Ten years (and many tears) ago, Scott Tompkins was stalked and murdered. Since then, I’ve followed their trail through police reports and scuttlebutt. I’ve watched his friends getting on with their lives.
With each report, I wonder what Scott would be doing with his life.
We watched him grow and develop for 23 years into a caring, fun loving, young man. Then on Nov. 29, 1995, a group of thugs took him down. We don’t have to go far to find terrorists. They’re all over town.
Scott wasn’t happy with the way things were going and tried to help where he could. I think he realized he was fighting a losing battle. Between that and the threats, he was ready to leave town.
We have no rose-colored glasses with which to view Muscatine. For 10 years, I’ve collected information about gangs, mafia and influential people. It isn’t pretty. A recent cryptoquote said, “Don’t lose your ignorance. You can’t get it back.” Sad n but true.
Keep your eyes and ears open n don’t blindly trust everyone. Help the police help us. Give them or Crime Stoppers a call if you have information about any crimes or suspicious activity.
After 10 years, I don’t really expect justice doled out to all involved. I can imagine watered-down charges against one or two through lack of witnesses and testimony. This won’t satisfy any of us. Scott deserves more. His family and friends deserve more.