Archive for August, 2011

Serial Killer Putt Waives Parole Hearing

The actual new report about Killer Putt almost makes him seem somehow worthy of sympathy.

For the third time in the last eight years, a serial killer who terrorized Memphis in the summer of 1969 has waived his appearance before the state parole board.

George Howard Putt was a 23-year-old misfit who had just moved here from Tupelo with his wife when he went on a 29-day killing spree, leaving five victims and a shaken city.

Although he is serving a 497-year sentence, Putt has had four parole hearings since 1993, even though he had indicated he does not want them.

“I have signed waver (sic) papers the last two times I was to meet with the board,” Putt said in a message to a parole officer earlier this month. “Please call me up to sign this time before said hearing.”

A hearing was held anyway and parole was denied with this brief finding: “The release from custody at this time would depreciate the seriousness of the crime of which the offender stands convicted or promote disrespect of the law.”

By law, the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole is required to hold a hearing for every eligible inmate at least once every six years, said spokeswoman Melissa McDonald.

“July of 2017 is six years from now,” she added, “and we will conduct a hearing at that time.”

Putt’s waiver notes his “intent to waive his hearing to expired sentence.”

His sentence expires Dec. 20, 2432.

Putt, 65, works for 34 cents an hour as a commercial cleaner at the Turney Center Industrial Prison and Farm in Only, about 50 miles southwest of Nashville. He has not had a single disciplinary write-up.

It almost makes him sound like a messed up kid who is now some what accepting responsibility and maybe even somewhat possibly remorseful.

There is also a statement from the son of Putt’s victims that seems to try to lessen the brutal horror this man created.

Their son, who discovered his parents’ bodies when they failed to show up for a birthday party, was dumbfounded when he learned eight years ago that Putt could be considered for parole.

For more than four decades, Michael Dumas of Cordova has struggled to find peace, relying heavily each day on his faith as a Christian.

“I cannot speak against George Howard Putt as for 43 years I have prayed for Putt and all the families and victims of the five people that Putt murdered,” said Dumas, who nevertheless keeps close tabs on Putt’s parole status.

“I long ago have forgiven Putt for his crimes…. I continue to pray for George Howard Putt

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I do hope that Michael has found peace.

Here is the twist though. In another article I found we learn the true depth of the horror of Putt’s crimes.

George Howard “Buster” Putt was born in New Orleans, LA in the mid-1940s.  His parents were drifters who brought Buster and his siblings up amid abuse and neglect.  The brothers were not allowed to go to school because of the rambling nature of the parents.  Eventually Putt’s parents went to prison for passing bad checks and the seven children went to North Carolina to live with their grandparents.  Within a relatively short period of time the grandparents sent the whole crew of children to an orphanage in Richmond, VA.

Putt later landed in the Richmond Home for Boys, where it was noted that he had “a morbid preoccupation with blood and gore”.  He was described as “seriously disturbed” in a report by one of the school’s counselors.

By the time Putt was 16 he was under arrest for his second attempted rape.  He had escaped after the first arrest and fled Virginia.  The second attempt occured when he forced a woman into his car in Texas and subsequently wrecked the vehicle.  Putt was then put in a maximum security facility for juveniles in Texas.  One psychiatrist there described Putt as “a pyschopath capable of committing almost any crime”.

When Putt turned 21 he was released and immediately left Texas.  He drifted to Mississippi and later to Memphis where he married his brother’s pregnant ex-girlfriend who he had only know for a few weeks.  Mary Bulimore, the new Mrs. Putt, worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.  Mary had the baby and the couple named him George Jr.  For whatever reasons the couple soon ended up in Tupelo, Mississippi where Putt worked at a gas station and Mary as a clerk in a local hotel. 

In May of 1969 Putt was arrested for burglary and sentenced to six months at the county penal farm.  Very soon he escaped by simply driving a truck away.  The couple headed for Memphis to escape the Mississippi justice system.

The couple floundered around Memphis taking small jobs, selling blood etc.  They made no friends.  George seemed “odd” to most folks he met and never kept a job for long.  Their last residence was on Bethel in North Memphis.  Around the time George lost a job for stealing from the register the “Putt Murders” began.

