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Police: Boardman man’s slaying followed night of drugs, porn



Published: Fri, June 13, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

By ROBERT CONNELLY

rconnelly@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Cocaine, pornography and beer preceded the killing of Chris Craft in his Boardman home, a township police report says.

The report sheds new light on his last hours.

At 1:20 p.m. Sunday, several Boardman officers were sent to Craft’s home, 1736 Alverne Drive, on a report of a suicide. A friend of Craft’s — who called it in — said Craft “shot his face off,” according to the report.

The male caller, 38, was questioned but has not been charged by police.

Police found Craft on his back on the floor in front of his computer, with his legs on a chair.

No weapon was found on or near him.

The death was ruled a homicide Tuesday by the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office because someone had used a straight edge, possibly a kitchen knife, to attempt to cover up how he died, a blunt-force blow to the right side of his face.

The friend said Craft picked him up about 10 p.m. Saturday and the two went back to Craft’s home. According to the police report, the man said he and Craft drank beer, did cocaine and watched pornographic movies in the upstairs bedroom. The man said he last saw Craft at 6 a.m. Sunday when Craft gave him a Xanax and then went downstairs.

The coroner’s office said Craft had been drinking alcohol and had pills in his system, but the full toxicology report won’t be available for a few weeks.

The man said he then came downstairs at noon and saw Craft on the floor. He said he saw only his arm and thought he was asleep. He went outside and drank two beers and then came back in and realized Craft was dead, he said.

The man then called his father, and then police. Authorities and the coroner’s office arrived to investigate. The man was transported to Boardman’s police station for investigative purposes, read his rights “and afterwards he was transported to his residence,” according to the report.

The police report does not list an employer for Craft.

When Craft lived in Warren County between Cincinnati and Dayton, both in Middletown and Franklin, he had run-ins with the law.

He served three days in neighboring Butler County’s jail in late November 1994 for driving under the influence.

He was divorced from Eva Powell in 1997 after an allegation of domestic violence.

Craft served another DUI sentence in the Butler County jail in March 1998 for his second offense.

Craft was charged with attempted possession of cocaine and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor charges, and ordered to serve six months in Butler County jail March 20, 2000. His jail sentence was suspended and he instead was given probation.

Closer to home, records there show he was charged with driving under the influence in Wayne Township, south of Lisbon, in August 2002. That DUI was a Class 4 felony charge because it was his fourth offense within six years. He also received two traffic charges for that DUI — failure to maintain reasonable control and driving under suspension, both misdemeanors.

Details of his other DUI offense were unavailable.


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1hmoore(1 comment)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

I realize the VICTIM had a past with mistakes in it..don't we all BUT what in the world does that have to do with the fact that a man, a human being, was killed and half of his face cut off..NOTHING..Just report the news and info about killers and let "sleeping dogs lie:" Stupid reporting in my opinion...Mr Craft was not an angel but paid for his crimes he was a very loving caring person and did not deserve to be murdered and mutilate...

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2papa1(696 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

not too many have a past involving felonies. you're wrong.

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3walter_sobchak(1979 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

hmoore,
-DUI in 1994
-Domestic violence in 1997
-DUI in 1998
-Cocaine possession in 2000
-Another DUI in 2000 that results in a felony charge.

And the police report does not list an employer for Craft. Whoa, there's a surprise! He was 48 with charges that we know of that go back 20 years. He spent a night drinking, doing cocaine, watching porn and, let's face it, waxing his cane. Maybe he was so coked up that he unknowingly "shot" his face off during a particularly gratifying scene.After all, he was lying on his back with his feet on a chair. My guess is that Craft's lifestyle and past merely caught up with him and society will shortly not be burdened by him anymore.

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4knr19(2 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Way to jump to conclusions! Yes, he had a colorful past - but no charges in the last 14 years. Let's just overlook that, why don't we? No job listed, we'll just go ahead and assume that he's worthless and doesn't do anything. It must be so easy to make comments about someone you don't know personally, so easy to judge who you think they were. One night of partying with a "friend" is not equal to someone's lifestyle.

He didn't "shoot his face off", he was murdered. Murdered. Let that sink in. Someone then removed part of his face in order to hide the evidence of what struck and killed him.

