Janice Louise Newman John Tope...whatever happened to him? He was a character!
Edward Chester I am hoping I am wrong but heard he went to prison for something he did. I think he later died but not sure.
Debbie Sheets Russell I think the prison part is right, don't know about the dying though
Linda McCann I had forgotten all about John. He use to tease me relentlessly! ;)
Randall Davidson Missouri prison?
Randall Davidson Kansas. Released 1996.
Edward Chester wow. I was wondering if I was told the truth. It came from my brother who lives in Columbia
Jerry LaBrue Although I can't confirm this, a guy I ran into a couple of years ago at the lake told me John had been murdered when he got out of prison. Having known John it sounds plausible. Johns dad gave me a living room set when I first got married (1973) that he was going to give to John, but couldn't because he was in prison. His dad died a few years later and I lost touch with the family.
Randall Davidson This is horrible news but now I want to get to the bottom of this story. Jerry, do you have any idea where John was at the time of his death? And I'm very sorry to hear the story of John's dad. Very sad.
Jerry LaBrue The guy I talked to said John was killed in Columbia, but again I have no proof other than his word. Both of John's parents have passed away, and to the best of my knowledge John didn't have any other living relatives, so there is no way to know how factual this information is.
Evan Wiggs Oh wow, John Tope blew up a fireworks stand I worked in one 4th of July many years ago. Not on purpose, but to "scare" me. Some scare. But I wouldn't send him to prison for that!!! I have wondered about him too over the years and it this is all true that is way sad.
Vanessa Hall I swear I remember reading his obituary in the Tribune, but cannot find it...
Randall Davidson Columbia Tribune obit archive goes back to 1998. John was released from jail in 1996. My guess is that there was an obit sometime between 1996-1998 IF there was an obit in Columbia.
Bill Moyes He was back in the judicial system in 2001, so that would make him a "dead man walking."
Vanessa Hall casenet has his parole being reinstated out of Boone County in Feb. 2003.
Vanessa Hall and sentenced to five yrs out of Clay co in 2005.
Bill Moyes but he's not currently incarcerated nor on parole in Missouri
Vanessa Hall my bad. the 2005 is the wrong Tope. Both middle initial D.
Debbie Sheets Russell I found this reference from 2004 "When I worked at the Missouri State Penitentiary we had an inmate who cleaned our offices named John Tope. John was from Columbia and was pretty institutionalized. He had been in our facility at least three times for crimes that mostly involved stealing to support his drug habit. My boss, Mark, was constantly checking cracks in the walls of our office in case someone had stashed stuff for John to take with him back inside. Appparently he had made friends with many caseworkers over the years and some of them could not be trusted. One caseworker, in fact, got arrested with several small baggies of marijuana in the hollowed out heal of his shoe. He would wear in a pair filled with drugs, leave his shoes for the evening, and wear an extra pair home he kept in his office. Anyway, back to John Tope. John had a very bad habit of avoiding our pencil sharpener. He would often stare at it, walk far around it, and even duck underneath the part where the pencil goes in to be sharpened. I couldn't stand it anymore and asked him what his problem was with the pencil sharpener. John said, "I didn't know it was a pencil sharpener, I thought it was an electric eye." I suppose John got in trouble so often because he was ducking under pencil sharpeners and letting the real electric eyes pick up on him."
Bill Moyes The Clay Co. judicial note for John D Tope could have been our classmate John. His middle name is Dale. When I said he was not currently under the supervision of Mo Dept of Corrections, that doesn't eliminate the possibility of incarceration or parole in another state. But, according to the MoDOC Web site, he's not currently in their jurisdiction. I believe John did have a brother who was in trouble with the law more than John was, as was John's mother.
Bill Moyes Another interesting tidbit concerning John Tope. He wasn't always such a bad guy. He and I were both entered in the 1955 Boone County Fair Baby Contest. I know that because I won the contest that year, but I got an ear infection and couldn't go on to compete at the state fair. John took my place and HE won the Mo. State Fair Baby Contest.
Vanessa Hall Trent said he attended Sunday School at 1st Baptist for awhile, too.
Randall Davidson ...and John was a junk ball pitcher in American Legion. I don't remember the team he was pitching for but had a no hitter going against our team (KFRU). No one could hit him. Jon Jouret struck out every time and he was a fantastic player. I was at the bottom of the order (for a good reason, I'm sure) but in my last at bat I got a hit. For a very short while I thought it was because I had just concentrated so hard on the ball. After the game, my coach patted me on the back and said, "...your bat speed was just slow enough to catch that ball. Great job!" Damning with faint praise I have never forgotten John or that at bat.