Like all the different ladies I do know who’ve accused former KCKPD detective Roger Golubski of sexually coercing them, Jermeka Hobbs says she met him at what had up till then been the bottom second of her life.
Meka is 44 now and works as a resort maid in KCMO. However this was half a lifetime in the past, when she was 26, with 4 younger children and one other one on the best way. She additionally had a crack dependancy and a boyfriend who, simply hours earlier than, on Jan. 5, 2006, had tossed her by way of the bathe door in her grandmother’s home on Yecker Avenue in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, inflicting a severe concussion, cuts and bruises all over the place, and two black eyes.
The morning after KU Med patched her up and despatched her residence, she says, Golubski confirmed up, introduced that he was on the case and professed outrage that any man would damage such a fairly woman. “My face was all tousled” from the assault, Meka stated, and “there was nothing fairly about that.” Or about what occurred then.
As captain of the murder unit, there would have been no official purpose for Roger Golubski to have been investigating an aggravated battery, and he was not one of many 5 officers listed in court docket information as witnesses for the prosecution.
However Meka, within the first interview she’d ever given, stated that his actual objective at her residence that day grew to become clear inside minutes.
There was dope in plain sight in her lavatory, which she was stunned that police had left proper the place they needed to have seen it on the night time she’d been despatched to the hospital. “It was against the law scene, and there’s no approach you would have missed it.”
Golubski obtained proper all the way down to enterprise, she stated, first looking at her chest and making feedback about what he couldn’t wait to do to her sexually, then looking at and gesturing in direction of the lavatory, the place her crack, PCP and weed have been nonetheless simply sitting there.
He made a behavior, in keeping with prosecutors, of preying on ladies who had not too long ago been both victimized or arrested, and who as a result of they have been addicted or in different severe bother weren’t prone to complain. These have been ladies who wouldn’t have been believed if they’d.
Roger Golubski and his defenders and enablers have all the time stated he’s responsible of nothing apart from “liking” Black ladies, although Meka Hobbs is amongst those that didn’t really feel particularly “favored.”
What units her aside, although, is the variety of individuals in her life who knew on the time, to various levels, what was occurring between her and this shame of a cop, who labored for the KCKPD for 35 years, from 1975 till 2010, and has solely within the final 12 months been charged with crimes that contain rape, kidnapping and intercourse trafficking.
Golubski, she advised me, by no means threatened to kill her and dump her physique within the river, as different ladies have stated he advised them. He didn’t say that they’d by no means discover her stays, or that if she advised anybody, her family members would flip up useless.
However “when he known as, I needed to present up. It was like I had no selection. … He was blackmailing me.” The unstated leverage was that he may simply “get prison prices placed on me,” and what would occur to her kids then?
‘Once I name you, be prepared’
When he gave her his enterprise card, on the finish of that first go to, he stated, “Once I name you, be prepared.” He would name and they’d meet, he stated, and that may be the way it labored. And for a number of years, that’s the way it did work.
He’d both choose her up, or else would summon her to police headquarters. In that case, she’d go as much as the desk within the foyer. She’d ask for him, all the time at lunch time, and he’d come out, all the time with the identical three colleagues: a tall, skinny white man, a Black man and a girl.
The opposite officers would possibly nod and greet her — Hey, how’s it going — however none of them ever intervened, Meka stated, though in her thoughts they needed to have understood her scenario. What sort of a detective, she wonders nonetheless, may have failed to note that she was not somebody who wished to be there?
Then she and Golubski would get into his police automotive within the parking zone round again, in full view of Jesus and whoever else occurred to be passing by.
Just a few instances, he took her for barbecue on the previous Arthur Bryant’s within the Legends, however he by no means ate. Nor, in on a regular basis she knew him, she says, did she ever see him snort and even smile.
Largely, he drove with out talking, all the time retracing the identical circuit, the place there was hardly any visitors in broad daylight. “It spooked me out,” she stated. “Our rides could be silent. … He by no means requested me how my day was.”
