O.A.R.A. Was A Terrifying Group Made Up Of High School Students

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There is a crazy criminal case in Colorado. Isaac Grimes was convicted of murdering his best friend, Tony Dutcher when he was only 15 years old. He is currently serving a 60-year sentence. Grimes plead guilty to second-degree murder, but the most shocking part was why he claims he did this. It all began in 1999 when Grimes was a freshman at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. He did not have many friends. He soon became friends with a charismatic senior named Simon Sue. They shared an interest in chess and video games. Grimes states that Sue offered him a chance to join his club, the Operations and Reconnaissance Agents. For Grimes, who was desperate to have connections with others, hanging out with Sue and being invited to join the O.A.R.A was everything he could ask for. Sue told him that the group of boys, which included fellow high schoolers Jon Matheny and Glen Urban, would look out for one another and they would become a team. Grimes' parents were skeptical of the relationship.

Grimes and his so-called band of brothers would quickly move on from fun and harmless activities to much more dangerous and darker ones. Grimes claimed that Sue took the boys to a local range to practice shooting weapons, and he taught them how to clean and assemble firearms. The group was organized in a paramilitary structure with Simon in command. "I started out as a lieutenant, and then became a major, and then a lieutenant colonel," Grimes stated. Grimes also says he was forced to eat and drink until he vomited and that he was forced to watch "Faces of Death," a notorious cult film featuring gruesome footage of animals and humans being killed. Their mission was to be prepared to fend off a coup in the Sue family's native land, the small South American country of Guyana. Grimes claims he missed possible warning signs partly because he was under tremendous pressure. He now believes that Sue had been brainwashing him. He not only believed that Sue would take action against him and his loved ones, but that the O.A.R.A. was a global organization that infiltrated into local law enforcement.

So when Sue ordered Grimes to "prove his loyalty" by not just committing murder, but by killing his former best friend, Tony Dutcher, and his family, the younger boy readily agreed. On New Year's Eve 2000, Grimes viciously sliced Dutcher's throat, almost decapitating him in the process. Dutcher's grandparents, Joann and Carl Dutcher, were also found shot to death in their home.

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Gloria Caputa

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