Thursday, April 04, 2024

Attorney General: It's time to execute Rowan Ford's killer

(From Attorney General Andrew Bailey)

In an effort to enforce the laws as written, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced today that his office has requested that the Missouri Supreme Court set an execution date for Christopher Collings. 

In November of 2007, Christopher Collings abducted, raped, and murdered nine-year-old Rowan Ford of Stella, Missouri, in Newton County. 

Afterwards, Collings threw the victim’s body in a sinkhole near Powell, Missouri in McDonald County. Collings also burned the rope he used to strangle the victim, the blood-stained clothing he wore during the attack, and his blood-stained mattress. Collings eventually confessed to the police.

Collings was convicted in Phelps County by a jury selected from Platte County. During the punishment phase of the trial, the jury found that Collings had tortured the victim in a way that was vile, horrible, and inhumane. The jury also found that Collings murdered the victim to prevent her from testifying against him regarding the rape.

Collings’s conviction and sentence have been reviewed by the Missouri Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. No court has ever found any legal errors.

After the Attorney General files a motion to set an execution date, Collings’s lawyers will have time to respond. If the Missouri Supreme Court chooses to issue an execution warrant, the execution date will be set between 90 and 120 days from the Missouri Supreme Court’s order.

The stories of the murders of Rowan Ford and Doug Ringler of Carthage are told in Lost Angels, which is available in paperback and e-book editions at


Anonymous said...

Should have already been done, how much has this useless individual cost the taxpayers. I can’t believe they didn’t kill him in prison.

Anonymous said...

This Bastard has been able to wake up every morning - he should have been Executed or Killed in Prison - What a Worthless Piece of Crap - He should not be given another Second to Walk this Earth.

We have got to get Tough On Criminals and Stop being so PC (Political Correct and Worry about the Criminals Feelings).

Prayers for Rowan Ford's Family and Friends - Now lets get rid of this Useless Scum.

Anonymous said...

Was hoping for a slow, miserable death by his prison inmates. Didnt happen. Lets get him executed ASAP

Anonymous said...

This event traumatized my daughter who attended Triway. To this day it brings back bad memories. Should have been executed by hanging on the towns square but we are a nation who lets criminals get off way too easy. Guarantee public hangings would have would be criminals think twice .

Anonymous said...

Execution should be carried out with 30 days after a person is found guilty by a jury of their peers. No more of appeals and waiting. It's a longer grace period than their victims are given.

Anonymous said...

Well said more than fair