Forsythia Owen claims man she beat to death with bat was child molester (16)

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Big photos, video below.
There doesn't appear to be much mystery about who killed 42-year-old Denzle Rainey. According to a police report, Forsythia Owen, thirty, has admitted to beating Rainey to death using a baseball bat.

However, Owen has told authorities she committed this gruesome act because Rainey had molested a child -- an assertion utterly rejected by his estranged wife.

Photos, video and details below.

There are no shortage of indications that Rainey was going through a difficult patch. According to 7News, he and his wife, Lisa Ewing Rainey, were at odds, and he wound up sleeping in an alley between the 3600 block of South Sherman and South Grant, not far from Owen's apartment.

Clues aplenty about his difficult situation can be seen on his Facebook page. Most of the photos in its album feature his kids, who pose in his profile photo. However, the thumbnail that accompanies this shot features a somber Rainey posing over the tombstone of a loved one. Here's a similar image from his page:

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Moreover, Rainey's posts throughout the month of September grew increasingly desperate. Here are some examples:
September 2: i think its time to leave denver dont reay got anything to stay here for

September 8: hey if anybody can help me out I have to come up with 15 bucks so I can get my meds

September 9: you can think im playing but im at the bottem and im not coming up this is the end i love u all see you in another time im gone

September 10: im had everything now im just lost I lost evrerym thing in my life.... i realy thinkits all over now i got some pills and im going to sleep now

September 12: I THINK ITS ALL OVER NOW

September 14: i lost every thing i ever had now im lost im going to end it all now god blessll u all.... im going to take pills and drink untell i don't wake up no moore.... if im not here tomarow u will know why good buy now im out see ya

September 17: I am in need of some where to stay for two weeks untell I go back to the rehab can any body help me out

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Denzle Rainey seen in another Facebook photo during a happier occasion -- his 41st birthday, in 2012.
The last post by Rainey, on September 19, is somewhat more optimistic: It reads, "im still here and doing ok for now." But the positive tone proved short-lived. He was found beaten to death in the alley where he'd been sleeping just after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 22.

What happened?

Continue for more about the arrest of Forsythia Owen and the death of Denzle Rainey, including additional photos and a video.


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passersby
passersby

She says "I Killed Pedophile", but relatives of the murdered say "We killed the murderer". Vicious circle. Because she is not a judge, investigator, prosecutor, trial by jury and executioner. Sentence of 15 to 20 years, if he was a pedophile. life sentences, if she's cynically lying.

francesdaughter
francesdaughter

Having read a little bit more about this mother, I am glad she has been arrested. There needs to be more depth to the information on both of them.It seems her "issues" were no better than his. Personally, I think she got high and worked herself up. When we were first married, we lived in a FL trailer park and literally every single resident was mentally ill or addicted. Never had I been exposed to people whose lives were so messed up and unlikely to ever get better. I would not leave a child with a single one of them. We both took 2nd jobs to move away. 


They all had the same mind set. "Why work for anything? People like us can't succeed." Working in ERs for years cemented these attitudes in my mind. How do you help people like this? They live for the moment without a plan at all-except for getting a ride so they can score. They think only on TV does anyone live in a real house, have a real job, have a bank account. I just told my husband "we have to get out of here-I can't stand watching their neglected, hungry, beat up kids, whose only interaction with their parents is exchanging obscenities." I know how mean it sounds but you have no idea how these people live unless you grew up this way. Yeah, I'm judgmental. From experience. Nobody did this to them-it is inter-generational and ingrained and it's a very rare kid who escapes. I worked for about a week in OB but had to transfer. I just saw the worst families ever taking these innocent babies home to squalor.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I was in Forsythias apartment the night of the murder. I had only met her that night. She told me how she had been up for 3 days straight. She cussed at her daughter and told her to "go the F to sleep" and her daughter cussed back. Her living conditions were deplorable. I could not believe the living conditions that child lived in. 


To the poster saying she is her first cousin, I am sorry but Forsythia was a drug user, violent, and in the short few hours I knew her did not appear to be fit to be a mother. I was going to contact child protective services but she killed someone and was arrested before I could. 


I just wanted to post this somewhere. Yes, I am cooperating with law enforcement. I left her house around an hour before she killed this man. She was babbling like a crackhead and acted like she was on drugs. This is the truth. Read whatever you want in the news but I was at her house that night and that was her demeanor. 

While her daughter is lost to her I truly believe that her daughter will have a much better chance at life now. She stood no chance with Forsythia, hopefully she can overcome this. She was an amazing little girl in a terrible living situation.


That is all I have to say about that.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I was in Forsythias apartment the night of the murder. I had only met her that night. She told me how she had been up for 3 days straight. She cussed at her daughter and told her to "go the F to sleep" and her daughter cussed back. Her living conditions were deplorable. I could not believe the living conditions that child lived in. 


