Son of Bebb-Jones harassed in Britain
A man has admitted harassing the teenage son of accused killer and former Grand Junction motel owner Marcus Bebb-Jones by sending anonymous emails taunting him about his father, a newspaper is reporting.
The Kidderminster (England) Shuttle reported that Daniel Bebb-Jones, 18, watched in court May 1 as Peter Gordon, 28, of East Lothian, Scotland, confessed to the harassment. The paper said that from 2008 to 2011, Daniel Bebb-Jones received 27 emails with titles such as “Your dad is a scumbag” and “Marcus beat to a pulp in jail.”
Another email said Bebb-Jones could face the death penalty. The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, based in Glenwood Springs, has said it won’t pursue capital punishment in the case.
Gordon also acknowledged that he hacked into Daniel Bebb-Jones’ email account and sent him emails, purportedly from his father, admitting to and apologizing for murdering his mother, the Shuttle reported.
Marcus Bebb-Jones is being held in Garfield County Jail. He is accused of having killed his wife, Sabrina, in 1997. The two owned the Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction at the time, and her skull was found in 2004 on Douglas Pass in Garfield County. A judge in March bound him over for trial on a first-degree murder charge.
After Sabrina’s death, Daniel was raised in Kidderminster by Marcus Bebb-Jones’ mother, Pamela Weaver.
The Shuttle said Gordon identified himself in the emails to Bebb-Jones by such names as George Orwell and the Crime Doctor. It said some of the emails used sexually graphic and offensive language.
Bebb-Jones said in a statement read by a prosecutor that Gordon, and not his dad, is the scumbag, and the emails shocked and upset him, the paper reported.
“He is the one causing all the misery and upset and I hate him for it,” the statement said.
It said Bebb-Jones withdrew from social networking and Internet activity because he couldn’t get away from the harassment.
Weaver said in a court statement that Gordon’s harassment also upset her, and added, “How dare he be the judge, jury and executioner,” the Shuttle reported.
It said Gordon’s defender, Mike Rainford, said Gordon had befriended Marcus Bebb-Jones on the Internet and had looked upon him as a kind of father figure. Rainford said that according to Gordon’s mother, he is obsessed with the truth and after he learned about the murder charge he wrongly took it upon himself to send the emails.
Rainford called the case the most bizarre he’d ever been involved with, the paper reported. He said Gordon hadn’t set out to be malicious or vindictive, but was affected by several health problems that left him debilitated and on multiple medications, and by suffering seven years of abuse and watching his father waste away with multiple sclerosis.