JORDAN GUNN, 13, WAS SYSTEMATICALLY AND SADISTICALLY TORTURED BY HIS BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW – CCA0113 – UPDATED 01.11.2014
JORDAN GUNN, 13, WAS SYSTEMATICALLY AND SADISTICALLY TORTURED BY HIS BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW
Jordan Gunn was 13 when his brother and sister-in-law tortured him to within inches of his death before he was able to escape. This is one of the most horrific cases of child abuse I have seen in some time. April brought it to my attention, and you can imagine the horror we shared when reading what Jordan survived.
One year before Jordan was found beaten, broken and unconscious on a bus bench, he was sent to live with his brother, Brandon Gunn, and sister-in-law, Viviana Gunn. Jordan was sent to live with these monsters when his mother, Noni, thought it was best to have Jordan surrounded by what she believed, were ‘good role models’, in absence of his father. She never could have imagined the hell hole in which Jordan would be held captive.
Once Jordan arrived in Washington, the sadistic abuse quickly began. Jordan was hung from the rafters in the home for hours on end while he was systematically tortured. His hands were duct taped above his head to a vertical bar, and then hung from the rafters. Viviana and Brandon would then beat the young man with a metal bar, whip him with electrical cords and slice into his skin with a heated knife. Jordan was duct taped and bound with zip ties to a chair with his eyes and mouth covered to prevent him from screaming while they beat him with a baseball bat until he lost conscious. During other torture sessions, Brandon would use a construction grade staple gun to repeatedly drive staples into the palm of Jordan’s right hand, then would follow up by smashing Jordan’s feet with a hammer and beating Jordan’s penis with a baseball bat.
At one point, Viviana the evil hell bitch, clamped Jordan’s hands in a bench vise, tightened the jaws and then drove a nail clear through his hand with a hammer. This memory he shared with the shocked court room during Viviana’s trial, recalling how he could see the nail coming right through the other side of his hand. Neighbors recalled hearing screaming and sobbing coming from the home, but believed it was the crying of a younger child. After hours of torture, Viviana and Brandon would then spray alcohol into the open and raw wounds they had just inflicted on Jordan.
When Jordan was not enduring one of the countless horrific hours long torture sessions, he was given a pill to make him sleep then chained to a dog house, naked and without food or water, for days at a time. He would also be thrown into the cellar, his legs, hands, eyes and mouth duct taped for days on end.
Jordan was eventually able to escape. After the last torture session he was forced to endure, Viviana and Brandon left him hanging from the rafters to get food for themselves. It was then that Jordan managed to remove the duct tape from his mouth and chew away the tape that bound his hands together. Once free he wasted no time, fleeing onto the streets, terrified, cold and severely injured.
Jordan was reported missing the day after he escaped by family members who had a growing concern for Jordan’s well being over the last few months. “We had grown apprehensive of Jordan’s questionable and guarded demeanor over the past few months and got very suspicious when we had not heard from Jordan and was not allowed to communicate with him.” wrote Jordan’s aunt, Marsha Thomas-Jones on FaceBook. As concern for Jordan grew, Viviana launched her campaign to shift all blame on Jordan by stating that he had a history of ‘running away’.
One FaceBook message read “Calling it a night, keeping the porch light on and prayers sent up. Just hope Jordan Gunn is safe, and his Mother received some forethought of peace and understanding. Up early to post flyers.” The very next day after the message was written, Jordan was found by police unconscious on a bus bench, covered in sores and scars. Jordan had spent two weeks of living on the street sleeping in abandoned buildings and living off whatever he was able to shoplift until he was found. Upon seeing Jordan’s gaping and infected wounds, the police asked what had happened to him. They were stunned when Jordan began to tell them of the hours long torture sessions heaped on him by his brother and sister-in-law for the past year.
The countless wounds, some fresh, some healing and some hardened raised scars, on his head, face, chest, abdomen, back, arms, legs, hands and feet were photographed as evidence after Jordan was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital. Doctors noted that he had numerous infections from open wounds. There was also a piece of metal in Jordan’s hand, likely from the nail which had been driven through it. Wounds on Jordan’s body could be matched to an electric cord, folded over with a loop at the end, which was found in the home.
Within 24 hours of Jordan being found, Viviana and Brandon Gunn had both been arrested in relation to the torture they sadistically put Jordan through. Brandon admitted to occasionally striking his little brother with a belt – never more than three lashings at a time he said. Lashings?? Let’s pretend for a moment that what Brandon said was true – he was STILL ABUSING HIS BROTHER!!
Viviana had children with another man who occasionally stayed at the house, although they were not abused. Court documents reveal statements from one child that he had seen the Gunns punish Jordan with a belt for messing up chores and stealing food. The child also spoke of a trip the family had recently made to a drive-in, while Jordan was forced to stay in the dark, cold cellar while the rest of the family was out. The child also states that the last time he visited the home on August 16, 2013, he was told that Jordan had run away.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives said that not only was Jordan able to describe his abuse, he was also able to describe the locations and colors of the tools used to torture him. When Detectives searched the house of horrors, they found blood on the vice and work bench and blood splattered on a bedroom wall and door where Jordan stated he had been whipped with the electrical cord. Other items they discovered, all of which Jordan had described in detail, were a broken chair, staple gun, alcohol spray bottle, dog kennel and a purple baseball bat with blood stains.