The one dialog occurred when he confirmed her the stacks of images he saved in a plastic Ziploc bag and in a yellow folder. He’d pull them out and ask her, repeatedly, if she knew any of the ladies within the images.
“He would experience by way of sure elements of the city and pull out footage of ladies who have been useless. … A few of them have been Polaroids, a few of them have been obituaries. A few of them have been simply footage of ladies in jail, simply mug photographs.”
Most although not all of those have been murder victims, Black ladies who Meka says he advised her he used to “mess with,” and whose instances he was supposedly working. After some time, she says, “I believed he was the suspect” in addition to the investigator. Absolutely “your instances usually are not all ladies,” she remembers pondering.
He confirmed her a photograph of her pal Eric Calvin’s sister, homicide sufferer Rose Calvin — it was her image he confirmed her first — and one among Liza Michie, who was somebody Meka had identified at school. Golubski, she says, all the time described Liza as his good pal.
One other factor these ladies all had in frequent, Meka stated, was that almost all if not all of them have been carrying brilliant purple lipstick, simply as she herself did again then. And sure, that freaked her out.
‘I advised her she higher watch out’
All of this appeared to be foreplay for him, she stated. “He would make me put my fingers between his legs. I’d pull it again and he’d put it again” whereas displaying her the photographs and cruising at 5 or 10 mph previous the identical spots, time after time.
They’d creep previous the Quindaro Ruins, by way of the winding roads contained in the Memorial Park Cemetery, pausing all the time by the part the place infants are buried. They’d drive down a block on Brown Avenue that’s grown over and closed to visitors now. That one was particularly menacing to Meka: Rising up, “my mama advised me by no means to go on this avenue” as a result of dangerous issues occurred to ladies there. Even now, “I wouldn’t come again right here on my own.”
In addition they handed the Delavan Flats, the place prosecutors say Golubski labored with convicted drug kingpin Cecil Brooks and two different males as a part of a intercourse trafficking conspiracy.
Early on, Meka stated, Golubski requested her if she knew Brooks, and what she knew about Delavan, the place her uncle lived and the place she’d generally gone to babysit.
However Golubski often simply confirmed her extra footage of ladies and requested her for the umpteenth time which of them she did and didn’t acknowledge.
He confirmed her a few of the identical images on the identical spots, too, and he or she got here to consider that he was contemplating killing her and including her image to the gathering.
“For thus lengthy, I felt like one thing was going to occur to me. It was abuse.” As a police officer, “you’re supposed to assist me as a result of I went by way of abuse,” as a substitute of piling on with only a totally different sort of torture.
On these drives, she says, additionally they nearly all the time went to his home in Edwardsville, which was so clear that she puzzled whether or not anybody actually lived there. They’d have oral intercourse in his bed room, nonetheless with out talking: “That’s what it was, one thing that I needed to do.” After which he’d drop her off and return to work.
Between these excursions, which made her really feel “humiliated” and like there weren’t sufficient showers on the planet to get her clear once more, he’d usually drive previous the place she lived, and previous the place her mom and sister stayed, too.
Typically, he’d simply sit on the market for lengthy stretches, making everybody inside uncomfortable. I’ve heard that from so many ladies that I ponder how he had time in between stalking stakeouts to get any work carried out.
However once more, the outstanding factor right here is the variety of individuals in Meka Hobbs’ life who knew even on the time that she was seeing Roger Golubski, and likewise that she didn’t need to be.
‘I bear in mind her speaking about having to go to his home’
“He used to return and trouble her,” her youthful sister, Delresha Robinson, advised me. Delresha knew the total story from the start, she stated, since Meka had advised her all alongside that she wished nothing to do with Golubski, sexually or in any other case, however felt she had no selection however to do as he stated.
“I used to be like, ‘Are you severe?’ It was sort of scary for her. I didn’t suppose cops would do this, however he did. He turned the tables.”
