Breeden found dead in Bates County

bbashioum@demo-mo.comMay 23, 2014 

Gregory Breeden

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A man facing a sexual misconduct misdemeanor charge in Cass County was found dead in a Butler home only days after he was released on bond from jail.

Gregory Breeden, 67, was arrested Oct. 7, 2013 by Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a residence in Raymore for allegedly urinating in public and in the view of children.

Breeden, who was formerly a suspect in several Kansas City murders in the 1990s, denied the indecent exposure allegation, although officers observed a large wet area in the driveway and that the suspect’s zipper to his overalls was unzipped when they arrived at the scene.

“People are always calling and saying things about me,” Breeden told police.

Prosecutors charged Breeden with second degree sexual misconduct in the incident.

Breeden was released from jail on a $2,500 cash/surety bond on May 16.

On May 21, Butler police officers responded to a well being check to a home in Bates County.

Upon arrival, officers Breeden laying on the floor. Investigators believe Breeden had been dead for several days.

The body was turned over to the Bates County Coroner. The coroner confirmed on May 22 that Breeden died from natural causes.

Breeden received notoriety in the mid-1990s when police investigated him in connection with the deaths of seven women whose bodies had been found in the Missouri River over a 12-year period. Some of the women had been prostitutes and some of their bodies had been mutilated, police said at the time.

Breeden ultimately spent 10 years in a Missouri prison for convictions in bad-check cases. After being paroled, he was arrested in 2002 for soliciting a prostitute in Kansas City and was returned to prison. After his 2004 release, he was charged with threatening a federal judge who had ruled against him in a civil case, but a jury acquitted him at trial.

Breeden was scheduled to appear in court for a case review on the sexual misconduct charge May 27.

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