Name: Betty Jean NECESSARY
Given Name: Betty Jean
Birth: ABT 1957
Death: 26 Feb 1970 in Kingsport,Sullivan,Tennessee,USA 1
Burial: Eastlawn Memorial Park,Kingsport,Sullivan,Tennessee,USA
Note: As reported in the Kingsport News in stories beginning 28 Feb 1970, she abducted, abused and murdered by Freddy Bowen. He was later convicted to death; this was later changed to 99 years in prison.
Change Date: 26 Jan 2012 at 21:56:27|
Father: Walter Lester NECESSARY b: 2 Nov 1914 in Appalachia,Wise,Virginia,USA
Mother: Vivian Deleen LEONARD b: 12 Oct 1919 in ,Washington,Virginia,USA
- Title: Newspaper Article
Page: Kingsport News
Note: Provides full name, death date
Text: Man who killed girl dies in prison
KINGSPORT, Tenn. ? The man who killed a 12-year-girl on her way home from school in 1970 died in state custody this week ? 36 years to the day after the murder.
Freddie Bowen, 61, died of natural causes Sunday at Meharry General Hospital while serving a 99-year sentence for killing Betty Jean Necessary, said Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Amanda Sluss.
Bowen attacked the girl in a small patch of woods as she walked home from Kingsley Elementary School Feb. 26, 1970.
She was snatched just 200 yards from her front door, gagged and carried to a small clearing, where police believe Bowen raped her.
Bowen, who was 25 years old at the time, then shot Betty four times and buried her in a small cave a little farther away.
Police found her dead several days later but presented evidence in court that she was alive when Bowen left her.
Bowen was originally sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to 99 years when capital punishment laws were changed.
Sluss said she couldn?t reveal Bowen?s medical condition, but Betty Jean Necessary?s sister, Patty Powell, said Tuesday that Bowen had cancer.
"I can?t say I?m sorry he?s dead because if he had gotten out he?d have done it again," Powell said.
Powell and her family worked to keep Bowen in prison by getting area citizens to sign petitions opposing parole the four times he was eligible.
"All I wanted to do is see him stay in there until the day he died, and he did," she said.
Date: 1 Mar 2006