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19 Year Old Soldier Raped and Murdered?

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This truly horrendous tragedy for Lavena Johnson's family and unfortunately a clear sign that our military men and women are being mentally abused and so many have gone mad. We need to bring our troops home, now!

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Danielle V (83)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:01 am
I found out about this story through my good friend and fellow activist Wayne Hicks.

The news item includes a local news broadcast.

Please after noting, spread this far and wide.

In light and love


FreeSpirit Running (320)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:27 am
Thanks Mark & Danielle for this article. We need to recognize as fellow citizens that this was totally wrong. I saw this on the news, it made me sick to my stomach for that poor girl. What a shame! Hope whoever did this gets caught and pays hard time for this disgusting & shameful crime to such a young soul. R.I.P. Lavena, we hope justice will be served in your honor.
Sadly noted & will share.

Sharon Froehlich (99)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:31 am
Danielle, thank you. noted and passed on. This is a real tragedy. I have heard that soldiers are being giving Prozac to fight depression! Bring them home.

Danielle V (83)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:37 am
Thanks to all for noting and sharing this among your network.

I found a website dedicated to getting congress to investigate. There seems to have once been a petition that has expired. I am going to try to contact the author to start a new one here at Care2.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:43 am

Annelies O (283)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:52 am
Thank you Danielle for sharing this.
This is absolutely terrible

Zelda DiCaprio (216)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 11:00 am
I am totally put out to pasture. a young woman who could have been anything she wanted to be is used against her will as a sexual play thing? What disrespect from the US army could have warranted this. She wanted to be in the army. I could expect that kind of treatment from the enimy but not from the people from my own side. What honor is this in the Us army to cover up this. A young girl was raped and Murdered and burned. all i can do is pray for the family and pray for the us army. she wanted to be in the US army and the fucker did not think enough of her to do a serious investigation. shame on the army,YOU HAVE THE BLOOD OF THIS YOUNG GIRL ON YOUR HANDS.

Mick Gill (119)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 11:47 am
I think they need to sue the army and hold them accountable for murder and tampering with evidence

Danielle V (83)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 12:30 pm
Something funky happened to the link I sent out to my network and some are having trouble.

The url for the story is:

A petition is in the making, so stay tuned.

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 1:14 pm
Sounds like a military cover-up when evidence points out that she may have been murdered.

TY, Danielle.


Danielle V (83)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 4:50 pm
Thanks to you all this story has been moved to front page status.

Still working on the petition should be ready to go by tomorrow at the latest.

If you haven't shared with your network, please take a moment to do so.

Together our voices roar! We will not stand for this no more!

Louise L (48)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 5:25 pm
Doesn't it seem odd that she was not missed at roll call? I had heard that on CNN when all this first happened. Usually, they would immediately put a soldier missing on AWOL and put out a dragnet, so why wasn't it done? The roll call officer certainly should have to answer for it, and all the higher ups, so it does smell like a coverup. So sad that a young woman is paying a high price for shenanigans....hope a petition is again begun. Thanks for update, Danielle.

Frank H (478)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 5:48 pm
There appears to be no proof of rape. Is this another internet generated story?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 6:23 pm
I've heard about this story when it first broke three years ago.

Thanks for covering this story Danielle. This is truly very sad and I hope the killers are quickly brought to justice.

gee string (4)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 6:33 pm
thanks for sharing, this is awful...:(

Danielle V (83)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 6:33 pm
I have finished the petition.

Please sign and share among your networks.

I copied the headline from the original post. There is an investigation into whether there is genetic evidence of rape on her body. Also it is unfortunate but true that a murder of a female in this manner is a result of rape.

Thank you to all for bringing this story to Care2 News Network's front page.

The petition again is

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 6:42 am
thank you.noted

Goddess Lozz (213)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:08 am
It is obvious that this is a cover up, the case must be reopened, justice must be served!
Noted, signed and forwarded, thanks Danielle.

Delaney H (32)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 1:30 pm
The petition is up to 75 signatures already! Not bad for less than 24 hours. One voice may go unnoticed, but a place like Care2 can make a difference so many voices can unite and be heard.