How would you feel if that happened to someone you knew and loved? Then how would you feel if people who didn't know them, felt the need to get on their high horse and judge them. If you want to judge someone, how about we find the person who actually MURDERED him and talk about that. Because the last time I check, the person who gets murdered isn't the one on trial.

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5rumppy(111 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Its a shame and terrible when anyone takes his own life. Did this happen in Boardman? My point is, if it happened in Youngstown, kind words would not be used in describing this event. No sympathetic words. I wonder Why and Why not. Just food for thought Y-towners.

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6knr19(2 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

He did not take his own life, but thank you for your comments into life in Youngstown/Boardman. Regardless of how it may look on paper, or however the news is skewing it, Chris was a great man - he was loved by many, and he will be missed.

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7Areyoukiddingme29(1 comment)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Wow. Sensationalist reporting at its finest.
I don't even know where to start, the article, dredging up 14+ year old mistakes made by a murder victim, or the hurtful, insensitive comment made by someone who clearly is closed minded and cruel.
Let's start with the latter.
You were given the record of a man who made mistakes. You say society will not be burdened by him any longer. Do you know what society lost? A brother. A husband. A son. A friend. An individual who loved fiercely and loyally. A man who, while flawed, would bend over backward to help anyone he could. A man who loved life. Who loved to laugh. A man who was loved by an amazing number of people. People who are hurting and shocked by the fact that he was violently ripped from them. He was murdered. MURDERED. Someone chose to end his life, before his time.
This article mentions all of his charges. It also mentioned that he served his sentences and paid his dues. He paid for his mistakes. Now, they are being publicly displayed in a disgusting effort to sell papers. His skeletons are being put on full display. How would you feel if your secrets were suddenly splashed about in the headlines? Or those of someone you love? Someone who you value, despite their shortcomings? All that strangers are going to read is that a man did a handful of awful things and now he's dead. Let me clarify. He did a handful of bad things through the course of his life, but he also did an immeasurable number of wonderful things. But that won't sell papers. Your society will judge him based on the negative, and won't bother to take the time to find out anything else.
Before you do so, just take a minute to put yourselves in the shoes of those who loved Chris. Imagine how it would feel to have someone you love violently killed, and have their mistakes paraded about. Imagine the pain and the confusion we are feeling, then add the hurt from your ignorant comments. Then I hope you're at least a little ashamed of yourself.

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8republicanRick(1248 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

He was still drinking and doing drugs so he did NOT learn from his mistakes. He was repeating them. Sorry for his loss but his "mistakes" were law breaking in nature.

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9walter_sobchak(1979 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Not ashamed one bit. We spend countless hours teaching kids not to do drugs since it will never end up good. This individual chose to ignore the facts and proceeded down the wrong path in life. I have had family members get mixed up in this crap and I have little sympathy for them. HAd a niece whose ex-husband and father of her two kids OD. My take? Thankfully, he is now out of these kids lives and they may end up OK. I feel bad for the children because they didn't ask to have an a$$hole as a parent.

But, are you really trying to tell me that this person lived a moral upstanding life for the last 14 years but just happened to find some cocaine, Xanax, and porno in his house and decided to finally party just this one time? I was born at night - but it wasn't last night. Someone doesn't die from such circumstances after what you try to tell me was at a church meeting or something. As JS said, his choice in lifestyle caught up with him. Death by drugs, again.

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10Sugars87(5 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

To all of you who don't know a thing about Chris, but continue to express your heartless comments ... Screw you. Chris wouldn't have hurt a fly, and for you to talk so horribly about someone you don't know, only going off of what you have heard ... That just goes to show what am arrogant ass-hole you are. It must suck to have to sit behind a computer screen to feel like your opinions matter. Your heartless comments have not only caused my mother to shed tears, but I'm sure countess others who can't even begin to believe what heartless ass-holes walk the streets. Chris was MURDERED! I sincerely hope that when your time on this earth is over, people don't talk so horribly about you. Don't be ashamed ... Perfect (considering that's what you think you are), but you should be. I refuse to let small minded pricks like you speak about someone I love without hearing what I have to say in return. I'd be more than happy to give you my number - That way you don't have to hide behind a computer screen in order to feel superior. I'd be more than happy to actually hear what you have to say about someone you don't know. Don't worry ... I'll wait.