Delresha noticed Golubski pull into the driveway on multiple event, she stated. And every time he confirmed up, as she remembers it, Meka’s response was one among open dread and revulsion. “Like, ‘Why is he right here?’ ”
Meka Hobbs’ godmother, Anita Holsted, additionally knew lots, and says that what she knew fearful her to no finish.
“We lived collectively” then, says Holsted. “I did know there have been different ladies he was messing with — I bear in mind stuff about him doing flawed in direction of ladies — and I bear in mind her speaking about having to go to his home. … More often than not, he picked her up across the nook, however he was all the time within the image. Her children have been younger, and he or she tried to maintain individuals she cared about away from him.”
“Mama Anita,” as Meka calls her, advised me that she thought of her goddaughter’s entire connection to Roger Golubski, “unusual,” “suspicious” and “not good in any respect.”
“It was in my head that he was a crooked cop, so I advised her she higher watch out.”
So did her mom, Dedra Everson, who requested Meka to name her each single time she obtained in Golubski’s automotive. The connection, if you happen to can name it that, between the police captain and her daughter “didn’t match proper to me.”
“That was our No. 1 rule,” her mom advised me: Meka needed to name her mother and report her whereabouts every time she was with him, in order that if something occurred to her, her family members would no less than know the place to begin to look.
“Meka don’t observe guidelines, however she adopted that one. … I believed he was attempting to make use of her,” and although her daughter by no means stuffed in all the sexual blanks, she didn’t need to, Everson says. She had little question that Meka was scared. On no less than one event, “she went within the lavatory and whispered” into the telephone from Roger Golubski’s home in Edwardsville.
“She needed to concern” or else wouldn’t have saved calling her.
As Meka remembers it, “I’d name my mother and inform her I used to be scared and the place I used to be at after I began feeling like he was going to do one thing to me.” Which as she recollects it, too, was each single time they met.
‘Chief’s not going to mess with him’
Edna Reed, who at one level lived within the KCK duplex adjoining to Meka’s, remembers seeing Golubski knock on her door in any respect hours. “I stayed subsequent door, so I did see him pull up, pop as much as go to her out of the blue,” whether or not her neighbor was residence or not.
Reed tried her finest to don’t have any interplay with Golubski in any respect, as a result of “I knew he was a cop.”
Meka was not “the one particular person I knew he would go go to” for intercourse. However no, she advised me, that didn’t fear her, as a result of “I used to be getting excessive at the moment, and to be sincere with you, that’s all I used to be fearful about. He did come by very often, and I do know he did harass her.”
Even Meka’s youngest son, Jeff Martin, who’s 21 now, remembers getting out and in of the backseat of Golubski’s detective automotive: “I bear in mind bits and items. As I obtained older, I began determining issues,” at which level “my entire physique obtained goosebumps.”
A former KCK police reserve officer who had befriended Jeff, and used to take him fishing, advised me on situation of anonymity, as a result of he doesn’t need to be shunned by his cop mates, that he knew from Meka Hobbs that any individual from the KCKPD was bothering her.
“She talked about an officer, however she didn’t say who. She stated he was coming by and harassing her.”
Through the years, this former reserve officer stated, he heard from loads of others in KCK that Golubski was extorting or exploiting somebody near them. “I stated, ‘File a grievance,’ they usually stated he was an enormous man and the chief’s not going to mess with him.”
The KCKPD now not has reserve officers; that was a program for retired officers and others who patrolled for as much as 16 hours a month on an unpaid, volunteer foundation, although they labored proper alongside common officers. This was nonetheless thought of an excellent gig, for favorites solely, as a result of it led to a lot additional off-duty safety work.
Even after retirement, KCKPD took care of Golubski
Former KCKPD detective and whistleblower Max Seifert, who went by way of the police academy with Golubski and labored with him for years, says that Golubski himself grew to become a reserve officer after he retired in good standing in 2010. Sure, although by then, many allegations in opposition to him have been already well-known to KCK officialdom by way of Lamonte McIntyre’s innocence case.
