“I’m Going To Kill You, You F’king Bitch”

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KELLY says:

I’m so glad to read this article. It’s 2017 and I just came across it. I want no one to forget. I am the jogger that was on Bona Dea that day and I can speak with complete confidence that Gary Dunn would have taken my life…I was in good physical shape but the fact remains I have no idea how I broke free from him. God, adrenaline, I don’t know. This man is a monster…as a character witness in the Dirksmeyer trial, he is 100% capable of that murder! 100%. And capable of others! That is my truth and I’ll stand firm in it!

Original Story Posted August, 2015

The title quote is attributed to Gary Dunn when he attacked a jogger. He was convicted of assaulting that jogger in Bona Dea Park adjacent to Russellville, Arkansas, the incident taking place on 8/25/02. That’s in the court record. He went to jail for that. He served about a year, when he was supposed to serve six. Had he served his full term, the murder of nineteen year-old Nona Dirksmeyer might not have happened on December 15, 2005 in Russellville, Arkansas.

Dunn had hit that jogger in the head with a tree limb, knocked her down, and somehow, probably because of her excellent physical condition, she was able to escape. The police found him close by.

There was another incident involving Dunn where he stalked an Arkansas Tech cheerleader on 2/24/07 when she came out of Walmart about 3:00 A. M. She saw Dunn looking at her, and then follow her. She didn’t stop at her planned location but went on to find a policeman who questioned Dunn. He tried to act innocent.

There was a condom wrapper found in Nona’s apartment after the murder. A couple of experts said Gary Dunn’s DNA was on the condom wrapper. One said he tested saliva on the condom wrapper, and the other said forensics photos showed teeth marks where the condom wrapper was torn open. What’s important about that? Dunn’s wife, now ex-wife, testified in both trials that Dunn liked to open a condom wrapper with his teeth. She also testified that he sexually assaulted her. I read in one report that mitochondrial DNA might have been involved. With those not familiar, mitochondrial DNA comes from outside the nucleus where the chromosomes provide the strongest evidence of DNA, but mitochondrial DNA is still strong enough to identify someone.

A jury in 2010 and another jury in 2011 could not find Dunn guilty of murdering Nona. The 2011 jury was hung at 8-4 for acquittal. The 2010 jury did not hear about Dunn attacking the jogger, but the 2011 jury did. Whether the 2011 jury heard about the stalking incident I don’t know. They should have.

Why couldn’t either jury convict Dunn who lived directly across from Nona in the apartment complex? I assume because the defense’s DNA expert said there was a second male’s DNA on the condom wrapper found in Nona’s apartment after the murder.

One woman juror said with more than one male involved, she couldn’t convict Gary Dunn. Well lady, I’m not sure why Gary Dunn would possibly rip the condom wrapper open with his teeth, and then pass it along to some other man for him to go sexually assault and then kill Nona. I do believe men open condom wrappers to use themselves.

To me the condom wrapper puts Gary Dunn in Nona’s apartment. Convict him, and then worry about whether there was a second male involved.

Of course one male juror, possibly a fan of CSI, thought Dunn would have tidied up before he left the murder scene, and picked up the condom wrapper. Dunn didn’t tidy up too well when he attacked the jogger in 2002. He left the tree limb.

Was Nona sexually assaulted? That question still seems open to debate. Once Nona was dead, perhaps the killer did not want to participate in necrophilia.

Dunn and his mother claimed they were out shopping, etc., when Nona was murdered. Turns out receipts from the places they went were all for the 13th or 14th of December, not the day of the murder, the 15th.

When Dunn was in jail awaiting trial, apparently the police were able to talk to his mother and ascertain that she asked Dunn if he murdered Nona, and he told her no. That means the alibi she was trying to provide him for the 15th turned out to be a double lie. Sounds to me like Momma is willing to protect Dunn no matter what he does.

