Thursday, March 12, 2020
More than half of all women murdered are killed by an intimate partner, husband or boyfriend. Statistics show that there was physical, emotional and /or psychological abuse in the relationship and that the women had attempted to leave the relationship at least twice before they were murdered.
Many of these women, for the most part, were educated, smart women, but had been intimidated by overbearing, possessive, controlling men into silence about their plight, often cut off from family and friends and resources.
Kelly Rothwell was beautiful, vibrant and smart... a hippie chick with a sing-song voice and a smile that would light up a room. She was complex and complicated and sometimes unsure of what trajectory her life was taking. Her career took several different paths in different parts of the country; her home state of Maryland, Colorado, West Virginia and finally she landed in Florida, in a beautiful beachfront condo she rented in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. After years in the hospitality business, she decided to become a police officer and enrolled in the St. Petersburg Police Academy, where she excelled and was well liked by her fellow officer trainees. She made the decision to concentrate her efforts on Domestic Violence issues. Unfortunately, it was a portent to come...
David Perry was a retired Corrections Officer from Elmira, New York. He was tall, lean and some say handsome and charming, but beneath that facade was a psychopath; a man who had beat both his first wife and their children, an abusive, sadistic man who was disliked by almost everyone, save a few COs he had worked with at the Elmira Prison Most of his co-workers had called him "smug, know-it-all, obnoxious, pompous, a real jerk". In 2003, Perry had faked a back injury he claimed to have gotten trying to subdue a prisoner. He left the Prison on a 3/4 disability pension, also receiving Social Security disability benefits. He bragged to people he "made seven grand a month.
Perry saw Kelly at a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant and started a conversation, sitting with her for dinner. He was charming and attentive and soon they were seeing each other. Perry moved in with Kelly about a month later.
The Monster had found his "mark" and was on the move.
Perry began by doing the little things; bringing flowers every night, texting endearments to her all the time, staying home instead of going out with friends. It progressed to checking Kelly's phone and email, telling friends who called she wasn't home, making excuses to avoid her family. Perry has OCD, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder. He vacuumed up to 10 times a day. Everything in the condo was arranged to his specification. He cleaned constantly and would become enraged at a water bottle dripping on the kitchen counter. As his obsessive behavior escalated, her tried to isolate Kelly from her friends and family. He followed her when she went out locally; in one instance sitting in the parking lot, a black t-shirt covering him in the window.
It was during this time that Kelly decided to enroll in the Police Academy. She was becoming more and more independent from Perry and he saw that he was losing control over her. The texts became even more frequent and swung between whining and pathetic to nasty and mean. No one knows if Perry ever hit Kelly... she never spoke of it to family of friends.
Kelly nonetheless excelled in her studies at the Academy and was due to graduate in a month that March 12, 2011. At this time, she had made the decision to leave Perry. Perhaps it was the support she received from her fellow cadets and her research into domestic violence or the friendship she had developed from a yoga group that finally convinced her that she was in a toxic and dangerous relationship and needed to get out.
On March 12, 2011, Kelly Rothwell had lunch with a friend at Chili's and told her that she was going home to tell Perry she was done, she was moving on and moving out. Even though her friend tried to insist that she follow her home in case Perry reacted badly, Kelly told her she would be fine, that 'Dave would be fine."
But Perry wasn't "fine". Kelly walked in the door of their condo and was never seen again. As I've said before, I think Perry had planned to kill Kelly and laid in wait for her. I think he grabbed her as soon as she got in the door, strangled her and after cleaning up the condo, left for Elmira. I think he took her body with him, knowing the Pinellas County Sheriffs office would never think to look up there.
THAT'S why I think he took her body to New York.
David Perry has never been charged in connection with Kelly's "disappearance. There is now a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Cold Case detective who's looking at the nine year old case.
Meanwhile, it's been NINE YEARS without a word, NINE YEARS without closure for Kelly Rothwell's family and friends. 3258 Days since Kelly was last seen.
David Perry killed Kelly Rothwell.
Its time for him to be charged with her murder, thrown in jail and toss the key.
And its time for Kelly Rothwell to "come home" to her family.
Its just damn time.
Meanwhile Kelly is still missing and presumed dead at the hands of David Perry. Someday, that bastard WILL break. I hope I'm there to see it.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
She had made some very big changes in her life; she decided to join the St.Petersburg Police Academy after a long career in Hospitality. She was a month from graduation from that Academy when she left a friend's house, where she had spent part of the weekend, and returned home to her condo in Indian Rocks Beach to break up with Perry. Afterwards, she had plans to meet up with some of the other cadets later that evening and she was looking forward to a fresh start in all aspects of her life.
Kelly Rothwell walked into her condo and was never seen or heard from again.
Later that evening, David Perry took off for his hometown of Elmira, New York, where he had still maintained a home. He arrived at his home on Church Street in Elmira 21 hours later and told his daughter and her husband who had been living in the home, that "they would hear a lot of bad stuff about him, but that it wasn't true"... then Perry took off again, coming back to the home later. He refused to allow N.Y. State Police, who had been contacted by Pinellas County Sheriffs , to search his car and he ran from police when they tried to question him.
Back in Florida, Pinellas County Sheriffs Office started a search for Kelly, and local and National Search and Rescue groups come down from North Carolina and Texas to help in the search for the missing police cadet. But the search was frustratingly brief and Kelly was never found.
David Perry is and always has been the ONLY suspect in her probable murder but has eluded questioning for eight years about what he knows about Kelly's "disappearance." Having been a Corrections officer , Perry knew enough about the law to know what he could get away with. He knew that as long as he kept his mouth shut. he couldn't incriminate himself, so he refused all attempts by police to question him. He refused to give a DNA test.
