The Murder of Jesse Dirkhising

This case makes me sick and the ones responsible should have their you-know-whats cut off.

Jesse Dirkhising

In 1999, 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising of Arkansas was brutally tortured and raped by two gay men.

The records of the Rogers Police Department reflect that on Sunday, September 26th, 1999, at 0453 hours, Patrolman Ian Smith and Patrolman Jason Curry responded to 1207 West Sunset Drive to assist an ambulance crew of the Rogers Fire Department regarding a call for medical assistance. Upon their arrival, Davis Don Carpenter, 38 years of age, and a resident of 1207 West Sunset Drive contacted them. Carpenter seemed very upset and repeatedly said, “He’s not breathing”. Carpenter let the officers into the apartment and to the northwest bedroom. Another male subject, Joshua (Josh) Brown, 22 years of age, was standing in the hallway, completely naked, holding a flashlight and a telephone. The officers observed a young, naked male subject, later identified as Jesse Dirkhising (aka: Jesse Yates), thirteen years of age (DOB: 5-24-86), on the floor in the middle of the room, next to a mattress. Dirkhising’s genitals and abdomen were covered with what appeared to be feces. Dirkhising’s mouth was blue, he had a weak pulse, but he did not appear to be breathing. Patrolman Smith also observed that Dirkhising had masking or duct tape wrapped around his right hand. When Josh Brown was asked about the tape, he replied that they were just playing a game. An empty prescription bottle was observed on the mattress. In addition, Patrolman Smith observed some pills and a razor blade on a mirror at the front entrance, which appeared to be controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Both Brown and Carpenter were convicted of Jesse’s murder.

However, very few people in this country knew about this case because media outlets refused to cover it, suggesting an anti-gay war would ensue. Yet, at this time, coverage of Matthew Shepherd’s murder the year before was seen on all major news channels as the one-year anniversary of his murder was fast approaching.

Source: Fox News and

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Author: truecrimediva

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  • Richard S. Drake

    Despite the incoherent paranoia among many on the right, this case was covered in the news. It was a terrible thing, but there was no coverup.

    • I don’t consider this case a cover-up at all. But it did not receive much attention until trial in 2001 and even then, not all media outlets covered it.