ONE FROM THE COLD "CASE" FILES
He was due to go home to be reunited with his pregnant wife in Baltimore, Md., but Sgt. Juwan Johnson never made it.
The Army trooper who had survived a blast from an IED in Iraq, died after a severe beating in his barracks room July 4, 2005 on Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern. Investigators said he died from "multiple blunt force trauma" and, based on an autopsy report, the CID called the death "a homicide."
But who did it, and why? The case has remained "cold" for more than a year, so the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is offering an increased cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who beat the NCO to death. The old reward of $25,000 has now been doubled to $50,000.
MilitaryCorruption.com is cooperating with the Army in publicizing this new look at an unsolved mystery from the "cold case files" in hopes our large readership in Germany may contact us with new information. Any clues or leads we develop will be immediately passed on to the CID.
We know many MCC readers dislike and distrust the CID, some with good reason. But rest assured, we have numerous friends within their ranks who tell us things. There are still "good cops" who don't act as "bully boys" or would-be Gestapo agents for corrupt leaders.
Johnson's killing may well have stemmed from "gang-related violence," Army investigators say. There may have been as many as eight soldiers involved in the vicious attack, a court document reveals.
If you can help, please contact us at email@example.com or reach out to the Kaiserslautern CID office at DSN 493-2020 or 493-2079. You can also call the military police at DSN 489-6060 at 489-6060 or 489-7070. We promise to protect your identity.
A HEIGHTENED TERRORIST THREAT IN GERMANY
While we are appealing to our Germany-based readers to help us in the Johnson case, you should be aware that at least two "suitcase bombs" have been recently discovered in German railroad stations.
This has resulted in the U.S. European Command issuing a "travel advisory" to all American service members living in or traveling through Germany.
You should be on the lookout for any strange objects, especially in public places like train stations, where casualties could be heavy in the event of a terrorist attack.
As far back as 2003, German police have noted suitcase bombs, one left at the main train station in Dresden.
The latest explosive devices - made up of a propane gas tank, detonator, batteries and three bottles of gasoline - were discovered in a suitcase on a regional train en route to Dortmund.
Another similar device was found at the train station in Koblenz.
German authorities and American military officials urge everyone to "keep track of their belongings, not to watch bags for strangers, and to immediately report unattended or suspicious baggage to the police."