A pedophile living abroad had told the LA investigators that a man who went by the screen name "Muddyfeet" was producing copious quantities of child pornography in Missouri. "Muddyfeet" also came up during the questioning of a Lost Boy suspect who attributed a large set of pornographic stills of young boys to a photographer who operated under that alias. A third clue, an archived chat-room exchange between a Lost Boy member and an outside acquaintance who went by the screen name Muddyfeet that was found on a computer the LA team seized as evidence, brought the picture into better focus: The file included an e-mail address, which the agents were able to trace to Franklin County and a man named Jeffrey Greenwell.

Though the information was tantalizing, Costantin knew better than to be optimistic. It would be difficult, she knew, to secure a search warrant, let alone prosecute anybody, with nothing to go on but an Internet alias, two addresses, a possible name and a handful of photos of unidentified boys being molested.

"In order to get a search warrant, we needed to identify a child,'" Costantin explains.

On October 23, 2009, federal and state authorities arrested Jeffrey Greenwell just outside his home in Miramiguoa Park and detained him at the Franklin County Jail.
On October 23, 2009, federal and state authorities arrested Jeffrey Greenwell just outside his home in Miramiguoa Park and detained him at the Franklin County Jail.
The Miramiguoa Park home where Greenwell lived prior to his arrest.
Jon Gitchoff
The Miramiguoa Park home where Greenwell lived prior to his arrest.

At the same time, she was fully cognizant of the urgency involved. Her LA counterparts were pursuing an ongoing child-porn enterprise and had good reason to presume that some of the men involved were actively molesting children. As Michael Osborn, the FBI agent who heads up the SAFE task force in LA, notes, "We knew there were hands-on victims out there that we had to ID as quickly as possible. We didn't have a six-month luxury. Every day counted."

The FBI assigned a St. Louis-based agent to track down the lead. For local assistance, the bureau turned to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Lieutenant Chuck Subke, who runs the county sheriff's detective division, began by visiting the two addresses linked to Greenwell. One was vacant. The other, about the size of a single-wide mobile home, was tucked at the back end of Meramec State Park, a few hundred yards from the river.

Subke traced the license plates on the two cars he saw parked in front of the little house. Both were registered in Greenwell's name. It appeared he was living there alone.

Next Subke and the FBI agent visited several Franklin County elementary schools, where they asked each principal to go through the handful of photos of fully clothed boys they'd received from LA in search of familiar faces. On October 22, 2009, two weeks into a fruitless fishing expedition, they got their first nibble when a principal pointed out one of the boys in his school's hallway — a fourth grader.

The lawmen contacted the boy's mother, then flew in an FBI investigator from Detroit who specialized in questioning children and adolescents. The investigator, Catherine S. Connell, had spent the past year flying around the nation, interviewing the majority of the victims who'd emerged from the Lost Boy probe.

Speaking with children about molestation is tricky, as most infamously evidenced in the 1980s, by the McMartin Preschool case in California. That fiasco, which cost the U.S. government $15 million and jailed an innocent man for five years, was brought on by false testimony, embellished to the point of absurdity, that a therapist elicited from hundreds of children.

You don't set out to upset the children you interview, Connell explains, but you don't want them to suppress memories that by their nature are upsetting. Nor do you want to put words in their mouths. "You talk about the truth, and you test whether they can tell the difference between a truth and a lie."

Connell says that when broaching potentially traumatizing subjects with kids, she's careful to be both reassuring and skeptical.

"I try to reduce suggestibility and authority," she says, describing a technique based on guidelines adopted by the state of Michigan designed to prevent kids from fabricating stories. "The difference between what we do and what other investigators do is that we go in unbiased, seeking to test the hypothesis rather than confirm it. We use phrases like, 'If you don't know the answer, then tell me you don't know it.'"

While the St. Louis-based FBI agent watched a live video feed in a room nearby, Connell sat down one-on-one with the fourth grader. As soon as the boy told her that Jeffrey Greenwell had fondled his genitals and photographed the experience, the FBI agent phoned Subke.