And to Chris, who cannot speak for himself because he was murdered in his own home ... I love you.

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11papa1(696 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

after reading comments from people who obviously loved and cared about this man I think he did have some good qualities about him. some wrote passionately and are heartsick. let's respect their grieving and hope they catch this killer soon.

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12NBees(50 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Firstly, my deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

Secondly, they have a point... even though this is the "information age" where dirt on anyone can be accessed in an instant, care should be taken when reporting on horrific crimes so as not to reduce the victim's life to a rap sheet, undercut the value of the criminal investigation, nor lull the community into a false sense of security as if to suggest that as long as you can pass a drug test and a background check, nothing bad will ever happen to you.

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13GSJ(1 comment)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

I cannot believe what I am reading. I knew Chris. I grew up with him, graduated high school with him. He was one of the most loving people I have ever known. Five years ago I went through some traumatic events in my life. Chris was there to carry me through, to pick up the pieces and move on. My kids adored him, as did I. You can ask anyone who actually KNEW him, and they will give you similar comments. We are MOURNING. We are in PAIN. Can you imagine finding out that someone you love had been murdered like this? That someone mutilated his dead body? That this monster is out there somewhere....free, while Chris's freedom was taken from him? Who among you is blameless and can cast the first stone? In my eyes, you are murdering him all over again. Your cruelty is hurting people who are already in a great deal of pain. Just remember, what goes around comes around. What if, Lord forbid, someone you love was brutally murdered tomorrow? What if you were reading news stories about your loved one that was bringing light to some dark times they endured? What if you read cruel comments about your loved one....comments from people who did not even know your loved one? Would your heart break? Would you feel anger toward those people? People, we ALL need to live by the golden rule....do unto others as you would have done unto you. Chris lived that way. He would give someone the shirt off his back and the last morsel of food from his cupboards if he knew someone was in more need of it than himself. Please, have respect for a man that was the VICTIM of a horrible crime. HE did not kill anyone, HE did not harm anyone. HE WAS MURDERED! What he did behind closed doors should REMAIN behind closed doors. He was not harming anyone. PLEASE, think about what you say about others, about how you judge others, and how much pain you are inflicting upon countless others. I am proud to say that I knew Chris Craft. I am proud to say that I was blessed to have him in my life. I am proud to say that I love him and will never forget what he gave of himself for me and my kids. And I am proud to stand up for him against such ignorant and cruel individuals like yourselves. I will never understand how human beings can so proudly and intentionally hurt others with no regard of the pain and anguish that we already wake up to each morning. Again, I pray that you never have to go through such agony. God bless to those of you who have been kind, considerate, and respectful. That shows great character, and speaks volumes of what a wonderful person you are. Sincerely, a friend of Chris Craft. RIP

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14Sugars87(5 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

JS ... Thanks for repeating what has already been reported. I'm sure you were doing that to make sure we (those who love Chris, not the ones who get off judging others off of news articles) hadn't missed anything, surely you weren't trying to prove a point ... Were you? Let me attempt to be like you for a minute ... "While high on drugs the sky is the limit as to what can happen." Thank you, Einstein. The sky is the limit for those who text and drive also - Literally. Different ends of the spectrum, same outcome ... Shall we start the judging process on that now of later? I sure hope you speak-to-text, or keep your hands off of your phone in general while driving - If not, this is about to get real ugly.

Do you see what just happened there? I made something out of nothing, and for absolutely no reason at all. That's what you, along with some other arrogant SOB's are doing. Chris was murdered - Take away everything else that has been said regarding that night and guess what? He is still dead. Continue to bring up his past and "quote" things from what was said about the night it happened and guess what (again)? That's right ... He is still dead. So cut it out - to all of you, besides those of us who refuse to allow Chris to be turned into a monster. His family and friends can't express their love for such a wonderful man (who knew him long before a news article and judgmental pricks voiced their small minded opinions) without someone having something awful to say in return. I sure hope when your time on earth is done, you don't have anything come out of your closet that your family doesn't know about you now. What a shame ...

