Family fights to keep Olathe mass killer behind bars

Danny Crump's booby-trap bomb killed six people in 1980

Kara Marxer
June 04, 2018 - 5:05 am

Kansas Dept. of Corrections

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A man is up for possible parole, 38 years after killing six members of a family in Olathe.

The remaining members of that family will do everything they can to make sure that does not happen. 

On September 20, 1980, 27-year-old Danny Crump rigged 10 sticks of dynamite into a bomb to murder his ex-wife, Diane Post, her husband and four other family members. Set upon the hood of Diane's car, Crump's device worked perfectly. It destroyed the car and most of the house nearby.

The dead were identified as Diane Post Crump, 19, her father and mother, Robert, 51, and Norma Jeanne Post, 47, sister, Susan Post, 20, and two brothers, Richard Post, 21, and James Post, 20.

State records show Crump is serving six life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility. Under current sentencing guidelines, Crump would not be released, but under 1980 law, he was eligible for parole after only 15 years.

Modern sentencing guidelines would require six consecutive life sentences, with 40 years for parole eligibility for each sentence, a minimum of 240 years.   

Post's family worked hard with state lawmakers in 1995 to change the parole hearings from every three years to every ten.

"To have to come back for a man that murdered six people of our family for a fourth time is just ludicrous," said Randy Foster, who was only 4-months-old when the explosion killed his mother, grandparents, aunt and two uncles.

While he was too young to have memories of the horrific crime, Foster finds it difficult to watch family members relive it.

"In their eyes, in their facial expressions, how they carry themselves when everybody's talking about this," Foster said.

The bomb was set inside a package, hooked up to a motorcycle battery and rigged to go off when someone opened the package. Crump has claimed he only wanted to scare Diane and her family. 

Lori Jornay, who was 7 years old and playing in the front yard of the Post home when the bomb went off, has blocked all memory of the explosion.

"Him being out on the streets is just not justice for what we lost," Jornay said.

The family is scheduled to testify Monday, when they will ask the parole board to keep Crump behind bars another decade.

"We're tired of fighting," Jornay said of the parole board hearings. "Each time we hope it's the last time we have to do it."


 

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