Initial Suspect Walks Free, Gets Paid!

Information Courtesy Amnesty International –

Police initially arrested Thomas Cummins for the murders of the Kerry Sisters. Thomas Cummins is the cousin to the Kerry sisters. He called police to the scene and told them that he and the sisters had gone to the Chain of Rocks Bridge to look at graffiti on the bridge deck. Cummins said that while on the bridge, he and his cousins were acousted by four male youths, three black and one white. He claimed that the youths had raped his cousins and robbed him. He stated that one of the youths pushed the sisters off the bridge into the river, and he was ordered to jump in after them and he complied.

Cummins claimed he swam quite a distance upstream to the Missouri shore where he hailed a passing truck driver. According to information from Amnesty International, “the police and the Coast Guard were skeptical of Cummins’s story. After consulting with the Missouri Water Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, the police doubted that Cummins could have survived —at least without serious injury —the fall, which they estimated at 90 feet, into near-freezing water with rough surf and a strong current. According to the Coast Guard, “to accomplish the feat that [Cummins] claimed to have done, i.e.: jump into the river from the bridge, swim against the strong current and through the extremely strong whirlpool to reach the Missouri bank, would be extraordinary.”

The police noted that “there had been several changes in Thomas’ statement as to what actually took place on the bridge.” Police skepticism grew after Cummins took a lie detector test and his answers were found to be deceptive. When Cummins’s father, Gene, was given his son’s polygraph test results, he told police that “he was afraid of that,” adding that when Thomas was an adolescent he would concoct elaborate stories. Gene Cummins later told the police that “he was bothered by the feeling that Thomas was not telling the truth.” Thomas Cummins eventually implicated himself in the death of his cousins, stating that the two women had fallen from the bridge as a result of an altercation that began after he made a sexual advance toward one of them. The police arrested and charged Cummins with the murder of his cousins.”

Additional alleged information on Thomas Cummins and background information about the case:

1) Thomas Cummins had a 1-2 year prior “relationship” with his 1st cousin, that appear to go a lot deeper than out of town cousins. Julie and Thomas often exchanged “love letters/poems” through the mail; and spent a lot of time together during their stay in St. Louis.

2) Julie and Thomas had a romatically-charged 2-week visit while in their grandparents home in Clearwater, Florida a year before (1990), and it was revealed that Julie had become pregnant and had an abortion.

3) Thomas Cummins claimed to police that he was “disappointed” that Robin had come along when he met up with Julie 2-3 blocks from his grandparents home that night in April, because he saw it as another night he could spend with his cousin, Julie Kerry.

4) The night in question, Thomas initially claimed to the police that he “had made a romantic advance to Julie, and she slapped him and when he reacted she fell backwards off the railing and fell into the water and Robin jumped in afterwards.

5) Thomas’ subsequent claim to Nels Moss (the corrupt prosecutor in this case) that “those 4 black guys did it” was a remarkable and fantastic bucket of untruths and lies which was choreographed by Nels Moss who was in the midst of running for Circuit Attorney and needed to have a good publicly-charged case to get him votes and publicity (an election he subsequently lost). Interestingly, enough, Thomas’ attorneys (while he was initially questioned and held by the police) were arranged for him (many have said) rather discreetly by Nels C. Moss, and these same attorneys rather coincidentally donated over $500 in campaign contributions to Nels C. Moss prior to the trials and during his campaign (On the face, seems rather unethical to accept money from the attorneys of a murder suspect who you allowed to go free)

6) Thomas eventually sued the City of St. Louis for “police brutality” and was awarded
$150,000 the following year.

7) Thomas claims that the girls were raped are unfounded, as their was never any forensic evidence found at the scene (hairs, fibers, semen, blood, dna, etc).
Thomas was found to have a condom in his wallet, and when asked by police why, Thomas said, “you never know when I might get lucky with someone” (Julie perhaps?)

8) Thomas additional claim that he was “pushed off” the bridge on a dark night, dropped 90 feet, hit the water at 57 mph at a depth of only 14 feet while the river was churning at 15-17 knots (the United States Coast Guard said “it was too treacherous to boat out there”) past 3 intake stations, floated over 300 yards in water of 45-50 degrees full of debris, logs, etc, came upon a bank full of dark, quicksand-like mud, crawled 100 yards to a street, flagged down a truck driver…but yet…when police came they found him to have no injuries of any level, no marks of any kind (save a 5-6 inch scratch on the left side of his face/cheek [perhaps from a fingernail slapping him?], his clothes were all clean and he was dry from the waist up and his hair was neatly combed and dry. Thomas Cummins refused to go to the local hospital.

9) The body found 240 miles away 3 weeks later was determined to be (Julie Kerry) Nels Moss would want people to believe, however, the body they recovered had no remarkable injuries, still clothed while in the water, watch found on body is now missing, and little to moderate decomposition (according to witnesses who recovered the body…”it was as if the girl had only been in the slough 2-3 days as if she just walked in and drowned herself.”) There was conflicting dental forensics allegedly disputing that this body was indeed the
body of Julie Kerry.

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  1. I remember talking to Mr Cummins, and I found his story very suspect. Interesting article- thank you.


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