The Infectious Metalhead and His Dangerous Secret

To the Fort Worth metal scene, 100 Proof Hatred frontman Donovan Warren was the life of the party. To his girlfriends and prosecutors he was something else entirely.

Instead of driving away, Jordan jumped out of her car and rushed toward him. "I'm so sorry," she said. "I didn't mean to. I'm so sorry, honey. Whatever I —"

"Run, run, run," Warren yelled. He knew the police would be there soon.

Jordan wouldn't leave. As the ambulance took him away, the police took Jordan to jail. She spent more than a month behind bars and received probation for aggravated assault. It was her first felony.

A small shrine to Warren set up by his mom.
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A small shrine to Warren set up by his mom.
Warren with Jordan, one of the women who took him on.
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Warren with Jordan, one of the women who took him on.

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Jordan and Warren couldn't see each other while she was serving time, so he sent letters addressed from "Papa Bear," proclaiming his love and asking God for forgiveness for the bad things they'd done to each other. He even asked her to quit stripping. He'd stand in the parking lot in front of the jail, waiting for Jordan to look out the window. She'd look out for a moment before being led back to her cell.

Jordan went back to Warren after she got out. It was about three months later that she started to feel it — symptoms that felt like the flu, only supercharged. Nothing to worry about, Warren assured her. It was flu season.

Jordan found out she was pregnant on Halloween in 2009. Warren cried, but not tears of joy. It wasn't, apparently, the momentous occasion he'd described in his letters. Not long after, he began accusing her of sleeping around. Some of his friends were also telling him that Jordan was prostituting and posting ads on Craigslist. They broke up a few months after she learned she was pregnant, she says.

Then, in April, a doctor told Jordan she had tested positive for HIV. She felt alone, dirty, nasty. She was numb, and she worried her unborn child would contract the virus. She called Warren.

"I'm sorry," he said. "I've been tested, but I'll get tested again."

If not Warren, where did Jordan contract the virus? She wasn't sure. She'd had a few slip ups in the past, but —

A few days later, he sent her a text.

"It's negative."


It was onstage with 100 Proof Hatred, bandanna low and stance aggressive, that Warren first caught Carol's eye. She'd seen him around the metal scene, and she wanted to meet him, maybe even fuck him, but not marry him. She was 29 and working as a real estate agent during the day, partying with friends and musicians at night. Life was good for a change. ("Carol" is a pseudonym.)

Carol had a look and vibe seemingly designed to ensnare Warren: smart and confident, long dark hair and cat-shaped eyes that accentuated her exotic appearance. She grew up in Flower Mound, but she'd been attending Pantera concerts and partying with bands since high school. When a mutual friend offered to set her up on a date with Warren in early August 2011, she naturally agreed. Warren, separated from Jordan for more than a year by then, agreed too.

They went to The Rail Club, and Warren was in his element. They hit it off, but then Carol felt unusually wasted after her second drink, she says. She found it hard to focus as the night progressed, and she eventually blacked out and woke up the next morning in Warren's bed.

She only remembered bits and pieces of their sexual encounter. She knew she should be angry, but she found him charming, even if it would never lead anywhere. "I never saw myself with him like that," she says. They kept dating. She went to band practice and shows and liked most of his friends. It was fun for almost a month.

But in late September, Carol got sick — supercharged flu symptoms just like Jordan, plus other symptoms of an STD. She went to the Tarrant County Clinic in Fort Worth for treatment, worried she had herpes. "It's probably that," the doctor told her, and sent her to the lab for testing. She requested a full checkup, including an HIV test.

Carol had always been careful. She had annual checkups, including one before meeting Warren. But this time, when the doctor returned, a nurse took Carol's 6-year-old daughter out of the room. She'd tested positive for both herpes and HIV.

Tears streaming, Carol rushed back to the house where Warren was staying, left her daughter in the living room with his roommate and took Warren into the back bedroom.

"I'm HIV positive," she said.

This time Warren switched tactics, acknowledging what appeared obvious: that she had contracted it from him.

"I'm sorry," he said. "I didn't know I had it."

He seemed sincere.

"I promise, I'll make things right." He moved closer. "I'll marry you," he whispered. "I'll take care of you."

"I thought this was my last opportunity to have any kind of relationship," Carol says.

Carol took Warren to his first doctor's appointment, at the CDC at the Tarrant County Clinic. When his results came back, he didn't just have HIV. He suffered from chlamydia, herpes, syphilis — and AIDS. It took approximately 8 to 10 years for HIV to become AIDS, the doctor said, meaning Warren had contracted the virus sometime between 2001 and 2003.