The murder spree began in midtown Memphis at 1133 South Cooper, home of Roy and Bernalyn Dumas.  Roy Dumas was disabled from wounds suffered in World War 2 and his wife worked as a nurse at Baptist Hospital.   It was a hot day, August 14, 1969.  George Putt, still only 23 years old and only 2 years outside of the juvenile penal system somehow gained entry to the Dumas home where he tied and gagged both occupants.  Putt brutally murdered both in such a horrible way that it became difficult to determine cause of death.  The police commissioner called it, “the most atrocious and revolting crime he had seen in years.”   Putt took Mrs. Dumas’ purse on the way out the door.  Some rifling through the house was apparent, so robbery was listed as the motive for the crime.

Police were holding back certain gruesome details, chief of which was that Bernalyn Dumas was apparently molested with a pair of scissors.  Mr. Dumas was not as badly mangled as his wife’s.  The killer had left the scene of the crime with no witnesses and only a partial fingerprint on a piece of silverware. 

That night George Putt watched the television news coverage with his wife.

Twelve days later Putt struck again.  This time the victim was 80 year old Leila Jackson who lived at 21 N. Somerville.  Mrs. Jackson was found by her grandson much the way Bernalyn Dumas had been found.  Both had a lamp shining directly down on their body, a stocking wrapped around their neck and both were sexually molested with a sharp object, this time a butcher knife.

The police knew immediately that this was the same killer.  Fear began to grip the city with a vengeance.

That evening, George Howard Putt showed his wife the afternoon paper and said, “Remember that old lady I tried to rent the room from over near the Terrace Hotel?  That Mrs. Jackson? Remember her? Somebody killed her just like that Dumas couple!  There must be some kind of really bad nut loose in this town.”

Five days later, 21 year old Glenda Sue Harden was robbed and abducted as she got into her car leaving work.  The police began a manhunt, but the search came to a bad end.  Miss Harden was found, hands bound by her own pantyhose laying in the grass of Riverside Park.  She had been stabbed 14 times in the back, chest, neck and head.  Now there were four people dead in two weeks.  Each crime not only wanton, but heinous.  In each case the victim was robbed, but also assaulted in a way that appeared almost inhuman.

The newspapers warned caution, but warnings were hardly necessary.  All over the city new locks were being installed.  One hundred and thirty-five detectives and vice squad officers were assigned to the case as the largest manhunt in the city’s history began.  Clues were nowhere to be found.  A twenty thousand dollar reward drew no takers.  FBI assistance was sought for lab work.

On September 11, 1969 George Howard Putt commited his last murder.  He was less careful now.  He was seen by a number of people as he skulked about the apartment building at 41 N. Bellevue.  Christine Pickens, who was just turning 59 that day came home at a very inopportune time.  Putt had already failed in a ruse to get another resident, Grace Oldham, to open her door and now he abducted Christine as she entered her apartment. 

Things did not go as smoothly this time.  The victim began to scream for help and yelled “Murder!”.  Emma Gross who lived right above Christine ran to her aid.  As she arrived Putt entered the hallway covered in blood, holding a knife and a woman’s purse.  Putt decided not to kill Emma, probably because the scene was getting hot.  He threw the purse and ran.  Emman roused another neighbor, Wayne Armstrong from sleep and Armstrong began to give chase in his underwear while firing his pistol at Putt (Armstrong had left his glasses behind).  The chase went on through midtown as Armstrong screamed “He’s a murderer! Catch him!”

The chase was joined by two more men, Ray Brenner and Roger Meckley.  The two had limited success chasing the younger Putt, but the chase and Armstrong’s continuous firing of his pistol had drawn police protection.  Putt had actually shaken his pursuers by the time two officers spotted him, pants and forearms covered in blood.  Police officers Glenn Noblin and Phil Scruggs made the arrest on Linden Avenue. 

Christine Pickens had died in the meantime from 20 stab wounds.

Putt confessed to the murders within 48 hours.  He told police that the motive was robbery, but he was not going to leave any witnesses that might send him back to prison.  His victims were picked randomly except for the fact that each appeared vulnerable.

Later Putt recanted his confession, but he was tried for the murder of Christine Pickens and sentenced to death.  That sentence was later commuted to 99 years prompting prosecutors to also try him for the murder of the Dumases.  In all Putt received a total of 497 years.  Without the additional convictions Putt would have been eligible for parole in 1999.

