UPDATE: Terapon Dang Adhahn
On the morning of May 31, 2000, Terapon Dang Adhahn abducted an 11-year-old girl, S.R., while she walked to school. After duct taping her wrists, mouth, and eyes, Adhahn drove 30 minutes to a remote area on the Fort Lewis Military Base and raped S.R., vaginally, anally, and orally for approximately one hour. After dressing her, Adhahn abandoned her with her wrists and eyes still duct taped. Several hours later, military personnel found S.R. walking on a highway armed with a stick.
Sometime in 2000, 12-year-old L.T.N. began living with Adhahn in Spanaway, Washington. L.T.N. moved in with Adhahn after being introduced to him by her mother’s boyfriend when her mother began having some troubles. From October 2003 until May 2005, Terapon Dang Adhahn vaginally, anally, and orally raped L.T.N. 150 to 200 times. At age 16, L.T.N left Adhahn’s house and never returned after he raped her at gun point.
On July 4, 2007, Terapon Dang Adhahn abducted 12-year-old Zinaida Linnik from the alleyway behind her Tacoma, Washington home. One week later, Adhahn took police to her nude body near Silver Lake outside of Eatonville, Washington and indicated he left her clothes at Tiger Mountain.
An autopsy identified Linnik’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and revealed she had been raped vaginally, anally, and orally. A deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) swab from Linnik’s mouth showed a positive match with Terapon Dang Adhahn DNA.
On April 7, 2008, Terapon Dang Adhahn pleaded guilty to one count of first degree aggravated murder, two counts of first degree kidnapping, five counts of first degree rape (one with a firearm enhancement), three counts of second degree rape, and three counts of third degree child rape. His criminal history includes a 1990 conviction for first degree incest.
In 1990, Adhahn picked his stepsister up from work, brought her to his home for lunch, got drunk, and then vaginally and anally raped her. Adhahn’s eight-month-old daughter slept and cried in an adjacent bedroom while Adhahn raped his stepsister. For this conviction, Adhahn received a suspended sentence under a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA) and completed sexual deviancy treatment.
On May 2, 2008, the trial court sentenced Adhahn to life without the possibility of parole for the aggravated murder conviction. The trial court also sentenced Adhahn to the maximum standard sentence for each of his serious violent felonies and ran each of these sentences consecutively. The trial court also ran Adhahn’s life sentence consecutive to his serious violent felony sentences. Finally, the trial court imposed concurrent sentences for the second and third degree rape convictions. In total, the trial court sentenced Adhahn to 811 months followed by a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
ADHAHN SENTENCED TO LIFE W/O PAROLE
excerpts of an article by Christine Clarridge – The Seattle Times
For months, it’s been a foregone conclusion that Terapon Adhahn would spend the rest of life in prison for the kidnapping and slaying last summer of 12-year-old Zina Linnik.
Nonetheless, the anguish and heartbreak caused by Zina’s death as well as the rape of two other girls is spilled out in a Tacoma courtroom this afternoon as a judge heard testimony before sentencing Adhahn.
Members of Zina’s family and one of the rape victims described how Adhahn took away something that can never be replaced.
“For him getting a chance to live, after everything he’s done, it’s sick,” said Anatoly Kalchik, Zina’s uncle. “He will be fed, he will be clothed and I don’t think it’s right.”
Sabrina Rasmussen, 19, who was kidnapped and raped by Adhahn in 2000, had one question.
“I know he doesn’t have to answer, [but] I would like to know why he didn’t kill me,” she said.
Because Pierce County prosecutors took the death penalty off the table last year in exchange for information about the location of Zina’s body, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner had no alternative but to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Adhahn declined to speak at his sentencing hearing.
Adhahn, 43, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated first-degree murder and rape in the Zina, who was snatched from near her Tacoma home on July 4. He also pleaded guilty to 13 additional charges of rape and kidnapping in connection to repeated assaults against two other young girls and failing to register as a sex offender.
In his exchange for his guilty pleas, Adhahn had asked only that the court lift a restraining order preventing him from having contact with his son. But Buckner today declined that request.
Zina’s slaying prompted state lawmakers to pass laws requiring the collection of DNA samples from a wider array of sex offenders, allowing authorities to publish the names of unregistered sex offenders and authorizing the broader use of GPS tracking devices by the Department of Corrections.
When Zina was kidnapped from behind her Hilltop-area home, her father heard a scream, saw a van driving off and gave police a partial license plate number that led detectives to Adhahn.
Four days after his arrest on July 8 and once prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty, Adhahn led investigators to Zina’s body, which had been dumped in rural Pierce County. She died of blunt force to the head, according to court documents.
Subsequent investigation led prosecutors to charge Adhahn with assaults on two other girls.
In one case, he was charged with seven counts of rape for repeated sexual assaults against a girl whose mother had allowed her in Adhahn’s care for several years. The girl, who now lives in Wichita, Kan., moved in with Adhahn in 2001 when she was 12 because her mother had unspecified “troubles” that made her unable to care for her.
The girl told Tacoma detectives that she was raped at least 150 to 200 times during the four years she lived with the man she called “Dad.” The attacks stopped, court documents said, only when she fled his home at 16 after he raped her at gunpoint.
Adhahn also was charged with the kidnapping and rape of an 11-year-old Gault Middle School student who was on her way to school May 31, 2000, when she was abducted by Adhahn.
He threatened her with a knife, duct-taped her hands, mouth and eyes and then drove to a remote training area in woods on the Fort Lewis base, where he repeatedly raped her before abandoning her in the woods.
Adhahn’s conviction for failing to register as a sex offender arises from a 1990 incest conviction for raping his 16-year-old half-sister when he was intoxicated.
In court documents connected to the incest case, Adhahn said he had been brutally assaulted as a child by older male relatives when he was a child in Thailand.
The Appellate Court opinion from which I culled the first part of this update was the result of an appeal by Terapon Dang Adhahn of an order by the sentencing judge, The Honorable Rosanne Buckner, barring Adhahn from any contact with any child under the age of 18, including his own children. This meant he could have no visits with them, he could not exchange mail with them, and he could not contact them by telephone.
This upset Terapon Dang Adhahn, so his lawyers filed an appeal on his behalf with the Washington State Appellate Court. Their answer was, of course, sorry, but a confessed child murderer, serial kidnapper and baby raper does not have an inherent right to be involved in the lives of his own biological children.
But what got me about Terapon Dang Adhahn’s appeal was that it showed how little remorse he had about he’d done, and how truly oblivious he is about the seriousness of his crimes.
Adhahn took the innocence from three little children, Sabrina Rasmussen, L.T.N. and his half/step-sister, when he raped them repeatedly, and stole a daughter from Valentina and Mikhail Linnik when he raped and murdered their daughter Zina. Now he complains that he can’t have access to help raise his own three children? In what reality did he think there would be any sympathy for his argument or for him.
It’s this kind of thinking that shows how twisted a child predator’s mind really is. Even now, he has no idea how morally repugnant his crimes are. To him, the law is just getting in the way of him living his life the way he wants to. WE caused him to kill Zina, because he did not want to go to prison, not because he did anything wrong when he had sex with her.
Thank God he will be locked away from our children for the rest of his life. He should have fried for what he did, but it was more important to give the Linniks back their daughter’s body. What a bastard, holding the kid’s body for ransom, so he could get a deal to save his worthless life.
Is Terapon Dang Adhahn going to Hell? 99 out of 100 PYSIH readers say he is.
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