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Raymond Moody: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Mugshot/Facebook Raymond Moody and Brittanee Drexel.

Raymond Moody is a Georgetown, South Carolina, sex offender who is considered a person of interest in the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old missing New York girl.

Brittanee Drexel was last seen in 2009 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she had gone on spring break without her parents’ knowledge.

For years, family and friends have maintained hope that they would learn what happened to the teenager, who seemingly vanished into thin air.

Moody, 62, has been a person of interest in the case for years but renewed interest in him was generated by searches in South Carolina and his arrest there. 13WHAM reported that human remains were found in a wooded area near Georgetown, South Carolina. They have not been identified. WPDE-TV reported that the remains were located about 2.5 miles from a motel where Moody was living at the time Drexel vanished.

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Authorities have not confirmed a connection between Moody’s arrest and Drexel’s disappearance, however.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Moody Was Recently Arrested as Searches Took Place in Georgetown, South Carolina

Several Facebook pages are devoted to finding Brittanee Drexel. (Facebook/Missing Brittanee Marie Drexel)

On May 13, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office in Georgetown, South Carolina, revealed that it was holding a press conference on Monday “in regards to recent law enforcement activity within Georgetown County.” The release did not give further details. The Democrat & Chronicle has reported that this activity might be related to the Brittanee Drexel case, although that has not been confirmed by authorities.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, the news conference comes on the heels of the arrest of a man named Raymond Moody, who was “once considered a person of interest in Drexel’s 2009 disappearance.”

Moody is accused of obstruction.

WMBF reported that authorities are “working from dawn to dusk in Georgetown County” conducting searches they won’t shed light on.

On May 11, 2022, Brittanee’s dad Chad Drexel said he was hacked after a post appeared on his Facebook page that said an arrest was made in his daughter’s case, according to WHEC.

2. Moody Was Named a Person of Interest in Drexel’s Disappearance After a Traffic Violation

Here in the Myrtle Beach, SC area trying to learn more about pending new developments in the Brittanee Drexel case. This is where Raymond Moody, a previously identified person of interest, is locked up on an obstruction charge. pic.twitter.com/zLz0AqtdBB

— Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) May 11, 2022

The Democrat & Chronicle newspaper reported that Moody “was stopped by police for a traffic violation in a beach town near Myrtle Beach one day after the teen disappeared.” That, plus his background as a sex offender, helped make him a person of interest in Drexel’s case.

According to WHAM13, Moody was named a person of interest in the case in 2012. Over the years, other people have also been identified as persons of interest in the long-languishing case.

Fox News reported that “the last signal from Drexel’s cellphone” was about eight miles from Moody’s residence and 50 miles from Myrtle Beach.

3. Moody Is a Sex Offender Who Raped Seven Girls in California

This is what we were greeted with when we pulled up to the listed residence of Raymond Moody. He’s a previously identified person of interest in the Brittanee Drexel case. He’s locked up on an unexplained obstruction charge. pic.twitter.com/kZ6bI5y1NJ

— Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) May 11, 2022

According to the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, Moody is a sex offender and searches of property are believed to be connected to his arrest.

13WHAM reported that he served 21 years in prison for “sexually assaulting seven girls in California, including kidnapping and raping one of them,” and moved to South Carolina in 2004.

According to ABC4, Moody’s victims in California were girls ages 5 to 17.

In 2015, one of Moody’s victims, Kerri Harding, spoke to Fox News. She was only 8-years-old when he kidnapped and raped her in 1983, Fox reported.

“My biggest fear is that he’ll do it again,” Harding told Fox. “You should never get a second chance to hurt a child.” At the time of the Harding interview, he was working in a woodworking shop.

The Fox described how Moody attacked Harding as she walked to meet a friend. He “forced the young girl into his car: in Vallejo and raped her. She escaped, and identified a green military sticker on his car that led to his arrest in the rapes.

“He should have never been released,” she told FoxNews.com. “Why would the courts even take a chance with our children?”

4. Moody’s Former Love Described How He Was in the Military & Had an Abusive Childhood

This is what we were greeted with when we pulled up to the listed residence of Raymond Moody. He’s a previously identified person of interest in the Brittanee Drexel case. He’s locked up on an unexplained obstruction charge. pic.twitter.com/kZ6bI5y1NJ

— Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) May 11, 2022

Ernie Merchant claimed to ABC4 that he lived with Moody at the Sunset Lodge Motel in Georgetown. According to the television station, Merchant once wrote a book describing his relationship with Moody.

He said that he fell in love with Moody while in a California prison, labeling him his “cell husband.” According to Merchant, Moody described having a violent dad and alcoholic mom.

Moody was in the military and married with three children at one time, according to ABC4. IN his book, he claims Moody described why he molested the girls, saying, “He said, ‘I don’t know why. I had the impulses and thoughts for along time before I acted on them – I felt it building up in me until I couldn’t control it anymore. After the first one, it got easier. I became someone else, someone that didn’t care.'”

Merchant says they broke up when Moody dated a woman and wanted to party, according to the television station.

