On December 29th, 1999 Ashley Freeman's parents Danny and Kathy were celebrating Ashley's 16th birthday with her best fiend Lauria Bible and Ashley's boyfriend Jeremy Hurst. In the town of Vinita, Oklahoma. Hurst left at around 9:30 that night.
Sometime during the night a fire broke out at the house and it was reported to the fire department by a neighbour at around 5:30 am. When the fire department along with Lauria's parents Jay and Lorene they discovered the body of Kathy Freeman. They could not find Danny or the girls and police theorised that Danny had killed Kathy and kidnapped the 2 girls. Yet the next day Jay Bible found Danny's body in the ashes. The authorities came to the conclusion that both Danny and Kathy were shot in the head. Yet the girls were never found. Below is a picture of Jay Bible finding Danny's body in the ashes.
Suspects: The Freeman's did have a big feud with the Welch's sheriff office due to the fact that their son Shane was shot and killed after stealing his uncle's truck and rifle. Although a judge did rule the shooting justafiable. Danny also did tell his bother shortly before his death that if anything were to ever happen to him to look at the sheriff's department. Danny's brother Dwayne Vancil said “He put his finger in my face and he said, ‘If anything ever happens to me, look at the sheriff's department.’ And he was serious. He was in my face to drive it home with me.” The Freeman's also had plans to file a wrongful death suit against the sheriff's department which led to this case being turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. A bunch of sheriffs took polygraph tests and all past them but how hard is it for the authorities to help out and lie to help each other.
It was also rumoured that Danny was a small time drug dealer and had issues with a couple of men shortly before his death. Apparently he got angry and told them to leave because one of the men was not welcome near his home. A theory that one or both of the men came back and killed them.
There was also a theory that Ashley killed her parents and fled with Lauria because there was rumours that Ashley and her father did not get along. There was also rumour that Ashley was sexually abused but those were later dismissed. But Lauria's car and purse were left behind and realistically how long could 2 16 year old girls last on the run for so long.
A man on death row named Jeremy Jones (pictured above) confessed to killing Lauria and Ashley to Galena, Kansas and throwing their bodies in an abandoned mine. He claimed to be doing it for a friend for an unpaid drug debt. But that has been proven to be false. Jones later admitted he made the story up to get better food in prison and better phone privileges.
Another man also claimed to of killed them but that again proved to be false.
Another convicted murderer named Tommy Lynn Sells (pictured above) actually wrote a letter to a newspaper claiming to be in a drug induced state and murdered the girls. But that has also came up as probably false. Sells was executed in Texas in April of 2014. For the murder of a 13 year old girl. He committed at least 17 murders while travelling around the United States.
Weird pieces to the puzzle: Lorene Bible talked to the coroner and was told “The county coroner told me that there was only one body, is all they found. I said, ‘Have they found anybody else?’ And she said no. They've looked, but there's no other bodies there.”
Now I am no coroner but I am pretty sure these guys are quite professional usually and do not mess things like this up. That right there looks like a massive cover up.
Danny's brother Dwayne also said the sheriffs department was threatening him and said “He was basically told, according to Danny, that they could do anything they wanted to him and his family, and there wasn't a thing he could do about it.”
A woman named DeAnna Dorsey who was a nurse that assisted in the hospital during the Freeman's son Shane's death, appeared on a show What Really Happened. Which was a show profiling what happened at the Freeman's home that night. Her daughter was a friend of Ashley's. She was shot and killed in the hospital shortly after the taping of the show (which never did air). The authorities said that a schizophrenic named Ricky Martin shot and killed her because he was mad about the hospital downsizing. Martin was killed shortly after by police. Martin had never met Dorsey and some speculate that it had to do with the Freeman's death but that has yet to be proven.
11 years after the murders the police released information about 2 suspicious vehicles seen in the area around the time of the fire. How can anyone remember something like that that happened so long ago. Sounds suspicious.
- Ashley Freeman was declared legally dead October 18th, 2010.
- The Freeman's trailer apparently did not have running water. Although it had electricity and telephone service it was primarily heated by a wood stove. It was also heavily stockpiled with guns. The Freeman's were apparently avid hunters and Ashley often assisted her father in hunting for food.
- Danny Freeman was known for having a violent temper and was often unemployed. In 1985 he was arrested for assaulting his father inlaw. He was also arrested for abusing his son Shane. Danny claims the acquisitions were overblown and he was acquitted.
- The Freeman's son Shane also once broke into the Bible's home stealing Lauria's money and some of their firearms.
- Danny Freeman once threatened the lives of police officer David Hayes the police officer that shot and killed his son Shane.
- Ashley's boyfriend Jeremy Hurst claimed that Ashley had $4000 saved in a tupperware container in a freezer to buy a car.
Final thoughts: There is no question that the Freeman family was very dysfunctional and weird. Especially the father and the son. I personally believe that this case will never be solved nor will the girls bodies ever be found. It is so hard to tell who could of done this. The police look very guilty but by the sounds of it Danny and Shane probably had many enemies.
I am also a little shocked that the Bible family would allow their daughter to visit a home that was so messed up like that. Regardless if they were best friends or not. I do not know if the Bible's knew about the issues that that Danny Freeman had, but they surely must of been upset that their daughters best friends brother had broken into their home.
But again I think this is one that will never be solved.