Putt is currently serving his sentence at the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Only, Tennessee.  He now advocates a “Universal Law” philosophy and maintains that he murdered his victims “because that is the way it’s supposed to be”

Mary Putt learned the identity of Memphis’ serial killer just like everyone else… on the evening news.

He was raping the women with sharp objects. Robbery was not the main motivation, sexual gratification was. He has a long history of sexual crimes.

His wife had to be horrified when she read in the papers that her husband was the killer.

What really gets me is that he is not remorseful, he believes that was the way it was supposed to happen. He does not take responsibility, he blames it on some cosmic type plan.

I am glad that he is not going to be trying for parole. I think that the money that he makes should go to a victim’s fund and in some part to pay for his living expenses. I don’t care if it is only $.05 taken from his ‘check’. Every time he gets a check he should be reminded that he is paying for HIS crime not some warped cosmic design.

Acquittal of serial killer in murder case triggers scare

By Mizan Rahman
The acquittal of serial killer Roshu Kha, 35, on 08/22 in a case relating to rape and killing of a girl Poppy in a Chittagong court, has created a stir among villagers.
Residents of Modna village in Chandra Union of Sadar sub-district in Chandpur district are surprised to see the notorious criminal going scot-free. Although Roshu Kha has gone scot free in the murder case, the chances of his release from prison are extremely remote as he is implicated in seven  other murder cases, lawyers said yesterday.
After visiting Modna, newspaper reporters yesterday could not trace Roshu’s mother and brothers.  Locals said family members of the criminal have long fled from their ancestral village. His cousin, Anwar Khan, was unhappy at Roshu’s acquittal.

Newly elected Union Parishad (UP) chairman, Mohd Yusuf Khan, expressed surprise and told Gulf Times: “Roshu Kha is a notorious criminal. He should have been punished. He has tarnished the good name of this union.”
The “speedy trial court” should have taken place at Chandpur, instead of Chittagong city, as it would have helped people eager to give evidence against the criminal.
It is difficult for villagers to travel to the far-away south-eastern port city from Chandpur to give evidence against Kha, he added.

Local UP member in ward number 5, Md Mofu, told newsmen that villagers would be safe if the dangerous criminal was behind bars.  “About 15 years ago, Roshu and his family members were ousted from the village by angry residents,” he added.
Shafique, a villager, said: “We want Roshu to be hanged after a trial.”
He urged the government to shift the trial court from Chittagong to Chandpur for the convenience of villagers.
On October 7, 2007, the criminal was arrested by the Faridganj police from a Nirashpara house in Tongi in connection with theft of ceiling fans from a mosque at Gazipur Bazaar in Faridganj sub-district of the district.
When he was remanded, Roshu told the police that he had raped and killed 11 young women between September 30, 2007 and 2009 in Chandpur, Faridganj and Haimchar.
In his confessional statement, Roshu said he had killed these women to avenge his past. He had vowed to kill 101 women when the girl he was in love with, rejected him 15 years ago.



2 Cases Dropped Against Serial Killer Paul Runge (via CBS Chicago)

I understand the premise behind why they dropped them and I know that $$ came into that decision. It bothers me though that he will not be held accountable for these crimes.

UPDATED 08/24/11 11:01 a.m. WHEATON, Ill. (CBS) — DuPage County prosecutors dropped two cases Wednesday against convicted serial killer Paul Runge, because he cannot be sentenced to any greater penalty. As WBBM Newsradio's Nancy Harty reports, Runge, 41, once of Carol Stream, had been awaiting trial in the murder of two sisters from Hanover Park in July 1995. LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports [audio http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.cRead More

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More Games With Joseph Naso

SAN RAFAEL — The Nevada man accused of killing four women, including a woman whose body was dumped in Contra Costa County, went back and forth with a Marin County judge on Monday over how he would defend himself.

Joseph Naso told the perplexed judge that he needed more time to find an attorney or a legal adviser.

Naso, 77, said he needed a month or two to find a lawyer he could trust to advise him. At the same time, he said he wanted to continue representing himself.

