Jonathan Brawner, Mastermind of One Failed Kidnapping, Claims He Hid John Glasgow's Body

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 12:00 am  

The Brawners sued, and a federal court jury returned a split decision: No, the Brawners weren’t responsible for the arson, but yes, they had lied to the insurance company. The Brawners were granted a second trial, at which Allstate concentrated solely on the misrepresentations. The second jury also ruled in Allstate’s favor, and so did the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis. The Brawners received no insurance settlement, but neither were they charged with any crime.

Jon Brawner went back to work for Daven at his commodities brokerage, Commercial Grain Inc.

In late 2008, Daven discovered that Brawner had stolen company checks and written them to himself, pocketing about $6,000. Daven called in the police, but Brawner “walked,” Daven said, by coming up with money for restitution.

Shortly after that, about six months before the attack, Conway police informed Daven that Brawner had allegedly offered an acquaintance money — a mere $1,300 — to kill Daven. The acquaintance instead went to the police, but no charges were filed.

Brawner left the securities industry for good, landing a job as an explosives technician fracking for natural gas for Cudd Energy Services in Conway.

The Right to Remain Silent

David Newkirk, Daven’s 300-pound attacker, had the right to remain silent, but he didn’t. He told Conway County investigators that J.C. Chapman, a co-worker at Cudd, had approached him about doing a job for another co-worker, Jon Brawner.

Newkirk said Brawner and Chapman had planned the attack, and Brawner had promised to pay off Newkirk’s bills if he would help abduct Jim Daven.

J.C. Chapman’s widow, Donan, told investigators that her husband was expecting to be paid at least $1,800 — enough to get caught up on their car payments — for doing a job for a co-worker named Jon. Donan Chapman said her husband, a Mormon, was considered an outcast at work because he didn’t drink or smoke, but pay cuts at Cudd had left them in such financial straits that even his wife believed he was capable of doing something illegal for money.

According to Newkirk’s account, Brawner expected to get $3 million from Daven after Newkirk and Chapman delivered him and his pickup to a cabin in Van Buren County.

The plan was laid out over several weeks, and Daven remembered that Chapman, a total stranger, had come to his house about three weeks before the attack and asked questions about property for sale nearby.

Newkirk’s wife, Tiffany, then 22, had driven him and Chapman from their homes in Vilonia to a drop-off spot near the Daven house at 4:45 a.m., and they laid in wait for almost three hours before Daven came out to get in his truck.



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