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Murders of angry pro-choice man on minds of local residents

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Pouillon’s daughter: Father would have loved how far his death reached


A year after the murder of anti-abortion activist Jim Pouillon, Mary Jo Pouillon of Owosso still misses her father everyday. But it’s a feeling the 27-year-old can temper knowing her father’s cause has reached more people through his death than in life.

“He always told me that he hoped that when he died that it was out on the corner doing work that God has called him to do. And that’s exactly what happened,” Mary Jo Pouillon said. “And so many more people heard about his story and his activism and his cause because of his death. And he would have loved that.”

Tragedy struck on the morning of Sept. 11, 2009, when Jim Pouillon was gunned down by a man in a white Ford pickup truck as he protested across the street from Owosso High School with a graphic anti-abortion sign.

Later identified as Harlan Drake of Owosso, the killer then went to Fuoss Gravel Pit in Owosso Township, and shot and killed owner Mike Fuoss. After traveling back to his home on Shiawassee Street, Drake was arrested by police, confessed to the two killings and was eventually jailed on murder charges.

A family memorial service with a cremation for Pouillon followed, and family and friends also packed Nelson-House Funeral Home to attend Fuoss’s funeral.

Following her father’s death, Mary Jo Pouillon said she received hundreds of cards mailed from all over the United States and the world. Pro-life activists also have held demonstrations in Jim Pouillon’s honor, she added.


The tragedy of Jim’s murder is that it could have been avoided if the police had taken threats against pro-lifers seriously.

During the trial, former Owosso city councilman Michael Cline testified that he received several calls from, Drake’s mother, Kim Staples in the days leading up to the shootings, asking if he could do anything about Pouillon’s graphic signs.

He described her tone as “evil” and “nasty.”

“The conversation started the exact same way every morning, ‘He’s still there,’” he said.

She told him she would “send her boys over to go see Jim.”

“I didn’t think that anything like that would ever happen,” Cline said. ( And that is the “mistake” that authorities make, they fail to take threats against pro-life people seriously)

After the shootings, Cline testified that Staples called him and said “I have solved the city’s problem, my son has shot Jim Pouillon.”

Edwards said Staples was upset about the graphic pro-life signs that Pouillon would show children in front of Owosso High School and that Staples felt she was wronged by Fuoss and a local real estate agent.

Drake told police that the night before the shootings he intended to kill Pouillon if he saw him at the school the next day.“I just drove and stopped, and I shot (Jim Pouillon),” Drake said during an interview recorded by police the day of the shootings. “He was still moving so I shot him one more time. I aimed under the ribcage going up toward the heart.”

“I figured if he was there, I’d make sure he wasn’t there (again)…

The first person on the scene,testified , that “Jim tried to protect himself with his sign as he was shot a number of times all over his chest, she saw the shooter rest his arm on the window to steady his right hand as he fired multiple shots at Pouillon

Typical of the media- they tried to discount the fact that James Pouillon was murdered because of the killers beliefs on abortion. Harlan Drake was pro-abortion and pro-choice plain and simple despite the media’s downplaying it !

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TODAY- Jim’s name wasn’t even mentioned in the news media- he has been forgotten by those who support abortion- but not by me ! The violence against the unborn continues every day, and the violence against pro-lifers who try to protect the innocent children also continues.

Just as recent as a few day ago- pro-lifers were again threatened with violence with guns.

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The man, identified in police reports as Hal Cox of Arizona, brought his 16-year old daughter to Curtis Boyd’s Southwestern Women’s Options for an abortion and became upset when his wife and daughter voluntarily approached two sidewalk counselors that spoke with them about abortion alternatives. He flashed what appeared to be a gun and threatened to shoot them if they said anything else to his daughter.

Police were called to the scene where they discovered that Cox was in immediate possession of a magazine filled with bullets. They also discovered a number of firearms in the trunk of his vehicle. Police confiscated the weapons.

Pro-Life protesterBud Shaver said , “This guy threatened to “put a bullet in your head, if you talk to her.” The police responded appropriately and took him away in handcuffs. They cleared Boyd’s clinic to search for the gun (SWAT style). Everyone including staff had to come out with their hands up. We have had a lot of threats on our lives. It is great the police are starting to take these threats seriously. The pro-aborts are truly the violent ones. It is time people started realizing that! ”

Shaver told Operation Rescue that he has been threatened a number of times since he has been in Albuquerque, but the police never responded in the way they did on Saturday.

“We are thankful that no one was injured and that the police took appropriate action,” said Newman. “Violence against pro-lifers has become something that we have to guard against every day. Those who reach out to women in front of abortion clinics should not be afraid to continue to do so, but should always have security and an awareness of their surroundings in mind.”