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  

Donan Chapman confirmed that her husband had set the alarm for 4 a.m. that morning, but she thought it was because he needed to pick up a pump from a work site. Mrs. Chapman would not be charged with any crime.

But Mrs. Newkirk was. By 10 a.m., she was in custody, found sitting in the driver’s seat of her husband’s Nissan pickup, which was parked at a gas station a few miles west on Interstate 40 at Plumerville.

She started talking too, and all of the stories led to Jon Brawner.

The Other Woman

Late in the afternoon, after David Newkirk spilled his guts, Sheriff Smith gave him a phone and recorded the conversation as Newkirk called Brawner.

Newkirk told Brawner that “everything went south,” that he’d been hiding in the woods all day and that he needed a ride. Brawner said he was in Little Rock and couldn’t help, and Newkirk warned Brawner that if he got caught he was going to tell the police what happened. Which, of course, he had already done.

Brawner called back and gave Newkirk another phone number to call. Sheriff Smith recorded as Newkirk called the number and talked to a woman named Michelle, who said she would pick him up at Menifee.

Just after 6 p.m., less than 11 hours after the attack on Jim Daven, a third suspect was picked up: 38-year-old Michelle Sharpe of Little Rock, with whom Brawner had been having an on-again, off-again affair that persisted through several years.

Sharpe told Smith new details about Brawner’s plan to abduct his former employer and force him to make transactions. The money, she said, was supposed to be turned into bearer bonds that Brawner would cash at banks in the Cayman Islands or elsewhere in the Caribbean.

And Brawner had told her that “there was nothing like watching someone die.”

Brawner had told several of his running buddies that he had already embezzled $7 million from Daven, but Daven told Arkansas Business that may have been what Brawner hoped to do.

“His intent was to kidnap me … and he had in his head that I would liquidate 10 or 12 million dollars from client accounts,” Daven said.



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