The Donovan & Burns Drama Continues

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Chad Fulks

Search For Victims

In Murder Spree Stalled

By David Reynolds,

Star News Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Efforts to find, identify and return the remains of two women presumed to have been murdered to their families recently suffered a pair of setbacks.

Alice Donovan and Samantha Burns disappeared in the fall of 2002. While their killers are on death row, the final resting places of the victims remain a mystery.

On Friday, authorities learned that two months of DNA testing on bones found in January in South Carolina, which are believed to be Donovan's, failed to confirm the bones are hers.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, public information officer for the Horry County (S.C.) Police Department, said the remains, which were found in that county, are on their way to another lab, which will try to identify them.

Last weekend, the Wilmington-based CUE Center for Missing Persons concluded its most recent effort to find the remains of Burns in Wayne County, W.Va.

The search was a cooperation between CUE volunteers, W.Va. State Police, the FBI and friends of the Burns family. Crews were led to the search area by one of the women's suspected killers, Chadrick Evan Fulks, who corresponded with CUE founder Monica Caison from death row.

In January, Fulks sent Caison maps and letters, which led her to the bones in Horry County, S.C.

The success of that search led Caison to seek more information from Fulks, a federal death row inmate, and to launch the search for Burns, which was unsuccessful.

"We're not giving up," she said of hopes to eventually find Burns' remains. "But we're finished with these maps and this information."

The Case

On Nov. 11, 2002, Fulks and Brandon Leon Basham kidnapped Burns, 19, from a parking lot in Huntington, W.Va. The men had recently escaped from a Kentucky jail and were in the midst of a 17-day, multi-state crime spree, authorities have said.

Donovan, a 44-year-old mother, disappeared three days later from a parking lot in Conway, S.C. In the months and years that followed, numerous searches for Donovan, or her remains, would be conducted in Brunswick County.

Though the women's bodies have yet to be discovered, or in Donovan's case, identified, both are presumed dead. Fulks and Basham have been sentenced to death in connection with Donovan's killing.

Burns and Donovan's families have said they still hope to find their loved one's remains and bury them properly.

Still Waiting

For Donovan's family, a break appeared to come in January when bones were found off Watertower Road, off S.C. 90 in the Longs section of Horry County.

Since that discovery followed Caison's correspondence with Fulks, the finding provided the impetus for another search for Burns.

After hours on the phone with Fulks, Caison worked with authorities and planned a search in Wayne County.

Based on Fulks' directions, volunteers and authorities searched numerous areas near railroad tracks around W.Va. 75, Caison said.

The 16 days of searching culminated last weekend with upwards of 100 volunteers, searching with everything from shovels and rakes to earth-moving equipment and K-9's, Caison said.

They didn't find anything.

"I don't know if he's confused as far as where he put her - I don't know," Caison said. "All I know is where we searched, she's not."

Meanwhile, Kegler, the police spokesman, said Donovan's remains are headed to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. That lab, Kegler said, has a better track record with identifications than the prior one at the University of South Carolina.

Police also sent DNA swabs from Donovan's relatives so scientists can compare the DNA they'll attempt to extract from the bones to the family's DNA.

The Texas lab is the same one that identified remains discovered off Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington last year.

The lab succeeded in identifying the remains as Allison Jackson-Foy, 34, of Wilmington and Angela Nobles Rothen, 42, of New Hanover County, but the process took months.

Last June, an official with the lab, which does identifications for free for law enforcement, said it has a backlog of more than 250 unidentified people.

Kegler said lab officials have told him the case will be a priority.

He hopes to have the identification back in a month.

"Closure for the family is number one," Kegler said. "We also want to be able to get confirmation that we don't have an unsolved homicide as well."

David Reynolds: 343-2075


BMW Comments


About the only thing that comes to my mind at this point is -- {If} the remains found in Horry County are {not} Alice Donovan's, then whose are they?

How could Chad Fulks direct people to these remains, unless he murdered the human they belonged to?

And, if they are not Alice Donovan, then it appears to me that Chad Fulks and Branden Basham may have murdered even more women that we originally thought they did. Guess I wouldn't be surprised to learn that.

Still, I wonder why Fulks is playing such a cat and mouse game with Monica Caison? He didn't seem willing to play with me at all .... wonder why. Don't suppose it was because I had some truth and facts that he didn't want to come out, do you?

I'm standing firm on where I said Burns will be located. Not budging one inch, regardless of what anyone says. Time will tell if I'm right or wrong -- and then -- so will I.

I think I'll take this opportunity to reprint a letter that I received from Chad Fulks through another source. After his letter is my response to him: This information can be found on my 11th page of this ongoing drama:


A Letter From Chad Fulks, via Tracy Graybeal

Received via e-mail 7/19/06:

Ms. Wells,

Chad Fulks was told about your site and asked me to e-mail his response letter to you in hopes that it will be posted. Seeing as how your site is one-sided, and has a lot of information about him, he felt that he has the right to respond and defend himself.

It's a shame some people such as the world renowned Bonnie M. Wells finds a twisted sense of satisfaction from maliciously bashing others she knows little, if anything, about. In this case, I, Chad Fulks, am that person.

Without enunicating any evidence to support her conclusory claims against me, she prefers to make bland, insipid insinuations against me. Her critical analysis of my life without providing any specifics to support her theories, confirm her sinister motives. If she (or anyone else for that matter) wishes to discuss any legitimate issues, accusations and/or claims germane to the cases, I would be more than happy to answer those with both copious and cogent evidence.