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motoxxer
motoxxer

too bad somebody didn't get a chance to beat him to it!

princesscowboy
princesscowboy

What kind of person would have sex with that guy? When will butt rock finally die?

DamagedGirl
DamagedGirl

There are so many things about this article that make my stomach turn. I knew Donovan a very long time ago & hadn't seen him or been part of the metal community in many years.

Knowing Donovan's personality and the things he loved - I'm sure his biggest fault was his lack of responsibility for his actions. He wanted to get credit for the glory, the rock n roll, the excess that came with it. He also wanted to be responsible for everyone having a good time. Even in the bedroom, he made sure a good time was had by all. He did not want to take responsibility for anything not listed in the "good or fun" column. That was a downer and he wanted none of that. This fault doesn't make him a terrible person. He was immature and made a full time job out of living reckless. It didn't take an expert to see that.

Shame on him for not facing his diseases and taking responsibility for them. He is certainly guilty of sticking his head in the sand and pretending that if he didn't think about them, they weren't there. However, the women that chose to pursue him made risky choices as well. Donovan didn't have to drug women to be with him - it was all low hanging fruit for him and his larger than life, fun personality. Women love the bad boys and he was playing that role full tilt. Where is their culpability for choosing to have unprotected sex with a high risk partner? It hasn't been safe to pick up someone you don't know very well in a club and have unprotected sex in decades with HIV epidemic. These women - none of them - we're innocent in their choices.

I hate that, in a moment of what I expect was lonely, drunken, frustration he made a choice to voice his frustration at his sickness on a public forum and was implicated for it. Even not speaking with him I know he wasn't infecting people maliciously. He was ashamed. He was scared of what his community would do if they found out. And he didn't want to be sick so he just pretended he wasn't.

This story is extremely slanted to make it salacious. And his name was Donovan. As the author you speak of these girls with their pseudonym first names and use his last name throughout the piece. It's very confusing to the reader and quite frankly, shoddy of a writer.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

SOTE = Scum of the Earth

susan3graves
susan3graves

I just love how all of you name calling, not knowing what the fuck you are talking about, opinionated wanna be's, are throwing around Donovan's name & not so true business out there. WOW! How pathetic! As for you, mr. x-darkride-x, I could list out quite a few things about your user"name" here that  ran through my mind by your user name alone. And I promise you it would be belittling, and very embarrassing for you. So show some respect so I don't have to sink down to your level.

Sshutshutup
Sshutshutup

Why do people have to lie so much!! This is all lies!! Don't believe anything in this article.. please let him RIP and people need to leave his name out of there mouth and articles this is all just bs!! HE WAS A GOOD PERSON AND DOESN'T DESERVE THIS!!!

Sshutshutup
Sshutshutup

This pisses me off so bad lies all lies!!!and justice for Donovan wasn't ran by an ex it was a family friend and me a friend to Donovan i no longer am a part of it due to the asshiles that wanna threaten our lifes. Why can't yall leave this be stop writing these things and let him RIP and let his family be at peace. yall are killing his family with yalls lies!!!

Tsell71
Tsell71

Those "metalheads" are the dirtiest group of losers in DFW.  The Rail is a breeding ground for HIV.  I guarantee there is a collective shudder running through that group as we speak.  There are 5 or 6 "metal sisters' you can catch at The Rail every weekend. Every 40 yr old loser with a beard and a Pantera shirt has had their turn with them (Donovan included.)  Everyone knows who they are and at least 1 of them is infected, too.  It's about to get worse before it gets better, people.

cameron72
cameron72

I'm so glad Donovan's innocent victims FINALLY got vindication.  I have watched this situation unfold and it is disgusting how these women were portrayed by the "metal community" - a group of trailer trash losers that run around in circles sleeping with each other.  Time to pay the piper, guys.  I have a feeling that group is about to start dropping like flies!

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

He was a scumbag multiple murderer and got off way too damn easy.  Anyone with sympathy for him is redneck idiot trailer trash. His mother should be in prison for aiding a fugitive and possibly even accessory to murder, considering there's no way she didn't know he was sick.

