West VA Woman Held Captive, Beaten and Assaulted … Six Arrested in Reported Hate Crime


The question continues to be asked, what is wrong with some people? What goes on in the minds of some people to think that such actions are some how considered appropriate and socially acceptable? Frankie Brewster, Bobby R. Brewster, Alisha Burton, George A. Messer and Danny J. Combs find themselves facing charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and a whole host of other felonies. They are all charged in a hate crime against a black Charlestown woman who was assaulted and stabbed. One really needs to wonder how screwed up and evil some people truly are to commit such a crime against another individual.


A woman was sexually abused, beaten and humiliated while being held captive in a home for at least a week, sheriff’s officials said Monday after making six arrests and calling the FBI to investigate it as a possible hate crime.

Those arrested, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, are white. The victim, a Charleston woman who was being treated at a hospital Monday, is black. “The things that were done to this woman are just indescribable,” Logan County sheriff’s Sgt. Sonya Porter said. Deputies found the 23-year-old victim Saturday after going to the home in Big Creek, about 35 miles southwest of Charleston, to investigate an anonymous tip. One of the suspects, Frankie Brewster, was sitting on the front porch and told deputies she was alone, but moments later the victim limped toward the door, her arms outstretched, saying “help me,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release. (FOX NEWS)

The charges against the six arrested are as follows. Go check out their mug shots, oh my.

Frankie Brewster, 49, is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and giving false information during a felony investigation. Deputies said she was the woman on the porch.

Her son, Bobby R. Brewster, 24, is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and assault during the commission of a felony.

Burton, 46, of Chapmanville, is charged with malicious wounding, battery and assault during the commission of a felony.

Her daughter Alisha Burton, 23, of Chapmanville, and George A. Messer, 27, of Chapmanville, are charged with assault during the commission of a felony and battery.

Danny J. Combs, 20, of Harts, is charged with sexual assault and malicious wounding



Posted September 12, 2007 by
Bizarre, Crime, Sex Offender, WTF | 25 comments

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    25 Responses to “West VA Woman Held Captive, Beaten and Assaulted … Six Arrested in Reported Hate Crime”

    1. Patti on September 12th, 2007 1:56 am

      We live among people that are possessed. There is no other possible explanation. The demoralizing infliction of pain and suffering upon another human being can be described as nothing short of demonic control. It is a very dangerous world we live in where the sacredness of life is lost to the desires of the flesh.

      God help us.

    2. Patti on September 12th, 2007 2:22 am

      My thoughts and prayers are with the victim. I hope and pray that she be able to overcome her attack both physically and mentally. Twenty-three is so young to have to withstand such horrible treatment. This is the epidomy of a hate crime. I hope that she will come to live again, just as before and somehow make this a
      stepping stone to something greater… love.

    3. Brenda on September 12th, 2007 8:02 am

      The mom (Frankie Brewster) has the most hateful and evil look of all of them. Appears to be indignant she is being “bothered” to have to take the mug shot (hope the camera is OK).

      Danny Comb has that “white supremisist look”, but man, what a motely crew they ALL are.

      Anyone ever see the movie Deliverance? I think this bunch may have identified with it too strongly….

      What do we even say about the poor victim on this one? I cannot imagine what she went through.


    4. Vicki on September 12th, 2007 8:07 am

      well said Patti, demons do walk this earth disguised as humans. WHat a sick sick way for 6 ppl to act. mother and so??? mother and daughter??? horrible…I pray she can over come this and thank goodness she was saved.

    5. dennisintn on September 12th, 2007 8:21 am

      summary execution does have a place in america. we could start with these guys. they really do need killing.

    6. Richard on September 12th, 2007 8:23 am

      I posted this story on some other threads about Natalee Holloway as well. Most people would say that things like this don’t happen or can’t happen, except perhaps where individual psychopaths are involved.

      But here there was a group of people … and, take note, apparently both males and females were involved. Not for the first time … but how many times have we been told that women don’t take part in this sort of thing?

      So much for those who would impose simple ideas or political correctness on the complexity that is the real world.

