reply to post by purplemer
Hi there. I find stories like this intriguing, basically because the story is usually never as cut-and-dry as the charges make them seem. However, in
this case and many others, they may be just exactly straight forward as they are perceived to be.
I had a friend that I grew up with from my adolescent years and maintained an adult friendship. He had gotten a divorce and moved in with his father
and his father's fiance.
Living there for a couple years, my friend and his father became closer than they had ever been. They had a mutual friend who was also have a rough go
of things in his life, so they decided to reach out and off their help and support 0 because my friend and his father know first hand how tough things
Their friend's name was Ben Fowler 'maybe Ben Foster - I will clarify the name in a moment and edit it into the post) and he was invited to move in
until he could get back on his feet. He lived with them for an entire summer. He wouldn't hold a job or even go look for a job when unemployed. Even
though that was the case, my friend and his father continued to help, naively* thinking he was just going through a period of depression .
Toward the end of the summer my friends father kept finding he was coming up short on his pain medication by a week or more each month that his friend
was there. So the my friend's dad, let's call him Layron, confronted Ben Fowler about this and tried to get to bottom of the issue.
Ben Fowler got angry and over protective and one thing led to another and the living arrangements were altered, with Ben Fowler being out on the
Months go by with Layron and his son Robert hearing nothing more of their estranged friend. They suspected he had just moved on.
Nearly a year after Ben Fowler was evicted, while watching TV with his dad's fiance, Robert heard a knock at the living room door, (it was pretty
late, around midnight/12p).
As my friend Robert stood in front of the door turning the dead bolt lock to greet their visitors, a man on the front porch fired a massive 12 gauge
round through the front door before it could even open. The round struck my friend in the upper torso/lower neck and he dropped instantly to the
floor. Upon entry into the home, the first burglar fired another round into my friends face, causing irreversible shock.
Taking just a couple steps inside the house and into the living room area, the first burglar found a woman standing with her hands in the air. She was
completely startled by the massive sound of two 12 gauge blasts, fired just feet away. The burglar/murderer never hesitated before squeezing out 3
more blasts into the torso area of Layron's fiance', draining her life near instantly.
By this time the second burglar had entered the home, unarmed and behind burglar number 1. By then Layron had been startled awake by the horrifying
sounds of high powered shotgun blasts and unmistakable screams of absolute terror.
Immediately, reaching for his gun in the night stand next to his bed, he made his way quickly to the bedroom door and looked out into the hallway to
get an idea of what was happening. What he saw was the end of a Mossberg pump action gun staring him down.
Within a split second of seeing this, Layron was luckily able to duck back into his bedroom, allowing the blast to pass by him without injury.
Quickly, he stuck his arm out of the bedroom door and began to unload his 9mm handgun. Firing wildly and hoping to keep the predators at bay, Layron
struck and fatally injured burglar number 1. The same burglar who, just moments earlier, murdered his 32 year old son and his fiance'.
While Layron was emptying his magazine into anything that was in the line of fire, he managed to also strike the burglar #2, who fled on foot before
he could be identified.
The following morning the police were called to a local hospital on reports of a gun shot victim giving suspicious stories of how the injury occurred.
The man claimed that he was out drinking at a bar, when he decided to smoke a joint. When he went outside the men who were to provide the drugs
attempted to rob him. In the ensuing struggle he claimed to have been shot.
After a bit of investigation the police determined who he was and what really happened with him the night before.
When some of the dust settled, and a clear picture of what took place the night before, it told a story of a man (Ben Fowler) wanting to rob Layron of
his prescription pain medication.
Ben Fowler was able to convince a young, United States Military veteran, who had just recently be discharged, into taking part in a robbery for the
As more and more details began to emerge it was revealed that the young man in his early 20's had recently lost custody of his child. He had recently
found out he was HIV positive and reports of PTSD and severe depression began to tell the story of a very troubled person who felt they had nothing to
Ben Fowler did not knock on the door, nor did he shoot the blasts that killed his victims. He never brandished any type of weapon during the invasion.
He did not make burglar #1 join in the plan fire the gun. He simply formulated the home invasion and followed through with his plan.
Not only was Ben Fowler charged with the direct murders of my friend Robert and his father's fiance, but he was also charged in the murder of burglar
#1, even though he had never planned to injure him, as they were partners in crime.
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New Report of the above incident
Personally I think Ben Fowler and anyone else who accompanies someone to perpetrate a premeditated attack like this on someone should be severely
punished and should be held accountable for every single person involved, regardless of which side of the fence they happen to be on.
These people are pathetic and they are truly the scourge of modern society.