McIntyre, who served 23 years in jail for a 1994 double homicide he didn’t commit, was lastly freed in 2017. It was Golubski who’d led the quickie investigation, such because it was, into these killings, which nonetheless stay formally unsolved. Golubski was accused each within the innocence case and in a profitable civil go well with to have sexually assaulted McIntyre’s mom years earlier, and to have coerced testimony that implicated then-17-year-old McIntyre within the murders.
But when Golubski retired, after years of significant accusations, he left together with his taxpayer-funded pension, a brand new full-time job as a detective in Edwardsville, and a fee as a KCKPD reserve officer, which not each retiree who wished one was granted.
I requested the identical former reserve officer who advised me that he knew again in 2006 that Meka Hobbs was being harassed by somebody on the power how his mates within the division had responded to Roger Golubski’s arrest final 12 months.
“We don’t speak about it,” he stated. As a result of “you don’t know who’s a pal of who.”
Anybody who was a pal of Meka Hobbs, although, has identified no less than a part of her story all these years. “Anyone that knew me,” she says, “knew Golubski got here round.”
‘I need it to be out, all of it’
The 2 federal instances in opposition to 70-year-old Golubski are undeniably sprawling and sophisticated, and I’m not a kind of from both the left or proper who assumes the worst of the FBI or of federal prosecutors. Most of all, I fear that the Division of Justice simply hasn’t supplied the sources that investigating all of those allegations clearly requires.
And all of this contemporaneous corroboration, from the six individuals who talked to me about Meka Hobbs and Roger Golubski — a seventh potential witness is somebody I may by no means discover, and an eighth died only in the near past —makes it much more alarming to me that the FBI has interviewed Meka solely as soon as, many months in the past, and has in keeping with her family and friends by no means adopted up with them in any respect.
Even past these eight, Meka says, have been others who “heard me speak about it. They weren’t paying consideration. However now, because it got here throughout the information” that he’s been charged with severe crimes, “now they need to take heed to me.”
I requested her if she’s certain that FBI brokers working this case know what all of those individuals knew on the time, and he or she stated sure: “They requested me precisely what you requested me, and I advised all of them of it, too.”
Golubski’s protection lawyer, Chris Joseph, didn’t return my e-mail and telephone messages on the lookout for a response to her allegations, which haven’t been made publicly earlier than.
However since his inventory assertion is that Golubski appears to be like ahead to disproving all of those moldy and uncorroborated allegations in opposition to an harmless man, you’d suppose that prosecutors could be keenly involved in corroboration.
I’ve wished to speak to Meka Hobbs for a number of years, however solely not too long ago has she felt able to be public about her expertise.
Then, she needed to flip round and persuade me that she was actually OK with having her identify and movie within the paper.
She is, she says, as a result of “I need y’all to know” the entire story, and the way a lot “he must get put up. I need it to be out, all of it.”
Regardless of the potential danger to her security? “He already is aware of who’s going in opposition to him,” she stated after I requested but once more if she was certain. He is aware of what he did, she stated, and “has the paperwork that I’m one of many victims. I don’t need him to return after me, that’s the one concern, as a result of he is aware of lots of people.”
However then once more, “if something occurred to me, everybody round me would know he has one thing to do with it. I need justice. I advised the FBI, put me on a lie detector check. Child, my story will not be going to vary.”
‘Due to him, I can’t get near a person’
And neither, no less than till justice is finished, is her anger going to ebb.
“I’m going to hell nonetheless, as a result of I hate that bastard,” she advised me. “Due to him, I can’t get near a person. My dude, we’ve been collectively for 4 years and I’m simply beginning to open up.”
Golubski lastly stopped “harassing” her, she says, not lengthy earlier than his 2010 retirement, and never lengthy after she advised him that she had two kin within the police division.
