When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Hammers

Rodgers (l), the hammer guy, and Wright (r), the supposed friend.

Jimmy the Hammer Rodgers (left), the hammer guy, and Wayne Wright (right), the supposed friend.

This is a bizarre case. It seems that all the twists and turns haven’t been released, but at least one of the accused was on probation, and the murder weapon is apparently our old standby, the hammer.

Two men were arrested this week in connection to the murder of a well-regarded Florida doctor and married mother-of-two who sources say was beaten to death with a hammer.

Curtis Wayne Wright Jr, 47, and Jimmy Rodgers, 25, were arrested in Missouri and are facing charges of second-degree murder in the death of Teresa Sievers, 46, who was found dead in her Bonita Springs home on June 29.

Wright is a longtime friend of Sievers’s husband, Mark Sievers. The two went to school together and are friends on Facebook.

via Curtis Wayne Wright and Jimmy Rodgers arrested in Missouri for ‘hitman’ hammer attack | Daily Mail Online.

Victim Teresa Sievers

Victim Teresa Sievers

The victim was a holistic physician. One of the accused is not only a friend of her husbands, but an employee of hers. The other appears to have been the hammer guy.

Neighbors heard screaming and arguing coming from the family’s home the following morning. When Sievers didn’t show up to work, police visited the home, where her body was found.

Though Lee County officers have not disclosed how Sievers was killed, sources say she was beaten to death with a hammer.

Rodgers used the nickname ‘Hammer’ on his Facebook page, which has since been deleted, according to theĀ Naples Daily News.

‘He always talked about how his favorite weapon was a hammer. He said it to me multiple times, “My favorite weapon was a hammer”,’ a neighbor of Rodgers said.

As we’ve seen in these pages, so many times we’re sick of writing it, a hammer is a perfect;y effective weapon to kill something fragile like a human being. But Rodgers (or as he styled himself on Facebook, Jimmy the Hammer) had a good reason to prefer a hammer: as a convicted gun felon, on probation when he and Wright committed the murder, he was a prohibited person, and could not buy a gun legally. He probably should have gone by Jimmy the Jailbird; Rodgers is a career criminal who has been a felon since he was 17; he’s only on probation now because his lawyer played all the sympathy cards at his last felon-in-possession conviction.

The two suspects were friends and hung out together. Now they are charged with 2nd-degree murder. Why second degree? That’s one of the many puzzles in this case.

10 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Hammers

  1. Miles

    ‘Aircraft Disasters’ episode last week reenacted the attempted takeover and crashing of a FedEx jet by a disgruntled employee.
    His weapons were hammers. along with a spear gun and a knife.
    Apparently he specifically decide to use hammers.
    From accounts, all he really got into use were the hammers and if the main flight crew had not been the normal complement of three; pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer, he probably would’ve succeeded as it took two men to keep him – barely – subdued.

    The entire flight crew sustained injuries serious enough to keep them from ever being medically cleared to crew commercial planes again.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Yep, famous case, FedEx 705. He actually used, among other things, the crash axe that’s in the plane.

      Prior to that there was a guy who’d just been fired from US Air (or maybe a forerunner like Allegheny or Piedmont?), but didn’t turn in his badge, and he flew jump seat in a PSA aircraft, an airline that gave deadheading USAir (or whatever) drivers jump seat privileges. He didn’t pick the plane at random; it was the plane his manager, who fired him, usually took. Supposedly he blamed his firing on racism. He shot the manager, a flight attendant, and both aircrew, as well as an off-duty pilot who raced to the flight deck. This is when airline employees started going through the magnetometers, which they hadn’t done before.

      Not long after that the PSA name vanished. People tended to remember only the crashes, and PSA had had two nasty ones. It also had a hijacking that early members of your old unit would remember: as the turf battle over who would rescue the hostages was going on, the captain beat the shit out of the hijacker. Hostages rescued themselves. End of hijack! Bureau and Army both went home. Later it shook out that in USA Bureau would do it with Army support if and as required, and other delineations that are probably best left undiscussed.

      1. Mike_C

        Your memory is good. Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) had just been purchased by USAir. Flight was PSA 1771, LAX to San Francisco. Shooter was David Burke, a ticket agent recently terminated for theft. Apparently not a nice man, even excluding the fact that he shot the pilot, co-pilot and a flight attendant as well as other passengers, then crashed the plane. Wikipedia (yeah, I know) tells us he was known to girlfriends and associates as a violent man, suspected of being part of a cocaine-smuggling ring, and fathered seven children without ever being married.

        What struck me in the Wikipedia account on FedEx 705 was the following: [despite the fact that each man had been gravely wounded by the hammer-wielding Auburn Calloway, the crew finally managed to restrain him, but] “after screaming that he could not breathe, Calloway started fighting with the crew again.”

        As to the scourge of hammer violence, in a strange coincidence the movie The Raid 2 was on last night in these parts.

      2. Miles

        That turf battle, not the hijack attempt, the turf battle, over PSA 818 is specifically referenced by the unit historian as the seminal moment pushing TPTB to make a jurisdictional rule and was also one of the factors behind forming the HRT.

        How much of that is based in reality, I don’t know, but it sounds plausible.

  2. staghounds

    True story. A moderately famous athlete and has a service background was in flight transatlantic on the morning of September 11, 2001. About mid ocean, he got a call to the cockpit, he figured to give autographs for the flight crew’s children, which happens.

    The pilots were deadly serious. “Are you (name)?”

    He admitted that he was. The captain handed him the crash axe and told him that there might be sucide hijackers on board, and to kill anyone other than flight crew who tried to get in.

    When they got to New York, he saw the smoke.

  3. Ernie

    Let us not forget the now iconic use of the ball peen hammer by the Hell’s Angels.

    In the classic “rumbles” of the 1950’s, motorcycle chains and sometimes spud wrenches were carried for use as weapons under the legitimacy of also being used to make repairs. The ball peen hammer replaced these implements and became so popular with the club some support items bear a single hammer or two crossed hammers. One cannot be arrested for illegal possession of a hammer.

  4. Tom Stone

    I’m sitting on my deck drinking pellegrino, I looked at what is in reach and there are three potentially deadly weapons right here. A glass bottle, the metal chair I am sitting in and the pocket knife clipped to my pants. I’m living in a California county where only the connected can get a CCW and I carry a 3 cell maglite in my car ( Recommended by my POST certified firearms instructor) because it is most certainly NOT a weapon, it’s for seeing in the dark…

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