Crimes: Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Torture, MurderJennifer Daugherty of Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, was a kind, gentle and trusting person. She was mentally challenged, yes, but that didn’t stop her from being independent. The 30-year-old woman had been living at Welcome Home, a shelter in Greensburg, before moving in with her family. She was planning to get her own apartment, and she traveled by bus on her own to nearby Greensburg for appointments and other occasions.
Jennifer Daugherty became involved in a community centre in Greensburg. Unfortunately the people she met there were the wrong sort of people, but Jennifer Daugherty wasn’t to know that. She was a trusting soul, and she trusted people that other adults wouldn’t. Having the mental age of a 12-year-old deprived her of the ability to make sophisticated, adult judgments.
Jennifer Daugherty mentioned her new friends to her family, and probably they were happy that she was getting out and socializing. They wouldn’t have been happy if they knew who she was associating with — assholes such as the criminal Ricky Smyrnes.
Ricky Smyrnes was facing charges of possessing instruments of crime, assault and harassment. He was already convicted of burglary, theft, trespassing and assault. He was definitely not the sort of character that Jennifer Daugherty’s family would be comfortable with.
Ricky Smyrnes was married with a baby boy, and had served time for assaulting his wife.
Tragically, Jennifer Daugherty’s new friend was that very Ricky Smyrnes. And his 5 roommates she also trustingly considered to be her friends. Those roommates were Angela Marinucci, Melvin Knight, Amber Meidinger, Peggy Darlene Miller and Robert Loren Masters Jr.
I don’t know why Ricky Smyrnes, 23, got involved with Jennifer Daugherty. Possibly he figured she’d be low maintenance since she had a lower IQ. Probably he was just taking advantage of her kind and trusting nature. Probably the entire group of “friends” was doing that. And definitely none of them respected her.
Jennifer Daugherty probably wasn’t able to pick up on the convoluted group dynamics. She probably didn’t realize that Angela Marinucci was jealous of her friendship with Ricky Smyrnes. It was Angela Marinucci who began to agitate for the group to punish Jennifer Daugherty for trying to fit in, for trying to be “normal”.
I don’t know if Angela Marinucci understood that Jennifer Daugherty had vigorously spurned Ricky Smyrnes’ sexual advances. According to her friend Robert Cathcart, Jennifer was being bullied by the asshole. Ricky Smyrnes wanted sex but Jennifer “wouldn’t let it happen”.
The group of evil bastards began convening “family meetings” at their apartment at 428 N. Pennsylvania Avenue to discuss how to punish Jennifer Daugherty. Maybe being turned down was motivation enough for Ricky Smyrnes to participate.
All 6 evil assholes developed a plot so vicious, so heartless, so sadistic, and so out of proportion to Jennifer’s “crime”. The poor woman only wanted to be friendly, and all 6 — Ricky Smyrnes, 23, Angela Marinucci, 17, Melvin Knight, 20, Amber Meidinger, 20, Peggy Darlene Miller, 27, and Robert Loren Masters Jr., 36 — decided she deserved to be tortured to death.
I cannot fathom how all 6 of them agreed with the diabolical plan to kill Jennifer Daugherty. How do monsters like this find each other?
In February 2010, the wicked band of bastards put their plan into motion. Jennifer Daugherty, totally oblivious to the fate that awaited her, thought she was going to have a sleepover with her friend Peggy. She walked willingly into that dingy apartment and into the jaws of death.
What happened to Jennifer Daugherty should not happen to anybody, except maybe to the hellbeasts I write about on this site. The unfortunate mentally disabled woman was tied up with stolen Christmas lights and articles of clothing. Her head was shaved and her face was painted with nail polish. And that was just the beginning of the hell she was put through. She was confined and tortured for 2 days.
Jennifer Daugherty was forced by her tormenters to ingest detergent, urine, vegetable oil, spices and medications. She was beaten with a towel rack, a vacuum cleaner hose and a crutch. She was raped by the shitstain hellbeast Melvin Knight. She was raped right in front of Amber Meidinger who was 2 months pregnant with Melvin Knight’s baby.Jennifer Daugherty was also forced to write a suicide note — how everyone would be better off without her. Probably by then she knew she was going to die.
Death came at the hands of the evil rapist, Melvin Knight. He viciously stabbed Jennifer Daugherty in the chest, side and neck.
After the torture and murder were over, the evil bastards wrapped the body in plastic, put it in a garbage can and dumped it in the parking lot of Greensburg Salem Middle School.Fortunately for law enforcement, the killers were too stupid to get away with their heinous crimes. They hadn’t figured out that their victim had already talked about them to her family, and told her stepfather where she was going to be. Duh!
The murderous idiots had been spotted carting the garbage can toward the school. The descriptions given by the passerby matched the people living in the apartment.
The f*cktards also kept their victim’s belongings in the building along with items they’d used to try to clean up her blood. Duh!
It didn’t take long for the authorities to arrest Ricky Smyrnes, Angela Marinucci, Melvin Knight, Amber Meidinger, Peggy Darlene Miller and Robert Loren Masters Jr. and charge them with criminal homicide, conspiracy and kidnapping. All of them began squawking and pointing fingers at each other.Amber Meidinger, who gave birth to a baby 7 months after the murder, cooperated with police and told all. In return she was allowed to plead guilty to 3rd-degree murder, 2 counts of conspiracy and kidnapping.
Judge Rita Hathaway sentenced Amber Meidinger to 40 to 80 years in prison.
I truly hope the baby is in a good, loving home, oblivious to the fact that both her parents are killers. Bless her wee heart.
“I do not think you are an evil person, but you did an evil thing, an evil and horrendous thing,” said the judge to Amber Meidinger. IMO she is an evil person. She had done nothing — NOTHING — to warn the victim or help her escape.Ricky Smyrnes and Melvin Knight were convicted of 1st-degree murder and were sentenced to death. Yay!
Ricky Smyrnes apparently isn’t happy being on death row. He’s appealing his conviction and sentence. The asswipe thinks he should’ve been able to plead guilty but mentally ill.
I, for one, hope Ricky Smyrnes stays put and winds up being executed. It’s what he deserves.
Angela Marinucci, who started the whole evil plot rolling, was convicted of 1st-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Because she was a teenager at the time of the murder she was able to avoid the death penalty.
Peggy Darlene Miller and Robert Loren Masters Jr. have agreed to plead guilty to 3rd-degree murder. A judge will determine their fates on December 19, 2013.
I truly hope all 6 of these monsters suffer greatly for what they put Jennifer Daugherty and her family through.
“She was exploited, and her kindness and her handicap made her very vulnerable,” Jennifer Daugherty’s sister said. “She trusted everybody; she believed everyone was good, and no one would hurt her.”
It’s a crying shame that the world is populated with hellbeasts like these who take pleasure in hurting people. RIP, Jennifer Daugherty, and sincerest condolences to the family.
Peggy Darlene Miller and Robert Loren Masters Jr. were both sentenced in March 2014. Robert Loren Masters Jr. will serve 20 to 40 years for 3rd-degree murder, 7 to 20 for conspiracy to commit murder, and 3 to 10 for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Grand total: 30 to 70 years.
Peggy Darlene Miller was sentenced to 20 to 40 years for 3rd-degree murder, 12 to 24 for conspiracy to commit murder, and 3 to 10 for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Grand total: 35 to 74 years.
Both of their sentences are to be served consecutively.