Kansas City Man Charged With The Beating Of 93-Year-Old Husband And The Rape Of His 84-Year-Old Wife

Tony L. Putman, 18, may be unparalleled in his cruelty if the account by police is accurate. Kansas City police say that Putman confessed in the beating of a 93-year-old man and the rape of his 84-year-old wife.

The husband came home to discover Putman allegedly ransacking the house. Police say Putman savagely beat the 93-year-old and then bound him by with belts. The wife then came home from the bank and went upstairs after hearing her husband’s moaning. Putman then allegedly stole $400 that she got from the bank and proceeded to rape the 84-year-old woman.

Police received a description of the vehicle and later pulled over at least three other people with Putman. They say that Putman immediately confessed that he was the only one responsible for the crimes.

That does not leave much for defense counsel after Putman was given Miranda before his statement. Even without that statement, police say that Putnam cut his hand at the scene and that they have DNA evidence.

Source: WSMV

43 thoughts on “Kansas City Man Charged With The Beating Of 93-Year-Old Husband And The Rape Of His 84-Year-Old Wife”

  1. Darren,

    Thanks for bringing reality back into the discussion.
    I could not but tried to build a reasonable scenario to illustrate my point. The taking the rap could only be imagined within a strong relationship.

    I’m not sure it even would occur to the young alleged perp. But the police, again in my imaginary world built on epicoes data, could driven by their need and the DA too, to quickly close this “clear case”, have taken the out to use such a blood relationship. That and the usual promises of “it’ll go better if you cooperate. One of you is going and DNA will be the clincher. How are you gonna have it.”

    Now you come with inside views seldom heard here.
    Episodic for space and attention length reasons, but well chosen.

    What can we learn? Worth studying.
    Won’t comment now, more study required. Off the hip shots with old ammo is not appropriate here.

    But to give you an alternative meanwhile, try looking up La Systema, a music system which has effectively countered the growth of gangstas in Venezuela, of all places. And with music instruction of all things.
    Gimme your read please.
    Sounds idylist I know, but proven to work. Which means that some percent of the poverty stricken with all that means of impoverishment beyoud the material is basically honest, and can be reach by positive enrichment programs.
    I need a proffs opinion on this solution.

    It appears to be so to me, at least.

  2. Dredd,

    For a preliminary response let’s all go back to the village and work with that a while. You and I can go to corrections to discuss this if you like. Would like to hear more on this. Insane asylum? Insane!

  3. idealist707 1, August 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    As for microbes, if Louis Pasteur had not had something good for the wine and beer industries he would have been ignored by medical doctors. And where would we be today?

    I hope I passed along the reference to the SA article on microbial roles—yes I did, mentioning B. Fragilis etc. as I recall.
    Yes, I read the Sci Am piece.

    And yes, Pasteur was cool, and so was the guy who formulated “the germ theory” before him, a guy the scientists of the day put in an insane asylum for thinking germs did not spontaneously emerge from the ether.

    The amygdala has a lot of say as to what memories are to be strongest and kept longest.

    My hypothesis of the amygdala is informed by well known specialists, and I share those with others from time to time.

    That hypothesis is that only about 30% of the amygdala is identical in all humans, but that 70% of it is formed by our social environment, and can be different one from the other.

    The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is akin to my theory of amygdala formation.

    The amygdala of people in different cultures can be very different, except for the primal, perhaps 30% of it.

    The ~70% is built by the society we live in (social experience), modified by our individualism to some degree.

    A good, strong, wise society can build a better “outer amygdala” (the 70%) within its citizens.

    It would take radical changes in society, so I am not holding my breath.

  4. Idealist:

    You had mentioned earlier about ascertaining if this man actually did the event and is not actually “covering” for an associate of his. As you are probably aware this does happen. My experience is that it tends to happen with petty crimes among criminal organizations, typically smaller ones such as individual street gangs.

    My experience as to this behavior is that with the stakes at higher levels, this tends to lessen. Their code of honor often goes right out the window when they realize their friends might rat them out. I don’t know if it is the case here but it is a proper course of investigation to make sure the right person is charged with the appropriate crime.

    On another note I put more blame than most on the Juvenile Justice system. Where I used to work, too often it was the case where problem children got slaps on the wrist. While this is good for otherwise decent kids that make a bad mistake, it only encourages criminally minded ones.

    An example of this happened when a carload of gang members, hardened ones for their age, did a drive by shooting at some people. Nobody was hit fortunately but the incident involved a high speed pursuit where they nearly ran over a LEO, threw stolen guns out their car and finally it came to an end when four agencies got involved and corned the car when it went off road.

