3/18/10 Student Suicide/Murder

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Alabama

Phenix City, AL

#1 Mar 19, 2010
Hearing lots of rumors about Smith Station student murder or suicide after reporting crime. Accused boy on run.
Concerned Parent

Phenix City, AL

#2 Mar 20, 2010
Have heard same and girl has been confirmed dead by friends but details are unconfirmed-no news reports. Rumors are she was being raped by her cousin. Most teens I've talked to knew stories of other rapes by him and were afraid of him. Unsure if cousin is under arrest or being searched for.
Her Friend

San Diego, CA

#3 Mar 20, 2010
Jessica Hill was murdered by her cousin. Josh Odom. He raped her, beat her, then hung her. She was loved and will be missed.
Concerned Parent

Phenix City, AL

#4 Mar 21, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss for her friends and family! I knew the names when I posted as my daughter goes to SSHS and played softball with her and also knew him. My concern beyond this loss is how is he not being charged. Evidently, his history of rapes is known throughout the school. If he is not arrested, can anyone imagine seeing him AT SCHOOL on Monday! All young women are at risk because he keeps getting away with rape and now it's gone to the last level and he may also get away with murder! He will feel he can do anything! I'm praying that justice will be swift and will keep praying for this tragic loss to her family and loved ones.
A Friend

Phenix City, AL

#5 Mar 21, 2010
Jessica was NOT the type to kill herself. She never talked about it, and she was just a generally happy person. Josh, on the other hand is CRAZY!!!! I believe he did it & there have been reports of him raping Kristina (Jessica's little sister) and one of his ex-girlfriends. There is no doubt in my mind that he was the one who killed this young, beautiful, girl. We need to find a way to reach out & get justice for her and her family.
Parent of SSHS Student

Phenix City, AL

#6 Mar 21, 2010
I have heard by alot of people that this poor child was murdered. I spoke with someone who is a fried of the family. This is what I have been told:

Jessica called someone to the house, not quite sure of who this individual was. The adult man went to the house looking for Jessica because she was upset when she called him and asked him to come to her aid. Upon arrival, the adult man could not locate Jessica. He walked around the home looking for her but was unable to find her. He did however find the Josh guy there out by the shed. THe adult man was going to look in the shed and see if Jessica was in there since Josh was out there. The man was told that he could not enter the shed by Josh. I am not sure what explanation was given but the man left without looking into the shed. Later that day, she was found in the shed where she had died. I know this childs mother from many years ago. I am not going to put how I heard she was found but I hope and pray that the police / sherriff are looking into this as a murder and NOT a sucide. If not, then I fear for our childrens safty in this community.... I did hear that Josh had been raping this poor young lady, as well as her younger sister, and others. I do not understand why this boy keeps getting away with rape. If they had of detained him properly the first time he was caught, JESSICA WOULD STILL BE ALIVE!!!!!!!! With all the warning that has been given, I can not understand how it ended in the poor baby loosing her life!!!!! Someone needs to stop him or it is just going to keep happening. NEXT TIME, IT COULD BE YOUR CHILD!!!! Would you close your eyes and ears to it then?
her friend

Smiths Station, AL

#7 Mar 21, 2010
i swear josh odom will not get away with this! between me and all her friends we will find a way to make sure he is caught!!
jessica is at peace now and doesnt have to worry about him ever hurting her again... but who is next?? we have to get him put away! i love you jessica brooke hill and you will be missed dearly!
jennifer wilson

Vallejo, CA

#8 Mar 21, 2010
my name is jennifer wilson and i was close to josh odom... i dated him in the summer of 09 for 4 months.. when i started dating him he seemed nice but once i got to know him more he would turn into some beast... i was beaten and raped by him and was told if i told anybody he would come to my house and kill me.. i still stayed with him for another month but it just gotten to much to handle when i told him it as over he stalked my house followed me to church and around school, got into a fight with my brother who was protecting me and almost hit my pregant sister and her bf on the way home from school in his car... i use to go to smith station high school until i moved away and started my life over in california... when i went to court with him the judge didnt have enough evidence to put him away to jail!!! this piece of shit just got a slap on the wrist and i got a restraining order on him.. josh needs to be stopped!! he killed jessica a VERY sweet loving girl that i got along with when me and josh were together.. josh is a low life who DOESNT need to get away with murder he already got away with me and another ex of his ashley... please pray for the hills and there lose.. and also pray that justice will be surved and josh will get put away for LIFE!!!
Someone that cares

United States

#9 Mar 22, 2010
Look to all of you that are making josh out to be this crazy person he's not. Yes he has made mistakes but I know personaly he would never have killed jess. There was no way that he killed her because the shed that she was in had a pad lock on the inside so there was absolutely no way that ANYONE could have murdered her. To those of you that are making other accusations about him doing other acts I cant say but Josh did not murder her and i think that before everyone wants to start making threats to him and calling him a murderer you need to make sure that you know all the true facts to the case
Sarah Nell

Phenix City, AL

#10 Mar 24, 2010
Concerned Parent wrote:
I am so sorry for the loss for her friends and family! I knew the names when I posted as my daughter goes to SSHS and played softball with her and also knew him. My concern beyond this loss is how is he not being charged. Evidently, his history of rapes is known throughout the school. If he is not arrested, can anyone imagine seeing him AT SCHOOL on Monday! All young women are at risk because he keeps getting away with rape and now it's gone to the last level and he may also get away with murder! He will feel he can do anything! I'm praying that justice will be swift and will keep praying for this tragic loss to her family and loved ones.
Parents: You do not know all the facts or you would know the young man in question is no longer in the school system. Yeah, you talk about prayer but yet you are quick to judge. I agree all of our children need our prayers because the youth today have alot more stress and pressure than most of us had 30-40 years ago. Most of you are talking out of fear that this could be your child, your next of kin but what you do not realize or you don't care is you are hurting the family left behind by spreading unverified information that could get someone else hurt.Please stop and think about what you are saying.The people that are acusing this young man did not report any of this to the proper people, such as the law or the grandparents where this child was living, while she was alive and now they too are dealing with a guilty conscious if and I do say if any of this was remotely true.
Rick Marsha and Sam