      But we know that people, even a group that calls itself the “Pimps,” couldn’t do something such as force an American girl into sexual slavery.

      Nope, it’s too melodramatic. Couldn’t happen.

      Just like this story … it only happens in fiction.

    7. Teresa on September 12th, 2007 9:08 am

      I am shocked and appalled to hear of this. I hope the sick twisted individuals that done this to this girl are locked away for a very very long time and they have to go through similar tortures. I pray Megan though the love of her Family, Friends and God can have the strength to go on with her life. As for right now i’m ashamed to say I’m from WV. I didn’t realize that there were sick individuals out there. I thought the black/white issue was over with a very long time ago. When will people wake up and realize skin is not the issue.

    8. Richard on September 12th, 2007 11:22 am

      Was the racial element predominant, or did a bunch of sick people find that they had someone at their mercy, and that events then took their course? In other words, some kind of interpersonal chemistry may have been activated by the situation.

      I hope this is clear enough, because I think much the same may have happened in Aruba.

    9. Brenda on September 12th, 2007 2:12 pm

      Fact is we have a family of preditors on our hands.

      Agree with Dennisintn some folks are better off removed from our midst. That’s perfectly Christian. Don’t believe it? Go read the Old Testament again. God would tell the Isrealites to wipe out entire cities (men, women, children…take no possessions). Only way to be sure to remove evil which is certainly a way of life for many.

      Teresa…do not be ashamed to be from West Virginia. These people would have done the same elsewhere. We have our own share of strange birds here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of south-western Virginia. I’m only 45 minutes from Bluefield, WV…so I know many are isolated up there and the “good old boy” network is alive and well.

      Bet Dennis could give us some interesting stories out of Tennessee too. I’m only about an hour from Bristol…so the three of us aren’t far apart.

      As in Jessica Lunsford’s case where the other occupants of the trailer knew what was going on and didn’t intervene, I am sure the same may have happened to that girl. She couldn’t have been silent during all of this. Somebody had to have heard something.


    10. KCinTX on September 12th, 2007 4:05 pm

      Thank you for posting this story. I heard it on the news and was horrified. Race is not an issue for me, Evilness is the issue here! People are strange indeed. We have resolve knowing these people will be removed from society and I pray for the victim. I could not imagine what she must have gone through, thank God. Unbelievable!

    11. Kate on September 12th, 2007 4:19 pm

      This mother had murdered before, plead down to manslaughter, served her time, was released. Then, being the “family matriarch”, she and her son led the charge in this tragedy. Even more troubling is the idea that this poor girl thought she was “dating” one of the guys living in that house. She had been there before, according to a neighbor who recognized her picture, and fled for her life (with the neighbor’s help). She’s mentally impaired, according to the father, interviewed by the Charleston Gazette. Sadly, this is proof that there’s always someone out there, ready to take advantage of individuals who cannot defend themselves.

    12. Jason on September 12th, 2007 4:47 pm

      I knew when I first saw this crime, it would get blasted all over the television and internet, as it should be. But why when the races were reversed, and the outcome resulted in death, did the story of 21-year-old Channon Christian, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Hugh Christopher Newsom not get the same coverage?? Read this article to see what these two were put through.


    13. Patti on September 12th, 2007 6:44 pm


      Nice Post… very sad story and I agree with you, the media frenzy on Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and the like is totally rediculous as it seems that they are all trying to out do one another for the attention and shock value. I for one really don’t care what’s going on in their lives, they aren’t the norm, anyway. I’d rather know the information that is going to make it easier for me to protect my family, such as this story. We need to be aware of the fact that we live in a world of predators and address that situation as opposed to living out a Cinderella story gone mad in the lives of these “entertainers”.

      Perhaps, we don’t hear all the stories of rape and torture because the media think we can’t handle it. Good or bad, they have to take into account that the news is being viewed by children, as well as adults.


      Now, to hear that this woman is mentally impaired makes this crime even more disgusting. With limited mental capacity, she may never get over this… and will NEVER be the same.