Perhaps Ms. Wells could do the same when twisting and spinning the useless evidence she makes a general reference to when arriving at her less than rational conclusions. One would think such a highly respected and renown psychic would provide substance to her claims through evidence and documentations, instead of continuing to make outlandish claims against me without knowing what she is actually talking about.

But, then again, it may be that this psychic is suffering from severe psychosis and paranoid delusions in her evaluation of the crimes that I have been charged with because she certainly has no clue to the applicable facts of the cases based on her far-fetched claims. She is full of herself, amongst other things!

If you wish to contact me, please do so at:

Chadrick Evan Fulks






Note: The above information was removed for obvious reasons: He's not using my web site to gain pen pals!


My Response To Tracy Graybeal:


Have no fear - I'll be more than happy to post Mr. Fulks' message to me, so the entire world can see for themselves exactly what those attending the trials saw, and what the families of Alice Donovan and Samantha Burns have had to endure. Yes sir, I'll be more than happy to post it - and anything else he has to say.

By the way, since you seem to be so close to him and like to relay messages, perhaps you could ask the killer what he did with Alice and Samantha, and maybe one of you would have guts enough to write and tell me.

As far as his opinions of my psychic work are concerned - I could care less because records live and opinions [among other things, such as convicted killers] die.


Bonnie M. Wells

Psychic Investigator & Profiler


A Few Comments Concerning Chad's Letter:

Well, there you have it folks. A letter from one of the men whose defense attorney tried to defend on a 'stupidity' plea!!!

As far as the letter is concerned; Tracy Graybeal is the one who made the statement that my web site is 'one sided' and has a lot of information about him: First of all, this isn't the O'Reilly Factor, and I don't have to express 'both sides' of an issue --- but I have. I've posted those responses that have sided in with Fulks [and Basham too, if there has been any] and I've been as fair minded as anyone could ever be. But, if the attorney's who defended these men couldn't convince a jury [and a nation full of people] that there were extenuating circumstances that justified what they did, then how the hell would anyone expect me to do it? And 'why' would they expect me to do it? I am the only person [known so far anyway] that was given advanced warning of what was going to happen to Alice Donovan and Samantha Burns. Why would I want to defend the scum that murdered these two women.

The letter from Chad doesn't sound like it was 'to' me as much as it was a letter 'to' Tracy Graybeal, perhaps in response to something that Fulks had been told.

The section of my web site that contains the Alice Donovan and Samantha Burns stories consists of some {18} pages. Regardless of how well a person reads or understands what they are reading, there is no way that anyone could read these pages and then relay the content to another person based upon memory alone.

Once again, nothing in particular was mentioned; no definate area in which I 'twisted or spun useless evidence' as Fulks claims.

Most of the information on the web pages came from other sources - news papers, people who know Fulks or Basham, etc.

Here's a few quotes from a news article that appears on this web site as well as many other places on the net: "Police now believe the Basham-Fulks trail began when the pair escaped from the Hopkins County Jail in Madisonville, Ky., on Nov. 4, 2002. Within a 10-day span the pair are alleged to have: stolen cars, trucks and minivans; kidapped a man in Kentucky who they later left taped to a tree in Indiana; and abducted and killed 19-year-old Samantha Burns in West Virginia."

"On Nov. 17, Basham was captured in Ashland, Ky. Three days later, Fulks was arrested in Indiana."

Chad states: "But, then again, it may be that this psychic is suffering from severe psychosis and paranoid delusions in her evaluation of the crimes that I have been charged with because she certainly has no clue to the applicable facts of the cases based on her far-fetched claims. She is full of herself, amongst other things!"

Severe psychosis and paranoid delusions?? ! Me? It wasn't me who was caught driving one dead woman's car, with the license plate from another dead woman's car on it!

The man has been video taped committing at least one of his crimes; has been caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to death - and all he can say is "the crimes that I have been charged with!" And he thinks I'm delusional!!!!! Duh.....

Mr. Fulks goes on to say - "One would think such a highly respected and renown psychic would provide substance to her claims through evidence and documentations, instead of continuing to make outlandish claims against me without knowing what she is actually talking about."

There again, I haven't a clue as to what 'claims' Fulks is referring to. The 'claims' were all made in the court room, and obviously substantiated, and I don't need any 'documentation' other than the news reports that everyone has already seen.

Before leaving this page, I'd like to say thanks to Mr. Fulks. Until I received his letter I didn't have a clue that I was such a "highly respected and renown psychic," but I would like to thank him for letting me in on this secret! Maybe now someone will go down there to the Guyandot area of West Virginia and find Samantha Burns!

PS: Note to the prison in which Fulks is incarcerated: If this killer escapes again, please send me an email - quick! I'm just delusional enough to think he'd come lookin' for me - and I'd have to put a bullet through him - 'cause I'm paranoid and have a severe psychosis, ya know. Wonder if he has a license to diagnose psychiatric conditions?



Bonnie M. Wells



November Story Page

1. Help Me Fulton

2. Help Me II

3. The Abduction Of Alice Donovan

4. Where Are Alice & Samantha

5. Donovan & Burns News

6. Donovan & Burns News

7. Alice Donovan Maps

8. Burns Photo Page

9. Response, Donovan

10. Response, Donovan

11. Response Page, Samantha Burns

12.She's Leavin'

13. Dream Is Confirmed

14. WBTW-TV News

15. An Open Letter About Alice Donovan 11/23/06

16. Casualties Of Crime

17. Has Alice Donovan Been Found?


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