James Lee Crummel, Molester Who Murdered Costa Mesa Boy, Hangs Himself on Death Row

Categories: Crime-iny
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The state budget got a boost--a drop-in-the-bucket boost--when the lifetime incarceration of James Lee Crummel was cut short Sunday.

The murderer of a 13-year-old Costa Mesa boy hung himself in his San Quentin prison cell, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations announced yesterday.

Crummel, 68, had been on Death Row since 2004, when he was convicted of the 1979 kidnapping, sexual abuse and killing of James Wilfred Trotter, just one young victim authorities suspect Crummel preyed on over the years.

He was convicted of the 1967 murder of a 9-year-old boy in Pima County, Arizona, but a judge later overturned it after Crummel had served five years in prison. He'd also been questioned about 1981 and 1995 murders of boys in Anaheim Hills and Big Bear City respectively.

Much to the chagrin of residents in pre-Megan's Law Newport Beach, "high-risk" sex offender Crummel resided there. Eleven years after Trotter disappeared while walking to school, Crummel posed as a random person in calling police to report finding charred human bones while hiking near Ortega Highway in Riverside County. The bones were later identified as Trotter's.

Crummel's reputation as a sex offender and proximity to Trotter's home--about a mile away from his--led him to be suspected and ultimately convicted of the boy's murder.

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5 comments
caseymadison
caseymadison

I would say if some one is on death penalty, it should be executed immediately. Give them more time to think can happen in suicide attempts. May God have mercy on his soul

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

I seem to remember an old ACDC song that stated "hell ain't a bad place to be." I would beg to differ with the late singer that said that and believe he would certainly agree with me now. As for this waste of cells; happy trails ex-lax. Some people's going is better than their coming.

costa mesa dj
costa mesa dj

Hard to have pity here but this sounds like a tortured soul.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Thank you, but you never read in these comments mercy directed toward tortured Asian, Latino or African American souls. 

Jamie loves Reagan
Jamie loves Reagan

Hey ''democrat' liberal'' Knock the crap off!!     Costa Mesa dj was NOT being Sympathetic toward this poor sick twisted crazy monster.

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