When it comes to Brandon Gunn I am disgusted, appalled and LIVID. He is Jordan’s biological brother, his family, and not only did he fail in protecting his little brother, he turned on Jordan and participated in his torture and abuse.
OK – SOAP BOX TIME!
I have two little sisters (if 28 and 26 is little!) and if there is one thing I know, it is that deep seeded instinct to protect and defend your siblings against ANYTHING that tries to come at them. Don’t get me wrong, we fought – oh did we ever fight – running around the house screaming I’m going to kill you after catching one of them reading the very private diary of a 12 year old, or worse yet, wielding a TV remote as a weapon (those buggers hurt to get hit with!). Even after the all out battles from hell, when our parents got home, and Dad wanted to know why yet another remote wasn’t working, we all looked at each and smiled and said nothing. We fought and we spied on each other, catching each other in compromising positions that deserved a month’s grounding, and we held it over each other. You have no IDEA how many times I had to clean their rooms after they caught me doing something I shouldn’t be doing!! When I was 13, I made the completely IDIOTIC decision to begin smoking. My youngest sister would follow me everywhere – and I mean everywhere! We lived on an acreage and while I was sneaking a cigarette in the orchid, she was hidden in a tree or bush. I would go for a bike ride down the road to a spot where the trees almost completely blocked the view of me from the house – and there she would be with her binoculars and each time she busted me, I heard the same words – I’m telling Mom and Dad!!!. What really happened though, was she collected the cigarette butts I thought were hidden enough, the cigarette butts she knew my suspicious mother was looking for, and she saved my ass – never once getting me in trouble. She protected me despite the fact that I did not deserve to be protected. We picked on and annoyed each other to no end, and while it seemed OK to be doing this to each other, the moment anyone else even dared to look the wrong way at one of us, the other two pounced. That old cliche – you mess with my sister and you mess with me – well that’s the understatement. When someone messed with my little sisters, I was out to destroy that person, my instincts took over, and I was driven by an unrivaled urge to protect them (although they were more than capable of protecting themselves). I stopped at nothing and knocked down whoever I needed to knock down to get to the monster that intended to cause my sister harm in anyway. The point I am making here is that Brandon, as Jordan’s older brother, should have been protecting him, loving him, guiding him and defending him. I will never understand how someone could hurt their sibling so much – and I personally think that his punishment should be twice as much as whatever he may get for torturing his own BROTHER.
Viviana Gunn plead guilty to torturing a child. After the verdict was read, Judge Laurie spoke to Viviana saying that what she and Brandon had done to Jordan was evil, and she was happy to have Viviana out of her county.
Prior to sentencing, Viviana wrote a letter to the judge, asking to with draw her guilty plea. She wrote “I want to fight for my freedom. To be pushed to take a plea and admit guilt to an act I am not guilty of is not justice.” She was sentenced to 31 years in prison, a stroll in a flower laden meadow on a warm spring afternoon compared to what she did to Jordan.
Brandon Gunn is scheduled to face sentencing on January 17, 2014.
Jordan is back at home with his mother in Atlanta now. He is receiving physical and psychological therapy once a week. Family members have said that Jordan is looking much better.
Some may say that Viviana and Brandon got what they deserved – I don’t agree. I think they got far LESS of what they deserved. They have sentenced Jordan to a life sentence. My heart just breaks for Jordan when I think of all he will have to overcome in his life as a result of his sadistic torture. For the rest of Jordan’s life he will be forced to explain his scars to peers, colleagues and romantic partners. He will go to sleep every night with the memories of his torture always lurking in his mind. He will have to relearn how to trust people – and even that will never be the same. Jordan now walks this Earth aware of the evil that it holds, and for that alone his abusers should also face a life sentence. I am brought to tears when I think of how Jordan’s nightmare is far from over.
However, after shedding those tears, I find a reason to smile. This young man is a testament to what courage and bravery are. He had the fortitude to escape his torture chamber and never look back. He never gave up. Viviana and Brandon took many things from Jordan, things that can never be replaced. They broke him down, mentally and physically. What they never broke though, was his soul. Jordan is a fighter, and he has the rare character traits that allow him to stand tall in the face of such tragedy and pain. To look at his tormentors and say – “You may have broken my bones, but you did not break ME. I will always come back, stronger than ever, and live a life full of purpose and love, a life that you attempted to take from me. I will never be your victim – for I am a survivor.”- and this, my family, is what brings a smile to my face. Imagining Jordan saying this, and knowing that this young man may have a tough road ahead of him, however it will be a road that he has the spirit, determination, passion and dedication to travel.
*****NOTE – 01.11.2014***** We haven’t even scratched the surface into understanding the mentality of teenage child abuse victims and what keeps them prisoner to their abusers both physically and psychologically. April will be covering the topic on Shattering The Silence with April Stemann, this coming Wednesday, January 15, 2013 – so please be sure to check her article out – it will give some firsthand insight into what young people such as Jordan endure.