Prattville, AL

#11 Mar 24, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jessica's Mother, Brother and Sister in this dire time. If there is anything you need, just let us know.
Rick Marsha and Sam

Prattville, AL

#12 Mar 25, 2010
Someone that cares wrote:
Look to all of you that are making josh out to be this crazy person he's not. Yes he has made mistakes but I know personaly he would never have killed jess. There was no way that he killed her because the shed that she was in had a pad lock on the inside so there was absolutely no way that ANYONE could have murdered her. To those of you that are making other accusations about him doing other acts I cant say but Josh did not murder her and i think that before everyone wants to start making threats to him and calling him a murderer you need to make sure that you know all the true facts to the case
So, where are you getting YOUR facts?
Concerned Parent

United States

#13 Mar 25, 2010
I don't see how you can say that. People do not have to try to make him sound crazy. There are too many girls that have accused him of rape and threatening them with murder for it not to be true. And for someone to hurt someone like that is not right in the head. And never the less his cousin! You make this sound like it is not anything oh he just made some mistakes. No this is way bigger, for all the girls he raped he took from them. A mistake is maybe saying something you shouldn't or doing a little something wrong, This is not little and should not be taken lightly. Would you still stand by him if it was your family.
Bewildered

Phenix City, AL

#14 Mar 25, 2010
Does anyone know why this tragedy has not been in the news? IF police are looking for "this person" in connection with a crime, seems like plublicity would help?

Three things that cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.
---Confucious
Someone that cares

United States

#15 Mar 26, 2010
first of all they are family. I cant say as to the rapes but as far as the other accusations we know that he didnt do it so thats where my facts come from.
Rick Marsha and Sam

Prattville, AL

#16 Mar 27, 2010
Someone that cares wrote:
first of all they are family. I cant say as to the rapes but as far as the other accusations we know that he didnt do it so thats where my facts come from.
Well that just makes it all better then... you "know" it. The rest of us should just take your word for it. NO FRIKKIN WAY!!!! I personally know he is a loser because he broke in my business and stole merchandise, was arrested, convicted, copped a plea and was released. This guy is a DANGER to this area. PERIOD!!!! I cannot believe Lee County lets him still prowl.....
Concerned Parent

Phenix City, AL

#17 Mar 27, 2010
my name is jennifer wilson and i was close to josh odom... i dated him in the summer of 09 for 4 months.. when i started dating him he seemed nice but once i got to know him more he would turn into some beast... i was beaten and raped by him and was told if i told anybody he would come to my house and kill me.. i still stayed with him for another month but it just gotten to much to handle when i told him it as over he stalked my house followed me to church and around school, got into a fight with my brother who was protecting me and almost hit my pregant sister and her bf on the way home from school in his car... i use to go to smith station high school until i moved away and started my life over in california... when i went to court with him the judge didnt have enough evidence to put him away to jail!!! this piece of shit just got a slap on the wrist and i got a restraining order on him.. josh needs to be stopped!! he killed jessica a VERY sweet loving girl that i got along with when me and josh were together.. josh is a low life who DOESNT need to get away with murder he already got away with me and another ex of his ashley... please pray for the hills and there lose.. and also pray that justice will be surved and josh will get put away for LIFE!!!

Hmm...seems to me that someone did take it to proper authorities. I don't think any of his other victims believed they would get any better results than poor Jennifer.
Add in the burglary. Unbelievable that anyone can defend him!!!
jennifer wilson

Vallejo, CA

#19 Mar 28, 2010
i know josh.. i know what he can and cant do... he doesnt deserve to be free right now...he needs to be put away like he should of with me...thanks to him i had to move AND he ruined my life...thanks to him i can never be the happy like i once was cuz he hurt and ruined my life.. i still have nightmares where he finds me and hurts me... do u want ur children to have to worry about that..?? my family has been though enough and we dont need to worry about him getting away with murder!!
A Mother Concerned

Waverly Hall, GA

#20 Apr 14, 2010
First of all for someone to say that this Josh guy has not murdered anyone - HE HAS!!!! He murdered the souls of young women and girls who will never be the same- If this twisted individual ever comes close to my family he is a dead man!!! I will do whatever it takes to keep people like him away- he is a control freak with a vengence and sick in the head== has anyone put two and two together and thought that if he wll do this to his own family he will do it to anyone - he has no morals from what i have read and has little reguard for other people- I can't understand for the life of me why no one has spoken up until now!! Young ladies of SSHS-- if this Josh guy has violated you in any way - call the Lee County Police Dept and have him arrested- you will have to all come together as one voice for the lost souls of so many victims!!!
justify murder

Columbus, GA

#21 Apr 28, 2010
Someone that cares wrote:
Look to all of you that are making josh out to be this crazy person he's not. Yes he has made mistakes but I know personaly he would never have killed jess. There was no way that he killed her because the shed that she was in had a pad lock on the inside so there was absolutely no way that ANYONE could have murdered her. To those of you that are making other accusations about him doing other acts I cant say but Josh did not murder her and i think that before everyone wants to start making threats to him and calling him a murderer you need to make sure that you know all the true facts to the case
i dont know who you are but if all these comments dont make you recognize that Josh aint rapped to tight,well wait until he rapes you. sick biatch.Someone out there needs to make sure Josh never lives to see a court room

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