Sex Offender Raped and Stabbed His Own Daughter
“A man who raped and stabbed his 12-year-old daughter and left her for dead has been sentenced to two life prison terms without chance of parole after she read an angry statement to him in court. John Rollins Tuggle pleaded guilty to rape and kidnapping with a deadly weapon… Tuggle’s daughter, who has changed her last name, looked directly at him as she read a letter to him in court, saying she was determined to overcome the loss of her innocence. “You left me to die and for that you do not deserve life,” she said. “I will remove your actions from my mind, as I’ve already removed you from my heart.” The attack happened last July when Tuggle, 37, was visiting his former wife and children in Athol after completing a nine-year prison term for the rape of his ex-wife’s 13-year-old sister, who became pregnant. Tuggle, who had pleaded with his ex-wife for reconciliation, was allowed to spend time alone with their daughter, Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney Michael F. Peacock said. Tuggle took the girl into a wooded area July 20, tied her up under the pretext of showing her how to play a prank on her brother, then raped her at knifepoint, Peacock said. He stabbed her in the throat, breast and abdomen, then cut the ropes from her hands and sat and smoked two cigarettes while the girl lay bleeding. Campers later heard the girl crying for help. Tuggle was arrested a week later when he wandered out of the woods looking for food.” — CourtTV.com (US)
(Thanks to Shane for the link.)
When you first see the mugshot most commonly disseminated with this story, it’s hard to put the heinous crime together with the smiling face. The guy in that picture looks like a relatively harmless goofball, the sort of character you’d see tailgaiting with his buddies outside a football game. Then you see the more recent mugshot, and you see how nine years in prison can change a man. He doesn’t look like that friendly goofball anymore — in an orange jumpsuit and chains, he almost looks intimidating.
In that progression of pictures, which seem to show Mr. Tuggle becoming increasingly tougher, can you see how someone becomes capable not just of raping his daughter, not just of stabbing her, but of sitting and smoking a cigarette while she lies bleeding on the ground? Or is that apparent deterioration just an illusion? Inside, was he a man always capable of such a deed? It helps to understand when you consider that he hadn’t seen his daughter since she was about four years old. When he went to prison the first time, his daughter was a toddler. When he came out, she was a young lady. Evidently he found it difficult to view her as the one and not the other — as a daughter and not a sex object.
Still, that explains little. You look at those mugshots and really it’s hard to see anything except a walking, talking reason why a sex offender who’s already committed crimes against children should not be left alone with his own.