Accused murderer: warning signs from two years ago
HAMILTON CO.—Despite supporters declaring there was a justifiable reason for Randall O. McMahon to allegedly take a handgun and fire two shots into Adam Ritchey’s head Jan. 7, there was more reason to believe he was merely gearing up, and that Ritchey was just the wrong guy at the right time.
Court documents show that McMahon not only had a predisposition toward breeding with women half his age, but that if he didn’t get his way, he was petulant, explosive and ultimately violent.
Why he was never arrested and charged with any kind of assault or battery on any of his females remains a mystery. But orders of protection filed in Hamilton County by his current spouse, Anjel McMahon, show eerie similarities between McMahon and OPs filed in April 2006 on a convicted area murderer, Gary Pate. Pate, then 38, killed his estranged wife, Kathleen, 41, and her daughter, Amanda Jeffers, 19, in Norris City about five days after Kathleen submitted a desperate plea for help from authorities about how irrational her husband had been behaving.
Kathleen Pate’s OP described her husband as following her around, telling her if he couldn’t have her no one would, being physically violent when he lost his temper, and uncontrollable if he wasn’t getting his way.
She stated she was “in fear for her life.”
The OP was never violated because within a matter of days, Pate made good on his threat, stormed into the house where Kathleen was staying with her daughter Amanda; Amanda’s boyfriend; a friend, Rachel Byrom; and Kathleen’s two younger children, and shot Kathleen four times in the back, then shot Amanda when she went to her mom to help her. Pate was apprehended only after he’d driven away from the house and had time to throw the handgun he’d used into a body of water (the gun was never located). Pate is currently serving two life sentences in Pontiac.
Anjel McMahon, who claims to hail from Bismark, Missouri (a nowheresville section of the state due west of Farmington….which is in a somewhat empty section of the state between St. Louis to the north and Cape Girardeau to the south), submitted OP requests in December 2009, when she was just a girlfriend/babymomma of McMahon and again in June 2010 after the two had been married a few months.
In the 2009 OP, she described McMahon entering the residence where she and their baby daughter, KJ, were staying, grabbing her when she was holding the baby, and shaking her around “Yelling and calling me a whore and screaming that I would regret leaving him and he would make my life a living hell.”
Anjel said McMahon called her repeatedly all day and night “threatening and yelling and crying.
“I am afraid for me and my daughter’s safety because he has a very bad temper and when he gets mad he doesn’t care what he has to do to get what he wants any way he can to have his way,” she wrote.
Last June, the request for OP was much the same: She outlines his fit throwing, very bad temper, and how she didn’t want the baby to be exposed to the violence because “she sees him yelling at me and throwing things at me.” Anjel’s request for a divorce was followed with the statement, “I will not be treated like a child because I am his wife not one of his children.”
While that latter situation might have been rectified by McMahon not selecting from the populace half his age, the point is that Anjel McMahon sought the help of authorities to keep her husband from allegedly brutalizing her, potentially endangering their baby, and doing something more rash to “get his way.”
Yet there are no charges against McMahon in Hamilton County or in any of the counties McMahon has operated in, including Jefferson County, where a divorce from yet another ex occurred (one of three we’ve found so far…and those are just the ones he made legal). Other counties we’ve searched include Saline and Franklin, but there may be more.
A month after Anjel’s OP was issued on an emergency basis, she allowed it to be dismissed, as many women do when they’re in the throes of fights with their spouses. And sadly, it was a person unmentioned in the OPs—and thus unprotected—who allegedly bore the brunt of McMahon’s wrath this time. It’s a sad testament, but one that happens all too often, about cries for help—in the form of OPs—that either the authorities, or even the women who ask for the protection in the first place, don’t take seriously enough.
That’s not all we found on McMahon’s background.
More will be upcoming, including information on just how much of a slouch McMahon really was instead of the “successful car repair” dude some are trying to make him out to be, in the upcoming issue of Disclosure, on stands Feb 9; subscribe by clicking the PayPal link, or send check or money order to the address at the “About Us” page to make sure you’re keeping up with the latest on this and other matters unfolding in southern Illinois.
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