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Dear Shannon Adamick, Your Son is a Murderer | October 7, 2015

The following is a letter that was written by Musician/Producer Michael Barber from a blog, KushJar …


Now I recently watched the documentary, Lost for Life, on kids who murdered and have been sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of parole. It was a solid doc, I would say a B+. The stories of all the kid killers were interesting and disturbing.

The point or focus of this movie documentary was the question, should child killers be able to get parole?

Now this is a difficult issue. I was a kid once (my wife says I still am) and I made some bad mistakes. I did things out of peer pressure, I followed other kids, I did things on my own accord that were wrong without having to follow anybody, and I messed up.

The brain of a kid just isn’t developed. It is now said that it might not develop until 25 or 26 years old. That means that kids do dumb things. They all make mistakes.

So what about that question? Should these kids who murdered when they were just kids with their undeveloped brains have to sit in prison for the rest of their life?

I think it depends on the murder and the murderer.

Two of these murderers in this documentary seemed that they should be able to get out of prison at some point.

Torey Adamcik and Brian Lee Draper are both serving life in prison for the murder of their classmate, Cassie Jo Stoddart.


Cassie Jo Stoddart

Cassie Jo Stoddart


Cassie Jo Stoddart was a beautiful young girl who was taken from this world for no reason.

Draper admits guilt and even appears to be visibly upset when talking about the murder.

Torey Adamick, however, is still pleading innocent despite being found guilty and having some pretty damaging evidence against him. That evidence includes a video before and after the murders. Adamcik is even heard on the video saying, “I’m so horny just thinking about it,” when talking about the murder.

It seems Draper has shown some remorse, at least it seems, but for Torey Adamick, he seems only upset because he got caught.


The Guilty Innocent


Torey Adamick

Interviews with Adamcik and his parents on this documentary were hard to watch as they all three claimed that he was innocent.

Torey goes as far to almost admit that he did commit the murder, but he was a different person back then because he was only 16 years old. His mother was quick to cut him off and tell the world, he was innocent.

Never underestimate the power of denial.

This woman, Shannon Adamcik, is in super denial.

After googling the case and looking it up out of a moderate interest, I found more info on this crime and the mother of Torey Adamick, Shannon Adamcik. It seems she wrote a book titled, Guilty Innocent, on the murder that he son committed.

Shannon is now a wannabe activist for child murderers, and trying hard to free her son.

The video below is from that documentary. Watch the denial, watch how it feels like even this young man now 21, wants to admit he did this crime, but his parents won’t let him. (Video has been removed, but it is in the documentary)

At @2:40 his father states, “It must be harder because you are innocent, right?”

Nodding his head Torey replies, “Yeah, I guess”


It is hard to watch. As I looked at the twitter of Shannon Adamcik, it was even harder to watch this mother of a convicted murder go on and on denying her son did anything wrong.

Now it might be okay if Mrs. Adamcik was carrying on and on about how her son made a terrible mistake. She isn’t. She is carrying on and on on social media sites like Twitter and Pinterest about her book and about other children killers who make parole, about the Central Park 5, etc.

The problem is, well the problems are, the Central Park 5 were innocent, and he fact that Shannon is on a site like Pinterest promoting her killer son while the young lady her son killed will never know what Pinterest is, is something that needs to be pointed out to Shannon.


Cassie Jo Stoddart was stabbed 29 times, 9 of which were fatal. She is the victim.

And I have to say to Mrs. Shannon Adamcik, please shut up!

Your son is a murderer. He was found guilty in court by a trial of his peers.

There is ZERO evidence that points in any other direction, and any evidence you have brought forth since his conviction isn’t worthy of even a judge looking at it.

Let me use common sense.

It has been 9 years since 2006 when your son killed Cassie Jo Stoddart. Don’t you think significant evidence would have already freed your son if it did exist? Appeals have been filed, and one of the reasons that you and your son think you deserve another trial is because God was mentioned.

And another reason that your son filed for an appeal was listed as the following:

Adamcik argues that the district court abused its discretion in sentencing him to fixed life for first-degree murder and unified life with 30 years fixed for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Adamcik argues that the sentence imposed by the district court was an abuse of discretion for three reasons: (1) it is impossible to tell that a juvenile is so lacking in rehabilitative potential that imprisonment until death is the only way to protect society; (2) imposing fixed life solely based on the nature of the offense, without consideration of the nature of the offense and the character of the offender, violates established sentencing principles; and (3) the egregiousness of Adamcik’s offense is lessened by his immaturity and diminished capacity.