“It’s not clear to me exactly why you want a continuance,” Marin Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet told Naso, noting a confusing motion filed by the suspect who so far has represented himself. “The motion suggests you may be asking to have a lawyer represent you,” or a lawyer to act in an advisory capacity, the judge observed.

“All of the above,” Naso replied. “It’s not so much the question of spending money to retain counsel but of retaining someone I can trust and feel confident of to represent me. There are people out there who would like to get my money.”

“I have decided I do need legal counsel for this case,” Naso continued. At the same time, “I would like to maintain that privilege” of representing myself.

“If you were to ask me right now do I want counsel or do I want to represent myself, I can’t answer that,” Naso said.

“The bottom line is, if I can find an attorney who is reasonable and is not just out for my money, I would consider that.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” the judge said at one point.

Authorities have said Naso has access to about $1 million in savings.

Ultimately, Sweet said there was no good cause to delay a Sept. 6 preliminary hearing.

Naso said he was wary of attorneys because he had been burned by one and said he had talked to a half-dozen lawyers and was having trouble finding one that measured up.

“In this county there are not that many attorneys who are interested in this type of case,” he said.

Naso has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing four women: Roxene Roggasch, 18, dumped near Whites Hill above Fairfax in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, found in Yuba County in 1993; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, found in Yuba County in 1994. The cases are being prosecuted in Marin Superior Court.

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He just needs to pass away in his sleep.

Kylan Laurent, Louisiana Serial Killer

The police are finally admitting that Laurent is (probably???) a serial killer.


GRETNA, La. — Authorities said they believe 22-year-old Kylan Laurent might have targeted more women than the ones they’ve been able to link him to in Jefferson Parish and Baton Rouge.

Laurent is accused of attacking a woman and killing two other women in local hotels.

“I think we’re going to find more,” said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

Normand said a search of Laurent”s car and home in Vacherie turned up 22 cell phones.

“We know that his (modus operandi) is that he takes phones from victims,” Normand said.

Officials said they believe Laurent targeted prostitutes who posted ads on social media sites and attacked them in their hotel rooms.

“Prostitutes are the most vulnerable people in the world. They’re out at night with men they don’t know. They’re an accident waiting to happen,” said criminologist Peter Scharf.

Laurent has a scant criminal history. Scharf said it’s not unusual for serial killers to elude authorities and fly under the radar with countless numbers of victims.

Authorities have notified law enforcement in Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas, where Laurent served military duty in 2008 and 2009, to see if they had any similar cases.

Laurent fled authorities Tuesday by ditching his car on Veterans Memorial Bridge near Gramercy during a chase and jumping into the river, police said.

“The reality is we really have to dot our I’s and cross our T’s in everything we do, in the event he survived the jump,” Normand said.
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I am thinking he is dead, but maybe that is just hope?
There are a fair amount of cases of people surviving falls / jumps from higher bridges.

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Son of Sam Claims he is Already free

ALBANY – Notorious “Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz has no interest in getting out of jail.

Berkowitz said prison is “not a good place” but he has no plans to seek his release because God has already made him a “free man” by forgiving him.

“Jesus Christ has already forgiven and pardoned me,” Berkowitz wrote in a recent letter to a Fox News reporter. “He has given me a whole new life, which I do not deserve.”

I do not believe this man has found religion. I had a friend who did time in the same prison and he said that Berkowitz was called Berzerkowitz by staff and inmates alike. Although my friend did not know Berkowitz personally he did know people in his ‘ministry’ as well as ‘friends’ of David’s and they all said the religion aspect was a joke, a way to eventually get out.

Berkowitz added that “while society will never forgive me, God has.”

Society will and should not forgive or forget your crimes.

The famed serial killer is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences at the maximum-security Sullivan Correctional Facility in the Catskills for a string of killings that terrorized the city during the 1970s.

Berkowitz, a former Yonkers resident, has been denied parole five times and has been in prison 34 years.

He is eligible for a sixth parole hearing next year

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There is no reason that he should ever be released.

Search Goes On For Possible Serial Killer / Jumper


Jumper search goes on; details emerge

David J. Mitchell

Advocate River Parishes bureau

Authorities scanned the bottom of the Mississippi River Wednesday with sonar in a search for the man who jumped from the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Tuesday, while similarities emerged in some of the crimes to which he has been tentatively linked.

