Donald "Theo" Holmes has spent 44 of his 65 years on earth locked in jail or prison on a litany of different charges. The other 21 years he's spent either committing the crimes that landed him in jail or impregnating women and girls--he's now the father of 22 children (that the law knows about). So as his latest decade-long stint in the slammer comes to an end and he nears being released back into the wild, King County prosecutors are doing whatever they can to put the breaks on Holmes' discharge, claiming that this "psychopathic sexual predator" should be locked up forever.
Prosecutors have sought to have Holmes confined at the state's Special Commitment Center, a Department of Social and Health Services facility on McNeil Island. To do so, they'll have to convince a judge or jury that Holmes is a violent sexual predator because of a psychiatric problem.
Holmes' fate would have been sealed were it not for his life sentence being thrown out in 2004 when an appeals court tossed out five child-rape and molestation charges against him.
Holmes describes himself as a "womanizer" and brags about having "mothers and daughters pregnant by me in the same house." He's also apparently been shot twice and stabbed three times--at least one such attack coming at the hands of a jilted lover.
Matthew H. Logan, a psychologist hired by the state of Washington, describes him thus:
"He uses women and children to feed his sexual desires, and he uses other members of society to supply him with money, clothes, and cars that make him look important and fuel the grandiosity which is an ingrained part of his personality," Logan said in documents filed with the court.
"He admits to multiple sexual conquests and is proud of the fact that he has 22 children and that he has had mothers and daughters . . . pregnant at the same time with his child," the psychologist continued. "This is a man whose crime spree ran for 35 years, abated only by short prison terms, and who now has only been ground to a halt by the walls that contain him."
If prosecutors are successful in denying Holmes release, he'll be held at the Department of Social and Health Services facility on McNeil Island until he's deemed to have been sufficiently treated to go back into society.
Such a release would be unlikely, however, as the vast majority of McNeil Island residents are held for life.