Hey guys, this episode and blog post will discuss the senseless, cruel, and just plain evil murder of 16-year-old Benjamin Eastman iii from Randle, Washington.
On June 24, 2018, Benjamin Eastman went missing and is officially reported to the Lewis County Police Office on June 27th.
On June 28 police find his body in a shallow grave during a search for the missing teen.
Eastman was last seen by his father as they were together playing Ben’s favorite video game Rocket League until around 3 AM (June 23) when they both went to bed.
Who goes camping at 3 in the morning??
The next morning Ben was gone; however, the father did not find this unusual due to his son being a sociable teenage kid.
Plus with a population of 1,700 in Randle, it was tough to imagine anything happening to such a small community.
Cell phone records showed that Ben received several calls from his childhood friend (since kindergarten) Benito “Benny” Marquez, who was also sixteen at the time.
Messages showed Benito inviting Benjamin to go camping, keep in mind this is around 3 am.
When questioned Benny tells Benjamin’s father and investigators that he did invite Benjamin camping, but he never showed up.
Did you really think detectives are this dumb?
On June 28th, 2 am according to the Facebook post, Benito Marquez posts a missing flyer of his friend on his wall urging anyone with information to contact Benjamin’s father.
Later that same day on June 28th, police releases a press release saying that they are currently searching for both 16-year-old Benito Marquez and his 21-year-old brother Jonathon Adamson.
Detectives claim that they received a tip about the shallow grave which leads them to a remote site belonging to Benito’s grandfather.
The tip leads them first to an empty grave, and when questioned about it, Benito claimed that it was for a dog that he was going to bury.
*This first grave will become important later in the story
Detectives kept searching and eventually did find another shallow grave containing the missing teenager Benjamin Eastman.
The shallow grave was covered up haphazardly and marked with sticks forming the shape of a cross.
No words can describe these Evil Brothers
Both Benito and his older brother Jonathon were arrested on June 29th, nearly 125 miles away as they were trying to leave the area.
Both brothers were initially charged in Eastman’s death and were facing identical charges including first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains.
Lewis County brothers charged with murder & rape in death of Ben Eastman. Bail set at 10 mil each. Back in court Thurs the 12th Latest 6p pic.twitter.com/VNzoXRdFDb
— Michelle Esteban (@MichelleKOMO) July 2, 2018
According to court documents, the brothers lured Benjamin Eastman into camping on June 24th intending to murder him
After knocking the boy on the ground, they kicked and threw stones at his head and body more than 100 times for a period of up to 45 minutes.
“We knew that he would not suspect that we were going to kill him and used that trust to our advantage,” says Adamson
At one point the boy breaks free and escapes to his assailant’s car, locking himself inside, but Adamson unlocks the vehicle, pulls him back on the ground and resumes beating him to his death.
Adamson then takes a box cutter which he uses to slice open Eastman’s back.
Next, the two brothers find a stick, and as Marquez holds the head and shoulders, Adamson pulls down the boy’s trousers and uses the stick to assault him sexually.
Next one of the brothers pick up a large stone and forces it down on Benjamin’s head assuring his death.
Then the brothers strip Eastman of his clothes, which they burn, and using a shovel that they brought for this purpose they bury Eastman’s remains.
The reason there was the first grave was that the brothers were worried that someone would come across the shallow grave, so they decided to relocate the body to Benito’s relative’s property.
If momma says so.
In a shocking twist of events, 43-year-old Kindra Adamson (the mother of both boys) is arrested on July 10th and charged in the 1st degree of rendering criminal assistance.
Knowing about the murder for several days, Kindra Adamson not only lied to detectives, but she delayed the police which allowed her sons to flee the area.
Most shockingly, the mother was there when her boys were burning Eastman’s clothes, and she instructed them to relocate the body to the second location.
The mother faced a maximum of 20 years in prison, but she took a plea bargain agreeing to testify against her sons.
She received 14 months in prison. (do you think this is a fair sentence? comment below)
Should I tell my fiancee??
On July 11th, Jonathon Adamson’s fiancee, Emma Brown was also charged with two counts of rendering criminal assistance.
By noontime on July 13th, Jonathon’s fiancee, Emma Brown, makes bail and is released back home to care for her baby.
Emma Brown, fiancée of murder suspect Jonathan Adamson, was booked this evening on suspicion of Rendering Criminal Assistance, according to Lewis County Jail Roster. Sheriff’s office issued warrant for her arrest today. Adamson’s mom faces 2 counts of same charge. #komonews
— Gabe Cohen (@GabeCohenKOMO) July 12, 2018
Benjamin’s father talks to Dr. Phil.
So initially I was going to put these interviews in the podcast episode, but I then remembered that I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that, and I don’t want to be sued.
So here they are embedded on Talk murder:
Have fun in prison boys.
On Feb. 22 Benito was expected to plead guilty, which he changed from his initial not guilty plea and agreed to be a witness at his older brother’s trial.
In Lewis County this afternoon Benito Marquez appears in court in connection with the murder of Ben Eastman last month. Prosectuors say the 16-year-old Randle boy was beaten and sexually assaulted. Marquez, 16, just pleaded not guilty to four counts, including murder. pic.twitter.com/oKu7WKKB97
— Jennifer Sullivan (@SeattleSullivan) July 19, 2018
The reason he did this was to use the Miller-fix, and according to a post from the Washington Defender Association, essentially mandates that a juvenile receives a 25-year sentence for an aggravated murder conviction – “with an opportunity for release after serving the minimum 25-year sentence.”
Jonathon Adamson was also expected to plead guilty but later changed his mind.
Benito, now 17 years old was sentenced to 413 months, just over 34 years, in prison. However, he can apply for an early release after 20 years, because he was a minor at the time of the murder.
On February 28th, 2019 Jonathon Adamson pleads not guilty to new charges brought against him including first-degree aggravated murder, first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree assault, first-degree rendering criminal assistance, tampering with physical evidence, unlawful disposal of remains and two counts of tampering with a witness.
Something positive to end this episode?
Okay, I have three small positive things, even though they are nowhere in comparison to the horrible murder of Benjamin Eastman, but here they are.
The Miami Dolphins honored the family (Benjamin was a huge fan) with a signed helmet and presented to his father.
Benjamin’s school also dedicated his old locker as a memorial for him as well, which in my opinion was pretty rad.
Lastly, if you want to support the family in this awful time, please donate on their GoFundMe page here.
Don’t forget to tell me your thoughts below!