Kylan M. Laurent, 22, of Vacherie, has been identified as “a person of interest” in two homicides and an aggravated assault and robbery in Jefferson Parish, law enforcement officials said.

Laurent also is a suspect in several crimes in Baton Rouge, including one in which he is wanted on charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment, State Police have said.

Baton Rouge Police Department and State Police spokesmen were not able to release details on the Baton Rouge cases Wednesday. Arrest warrants were not available in the court record.

Laurent jumped from the bridge linking St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes Tuesday afternoon during a chase with State Police troopers after they tried to stop his car on La. 18 in St. James Parish.

With Laurent still missing despite a search by several agencies, State Police also declined to rule out the possibility, albeit extremely remote, that he survived the roughly 165-foot fall into the muddy river’s swift currents below.

“We can’t assume he is deceased until we have the body,” said spokeswoman Melissa Matey of State Police Troop B.

She said it can take time for a body to surface in the river due to ship and barge traffic and underwater debris. Sometimes it takes months, she said.

Matey noted that a woman survived a fall several years ago from the Crescent City Connection.

In each of the Jefferson Parish attacks this month, a young black woman with out-of-state ties was assaulted in a motel room, according to reports and accounts from authorities.

Each of three women appeared to have been bound — possibly with heavy tape. Two of them were strangled or asphyxiated, the third survived:

• On Monday, Anita McDonald, 22, of Flowood, Miss., was found dead, partially clothed in her bed in a room at a Comfort Suites Airport motel in the 2700 block of Idaho Avenue in Kenner. She was strangled. Ligature marks were found on her wrists and neck. Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said the marks included the sticky remains of duct or electrical tape.

• On Aug. 18, Avery Shirnelle, 22, of Ohio, reported to Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies that a man she met through a social media website choked her until she lost consciousness at the Sun Suites, 1101 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Shirnelle, who fought with her attacker and scratched him, woke up with her hands bound behind her back and a pillow tied over her face. Black electrical tape was used.

• On Aug. 10, the partially clothed body of Jateese Hudgins, 20, of Philadelphia, was found with her hands tied behind her back at the La Quinta Inn, 5900 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. Preliminary autopsy results indicate cause of death was partially from strangulation and partially asphyxiation due to suffocation.

Three of Shirnelle’s cellphones were stolen, along with cash and a laptop computer, a sheriff’s report says.

Caraway said McDonald’s cellphone was missing.

McDonald was arrested last year on a count of soliciting prostitution in Nevada, Caraway has said.

Shirnelle told Jefferson sheriff’s detectives she is a dancer who is traveling. She told deputies she rented the hotel room and, wanting company, had used the Internet to look up the man who subsequently attacked her, a report says.

State Police originally reported Tuesday night that Laurent was a suspect in three Jefferson Parish homicides.

But State Police and Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies clarified on Wednesday that it was two homicides and an assault that a woman survived. Laurent also was only a person of interest in those cases, they said.

Sgt. Larry Dyess, spokesman for the Jefferson sheriff, said deputies were still working with other agencies to determine if Laurent is a suspect in those crimes.

Perhaps underscoring the importance of finding Laurent’s body, Jefferson sheriff’s deputies recovered fingerprints and DNA from at least one of those crime scenes, a report says.

It is not clear to whom the material belonged. Dyess declined comment on the reports at this time.

Trooper Graham said that while a trooper saw Laurent go over the edge Tuesday, no one saw him fall or hit the water. By the time the trooper could look over the edge, he could not see anything, Graham said.

St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said authorities spent time Tuesday looking in the bridge superstructure for Laurent. A flip-flop sandal was spotted on a beam below the bridge deck, Graham said.

Doug Shaffer, LSU’s head diving coach, said Laurent’s fall is likely near, although not beyond, the limit of human ability to survive. But he also said it is a dive made even more difficult by the river current.

“In my opinion, that level is at the threshold for an experienced athlete with years of training and experience,” Shaffer said.

Adam Einck, spokesman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said a department boat used sonar to search the river for Laurent on Wednesday.



Cops: dead woman’s phone in bridge jumper’s car

Posted:Aug 25, 2011 3:44 PM CDT Updated:Aug 25, 2011 3:44 PM CDT KENNER, LA (AP) –

Police say the cell phone and driver’s license of a woman killed in a Kenner motel were found in the car of a man who jumped off a Mississippi River bridge to escape police.

