SCOTT ROGERS: Authorities release details of suicide note written by alleged killer of former dance teacher

Mathew Hodgkinson's suicide note ANL-140109-123358001

Mathew Hodgkinson's suicide note ANL-140109-123358001

US authorities have released details of a suicide note written by the alleged killer of controversial former Bury St Edmunds performing arts teacher Scott Rogers.

Mr Rogers, formerly known as Richard Scott-Rogers, was shot dead at his home in Louisiana on Wednesday and his killer is said by police to have been son-in-law, lover and former student Mathew Hodgkinson who then turned the gun on himself and remains in a critical condition.

A suicide note was found at the scene which Brett Stassi, Sheriff of Iberville Parish, believes Mr Hodgkinson wrote before shooting himself.

It reads: “They broke our happy loving home. They do not get to take Scott too.”

A case against Mr Rogers was being heard by a grand jury on the day he was shot over allegations of fraud.

An adopted child and a foster child had also recently been taken away from him by authorities.

Mr Stassi said the grand jury case was ‘in reference to adoption and foster parenting paperwork’ with claims he had not used his real name or disclosed information about his past.

Mr Rogers, who had become a TV star and hosted his own show in Baton Rouge, founded and was a principal of the former Academy of Dancing and Performing Arts, in Fornham Road, Bury, where Mr Hodgkinson was also a student.

In 1995 the academy was likened to a religious cult by Suffolk County Council bosses who warned parents of the ‘perceived risk’ of sending children to the school.

In a separate case in 1993, Mr Rogers was acquitted by a jury at the Inner London Crown Court of committing an unnatural act on a 13-year-old boy. The jury failed to reach a verdict on three further charges of indecent assault and two of indecency. The judge then entered verdicts of not guilty on these charges after the prosecution offered no evidence.

Following his death, two British men alleged on a US radio show that Rogers sexually abused them as young boys.




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