Joseph Calvin Creech Arrested for Murdering Homeless Woman

I got an email from a source that says Creech has a long history of criminal violence and specifically crimes against women but I haven’t found any evidence of that except this archived copy of a Herald-Journal from 1989. In a piece on the “evils” of guns the article says a Joseph Creech, who was a student at Woodruff High School, brought a shotgun to school, fired it into the floor because he was “upset over a girl” and that no one was hurt. The article doesn’t say much more except that he went to Juvie. But there’s no sure way to know if that Creech was the same as the one arrested for this murder, though the ages match up if you do the math.

But there could be more than one Joseph Creech in South Carolina that attended high school in the 80s.

Since the victim was a homeless woman found in an abandoned house frequented by squatters and the 50+ year old woman was said to be an acquaintance of Creech I’m going to put forward that this is likely a prostitute killing. Prostitutes are of course the favored victims of serial killers, but they are also simply easy targets for anyone with a mind for mayhem. Hopefully they have the right man and have caught him before he hurt too many people.

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7 Responses to “Joseph Calvin Creech Arrested for Murdering Homeless Woman”

  1. tooclose on May 3rd, 2010 11:56 pm

    Just wanted to comment and let you know that this is for sure the same Joseph Creech that took a shotgun to Woodruff High. He also went to jail a couple of years ago for stalking a woman. He should have been put away a long time ago. I hate that it got this far that someone had to lose their life.

  2. Lynn Moore on May 29th, 2010 2:55 pm

    I find it sad that people who do not know Joseph except through news articles to pass judgments.Yes,a terrible crime has occurred but a history of mental illness and a drug addiction can be a recipe for things like this. I have know Joesph all his life—and a lot of bad choices have been made, but he is still a person with family and friends who love him but hate what he is accused of doing. Instead of yacking about him, how about pray for him and his family and those of the victim.

  3. Rob Taylor on May 29th, 2010 4:00 pm

    Creech isn’t the victim here, the women he assaulted, raped and killed are. For years you sat back and watched him devolve and no one will ever know how many people died at his hands, which you are partially responsible for since you were there the whole time as you say.

    I’ll save my sympathy for the women, not the murderer or his enablers.

  4. Angie Green on July 13th, 2010 3:09 am

    Joe has only been accused on murdering one woman, so to imply that others have “died at his hands” has no basis whatsoever. And no one else is responsible for what has happened even partially. Joseph has been trying for twenty-five years to get the right mixtures of medicine to help his mental illness. When he started mixing illegal drugs with that, all hope of finding the right balance was lost. It is a tragedy any way you look at it. To have a talented and intelligent person be so tormented in his mind is heartbreaking and to have that person be so high on drugs that he would take someone else’s life simply leaves me without the words to express my deep sorrow and grief.

  5. Rob Taylor on July 13th, 2010 1:29 pm

    You have no idea how many people Creech may or may not have murdered and you never will. I hope it is only one, but you know that his history makes that a hope, not a surety.

    And as much as I’m against drug use and know that it leads to criminality, the fact is there are a lot of addicts out there who don’t murderer people, so it may be that drugs played a part in his decisions or lifestyle, but Creech was responsible for his actions. His addiction is more likely related to his perfidy than the other way around.

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  7. Isabelle Ardaman on December 30th, 2014 7:29 pm

    Joe and my now deceased husband were friends for many years. Joseph was frequently at our home and developed a series of cartoon characters he made into a book and read about them to our then much younger daughter. The characters were smart, funny, moral and entertaining.
    My deceased husband was killed on the side of a road attempting to repair a mechanical failure.
    None of us were the same after this.
    Joe struggled with mental illness. The sudden death of one of his best childhood friends may have been part of what triggered his downward spiral along with so many other details. I’ve intermittently over the years, struggled with the analysis. However no degree of intellectualizing will answer the ultimate question why did Joseph kill this woman?
    All lives matter. I have not gone to visit Joe and I am not sure why…..

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