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FREED: Norman Pepin Executed Two Milwaukee Tourists in an I-94 Ditch | Tony Evers’ Killers & Rapists #12

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Since 2019, Gov. Tony Evers’ Parole Commission has released hundreds of convicted criminals, freeing them early on parole mostly into Wisconsin communities, including more than 300 murderers and attempted murderers, and more than 47 child rapists.



Norman Pepin was one of them.

12th in our series.


Norman Pepin is a double murderer who was a suspect in one of the Midwest’s most notorious mass slayings.

The Wisconsin victims, John Brutcher and Roger Weeks, were engineers who had traveled to Milwaukee from California and Kentucky to attend an industrial training conference when they were robbed by Norman Pepin and another man alongside Interstate 94 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Pepin, who was a parolee from Massachusetts, ordered them to lie face down in a roadside ditch along I-94 and then murdered them both, shooting them execution-style, according to news reports from the time.

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According to a 1979 article in the Indianapolis Star, Pepin and his accomplice were also investigated for the notorious Burger Chef murders of four young people (three of them teens) in Indiana. No one was ever charged in that infamous case, which still haunts Indiana to this day.


Evers’ Parole Commission Freed Norman Pepin Early

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Date paroled: 08/10/2021. [You can check his parole date here by putting in his name and clicking on “movement.”]

The released killer now lives: UNKNOWN. He has moved out of state

Age: 67

Convicted: Two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, three counts of armed robbery, and one count of Attempted murder.

Sentence: Double Life sentence

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The Victims: Roger A. Weeks, 46 & John R. Brutcher, 25Norman pepin

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What the Killer Did:

Norman Pepin and another man, Steven Coffey, robbed three engineers who were in Milwaukee for a conference. The victims were ordered to lie face down. Two of the victims were then shot and killed. The third was not injured, but was apparently left for dead, according to court records.

Although the third victim saw Pepin brandish the weapon prior to the shooting, he did not see the shooting itself.

An Associated Press story from 1979, accessed via Newspapers.com, said that the victims were out-of-town visitors who were slain on Interstate 94 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Pepin, then 24, was from Massachusetts. The victims were from California and Kentucky; the surviving victim said they had met Pepin and the other man at their motel in Milwaukee while attending an industrial training conference. They were invited to see nightspots and went to a disco in Menomonee Falls.

Then, their hosts stopped their car beside I-94 south of Milwaukee, demanded their wallets, and shot them in a roadside ditch.

Pepin was a former shipyard worker from Massachusetts, the story reported. Indianapolis News reported in 1979 that Pepin and his accomplice were “wanted in Massachusetts for charges involving passing bad checks, larceny, conspiracy and receiving a stolen car” and Pepin was already on Massachusetts parole.

Pepin was pinned as the main actor by the surviving engineer who told authorities Pepin’s accomplice, Steven Coffey, seemed “surprised” by the shootings, according to news articles from the time. The survivor was grazed by a bullet and told police Pepin and Coffey ordered them out of their car along I-94, took their wallets, and then shot them. The survivor pretended he was dead.

Police said the men engaged in a “jaunt” that started with a burglary in Massachusetts.

What of the Burger Chef murder investigation?

They were investigated in the Burger Chef murders because they resembled police sketches in that case.

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In the Burger Chef case, Pepin and the other Milwaukee killer were described as “dead ringers” for a police sketch of suspects in the slayings of four people abducted from the fast-food restaurant in Indiana on Nov. 17, 1978, a few months before the I-94 murders.

According to IndyStar, those victims were “Jayne Friedt, 20, was the assistant manager on duty, along with employees 17-year-old Ruth Shelton and Daniel Davis and Mark Flemmonds, both 16.”

The newspaper reported:

“Friedt and three teens who worked at the Burger Chef were abducted from the restaurant at closing time and taken to a remote field in Johnson County. Their bodies were found two days later.

Ruth Shelton, 17, and Daniel Davis, 16, were shot in the back of the head as they lay face down next to each other. Mark Flemmonds, 16, died choking on his blood. He might have run head first into a tree while trying to flee and been knocked unconscious.”

Money was missing from the restaurant. However, police messed up the crime scene by allowing the restaurant to be cleaned before evidence and photos were taken.

The slayings were never solved and, over the years, other viable suspects were investigated. The main one was a convicted rapist named Donald Forrester, who confessed to the murders to avoid getting sent to a worse prison. His ex wife backed up his story that he took her to the scene where the bodies were found and picked up shell casings, flushing them down the toilet.

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Shell casings were found in a septic tank. He knew details some investigators said were not widely known about the murders. However, he failed polygraph tests, and recanted after his name was leaked to the media, was never charged and has since died.

A 1979 article in the Indianapolis Star reported that Pepin and his accomplice were investigated as suspects because of their similarity to the sketch; the fact both crimes were robberies and senseless murders; and because the weapons in Indiana used .38 caliber ammo. The engineers were shot in Milwaukee with .357 Magnum handguns and it’s not uncommon for .38 caliber ammo to be used in that kind of handgun. Pepin was never arrested nor formally accused of the Burger Chef crimes. Authorities investigated possible suspects in multiple states.

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Multiple whistleblowers have come forward telling U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., that many working as part of former President Donald Trump’s security detail at a rally in Pennsylvania one week ago weren’t Secret Service and were “unprepared and inexperienced personnel,” Hawley says.

The accusation comes after the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on which Hawley sits, announced it will conduct a bipartisan investigation into the July 13 assassination attempt of Trump.