One was a distant cousin she barely knew and the opposite somebody related to one among her kids; if anybody in her orbit had actually been in his, too, she would have talked about it years earlier. However for no matter purpose, she says, Golubski left her alone after that.
She had misplaced 4 of her kids to the foster care system through the time Golubski was, as she sees it, blackmailing her. And although she’ll by no means know for certain, she blames him for the truth that even after she did all the pieces the system requested of her, getting clear and getting work and steady housing, she by no means obtained them again, both.
Nicely, apart from the time her son Jeff Martin ran away from his umpteenth horrible foster placement and hid out together with her for a 12 months. “I’ve been in a couple of good ones,” Jeff advised me, “however in a number of them, you are able to do no matter you need — keep out all night time or no matter — they usually don’t care so long as they receives a commission. Some households would get mad as a result of I used to be hungry.”
Whereas “though we obtained taken away” from his mother, he stated, she “is all the time going to be there, and that helped me out quite a bit.”
‘I’m prepared for this, all of this’
When Roger Golubski lumbered slowly towards the courtroom for his Sept. 20 listening to in Topeka, he needed to stroll proper previous Meka Hobbs. However between his COVID-19 masks and the large quantity of weight he’s placed on, she barely acknowledged him at first.
Through the listening to, which as soon as once more ended with none trial date being set, Golubski repeatedly shook his head no whereas the prosecutor spoke.
Meka, in the meantime, had seen goosebumps, and whispered to me, “Have you learnt what number of showers I took?”
She saved it collectively till we obtained within the automotive after which cried all the best way again from Topeka to Kansas Metropolis.
Nonetheless, she wished to take me, and did, twice in reality, on the circuit that she says Golubski took her on so many instances: “I’m prepared for this, all of this.”
She nonetheless has nightmare flashbacks regularly, calls herself “paranoid” — I’d say hypervigilant, as anybody in her scenario could be — and “if I get in bother, I can’t name 911, as a result of am I going to have some pervert like him pop up?”
That’s what KCK officers who speak about what historical historical past all of that is nonetheless appear to not perceive — that these occasions usually are not prior to now for victims.
The ladies whose footage Golubski confirmed Meka Hobbs “didn’t don’t have any justice,” and he or she desires to assist rectify that if she will be able to. Although she used to stay in concern of him, she says, not fairly convincingly, “I’m not fearful of Golubski” now.
Once I advised her not too long ago that he’d been hospitalized with swelling in his legs, that didn’t fear her an excessive amount of. “He’s been sick since Day One.” With sociopathy, she means. “He had a high-ranked place to maintain individuals protected” and as a substitute put them at risk.
What all of this has carried out to her can’t be overstated: She’s “depressed on a regular basis,” can’t be in a crowd and but can also’t be alone. She usually has a flashback of the signal close to his home that claims, “Welcome to Edwardsville.”
“I actually hear stuff, maintain going to the door and ain’t no person on the market. I can’t focus” and he or she is afraid to drive at night time. “I really feel like any individual’s all the time following me,” and “don’t even put on my identify tag at work.”
However Meka Hobbs can also be much more than what’s been carried out to her. Regardless of all the pieces, she likes to snort, and never solely when she’s making enjoyable of my horrible driving. She is sincere about her errors and worries about her kids as a lot as any mom ever has.
She is so glad that her son Jeff has simply moved again in together with her, and so courageous that although she is aware of she could by no means see justice, she is keen to place herself in potential hazard to attempt. She thinks not solely about herself, however about different victims, too.
I actually don’t know whether or not Golubski will ever be placed on trial, or why prosecutors appear to be in no nice hurry to offer ladies like Meka Hobbs the prospect to face him in court docket.
However the man is in end-stage renal illness, or kidney failure, for which he’s on dialysis. And if he dies earlier than they get that likelihood, the injury carried out received’t solely be on him, however on them. How lengthy are Meka and the others supposed to attend?