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Enraged mother beats homeless man to death with baseball bat for molesting her daughter but I think something is fishy.

Updated on May 21, 2014

Forsythia Eliese Owen (In custody)



A thirty-year-old woman from Colorado named Forsythia Eliese-Owen, beat a homeless man to death in an alleyway after her 4 year old daughter accused the man of molestation. Denzel Rainey the victim in this case was taken to Swedish Medical Center a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries that included, lacerations to his head, a skull fracture both arms were broken along with six ribs and his left hand in this very brutal attack. Owens is currently being held at Arapahoe County Detention Facility on a first degree murder charge awaiting a hearing scheduled for later part of September. A man named Phil Martinez who is a friend of Owens' told police that Owens had related to him that Rainey had molested her daughter. Owens claims Rainey was still breathing when she left him in the alley.
Owen's record in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation database shows she was found guilty of assault involving a drugged victim in 2002 after two other assault charges were dropped by the DA. She was also arrested for a 2004 probation violation.
The victim Rainey has a criminal record that includes drug and alcohol-related charges there is no prior record of this man committing any sexually related offenses.

Things that make you go hmmm?

Normally in a case involving a sexual predator I would be glad to hear that the parent saved the taxpayers the burden of having to house this monster and then after being released from prison continuing to be a looming black cloud over whatever unfortunate community the predator decided to make his or her home in.
But I have a few issues with this story and I think this man might of been killed for another reason.
My first concern with Owens story is that her 4 year old daughter accused this man of molesting her, well what was her child doing hanging out in an alley unsupervised? Since the man was homeless did he commit this crime in the middle of the day in an open area for anyone to walk by and witness?
OR did the child meet this man at either her own home or someone's else's home?
How was Owens so certain that his man had committed this molestation, an accusation this serious would most certainly need to be verified and discussed with a professional who specializes in childhood abuse and trauma, we all know children can be somewhat unreliable. What if her child had just watched a show and was mimicking the scenario posed in the show? Maybe a classmate told her a story that she repeated into her own experience.
Did Owens (the Mother) take her child to the alley and ask her to point the man out? What leg work went into making sure that the man she so brutally attacked was even guilty of anything? I think calling this a rush to judgment would be an understatement.
What do you think about this case? Would you have done the same thing if you were the parent of a child who claimed to have been molested?
Something about his case does not add up, and I look forward to hearing more details in the months to come. I think some of the higher profile cases like Casey Anthony and others have tainted our belief in the justice system, but we cannot lose hope in and we have to believe in the process, the investigation and search for the truth.
Taking a baseball bat and killing a man over an accusation lodged by a child is extreme and uncivilized, like the saying goes... "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".

What do you think?

Was the woman justified in killing this man?

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© 2014 Karen Ranoni


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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      She attempted to kill another man when she was 19 by drugging him then stabbing him in the chest. She has a history of violence and abused meth, alcohol, and cocaine.

      The victim's history was non-violent.

      You're right; this is fishy.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting story. This is why we cannot take justice into our own hands. The mother had no right to do what she did based on a four year old's story. Children that young don't even understand what molestation is let alone be able to describe it and at that age they do not understand right from wrong. Yes, the child would have to be seen by psychologists/psychiatrist before it could be determined whether she was molested or not. Yes, the mother should have gone to the police. What she did was irresponsible and foolish. She deserves whatever consequences that come from this act. She killed a human being-that is manslaughter at the least.

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      Bill 3 years ago from western pennsylvania

      I have to ask the same question of what was she doing in an alley with out being supervised by a parent. Heck i won't even let mine get on or off the bus with either me or my wife being there. That to me is the biggest reason to be very suspicious of this story.

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      Karen Ranoni 3 years ago from Romeo, MI

      Aww thank you so much!!! I agree very bizarre story, I'm going to dig around and do an update article.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Karen....This has caused me to say more than "Hmmmmm." Seriously. When I hear of or read a story of this kind and find myself seeing red flags in every other sentence, I build up quite a long list of QUESTIONS.

      One of them being the very question you ask in your hub. How do we explain a 4 year old alone in an alley.....if this is part of the accusation?

      In fact Karen, don't we wonder how this 4 year old even KNEW this homeless man by tell her mother what he allegedly did?

      Very suspicious...too much is questionable. Add this to the Mom's less-than-ideal history/record.....and I would imagine that law enforcement has some investigative work to do.

      Very interesting. UP+++shared, tweeted, pinned