I believe that David Perry murdered Kelly Rothwell when she walked in the door of the condo that late afternoon. I believe he lay in wait for her, grabbed her from behind and strangled her, throwing her on the floor several times. The downstairs neighbors, Ken and Mary Williamson heard loud thuds and banging on their ceiling, which would have come from Kelly's master bedroom, then a sudden quiet, then repetitive vacuuming. Perry, who had OCD and was known to vacuum several times a day, apparently went into overdrive; the Williamson's heard the vacuum for at least 20 minutes.
What happened next? No one really knows. But I have ALWAY maintained that Perry, who had planned Kelly's murder, had already packed his blue Honda in readiness, took Kelly's body, wrapped in it the plastic shower curtain liner and placed her in his 6 foot kite sail bag, along with her collection of Geodes. Kelly, who had been a Geology major in college, had a large collection of crystal cut rocks, some as heavy as 20 lbs. None of Kelly's geodes were ever found at the condo.
I think Perry put the kite sail bag containing her body and the large rocks in the back of his Honda, disguising it as camping equipment and left Florida, taking her body with him.
Why do I think that? Because Perry knew that the Pinellas Sheriffs would never think to look for Kelly in New York, which had thousands of acres of land and several lakes. One of the lakes, Lake Seneca, was a popular spot that Perry and his friends would frequent in the summer. Several of his friends had boats and it was these friends that I think Perry called when he got to New York. He needed help because Perry's idea was to drop Kelly's body, weighted down with all of her heavy geode rocks, into the depths of Lake Seneca. To this day, I think that's where Kelly's body is.
I think often when we read about violent crimes, we are caught up in the heinous act perpetrated against a victim by someone evil, like David Perry. A domestic abuser, a liar, a fraud, a reported drug runner, Perry was every woman's nightmare, yet he came off as charming and generous. This is how he reeled in women that he became involved with. He left a trail of misery, deceit and pain. Now he's in jail... again.... after violating parole for a second time. He's been able to game the system for a long time and now it's finally catching up to him.
But what about Kelly Rothwell? For Kelly Rothwell's family, there is no closure... the crimes Perry was arrested for, first fraud and grand larceny, then criminal trespass have no bearing on Kelly's case in Florida. New York State detectives and the District Attorney's in two county's ALL believe that he killed Kelly. The problem is the cases are technically unrelated. Without Kelly's body or evidence of a murder, the Rothwell family has no real outlet for closure or anywhere to go with their anger and grief.
What happens to the families of murder victims? How are they supposed to cope? Where can they take their grief?
For Kelly's sister Kristen, coping has been something she's had to relearn.
"I was into a lot of bad stuff... I'm not talking just popping pills. I was into hard drugs, I made really bad choices and I hurt a lot of people,especially my family. Kelly was really upset with my choices and I always felt that I disappointed her the most. We even had words about it on the phone. My last words to my sister were said in anger, which makes me really sad. I had just gotten out of rehab and was in recovery when she was killed. Her death just threw me and I spiraled out of control. There was no way for me to deal with losing her. I felt so guilty; I always thought if anyone would die in our family it would be me, because of my addiction and bad choices. I would have never thought we would lose Kelly."
Kristen said she has what feels like survivors guilt.
"I kept saying it should have been me.. I was the one doing everything wrong, hurting myself, hurting my family.. I alway thought it would be me , that I would be the one to die. And it hurt my Mom so much. Parents shouldn't have to mourn their children."
It took several tries , but Kristen is now clean and sober, she is finishing up a degree in Social Work and Counseling and she works with recovering addicts. She credits it all to Kelly.
"I felt Kelly's spirit with me the whole time when I finally got clean in recovery. I honestly feel that she was watching over me. It made me stronger to know that somehow she was around me. Kelly used to journal and once she told that she saw me working with people, she saw me healthy. That really gave me the strength I needed to see my recovery through. Now I'm a counselor and I help others like me. I'm not ashamed anymore about my past and what I went through.I'm comfortable with who I am now. I feel that Kelly is watching over me. But my biggest regret is that she didn't get to see who I've become in my recovery; I know she would be proud of me. I just wish she was here to see it."
I asked Kristen what would constitute closure for her with Kelly's case, as it seems more and more likely her body will never be found.
"I want the truth from him, I want him to come clean and confess about what he did to my sister.But the reality of it is that the truth may never come out. And that's something I'm learning to deal with."
Kelly's Mom Nancy doesn't think she'll ever really have closure either. She told me this;
"To take away from this Earth such a beautiful, peaceful and compassionate woman, he can only look forward to his dark soul burning in hell. But in the meantime, every day he spends in jail protects other women from this evil being.We will always be deeply grateful for the never-ending love, prayers and support that have been shown to our family. Words cannot adequately convey how appreciative we are, to the wonderful people in New York and those in Florida, Maryland and all over.. My family would like to thank the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department for putting fresh eyes on Kelly's case. We understand there is a new detective, Chris Lyons, who has been assigned to Kelly's case. We're told he is a Cold Case Investigator, which is what Kelly's case needs. Our family would also like to thank the New York State police for keeping such a close eye on Kelly's killer David Perry. He's violated parole twice and is now back in jail for a year. While we know that is not TRUE justice for Kelly at this point we are grateful that he's off the streets and not harming another young woman..
Kelly was a bright light in this world. She wanted to help people which is why she joined the police force. She was kind and funny and her joy was infectious. What that monster did was take away a vibrant, vital young woman who had so much to give to the world.Our family misses Kelly every day. We've planted a tree in a local park in her honor, where her niece and nephews can see it when they play there. She may be gone physically but Kelly's indomitable spirit stays with us... she will forever be in our hearts. "
Kelly Rothwell "disappeared" on March 12, 2011. She was killed by David Perry. One day he WILL answer for his crime.
Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell is STILL MISSING.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
As I had surmised, this conviction was due to a previous arrest in the Village of Painted Post, where he had lied to a woman he got involved with, staying in her home and traveling with her to North Carolina These were all violations of his parole, which stipulated that he not leave the county of Chemung where he resides, nor get involved with anyone unless he informed his parole officer, which he did not.
This is at least the second time that Perry has violated his parole; I've been tying to decide if he is just incredibly stupid or just thinks he's above the law. I'm assuming both. He's a cocky bastard who, because he thinks he got away with Kelly Rothwell's murder, thinks he can skirt around the law. But finally, New York has started to catch on and he has been paying the price for his arrogance. Perry has violated his parole twice now and I find it interesting that he was allowed to go back on parole after the first time, Now with a SECOND violation, and conviction of NEW county charges, Perry will have to serve at least six months, which puts his possible release date in early September 2019. Currently Perry is in the Steuben County Jail convicted of criminal trespass. These latest charges ALSO violated his parole. With this parole violation, I would assume that he is going back to prison, possibly Clinton, the maximum security prison where he was incarcerated before. But that's not a guarantee. Based on this conviction and parole violation, Perry could have his parole revoked, serving first his sentence for the county conviction (from Painted Post) in the Steuben jail and then would have to go to any one of over 50 prisons in the State of New York until his max release date which is in 2026.
Maybe we'll get lucky and his guilt will be such a burden that he confesses to Kelly's murder.
Or he could screw up again and stay in jail, where he belongs anyway. Either way, he's once again a convicted man.
Meanwhile , Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing.....
David Perry, the only suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of St. Petersburg Police cadet Kelly Rothwell was picked up today and place in custody at the Steuben County Jail in upstate New York, According to a source at the jail, the court required the jail to keep him after he was found guilty and sentenced today after being arrested last month for criminal impersonation. However, others said that the charges were criminal trespassing. Although there is no information yet (as if this writing, ) about these newest charges, Perry was arrested last year for criminal impersonation after using a false name when he met a young woman in Painted Post, New York, staying with her in Painted Post and traveling with her to North Carolina, both instances in violation of his parole. Perry never told the young woman who he really was until a friend of hers recognized him and told her who he was. She called the police and Perry was arrested at her house last year. Perry had also used a false name to troll porn websites with searches for both women AND men, according to another source, also a violation of his parole.
Perry had been required to stay in the city limits of Elmira, Chemung County where he owns a house, per his probation requirements. This could very well be the culmination of those charges, but it's not yet known.
and chasing pretty young girls around at Planet Fitness, thinking he still got game.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
According to Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mom, Kelly had been enrolled in Honors classes at Overlea High and was "always going to school"...Nancy said Kelly loved learning and was constantly looking for new things to learn about.
"She was always curious, even when she was really little, " Nancy said.
Kelly's curiosity took her first to Essex Community College for two years, then on to Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, where she finished her undergrad and then went on to a Masters in Geology. She and Sean Greenwood had moved out west together, but grew apart as they both pursued other interests. Kelly met Doug, a ski instructor, got married and settled into married life; she in the hospitality business and he in the mountain ski life. They raised two Golden Retrievers in lieu of kids. Sadly, one was hit by a car , but Lucy, the female stayed with Kelly until she and Doug decided to call it quits. Kelly wanted to move back east and picked Florida as her home base. Lucy stayed behind with friends. A few years after Kelly's disappearance/murder at the hands of David Perry, her sister Lauren arranged for Lucy to come east, to live with her.... a piece of Kelly that was all that was left of her life in Colorado. Lucy passed away in August of 2016, much loved and well-cared for.
Since Kelly's "disappearance/murder" in 2011, a LOT has changed .. Kelly's sister Lauren has a new little boy, Garcia Lundy. She works as a nurse and is happily ensconced with her beau Christian in a house Lauren bought a few years ago. Lindsay, Lauren's fraternal twin, says she mostly feels anger now, instead of the acute pain she once felt. Lindsay has been living on her own and working, sharing parenting duties with Nancy, who has taken Lindsay's two children into her home. The sound of little feet and noisy children's repartee once again fills Nancy's home, long after her own children have grown up and moved out.
Kelly's middle sister Kristen, has become a success story. For years she battled her own demons and is now happily and healthily headed for an Bachelor's degree in Addiction Counseling, headed towards a Master's degree in the future.
Kristen still keenly feels Kelly's absence.
"If I had to say just one thing today", she said, " it would be if only she could just see me now! We were estranged for the last couple of years because of my lifestyle and the things that I was into.And I've turned myself around and I've got to say that through it all I believe shes been with me and rooting for me and she's been on my side. I miss her dearly and I wish I could share this experience that I'm going through, this whole life-renewing experience. You know she always had so many great things to say. Today I sang Happy Birthday to her... I do it every year. Its something small but it's from me. It doesn't get any easier with her gone."
|Kelly Rothwell in front of her Dad's sailboat.|
Said Nancy Rothwell, " The pain never goes away, but now we accept that it is what it is. We miss her all the time and especially on her birthday. But I know she will always be forever in our hearts."
Blessings to the entire Rothwell family on this day and every day since March 12, 2011, the day their daughter, Kelly Rothwell, was murdered by David Perry
Justice is coming , but AGAIN we ask...
DAVID PERRY, WHERE IS KELLY ROTHWELL?
Monday, March 12, 2018
On March 12, 2011 Kelly Rothwell went home after a lunch with a friend to break up with her boyfriend David Perry. Downstairs neighbor Ken Williamson recalls her coming home and then shortly thereafter hearing a series of loud thumps through their ceiling, seeming to come from Kelly's master bedroom floor. There was no yelling or raised voices to indicate an argument. Within minutes Williamson heard vacuuming that lasted quite a while.... then silence.
