A Hit Man Came to Kill Susan Kuhnhausen.
She Survived. He Didn't.
Ten years later, she tells her story.
August 16, 2016, Willamette Week
"We have an intruder in the house next door.…The intruder was in the bedroom with a hammer. The woman who lives there thinks she may have strangled him. He was down when she left."
"Can you put her on the phone?"
"Does she need an ambulance?"
"No, she's a nurse. She says call an ambulance for the guy. He may be dead."
—Portland 911 call on Sept. 6, 2006
Susan Kuhnhausen took her time going home.
On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, the 51-year-old emergency room nurse ended her shift at Providence Portland Medical Center on Northeast Glisan Street and headed to Perfect Look hair salon on East Burnside Street.
As she waited for her turn, she picked up a copy of Oprah magazine and read a poem.
"I will not die an unlived life," it began. "I will not live in fear."
Oregon has a name for teens who take dirty photos with their cell phones: Child Pornographer.
November 30, 2010, Willamette Week
Jolene Jenkins was 16 when she first met Antjuanece Brown. The two ate pizza, watched a movie and messed around looking at YouTube videos. Jenkins, a student at Grant High School, was so moonstruck by Brown, she marked the occasion in her day planner by doodling dozens of loopy hearts on the date.
It was Oct. 10, 2009.
One year later, Brown, who is three years older than Jenkins, learned a Washington County grand jury had indicted her for the felony crimes of sex abuse, creating child pornography and luring a minor.
Those charges may suggest a heinous crime. But the evidence against Brown was far more mundane. The photos and text messages police found on Jenkins' cell phone would make few teenagers blush.
The sentencing, on the other hand, would. Seventy months in prison and membership on the sex offender registry are the minimum punishments for peddling child pornography, a crime whose official name is "using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct."