James Lee Troutman
This pathetic excuse for a human being is 24 year old James Lee Troutman. You see, James likes little girls. James likes to lock little girls in his apartment. James also likes to rape and murder little girls.
This adorable precious girl was 9 year old Skyler Rae Kauffman. Skyler was unfortunate enough to live in the same apartment complex as James Troutman. People who knew Skyler said she was a fun-loving little girl with bright eyes and a big smile.
Skyler came into contact with Troutman on April 18th 2011 when she was playing outside with a friend and had to go to the bathroom, Troutman offered to let the girls use his bathroom and they accepted. When Skyler and her friend got into Troutman’s bathroom they saw pictures of naked women on the walls.
Troutman saw the girls looking at the pictures he asked if they wanted to “see his bird”. The girls ran to the front door only to find it locked. They quickly unlocked it and ran home where they told their parents what happened. Their parents then went to police and reported the incident.
Skyler’s mother, Heather Gebhard, said the cops “blew off” the incident.
21 days later, Skyler was dead.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said:
“You have to have a crime take place in order to file charges…Everyone did what they were supposed to do, and unfortunately it wasn’t enough to prevent the death of this child.”
On the evening of May 9th, 2011, Skyler Kauffman went out to play in the apartment complex and was never seen alive again. When her mother noticed she was missing she called the police and they began searching. The first clue they found was a puddle of blood in the basement of one of the apartment buildings.
According to Troutman’s confession he grabbed Skyler from the parking lot and drug her to the basement where he raped and strangled her, hitting her head on the floor “a couple of times at least” in the process. He then took the girl’s lifeless body, wrapped it in a blanket and threw her in the dumpster out in the parking lot.
Skyler Kauffman was dead before the Ambler Alert went out.
Her autopsy showed “severe genital trauma”. God only knows the pain this poor girl went through before having her life taken from her by this animal.
James Lee Troutman claimed he “just snapped” and “it was like a whiteout”. Wow buddy, that’s a great excuse for raping and murdering an innocent little girl whom everyone knew as a happy and loving child.
Police came across Troutman while going door to door looking for Skyler and noticed he had blood on his shoes and was acting strangely.
Police Chief James Leary was quoted as saying:
“We have an overwhelming amount of physical evidence which links him to the victim and which links him to the crime. This is horrible crime, a horrible crime of violence.”
James Troutman’s fiancé, Heather Clemons, said when she came home from work that day around 4:30 she saw Troutman laying on the couch. A short time later he told her he was going outside to play video games on his cell phone.
A little while after that she said that she heard a child screaming “No!” from the basement, over and over again for about 3-4 minutes, then a loud crash which she said sounded like someone being thrown down on the ground.
It makes me wonder why she wouldn’t go check it out and see if something was wrong. She could have saved Skyler’s life. Or she could have been another victim if she had walked in on Troutman raping the little girl. I personally would have ran down to the basement if I heard a child in distress. I would not be able to ignore a little girl screaming for her life. But that’s just me.
What she did though, was call Troutman on his cell phone, which went right to voicemail. When he called her back she told him about the screams she heard and he said he was out at a local track working out. He also said “I hope everything is OK”.
Later though Heather Clemons claims that she wasn’t really alarmed by the sounds from the basement and that it possibly sounded like someone having an argument with a child. She says she hears this often in her complex. But it seemed to bother her enough to call her fiancé and tell him about it but not enough to go and check it out or even call the police.
James came home and was covered in blood, which he told Heather was mud from working out at the track. This seemed odd to her but not odd enough to question him, instead James showered and changed and they ate dinner together, while Skyler was lying dead in the dumpster.
Heather Clemons has not spoken to James since his arrest and claims she doesn’t plan to speak to his ever again. She said he was wonderful to her and feels as if she was living with a stranger this whole time.
Troutman confessed to everything and is being charged with first and second degree murder, kidnapping and a number of sexual assault counts. As he was being led into the courthouse a group of over 100 people were waiting outside and shouted at him. They yelled “murderer” “death penalty” and they got in their fair share of curse words.
Click Here To Read The Affadavit Of Probable Cause For James Troutman’s Arrest Warrant.
This murder happened in Souderton, Pennsylvania, which is about 15 miles from my house; my dad actually works right near this apartment complex. This horrible tragedy has shaken this small town and is making everyone keep a much closer eye on their children.
The only thing about this story that made me smile was seeing a clip on the news of the crowd of people waiting for Troutman outside the courthouse to let them know what they think of him. I love that these people care so much about a girl most of them have not even met.
When I heard that this monster lived nearly a half an hour away from me shook me up but it’s good to see there are more caring people around here that want to see this animal brought to justice as much as I do.
I think the thing that hit me the hardest was reading in the amber alert what Skyler was wearing the day she was murdered. A Justin Beiber t-shirt. All I could think of was Skyler dancing around her room to Justin’s music just like I had done at her age to N’Sync. It just really makes you see how innocent and precious this little girl was.
Now there are people in the area who are upset with Skyler’s mom for letting her outside alone to play. I know that when I was around Skyler’s age I used to go out and play with the neighborhood kids and my parents were fine with it. As long as I checked in with them and came home for dinner. Honestly, there are other people I would blame for failing Skyler before I would ever blame her mother.
I am hoping this waste of oxygen gets the death penalty, but even that is too good for him. I wish he could experience the same pain and fear that Skyler did when he decided she shouldn’t live anymore.
Editor’s Notes: I apologize for the lack of new material recently, but I was on 100% bed rest for over a week, due to a case of pneumonia that just kicked my ass. Due to the delay in publishing this story, there have been some important developments in the Skyler Kauffman murder case.
On May 24th, 2011, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced her office’s intention to seek the death penalty against James Lee Troutman for the murder of Skyler Kauffman.
His (Troutman’s) attorney, Craig Penglase, said in an interview last week:
“He’s never been in trouble before. I’m hopeful there are sufficient mitigating factors in his life to argue against the death penalty.”
Those could include previous treatment for “significant” mental-health issues, including Asperger’s syndrome – an autism-like disorder characterized by awkwardness in social interactions.
So I guess that means if I feel uncomfortable around other people, I get a free pass to rape and murder little children. Okay, so I’m exaggerating a bit, but I am having trouble linking this with Troutman’s desire to have sex with prepubescent girls, and kill them afterwards. I’m just not that that imaginative.
Apparently Asperger’s syndrome is the latest “Flavor Of The Month” defense some attorneys are using to get their clients acquitted. As usual, they’ve taken a legitimate medical condition, like postpartum depression, and attempted to broaden it’s definition so far it includes every person who even had a hint of a symptom of that ailment. It’s a despicable strategy that is just successful enough to ensure that it will continue (see “Twinkie defense”) as long as there are “win at all costs” attorneys out there.
This Story Was Written And Submitted By Sublime12926. We had several request to do Skyler’s story, and Sublime12926 filled those requests with skill and sensitivity. Another job well done by another new writer.
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