It was silent because Kelly Rothwell was dead.
And David Perry had killed her.
Earlier that weekend, Friday night, Perry had stalked Kelly, following her to the friend's house where she was staying for the weekend, sitting in his car with a black t-shirt covering the front window of his blue Honda. He texted Kelly numerous times, blowing up her phone, with protestations of love one minute, hateful haranguing the next while sitting in the parking lot of her friend's apartment complex. Kelly looked out and saw Perry's Honda and walked down to confront him. She told him to go home, that they would talk, that she was done with him, that she was tired of his controlling, violent personality. He seemed contrite and left.
A little while later, when Kelly and her friend went to the store to get some wine to take to a party they had been invited to by some of the cadets that Kelly was in school with, they saw that Perry in the store parking lot; he had followed them. Instead of going to the party, they opted to stay in, avoiding a confrontation with Perry.
David Perry is a control freak; he has OCD so badly that he couldn't even stand it when someone put a water bottle on the counter of his kitchen... So Perry had most of the weekend to stew on his humiliation that Kelly was breaking up with him even while he was romancing another woman, Melissa Walker online, making plans with her to move to Hawaii. Why he didn't just let Kelly go, when he was already onto the next conquest, is the big question that plagues Kelly's friends and family. Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mother has a theory that seems to make sense.
"I think he had to have known that Kelly knew something about his life that he didn't want her to know, " she said.
Today is a sad day for Nancy, as it has been for every year that Kelly has been gone.
"It's sad,"she said to me this afternoon. "I keep going back in my head, I just keep thinking about how her day went and that she never knew what was in store for her when she walked into the condo that day."
But Life is still going one for the Rothwell family; Kelly's sister Lauren is expecting a baby boy next month and is happily preparing for that. Another sister, Kristen, is enrolled in college to earn a degree in Counseling. Nancy stays busy taking care of her grand-babies and is eager to meet the latest one next month.
Kelly's memory will live on with those that were fortunate enough to have known and loved her," Nancy said. "But she will always be painfully missed."
Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell has been "missing" for seven years today. Where is her justice? David Perry will slip up one day... even if he continues to deny it, EVERYONE knows he did it.
Seven may be the Lord's number, but it has only brought heartache and pain to the Rothwell family .
Seven years is too long to wait for Justice....
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
C Violent Felony
|ATTEMPT to commit any class b violent felony||B Violent|
|Aggravated criminally negligent homicide||125.11|
|Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree||125.21|
|Aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree||130.67|
|Assault on a peace officer, police officer, fireman or emergency medical services professional||120.08|
|Assault on a judge||120.09|
|Gang assault in the second degree||120.06|
|Strangulation in the first degree||121.13|
|Burglary in the second degree||140.25|
|Robbery in the second degree||160.10|
|Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree||265.03|
|Criminal use of a firearm in the second degree||265.08|
|Criminal sale of a firearm in the second degree||265.12|
|Criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a minor||265.14|
|Aggravated criminal possession of a weapon||265.19|
|Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree||490.15|
|Hindering prosecution of terrorism in the second degree||490.30|
|Criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the third degree||490.37|
Friday, August 25, 2017
David Perry is loose again folks. Yes, the New York state Criminal Justice and court system has ONCE AGAIN let a lying, scheming, porn-addicted murderer out of jail to prey on the public.
Unfortunately, the fact that he is the ONLY suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of his then-girlfriend Florida Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell is NOT a factor in the NY parole board's decision to release him to yet another parole from a conviction on fraud and grand larceny charges.
Perry has already violated his parole once; he has preyed on young women and had seduced a young mother in Painted Post, leaving the county AND state (violation!) and was charged with criminal impersonation by using fake names and profiles on the internet to hook up with vulnerable women.
I'm currently waiting on more information from the Media Office/ Public Information Office in Albany for more info about Perry's parole conditions.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
It's probably NOT the new phone number that he thought he would have.. (sources have told me that he used to change his phone number ALL the time...) and it's not the number for a new victim( er girlfriend/boyfriend) from Craig's list or Plenty of Fish dating sites. ( Perry was allegedly trolling both women AND men for "dates" on Craig's List and included photos of his genitalia in some of the messages.) But it IS the number he will be known as until September 30, 2021.
Perry was to answer charges today in Painted Post Village, in Steuben County New York on misdemeanor criminal impersonation charges. Originally scheduled last month, Perry's lawyer was a no show and the case was rescheduled for this evening's court. Painted Post has court at night-two evenings a week. But the info of Perry's removal from Steuben County jail and subsequent re-booking into the Downstate Correctional Facility would suggest that Perry may have just pled guilty to the misdemeanor charges. What is not known at this time is whether Perry has received additional time to his sentence for both the Violation of Parole and the misdemeanor. A source at intake gives Perry's "conditional release date", the date that he can be let out is September 20, 2021. This would suggest that Perry will AT LEAST have to finish his original sentence of 4-15 for the felony grand larceny and fraud charges and that there was an additional year or more added to his sentence.
THIS KEEPS HIM IN JAIL FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS.
A call to the Broome County DA for information about any extra sentencing time was not returned this afternoon as of this writing.
I placed a call this afternoon to Nancy Rothwell to give her the news about Perry's jail term and while she was happy, she was also very reflective.
"He is right where he should be, " she said. " He thinks he's intimidating. He's such a manipulator that he thinks he is untouchable. While he was out (of jail) he just kept doing the same thing, lying and finding other victims for his schemes. Who knows if anyone else would have ended up like Kelly, (murdered by Perry). I'm very glad he's going away for a longer time."