    They were all juveniles and right before we took them to to juvy, they all were jubilent of going there, conveying how they now got to play video games and watch tv. To them juvy was no deterrant at all, almost a vacation in fact. This is the story about what will happen. Eventually they would reach the age of majority and when they did a similar crime all felony assaults committed as juveniles can then be used against them in a sentencing matrix and they go to prison for 10 years or more. Big surprise it usually is to them.

    I had one kid I arrested who the longest he had served in juvenile was a month or two. Then he committed a First Degree Assault when he turned 18. He was looking at 7 years, but the prosecutor plead him down to time served for a most incredulous excuse (another topic for another time). He got out after five months I believe. Emboldened and not deterred in the least a month and a half later he fired a shot at a police officer during a vehicle pursuit. We brought the US Marshall’s Office in an did a dragnet for him. We located him and I took him to jail. He got 43 years in prison for Attempted Murder. I will be 85 years old when he is released.

    Granted this person was one of the biggest gang problems in town. He had a bad home environment, his brothers and sisters are nearly all menaces to society. But you have to wonder if some form of real punishment had been afforded him and his parents were forced to clean up their act maybe it wouldn’t have got to this point,

    While his is a rather extreme example, the effects do resonate for many of his peers.

  5. It must be nice to forget man and society.

    To study the solutions devised by nature.
    The constraints, the solutions, the compromises, the growth, the end of nominal growth, the homeostasis in the midst of frenzied activity.

    That is why I am a biology freak.

  6. “You can please some of the people…..”

    Seriously, thanks. Very nice to hear from someone whom I respect.

    You are you, my friend and should be respected for that. If we did that universally we would not have so many sad things happening. Kinda general, but true.

    As for microbes, if Louis Pasteur had not had something good for the wine and beer industries he would have been ignored by medical doctors. And where would we be today?

    I hope I passed along the reference to the SA article on microbial roles—yes I did, mentioning B. Fragilis etc. as I recall.

    It will be the time of the symbiont microbe for the next 30 years and at least two Nobel prizes may be dealt out on the subject.

    That and the cell, of which we know little other than its anatomy. The signalling, the coordination, the delivery of materials like a TOD factory, the who directs all these parallel processes. etc etc.

    Wish could live a hundred years more.

  7. idealist707 1, August 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm


    idealist707 1, August 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm


    May 2012 edition of Scientific American: page 42. Erasing painful memories.

    Very interesting. Not fully read yet. Amydala etc.
    Propanolol. Rat brain injections, etc.
    Yes, the revolution continues!

    So many scientists and lay folk do not realize the revolution that is taking place in our science:

    As they look beyond the genome … researchers are … awakening to the fact that some 90 percent of the protein-encoding cells in our body are microbes. We evolved with them in a symbiotic relationship, which raises the question of just who is occupying whom.

    Altogether … 99 percent of the functional genes in the body are microbial.

    … genes in this microbiome — exchanging messages with genes inside human cells …

    … shifts in perspective, occurring throughout cellular biology … seem as dizzying as what happened in cosmology … issues once thought settled are up in the air.

    (The Tiniest Scientists Are Very Old). I read articles daily in many places that have not caught up to what is happening.

    Very glad to interface with a person whose mind is quite alert, active, and wise, sir.

    The man featured in this post, who became inordinate, was a product of ignorant society that does not care well for its sons and daughters.

  8. Dredd,

    May 2012 edition of Scientific American: page 42. Erasing painful memories.

    Very interesting. Not fully read yet. Amydala etc.
    Propanolol. Rat brain injections, etc.

  9. Malisha,

    Your last paragraph kind of does it.

    But let me add. The best society would be based on
    the universal code (many cultures and religions)—-

    Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

    We can’t manage that on a personal basis. How to build a society is harder.

    And if we and society mistreat the least among us ill, then we reap the rewards as we do today.

    Just the Ryan budget is worth a big vomit.
    And all we discuss here is INjustice.

    We must start with ourselves, our closest, and work outwards to form basis that we trust, and that are something capable to effect outward beyond our personal reach.

    Is JT consciously plying us with injustice “terror” tales? Just as the government and the media keep us in an uproar. No disrespect meant. But it all seems to function so for the moment. Any exceptions?

    500 channels of nothing on tonight. I liked that.

    Well, if you’ve got no worries then you ARE tuned out. On something or made a wise decision which all are not economically capable of doing.

    Remember folks?: the “hate” sessions daily in 1984?

    When does that come? A while yet.

  10. Thank you Idealist, but I really don’t yet have either a theory of this case or a single useful idea of how we should be able to deal with such things, as a society.

    The “movie theater shooter” in Colorado (on the “reality of violence” thread) is all question marks and no answers. I see the gun lobby all ready to make the story, and the trial, their theater. I see some Fox folks ready to make the story, and the trial, their indictment of psychiatry and even of higher education. The whole thing becomes incomprehensible.