Your son also murdered a juvenile for NO REASON. She doesn’t get to change her sentence.

Your son isn’t one of the Memphis 3 or Central Park 5. Your son wasn’t just following his friend as he killed a sixteen year old girl. Your son was a major part of the murder including stabbing her.

The evidence doesn’t point to your son being an unwilling driver during this murder. Your son was probably the ring leader or alpha of the twosome. (More on that later, but now let’s note the evidence that includes:

1. Two dagger-style knives with sheaths.

2. A silver-and-black-handled knife with a smooth and non-serrated blade.

3. A folding knife with a silver blade and black handle, which is similar to a survival knife. The portion of the blade nearest to the hilt is serrated.


8. A partially melted multi-colored mask.

9. A red and white mask

Why all those knives if your son didn’t stab her? Well maybe Draper used all the knives, right? But there is no reason to add a knife that wasn’t used into a pile of things you are dumping to hide from the police, right?

Two Masks were found. Two. Why would Draper have to get rid of two masks if your son was waiting in the car? He wouldn’t and he didn’t.

Also your son was on video tape before and after the murder.

Since I have noticed that you, Shannon like to use evidence in ways that make your son look like an innocent sheep, let me use his own words to make him look guilty. Which he is guilty.

From the transcript of the video tape:

Adamcik:—the point I’m makin’ is . . . we are also taught that things like killing people and other things is wrong. The only thing that is wrong about is because it’s breaking the law and the law is only wrong (mumbling, searching for words)—

Draper: Natural selection, dude. Natural selection, that’s all I’ve gotta say.

Adamcik: There should be no law against killing people. I know it’s a wrong thing, but . . .

Draper: Natural selection—

Adamcik:—Hell, hell, you restrict somebody from it, they’re just gonna want it more.


Draper: We’ll let you . . . (laughs) we’ll find out if she has friends over, if she’s going to be alone in a big dark house out in the middle of nowhere (laughs). How perfect can you get? I, I mean like holy shit dude.

Adamcik: I’m horny just thinking about it.


Draper: We’re gonna be murderers. Like, let’s see, Ted Bundy, like the Hillside Strangler.

Adamcik: No.

Draper: The Zodiac Killer.

Adamcik: Those people were more amateurs compared to what we are going to be, we’re gonna be more of higher sources of Ed gl . . .

Draper: Gein

Adamcik: Gein


Adamcik: For you future serial killers watching this tape

Adamcik & Draper: (laughing)

Adamcik: I don’t know what to say. Draper: It-It’s—

Adamcik:—good luck with that.

Draper: Good luck.

Adamcik: Hopefully you don’t have like 8 or 9 failures like we have.

More evidence against Torey:

At trial, the jury heard extensive forensic testimony documenting and analyzing Stoddart’s wounds. The medical examiner, Dr. Steve Skoumal, performed the autopsy on Stoddart on September 25, 2006. Dr. Skoumal determined that the cause of Stoddart’s death was stab wounds to the trunk. In all, Dr. Skoumal documented thirty knife-related wounds on Stoddart’s body, twelve of which were potentially fatal.

The State also had forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Garrison examine Stoddart’s body. Dr. Garrison testified “It’s my opinion that there were at least two knives used, one of which was a non-serrated blade, and one of which was a serrated blade.”

In general, the majority of the potentially fatal wounds that Dr. Skoumal listed were inflicted with the serrated blade, however, wound number 1, which struck the right ventricle of Stoddart’s heart, was inflicted by a non-serrated blade—consistent with Dr. Garrison’s testimony—and was potentially fatal.



The evidence is overwhelming, but while pausing as I wrote this, I came to the realization that Shannon has already seen all this evidence. The damaging evidence is undeniable, 100%.

But there is nothing I can say to this woman to make her change her mind. Her son is innocent.

Again, the power of denial.

As a parent, I can see why Shannon Adamcik wants her son to be out of prison. Prison is probably a horrible place. The reform programs in the prison system don’t work, and they also don’t matter to the Adamcik family because of two things:

1. There son doesn’t need any type of reform because he is innocent

2. Adamcik has life without parole, he will never re-enter society, so there is no need for him to reform.

A harsh reality that Shannon seems to not understand.

The Victim is Cassie Jo Stoddart not your son.

Now again, as a parent, I can only wonder how the parents of Ms. Cassie Jo Stoddart feel about the death of their daughter?

Her father will never get to walk her down the aisle.

