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CFJ: Police Protected Pimp – Chapter 8 “Safest Place She Could Be”

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After being chased out of town by a Columbia Police Department sting operation, Barry Manthe eases back onto the scene, opening up a brothel in a small office building in Columbia’s Business Loop corridor. But the evidence of a budding relationship between Barry and the police begins to come to light as the family of one of his sex workers struggles to get her into rehab and take custody of her young daughter.

Police Protected Pimp utilizes interviews, police reports and other evidence to explore the relationship between the Columbia Missouri Police Department and Barry Manthe, a longtime sex trafficker who was granted virtual immunity in exchange for acting as a police informant.

Columbia Police Department Reports: 2009-010537-1; On 08-21-09, I sent out a memo to all Columbia Police Officers asking them to be on the lookout for a vehicle matching that of the suspect(s) in this case, as well as a description of the female provided by the victim in this case, Richard MILLER.A short time later, I received a call from Officer T. Thomason, who advised me the vehicle sounded similar to that which was owned by Barry MANTHE, who is a known “pimp” for local prostitutes.Officer Thomason later located MANTHE, and was able to identify the suspect in this case as Melody Merae GREEN. GREEN returned the ring in question to Officer Thomason.
On 09-10-09, after several attempts to contact/locate MILLER, Det.McLane and I did locate MILLER at his residence on Bob-O-Link Drive. MILLER declined prosecution as, when this crime was committed, he was committing the crime of promoting/patronizing prostitution. The ring was given back to MILLER.This case should be considered exceptionally cleared given that the suspect Melody GREEN, has been identified, her whearabouts are known, and the victim is declining to assist in the prosecution of GREEN.

2006-006541-1 Melissa Baker (with redactions) : Melissa Baker said she was tired and frustrated with the ongoing accusation that she was causing some type of harm or placing her child in harms way. She was tired of all this and wanted to have it resolved. Baker said that her child was not present and her child was staying at an address on Pershing. Officer Lee and Officer Tate then escorted Baker to the Pershing area and it was determined that 208 Pershing was the location of the child.
Upon myself and other officers arriving at that location, we made contact with the resident, Danette Knedler. Knedler stated she owns the residence. Knedler said she has been a long time friend of Melissa Baker’s. Knedler said Baker has stayed at her residence on an off. Knedler said that [redacted] has been residing at 208 Pershing for at least the past week. I briefly spoke with [redacted] while she was in the arms of Knedler. [redacted] was wearing only a pair of shorts. I could not see any physical signs of abuse. [redacted] appeared to be happy. [redacted] was smiling and talkative. [redacted] did not shy away from myself, other officers or anyone else at the location. I continued to speak with Knedler about [redacted] and Melissa Baker
staying there. I asked how long Melissa Baker had been staying there, and Knedler could not really provide me an answer. I asked her how many times during the past week she has slept there, and she could not come up with a number of nights. Ultimately she said five to seven nights. I asked Knedler if I could come in and take a look around the residence to verify its cleanliness and that no signs of abuse have been occurring. Knedler was very hesitant to allow me into the residence. I further explained that I needed to check the residence any time a concern exists about a child’s welfare. Knedler then invited me into the residence, showed me the living room area and the kitchen. There was food in the refrigerator and freezer. The parts of the residence I was in appeared to be livable. There was also another child present in the house. I asked Knedler where [redacted] was sleeping. Knedler said that everyone was currently sleeping in the living room, since that was the only room in the house that had air-conditioning (window unit). Officer Lee and I continued to speak with Baker about various topics and levels of responsibility. We could determine no probable cause that harm was occurring to [redacted] and Knedler was responsible enough to care for [redacted]. I contacted Detective Pitman and advised him of our findings. He requested that I contact the original complainants and advise them of our findings. At approximately 2200 hours, I contacted Felicia Baker. I advised Baker that I had located both Melissa Baker and [redacted], and that each

of them were fine. Felicia Baker asked where they were located, and I told her that at the request of Melissa Baker, I would not divulge the child’s location. Felicia Baker said she was attempting to have commit papers drawn on Melissa Baker, which would then give them the opportunity to take custody of Sienna. I advised them that they needed to complete that paperwork, submit it and when an address was needed, the proper authorities could page me and I would disclose that information to them to assist in the service of those papers.
CPD Reports: 2011-010491 Melissa Baker Theft; 2012-000969 Papineau & Melissa Baker

CPD Report: Attempted Rape at Brothel2013-012877 Pruett attempt rape; 2014 Robbery at Brothel 2014-004534 (1) robbery Ron & Barry Assault on Klatt at Brothel 2014-006454 (1) Klatt assault

Executive Producer: Matt Akins
Citizens For Justice:


Interview Subjects: (Change depending on chapter)
Melissa Baker
Iris Faheem
Associate Producer:
Steve Easterling


Voice Over:

Tera Eckerle:


Full Cast and Supporting Documentation:
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Samantha Kempf as Melissa Baker

Greg Rodgers as CPD Officer Tim Thomason

Trenton Grierson as CPD Officer

Steve Easterling as Barry Manthe

Hailey Lyon as Melissa Baker’s daughter

Tera Eckerle as Narrator


Additional Filming and Post Production
New Picture Studios:


Production Consideration:
Wyse Law Firm, P.C.:


Assistant Editor:
Gregory Meeks


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