The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner police have an arrest warrant accusing Kylan Laurent of murdering Anita McDonald, whose body was found on a bed in the motel.

Police believe Laurent, of Vacherie, went to the hotel room to kill McDonald.

Police were chasing Laurent when he stopped his car on the bridge Tuesday and plunged into the river.

Laurent is also described as a “person of interest” in the Aug. 10 murder of Jateese Hudgins in a Metairie motel and an assault of a woman in a Harvey motel on Aug. 18.



Mark Smith Parole Hearing

Victims’ family, prosecutors fight serial killer’s parole


CHICAGO – In an interview for a book he helped write called “Legally Sane,” Mark Smith said nothing really triggered why he murdered 17-year-old Jean Ann Lingenfelter in 1970.

“We were just sitting there in my car, talking,” he said. “I reached over and strangled her with my hands, right in her seat, until she was unconscious.”

On Wednesday, members of Lingenfelter’s family gave statements to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board in an effort to prevent Smith, McHenry’s infamous serial killer, from going free.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, has been incarcerated for 41 years and currently is at Pontiac Correctional Center. He was sentenced to 500 years, but is eligible for parole every three years, and received no votes for release in 2005 or 2008.

Also present were friends and family of Jean Bianchi, a 27-year-old mother whose children were 22 months and 5 years old when Smith brutally murdered her. Bianchi was killed Jan. 27, 1970, and Lingenfelter four months later to the day. Both women were from McHenry.

Bianchi was last seen at a Laundromat, her body found partially submerged in a stream under a bridge three days later. Lingenfelter was seen getting into Smith’s vehicle, and her body was found the next day.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, who is of no relation to the victim, and Phil Hiscock, chief of the criminal division, also attended to speak out against Smith’s release.

Hiscock said the victims’ family members have called the murders a neverending nightmare and their own life sentence.

“He deserves to be in prison for the rest of his life,” Hiscock said. “We will always be objecting to his release.”

Smith also admitted to murdering at least 10 other women, including eight in 1969 while he was serving in the Army and stationed in Germany.

On Dec. 2, 1969, he attacked Obie Fay Ash after she entered the TV store where he was working in Arkansas.

Then, in between Bianchi and Lingenfelter’s murders, he also killed Janice Bolyard on Feb. 27, 1970. Smith had worked with her at De Soto Chemical Plant for about a month when he followed her into a basement, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Gina M. Savini said.

When Bolyard resisted his advances, Smith knocked her unconscious and raped her, eventually strangling her with her own pantyhose.

Savini said Smith then wiped his fingerprints from a light switch and door, found Bolyard’s broken shoe heel and put it by her body, and then went on with business as usual, including taking a call from his wife.

The break in the case came after Smith was arrested in McHenry County, Savini said, and he subsequently confessed.

In addition to the sentence for the murders, he also picked up an additional 18 years for trying to escape from prison.

Smith will not conform and cannot abide by society’s laws, Savini said.

“I would describe him as an arrogant egomaniac,” she said.

Even if he is released from Illinois – which Savini said she is confident will not happen – there is a warrant for his arrest in Arkansas.

“Arkansas will be waiting with open arms to secure him for the rest of his life,” she said.


Why do they even let him have a hearing? If his sentence is for 500 years there should be a minimum and there should be no chance for parole (even for a hearing) during that time.

Breaking News: West Memphis 3 have been freed from prison (via Bonnie’s Blog of Crime),0,5874148.story

Breaking News: West Memphis 3 have been freed from prison Victims Christopher Byers Michael Moore Stevie Branch Defendants Damien Echols Jessie Miskelley Jason Baldwin In reading through these articles you will see that some keep saying they pled guilty, but it was really a "no contest" or Alford plea. Plea Deal Sets Imprisoned Men Free in 1993 'Memphis 3' Murder Case Arkansas judge accepts plea deal, frees Memphis 3 West Memphis 3 Wikipedia: West Memphis Three West Memphis 3: Guilty Pleas Entered Arkan … Read More

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”John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster.”