Her mother doesn’t get the chance to be the mother of the bride and enjoy that wonderful day as she watches her daughter get dressed in all white in a dress they would have picked out together.

I could go on for years on the things that your son took away from Cassie Jo. I won’t. I will remind you that they were taken away by your son.

Preaching to the world that your son made a horrible decision at the age of 16, and that he deserves a chance to be free isn’t an appropriate action for you, his mother.

A horrible decision is drinking and driving and getting into a wreck that hurts someone. A horrible decision is playing with a gun and it goes off.

Planning a murder on a classmate, then executing that plan, murdering your classmate in cold blood isn’t a horrible mistake. Mistakes aren’t planned. Murders aren’t planned by normal people. It was a sick crime done by sick people, and now you are showing you are unhealthy by trying to defend a murderer.

Also based on how you and your son are acting, he deserves to stay in prison for the rest of his life.

Should all children who murder be put inside a cell for the rest of their life?

No. I don’t think so, but again it goes back to the murder and the murderer.

Lastly, I want to discuss the book that was written by Shannon Adamcik that I mentioned before titled, Guilty Innocent.

It has to be terrible for Shannon to even think that her son could have done this terrible, awful crime. That is why I mentioned denial earlier, but it seems more than that. It seems like a blind spot is blocking Shannon’s vision of a real reality.

Shannon you even took the stand to defend her son, and she stated that her son wasn’t an atheist because their family went to church and had regular bible study.

It is a felony to lie under oath, and I do not want to be held libel for speaking on whether or not the Adamcik family was having weekly bible study. But come on…ok nevermind…

Now Shannon you claim your son was a follower, that he followed Draper into this deadly crime, but I disagree. I know nothing about Draper or your son. I know very little about the state of Idaho, yet alone this case. I do know a thing or two about followers and leaders in young men, and when I read the video tape transcript of your son and Draper’s murder tape, I knew Draper wasn’t the leader.

Your son was the one who would repeatedly insulted Draper. A red flag that screamed Draper would do anything for his buddy. Take that with a grain of salt, but it’s quite obvious to me. I don’t think Draper is any less guilty for this, he too should stay in prison for the rest of his life.

Now obviously I don’t have to prove to you, Shannon, that your son did this. I don’t have to prove it in a court of law. I think deep down that you know the truth.

I am also not telling you to stop loving your son, but please stop defending him. If you really loved him, you would let him serve his sentence.

There is no reason to keep filing appeals with no new evidence. It is your son’s right to do so, but once I again I speak for the rights of Cassie Jo Stoddart, who was murdered for no reason besides your own son and his friend wanted to do so.

In regards to your book, that I didn’t buy or read, you need to donate all of it’s proceeds to either a charity in the name of Cassie Jo Stoddart or directly to her parents. Cassie Jo Stoddart and her family are the victims here not you and your son.

If you do fear a God and pray before each meal and have weekly bible studies, than you need to beg for forgiveness from the Stoddart’s family now. You should be at their mercy. They lost a child, you still have yours. Their child is dead. Yours is in prison because of her death. Realize that.

And one of the reasons you are so gung-ho on the fact that your son is innocent is because he is apart of you. The community judges parents by how they raise their children. Fair or not.

But you are not your son, and you are not responsible for what he did to this innocent girl. It seems your son was mentally a mess, but this isn’t something that you should take blame for. Not getting him help, sure, take blame for that, but not the murder.

Take responsibility. He is your son. Admit that he made a mistake, and that he is inside the legal system paying for it.  Swallow your pride.

Take that same effort that you are putting into your son’s case as a chid who is serving life without parole and put it into something else.

And please Shannon, you can email me anytime. I know I am just a stranger writing you this letter, but I can see that you need someone to talk with about everything. You were left alone, closed off, and it was hard.


Michael Barber


P.S. Remember this is my opinion on the matter, I am just a musician writing this for a blog.



  1. This is a great letter Michael. Very open, honest, and even kind. I recently watched a program on this horrific , horrific murder and I was so disgusted, and saddened that lives could be lost in this way, both this poor young innocent girl, and the two very very lost boys.
    Now reading your letter, to realize that this mother is not begging for forgiveness from Cassie family, but instead writes a book vindicating her mentally ill, murderous son, just makes me even more disgusted. How painful this must be for Cassie family to have to see and heAR Sharon … It’s just horrible.

    Comment by Lea Jacobs — September 12, 2016 @ 9:58 pm

    • Absolutely a great letter. I’m sure she read it. The lack of the Adamciks ability to be humble won’t ever allow them to admit the truth. Justice and truth for Cassie and the Stoddarts.

