Updated: Jul 24
A few months ago, Emily shared the stories of Tiffany and Danielle, survivors of the Jogger Rapist, Richard Gilmore, who has since been released to a halfway home in downtown Portland. We, along with so many of you listeners were rightfully outraged. We’ve yet to hear from newly crowned Gov. Tina Kotek whether she plans to change his low-level status. Sadly, a case like his, where the judicial system signs a piece of paper that releases someone that could put the public at risk happens daily. And in the case of Russell Obremski, it happened twice. In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing the case of Russell Obremski, LaVerna Lowe, Betty Ritchie, and the systemic failures that added to Russel’s list of victims.
Episode Host: Alisha Holland
Russell Obremski (younger)
Left: Betty Ann Ritchie- Findagrave.com
Right: LaVerna Lowe- Findagrave.com
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