Multiple whistleblowers contacted his office “with disturbing new information behind the assassination attempt on the former president,” he said.

They did so after Hawley opened a whistleblower tip line, pledging to protect the anonymity of everyone who contacts his office. Whistleblowers are encouraged to make protected disclosures by calling (202) 224-6154 or emailing [email protected].

In response to the information he has received so far, Hawley contacted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who oversees the U.S. Secret Service, demanding answers.

“Whistleblowers who have direct knowledge of the event have approached my office. According to the allegations, the July 13 rally was considered to be a ‘loose’ security event,” he wrote to Mayorkas.

“Whistleblower allegations suggest the majority of DHS officials were not in fact USSS agents but instead drawn from the department’s Homeland Security Investigations. This is especially concerning given that HSI agents were unfamiliar with standard protocols typically used at these types of events, according to the allegations.”

Other security failures identified, he says, include not using canine units to monitor entry and detect threats among the perimeter or crowd; unauthorized individuals accessing the backstage areas; and DHS personnel not “appropriately polic[ing] the security buffer around the podium and … not stationed at regular intervals around the event’s security perimeter.”

Hawley demanded answers after DHS “has not been appropriately forthcoming with members of Congress,” he said, and after he called on the committee’s chair, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., to immediately launch an investigation.

“Although we still do not have all the facts, the little that we do know suggests a staggering security failure,” he wrote to Peters. “Evidently, the shooter was able to gain an elevated position on a rooftop with a clear line of sight of the President, well within accurate range, with a firearm. The details of this tragedy must be vigorously investigated by Congress, including the motive of the shooter, and the serious operational failures that occurred on July 13.” Hawley called on Peters to “launch a full, public, and comprehensive committee investigation into this assassination attempt and failures to adequately protect the former president,” including calling Mayorkas and Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to testify.

Peters and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, the ranking member of the committee, announced the committee will conduct a bipartisan investigation and hold a hearing. They first requested an urgent briefing with the Secret Service, DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A call committee members did have, Hawley says, was ended before they could ask a single question. “This is completely unacceptable and contrary to the public’s interest in transparency,” he added.

Peters said the committee “is focused on getting all of the facts about the security failures that allowed the attacker to carry out this heinous act of violence that threatened the life of former President Trump, killed at least one person in the crowd, and injured several others.”

Peters and Paul also sent letters to Mayorkas and to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a range of documents and information on security process, among other information. A briefing was requested before July 25 and a public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Hawley is also demanding answers from BlackRock CEO Larry Fink requesting all records related to the assassination attempt after it became public that the alleged shooter appeared in one of BlackRock’s commercials.

What appears to be a clip of the commercial “has circulated widely on social media and raised the question about what your company knows about the shooter,” Hawley told Fink.

Fink is requested to provide the information by July 24.

When accepting his party’s nomination for president, Trump said at the Republican National Convention last week that surviving the assassination attempt was “a gift from God.” At a rally on Saturday, one week after the shooting, he said he “took a bullet for democracy.”

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Democrats praised Biden's work in office.

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Tesla founder and X owner Elon Musk said the smart set was voting for Trump.

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Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee and daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, appeared saddened but proud when recalling the "frightening" assassination attempt Saturday against her father-in-law at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa.

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Lara Trump, who is married to the GOP presidential nominee's son, Eric Trump, wrapped up convention night Tuesday as the keynote speaker.

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Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who was on the shortlist for Trump’s vice-presidential candidate picks, spoke just before Lara Trump Tuesday night, and argued there is nothing divisive about Trump’s America-first agenda, and nothing dangerous about Trump’s supporters, as Democrats maintain.

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The sloped roof where a would-be assassin took aim at former President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in western Pennsylvania wasn’t safe enough for snipers.

This is a reason for not posting someone there, U.S. Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle said in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday.

“That building, in particular, has a sloped roof at its highest point,” she said. “And so, you know, there’s a safety factor that would be considered there that we wouldn’t want to put somebody up on a sloped roof.”

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The comment comes three days after 20-year-old Thomas Crooks opened fire on a crowd in Butler, Pa., less than 15 minutes after Trump took the stage, striking him in the ear. Trump was wounded but has continued his schedule, arriving in Milwaukee, Wis., on Sunday for the Republican National Convention and appearing in the main arena Monday night.

Since then, authorities – namely the Secret Service – have faced tough questions about the apparent security lapses that allowed the gunman to scale the roof 147 yards from the stage at the Butler Farm Show Grounds.

Eyewitnesses can be seen on video shouting for police to intervene as they watched Crooks belly crawl into position. Law enforcement was also stationed inside the building.

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Arrest Made After Derrick Van Orden Says He Was Assaulted at RNC

(The Center Square) – Western Wisconsin’s congressman says he was assaulted at Milwaukee’s Republican National Convention, but a women’s group disagrees.

Republican Congressman Derrick Van Orden took social media Tuesday to say a protester with the group Code Pink assaulted him while he was standing in line at the RNC.

“While standing in line to enter an event at the RNC today, I was assaulted by what appeared to be a member of the pro-Hamas group CODEPINK. A nearby police officer witnessed this assault and I understand they have been arrested,” Van Orden said. “This appears to be an incident of political violence and I will never tolerate this. Regardless of the severity of the violence, political violence is political violence.”

Code Pink almost immediately said Van Orden was the one who bumped into who they called a “visibly Palestinian” woman.

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Milwaukee Police questioned Jaghama, then were later seen taking her away.

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Van Orden said the incident is just the latest example of violence from the Left.

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The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that charges in the case are “under review.”

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