      Comment by Jade — October 11, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Absolutely a great letter. 11years and ZERO empathy ever given to the Stoddarts for what killer Torey Adamcik for sure participated in 100%. The inability of the Adamciks to be humble is the very reason the Adamciks will never admit the truth. Justice for Cassie and the Stoddarts forever.

    Comment by Jade — October 11, 2016 @ 3:37 pm

  3. Hello Michael!
    I totally applaud your honesty. I just watched the documentary and was most sickened by Torey’s parents.Sanctimous egotists!I could slap the smugness from thier faces.Your son is a murderer, his actions led to the death of an innocent young girl.No one forced him to participate, at any time if he was mentally stable, he could have backed out of the plan and alerted someone. You are so selfish!Have you considered Cassie’s parents or even the rest of society if they would want him roaming the streets without the ability to take responsibility for his actions? It is time to quit complaining and start thanking the taxpayers for his upkeep behind bars because although it is hard to swallow, is where he belongs.

    Comment by Emem — November 3, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

  4. I want to thank you for reading my mind in regards to this situation. I too watched this documentary and then too researched the crime but I did remember hearing about it. You nailed my feelings about the matter. And I’m glad you expressed each area of the situation very precisely . We as parents never want to admit that these kinds of things could be done by our children. But the reality of it is sometimes they do. But denying it makes it worse not better. Live real not in an illusion!

    Comment by C j smith — November 15, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

  5. I just wwould be a travesty if they got out of prison. They need to die in there for what they did.

    Comment by wanda — November 26, 2016 @ 3:03 am

  6. I just wrote on another site about this horrendous murder. You and I think exactly alike. Brain research is clear: teens aren’t capable of the forethought that adults have that help us to grasp what the possible consequences might be when we do something. There are cases where this developmental issue needs to taken into consideration, without a doubt. But as my niece observed — when she herself was 16 — it’s pretty clear als that teenagers just don’t go around stabbing people to death every day because their brains are still developing! Some people in this world are sociopathic even when they are young. Some of us would label them evil — however you label it, they are incapable of abiding by societal norms and will follow their impulses even if those impulses are as repugnant as killing someone. Whether that’s a mental illness or not, I am not qualified to say, but I don’t think it takes a shrink to recognize that such individuals have no place in society after the butchery involved in this case. Regardless of age and particularly when it is clear from the repulsive comments on this pair’s videotape that this same butchery was a game to them. As for Shannon Adamcik, it’s unimaginable to me what it feels like to know that you not only raised a murderer. I know that there are lots of people out there who think that they could not love someone who was capable of complete evil. Or how they would not/could not see that the surface picture of that loved one was not really the true picture. I don’t think she should be held responsible, her son is the one who wielded the knife. But parents are and should be held accountable! This I think, is what she’s trying to avoid: answering for her part in making this possible. She’s likely made excuses for her son’s behavior his entire life, and helped build this particular monster. She can’t face it, so she turns a blind eye and deludes herself into thinking that everyone else is wrong. Which is a prison of her own making, and I pity her not at all.

    Comment by Karen Lyon — December 27, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

  7. After watching the documentary it was very clear Adam’s family was in denial. It was disturbing to hear them defend him after the obvious and overwhelming evidence. I couldn’t agree more with everything put in this letter and would be absolutely terrified if anyone ever commuted Adam’s sentence. Their is something very disturbing about him, to be he was the most cold and calculating killer on the show. All I can say is Adam and his family come across so damn selfish considering the price of his passion to kill.

    Comment by Mary — February 1, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

  8. This is a good letter hope it opens up her eyes. I saw the documentary and my thoughts where, if he can admit to he’s guilt he shouldn’t be let out. That shows he has no remorse or takes responsibility for his actions. Maybe he accepts his guilt but his parents put it in his head that he’s not. She doesn’t even let the kid speak for himself. The video they made is more than proof he is guilty he was more excited to commit this murder then Brian was. I’m so disgusted.

    Comment by comment 2 — February 16, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

  9. Just watching the interview with Tobey and family makes me sick. Totally with no remorse and only trying to shift the blame to Brian.