To everyone else who didn't know Chris but are here to support those of us who love him, thank you. To those of us who know Chris (beyond the news), all we can do is continue to love each other, just as Chris loved each of us.

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15Sugars87(5 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

My name is Sarah, no I have introduced myself.

There is more to this story than what the papers and news stations are sharing ... They control the information, and like John Mayer says, "When they own the information, they can bend it all they want." Do I want justice to be served for Chris? With every ounce of who I am. Am I judging anyone? Absolutely not. I was no there, I do not know the story. All I know is the man Chris was. The heart full of love he had for so many. It is not MY place to judge. I'll leave that up to God and the judicial system.

"We as a society" ... That's not my name. I march to the beat of my own drum. I never succumb to what others think is right or wrong. In this situation ... Negative ass-holes are wrong for judging a man they do not know. Period. And the right thing to do is stand up for him - That's where I step in.

To Upstairs Chris ... I love you! And those ugly ass pointed alligator shoes. ;) Until we meet again, handsome. ** I think I just pissed myself ** (you know me ... Adding humor into every nook and cranny).

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16Sugarbehr1967(1 comment)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Walter_Sobchak....you make me sick and angry with your diatribe. You only knew what you were told by the media, and NOTHING more. I have been friends with Chris for many years, and let me tell you, he was one of the sweetest, kindest, most loving men I've ever been blessed to call 'big brother'. He would have given the shirt off his back to help anyone, and despite his checkered past, it is just that...HIS PAST. Why does everyone feel the need to bring up someone's past thinking it belongs in their present? We've lost a husband, a brother, an uncle AND great uncle (his nephew just had a baby), and those who were friends with him lost someone very special and dear. He never killed anyone, he never went out of his way to hurt anyone. And to say, 'society will not be burdened by him anymore'? When did you become judge and jury..or even GOD, to make such moral decisions. I hope to God that when it is your time to pass, and you happen to be on life support for any reason, the people surrounding you love you enough and respect you enough not to look at you and say, 'Well, enough is enough. Time to pull the plug. It's called natural selection'. This is exactly what you are doing to Chris, and you are a heartless bastard for profiling him.

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17endthismess(332 comments)posted 6 months ago

WOW PEOPLE!! Settle down here. Let justice take it's course. No one here is a judge or a juror. No one is going to win. THIS old vindy blog is a public rag opinion sheet which draws us all for a variety of reasons...BUT...let this man, his choices, his private business, choice of friends, if he did or did not work, who he kept company with, court dockets, his lifestyle and/or recreational habits, travels, places he lived, his timeline in life and all other personal aspects of his life..... A L O N E. Stop. Think about "The GOLDEN RULE" . That's where the answers are all at now. Everyone.... behave.. yourselves....OK? Let go of this. No one is going to be right or win, ever. God has taken over here, like it or not. Walk away and leave the deceased alone. When you can show respect for yourself you will automatically show respect for the deceased. Let go.

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18southsidedave(4840 comments)posted 6 months ago

A man dies by his own hand or another's...what need is there to report the sins of his life in this article? Mr. Craft will now find peace away from people who judge here on Earth.

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19Cast1st(1 comment)posted 6 months ago

Isn't it interesting that Mr. Connelly as an upstanding reporter felt it necessary to air the dirty laundry of a murdered man. He has published a history that spans over 20 years. How many of us can look back on those same 20 years and see a spotless image. Have we cheated on our spouses or our taxes? Did we take drugs, make inappropriate friendships, or have illicit sex when we were in college or early 20s? Hmm, exactly. The murder of this man, no more or less innocent than the rest of us, has led to his poor choices being exposed to all of his friends and family. Was Mr. Craft employed, no, but how often does someone with a criminal record get a decent job. Yes, his wife WORKED in Tiffin, in this economy, one travels to where the job is offered. We all make our choices, good and bad. However, that does not mean that a violent death at the hands of another human being is lauded. Think about that when you look in the mirror tonight. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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20endthismess(332 comments)posted 6 months ago

Hey Connelly, be ashamed of yourself....BE VERY ashamed. Your are without a doubt one very disgusting crusty reporter who just gave the media it's latest black eye in Youngstown and that also includes your employer, The Vindicator. Geez, what a louse your are. Your article was not news......you were just sensationalizing on a victim's death and then played on it like you had some news. REALLY? You are one true blue dedicated low life. You have officially done your damage. Go back into your spider hole and see if Saddam Hussein left any notes behind for your next article.