Plans are ongoing to schedule the Search and Recovery operation for Kelly's body at Seneca Lake, where I have always stated that David Perry dumped her body after he killed her, drove her body to Elmira NY and enlisted the help of at least two friends to help him dump her body in the lake.
Perry may not stay at Downstate Correctional Facility; he may be transferred back to Clinton, where he was place originally when he was convicted. Prison intake officials said there was no way to know until Perry is evaluated today, where he would have gotten an all new mugshot.
I will be updating this post as more info becomes available.
But for Kelly and her family's sake, I'm glad he's BACK BEHIND BARS.
Kelly Rothwell has been missing since March 12, 2011 and is presumed murdered by David Perry, her then- boyfriend. Her body has never been found. Please keep Kelly's family and friends in your prayers.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
So now either Perry will be possibly be assigned another public defender, although there is no confirmation at this time. The court house in Painted Post, where Perry is to answer charges only has hours on Wednesday and Friday. A message was left and hopefully I will have more information as it becomes available.
The charges of criminal impersonation stem from Perry's using the name David Jones on an internet dating site, Plenty of Fish, where he met a woman from Painted Post Village in Steuben County, New York and entered into a relationship with her. These charges are in addition to Perry's felony charges of violation of parole from Broome County, where he was convicted in December of 2013 of felony fraud and grand larceny after bilking the State of New York Insurance Fund of over $300,000 in 3/4 pension benefits. Perry, who had been a corrections officer at Elmira Prison, claimed to have sustained a back injury after he unnecessarily answered a call for a prisoner disturbance. Perry was never injured or even participated, according to several corrections officers who were present.
Perry's felony parole violations include leaving Chemung County, where his Elmira residence is located, leaving the state of New York, and entering into a relationship without informing his parole officer. Perry traveled to North Carolina with the woman he met online, using the name David Jones. It was only after she posted photos of them together was she informed by her friends of Perry's true identity. The woman called the police who arrested him at her Painted Post Village home. Painted Post Village is in Steuben County.
Meanwhile Perry still sits in Steuben County jail with the charges of felony parole violation looming from Broome County. It is assumed that after he answers to the charges of criminal impersonation, he will be returned to prison to serve out the rest of his 3 1/2 year sentence. Perry was paroled from Clinton Prison in Dannemora, New York, where he was in protective custody.
It is unclear at this time if he will be returned to Clinton and if he will continue to be placed in protective custody or general population with other prisoners.
DAVID PERRY IS THE ONLY SUSPECT IN THE DISAPPEARANCE AND PROBABLE MURDER OF INDIAN ROCKS POLICE CADET KELLY ROTHWELL ON MARCH 12, 2011. KELLY ROTHWELL DESERVES JUSTICE AND DAVID PERRY DESERVES LIFE IN PRISON FOR THAT MURDER.
PLEASE KEEP KELLY'S FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS.
THANK YOU~ LEIGH CLIFTON
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Painted Post Village is in Steuben County; Perry lives in Elmira which is in Chemung County. The conditions of his parole are that he not leave Chemung county and check in the first Wednesday of every month with his parole officer Eric Winkky. Perry was also driving up to Corning over the summer and into the fall, going to the Corning YMCA to work out almost daily as well.
Either Mr. Winkky wasn't paying close enough attention or decided to look the other way, but Perry has been violating his parole since last summer.
The woman Perry has been dating for a few months had posted a photo of herself with Perry on Instagram. Her friends saw it, recognized Perry and called her right away, telling her who Perry really was. She left her house with her child and went to the police. Police arrived and removed Perry from the house. Police called her a "victim" and she is not a suspect.
Perry was denied bail and as of right now he is at the Steuben County jail. When he was last there Perry got into a nasty fight with another inmate and broke the guy's nose.
NOT a nice guy, is our Davie....
So what's next for Perry? He constantly seems to be trolling the internet for women; he can't stand to be alone. He's also running out of last names to use...
Lets hope he has to go back to Clinton to finish out the 3 1/2 years left on his too short sentence.
Or maybe, just maybe Pinellas County will get a crack at him soon...
KELLY ROTHWELL IS STILL MISSING AND SHE DESERVES JUSTICE.
Some of the information for this post was provided by the NBC affiliate in Elmira with my thanks.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy... oh wait.. yes it could...
For months, David Perry has been giving the law the middle finger, violating his parole by constantly leaving the city limits and going to not only the gym at the YMCA in Corning, but ALL over Horseheads and the surrounding areas.. areas where he isn't supposed to be visiting, according to the terms of his parole. He was even hear that he was working at Hobby Lobby, unloading trucks.. kinda hard to do, wouldn't you say, with his badly injured back and all... His parole officer must have been blind or else was looking the other way..regardless, SOMEONE finally paid attention and Perry's little freedom sprint has hopefully come to an end.
Perry still has 3 1/2 years on his sentence for fraud and grand larceny. With this parole violation, it is still a bit unclear whether he will go directly back to Clinton in Dannemore, NY for the violation or just get more parole time added. NY judges are notorious for declining to put a parole violator back in the system and Perry's judges have been notoriously lenient before ..(remember Perry being allowed to go to HAWAII WHILE awaiting trial on fraud charges?) One can only hope that he goes back to jail and stays there for the remainder of his sentence. Right now he sits in CCJ, Chemung County Jail. It seems now in all likelihood that he will be returned to Clinton to finish out his sentence in jail up there
Apparently at intake, Perry had to give urine and blood samples. It would stand to reason that if he had blood tests, it would show the presence of narcotics in his system, which the parole officer, Eric Winkie would let go because they were prescribed by doctors. Because he is getting disability from Social Security for a supposed back injury, he has been prescribed those narcotics for the pain. However, according to his ex- wife Luana, Perry didn't take the pills but instead used to stockpile his drugs.. Luana said that he just kept getting the drugs for free and keeping them, instead of taking them.
