Katie Collman’s Revenge

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7th September 2019  •  4 min read

After abducting and murdering 10-year-old Katie Collman, Anthony Ray Stockelman was sentenced to serve his time in the same prison as one of Katie's cousins.


Katie Collman's Revenge

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The 25th of January, 2005, started out just like any other day for 10-year-old Katlyn “Katie” Collman. She woke up, had breakfast with her family, and then her father, John Neace, drove her to school. Katie was excited about the pajama party that was scheduled for the following day at Crothersville Elementary School in Indiana, where she was a student. Katie arrived home from school that afternoon at around 3PM.

By this point, John was at work and Katie’s mother, Angie, was busy preparing dinner. Wanting to help her mother, Katie volunteered to walk to the nearby Dollar Store and pick up some toilet roll as the house was running low. Angie agreed and handed Katie $1:10. The store was only around a block and a half away from their home and Katie had made the trek numerous times.1

When Katie didn’t return home, initially Angie wasn’t worried. Katie was a popular girl with numerous friends living along the route she would’ve taken to walk back home. Angie started to call around the locals to see if anybody knew where Katie was. When it became evident that nobody had seen Katie, Angie became concerned. She searched the street on foot before calling police at around 7:30PM to report her daughter missing.

By the time police arrived on the scene, there were already around 125 locals assisting in the search. They searched throughout the night and onto the next day. A helicopter hovered overhead while sniffer dogs picked up Katie’s scent and followed it to a nearby set of railroad tracks before losing it. A neighbor told Katie’s family that on the day she disappeared, she had come to their house to inform them that their dog had been killed near the railroad tracks.

Since there was no evidence of an abduction, an Amber Alert was not initially issued. Missing person posters described Katie as 4 feet 6 inches tall with chin-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last spotted wearing a red shirt, black sweatpants with a stripe down the leg, black tennis shoes and a medium light blue winter coat. They also described Katie as having a lazy eye.2 Several days later, an Amber Alert was finally issued.

On the 29th of January, a composite sketch of a man believed to have abducted Katie was released to the public. The man was described as being very thin and white, around 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, 18 to 20-years-old with dark hair and pale skin. The composite sketch was created after a witness told police they were certain that they had seen Katie in his truck just a short time after she disappeared. The witness said that the truck was a white Ford F-150 pickup truck around 15 years old that appeared to be clean and well-manicured. 3

Katie Collman's Revenge
Katie Collman.

Angie and John issued a written statement appealing for their daughter’s safe return. “Please do not harm her. We ask that you just drop her off anywhere so that she may return to a family and community that loves her very much and misses her dearly,” the statement said.

On the 5th day of the search, Katie’s parents received the crushing news that her body had been found in a creek by an Indiana State Police trooper. The creek was in the Cypress Lake area, around 19 miles away from her home. Her hands were bound behind her back and she had been raped and then drowned.4

Shortly after the discovery, Charles Hickman was arrested and charged with Katie’s murder. Hickman lived just yards from the Dollar Store and other locals always considered him a bit of an odd-ball. Neighbors recollected that he often just stood out in his yard, gazing at nothing, and would throw parties nightly. Hickman claimed that Katie had witnessed some methamphetamine activity at the Penn Villa apartments and that he dragged her into his trailer. He claimed he had wanted to scare her into silence and took her to the creek in the middle of the night. He said that she accidentally drowned and he fled from the scene.

It appeared to be an open and closed case.

However, police soon noticed that Hickman’s story as to what happened to Katie kept changing. His inconsistencies led to further investigation during which police retrieved DNA evidence from the crime scene. The DNA was found on Katie’s body and a discarded cigarette nearby. When the DNA sample was run through the database, there was a match but not to Hickman. The DNA belonged to a man named Anthony Ray Stockelman, a local father of three. 5

Katie Collman's Revenge
Anthony Ray Stockelman. Credit: Associated Press.

Following his arrest, Stockelman pleaded guilty in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table. Prosecutor Stephen Pierson announced that he would instead be pushing for life without parole and the sentencing was scheduled for 17 April, 2005. As Stockelman was being led out of court, his wife, Tabitha, shouted: “Why’d you do it, Tony?”

Stockelman was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was sentenced to an additional 30 years for molesting Katie.

There were mixed emotions in Crothersville; while many were pleased that the grisly details surrounding Katie’s death wouldn’t be played over in court during a trial, many felt as though Stockelman should have been sentenced to death. “I’d rather see him get the death penalty for what he did to the little girl but at least he’s going to be punished,” said local, Marsha Fink.

Stockelman was sent to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Unbeknownst to him, Katie’s cousin, Jared Harris, was also incarcerated there. On the 22nd of September, 2006, Harris slipped into Stockelman’s cell and lay in wait. When Stockelman entered the cell, Harris slammed the locked door behind him, trapping Stockelman. He then held Stockelman down and tattooed “KATIE’S REVENGE” on his forehead as a daily reminder of his crime.

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Footnotes:

  1. The Courier Journal, 6 March, 2005 – “Katie’s Town”
  2. The Times-Mail, 27 January, 2005 – “1/27 Missing Crothersville Girl”
  3. The Journal Gazette, 30 January, 2005 – “Sketch of Alleged Abductor of Girl, 10, Generates Leads”
  4. The Tribune, 31 January, 2005 – “Missing Child’s Body Found”
  5. Journal and Courier, 27 June, 2005 – “Doubts Persist About Girl’s Killing”

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Sasha
Sasha
4 years ago

Ha. That will make him an easy target for other prisoners. Sick man.