5. Videos Captured the Last Moments of Brittanee Drexel Before She Disappeared Play
Brittanee Drexel on Video the Night Before She Disappeared (2009)Brittanee Drexel on video the night before she disappeared.2015-03-04T05:04:05Z

Brittanee’s last days were captured on video, including one taken the day before she disappeared in Myrtle Beach (see above).

This compilation video below shows surveillance video that captured the teenager walking out of the Bluewater Hotel where she was staying on April 25, 2009. She was leaving the hotel to go back to another hotel where she was staying.

Police had said previously that Brittanee went to the Bluewater hotel to see a friend from Rochester, Peter Brozowitz, who was staying there with friends, according to WCSC. She stayed 10 minutes. Police said Brozowitz and his friends were not suspects.

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The Disappearance of Brittanee DrexelI created a "quick version" of the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel. Brittanee Drexel was a 17-year old high school junior who went missing from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on the evening of April 25, 2009. Her whereabouts are still unknown. Sources: columbiaclosings.com/wordpress/?p=1276 Disappeared TV Series – Season 2, Episode #1: "The Secret Journey" – Original…2015-12-25T09:26:39Z

Drexel was never seen alive again.

After she vanished, Drexel’s cellphone pinged the next day “near the South Santee River, between McClellanville and Georgetown.”

FBI: Prison inmate shares disturbing details in Brittanee Drexel case. https://t.co/cCpU3obcJv pic.twitter.com/vi5veBMoUm

— Amanda Shaw (@Amandainthenews) August 26, 2016

Brittanee was from Chili, New York, and she had gone to Myrtle Beach for spring break. Drexel was a student at Gates-Chili High School when she disappeared.

She had gone to Myrtle Beach without her parents knowing. Her family had thought she was at a beach in New York State instead. Brittany had gone to Myrtle Beach with three friends, even though her mother had previously warned her that she something might happen to her if she did.

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Payton Gendron, Buffalo Mass Shooting Suspect: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Facebook Payton Gendron has been identified as the Buffalo mass shooting suspect.

Payton Gendron is the suspect accused of killing at least 10 people at a Tops Friendly Market grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Gendron was taken into custody at the scene, Buffalo Police said. Three others were wounded. Gendron is facing first-degree murder charges in New York state court and could also face federal charges, including hate crimes, officials said.

A racist and anti-Semitic manifesto and a Twitch livestream were attributed online to the gunman, but authorities have not verified those accounts. A graphic video emerged that shows bodies lying in the parking lot as law enforcement officers take the suspect into custody. Gendron is from Conklin, New York. He said in the manifesto he is an 18-year-old college student and a self-described white supremacist.

Conklin is more than 200 miles southeast of Buffalo in the Southern Tier region of New York. Gendron included his name in the manifesto and The Associated Press confirmed his identity with law enforcement sources.

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The manifesto, which talks about the extremist far-right white or great replacement theory and includes alt-right 4chan memes and jokes, is similar to ones written by shooters who attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania and an El Paso, Texas, Walmart in recent years, Yale professor Jason Stanley says.

According to the Buffalo News, 10 people were murdered by the suspect, and three others wounded, two critically. “It’s like walking onto a horror movie, but everything is real. It is Armageddon-like,” a police source told the newspaper. “It is so overwhelming.”

According to authorities, 11 of the 13 victims who were shot were Black. The victims include four store employees. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a press conference, “Buffalo is known as the city of good neighbors nationally and internationally. This is a community where people love each other. The shooter was not from this community. In fact, the shooter traveled hours from outside this community to perpetrate this crime on the people of Buffalo.

Brown added, “A day when people were enjoying the sunshine, enjoying family, enjoying friends, all manner of happy activities. People in a supermarket, shopping, and bullets raining down on them. People’s lives being snuffed out in an instant for no reason.”

Here’s what you need to know about Payton Gendron and the Buffalo mass shooting:

1. Gendron Is Accused of Wearing Military Gear & Carrying a Rifle Into the Store; a Retired Police Officer Is Among the Dead

FacebookPayton Gendron

NBC New York reported that the gunman carried “a rifle and wore military-style gear or a type of body armor.”

The Buffalo News reported that the suspect was “dressed in body armor and armed with a high-powered rifle.”

FacebookPayton Gendron in a photo posted to Facebook.

The newspaper reported that one of the victims is “a recently retired Buffalo police officer who was working security at the store.” According to the newspaper, half of the bodies were discovered in the parking lot of the store.

Witness Shonnell Harris, a store employee, told the Buffalo News that the shooter was “a white man wearing camouflage.”

“He looked like he was in the Army,” she said, explaining she heard as many as 70 shots.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a press conference the shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Gramaglia said the suspect drove to Buffalo and at the Tops market he got out of his vehicle and was “heavily armed.” Gramaglia added, “He had tactical gear, he had a tactical helmet on. He had a camera that was live streaming what he was doing. The individual exited his car and engaged four individuals. He shot four people in the parking lot.” Three of those initial victims were killed and a fourth survived and was being treated at a local hospital.

