Did Randy Knapp Kill Stacey Lawson?

by Staff on August 26, 2011 · 11 comments

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That’s one of several questions I was left wondering after being contacted by several sources Thursday afternoon and evening.

Many details have emerged in the last 24 hours that paint a troubling picture into the death of Stacey Lawson and the possible involvement of a man named Randy Knapp.

But first, in order to understand how the lives of these two individuals intermingle, we need to take a step back.

Years ago, Randy Knapp was dating a woman named Rhoda Sue Sims who had a son, Jeffre Alan Sims II. While both Randy and Alan were incarcerated, Rhoda Sims died of a drug overdose. Later, both Randy and Alan are released.

Alan’s father later died, leaving him money and property. Randy apparently taught Alan how to manufacture methamphetamine and there are purportedly bank records that would show that Alan withdrew thousands of dollars at a time, “just for drugs and making meth”.

Alan and Stacey Lawson were involved in a relationship and, I’m told, pictures of the pair together as recently as June were posted on Facebook.

Earlier this month, Jeffre Alan Sims II committed suicide in a hotel room at the Fairfield Inn on Bloomington’s west side. Sources indicate that Alan, “all drugged up”, was hurt because he felt that Stacey Lawson had been using him for money and drugs.

At the time of his death, Randy Knapp had Alan’s cell phone and car.

Numerous sources have stated that, since Alan’s death, Randy has been “visiting” some people that he felt either had items that belonged to Alan or that owed Alan money. He has “been collecting his drug debts” and supposedly felt that Stacey Lawson was responsible for Alan’s death.

On Friday, August 19th, a cab driver wrote that Randy Knapp “has threatened to kill” his wife. “The cops will do nothing,” he said. Knapp believed that the man’s wife had “something of Alan’s and he wants it. We don’t have anything of his.”

“She tried to put a restraining order on him but they wouldn’t do it. They said Randy has to hit her first before they can do anything. That is bullshit.”

At around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, Lawson received a phone call and “met someone at the end of the driveway to run an errand,” the Herald-Times quoted Stacey’s boyfriend, Pat Lewis, as saying.

The next day — the day Stacey Lawson’s body was discovered — Knapp apparently came to the man’s home “to kill my wife”. The man said that they tried warning the Monroe County Sheriff Department about Knapp “but it took a friend’s death to make them respond. So sad.”

Early Sunday morning, Knapp was arrested by Indiana State Police on a charge of residential entry.

The man said that, had he not been home at the time, Knapp would have shot everyone, “even my grandson”.

“I just did not want him to shoot [my wife] or any of my family.”

The room at the Fairfield Inn where Alan Sims took his own life August 2nd was rented in the name of another man.

After Stacey Lawson’s death, Randy Knapp is said to have left some “crazy messages” on the man’s cell phone. In one message, a source says, Knapp stated that “it’s all over” and that, while he will have to serve a lot of time, “it is done.”

That man, I’m told, was scheduled to meet with detectives from the Indiana State Police Thursday evening to discuss those messages.

As of 4 a.m. Friday morning, Knapp remains incarcerated in the Monroe County Jail. While a bond has been set for the residential entry charge, Knapp is being held without bail on a probation violation. With Knapp securely behind bars, the police have plenty of time to gather evidence and make their case.

Indiana State Police detectives “are still feverishly working on the case”, an ISP spokesman wrote Thursday afternoon in response to an inquiry from Mitchell News.

11 comments
Jeremy
Jeremy

I just hope Randy Knapp doesn't get to live out his life in a fancy country club prison. True justice would be puplic exicution. He's gonna sit in there and brag about what he did to her. I think it's sad that people knew of his anger towards Stacey and that he had stated he was gonna kill her, but they did nothing. I guess in a town full of methheads,inbreads and wannabe bikers thats what you get.