The attorney who defended John Wayne Gacy talks about the serial killer in a new book, ”John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster.”

Book signings:

August 9, 2011 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Old Orchard Mall
Skokie, Illinois

August 10, 2011 – 12:30 p.m.
144 S. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois

August 12, 2011 6:30-9:00 p.m.
D’Vine Wine
742 E. Dundee Rd., Palatine, Illinois


When was the last time someone you knew asked you for a favor? What if that favor was defending a man who you later discovered to be guilty of crimes so grotesque they make your blood curdle? Can you guarantee him a fair trial without the influence of hate, revenge, media or an outraged public?

In the new book, JOHN WAYNE GACY: DEFENDING A MONSTER, (Skyhorse Publishing, August, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-61608-248-2) Judge Sam L. Amirante and writer Danny Broderick tell this fascinating story for the very first time. In a compelling first person account, Gacy’s defense attorney for the internationally reported trial of the century tells the chilling and gruesome tale of how Amirante came to defend America’s most infamous serial killer.

Writer Danny Broderick pens the story to rave reviews comparing his work to Stephen King and John Grisham combined. JOHN WAYNE GACY: DEFENDING A MONSTER grabs the reader with terrifying detail and makes them witness to the last horrifying hours of a madman’s final victim. Without a breath, the reader is thrust into a fast paced police investigation and trial drama rivaling any crime film, television show or documentary. Set against a ticking clock, in which our nation’s most dearly held constitutional tenants and protections are at issue, the case of the century puts our most basic core beliefs as Americans to the test.

With breakneck pacing, true-life dialogue, chilling photography, Amirante and Broderick propel us through a story so powerful that we often forget that it is one hundred percent true. The book includes never before seen drawings and photographs, along with shrewd insight into the man behind the murders that only his lawyer-the closest person to him during the trial-could have known. Among the fascinating, unexplored topics examined in this shocking courtroom drama are:

The true David and Goliath saga of a young lawyer, fresh from the Public Defender’s office, desperately trying to ensure a fair trial for the most hated and feared man in America. Authentic photographs, court documents, and letters and drawings by Gacy to his friends and family An insider’s look at the man who murdered over thirty young boys and was ultimately sentenced to death as the entire country watched. A deeper look at how the trial of this magnitude affected the young lawyer representing the worst criminal of our time and the toll it took on his family, his livelihood and his health. The creative approaches that were taken to ensure that even a mass murderer received the fair trial guaranteed to him by the U.S. Constitution. How Amirante sought to protect children with the Missing Child Recovery Act of 1984 (I-Search) to protect future abducted children from succumbing to a fate like Gacy’s victims. The lingering scourge of homophobia as it exists in American society and its worst case The current status of the death penalty in the United States.

JOHN WAYNE GACY: DEFENDING A MONSTER is a true crime story in which Broderick positions himself amongst other greats like Grisham, Turow, or Martini. It approaches the well-known genre of writing taking an angle never before seen, shedding new light on the trial itself, as well as the events leading up to and directly following it. Broderick’s success in creating a momentum that builds with the suspense, terror and intrigue of the original case, while adding Amirante’s passionate, driven, emotional, conflicted yet powerful voice, is spellbinding.

About the authors

Judge Sam L. Amirante is a retired judge and current lawyer with his own law firm, Sam L. Amirante & Associates. In 1978, his first case after leaving the office of the Public Defender was The People of the state of Illinois vs. John Wayne Gacy. He co-founded the law firm Amirante and Etchingham. In 1988, he was appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge of The Circuit Court of Cook County where he served until his retirement in 2005. Amirante authored the procedures adopted by the Illinois General Assembly as the Missing Child Act of 1984 (I-Search), which eliminated the twenty-four hour waiting period of initiate a search for lost children. A graduate of Loyola University (1970) and The Loyola University School of Law (1974), he also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 – 1976.

Danny Broderick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University (1977) and The John Marshall Law School (1982). He served in the United States Army, with commendations. (1972-1974) He is a former associate attorney with the law firm of Amirante and Etchingham. In 1988, Broderick founded his own firm The Law Offices of Daniel J. Broderick. During his twenty years of private practice, Mr. Broderick represented thousands of persons charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes. He is the author of the novel When Money Talks: Buford Tucker Listens

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