May 17, 1997
Crummel facing eviction
The condo owner says she didn't know about his past.
By ANTONIO A.
The Orange County Register
NEWPORT BEACH - James Lee Crummel, the
convicted child molester and kidnaper whose presence in
Newport Beach led to a public outcy, will be served with an
eviction notice today, his condo's owner said.
Madelynn Forgey, daughter-in-law of
Crummel's roommate, Dr. Burnell Forgey, said she called
Crummel on Friday and told him he would be evicted. Crummel
has 30 days to leave.
Crummel, 53, said he might move out
before the deadline but doesn't know where he would
"We're still working on it," said
Crummel, adding sarcastically: "I'd be glad to accept all
ideas - and donations. "
Crummel said he was worried about who
would care for his elderly roommate if he leaves.
Madelynn Forgey said she and her husband
have known Crummel for years but knew nothing about his
criminal past. They learned about his convictions from
newspaper stories, which began after police distributed
notices in Crummel's Newport Crest neighborhood
"It's a serious situation," said Forgey,
the wife of Burnell Forgey's son, Duncan.
Neighbors, some of whom had offered to
buy the condominium, called the pending eviction good news
but resumed their nightly demonstration.
About 20 people, standing across the
street from Crummel's home, shouted accusations that he
committed other crimes, including three unsolved homicides.
Investigators in Anaheim, Big Bear City and Riverside County
have questioned Crummel about the deaths of the three boys,
but he has not been charged.
Neighbor Elton Welham said he is not
afraid of Crummel but wants to teach his two foster children
to stay away from men such as Crummel.
"This is going to happen again until our
Legislature changes the aws," Welham said.
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