Nona’s boyfriend, Kevin Jones was first charged with the murder on 3/31/06, and subsequently tried. He and a friend of his found Nona’s body the night of the murder, Dec. 15th, 2005, and the FBI said it was staged. I assume they thought Kevin killed her between 11 and 1 P. M. and came back to contaminate the scene so nobody would suspect him. Kevin was acquitted. From all that I’ve read, the police rushed to judgment with Kevin as the prime and only suspect. He later sued for damages, but the judge ruled the statute of limitations had run out, although there was a dispute about evidence that might have not come to light until after Kevin’s trial, and the statute of limitations should have been extended.

Nona was killed with the base of a lamp that she had in her apartment. FBI said she was killed by someone who is right-handed, like Jones, and not Dunn who is left-handed. Like, maybe, Dunn couldn’t have used his right hand to smash her head so it wouldn’t look like him.

Rest well tonight, you ladies in Russellville, Arkansas. There is a killer among you. If he breaks into your house while you are alone, and is about to kill you, if he says, “I’m going to kill you, you f’king bitch”, at least you might know who your killer is. That should be of comfort, especially if you are a lady juror who sat on either one of those Gary Dunn trials.

38 comments

  • I agree. I wish we could require a certain IQ level for juries. Poor Nona was killed in the same manner the runner was. He bashed her over the head. Dunn has a past history of violence with women. Why did he leave the condom wrapper behind? Probably the same reason he never sexually attacked her. He was afraid that was already too much noise that was made in the attack and he needed to get out of there. Panic make people make lots of mistakes. He live directly across from her. How else do they think the condom wrapper with his DNA got in her apartment? Blew through her door? really? seriously? Perhaps someone decided to randomly pick up someone else’s used condom wrapper in the parking lot and just drop it on her floor Seem reasonable? Not! It’s scary he’s free.

    • I think I know exactly why he left the wrapper behind. He wasn’t concerned about it. We can assume the killer wore gloves because no fingerprints were ever mentioned, right? We can also assume that although he intended to rape her, he never carried it out, most likely because she died before he got the chance. So, in this sick, evil and twisted SOB’s mind, he didn’t leave any evidence behind. He figured no seman, no fingerprints, no evidence so why bother picking it up. He brushed it off because it didn’t occur to him that he left evidence on it. He forgot about his saliva. The really big question is “why was this creep’s DNA in her apartment at all, let alone on a condom wrapper? This girl did not seem like a person who would get involved with a man like this one, not as a friend and most certainly not as a lover. So what was his explanation for the presence of his DNA in her apartment? There are either a few things the prosecution dropped the ball on in his trials, or, there’s a lot being left out in the articles on this case. I think they almost destroyed her boyfriend’s life for no other reason than that the prosecuter wanted to make himself look good. This was his FIRST murder case. I never believed for one second that this kid was guilty of or even capable of such a heinous crime. They had NOTHING on him that wasn’t easily explained away, he had no history of violence towards her or anyone else, and I truly believe he loved this girl. Because they were so tunnel-visioned and quite frankly, careless in doing their jobs that they may have been responsible for botching the investigation so badly that the killer will never be caught. How devistating that must be for everyone who loved her. What a tragic story.

      • Thanks for your comment. Very thorough and accurate.

        I go with the jogger’s comment and opinion that is at the top of my story. Gary Dunn did it. Period.

        But my opinion nor the jogger who was almost killed by him in the state park, and was brave enough to comment on my story, does not matter.

        Do not overlook the fact that when Dunn went to jail for the vicious attack on the jogger, he received six years, but was released early on good behavior in time to kill Nona.

        The jogger testified in the second trial, describing the brutal attack on her.

        There are turning points in every trial and that along with circumstantial evidence should have been it. Oh, another point. He lived directly across from Nona.

        I welcome any jurors that were on the second trial, or the first trial for that matter, to come forward with a comment which I will post here. I want to know how you could not convict. Killers don’t stop killing. Perhaps his next victim will be a relative of someone who sat on those juries. How fitting that would be.

        If one of the jurors does send me a comment, please start off your comment by saying this, “Not convicting Gary Dunn was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.

  • Wow! I had not idea he was the one that was convicted of the assault on the jogger at Bona Dea!! I do not think that was part of either trial. Very concerning, thank you for the article.