1LessDouche
1LessDouche

@DamagedGirl  you are slanted in your opinion of Donavon. This writer is right on point with this man. Shame on you for trying to find the good in this sperm donor. He was an ego maniac narsasistic foolish man who had NO respect for anothers life. You are a damaged girl if you see him as the victim which you clearly do. Shame on you. When you surround yourself with such trash your going to come out smelling like it. Just so your clear on this. WHEN YOU KNOWINGLY HAVE HIV IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY not just by law, but by human respect TO TELL WHOMEVER YOUR SLEEPING WITH THAT YOU are POSITIVE,  SOOO THEY CAN MAKE AN INFORMATIVE DECISION WHETHER THEY WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU OR NOT. IN NO WAY IS IT THE FAULT OF THE GIRLS WITH WHOM HE INFECTED. People like you are trying to deter his bad decisions and make excuses for him because you feel sorry for him. REALLY! Suicide for Donavon was cowardly and another form of his ego standing in the way. He never thought about how this would affect his mother (remember he shoot himself in her small RV where she sleep every night) his daughters and sons. This man was a scoundral and contributed NOTHING to society. Check yourself, get counceling or something, if you are surrounded by people like this and actually have excuses for them, then something is not right with you. 

glenspivey27
glenspivey27

@DamagedGirl Well, because of his "faults" he now has a baby daughter that is going to struggle and die from a deadly disease and his older children have to be left with this legacy.


It wasnt just "not taking responsibilty" for his actions, it was a blantant disregard for his life and the life of those he came into contact with.


Being HIV positive and having unprotected sex with others absolutely makes him a bad person.  Having HIV and knowingly getting a woman pregnant without telling her you are positive and having a child that is infected absolutely makes him a bad person.  He has no less than 5 children and owed thousands and thousands of dollars to their mothers and now his youngest is faced with a lifetime of medical bills for a disease he knowingly passed along.  That, in my book, is not only a "bad person", its a monster.  There is nothing lower than a man that fathers children and abandons them.  Its even worse that 1 of them is sick and he didn't even care enough to claim her - even after the DNA test came back that he was her father.


And you are right, the women were reckless, too, but these children involved didnt asked to be brought into this mess.  His baby daughter did nothing to deserve this deadly disease he knew he had when he chose to have unprotected sex and create her.


It's time people quit defending him and start focusing their energy on the true victims here - the kids!

eatmy.peaches
eatmy.peaches

@Sshutshutup That's right it's all just a big, made-up conspiracy over some dude in a doo-rag. EVERYONE is in on it, you now.  Even the Tarrant County DA is in on "the conspiracy". 

He was a COWARD.  A COWARD with a big appetite for pussy and drugs.  A COWARD with NO heart, not even for his own child. 

Thank GOD he's gone.  The world suffers from having too many Warren's in it, ONE LESS WARREN is a good thing. 

Don't ruin it for us - let us CELEBRATE the REMOVAL of another P.O.S. from the face of the earth. 

SherryTyson76
SherryTyson76

@SshutshutupThe Tarrant County District Attorney has no reason to lie. The prosecutor didn't have a personal vendetta against Mr. Warren.  When the case was filed enough evidence had to be presented to the grand jury to get an indictment.  Tarrant County got not 1 but 2 indictments handed down against him based on evidence from medical records.  Just because you don't like what the article says doesnt make it any less true.

cm1977
cm1977

@Sshutshutup there may be a few things like that in the article that are not correct but most of this is a true story compiled BY his family and friends, District Attorney, victims, and evidence found throughout the case

SherryTyson76
SherryTyson76

@Sshutshutup  Mr. Warren gave his own child a death sentence.  While you are so busy focusing your energy on Mr. Warren and fighting for "Justice" for him and screaming about bullies, maybe you should be concerned about his child.  Where is the child's justice?  This child is going to spend it's entire life taking tons of pills and going to countless Dr. appts. by no fault of it's own.  Do you have any idea how much the monthly medication for a person with HIV is?  Thousands! Instead of worrying about who said what about Mr. Warren, maybe you should worry that there is a child he brought into this situation that is going to fight this disease it's whole life and eventually die from it.  I don't recall any facebook pages being made for the child.  That facebook page even said you were going to try to raise money for a lawyer to sue the "bullies."  Maybe you should raise money for his sick child's lifelong treatment.  You people have some really warped priorities.

DamagedGirl
DamagedGirl

Don't be so obtuse to stereotype people by what music they listen to or how they dress. Losers are found in all walks of life. Just last month a college fraternity in Boston was charged with allowing a girl to be gang raped in their frat house. No metal heads there I bet but still in a class of "losers" all their own.

J.M.B.
J.M.B.

