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LUZERNE COUNTY -- Charles Eget, known as Charlie, had a heart of gold. Family and friends say the 64 year old from Nanticoke would help anyone in need. State police say that generous spirit led to his death.

On October 20, Eget was outside D's Diner in Plains Township when a man approached and asked him for a ride.

Eget was a regular at the diner.

"He was a nice guy. I guess he was retired. He came in here all the time. He just was a nice guy,” said Dan DeMellier of D’s Diner.

Troopers say Bradley Butler of Scranton asked Eget for a ride, and when he saw a police car, he panicked because he was wanted for a parole violation.

In court papers, Butler told state police he attacked Eget, made him get in the back seat of the vehicle, and took over driving.

Eventually, Butler got into a hit-and-run crash with a van and when Eget got upset, troopers say Butler viciously beat the man with his fists and feet, a lug wrench, and a log.

Butler says he then stuffed Eget in the trunk of the car and drove until the vehicle broke down on Interstate 78 in Lebanon County.

He called a tow truck and told the driver he "thought there was a dead body in the trunk.”

This weekend, Eget died from his injuries.

"It's a damn shame. You can't even help anybody these days without worrying. I mean, the man was just helping somebody out and giving him a ride and he ended up getting beaten up and he died,” said Tim Humphrey of Wilkes-Barre.

Some people we spoke with say because of what happened, they are thinking twice before they ever help anyone again.

"Absolutely, (it would) make me think twice. I've offered people rides before, but maybe that's the wrong thing to do anymore. It's scary,” said Tom Bowman of Plains Township.

"We help people a lot here and you just don't expect that to happen to you,” said DeMellier.

State police expect to charge Butler with homicide.


  • Huggy

    Send this criminal to those vo-tech woods for the big Thanksgiving sex roamer slam-slam meat feast in Frackville!

  • El~Ma

    What a dreadful, cruel thing to do. Butler had an outstanding warrant and made the deliberate choice to panic, kidnap someone, carjack their vehicle, beat that person to death, and all over an outstanding warrant. Instead of standing accountable, Butler now faces a whole laundry list of charges and the possibility of spending the rest of his miserable, empty life in prison.

    Bradley Butler, how’s that working for you? Are you excited about knowing where you’ll be spending the rest of your life, then? Hey……no worries, pal. You won’t have to work, pay taxes, pay rent, buy clothes, pay for health care……It is my hope that you will stare at the inside of your prison cell, each day, and think to yourself, “That poor fellow didn’t do anything more than offer help, and he died because of it.”

    For those who are complaining about FaceBook photos, please, understand that I offer my sincere prayers of condolence and sympathy to you, your family, and for Charlie. FaceBook is a private service. When someone signs up to make their profile page, there is a TLDR “terms of agreement.” Within these terms, your privacy is spelled out very clearly – you are in control of your own privacy settings and FB has the legal right to sell your information, profile images, personal data, and everything else if you don’t fix your settings a certain way. It stinks, I agree, but it is legal. Spend your time focusing on the tasks at hand, rather than FB, and know that there are many, many folks out there that care about what happened to your loved one.

  • Matthew Zajkowski

    They stole the pics and everything with his face off the victims family face book and they where asked to leave them alone . Thinking to my self they may need to stop harassing them or face lawsuit against them.


      I am not siding with the news, ( WNEP is really pitiful at times ) but if your Facebook book is set at public, then anyone can see your posts or possibly use those posts.

      • KIP

        Facebook is for validity for people who do not get enough attention. I mean some people post their every stinking move. Then there is the parents who post 100 kid pics a day, in the state of sandusky or the 30 something lonely women who posts pictures with 35 filters on. SMH

      • Coal crackers

        The stay at home moms in the Skook are the worse Facebookers. They’re lazy. Husband tries to put food on the table while wife sits at home and posts pics all day and doesn’t cook, clean, nothing.

      • rjelq

        Ashland and Frackville have some of the worst posters ever on Facebook. Every move posted for some. Do these people work? I must be getting old in my 30s. Because chicks from high school keep posting about Tupperware parties or some other skin care sales scams.

    • It’s called the public domain for a reason

      People post pictures on Fartbook and keep their profiles public for the world to see. Then people complain because ‘they didn’t ask for permission’. Here’s a tip for you Einstein: Don’t want anyone else to see something, don’t post it.

  • warningfakenews

    “Some people we spoke with say because of what happened, they are thinking twice before they ever help anyone again.”

    Bad things can happen even if you don’t help anyone. If fear and worry are your motivators, your apprehensions will jail your human spirit- and you.

    • John Mleczynski

      I agree, but he was in Plains when this happened; and the bad guy was from Scranton. You cant say its all bad here or there, it’s everywhere. Meth head scumbag on parole running from the cops who took advantage of a 60 year old guy he knew he could take. They should club the son of a bitch and leave him for dead like he did Charlie. I know the family, he was a good man and didn’t deserve to die this way. RIP Charlie.

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