The police commissioner said the suspect then went inside. “One of the individuals inside the store is a security guard, a beloved security guard, who is a retired Buffalo Police officer, a hero in our eyes, engaged the suspect, fired multiple shots, struck the suspect, but because he had heavy armor plating on, that bullet had no round.” The suspect then killed the security guard, police said.

Gramaglia said after shooting the retired officer the suspect continued through the store and he was taken into custody in the front of store by police. According to Gramaglia, the suspect put his gun to his own neck, but patrol officers were able to talk the suspect into dropping his gun. He surrendered after taking off some of his gear, police said.

2. A Graphic Video Emerged Showing Gendron Being Taken Into Custody, Bodies on the Ground & Another Shows Him Driving Up to the Store

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A disturbing video (see above) emerged that may show the suspect driving up to the Tops store.

Heavy is not embedding the video because it is so graphic. The graphic video showed a possible suspect being taken into custody by law enforcement officers.

The reports of a mass shooting at Tops Friendly Markets emerged on the afternoon of May 14, 2022. “BREAKING: BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area,” Buffalo police tweeted.

3. The Racist Manifesto Rails About ‘Mass Immigration’ & Describes the Author as ‘the Sole Perpetrator of the Recent Attempted Mass Shooting’

Google DocA screenshot from the manifesto

The manifesto fixates on mass immigration.

“Mass immigration and the higher fertility rates of the immigrants themselves are causing this increase in population. We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history,” it says. “Millions of people pouring across our borders, legally. Invited by the state and corporate entities to replace the White people who have failed to reproduce, failed to create the cheap labor, failed to create new consumers and tax base that the corporations and states need to have to thrive.”

It continues, “This crisis of mass immigration and sub-replacement fertility is an assault on the European people that, if not combated, will ultimately result in the complete racial and cultural replacement of the European people.”

The manifesto, which refers to “white genocide,” contains a name and says that the author is “18 years old as of writing this. I am the sole perpetrator of the recent attempted mass shooting. I lived in Southern Tier, New York all my life with both my parents and 2 brothers. I believe I am ethnically white since my parent’s nationalities are from north-western Europe and Italy. I graduated highschool with a regents diploma with advanced designation and am currently enrolled in SUNY Broome with a major in Engineering Science.”

It continues, “I would love to continue this but there are bigger problems I’m more concerned with. I am not a warfighter, nor have I been enrolled in any military or tactical training, so excuse any mistakes I make during my attack. I was never diagnosed with a mental disability or disorder, and I believe to be perfectly sane.”

He claimed to be an “INTJ” personality type and included photos of a fake active shooter that often circulate online after mass shootings. The manifesto contains many pages of anti-Jewish memes and graphics.

The manifesto states:

Why did you decide to carry out the attack?

To show to the replacers that as long as the White man lives, our land will never be theirs and they will never be safe from us.

To directly reduce immigration rates to European lands by intimidating and physically removing the replacers themselves.

To intimidate the replacers already living on our lands to emigrate back to their home countries.

To agitate the political enemies of my people into action, to cause them to overextend their own hand and experience the eventual and inevitable backlash as a result.

To incite violence, retaliation and further divide between the European people and the replacers currently occupying European soil…

To add momentum to the pendulum swings of history, further destabilizing and polarizing Western society in order to eventually destroy the current nihilistic, hedonistic, individualistic insanity that has taken control of Western thought.

The shooting is being investigated as a hate crime and case of racially motivated violent extremism, federal authorities said. FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo field office Stephen Belongia said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York is also assisting in the investigation along with state and local authorities.

4. Unconfirmed Reports Say the Suspect Streamed the Shooting Live on Twitch Using the Name ‘Jimboboiii’

Twitter

The Twitter page Intel Point Alert tweeted, “????????#URGENT: ‘Active shooter’ with several people down at Tops Grocery in Buffalo, New York.”

The site followed up with, “A large emergency response is underway following confirmed reports of multiple people shot. No word on the suspect at this time.”

The page then shared a screenshot from a Twitch page showing a body lying next to a cash register. “????????#DISTURBING: Gunman live streamed shooting on Twitch under the name ‘jimboboiii,'” the page reported. The screenshot is very graphic. The Twitch page is down so this account could not be immediately confirmed.

“Jimboboiii” also has a Steam profile, but there isn’t much on it.

Another Twitter page wrote, “The shooter streamed it live on twitch but there was only 20 viewers, the VOD was deleted and idk if anyone recorded it.”

The Suspect’s Mom Wrote About His ‘College Visit’ on Facebook

FacebookPayton Gendron

In 2020, the suspect’s mother posted pictures of Gendron on Facebook and wrote, “Crazy time for Payton’s college visit.”

That same year, she posted more pictures of Gendron and wrote, “And just like that we have a 17 year old in the house.”

Photos included by Gendron in the manifesto claiming to be of him are actually of comedian Sam Hyde. Trolls on 4chan and elsewhere often post pictures of Hyde after mass shootings and other incidents to trick people into identifying him as the suspect. The New York Times wrote about the Hyde phenomenon in 2017.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at the press conference, “This was pure evil. It was straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside our community … coming into our community to try to inflict evil upon us.”

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