Archive for November, 2011

Mark Goudeau Gets the Death Penalty

Jurors imposed the death sentence on 47-year-old Mark Goudeau, known as the Baseline Killer, for the murder spree that terrorized Phoenix-area residents for 13 months beginning that August.

The six-woman, six-man jury deliberated for about seven hours before reaching a verdict in the penalty phase of the trial. Goudeau had been found guilty last month of murdering eight women and one man, along with 58 other crimes.

I know that he will probably die of old age in prison but due to the sentence he will have tighter security. He is less of a threat to the many that work for the prison or are in there for some other reason.

Goudeau, already in prison for sexually assaulting two sisters at a south Phoenix park in 2005, also spoke in court for the first time, chastising his attorneys and assuring jurors he was not the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” he was portrayed as.

“I am no monster,” he told the court.

I disagree Mr. Goudeau, as does Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. You are a monster.  Only monster’s hide in human skin while hunting, raping and killing humans.

Prosecutors said the attacks began in August 2005 when Goudeau pulled a gun on three teens on Baseline Road. He took them behind a church and sexually assaulted the two girls.

The first murder came a month later, when he killed 19-year-old Georgia Thompson in a parking lot outside her apartment complex, police said.

Goudeau’s final victim was Carmen Miranda, a 37-year-old mother of two taken from a carwash as she was talking on her cell phone near Goudeau’s home in June 2006, prosecutors say. Miranda was later found dead inside her car. 

May your remaining years be filled with what you gave to your victims.


A Father’s Torment

Sunday Sun

HAUNTED by his daughter’s murder, Brian Clennell last night told how he is being tormented by sick conspiracy theorists.

Brian’s daughter Paula was one of five women murdered by evil Steve Wright – dubbed the Suffolk Strangler  – almost five years ago.

The death of Paula, who was born and raised in Berwick, Northumberland, and four other prostitutes in Ipswich left women afraid to leave their homes and led to one of the country’s biggest ever manhunts before Wright was finally caught.

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Sun, former engineer Brian has told how his agony is compounded by reminders like being sent letters and a DVD which claims Wright is innocent, and a musical being made portraying his daughter’s death.

The 62-year-old said: “It is terrible, I feel for all the families that have gone through it.

“You never think it will happen to you. What a waste of life.

“Getting sent rubbish from nutters doesn’t make things any easier.”

Brian has received a DVD, which he has never watched, claiming Wright is ‘the fall guy’ and that the real killer is still at large.

Paula Clennell

Another letter, from an individual in Ireland, says: “I am sure you would be appalled to learn that the killer of your daughter is still a free man and that the police are not interested in that because they have a conviction in court and that satisfies them as they fall back on that as proof of their correctness.”

Brian, who lives in Spittal, near Berwick, said: “It is like everything in life, it made me wonder, they must have a sad old life when a murderer is guilty as hell, they seem to attract people.

“It is like those people that marry people on Death Row.”

I have only found 2 online stories that speak of Wright being innocent and one of those is an interview he gave.

Sky News (Interview)

Just Justice. Org

If the dad was going online and posting on forums or making speeches in public I could see people bantering with him but to just contact him, just to say your peace that should be a form of assault. The person bothering him should get a fine, community service and or jail time if they continue to bother this dad.

Meanwhile, a musical about the killings shown in London also infuriated the grieving dad.

The stage musical London Road was performed by the National Theatre earlier this year, amid stinging criticism.

Brian, who has written to  the show’s producer, said only “insane people” would have gone to see it.

“He was just a chancer trying to make some money out of it.

“He wants to get himself straight into the mental house and get himself assessed.

“If they are making musicals about death and murderers, why do they not make a musical about the London bombings?

“It sickens me.”

A number of TV shows have been made about the killings, some of which Brian says “just opens up all the wounds for everybody.”

But he says: “There is no law that says nobody can make a programme about them.

“It will never go away because other people want to make money out of it.

“People should be left in peace.”

See the end for a little more info on the play.

I understand Mr. Clennell’s feelings but I also think that the public needs to know and remember killings. We need to keep people aware that the monster might be living next door. We also have to keep society remembering what happened so that these killers do not ever get released.

Paula, 24, was born and raised in the border town by Brian and his ex-wife Isabella, along with Brian’s daughter and her sister Alice, and went to Berwick Middle School and Berwick High School.

The couple divorced in 1996, and Paula moved to Norwich then on to Ipswich with her mother in 1999, aged around 17.

Paula had made the city her home but became hooked on heroin and turned to prostitution to pay for drugs.

Brian said: “She was not a bad person. I believe she was coming off the drugs, she was trying to get help to bring her children back.”

I find it sad that this father feels some need to defend his daughter. Who cares what her ‘job’ was, she did not deserve to be killed.

Paula’s funeral took place in Berwick in February 2007, and she was buried at Tweedmouth cemetery.

He pays regular visits to her grave, a mile from his house, as do other family members and friends from Ipswich.

“There is always somebody visiting her grave, I feel she is gone but she is not forgotten.There are always flowers there. People will never stop grieving, there is no way they can.