Dometria Lanauze (6)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 2:05 pm
What a sad statement of what the US. military are getting away with, literally.Kudos to Danielle for bring this to light. Lavena was the first of thousands and the first Afro- American woman who was so full of promise, innocence but obviously sharp enough to pick up on her bad vibes on her being deployed to Iraq.From her Father's highly intelligent comments, I sense that the cover-up is definitely attributed to a very sinister secret which is being concealed. There is so much happening in Iraq,within the US. military base which never sees the light of day.
I wonder if Lavena had gotten "wind" of something, was planning to tell and as a result was raped to force her silence . When that didn't happen the next recourse of those involved( and I do believe more than one person is directly responsible)was to murder her and make it look like a suicide. The physical evidence is self-explanatory.Time of full disclosure which will implicate several officers plus the top brass who put a lid on the truth, discredited a lovely soul, insulted her family with lies and put yet another indelible stain on the US. government who'd sanctioned this 2nd Viet nam , for false reasons and a secret agenda.
Unfortunately, this a part of the "dirty tricks" played upon the rest of the world with young Americans9and Canadians) being made unwilling pawns in this extremely unethical amoral game called war against terrorism Hogwash,... This war must be stopped. Bring all related troops home to US. Canada, etc. and treat them with the honour, respect and justice, when necessary. Peace in Our Quest for Truth

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 5:13 pm
Women rarly shot themselves and certainly not in the head.
My heart goes out to the family.
By the way, this isn't the first time they claim a woman shot herself. This one supposedly shot herself in the back of the head:(

In the western world, only one newspaper reports the suicide of the woman who accused George W Bush of rape

by Simon Aronowitz

Saturday 13th December 2003

Despite the enormity of the story, a virtual news blackout has remained in place since Margie Schoedinger first filed charges against George W Bush in 2002. Schoedinger had accused Bush of rape and other sexual crimes against both her and her husband, only one publication in the USA saw fit to print anything about her or her allegations. That publication was her local newspaper.

Her subsequent suicide earlier this year raised many eyebrows amongst those who learned of her death via the internet. Even though the sequence of events was bizarre, again the American media ignored Schoedinger completely.

However, the US press were not alone. Both the (London) Times newspaper and the BBC as well as other major news organisations in the UK were furnished with the story and sources for the original court filings. This should have garnered some attention for the story from the big media sources, if only to ridicule the allegations. Instead, in the same way the American media served its audience a stream of controlled news, so too did the British media by pretending Schoedinger didn't exist.

Schoedinger apparently committed suicide on 22nd September of 2003 but her death only attracted new attention on the internet in November of 2003. Only now has one small-circulation newspaper in the UK run the story of her demise. It found the story so newsworthy it ran its headline on the front page next to the title header.

The New Nation serves the black community of London and, according to a spokesperson for the newspaper, has a circulation of 25,000. This spokesperson also stated that the newspaper had confirmed the details of the story before publishing and apologised for the misprinting of Schoedinger's death as 12th December 2003.

That a newspaper in the English-speaking part of the world has finally deemed this story worthy of publication finally gives legitimacy to it. If one paper can cover this then so can others.

Many regular readers of `quality' newspapers such as the Times, Telegraph and even the NY Times have never heard of Margie Schoedinger. Her tale illustrates how the news available on the internet is often of greater value than that which is paid for. Editors should be asked by their paying readers and viewers why this story has been censored.

One can only deduce that the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Lord Conrad Black and Greg Dyke of the BBC have chosen to keep their political masters happy by blacking out any reference to the allegations and apparent suicide of Margie Schoedinger.

Hopefully the public will learn that what is news by the standards of big-money radio, television and print may not be news according to their readers. The support of independent media and its reference as a reliable source is increasingly the only effective way to inform the public of the real events in the world.

Below are scans of the newspaper's coverage, as well as the full text of their story.


Rhonda L (24)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 9:46 pm
such tragedy!

Danielle V (83)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:02 pm
Thanks to all who have noted and shared this story.

Remember to sign the petition created in honor of justice for LaVena Johnson.

Justice and truth always prevail.

In light and love to all.


