Police say that Allen Roland Prue, one of two alleged killers in the murdered Vermont teacher case of Melissa Jenkins, wanted to “get a girl,” the night they committed their crime, according to Fox News. Michael Keith Spell told the FBI that those same words came out of the mouth of Lester Van Waters, his alleged accomplice in the disappearance and suspected murder of Montana teacher Sherry Arnold.
That’s two different female teachers both falling prey (within the span of three months) to two separate criminal leaders wanting to “get a girl.”
In the Arnold case, both men accused of the Sidney teacher’s murder had allegedly participated in drug activity prior to the crime, with Waters telling Spell that smoking crack cocaine “brought out the devil” in him.
Drug use can increase sexual drive and excitement, with Spell’s confession highlighting that probability in Waters.
It is unknown if drugs played a role in the motivation for the Vermont teacher’s abduction, however, or if the motivation was already “sexually motivated” due to Prue’s previous lust for Jenkins, as the prosecution thinks.
It is also unknown if Prue incorporated the use of Waters’ “get a girl” comment into his own crime due to hearing the term used on national television or not. What is known, however, is that Prue allegedly did have a sexual interest in Jenkins, who had rebuffed his advances in the past, going so far as to not hire him anymore to clear her driveway of snow in the winter.
In addition, the fact that the Prue duo allegedly plotted to lure Jenkins from her home suggests strongly that the “get a girl” phrase Prue used was never about a random victim, like in the missing Montana teacher’s case.
The phrase “get a girl,” however, doesn’t leave much to the imagination of what was the probable intent for obtaining a female victim by Waters or Prue. And the fact that both women’s bodies were disrobed, which is often the case in sexual assault crimes, supports the great likelihood that some type of sexual assault may have occurred in the Jenkins and Arnold cases.
Due to the fact that both the Montana and Vermont teachers’ bodies were only found recently by law enforcement, and the fact that there is an ongoing investigation in each case, autopsy findings have not been made available to the public. So it is unknown if either female victim actually suffered a sexual assault during captivity or not, yet.
In addition to alleged drug use prior to Sherry Arnold’s abduction, her alleged killers, 47-year-old Waters and 22-year-old Spell, had criminal records. In fact, Waters had a lengthy criminal record before Arnold’s disappearance, and Spell is still looking at a possible drug-related case in Colorado.
On the other hand, neither 30-year-old Allen Prue, nor his 33-year–old wife Patricia L. Osborne Prue, had a criminal record at the time the Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins was lured into an abduction scenario. This makes them seem unlikely as sexually violent criminals, but their arrests suggests otherwise.
It will be important to see if Prue was involved in drug use immediately preceeding his alleged crime against Melissan Jenkins like Lester Waters and Michael Spell in the Sherry Arnold case.
One common habit Allen Prue did have with Lester Waters in regards to violating the law was that both men had a history of getting traffic tickets. According to WPTV, Lester Waters’ traffic violations included DUIs, leaving the scene of an accident and driving repeatedly without a license.
The Orleans County Record reported that Prue had two speeding tickets and another ticket was issued by law enforcement for defective equipment, which could be something as simple as having a broken or non-working vehicle headlight.
Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins and Montana teacher Sherry Arnold both became victims to men who said they wanted to “get a girl.” Did drug use play a significant role in the two couples committing their alleged first murders, as Spell suggests,