Investigators interviewed Stockelman soon after Katie disappeared because he matched the description of a man seen with her that day.
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Police dismissed him as a suspect when a lie-detector test was inconclusive and another man confessed. Charles "Chuckie" Hickman, a year-old Crothersville resident, confessed to having been involved in the girl's death. Hickman told police he killed the girl after she discovered a methamphetamine operation.
They have never said why Hickman confessed to a crime he did not commit. Efforts to reach Katie's family were unsuccessful Thursday. Neace said he heard about the tattoo from friends and has no idea whether his daughter's distant cousin played any role. And when I think that -- I can't get to the point where I'm suppose sic to condemn them for their actions.
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But she urged readers to remember that Katie's family and friends tried to create good after her death by building a playground as a tribute to the girl. I think it's important to share that. To remind everyone that evil doesn't always breed more evil, and that sometimes out of the most horrific pain comes the most endearing tributes.
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If that wasn't enough, an eyewitness saw Collman riding in Stockelman's pickup truck. He pled guilty to avoid the death penalty. The court accepted and sentenced the man to life in prison.
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Locals watching the case found Stockelman too at ease in prison for their comfort in early interviews. This would soon change: He'd been transferred to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, where prison officials hadn't realized Katie Collman's cousin was also serving time [source: Several months after his intake, Stockelman turned up in the prison with a fresh, amateur tattoo applied to his forehead. It read, "Katie's Revenge. Were Sacco and Vanzetti Guilty of Murder?