  • Typical hillbilly law enforcement and juries in Arkansas…well deserved reputation for a state full of idiots.

    • Hold on sir, with all respect. I hope I read your comment wrong. But the state of Arkansas is not full of idiots. The justice system failed that poor girls family like it fails many of families across the United States. That has nothing to do with the people that live in this state. You have some nerve to make a remark about the people that live in Arkansas and work for the justice system such as myself that is more then over Educated and has work worked on the streets as an officer, a Capt. In the prison system and currently studying LAW. If you had any intelligence about your self you would of never made such a hateful comment especially seeing all the victims are from Arkansas.

      • I appreciate your comment.

        I do not always agree with comments that I post. Sometimes they call me an idiot, but if they keep it clean of profanity, I will post it.

        I did take the two juries to task in this case for not convicting Dunn. That is not the entire state, only these juries. I have taken juries in other states to task also, but never like to characterize the entire state in any manner.

        I am quite impressed with your resume. You would probably know exactly which of your jobs was the most difficult. Just looking as an outsider, I would say as a Captain in the prison system, although none of your jobs have been easy.

        And you are now studying law. My son is a lawyer, having many years ago been a Deputy District Attorney. He tried many a murder case.

        Your ambition can not be denied, and I hope you pass the bar the first time you take it.

        It’s nice of you to defend the people of Arkansas. Most people would not even take the time to do that.

      • This case reminds me of the West Memphis 3, another example of the inept legal system in Arkansas. Kevin Jones and Damian Echols have both experienced Arkansas “justice.” Arkansas’ literacy rate is ranked in many polls in the bottom five states in the U.S. In 2012, only 45% of the population in Arkansas had graduated from high school (not college, but HIGH SCHOOL). So yes, I would say there is a fairly decent chance juries in Arkansas do not consider the evidence in trials there because they don’t possess the mentality to comprehend it. They are more likely to render verdicts based on preconceived attitudes and narrow minded bias, while ignoring the facts in a case.

      • You didn’t answer the question. Why is Gary Dunn still walking around free? With the DNA testing available now, there’s no partial anything anymore, spit the size a pin can now give a clear and concise picture of the owner of said DNA. Also, sorry but Arkansas has several high ranking officials being sued, fired, and on trial for taking bribes, sexually harassing co-workers and on & on….this is not the 1st time one of your great detectives has been accused of or sued for rush to judgement mistakes.

  • Nona would never have had sex with Dunn! Why the hell would his condom wrapper be in her apt? This whole thing makes me sick! Her own mother even thinks it’s Dunn not Jones. Small town police with even smaller minds. I am sad for everyone involved. ( exept Dunn who should be in jail for this crime!)

    • I used to think Casey Anthony not being convicted of killing her daughter was the worst miscarriage of justice. I was wrong. Gary Dunn got away with murdering this beautiful young girl and it sickens me. At the very least, he should be in a prison cell for the rest of his life. As the father of two girls (one who barely survived being murdered and whose attacker had since been executed), I feel so much sorrow for Nona’s parents. I hope they believe that even though he escaped punished for taking Nona from them in this world, Dunn will not in the next. Hell is waiting for you, Mr. Dunn. And the unimaginable pain you are going to endure will have no end.