“Life goes on, there is nothing you can do about it, nothing you can do to bring her back. You just think back on the good times.”

It is good to hear that she is not forgotten and that the dad gets a feeling of support from the community.

It was announced in 2009 that Wright would be appealing against his convictions.

But the following year it emerged he decided to drop his appeal case. 

Write needs to stay locked up.

I feel for this father but the play is not about the actual killings but rather the effect the killing had on the

The musical is set in and around London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, during the Ipswich serial murders and subsequent trial of killer Steve Wright in 20062008. The piece is written in verbatim style, meaning the spoken text is reproduced by the performers exactly as recorded in interviews, in this case conducted by Blythe with the residents of London Road and some of the women who worked as prostitutes there, as well as members of the media who gathered in the area to report the news. The lyrics in the musical segments are similarly derived from the interviews as recorded, with the meter, pitch and rhythm of the music following the patterns of the original recorded speech as closely as possible.[1]

Neither the murdered women or their killer are depicted, nor are the murders themselves; rather, the piece is concerned with the residents as they cope with the events unfolding around them, the media attention drawn to their neighbourhood, and their attempts to rebuild and regenerate their community afterwards. The piece does not feature principal characters in the conventional sense, instead, an ensemble cast assume the roles of various locals, sex workers and reporters, and most characters are not referred to by name.

London Road

Studying a Killer

Studying local serial killer Thomas Lee Dillon

Times Reporter.Com

When Thomas Lee Dillon died in October, many residents of the Tuscarawas Valley region recalled the fear they felt during 1989 to 1992, when he killed Donald Welling of Strasburg and four outdoorsmen in eastern Ohio.

His arrest just before the start of deer-hunting season in 1992 was a relief for those otherwise hesitant to head out to the fields and woods.

Dillon, 61, of the Magnolia area, died Oct. 21 of natural causes in a prison medical facility. He was sentenced July 12, 1993, to 165 years in prison with no parole eligibility after confessing to all five slayings.

“The Dillon case was a tragic, but very fascinating case,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Smalldon, a forensic psychologist in Columbus.

“It really sticks out. Nearly 20 years later, it’s still one of most interesting for me as a forensic psychologist.”

Today, Smalldon will speak to a class at Kent State University at Tuscarawas about his involvement in the case and offer observations about his profession.

Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Michael Ernest teaches the court-functions class this semester and wanted to make it more interesting to students.

He decided to track a particular case all the way through the legal system. Smalldon is the final        speaker. Other presenters were Sheriff Walt Wilson, who was the lead detective during the case, and defense attorney David Doughten of Cleveland, a New Philadelphia native.

Former county Prosecutor Ron Collins also spoke about the case, although the murder charges and sentencing were through Noble County.

Dillon was responsible for killing cattle and other animals in Tuscarawas County and for setting hundreds of fires at barns and vacant buildings throughout the region.

“They’ve provided a significant amount of insight,” Ernest said of the presentations.

Smalldon has been involved in nearly 300 death penalty cases at the state and federal level over 20 years. Dillon’s plea agreement spared him the death penalty.

Smalldon also consults in hundreds of cases throughout Ohio involving disputes over child custody, determining competency to stand trial, sex offenders and risk assessments.

“Part of my involvement in the Dillon case stems from my long-standing interest in serial and episodic violent crime,” he said, adding he’s corresponded or talked personally with Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy.

“It goes beyond reading books about cases. I wanted to hear them speak and how they sounded.”

He said media interest in Dillon revived in 2002, during the Washington, D.C., sniper attacks. Ten people were killed and three others critically wounded at locations in Washington, Maryland and Virginia during a three-week span that October.

“Some of the national media had heard about the outdoorsmen serial killings in Ohio, and because I had worked on that, they contacted me,” Smalldon said. “They asked what we’d learned from the serial sniper here.”

He said that Dillon was “a very angry guy, who tended to express his negativity in passive-aggressive ways, rather than directly.” All but one of his victims was shot from a distance with a high-powered rifle.

Smalldon emphasized that he only knew what he was hearing in the media about the Washington, D.C., sniper.

“Others were willing to profile that case, and were grossly incorrect in most instances,” he recalled.

About Dillon, he told them about “how well camouflaged he was in the community. There were a lot of aspects about his lifestyle that didn’t call attention to him. People who knew him were aware of his corrosive  sense of humor and that he was an oddball in some ways. But he was not what people wish to see in someone who commits such crimes. He didn’t have a big ‘S’ for serial killer on his forehead that you could see and run away from him.”

Instead, Smalldon recounted from the evaluation report he prepared for use in court that Dillon was a 20-year employee of the Canton Water Department.

“He was active in church,” he said. “He was married to a nurse. They had a son and lived in a very well cared for home” off state Route 800, just north of the Tuscarawas-Stark County line. “He played tennis occasionally. In many ways it was a normal life.”

Dillon had a “very high IQ at 135.” However, Smalldon recalls seeing a televised interview with “some classic moments. Asked if he thought about his victims, he said not really. They literally seemed to have no more reality to him as individuals and in families than the man in the moon.”



Ohio serial killer Thomas Lee Dillon has gone to his death.