"I said, 'I got it, Chuck, let's go,'" he recalls. (The agent consented to an on-the-record interview for this story on the condition that Riverfront Times not reveal his identity. The FBI's St. Louis division declined to share any details about the Greenwell case that might identify any of the victims or jeopardize future investigations.)

Subke, who had prepared for this eventuality by readying a search warrant, led his team into the woods.

The FBI agent also alerted Brian Mize, asking the decryption specialist to drive down from Clayton to lend his expertise in collecting evidence.

A mere 24 hours after the school principal pointed out the fourth grader, federal agents and Franklin County detectives reached Miramiguoa Park. When they saw Greenwell, a baldheaded man with a close-cropped beard, exit his house and drive away, the search team went in.

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tmxserver99
tmxserver99

CONCLUTIONS ? YEAH, JUST GOTTA GET DATA FROM THE HINET AND DONT SHARE NOTHING, LIKE CONSUMING ANOTHER ITEM FROM THE MALL, BUT NOT,  THEY NEED TO SCREAM ABOUT IT EVEN WITH A SATELLITE DISH TRANSMITTER ! STUPID !

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VivlianWozz

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Bell
Bell

The offender's lawyer wants the original sentence reviewed saying it's:

'unreasonable and excessive in light of Greenwell's background and the nature of his offenses'

Never should the words 'nature of his offenses' be uttered to invalidate a long sentence for a childrapist. I think it's about time society agreed that child molestation of any sort is to be ranked one of the most evil crimes and punishable as such. I know it's the lawyer's job, and everyone needs to be defended in a properly free society, but those words make it seem like the childrapist hasn't done very much wrong. He preyed on children, for goodness sake, how can that not be one of the worst possible things anyone can do.

Diggitydogg
Diggitydogg

Torch the bastard. Kicking and screaming. Lowest form of life on earth.

Brooke
Brooke

You people just don't get it do you? He is in prison. He can not see anything you guys are posting. So what kind of satisfaction do you hope to gain from posting these awful things? Do you have a reason to be upset? Yes. Do you have a reason to wish pain and death upon another person? Absolutely not. I am here to tell you that reading an upsetting article, then posting something as vile as this, does NOT make you a good person. In fact, it lets the world see your true colors. You're not okay with child pornography, but you ARE okay with vengeful murder? In that case, you have no room to be leaving comments here.

Tiffany
Tiffany

This is just sick.. and to think that I worked with this sick f*** for months..... I have two kids now and I would pesonally kill someone for this... They may think that a 100 yr prison sentence is justice enough, but there is no amount of time in prison that is justice enough for these poor children that will have to deal with this the rest of their lives... He deserves to die a painful death... To know that I stood next to this man and had multiple conversations with him, makes me sick.. I made it all the way through this article, but I am just sick to my stomach from reading the amount of detail that is in this article.

Proud2bAmerican
Proud2bAmerican

Its amazing that so many moms are trusting men with their children; just because they want to have a man in their life.

Maliangam
Maliangam

omg i swear i want to lock up my kids forever...ugh this is despicable!

Maliangam
Maliangam

I wonder how many pedophiles are reading this article now??

Herbie
Herbie

Hopefully he'll be taking big black dicks in his ass for the rest of his life in prison.

Bambi Rood-Baker
Bambi Rood-Baker

"Oh lets just throw him in jail" I say waterboard him and find out everything he did! Scum like this is an unfortunate burden on our society.Sure he was molested but he chose to spread the grief no pity should be taken upon him! God only knows what else he did. That area is know for missing children and for him to write a handbook he knows more than he is letting on! For serial pedos like this they don't say everything! Heck I'll volunteer to get it out of him! Just like Sandusky lets pity the monster I say NO find out everything he knows and take no mercy!

disgusting
disgusting

I could only read till about page 3 before I felt like throwing up. I’m more convinced than ever that child molesters and pedophiles deserve to die.

 
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