  • The scenario with the jogger girl which could escape and now this… And a condom wrapper which was thrown there but never used (the condom)… This SO speaks for itself! He was scared after she was dead so he left in a hurry and because of this he didn’t think about removing the evidence (the wrapper)! But the condom ITSELF was removed because it was in his hands! And his ex wife talked about how he opened condoms with his teeth! And this wrapper had bite marks! But the wrapper was found, but no condom in tbe trash! Just think into this situation! If Jones really killed her, why the fuck should he leave all this evidence on his body while visible for the cops? Why should he make himself a target instead of cleaning himself up before calling the cops? OFCOURSE he reacted angry in the police rooms! He was angry about how a killer took the life of his girlfriend! His big love! He wanted to marry her and she got killed, so he turned angry about this situation! Think inside, wouldn’t you be angry yourself, if somebody killed your girlfriend? He NEVER did anything violent! But Dunn did! And what he did was very similiar in the last case to this one here now! Where the stick of a lamp was used! And ofcourse he can use his wrong hand! He was in jail before and ofcourse he wanted to remove evidence that leads to him by using his wrong hand this time! But he did something very similiar before and if the jogger girl weren’t able to evade this situation, you can guess what would have happened! -.- Besides this, ofcourse there is another DNA on the condom wrapper, if he got it from a friend or store seller as single piece unit! The seller touched it and he took it! That’s why it is more than one DNA source on it! If sellers repack them out of the boxes to sell them as single units they touch the sealed outsides while placing them inside the open box where the price is at with a sign above or below that says how much money per piece! This case is SO clear… Dunn had 1 year in prison to think about his action and he KNEW what evidence was used in the lawsuit when it was told by the lawyer! He listened! The evidence was told openly and he could hear it! So he KNEW what points got him in jail! Ofcourse he had one year of time to think about it and to re-think his tactics for the next time! -.- These jury idiots are so STUPID AS FUCK I can’t believe it and now Dunn the killer can do another kill before he is locked away! -.- And about Jones, if you think inside his situation, if you found your girlfriend somebody killed with blood all over her, would you really care? Wouldn’t you cry and hug her? Touching her to feel if she is still alive and fine? If you hug her, you have blood all over you! And if you stroke her face and head because you are sad about her loss, you HAVE blood all over your hands and body! But you don’t care, because you love her! You are overwhelmed! I can’t believe this bullshit I saw on TLC about the jury… These COWARDS! -.-

    • Agree 100% with everything you said. How the jury members who voted Dunn was not guilty can sleep at night is a mystery to me.

  • Its so upsetting this case is so clear i cant believe why they havent locked dunn away. The whole jury system looks so stupid in america im glad here in europe things are different.. The killer assaulted AND tried to kill a girl before(the jogger) but due to the fact she was in “excellent physical shape” she could escape so he got 1 year.. So let me get this straight if you are attacked you should participate and let the men rape you because if you resist you got killed and if you happen to be in great shape you can run away and the attacker gets only 1 year because you were fast and he can try again later- in this case – succesfully.. Its so sad not just the murder but the fact everyone knows who killed her and he walks around as a free men it disgusts me my heart goes out to her family:(

  • I never understood juries. You have burger flippers, cashiers etc. Making HUGE decision on whether someone is innocent or guilty. They flip burgers for Christ sake. They try to act like they are super important and nod their head like they understand it all. They dont have a fucking clue. Congrats they let a murderer go free.

    • Too true, too true.

      The burger flippers and cashiers are still good people as people, not jurors. They are placed in an environment that they are totally unfamiliar with, and don’t know how to act. Some of them do act as though the jury seat allows them to be important.

      What is needed is a jury that can examine the evidence objectively without considering whether that makes them feel important or not. A jury pool of potential jurors for a murder trial often numbers 48-54 people. In that number there are people fully qualified to render a valid and not ridiculous decision. Unfortunately those jurors are struck from the jury by the defense attorney.

    • everyone, every walk of life with all kinds of occupations, including professionals, are selected for jury duty

      • Thanks for your comment.

        When my son was first out of law school, he was a deputy district attorney in the district attorney’s office. When he entered private practice, he was, and still is, a defense attorney in civil cases.

        If you think a defense attorney in a criminal trial wants professional people on a jury or college educated people, then you are living in a world I am not familiar with. People of that IQ level look at the facts, and are not swayed by some outlandish reasoning that some of the jurors will take. The defense attorneys do not wish to have anyone who thinks for themselves, but jurors who can be persuaded by emotion and not reason.

        In civil cases, the same is true.

        If you don’t believe me, try these two cases, one and maybe both out of St. Louis. Awards of $72 million and $110 million against Johnson & Johnson, one of the most respected names in the pharmaceutical industry.