Ann
Ann
4 years ago

Sweet Karma, Sick bastard!

lucy
lucy
4 years ago

you know, for a prison tattoo on someone who most likely was not holding still, the quality’s actually really good. jarred has better put this in his portfolio when he gets out

Joshua Troutman
Joshua Troutman
1 year ago
Reply to  lucy

He did mine he is good

Amywms NP
Amywms NP
1 year ago
Reply to  lucy

I read somewhere he was given a choice, tattoo or ☠️. So he was probably not fighting too much.

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[…] While serving his sentence, Stockelman was accosted by several inmates and forcibly tattooed with the words “KATIE’S REVENGE” spread very visibly across his forehead. As it turned out, a cousin of Katie was doing time in the same prison and took it upon himself to mark the child molester.[1] […]

Beau burchel
Beau burchel
2 years ago

How it should be..142140 doc # happened next cell to me…he lucky he didn’t die that was supposed to be the plan not the tatt..some.bitch ass dr,Dr, to take it off free…smdh

Roxy
Roxy
2 years ago
Reply to  Beau burchel

I don’t understand a word you are saying

JusMe
JusMe
1 year ago
Reply to  Roxy

Rite?

Sarah Nathaniel
Sarah Nathaniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Roxy

Your reply to Beau Burchel doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure out either..the monster deserved the tattoo for what he did but a doctor removed it for free for him even though he’s in prison. Doesn’t matter if the tattoo is removed or not people in there have long memories and not a lot to do so hopefully he will get even more prison justice. That little girl and her family are destroyed for life and he’s whining and being coddled bc the other prisoners “aren’t being nice to him”…the lack of reading comprehension some people have os ridiculous.

Help the innocents
Help the innocents
1 year ago
Reply to  Beau burchel

Huh? I don’t understand a thing you wrote. Maybe you should concentrate on writing and comprehension instead of making yourself look foolish in your comments. FFS

M tobin
M tobin
11 months ago
Reply to  Beau burchel

Trying to read your incoherent drivel makes me glad I quit meth. Go get some sleep…

Last edited 11 months ago by M tobin
Could Abeen Iceman
Could Abeen Iceman
6 months ago
Reply to  M tobin

Makes me try to start hoping it make me able to understand what she saying good then the guy I tried to get it from ripped me off.

Alanna
Alanna
6 months ago
Reply to  Beau burchel

Huh???!!! 🤣 Don’t do drugs kids.

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[…] While serving his sentence, Stockelman was accosted by several inmates and forcibly tattooed with the words “KATIE’S REVENGE” spread very visibly across his forehead. As it turned out, a cousin of Katie was doing time in the same prison and took it upon himself to mark the child molester.[1] […]

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[…] While serving his sentence, Stockelman was accosted by several inmates and forcibly tattooed with the words “KATIE’S REVENGE” spread very visibly across his forehead. As it turned out, a cousin of Katie was doing time in the same prison and took it upon himself to mark the child molester.[1] […]

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[…] Finally, on September 22, 2006, Stockelman returned to his cell at some point during his day. Upon entering, he was surprised to hear the door shut and lock behind him. Stockelman was even more surprised when Harris put his right hand around his throat and advised him that “I’m either gonna stick you and leave you bleeding or I’m gonna tattoo you.” Whereupon Harris proceeded to tattoo the words “Katie’s Revenge” on Stockelman’s forehead. […]

Mjf
Mjf
2 years ago

Now please beat the
fuck out of him plese

Leon Mesa
Leon Mesa
2 years ago

I would’ve shanked his ass

deez
deez
2 years ago

You can call me all the names you’d like but this is this funniest thing Ive ever read in my lifeLOOOOOOL

Joshua Troutman
Joshua Troutman
1 year ago

That’s my homeboy state check he did my tattoos also but not on my forehead

BellaDama
BellaDama
1 year ago

Well done a reminder of wat he did to katie

BellaDama
BellaDama
1 year ago

Does he still have it the tattoo?

Could Abeen Iceman
Could Abeen Iceman
6 months ago
Reply to  BellaDama

Naw cause the case got so much publicity some nonprofit idiots offered to remove it for the guy for no charge so they could look better to the public.

Could Abeen Iceman
Could Abeen Iceman
6 months ago

Oh and the morons running the pen let the inmate have a cosmetic procedure discussing they all figured it be better for PR and their public image vile I’ll tell anyone employed or warden from there happen to read this your a prison med sec you will never look GOOD in anyone’s eyes and the more people realize you just a modern day plantation the more your days come to an end bad people especially ones like this that did the terrible things to the child here or any before or after should have someway to deal with them sadly… Read more »

Signed Prenup
Signed Prenup
1 month ago

If you think the American penal system is going to end someday then you are about as dumb as it gets. Also, you should learn proper sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling before you come back online and continue posting the nonsense you do.

Jynx_bunny
Jynx_bunny
1 month ago

I just watched the YouTube video about this guy. My hat is off to him for making that monster live with the tattoo. They tried to remove the tattoo, the ink is gone but the scar is still there and you can still read it lol 😆. That monster can live a long life in prison and be punished daily by other inmates. Death would be a release not a punishment. So let him live in torture until he dies of old age.

CherCee
CherCee
2 days ago

Too bad. He deserved it. JH should not have had to spend more time for that.

Ingy
Ingy
5 months ago

#BlackLivesMATTER !!!

Signed Prenup
Signed Prenup
1 month ago
Reply to  Ingy

No, no they don’t. ALL LIVES MATTER. If you think one race is superior to another then it contradicts everything you think you stand for when saying BLM banter.

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