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21kurtw(938 comments)posted 6 months ago

"Just because you can type it, doesn't mean you should say it". I'm quoting Vindicator Editor Todd Franko here in a recent column in which he expressed his open dislike for the Vindy Message Board and many of the things which are said on it. I took particular umbrage to that column and commented 4 or 5 times in rebuttal. Why? Because it irked me, it annoyed me and, finally, I realized I disliked Todd's remarks because I knew my own ox had "just been gored" (which led me to a close reading of some of my own 780 plus comments. A Revelation!).

"Just Because You can Type it, doesn't Mean you Should Say It". My new Motto. And nowhere is the relevancy of those words more apparent than some of the comments on this thread- especially those belonging to Mr. S. I'm really surprised. Walt's record in his statements is a pretty good one (much better than mine in fact)- he usually makes sense- but his comments here are not only inappropriate, but down right heartless: after all, a man, a fellow human- as flawed as any of us and who among us is entitled to cast the first stone?- has just been brutally murdered and his family and close friends are in the early stages of their time of mourning.

The only appropriate- and humane response (other than keeping silent) to a brutal, tragic crime is to offer one's condolences to the people who loved Mr. Craft and to hope for the speedy apprehension of his killer.

P.S. "Who among us is entitled to throw the first stone". I thought of that when I read Walt's sarcastic, and heartless, words (which I'm sure he relished as he typed them) of Mr. Craft's activities the morning of the crime: "He spent a night drinking, doing cocaine, watching porn and, let's face it, waxing his cane." Apart from the last part (which is way too personal, and should never, ever have been said. Shame on you, again, Walt.), that's something I can personally connect with. I've never had anything to do with drugs (unless you count wine and beer- the "Creature", as the Irish like saying) and I have never had a DUI (perfect driving record) or a criminal record of any kind, but, "Lost Evenings", "Late night Debauchery, Alone or with Company"?- Yeah, I can connect with that and there are many kinds of "substance abuse"- I'm lucky in that I've only abused stuff that's legal and it never landed me in jail- "There but for the Grace of God..."

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22Sugars87(5 comments)posted 6 months ago

I want to personally thank everyone who has supported those of us who love Chris, without "knowing" him. Everyone can have their opinions (good or bad), but opinions are like ass-holes, and everyone has them. I appreciate the good opinions, and I'm sure I can speak for all of Chris's family and friends by saying that they do too. This has not been easy. Absolutely no one deserves to have what happened to him - Happen. I've seen the rude comments about how his past caught up to him, and what he did that night led to his death (MURDER). To those of you who think that - Ignorance is the first thing that comes to mind. And to the douche nugget who wrote this article to begin with ... I hope you have been able to make precious love to the palm of your hand while reading the comments. You are sick. But people have to get off somehow, don't they?

To those of you who believe he (Chris) pretty much had it coming to him ... What a shame your mind allows you to think such horrible things about people. I have commented plenty throughout this "discussion", but I feel the need to say more. So here it goes: My cousin passed away from a heroin overdose ... Her ex-boyfriend helped make that happen. She has been clean, was doing great - We had our girl back. Then her ex was released from jail, and went to "visit" her. She died that day. He left her. Dead. She was found two days later (no one knew she was inside because he also took her car). The smell of her body is what tipped her brother off. But let me guess ... She had that coming didn't she? And the world is a better place because she is gone? While the man who helped her die is still alive and kicking? If that is seriously how you think ... You need help. Serious help. And Jesus. Lots and lots of Jesus.

My step-father died of a drug induced heart attack. The last words my sister ever spoke to him were, "I hate you", and she has still yet to forgive herself for that. She has had to continue her life with that in her heart, and he has missed out on being a grandfather to both of our children. But let me guess (again) ... We all deserve for him to be gone from us, don't we? My grandmother deserved to bury her son?