@Tsell71I'm sure that group of people you are speaking of also make the rounds at every rock and metal show in town, not just the ones at this club. I have no doubt that this same scenario could be playing out at any club in town, regardless of genre. Hell, that guy in Dallas Buyers Club was a redneck. This is a cautionary tale about unprotected sex, fueled with hopelessness and denial. I certainly hope you're not right about things getting worse before they get better. Hopefully, shedding some light on the subject will help. Sounds like you've been to the rail a few times yourself, so you know that the majority of people who go there are just looking to hear good music and don't partake in any sort of seedy lifestyle. People have their birthday parties at the club. There's even been a couple of weddings.

cameron72
cameron72

@xdarkridex Of course she knew.  Even now she wants to blame "bullies" not him.  Looks like she would be furious at him.  She has an infected grandchild now!

Move.On.People
Move.On.People

You are sick bastard to wish harm on the innocent family... Shame on you...

glenspivey27
glenspivey27

@DamagedGirl I dont think he is stereotyping by their music.  He is stereotyping by the behavior that group of people exhibits.  I know Donovan well and I also know the women he is talking about.Should I name names because I can.

minemellisa
minemellisa

@DamagedGirl both comments very well said.. Agree with you 100%

Tsell71
Tsell71


@J.M.B. No, I don't go to the Rail.  I've never even stepped foot in it. One of the bartenders is an acquaintance that is related to a good friend of mine.  I know for certain his lifestyle is just as reckless as Mr. Warren's was.  It's not even a secret that Donovan slept with a good number of women up there, who in turn sleep with other band members, who sleep with the bartenders, ect.  It's bad.  

cm1977
cm1977

@Move.On.People the reason this article was posted was to spread awareness. As Donovans friends have said he had MANY girls in his life who could now be passing around this life threathening disease all over the DFW area. the victims life choices are not on trial here. The district attorney proved he knowingly gave these girls this disease regardless of what poor choices they have made no one deserves to have their life shortened because Donovan was wreckless. It amazes me that these poor girls are receiving death threaths and being called every name in the book when they are the victims. I understand loyalty to a friend but even so what he did was wrong and you all need to accept the truth and leave these poor girls alone. you all claim he was bullied by these girls but yet you all are bullying them! you are simple minds hypocrites!!

eatmy.peaches
eatmy.peaches

@Move.On.People That "family" is anything but "innocent".  His mother was the one who introduced him to that life, what makes her so innocent??

cm1977
cm1977

@Move.On.People Im not sure her exact situation but as it appears she started treatment very early on chances are she is undectable anyways and there is barely a chance of passing the virus at that point like 2% or less if she had a C-section and didn't breastfeed. Plus once again everyone is quick to pick on these girls and put them down any way possible because they decided to prosecute Donovan. If he wanted to handle this the correct way and just put on a condom and tell his partners then none of this would have happened! he would still be enjoying his life free and so would these girl! Im proud of them for standing up and getting the word out there and hopes to stop a huge outbreak in the dfw area because he was going around sleeping with all these girls knowing he was ill and spreading it. Now instead he took his life and ALL the girls are left to battle everyday of their life with this deadly disease on top of constantly being abused emotionally by all of you!

Move.On.People
Move.On.People

Point? There is still a risk of passing the virus to your unborn child even with medication. It takes a very selfish person to purposely take that risk.

Move.On.People
Move.On.People

It's obvious that your medical degree has expired. Full blown AIDS can occur anywhere from 5 to 7 years. These time frames are not an exact science. There are many cases where the onset has occurred early.

If you want to believe that Casey and Cat are complete angels with no past. Go ahead. Those of us who know better can sit back and laugh at your black and white belief. Trust me that are plenty of other colors in between.

DamagedGirl
DamagedGirl

@glenspivey27 Why do you feel the need to throw around that you knew Donovan and can name names? Who cares and why throw more people into the mud? 

Stereotyping any group based on the behavior of a select few is wrong. Stereotyping every person that listens to metal, AKA "Metalheads" is lame. Should I call every person that listens to rap a "gansta?" 


Four or five girls behavior (or a group of 40 yr old guys in Pantera shirts for that matter) doesn't dictate what an entire population of people who enjoy a genre of music are.

Your anger is off the charts. Maybe you should listen to some metal. :-)

glenspivey27
glenspivey27

Amen, cm1977. Both victims in this story were in relationships with Donovan.  The first girl had his daughter and the 2nd one lived with him and he made her believe he was "settling down" and wanted to marry her.  It wasn't until she found out he had HIV and didnt tell her that she became angry and wanted to expose him before this happened to anyone else. These women were given a deadly disease that Donovan knowingly passed them.  They deserved justice just as much as if he had shot them in the head or fed them a poison laced dinner!

 
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