The Murder of Carl Yoakem

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The Murder


On January 12th, 1985, Truman Watts shot and killed Carl Yoakmen. The Murder was said to be witnessed my multiple bystanders at around 5:30pm. Once the police had arrived on the seen at around 5:50pm, Carl was pronounced dead on the seen. Carl Yoakem died from a single shot to abdomen by a close range 12-gauge shotgun. [1]

Truman Watts turned himself over to the authorities and was instantly arrested for Carl Yoakmen's murder.[2]

Yoakem's murder was the first murder since three years prior in Rittman.[3]

Carl Yoakem's Previous Arrest

Carl Yoakem was previously arrested after a police chase in 1980. He was said to have been driving at over 40mph and was only stopped once he ran into an embank.[4]

Newspaper Articles


  1. The Daily Record, Sat. January 12, 1985.
  2. The Daily Record, Sat. January 12, 1985.
  3. The Daily Record, Sat. January 12, 1985.
  4. Rittman Press, Wed. July 9, 1980.