I was raped. I trustee the person who did it. But I deserved it, huh? I was at home, in my pajamas (hospital scrubs) and was only 16 (even though she does matter, rape is rape). I was drugged ... But I deserved that, didn't I?

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23Sugars87(5 comments)posted 6 months ago

(Continued) ...

I completely agree with the person who made the comment about casting the first stone. I would LOVE to know what it's like to live a perfect life, be the perfect person, and sit and watch everyone else make mistakes, then laugh and ridicule them for it. No. Never mind. I would absolutely hate that. I am thankful I don't live in denial and judge others. When something happens to down one, I try to put myself in their shoes and HELP them. People like you (the negative ones), cause way more damage than you think (think being the key word - you should try it sometime). I sincerely hope that at some point in your life you find peace.

Again ... To those of you who did not know Chris until you heard of the horrible thing that happened to him ... Thank you for your kind words and sympathy towards him, his family, and his friends. We appreciate it endlessly.

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24DACOUNTRYBOY(277 comments)posted 6 months ago

I didn't know Chris nor would I care to know him. My condolences to his family.

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25Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 6 months ago

Lots of different opinions on here, however the facts are that this human being is dead. He had multiple run-ins and while none of them actually led to any significant jail or rehab time, maybe it should've. People that abuse drugs and alcohol just don't stop if they "get caught". Something really dramatic has to happen for them to actually realize what they are doing is wrong. His family should've helped him get clean and if all other options were exhausted, then chalk it up as just another statistic. His choices led to his death. His associations, his choices, and his actions. A round ball rolls down the hill each time you push it, but it will roll a little different if you change it's shape. Mr. Craft's shape should've been changed and then maybe the results would've been different.

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26Darkshadows1967(1 comment)posted 6 months ago

DaCountryBoy, why didn't you just leave your comments to yourself? I've heard more heartfelt condolences on the back of a matchbook. Those who knew Chris will fight for justice until his killer is caught I guess this is why the press is so hated. It always seems to find the evil that men do, in their present, and YES, Vindicator..I AM speaking of you.

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27DACOUNTRYBOY(277 comments)posted 6 months ago

The one who killed Chris was no doubt a good friend of his. With friends like this who would need enemies?

If a tree falls in the forest and human ears are not present to detect it does it make a noise? Those who hear the news and those who record the news are not the villains. Out of control lives cause many others pain. There is nothing that I nor others can do after the loss of life but sympathize with those in pain. The control button to stopping the pain rests with those who used their freedom of choice to cause it. Life is what you make of it.

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28taxme(345 comments)posted 6 months ago

What I can't figure out is this guy lived in a $150,000 + or - home across the street from Poland's North Elementary School on the Boarder of Boardman and Poland and doesn't have a job?

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29taxme(345 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

What I can't figure out is this guy lived in a $150, 000 plus or minus home across the street from Poland's North elementary school on the boarder of Boardman and has no job with a criminal background. Any explination?

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30Snoopy01(10 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I did not know Chris Craft and have not walked in his shoes. Neither have many of you posting here. Who are you to judge him. Drugs are a major problem in this area. Very easy to get hooked on and even easier to buy. Just because he has a criminal past and uses drugs does not mean he deserved to be murdered. My condolences to family and friends.

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31DACOUNTRYBOY(277 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Who are we to judge how he died? Do we dare judge why his killer killed Chris Craft? Do we dare judge why anyone does drugs or kills?

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32Diggly(3 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Just another tragic death. It his parents I feel sorry for having to read the scurrilous passage of prose by a so called reporter, its a wonder he can look himself in the mirror in the morning. I wonder what your epithaph will be? I can think of a few choice adjectives but sadly there not printable.

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33janeyblue3(68 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

If Chris wouldn't hurt a fly as a few have stated,why was he arrested on a domestic violence charge?
As for the patethic excuse that drugs are easily available and inexpensive,that doesn't mean you have to be stupid enough to use them.

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34DACOUNTRYBOY(277 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

No arrest yet means that no one gives a hoot.

