This is the first of a series of true crime reflections and discussion blogs. As a mystery and horror writer, I am fascinated and appalled by the horror human beings do to each other in real life. Reality rarely matches the terror human nature manifests.
While the world is captivated by the tragedy of Gabby Petito, I am curious about serial or mass murder committed by African-Americans. The story was covered by the Associated Press.
On September 21, 2021-Arizona resident, Antoine Suggs, was arrested on September 21, 2021 for the mass murder of four individuals in Wisconsin. The suspect, Suggs, stated he, “snapped and shot a couple of people.” It’s interesting description as “snapping” has socially been subscribed to women. Oxygen (R) has an entire program around women “snapping,” and it’s labeled SNAPPED and has been in going for 29 seasons as of this post.
Antoine Suggs faces four counts of second-degree intentional murder, without premeditation. He didn’t plan it, hence that’s why he isn’t charged with first-degree murder. It’s also important to note the suspect’s father, Darren McWright, who also goes by the last name of Osborne [note: I feel this needs greater exploration and why does the father have two last names?]. The father didn’t abandoned his son, when Antoine called him for help. His dad arrived at the place where his son stayed to help him get rid of the four bodies.
Why did he snap? According to the Associated Press, Suggs was seen at a St. Paul car with Nitosha Flug-Presley and he was arguing with her. A relative of Flug-Presley stated her niece had a “thing” with Suggs, and he would fly in from Arizona to see her. He mentioned during the argument (overhead by a bar employee) “having six children and this happening every time he comes back to Minnesota.” Suggs and Flug-Presley weren’t alone. He was at the bar with Jasmine Sturm, Matthew Pettus, and Loyace Forman III.
Six children is taxing on any couple, and compounded by long distance, there’s no doubt Antoine Suggs was under stress. He manner of handling his stress, with a gun, only reinforces the importance of mental health for men.
The Victims– The four victims at the receiving end of Sugg’s fury: Matthew Pettus (26), his sister, Jasmine Strum (30), Loyace Forman III (35), Strum’s boyfriend, were found by a farmer in a cornfield on September 12, 2021 in Dunn County, Wisconsin. All had gunshot wounds to the head. A family has lost two siblings. It’s heartbreaking and tragic. Five people went out to a bar, like many do, and four of them don’t come home. It’s senseless violence, yes, and moreover, the impact to the family and friends of the victims are forever changed by this event.
Murder is selfish.
Murder is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Murder is short-sighted.
What’s next- Suggs and his father have both been arrested and are awaiting trials. I’ll provide an update when I learn more.