Danielle V (83)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:03 pm

Bruce Combs (468)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 11:59 pm
Please see my comment on signature #54 on the petition for Ms LeVena -- I hope you all read it and sign the petition listed again there and forward to everybody you know -- especially non-care2 people. Peace, etc., Bruce Combs

Bruce Combs (468)
Friday July 11, 2008, 12:21 am
Here is the message that I left as comment #54 on Ms Johnson's petition site:

ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS! Let this be something all -- especially women -- consider long and hard before entering the military to protect the USA and the rights all are promised! I wish my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms Lavena Johnson. Although words fail really to help, what else can one do. Please know that we signers are outraged at this and so many other actions reported about our government. How many more no doubt go unreported. WE WILL NOT END OUR COMMITMENT AND ACTIONS TO PUBLICIZE THIS AND SIMILAR INHUMAN ACTIONS UNTIL THOSE IN POWER AT EVERY LEVEL, FROM OUR ELECTED LEADERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE ON DOWN TO THE MILITARY PERSONELL RESPONSIBLE FOR IRREVERENTLY COVERING UP SUCH HEINOUS TRUTHS.

Meanwhile, let me add to those who have any power over this one of many atrocities, first SHAME HAUNT YOU UNTIL YOU DECIDE TO WORK FOR AND DECLARE AND PUBLICIZE TRUTH! Then be aware of all I have said above. WE CAN! AND WE SHALL OVERCOME such evils. More and more of us in disgust are abandoning support of our government and such inhuman actions lacking any concern for human life -- even for those in the military to fight for our side and our govenment.

So please do consider our plea carefully and conscientiously, not forgetting the safety and freedom for your own family and friends and all of your and their progeny. Thank you for your attention to our urging, our mental, emotional, and physical commitments, and our prayers. Yours most sincerely, Bruce Combs

And a web site:

If you've already signed, please return and list some more people you know at the sight below!


Past Member (0)
Friday July 11, 2008, 10:13 am

Danielle V (83)
Friday July 11, 2008, 11:06 am
Thanks to all who have noted, signed the petition and motivated your network to do the same.

We have over 150 signatures in 2 days. More coming in by the moment.

If we gather up our resolve toward justice and truth, everything is possible.

In light and love


We are also still on the front page. More notes we can generate the longer LaVena Johnson will be front page news. Please forward.

News story url:

Petition url:

Past Member (0)
Friday July 11, 2008, 11:08 am
It is so tragic that young men and women serving their country voluntarily in peacetime become the victims of mental and physical abuse,when their main purpose is to seek/honor/bring peace.These horrendous acts must stop.I also believe that it is time to bring the troops home.They should never have been call to serve over there in the first place.Hopefully with the new presidency coming in these young boys and girls are eventually brought back home as heroes,not victims.It's time to bring home our troops and express and honor them for their valiant efforts

Bruce Combs (468)
Friday July 11, 2008, 7:40 pm

Here's important news to the story and petition above. Please see for yourself at:

Peace, etc., Bruce Combs

Mary H (47)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:29 am
I was in the US Navy 30, um maybe 40 years ago...Memories...
Can't believe they are still able to do such injustices & get away with it!!
Don't let them continue -- hold the people responsible for the cover up as well as the person/s responsible for the criminal act!!

Stacey Barricks (28)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 2:29 pm
What a terrible injustice and a disgrace to our country. I have signed the petion and sent it to everyone in my address book. I would like to send my condolences to Dr. Johnson, I know what it is like to lose a child.

Danielle V (83)
Saturday July 12, 2008, 4:48 pm
Thanks to all who have noted, signed the petition and motivated your network to do the same.

We have over 420 signatures in 72 hours. More coming in by the moment. The displayed goal of 1,000 is a small marker for the rate we are drawing in people to act upon their outrage. The petition will be open for a year, hopefully we won't need it by then.

If we gather up our resolve toward justice and truth, everything is possible.

In light and love


We are no longer on the front page but as Bruce Combs committed an updated item has been submitted. Please forward this comment for a concise collection of links for your networks to work within.

News stories url:

Petition url:

Danielle V (83)
Wednesday July 23, 2008, 1:26 pm
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