        The plaintiffs’ lawyers would have liked to prove that J&J’s talcum powder caused cervical cancer, but were unable to do so. They went for the fact that Johnson and Johnson did not label their talcum powder cans as potentially causing cancer. The FDA had said that Johnson & Johnson did not have to label their cans with the cancer warning because it had not been proven that their talcum powder causes cancer.

        What basis did the jury use for their decisions? Emotions, not reason. When you have complied with the labeling that the FDA says is sufficient, and that it has not been proven that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder causes cancer, as an intelligent person, what would you decide?

        I have little doubt that on appeal the amount will be greatly reduced or negated altogether. It should never have had to go through all of these court proceedings to reach that point.

  • I’m so glad to read this article. It’s 2017 and I just came across it. I want no one to forget. I am the jogger that was on Bona Dea that day and I can speak with complete confidence that Gary Dunn would have taken my life…I was in good physical shape but the fact remains I have no idea how I broke free from him. God, adrenaline, I don’t know. This man is a monster…as a character witness in the Dirksmeyer trial, he is 100% capable of that murder! 100%. And capable of others! That is my truth and I’ll stand firm in it!

    • Thanks for your comment.

      I’m sure you have never-ending nightmares.

      I intentionally am not a high volume site, and accept no advertising, but still this is the most widely read story on my site. I haven’t totaled the number of people who have read this story. I’m sure it is in the 100,000+ range.

      I would like to hear from members of the Pardons and Parole Board who thought it not necessary for him to complete his sentence for what he did to you. I would like to know their reasoning.

      I did see some of the jury members in one or both of the Nona Dirksmeyer trials on TV, and could not believe what I was hearing as to their reasoning, or lack of. When the judge allowed in the second trial into testimony what he had done to you, that would have been all I needed to convict him of Nona’s murder. Anyone like him does not change, and the violence perpetrated on others as it was for you continues, and in Nona’s case got worse.

      I’ve written three or four TV movie scripts, and no one would believe these juries could reach the conclusions they did, if I put it in any script.

      If I had been on the juries we may have been deadlocked in the jury room, and if I were not the foreman of the jury, when the judge called us into the courtroom to see if we could reach a decision, I would still have spoken up and asked the judge if he could provide psychiatric examinations of some of the members of the juries.

      I wish you the best of what can be for you. I wish it could be better.

      You are very brave to come forward, and let my readers know there is evil out there, very,very, bad evil.

      • And your crooked way of thinking does nothing for this country… Are all…. Lmao being a convicted felon does not make you automatically guilty of other crimes….. I’m sure someone in your family was touching little kids but did they touch you??? People change… Well some… This person has been acquitted by 3 separate juries, but people like you, know it alls, think you know everything about anything lmao…. You are doing nothing but slandering him… You sir/ma’am are what the president calls “fake news” lmao.. Your biggest story to date is just a bunch of opinions and lies….. Guess that makes you a loser lmao

        • To my readers, read all three of Laughable’s separate comments, and you will find that apparently he thinks Nona Dirksmeyer was a hooker, which is the cruelest kind of slander to her family when he has no proof.

          Laughable is also willing to disregard the comment of the jogger Dunn almost killed in the state park prior to the Nona Dirksmeyer case. The time when he made the comment to the jogger that he was going to kill her, the f’ucking bitch, as the title of my story quotes.

          Well Laughable, let’s see if this is funny. Your seemingly strong support for Gary Dunn leads me to send a copy of all of your comments to the Russellville police, along with your e-mail address, so that they can find you and take your DNA to see if you are the second person whose DNA was found on the condom wrapper according to the defense attorney in Gary Dunn’s trials.

          My comment will appear in all three of Laughable’s comments.

  • There were failures all along the way in this case. The police totally bungled the case from the start. They didn’t do squat to look for prints at the entry, and exit doors. They didn’t look for DNA in other places such as the toilet as they pointed out in the first trial of her poor boyfriend Kevin Jones. They rushed to a conclusion because of pressure from the public that wanted blood. Bungled almost seems to be too kind of a word for the inept police work. Their failure to check those receipts, and get DNA swabs from all those males. They obviously didn’t swab Gary Dunn since it wasn’t matched until much later. Fail. Big fail on the the PD. Clowns with badges, and guns.

