There doesn't appear to be much mystery about who killed 42-year-old Denzle Rainey. According to a police report, Forsythia Owen, thirty, has admitted to beating Rainey to death using a baseball bat.
However, Owen has told authorities she committed this gruesome act because Rainey had molested a child -- an assertion utterly rejected by his estranged wife.
Photos, video and details below.
There are no shortage of indications that Rainey was going through a difficult patch. According to 7News, he and his wife, Lisa Ewing Rainey, were at odds, and he wound up sleeping in an alley between the 3600 block of South Sherman and South Grant, not far from Owen's apartment.
Clues aplenty about his difficult situation can be seen on his Facebook page. Most of the photos in its album feature his kids, who pose in his profile photo. However, the thumbnail that accompanies this shot features a somber Rainey posing over the tombstone of a loved one. Here's a similar image from his page:
Moreover, Rainey's posts throughout the month of September grew increasingly desperate. Here are some examples:
September 2: i think its time to leave denver dont reay got anything to stay here for
September 8: hey if anybody can help me out I have to come up with 15 bucks so I can get my meds
September 9: you can think im playing but im at the bottem and im not coming up this is the end i love u all see you in another time im gone
September 10: im had everything now im just lost I lost evrerym thing in my life.... i realy thinkits all over now i got some pills and im going to sleep now
September 12: I THINK ITS ALL OVER NOW
September 14: i lost every thing i ever had now im lost im going to end it all now god blessll u all.... im going to take pills and drink untell i don't wake up no moore.... if im not here tomarow u will know why good buy now im out see ya
September 17: I am in need of some where to stay for two weeks untell I go back to the rehab can any body help me out
The last post by Rainey, on September 19, is somewhat more optimistic: It reads, "im still here and doing ok for now." But the positive tone proved short-lived. He was found beaten to death in the alley where he'd been sleeping just after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 22.
Continue for more about the arrest of Forsythia Owen and the death of Denzle Rainey, including additional photos and a video.
In the affidavit obtained by 7News, Owen is quoted as telling Englewood police investigators that a child had told her that Rainey "had touched and sexually abused her."
At some point afterward, Owen allegedly told officers about learning Rainey slept in the alley -- so she grabbed a bat and approached him while he slept. From there, the affidavit reads, "Owen stood up and said she killed him. Owen swung her hands back and forth and demonstrated how she struck Rainey over and over again because of what he did to [name redacted]."
The Denver Post reports that on Monday, before speaking with police, Owen posted the following comment to her own Facebook page: "Going to prison!" That line is no longer there, but the page contains numerous artsy images of Owen, including this one....
...and this one:
Meanwhile, Lisa Rainey has placed a number of posts on Denzle's page, including this one:
Hi!!!! This is Lisa.......
I want to let everyone know that my late husband Denzle Eugene Rainey didn't commit suicide....He was beaten to death on Sunday morning....yes it was a hate crime....
It's too soon to know whether this last description will stand up, but one witness offers another take on what happened: He says Owen was "babbling and babbling" about child molestation prior to her fatal act.
Look below to see a larger version of Owen's mug shot, followed by the aforementioned 7News report.
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