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Rodney’s trial attorney had a very good reputation of winning tough cases which was part of the reason Rodney’s family hired him. They knew this was an extremely serious case and they knew Rodney’s very life was on the line. What they didn’t know at the time, but found out much later, was that Mr. Hampe also had another life. That life involved association with known criminals and legal troubles of his own; before, during and after Rodney’s trials. In fact an alleged co-conspirator in a fraudulent investment scheme, Jack G. Turner, was cooperating with authorities in their investigation of Mr. Hampe at the time Rodney’s case was being investigated and tried. But Mr. Turner never had the chance to tell his whole story because he was found murdered the very day Rodney’s second trial started. It is hard to believe that with the ongoing legal and personal turmoil in his life, Mr. Hampe was able to give Rodney’s trial the careful and professional preparation, attention and performance required to defend an innocent man in a death penalty case. Had Rodney or his family known about or been made aware of Mr. Hampe’s legal issues, they would have certainly looked for a different attorney who could have focused more on his client than his own legal troubles.

Shortly after the trial Mr. Hampe cut off contact with Rodney’s family and never even collected the rest of the money that was owed to him for his legal fees. Mr. Hampe left St. Louis permanently a few years after Rodney’s conviction. Numerous attempts have been made by Rodney’s family and attorneys to contact him but he has avoided all contact or correspondence with Rodney, his family, or his attorneys. If anyone is in contact with him or knows how to contact him please contact Rodney, his family or the Midwest Innocence Project, or ask Mr. Hampe to get in touch with us immediately. His input, feedback and explanations would be very welcomed. Thank you.




5D Video Grame Franchiser Charged with Fraud 5/16/1982

Family of Con-Game Suspect Reported Living on Welfare 5/23/1982

Help Wanted in Paying Bail of Alleged Want-Ad Con Man 6/6/1982

Fraud Suspect Accused of Theft 2/23/1983

A Conman/HD Con Man-Informant Found Shot to Death 10/4/1983

Lawyer Denies Bilking Firm's Investors 3/11/1986

Lawyer Aided in Man's Swindle of 4 Investors, Prosecutor Says 3/12/1986

SAT County Judge Acquits Lawyer Accused of Swindling Four Investors out of more than $30,000 3/22/1986




Compilation of the following St. Louis Post

articles 1988-1999

Defense Says Lawyer is Culprit
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Wednesday, March 2, 1988

Marshal Protected Felon, Tape Suggests
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Thursday, March 3, 1988

Court Employees Testify Against Former Marshal St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Saturday, March 5, 1988

Felon found $700, witness says
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Tuesday, March 8, 1988

Fired Marshal Denies Charge by Prosecutor
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Thursday, March 10, 1988

Missing Lawyer had a Key Role in Trial
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Friday, March 18, 1988




State vs. Wahby 8/9/1989

As Execution Nears, Let's Hope the Courts got this One Right
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sunday, February 21, 1999

Local Lawyer Under Fire 4/4/1999

Lawyers ex-wife clears her name 4/18/1999

Civil Suit against Cheyenne attorney close to being settled 4/27/1999

Attorney settles suit 5/16/1999

Attorney Suspended 6/22/1999

Supreme Court disbars attorney 11/28/2002

Missouri Disbarment May 2005