" He was never really injured in the fight at the prison," Luana told me several years ago in an interview. "He just kept getting the pain meds from his doctors to make his claim look real. He used to keep the bottles of pain meds all over the house. He would only take them when he knew he had to give a urine sample, so he could get more."
If Perry DIDN'T have any opioids, you know, the PAIN MEDS he took "everyday " to manage his pain, could that show that he was lying about all of it? Who knows.. I hope they explore that angle.. it needs to be looked at.
Sources tell me that the arrest took place with the cooperation of the West Elmira Police Department. Usually when the police are involved in addition to the parole officers, thats usually something a LITTLE more serious than a jaunt to the Y in Corning as a violation.
As of now, I have no information if his home was searched for any evidence of the stockpiled drugs, but I hope they did. Perry has been running his own show for FAR too long. He has lied and hurt SO many people, he SHOULD be back in prison , where he belongs.
I spoke with Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mother earlier today and told her about Perry being back in jail and asked her how she felt about it.
"I believe that him being back in jail is exactly where he is supposed to be, " she said. "He is an evil person and he will NEVER reform or follow the rules if he's let out. This (jail time) may not be what we're hoping for, but any day in jail is a small amount of justice for Kelly. In my heart," she said,
"I know that one day there will be justice for Kelly, I truly believe that... it WILL happen. For now, this will have to do."
I called Kelly's father Tom. He, too, is a grieving parent. Tom doesn't give any press interviews at all, but he gave me one two years ago, I thought I owed him to tell him about Perry being back in jail.
Tom doesn't pull any punches.
"Good," he said about Perry's arrest. "He belongs in the grave."
I will be updating this post as new info comes in. Please keep Kelly Rothwell and her family in your heart. They deserve justice for Kelly.
Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing. She needs justice. Let's get her some...
Link to Unfound Podcast on Kelly's Case.. My interview with Unfound producer Ed Dentzel
© Leigh Clifton 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Darlene was getting ready to take a continuing education class in Corning and Dave Walker told her he went to Corning every day to the Y to work out. She dreaded the drive up the formidable 'Corning Hill" so they made an arrangement that he would drive her to her class in her car, he would go work out for the three hours while she was in class and then bring her home. It was an arrangement that really helped Darlene, as she hated driving to Corning. The classes ended and "Walker" started hanging around more and more., eventually making himself indispensable, so much so that he was eventually doing almost everything around her house for her.
"He shopped, he cooked, he cleaned, he made my front yard look beautiful, he walked my dog and was nice to him at first. ," Darlene said. "His domestic and organizational skills were awesome, probably because of his OCD. He had amazing strength that was brought into play when laying landscaping bricks in the yard, mowing and weed wacking..things that would take me two days to do he would do in one- he was a machine. He was driven and would keep the vehicles immaculate. What single female wouldn't want a man doing that for her?"
But she began to notice some strange things that "Walker" was doing. He started to keep the dog from interacting with them. She caught him snapping the dog's nose with a towel. He began to call the dog a" mangy mutt" and seemed jealous of her attention to him.
"He always wanted me to sleep.(she works nights)and he would put dark towels or sheets over the windows. It made my house look so dark, like a cave. I did't really think too much of it; he told me it was to help me sleep. Many people questioned why the windows were draped as if he were afraid he was being watched He was in total control of what I ate and drank- he even packed my lunches for work... I hated them! He's go through my work bag ans question everything he found. I walked on eggshells in my own house so as not tuo enrage him...he would go from calm to rage in 0.7 seconds"
But while she was sleeping, David "Walker" was using her computers,deleting texts from her friends and even sending emails to her ex-husband, Dennis, who still remained good friends with her.
"Dennis and I have a nice close friendship so imagine my surprise when he asked me one day if I had sent these emails to him, saying that I had "married David Walker and to leave me alone!" I assured him that I did NOT send them and I definitely was NOT married to David. Dennis and I have stayed good friends even after our divorce and we talk all the time. Dennis just thought that was really weird."
Things started getting stranger and more controlling then for Darlene.
"Walker" took over ALL of the chores, doing dishes by hand, even though she had a nice dishwasher. Soon he was ironing all of her clothes and doing all the shopping. He also cleaned .. everything.
"He was VERY OCD.. he vacuumed 2-3 times a day," she said.
She started to get a weird feeling about him, like something just wasn't right.He wouldn't let her do anything, including drink coffee. He told her it was bad for her and would make her tea instead.
"It seemed that all I had to do was sleep and breathe," she said.
What Darlene didn't recognize were the classic symptoms of a controlling personality disorder.
This "David Walker" was not only NOT who he said he was, he was David Perry, the suspected murderer of Kelly Rothwell from Indian Rocks Beach in Florida. And Darlene had no clue.
It wasn't until they went looking for pumpkins in late October of 2016 that everything came to a head. They were ambushed by the film crew of Crime Watch Daily, who had been working on a feature of Kelly Rothwell's disappearance and were hoping to get a reaction from Perry. Perry told Darlene to get in the car and took off, very agitated. Darlene asked him what that was all about and he fumbled saying it was all lies. Then he took out his cellphone, called the cell company and changed his cell phone number right there.
"He thought they might have tracked him by his GPS so he turned it off, " Darlene said.
Darlene ex husband Dennis got wind of the pumpkin patch incident and started digging. What he came up with was shocking and he became very concerned for Darlene's safety.
