Pennsylvania Police Charge the Alleged Murderers of Penn State Professor

1471841252443Police have been investigating the death of Ronald Bettig, 56, an associate professor of media studies, who was found at the bottom of a cliff at a quarry after felling 80 feet. They have now arrested Danelle Geier, 32, who lived with Bettig as well as George Ishler Jr., 39, who was charged with first- and third-degree murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and evidence-tampering.

UnknownUnknown-1Police believe that Ishler and Geier believed that they could benefit from Bettig’s will. They allegedly wanted to drown Bettig in the ocean during a trip to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Police say that Geier texted Ishler and suggested that she was ready to murder Bettig because she was upset that he had criticized how she was raising her son. They then allegedly convinced Bettig to travel to the quarry on the promise to harvest marijuana. Once near the plants along the cliff, police say that Ishler pushed Bettig over the cliff. The two defendants then alleged staged items to make it appear that Bettig went to the cliff alone (including the returning to the scene of the crime with material from the house). Three days later they called police to report Bettig missing.

Bettig reportedly took in Geier when she and her baby were homeless and had a romantic relationship with her.

Bettig has been on the faculty since 1988 and taught courses on the political economy of communications. In addition to his other publications, he is the author of “Copyrighting Culture: The Political Economy of Intellectual Property” (1996, Westview Press) and co-author, with Jeanne Lynn Hall, of “Big Media, Big Money: Cultural Texts and Political Economics” (2002, Roman & Littlefield). He won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Communications Alumni Society in 1996 and has been named Faculty Marshal five times. Bettig received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and his Bachelor’s degree from UC-San Diego.


17 thoughts on “Pennsylvania Police Charge the Alleged Murderers of Penn State Professor”

  1. So sad.

    There is something so heinous about a signifiant other or friend committing murder. What morally depraved people, willing to kill rather than be independent.

  2. “Enlarge the photo. Look at the bulletin board of the five time award winning teacher. ”

    So does that material reflect personal political views or important subjects of study for a professor of media?

    And either way, what does that have to do with the fact that the guy was murdered?

    Maybe the defense will argue the professor’s choice in memes was so puerile and infuriating that the defendant was compelled to act to protect students at Penn State.

    1. I respectfully suggest you look up “Darwin Awards,” for which I formally nominate our departed Professor.

  3. Enlarge the photo. Look at the bulletin board of the five time award winning teacher. Something about anarchy. Sonny and Cher. Mickey Mouse. What appears to be a cover for “Radical Teacher” magazine. The iconic image of the mass murderer Che Guevara proudly displayed by many America-hating leftists. Woody Allen, who married one of his daughters and is accused by another daughter of sexually abusing her as a child. Of course, Karl Marx’s image is at the lower right.

    Who is the fellow above his left ear with the glasses, mustache, and holding a cigarette while stroking his chin? He looks familiar.

  4. The heading is idiotic. The police does not charge. It investigates and reports.

    1. The police investigate when it’s politically expedient. As for reporting, no one really does that. It’s called spin.

      And is that Frank Zappa to the left of Guevara’s photo?

  5. There is book smart, people smart, and street smart. The prof was only 1 for 3. That got him killed.

  6. (music to the tune of : I’m The Guy Who Didn’t Marry Pretty Pamela Brown)

    I’m the guy who crawled in bed with… the ugliest girl in town.
    Uneducated, ill intentioned bad girl in my town.
    Wonder where I’d be today if she had loved me too.
    Probably be driving kids to school.

    Guess I owe it all to smoking pot.
    All of my good times, all my rolling around.
    One … of these days I won’t be in your town.
    I fell off a cliff and thought I’d drowned.

  7. Age 56 University professor apparent pot head male starts romantic live-in relationship w/age 32 homeless mother w/baby (apparently unwed).

    Guess which one was over educated, lacked common sense, craved power in romance, and had a strong sense of insecurity and inadequacy w/peers?

    What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

  8. Well, this is a great example of educated white people not having a lick of sense. First, he messes with a chick who is 24 years younger than he is, and has a kid. Then, under the guise of helping them out, he hops in the sack with her. Finally, like a stupid dope fiend, he goes off into the woods to get some free dope. Along with another male who was about her age and was probably sleeping with her.

    I don’t know whether or not he put the chick in his will, but if he did, than just ups his idiot score. I just bet he was a Democrat, too!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. Crudely but accurately put. What also intrigued me was the Star Trek Influenced Prison garb, I’m not a Star Trek Fan.Cliffs leave an awful lot of evidence,and people who use them to end lives obviously don’t think their crimes through very well.

      1. “Crudely” or IMO, bluntly, is how our beloved Squeek puts most everything.

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