    What is essentially incomprehensible, though, is the fact that although we have taboos against all the most terrible crimes, they must not really be functioning as taboos because they are so often violated. By definition, a taboo is something that is very rarely violated. We’re just messed up.

    Time for us to know that and try to deal with it best we can, although…really, the alternatives do not include “best” but stop at “least worst.”

  11. Malisha,

    Welcome back. Particularly your run through of this case was so impressive. Most refreshing. Easy to read and believe I understand. Wow.

    As for RS. Have finally reached the point that I ignore idiots.

    But your runthrough of that was a great resumé of how we SHOULD be here.

    Good for us all to hear.

    Just so you know….

  12. We heThanks Malisha,

    Let me expand.

    We do not know much other than he confessed.

    We don’t know the facts. We don’t know the mitigating factors if any. We can not take a confession as proof of anything. Not anything except it is what he signed after being heard, after being informed of his rights.
    The cops could have said: OK. We’ll let you take the rap instëad of your older brother who has his kids. But we need to sew this up with a confession. Etc etc.

    Who knows? Fanciful? We got one here who confessed to in separate investigations to 8 murders. Now it appears he did none of them. Has been acquitted of 3 so far on re-trial. We here at JT’s know of recently one who got acquitted on re-trial against the will of the prosecution after 28 years in the cooler—-on DNA which the prosecution blocked doing before his trial.

    Do we all remember that one. We were so sympathetic then. Where and how has hate replaced it.

    This guy is a scapegoat in the many eyes which have voted so far here. That’s my take. Just as the muslims are in some eyes too.

    Let’s face it. This society is sick, sick, sick.
    It needs scapegoats to pour its hatreds on.

    Now ask yourself where those hatreds rightfully should be cast. There are certainly many possible candidates.

    Does he deserve it? Wait and see. Insure very carefully that we can hang him with good conscience.

    Meanwhile, search for a way to work on your other wounds he was taking the blame for.

  13. RS, your wanting Idealist to share a prison cell with the criminal reminds me of a guy I once knew, who was mentally ill (yes, diagnosed and all) who insisted, vociferously, that pacifists should all be tortured so that they would feel more aggressive and get angry enough to abandon their pacifist tendencies and want to fight. He actually proposed a program of torturing pacifists to correct their views. He didn’t see how nuts he sounded when he expounded this theory. So in your mind, Idealist is thinking wrong so he should be punished right alongside a criminal who DID WRONG for the purpose of changing his position?

    Why don’t you try simply changing his position by respectfully debating him using facts, clever turns of phrase, and your own impressive opinions? Calling him names is probably not as efficient and as far as I can tell, the laws of these 50 states are not prepared to incarcerate him (with Putnam or elsewhere) for his stated beliefs.

  14. Idealist, I see what you’re saying, and I also see what Lottakatz and Darren Smith say. We don’t know the details, that’s true. Apparently we do know that the guy pled guilty immediately, which is unusual.

    We do have to have expensive punishments in a society that is essentially not working very well. If we have a lot of law-breaking (which is partly a result of having a lot of law), we then have to have a lot of process and a lot of punishing, and on and on in its endless progression. But there are always the cases that are so far out of line with normal that they cannot even be logically and rightfully fit into the structure we have of crime and punishment. This is, in my opinion, an example of a crime that fits the description.

    Is there a proper punishment if this perp did all that without any mitigating circumstances? I don’t believe so. Is there a way to establish the maximum amount of [punishment plus protection of the public] that we can use? Probably — although it is certainly not guaranteed in our quixotic system. Is there some way for us to pull away from the depths of degradation and work toward a better way for our whole society to function?

    Hell no.

    So I think Woosty said it best. Blech.

  15. Frankly,

    I always knew there was some simple answer that I was a meek shy guy. All the girls tolerated my deficiencies. And they were over 300, ready to take what the day offered.. Was it sympathy and admiration for my eager beaver attitude and endurance in attempting?

    Hope to meet them in Heaven where we can screw away eternity.

    I guess it is not too popular a tag to wear on your T-shirt, ie your testerone number…. or maybe could become so.

  16. 707 – something along this line has already been done by accident. I forget the numbers at the moment but men with an extra Y chromosome then to be “hyper-male” and are over represented in prison populations. Not sure if they have looked at testosterone levels but ti would not be surprising if those were high in this group as they tend to display all the signs of high levels like rapid muscle growth and aggression.

  17. The U.S. has the highest prison population of any country in the world. Consider how much it will cost to incarcerate Putnam for a ” very long time.” If & when convicted, Putnam will enjoy a relatively comfortable quality of life at a huge expense to the taxpayers. Much needs to be done reduce the cost of incarceration and to shift the expense back onto the convicts. Look to Joe Arpaio for some humane & reasonable suggestions.

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