"Dennis came over to the house the first week of November with all of these printed articles about David Perry and Dave was there. Dennis and I both asked him point blank if he was the same guy in the articles about Kelly's murder. I couldn't believe it that I was THAT close to a murder suspect! Dennis told him to gather his things and then threw him out of the house. We had the locks changed right away. I told him to leave me alone and stay away from me."
Although she did hear from him by text after that, supposedly looking for some of his belongings, Darlene has NOW put that chapter behind her.She saw Perry's famous anger and abusive side several times and it scared her.
"I looked the Devil right in the eye,' she said. "I have never seen someone get so angry so fast."
Darlene Woo is lucky.. she didn't become a "victim" of David Perry. But he was well on his way to controlling her life, much as he did with Kelly, sequestering her from her family and friends, even from her dog, ..doing everything for her so she would become dependent on him and then erupting in a rage when challenged. Darlene was the lucky one.... She got away alive. It could have been very a different ending for her. Very different indeed...
Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing and her murderer walks free. She deserves justice.
Please listen to the Podcast on Kelly's case,it is my interview with my friend Ed Dentzel, the owner and producer of the podcast "UNFOUND " It's a two part series. Thanks, Leigh
Here are the links to Kelly's story:
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Six years ago, a bright, beautiful. talented and kind woman, Kelly Rothwell was murdered in her Indian Rocks Beach condo by a man she thought she knew. A man she thought she loved and who loved her back. But David Perry's love was the killing kind... and Kelly never stood a chance... or saw it coming.
Kelly Rothwell, by all accounts from friends, family and co-workers, was a funny, intelligent woman who followed many paths during her short 35 years on this earth. She was a passionate animal lover, a Human Resources specialist, an artist, a geologist with a love of crystals and all things spiritual. Her most recent career objective at the time of her murder, was that of Police Officer. Kelly's foray into the world of law enforcement was a departure from her usual interests, yet she excelled in her law enforcement curriculum as she did with ALL of her career choices, because of her innate sense of right and wrong and in this case, her empathy for the victim. Unfortunately, we will never really know if this sense of justice came from her first hand experience with David Perry's controlling, manipulative and increasingly abhorrent behavior towards her. Or did Kelly jump into this new career BECAUSE of what David Perry was doing to her at home? Did she fight back the only way she could, by putting him on notice that as a cop, she would be much less of a victim of his vindictive and progressively suppressive behavior?
But IF Perry HAD planned Kelly's murder, he had the element of surprise on Saturday afternoon March 12, 2011. Kelly was coming home to "talk" but I believe Perry laid in wait for her to get into the front door, attacked her from behind as she went into their bedroom, and strangled her there. I think he then wrapped her up in the inner shower curtain (which was missing), put her body in a sail bag, stuffed her in the trunk of his blue Honda and drove all night, WITH HER BODY IN THE TRUNK, back to Elmira, New York, where he had a home, where he felt safe, where he KNEW that Florida law enforcement would NEVER look or suspect that someone would be so brazen. And where Perry had friends; friends he KNEW would help him dispose of Kelly's body, because he had INFORMATION on those "friends" that could put them both in jail. Perry knew all this and counted on it.
It has always been my firm belief that David Perry planned to kill Kelly Rothwell that Saturday afternoon. He had hacked her phone and her emails and knew she was leaving him; for a new career path that would possibly jeopardize his 'business" interests and for a new person in her life . Kelly was making room for new people and new experiences and Perry was not part of the equation. To a man so Obsessive/Compulsive and with major anger issues including domestic abuse (documented by Elmira law enforcement ) a woman leaving him would have wounded his fragile ego. I also felt that he saw Kelly as a threat; Kelly had told her sister Lindsay that she "caught" Perry at something illegal and that he had "promised" to stop. According to Perry's ex-wife Luanna, during their tumultuous 10 year marriage, Perry had regularly run marijuana and other drugs from Elmira, New York to Florida, picking up contraband to take back to New York. Also according to Perry's ex-wife, he was funded by some well-connected "businessmen", possibly in the restaurant business in Elmira.
Which brings me to this next interesting piece of information....
In November of last year, Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen picked up Kelly's story and produced a segment on it; it aired on Election day, November 8th, 2016. For that story, veteran Crime Watch Daily reporter Andrea Isom and her film crew flew up to Elmira, New York to interview David Perry about Kelly Rothwell's "disappearance". They tracked Perry down; he was seen with a woman in an SUV at a pumpkin patch in late October 2016 when the show was filming Kelly's segment. When they tried to speak with them, he ran away like a little girl.He screamed at the woman to get into the car and threatened Isom and the film crew, before angrily driving away. Perry has a history of running like a coward from law enforcement and anyone else who wants to ask him about Kelly, so that wasn't out of character for him.
Its now believed that that woman was Darleen Woo, who divorced Simon Woo's brother in 2015. Simon and his brother had owned a very well-known Chinese restaurant in the Elmira/Horseheads area and there has always been talk around town that Perry was somehow involved with some sort of "business" with the owners. Now Perry is living with Darlene Woo, in a cozy home on Meadowbrook Parkway, (a home Darlene got in the divorce) on a quiet suburban street where people play with their kids in the yard, feet from a suspected murderer. I wonder if they know who he is? Does she realize that she too could be in danger if she crosses him? How could ANY woman sleep next to a suspected murderer, the ONLY suspect in the disappearance and probably murder of Kelly Rothwell? How could she IGNORE all of the strange signs and weird behavior. Maybe the relationship is still in the early lovey- dovey stages, and she just hasn't seen the real Perry yet.
I find it appalling that this man is living the high life, while Kelly Rothwell,the #1 "love of his life "
("Yummy wife" #2 Melissa Walker was the 'love of his life' until she divorced him after the pressure on him about Kelly's case became too much for her to deal with). AND he's living with the ex-wife of someone who law enforcement have speculated was possibly involved in a shady business, not related to the restaurant his family then owned. (It has since been sold.)
