A Hate Crime in Normangee Texas

hate crime (also known as a bias-motivated crime or bias crime) is a prejudice -motivated crime which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership (or perceived membership) in a certain social group or race. To include someone that identifies as a homosexual.

 

An unsolved missing person case involving a Leon County man now qualifies for a $3,000 reward from the Texas Rangers, according to Leon County Crime Stoppers. That should certainly shake some trees. Make way for the informants now.

 

Jim Craig Martin’s disappearance was first reported to the Normangee Police Department in August 2007.   The police refused to accept the report until August 15, a full week after Martin was last seen.

 

Martin was last seen in the 2900 block of Springfield Road in his hometown of Normangee, Texas on the morning of August 6, 2007. He was with a group of people at the time, and another individual was driving his Honda Accord. He has never been heard from again.

 

A woman early the next morning was struck by Martins vehicle and run over suffering injuries. She reported the driver and passenger were not Martin. And another time the passenger was Martin and the driver being Hollis Willingham.  And reportedly at a lineup later she refused or denied being able to identify the driver.  It would be almost another week before authorities would even open a missing persons case.

 

Two days later, Martin’s car was found abandoned and burned in Leon County Texas. There was no sign of him at the scene. Although his family had attempted to report him missing earlier the authorities were not interested yet.

 

Martin frequented the Houston, Texas area before he went missing.  He primarily went to gay bars in Houston and had numerous friends there.   Jim Craig Martin was homosexual.  Before he vanished we were told many citizens in the area did not approve of Martin to include relatives.  One of which we were informed made comments that they needed to run him out of town.  One who spoke to us on condition of anonymity stated that it was thought within the community that eventually Martin would move to Houston.

When he continued to live with his mother and have a male lover that he was seen with in public in Normangee and possibly Madisonville she believes someone, and others conspired to eliminate him.

“There were people who even bragged they got rid of him after he went missing” she said

 

Sylvia Moss of the Normangee Star says Martin’s mother has been running a missing persons ad in the paper every year since he went missing.

 

“As a mother my heart goes out to her,” said Moss. “She’s doing all that she can do.”

 

Setting aside her sympathy for the mother we have been told many here have no sympathy for Martin.

Another source said this.

 

“You don’t exactly see the paper writing any articles or hear about people organizing a search when he first went missing. No they would chuckle and snort.”

 

 

“The crime scene was set on fire and burned out,” said Leon County Sheriff’s Office. “Witnesses are sketchy and now the longer a case goes the witnesses’ memory and chain of events are somewhat foggy.”

 

The crime scene was set on fire? Yes they believe he was murdered by a storage facility and then the grass burned where his body had fallen and laid until it was removed.  Consider that this happened during the day in a small town where everyone knows your business. They know who is dating who and what you do in your spare time one local told us. How can they not know what happened to Martin?

 

Interviews have been conducted with witnesses and possible suspects, but the case remains unsolved.  Investigators have had numerous tips that he was murdered, and his body disposed of in a rural area in Leon, Madison or Brazos County, Texas. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.

Currently the Texas Rangers have Martin listed in their cold case website. Don’t hold your breath though, it appears to be another Leon / Madison County corruption case. Locals in the area found the idea of a blatantly gay man living in the community to be an abomination. To paraphrase what more than one person told us……..

“They convinced someone or several someones (probably mentally unbalanced someones) to get rid of him. Afterwards one would  presume smarter ones got involved and cleaned up the crime scene, disposed of any evidence. They must have made a real mess of it because it was not ruled a suicide. That’s usually what they do here. Murder someone and call it a suicide.”

A distraught mother is calling the police who likely gave some others time to eradicate any trace of a crime. Once its safe we can call EquuSearch!  But they have conducted 2 searches already and found nothing. Sources say Martins body will likely never be found.

Over 10 years later the state is offering a $3000 reward. I am certain that will bring some people forward!

 

Sources say a former Normangee Policeman named Daniel Cheney who initally worked for Madison County Sheriff Department and then Normangee PD and even Jewett PD has published on social media that some of this article is untrue. Interesting considering everything here was taken from already published information, official reports and sources who were quoted as such. We are told Cheney wrote on social media that the Normagee PD did an exhausting investigation. Those close to the Martin family disagree stating Normangee PD never did anything. They also point out Cheney was associated with dirty cops who no longer work in Law Enforcement.  It was observed Cheney is currently employed by Walmart and is a nephew of Gerald Willhelm “I think my wife just shot herself article.”

 

https://www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/Details.aspx?&id=62

 

Jim Craig is also listed with the Charley Project

http://charleyproject.org/case/jim-craig-martin

 

If someone reading wants to pass on some useful information we suggest this link below

MartinJimmy

 

Missing Since

08/06/2007

Missing From

Normangee, Texas

Classification

Endangered Missing

Date of Birth

09/16/1967 (50)

Age

39 years old at time of disappearance

Height and Weight

5’8 – 5’9, 155 – 175 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description

A muscle shirt, khaki shorts and Crocs sandals.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Caucasian male. Red hair, green eyes. Martin has a scar on his left elbow. His nickname is Jimmy.