Here’s yet another story of another piece of crap watching kids while the mom works, except this one has a nasty twist that’s even worse than normal.
Gina Guenther of Wright County, Missouri was at work on December 7th, her two oldest children at school. 22-year-old “TJ” Terry Joe Volner was watching the two youngest children, one still in a crib along with four-year-old Dusty Guenther. Volner called his mother at some point that Wednesday morning and told her he had killed Gina Guenther along with her boyfriend and her four children. He confirmed it by then sending her a picture of Dusty Guenther with his throat cut and a stick holding his chin up.
When police investigated the mother and three of her children were obviously OK but they found little Dusty Guenther dead in an ice-covered sewage pond next the to home in Jerktail, Missouri.
Volner sent even more pictures possibly to more people than his mother. The news reports I’ve read don’t quite match. One of the pictures show Dusty in the same position but with an adult’s left arm held up in front of the camera. There’s a tattoo on the arm that matches one Volner has (it’s his name in cursive, I guess in case he forgets) and two pictures of what appeared to be a small leg in ice covered water.
The local sheriff also thinks that Volner then stabbed himself in the stomach but they aren’t sure why. Volner was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. According to one of the articles Volner confessed to a state trooper that he killed Dusty on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning using a pocket knife to stab the child in the next and then put Dusty in the pond.
Police say they also found love letters in the home from Volner to Guenther but he is apparently NOT her boyfriend, at least not at the time her son was murdered. Guenther’s boyfriend apparently spent the night earlier in the week and the prosecutor said that Volner’s motive was jealousy. Oh and here’s a surprise for you (not). Besides being a homeless felon who was exchanging babysitting for a place to stay Volner is apparently a juggalo as well.
Volner, who has a previous convictions for stealing animals, burglary, auto theft and something to do with “knowingly burning” was charged with Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Abandonment of a Corpse. He was just released from prison in March. He’s currently lodged in the Wright County Jail on $1 million bond.
The local sheriff also said that Volner is related to four other people who were convicted of a murder in 2008. The group of Volners apparently beat and killed Dustin Skaggs, a man they thought was sleeping with one of their wives, then dumped the body in a rock quarry. Allegedly T.J. is the one who bailed out Benny Volner (the husband) after they were arrested.