    The jurors? There was enough to convict, more than enough. One of the problems with juries today is that they want the DNA to be conclusive, they want all the high tech stuff they see on CSI that wraps everything up nice, and tidy. To those jurors I would say, don’t be freaking obtuse. We used to be able to convict people based on following a chain or link of evidence in the days before DNA. Happened all the time. DNA is a useful tool in law enforcement, but that is all it is, a tool. It is not the end all, and the “must have” evidence to convict someone. Common sense, critical thinking. Those are your tools, use them.

    • Lmao enough to convict which person??? Lmao and if the police missed so much stuff….. what makes you think they didn’t miss something else?? My opinion…. She was a hooker that got wasted by her sugar daddy…. Lmao

      • To my readers, read all three of Laughable’s separate comments, and you will find that apparently he thinks Nona Dirksmeyer was a hooker, which is the cruelest kind of slander to her family when he has no proof.

        Laughable is also willing to disregard the comment of the jogger Dunn almost killed in the state park prior to the Nona Dirksmeyer case. The time when he made the comment to the jogger that he was going to kill her, the f’ucking bitch, as the title of my story quotes.

        Well Laughable, let’s see if this is funny. Your seemingly strong support for Gary Dunn leads me to send a copy of all of your comments to the Russellville police, along with your e-mail address, so that they can find you and take your DNA to see if you are the second person whose DNA was found on the condom wrapper according to the defense attorney in Gary Dunn’s trials.

        My comment will appear in all three of Laughable’s comments.

  • The very fact that Dunn lived directly across from the victims apartment should have been a huge red flag for police. Secondly, Dunn is a convicted felon. The man also misled police as to his whereabouts on the day of the murder. Plus a perpetrator that brings a condom will also bring gloves to the scene of the crime. Testifying against him to took tremendous courage.

    • I could not agree more.

      Don’t forget she also wrote a comment for this story.

      Add those two together, and I believe it totals up to the bravest lady I have ever known.

  • Lmao…. After 3 jury trials and 3 acquittals somehow he’s still guilty lmao crazy. But what’s even more amazing is that he wasn’t even the first person they tried for this case, lmao, but people get on here and slander his name…? Why because the same police that said the boyfriend did it, are now saying , no its this guy?? Lol personally I think she was a hooker and one of her johns did it…. But I guess the court of public opinion says this dunn guy is guilty…. Or was it the boyfriend?? ….

    • To my readers, read all three of Laughable’s separate comments, and you will find that apparently he thinks Nona Dirksmeyer was a hooker, which is the cruelest kind of slander to her family when he has no proof.

      Laughable is also willing to disregard the comment of the jogger Dunn almost killed in the state park prior to the Nona Dirksmeyer case. The time when he made the comment to the jogger that he was going to kill her, the f’ucking bitch, as the title of my story quotes.

      Well Laughable, let’s see if this is funny. Your seemingly strong support for Gary Dunn leads me to send a copy of all of your comments to the Russellville police, along with your e-mail address, so that they can find you and take your DNA to see if you are the second person whose DNA was found on the condom wrapper according to the defense attorney in Gary Dunn’s trials.

      My comment will appear in all three of Laughable’s comments.

      • “Laughable” sounds like one crazy, scary, mean, slanderous person. How anyone could say such mean things about a murder victim is beyond my comprehension. It’s so sad there is such evil in our world! Great article. I saw this story today on OWN network. So sad. Did anything ever come of who “laughable” is? I hope it’s no one dangerous just some mean idiot.

        • I passed along “Laughable”‘s comments to the Russellville Police Department and asked them to investigate him as the possible second person involved in the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer. I doubt he is laughing anymore. When a comment is made to my site, it does include the e-mail address of the person who sent it. The police can use that to find them. That e-mail address is never published publicly.

          I have passed comments on to other police departments in other stories. I always ask if they will update me on any developments in the case. Sometimes they do; sometimes they don’t.