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35Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

It's just like Russian Roulette. If you keep putting bullets in the gun, holding it to your head, and pulling the trigger, then yes, eventually you will kill yourself. So if you continually play Russian Roulette with drugs, porn, and just crazy day-to-day activities, then eventually you will get got! Did he deserve to die? No. But that was the final result of living the lifestyle that he led. And the comment about him not hurting a fly is pretty funny, seeing that his record is indicative of domestic violence repeatedly. If you are going to defend Mr. Kraft, then do so accurately. Don't say he was a softy, when he is out slangin' drugs and beating on people who are close to him.

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36kurtw(938 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I just hope the police are able to solve this crime and find the person responsible for the sake of closure to his family. The man had a checkered past- like many of us- but his sins were not sufficient to warrant the way he died. Most of the people commenting on this thread seem to concentrate, for the most part, on the transgressions of the Victim (as if he invited his death) and not on the Animal responsible for this crime. That's what we ought to be talking about- Finding the Criminal.

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37walter_sobchak(1979 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Wrong, kurtw. If Craft was doing cocaine and giving a controlled substance to his friend, he was also a criminal. Most likely, it was the supplier of his illegal substances that had a beef with him about payment for the supplied substances. Remember in the Godfather movie when Don Corleone said that drugs is a dirty business and rather dangerous. That's because those involved do not think rationally.

Now, Walter has not responded to the many comments about my previous postings but I've had enough. The article posted here and in print was very well-written by Mr. Robert Connelly. It contains a multitude of facts about this case and the background of the victim/criminal. But, it also raises many questions to which the citizens demand answers. This crime happened in a normally quiet neighborhood in Boardman and I'm sure the residents are rightly concerned. When such a heinous crime is committed, everything in the background is relevant. That includes prior charges of crimes, convictions, and punishment. Craft had four DUI's which means he has a problem with substances for quite a few years. Highly relevant to any police detective since zebras don't change their stripes. But, right out of the gate, post #1 wants us to forget the "mistakes" (CRIMES) the victim made and let sleeping dogs lay. Many of other friends of Craft have similarly castigated the reporter for doing a complete piece about this crime including his relevant shady past. I would ask his ex-wife for some comment about his domestic abuse charge.

No one among us would want to have our life judged on our worse day, especially that behavior we exhibited in our youth. But, we are talking about a 20 year span of substance abuse and criminal behavior. What if Craft would have killed an innocent person during one of his intoxicated drives? Would anyone still want to think of him as an angel? Sure, we want his murderer caught and convicted but I won't hold my breath. Nothing usually comes of these types of cases. But, this is what happens when you live your life without guardrails. ANd, I don't want to hear about casting the first stone. Judgements must be made daily in our life and a civilized society demands it!

Most of you that are reading this post are nodding your head in agreement with what Walter has written here. Good reporting, Mr. Connelly!

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38kurtw(938 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't disagree with the gist of your statement, Walt, but your way of saying it (the sarcasm and particularly the last part where you mention a "cane"- cruel and totally unnecessary) , and, especially, the poor timing- day's after the mans murder when his family were still reeling and grief-stricken. I mean, give the family a chance to deal with what, I'm sure you'll agree, was a rather devastating blow- plenty of time to dissect the why's and how's later (after, hopefully, the perp is apprehended; giving the family some kind of closure).

I speak as a "reformed" sinner. A former practitioner of the "slash and burn" school of Commentary ("no quarter given, none expected, thank you...") and, as I stated in one of my comments, I've gone over most of what I've said in the last year and a half with an editors blue pencil, trying to, mentally, rewrite some of them to make them more objective- more factual- less aggressive and opinionated. To be fair to myself, most of the targets of my "slash and burn" attacks have been Politicians- rather than "real" people with feelings and sensitivity; my view of the political crowd is pretty merciless: "If they can't stand the heat, they don't belong in the kitchen", but, of course, even here, you have to be fair and many times I don't think I was.

Which brings me back to your comments on this thread. As I stated, I was really surprised at the harsh tone in some of your statements here, considering the history of all your comments, pretty good, really (in total a lot better than most my mine, actually: at least you never compared Gay Right's Activists to Masturbators, as I did in one of mine. My problem has been- and it's a weakness I am struggling to overcome- is I like to say and write things purely to annoy people. I am a Satirist by nature and I like to shoot from the hip. I'm trying to change and apply something I read not too long ago: "All Good Writing is re-writing").

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