*Sigh*
*Sigh*

She didn't scam Alan, she ran from him. In regards to her Facebook and Myspace, it appears someone has control of these now that she is gone, and even when she was alive, it appears she didn't have control of at least her Myspace page. I'm sure there's been tampering with the accounts, deleted messages, etc. that perhaps have jeopardized the investigation. The accounts should have immediately been locked. Unfortunately, I am not sure there is a way to do this, that Facebook has made public anyway, at the request of authorities in the case of a murder, etc.

Appalled
Appalled

Is anyone daft enough to think that she really made that myspace post? Even if she had done just that...scammed and robbed Alan....which I do not believe for a minute...do you really think she would publicly boast about it?

Misty
Misty

Alan wrote that. He knew her passwords to both her myspace and Facebook.

Shaina vincent
Shaina vincent

Alan hacked her myspace & posted that status. Stacey did not post that. Alan was on house arrest the whole time they were together & they both were NOT using. They broke up shortly after he was released off of house arrest because he wanted to start doing meth again & she didn't. SHE WAS GOING TO CLASSES & HAD BEEN CLEAN FOR MONTHS. SHE WAS TRYING TO GET HER GIRLS BACK. SHE WAS TRYING TO GET HER SHIT TOGETHER BEFORE SHE DIED & NEVER GOT THE CHANCE. STACEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ALAN'S DEATH. PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES & HE CHOSE TO END HIS OWN LIFE.

Clarity
Clarity

MANY girls have done this to Alan in the past so I doubt it was all over that; Alan expressed deep despair over the loss of both his parents within a year of each other and felt all alone(and grandmother whom he loved very much). The manner in which his mother died and he not being allowed through the correctional system to attend his own mother's funeral was more than damaging to him; he expressed this a few times in our passing. Also I would like to add that checking out Stacey Lawson's very last MySpace status update is a real eye opener. http://www.myspace.com/staceyjol "Jul 10 Stacey Lawson "loving life since i scammed and robbed alan" not a very noble act I must say; then moving on to someone else who could supply her with drugs and that person somehow becomes her 'Fiance" in less than 2 months of her split with her other supposed "love of her life"(enough to be engaged to that person anyhow). I only wish she could have changed her life around for her children of course but also for herself. One must REALLY carefully look at the psychotic nature(on OR off of drugs) of one Mr.Randy Knapp and his long history of criminal activity and how he remains on the streets? Ask yourself how that is possible and how someone can make such bold statements about the police NOT DOING ANYTHING TO HIM. How could know this? Experience! My prayer is that he is locked up and not be allowed to "talk" his way out of anything from here on out and that the "Authorities" do their damn job for once where he is concerned!

Dave
Dave

Three things. First, on Stacey Lawson's myspace page, she wrote "loving life since i scammed and robbed alan" http://www.myspace.com/405287448 Second, if you check Randy Knapp on mycase.in.gov, you can see that he has a murder charge pending. Third, I know the woman who is raising Stacey Lawson's youngest child. Stacey didn't have custody, skipped most of her visitations, and couldn't even stay sober during the pregnancy. I understand people's need to not cast any blame on the victim, and I'm not saying that she deserved to die, but sometimes you reap what you sow. Her life was drugs and drinking, stealing, and meth. Maybe it was kind of a miracle she survived as long as she did.

Clarity
Clarity

Everything comes out in the wash eventually; not much of any of the above responses have an air of truth about them BUT Jeremy's post DOES and that is the fact that R.K. SHOULD have been locked up a long time ago in a Psychiatric prison and hopefully if his case is tried properly(without technicalities entering the equation)his menacing self will be eradicated from the general population for a very very long time.

Clarity
Clarity

Yes, she had a history of these things. Sometimes you think you really know someone but an objective rather than subjective viewpoint brings about truth.(not in viciousness either)

Misty
Misty

He also frequently posted a LOT of nasty and vile things on her myspace knowing 1. She usually didn't have access to a computer 2. She hardly ever even looked at her myspace when she did. He knew they would be up for a while before she was able to delete them.

*Sigh*
*Sigh*

One of her goals in a book she carried with her was "Get my kids back."

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