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The fight to keep a real life monster behind bars
DEER PARK, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- The victim of a horrible crime asked for help and the community responded in a big way.
A local woman was in her teens when Larry Tatum raped her, tossed her in a dumpster and set her on fire. Tatum will be up for parole and his victim wants to keep him in prison.
Two local police chiefs called Tatum a, "real life monster." One day he will get out of prison, the only question will be, when? Local 12 told people about Larry Tatum's upcoming parole hearing. 341 people had signed an online petition to keep him behind bars.
After the Local 12 story aired, the number soared to nearly 1,300 and there is still two weeks before Tatum's hearing.
In 1977 Tatum, a psychopath, picked up a 16-year-old girl named Donna along Montgomery Road. In Silverton he beat her senseless, raped her and then tossed her unconscious body into a dumpster. Tatum then set her on fire with gasoline.
Believe it or not she survived. Donna has had more than 2 dozen surgeries, she lost fingers, suffered horrible burns all over her body but through it all, she never lost her spirit. Still worried about Donna's safety, Local 12 didn't identify her in the story. But she asked for the community's help to keep Tatum in prison.
Tatum was sentenced to 15 to 55 years, he has been in for 36.
CLICK HERE to sign the petition to keep Tatum in jail.
The hearing is set for August 5 and 6. Larry Tatum's parole hearing is August 2014 so there is still time for the community to speak up against his parole.
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