willie crain
willie crain

Willie Craine was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the sexual assault and murder of a seven year old girl. According to court documents Willie Craine would kidnap, sexually assault and murder seven year old Amanda Brown. Willie Craine would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

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Willie Craine 2021 Information

DC Number:096344
Birth Date:04/23/1946
Initial Receipt Date:09/14/2000
Current Facility:UNION C.I.
Current Custody:MAXIMUM
Current Release Date:DEATH SENTENCE

Willie Craine More News

Some days, Kathryn Hartman is overwhelmed

by guilt and despair, imagining her 7-year-old daughter

floating dead in Old Tampa Bay near the crab traps and the

fishing boats.

“How could I be so stupid?” she says. “What was I thinking?

Why didn’t some sort of instinct kick in?”

Three weeks ago, Hartman let a man she had met two days

earlier into her bed, and when morning came, her daughter,

Amanda Brown, was gone.

The man, Willie Crain Jr., turned out to be a convicted

child molester. And now he stands charged with kidnapping

and murdering Amanda.

Amanda’s body has not been found. But police discovered

blood consistent with Amanda’s DNA along the toilet rim and

on tissue in the toilet at Crain’s trailer. They believe

Crain dumped her body, perhaps in Old Tampa Bay, where as a

commercial fisherman he set his crab traps.

Crain, 52, was jailed without bail. He has said he has

no idea what happened to Amanda.

“There is no comparison of what I am now to what I was 14

years ago,” he told the St. Petersburg Times before he was

charged Thursday. “I was bad back then. I was fighting the

world. Now, I am a human being.”

Hartman, a single mother, had met the crabber at a bar

where his daughter worked, and invited him to her home.

Detectives say he gave Valium tablets to Hartman, telling

her it would relieve her back pain, then crawled into bed

beside her and Amanda as the woman drifted off to sleep.

Hartman awoke to her blaring alarm clock at 6:12 a.m.

and discovered Crain and her little girl gone.

At the police station, she learned that Crain had served

more than six years in prison beginning in 1985 for raping

five girls, all roughly her daughter’s age.

“I didn’t know what kind of man he was,” she says,


“I blame her,” Amanda’s father, Roy Brown, says of

Hartman. “You bring a man you don’t even know into your

house and you’ve got a young girl there. Tell me you’re not


Hartman says she had dismissed a gut feeling that Crain

was a bit strange, instead believing his daughter, who

described him as a good man looking for the right woman.

She says she and her daughter had spent part of the

evening at Crain’s trailer, where, after getting off the

telephone, she realized Crain and Amanda were in his

bedroom with the door closed. She says she opened the door

and saw Amanda standing between Crain’s knees, his arms

wrapped around her as he showed her how to use the remote


“It just didn’t look right,” Hartman says. She separated

the two and suggested it was time to head home. Crain

followed along back to her trailer, about a mile away in

the town of Seffner, just east of Tampa.

“He would not take a hint. Finally, I said, `Look, we’re

going to bed. You can lay down on the sofa if you need to

sober up,’ ” she recalls.

She says Crain instead followed them into the bedroom,

lying down fully clothed on the bed with her and Amanda.

Hartman, tired from the Valium, says she didn’t object.


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