mother unless knowing she is a bad parent, just being in jail does not prove that. I went to jail for the first time over child support, to children that were taken by my ex and his parents who have money (and I don't helped him get custody). My child support could have been payed by a signature selling my annuity but he told the Magistrate that he wanted me in jail, and wasn't making my life easy. Depending on circumstances beyond her control she could be a good mother. The father used his parents and killed them like a coward. His choices and life was in his hands and he alone bloodied them. Your right lucky-fry the guy-quicker than later. Bleeding hearts say it costs more housing death row inmates-due to appeals lasting about 10 years-make them 1 year (or non-existent) on absolute cases like this. My prayers go out to the Mann's family.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Louis Mann should have a fair trial and a fast execution . . ..

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6Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

This waste of human flesh should get the same thing he did to his parents, no appeals, no sentence, no nothing. Put this piece of garbage six feet under.

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