Joshua Bean Found Guilty of Murder
Joshua Bean, age 24, was found guilty of murder on Friday. Even though prosecutors in Indianapolis didn't have the body of his victim, Heather Norris -- Bean dismembered his ex-girlfriend's remains and disposed of them in dumpsters all over the south side of Indianapolis -- Bean's statements to police were enough to do him in.
I wrote about this case at my True Crime Weblog: "... Summer Lovin' Gone Bad: The Crimes of Joshua Bean." A striking element of the story was how Bean took such pains to eliminate evidence of his crime -- even to the point of posting a fake entry on Heather's MySpace weblog. That final post read, in part, "no one believes me and no one understands me [...] i need to get out of this state!!!!!"
The blog post was published on April 17, 2007. Heather had been dead for at least a week at that point.
Joshua Bean, a former DJ, could get up to 68 years in prison.