      This would be a good case for the U.S. to apply civil right violations and, hopefully, put some power back in the law having to do with interfering with a person’s liberty. We, as a nation, need to make it a crime to hold anyone against their will… making it a Federal crime and applying severe penalties. Kidnapping seems to be the crime of choice, these days, and we need to STRONGLY address the issue.

    14. sparrow on September 12th, 2007 8:48 pm

      Evil, just plain evil, and there are hundreds more like these demons. Maybe, I should say thousands.

    15. mrs. red on September 12th, 2007 9:46 pm

      Jason –
      We covered the Knoxville story as well. I agree with you that one should have been just as exposed.

      In both cases the animals (and I certainly should not offend the good name of animals here) should be given the death penalty.

    16. nym2000 on September 12th, 2007 9:53 pm

      Well at least this lady is alive. Not the same for a white couple that was carjacked by 4 black people. Not sure if you ever repoerted this crime:
      Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, and Channon Gail Christian, 21, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were murdered and, according to a Tennessee grand jury, both the man and woman were raped after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked.[1][2]

    17. mrs. red on September 13th, 2007 1:00 am

      NMY2000 we did cover that story…

      what those “people” did to that couple was pretty close to what these “people” did to this woman…

      I don’t agree with the hate crime desingation because they are all hate crimes…

      Both cases deserve the death penalty IMO….

    18. Richard on September 13th, 2007 9:26 am

      I don’t want to get into arguing comparative horrors … but in the case of the West Virginia woman, the abuse apparently went on for a full week. And among the perpetrators were a mother and daughter.

      One wonders how such animals (I agree, Mrs. Red, it’s slanderous to compare these creatures to the average dog, muskrat or cockroach) can wake up in the morning and look at each other over breakfast.

      Could there be some relevance to a certain family in Aruba, one that seems to be as dysfunctional (based on what we’ve seen and heard of them) as anyone can imagine? You tell me ….

      But that’s not the issue here.

    19. Brenda on September 13th, 2007 1:39 pm


      We won’t argue. Evil is what it is. Sadly, I will say this though…that bunch has no trouble sleeping, looking one another in the eye, or anything else as they justify their actions to and between themselves.

      Like the Nazis who ran the concentration camps, they have no feeling of remorse. They purely enjoyed what they were doing to that poor young woman. Their hate is clearly understood by all of the posters in here today from what I am reading.


    20. SteveDinMD on September 13th, 2007 11:47 pm

      These people give “trailer trash” a bad name. In fact, their trailer had been the scene of numerous violent crimes over the years, including two murders, various stabbings, and now this. Had it been located in Iraq, this trailer would qualify for an air strike.

    21. Gayle on September 14th, 2007 2:09 pm

      This is very similar to the event that happened in Knoxville, TN, 1-6-07. Channon Gail Christian and Chris Newsom were kidnapped, raped, urinated upon and finally killed. Check it out on the internet. How people, no matter what color, can do this to another human being is incomprehensible. Sometimes we concentrate on the perpetrator’s race more than the crime. Where is our Christian nation? Turn to your bible and read God’s will. That will prevent a lot of this illwill, horrendous treatment one to others. Both of these crimes are just horrible.

    22. dennisintn on September 15th, 2007 8:43 am

      #9, brenda, you are exactly right. i can tell you about some tennesseans that will curl your toenails and leave you nauseous and disgusted for a month. i can also tell you about tennesseans who are heroic, inspiring, wonderful human beings. we are, each of us everywhere, just alike(hardheadedness excepted) and totally, thankfully unique. that’s why i have no trouble believing that natalee was every bit as good as her family and her friends have said, and i don’t have any trouble believing that j2k are responsible for what has happened to her. i also have no trouble believing that the aruban apologists who say aruba is completely safe, the island has done everything possible to solve the case, and j2k are innocent are all liars or totally oblivious of the facts of this case or of life itself.

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    24. mia on September 20th, 2007 10:00 am

      I think the fact that people pay attention to whether or not something is racially charged is ridiculous *note to nym*. The fact is any case where another human being is violated and treated like sh*t should be alarming. I think paying attention to those details are shallow and downright stupid!!!!

    25. MOLLY on October 4th, 2007 4:00 pm


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