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Murdered teen was beaten so badly she had to be ID'd by dental records after Rainbow Family festival


A teenage girl who was murdered by a man she met at Georgia’s Rainbow Family counterculture festival had been beaten so badly she had to be identified by her dental records, it has been revealed. 

Amber Robinson, 18, was killed on Saturday in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. 

Police found her strangled and beaten body at a home she had hitchhiked to with Joseph Bryan Capstraw after meeting him at the festival in Georgia days earlier. 

The teenage girl’s social media pages indicate that she is from Pace, Florida.  

While they were staying at the stranger’s house, they got into an argument and Capstraw, 20, killed her with his bare hands. 

Amber Robinson, 18, was beaten so badly on July 7 she had to be identified by dental records 

Amber Robinson, 18, was beaten so badly on July 7 she had to be identified by dental records 

Joseph Capstraw, 20, admitted murdering the girl with his bare hands. They met days earlier at counterculture gathering and they had hitch hiked to Kentucky together 

Joseph Capstraw, 20, admitted murdering the girl with his bare hands. They met days earlier at counterculture gathering and they had hitch hiked to Kentucky together 

Officers say her killing was the most brutal they have ever seen. It took them five days to identify her because she had been beaten beyond recognition. 

‘In my 10 years in law enforcement, this is the most brutal homicide that I have ever seen. 

This is the most brutal homicide I have ever seen  
Elizabethtown police spokesman  

‘This was a very personal attack. I mean, he used his hands as weapons.

‘It is very unusual to see an attack with this level of brutality; there’s just no other way of putting it,’  Elizabethtown Police spokesman John Thomas told The Gainesville Times this week. 

Capstraw confessed to the killing when police arrived at the home on Saturday. 

He said he ‘blacked out’ and came to to find her dead and his hands injured.  

The victim's body was found beaten to death in this Elizabethtown, Kentucky home. Capstraw and Robinson were staying there after being picked up as they hitch hiked 

The victim’s body was found beaten to death in this Elizabethtown, Kentucky home. Capstraw and Robinson were staying there after being picked up as they hitch hiked 

Above, a photo of a former Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering

Above, a photo of a former Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering

The pair hitchhiked together to Kentucky from the 47th annual Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering in the Chattahoochee National Forest which took place from mid June to the start of July. 

Robinson had traveled to Georgia from Florida. It is not known if she attended the festival alone 

Robinson had traveled to Georgia from Florida. It is not known if she attended the festival alone 

According to the organization’s website, the group is ‘the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. We have no leaders, and no organization.

‘The Rainbow Family means different things to different people. We’re into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that peace and love are a great thing, and there isn’t enough of that in this world.

‘Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the the Earth. We gather in the National Forests yearly to pray for peace on this planet.’  

It’s unclear whether Capstraw has a lawyer. He is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center. 

Capstraw was previously charged with attempted murder for a May 2017 stabbing. But the charges were dropped later that month. 

Another boy who attended the festival remains missing. His disappearance is not thought to be connected to Robinson’s death.



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