    Comment by CKoh — March 2, 2017 @ 3:00 am

  10. Well said..I just saw the documentary and like you it bothered me that this kids parents did most of the talking for him, both of him..and you can tell this kid (now an adult) is NOT sorry at all!! Now the other one ( Draper) owns what he did, and even seems to be very remorseful, and he’s right when he says it’s all about Cassie, how it should be..this other one? No, I don’t think he should get out..the parents know exactly what their doing, but all there doing is making it 1000 times worse..like draper said, he still acts like it’s his 1stday in prison after all these years…my heart goes out to cassies family..and if this unbelievably blind woman had any remorse she would donate any money she gets from that book

    Comment by Telly — March 2, 2017 @ 5:51 am

  11. Yes! Exactly what my feelings are after watching the same ducmentary. I have also read a few blogs that try to convince the reader of Torey Adamcik’s innocence and it is such crap. Shannon Adamcik is delusional. Of course she will still love her son, but my lord.. Cassie’s LIFE was taken by her son and his friend! Accountability goes a long way.

    Comment by Steff — March 12, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

  12. I don’t get why you felt the need to write this. It’s not your fight.

    Comment by None — March 15, 2017 @ 2:01 am

  13. You are 100% right! This kid and his parents are in total denial!! He’s a loser, a liar, and a lunatic.

    Comment by erikajgonzalez71 — March 15, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

  14. Torey’s parents make me sick! It is clearly obvious to any rational thinking person that he is absolutely guilty of this crime! I personally believe that he is a physcopath and I also believe that they are born not created, however, his parents have done nothing but make the situation worse by living in denial about his guilt! There is a photo of him in the courtroom crying and pouting…this was probably the first time he had ever been disiplined for anything in his pathetic life! If this kid ever were to get out of prison, he would absolutely murder again! Classic traits of a physcopath, no remorse, no culpability, blaming other people, and no empathy for anyone! All displayed by Torey in that interview with his delusional parents!

    Comment by JS — March 16, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

  15. Amen! I had the exact same thoughts about this mother while I watched this program. It seems true that her son wants to take responsibility for his actions but his parents absolutely will not let him. How truly sad. I hope, by some grace of God, that this mother read your letter and begins to accept the undeniable truth. Only then can this family begin to heal and to try to make amends to the innocent girl’s family.

    Comment by Heidi Miller — March 28, 2017 @ 12:20 am

  16. My sentiments exactly. I too am a mother and as much it would pain me to admit that my child was capable of something so horrific, and was in fact GUILTY, I would not be deceptive like this “mother” has been. I would publicly admit that I believe in my child’s guilt if these were the same facts. I would love and care for my child, but I would no longer “like” my child. If that makes sense.

    I do not believe this is about her son. I believe this is about her. I believe her to have such a grandiose sense of self importance who’s ego is so colossal in size that she will not publicly admit her son is guilty because to her it’s a reflection of HERSELF.

    Publicly admitting she raised a kid who turned out to be capable of something like this would not reflect on HER very well and well nothing is more important than that, not even the truth! Not even this poor deceased girl who was terrorized beyond belief, brutally murdered and who has a family left to have to cope and deal with that for the rest of their lives. Even THAT isn’t more important than her ego.

    Just my personal belief based on what I know of “mom.”

    Comment by Prickly Taxi Ride — April 2, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

  17. Sing it out loud, Michael! I just watched a documentary with those two boys and I came away with the clear opinion that Brain Draper is learning to feel poorly about the part he played, but Torey remains in denial. I think his mum helps with that. She’s a pathetic waste of human rights. It’s not hard to see that the apple did not fall far from the proverbial tree. It made me wonder just watching Torey’s parents, how many people he could have killed before they stopped talking about what a “kind, kind, kind” boy he was. Kind boys do not stab innocent girls. Ms Adamcik needs to take charm school lessons if she thinks Torey is the poster child of “innocence and kindness”. He is a clear-cut psychopath. Full stop. I have no doubt about it. American society struck the preemptive blow by putting him away before he went on to kill others – something he was clearly planning to do, and something I have no doubt he would have continued doing.

    Torey will never be free. That is his burden. And as far as I am concerned; he will go free when Cassie Jo gets out of her grave and walks free.

    Comment by Elise — April 13, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

  18. I just finished the Lost for Life doc and am glad I am not the only one who had this reaction. Watching Torey with his parents was so unbelievably disturbing. I am outraged, and can’t even imagine how Cassies family would feel watching. It reminds me of watching my mom blame my friends when i was caught smoking pot as a teen. Except they weren’t just smoking pot, far from it.

    Comment by Chelsie DeVore — May 12, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

  19. I’m watching the documentary on Netflix now. Both of torey adamick parents are crazy. Your son is a murderer. Common sense should tell you that, but then I again neither of you have any.

    Comment by Valerie Stone — June 12, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

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