To the poster saying she is her first cousin, I am sorry but Forsythia was a drug user, violent, and in the short few hours I knew her did not appear to be fit to be a mother. I was going to contact child protective services but she killed someone and was arrested before I could. 


I just wanted to post this somewhere. Yes, I am cooperating with law enforcement. I left her house around an hour before she killed this man. She was babbling like a crackhead and acted like she was on drugs. This is the truth. Read whatever you want in the news but I was at her house that night and that was her demeanor. 

While her daughter is lost to her I truly believe that her daughter will have a much better chance at life now. She stood no chance with Forsythia, hopefully she can overcome this. She was an amazing little girl in a terrible living situation.


That is all I have to say about that.

ed.davis
ed.davis

I don't think Forsythia has had the best breaks in life either so far. If she did this I hope she can ask God for forgiveness.

jny.arts
jny.arts

I'm Forsythia Owen's first cousin, and though we have had little contact through our lives, I feel that based on my last interaction with her (three or four months ago) that she is being unfairly characterized in the media, and that sensationalizing the events of her past (which took place more than ten years ago, before she was a mother) does not serve anyone, and particularly not her child. When it comes to ALL parents, I take my cues from their children when forming my opinions of them, and I have known her child to be a happy, intelligent and sweet one. I'm deeply saddened by this.

I do not condone her actions in the slightest, but I am throughly disgusted by the media frenzy surrounding this tragic event.

jny.arts
jny.arts

I'm Forsythia Owen's first cousin, and though we have had little contact through our lives, I feel that based on my last interaction with her (three or four months ago) that she is being unfairly characterized in the media, and that sensationalizing the events of her past (which took place more than ten years ago, before she was a mother) does not serve anyone, and particularly not her child. When it comes to ALL parents, I take my cues from their children when forming my opinions of them, and I have known her child to be a happy, intelligent and sweet one. I'm deeply saddened by this.I do not condone her actions in the least, but I am throughly disgusted by the media frenzy surrounding this tragic event.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

She has previous priors re violence ....

Lauren Connable Burdick
Lauren Connable Burdick

I know this chick she said really nice things to me. I don't think she did this out of anything but what she says. She is a good person.

NoTaxationWithoutRep
NoTaxationWithoutRep

She is guilty of murder, of course. However, I do have empathy for her if what she says is true. Judges in this country have a soft spot in their hearts for pedophiles of all kinds. If you don't believe me, you should ask yourselves why these pedophile judges give men who ruin children's lives forever FAR shorter sentences than some guy that got caught selling weed out of his basement! Doesn't make much sense, does it? Unless you are a pedophile yourself.....

saint_evil
saint_evil

She took out the trash. good for her.

Kristina Gorman
Kristina Gorman

more to the story , probably both had drug issues , she went to an extreme and looking for an excuse to lighten her sentence , idk , her word against a dead man

Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson

She should have been smarter and gathered some sort of evidence first. This is unfortunate if if she's telling the truth, because she didn't think enough to prove her accusation before acting on it in the most permanent way possible. I hope the justice system doesn't let this woman down if she's correct in her assertions. I hope the same for the man if her accusations were unfounded or based on some sort of assumption.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

This is going to come down to what they can prove. From the photos of this man. He didnt seem like a Child Molester. He seemed like a man who was fighting depression and substance abuse. She seems like she was just a killer. We dont know who told her this man sexually assaulted a child. And if he did, then get the police involved to arrest him and do an investigation. Seems like she was just filled with hate. Another question is he had a wife who had a home, so rough times or not thats where he should of been.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

There's also a bias, especially among males, to not believe women when they claim to be victim or know a victim of molestation. So keep that in mind, James Taylor, since you would have no way of knowing whether Rainey did it or not.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

I don't buy it or reject it because there's hardly enough evidence either way. But I've known pederasts that looked a lot more "normal" than Rainey and still deserve to be beaten with a baseball bat. Posing over a grave and smiling at your birthday cake doesn't mean you don't have some serious issues underneath the surface. Rainey also talked about rehab - so he could have performed the alleged acts while under the influence.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

If he did, she's a hero. Plain and simple. More of this scum should die in this exact manner.

Dean Wyant
Dean Wyant

Doesn't really matter whether he was or not, she's still a first degree murderer.

JimTom
JimTom

@Matt Nelson Even if the guy did molest the child she is still guilty of murder.

ranexumir
ranexumir

She is a drug addict and has mental health problems throughout life. So maybe she should be placed in a madhouse. 

JimTom
JimTom

@Karye Ann If he did or not she is still a murderer.

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