Perry has always seemed to find women with property, money or both, that take him in and prop him up. He charms them, buys them pretty things like flowers and clothing, cleans their homes. Eventually, he begins to sequester them, from their friends, their family and their social media. He wants them to depend on HIM, no one else. He becomes increasingly controlling, manipulative, demanding. Of these women, only Kelly was murdered by him, we think. Could he have done this before? He told his ex-wife Luanna that if she left him, he would put her in a wood-chipper and dump her body parts in the Chemung River. He told Kelly if she ever left him, he would throw her body in the Gulf of Mexico. But what if he DID throw her body in water?
A source has recently come forward that may have information on that very premise. I have always maintained that Perry killed Kelly, put her body in the trunk of his car and drove it up to Elmira , New York the night he killed her. I also suspect that he contacted at least TWO friends, one is Sammy Karam, a retired prison guard who had a house on Seneca Lake. The Karams and Darlene Wu are also good friends as are their kids.. Go figure. Such a tangled web Perry has woven...
The information involves a boat with an inboard and a trolling motor, a very heavy bag containing Kelly's body and three people; two of Perry's friends, one possibly a fisherman who knows the lake very well, another friend and Perry himself, who loaded Kelly's body onto the boat and motored out onto Seneca Lake. Perry may have originally pondered dropping Kelly's body by the dam but felt it wasn't deep enough. He chose the deeper Seneca Lake instead.
The boat used was pushed from the shore right into the water.. and traveled for about 25-30 minutes up towards Watkins Glen State Park, where there is a boat ramp, From there, the source says that Perry and his accomplices traveled an additional 15-20 minutes up the lake from the park's lake entrance. They rolled a very heavy bag (remember I always said that Kelly's geodes, those heavy crystal rocks that she collected were NEVER found) which I believe contained both Kelly's body and the crystals off of the boat which sunk in some of the deepest water of Seneca Lake. One thing that Perry didn't figure that night, was that someone possibly saw him and may have the coordinates of where Kelly's body is.
This spring, Nancy Rothwell has decided that the lake should be searched, using those coordinates.
A well-known Sonar company has offered to do the search and recovery; more information will be available about that in the coming months...
Nancy Rothwell is determined to find justice for her daughter Kelly. She is encouraged by this new information and feels David Perry is a dangerous and malignant threat to society.
"I hope that anyone involved with him understands the darkness and depravity that is David Perry. In fact, I was thinking this morning, why did he have to take my daughter's life when all he could have done was just leave. If she had something on him, why didn't he just leave and go back to New York,? Kelly would have never pursued anything against him and would probably never even held any ill will against him. That just wasn't her. He totally took advantage of her generous nature and beautiful soul. She had a kind heart and loved life. If you met her once, she touched your life forever. And he took that away. But what he can't take away is her gentle and peaceful spirit."
So on this day, the sad anniversary of a promising young life snuffed out by a controlling, manipulative coward, we wait and hope for Spring and the search of Seneca Lake, Maybe the lake will give Kelly up and put David Perry, her killer, behind bars forever. We can only hope so. Meanwhile, I hope that Darlene Woo watches her back... she's living with a suspected murderer. I hope that she cares enough about herself to get away from him like Melissa Walker did.. Kelly tried, but he wouldn't let her go.
MEANWHILE, KELLY ROTHWELL IS STILL MISSING AND DAVID PERRY IS THE ONLY SUSPECT IN HER DISAPPEARANCE AND PROBABLE MURDER. KELLY AND HER FAMILY DESERVE JUSTICE. DAVID PERRY DESERVES LIFE IN PRISON.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I talked with Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mom, today. I call her on this day every year and on holidays and sometimes just to say Hi. She was naturally sad but she has such a kind spirit and loving way, it's easy to see how Kelly must have been just like her.
"It's always there, you know," she answered when I asked her how she was today.. this day.. Kelly's birthday.
"You start to think back, about her birth, different birthdays and the things we did. But I try and remember the good memories.. and nobody can take that away. But it's never easy..." her voice trailed off for a moment.
Nancy told me about something that happened yesterday. She got a note in the mail with a post card attached from a woman she used to work with at the school board. It was a post card that Kelly had written to Nancy many years ago, when she was in Montana for work. The card was a photo of Yellowstone with a nice message from Kelly and Nancy had pinned it up on the wall at her desk where she worked. She has since retired and her colleague found it stuck between a cubicle wall.
It made Nancy think about the timing of it all..
"Think about that," she told me. "I get this postcard from Kelly in the mail the night before her birthday. To me it was like she was telling me don't forget about me.. I'm still here and I love you.
It was like a gift from Kelly.."
Nancy also told me that while she was grateful for the show Crime Watch Daily that featured Kelly's case in early November, she was very disappointed that they never showed David Perry's face.
"They should have shown him running away when they ambushed him at that pumpkin patch. I was really hoping that they would have shown what a coward he is. He ALWAYS runs when he sees the cops or a camera."
Perry was seen with a woman in an SUV at a pumpkin patch in late October when the show was in Elmira, NY filming Kelly's segment. When they tried to speak with him, he ran away like a little girl, screaming at the camera crew and threatening the show with a lawsuit.
So today we have one birthday wish for Kelly Rothwell; that we can bring her home to her family.
Actually make that TWO wishes.. that David Perry be tried and convicted for her murder. He knows he did it; WE know he did it and yet he still walks around a free man. I would just say, possibly not for long though Perry.. watch your back, you low rent, scum sucking chicken shit piece of excrement...we haven't forgotten and we won't give up.
Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell is still missing.
Happy Birthday Kelly Rothwell. You deserve Justice.