Dillon, who stalked the woods of eastern Ohio and shot five outdoorsmen to death between 1989 and 1992, died today, state prison officials said.

Dillon, 61, died in the prison wing at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus at 7:55 a.m. following an unspecified near-three-week illness.

He was serving five consecutive life terms, with no possibility of parole for 165 years, after pleading guilty in 1993 to five counts of aggravated murder.

Until he was hospitalized on Oct. 4, Dillion had been housed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville, where he was a trash-crew worker.

Dillon, from Magnolia in Stark County, drove the rural back roads with a high-powered rifle in his search for victims and also claimed to have set 160 arson fires during his journeys.

His victims included:

  • Donald Welling, 35, of Strasburg, who was shot April 1, 1989, while walking or jogging on Rt. 94 in Tuscarawas County.
  • Jamie Paxton, 21, of Bannock, was shot both from long- and close-range while bow hunting on Nov. 10, 1990 near Rt. 64 in Belmont County.
  • Kevin Loring, 30, of Duxbury, Mass., was killed Nov. 28, 1990, while deer hunting in a rural reclaimed strip mine area near Rt. 98 in Muskingum County.
  • Claude Hawkins, 48, of Mansfield, was fatally shot March 14, 1992, while fishing near Wills Creek Dam off Rt. 274 in Coshocton County
  • Gary Bradley, 44, of Williamstown, W.Va, died April 5, 1992, while he was fishing in a rural recreation area off Rt. 83 near Caldwell in Belmont County.

The murders were solved when a friend of Dillon’s contacted police with suspicions about the Canton Water Department draftsman and a gun dealer turned over a rifle, which was used in the slayings, that Dillon had sold him.

People Magazine Article



Karen Johnson Swift Missing Person Case Is Now a Criminal Investigation, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box Gives Update “He Has Nothing”.

Karen Johnson Swift Missing Person Case Is Now a Criminal Investigation, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box Gives Update “He Has Nothing”..


Excellent article!

Serial Killer Trial Gets Attention in India

Curious case of ‘Cyanide’ Mohan draws advocates

Times Of India

MANGALORE: Advocates at the fast-track court are flocking to district and session’s court premises here since Monday, a day when the court took up hearing of cases against Mohan Kumar, the teacher-turned-‘serial-killer’. Their presence stems from fact that Mohan, who is accused of alluring and murdering at least 20 women, is defending the case himself.

Harish, an advocate who deals mainly with motor vehicles cases, was an attentive listener during the second day of the proceedings at the fast-track court on Tuesday. He was there to see how a person, accused of killing 20 women, would cross the prosecution witnesses after their examination in-chief. Uday Alva, a lawyer dealing with civil matters, was there to ascertain how intelligent the alleged killer is.

However, another lawyer from Kerala, sat through the morning session waiting for his client’s turn for hearing. “A case of my client is pending before this court. If the judge takes it up in my absence, it will get adjourned to a later date,” he said. Asserting that he has no special interest in the Mohan’s case, the lawyer said: “The accused is better off hiring a lawyer rather than making suggestions in the form of admission.”

Public prosecutor Sreeshail Taranhalli says it is the first instance in his professional career where he has seen a murder accused not availing professional legal help. “Judge Linganna Gouda Jantli offered to provide him one through the District Legal Services Authority, but he refused,” Sreeshail says.

Mohan, a PUC student who did his BEd to become a teacher, has picked up a few law tips reading books on law during his period of incarceration.

Ambika, lawyer practising criminal law, said Mohan is better off seeking professional legal help. “It is a good case for prosecution,” she adds.

Special PP Cheyabba Beary said the court on the second day heard deposition of four witnesses. The hearings are likely to go up to December 8.

A little background information on Mohan Kumar;

Married three times, Mohan divorced his first wife, whom he married in 1987. He presently lives with his second and third wives at Uppala and Deralakatte respectively. His tryst with criminality started in 2000 when he lured Rathna to marry him. When she refused, Mohan tried to push her off the Nethravathi Bridge at Dharmasthala. He was however acquitted in the court for lack of sufficient evidence against him, the SP said.

IGP (western range) Gopal Hosur, who as DySP had nabbed then famous serial killer Waddara Sankappa in 1985, described Mohan Kumar as a coherent person who knew what he was doing. His target was to ‘work on’ each of his potential victims for two months, while scouting for his next victim, Hosur said. The details of Mohan’s escapades with these women have been shared with the police authorities concerned, he noted.

With no direct contact with the victim’s family, the accused was never a suspect in any of these cases, he said. Investigations have led police to a person in Puttur who supplied cyanide to the accused, the IGP said adding that this person would be treated as an abettor. His unique selling proposition with his victims was his assurance to marry them without dowry and this was probably what lured most of them to his deathly embrace.

Police seized 8 cyanide tablets, four mobile phones and jewellery belonging to Anitha. Hosur said a case of rape and murder has been taken up against Mohan Kumar at Bantwal, and all the remaining 17 cases against him would now have to be reopened and reinvestigated in light of the new evidence. The DGP Ajai Kumar Singh is likely to reward the team during his impending visit to the city over the next few days, he said.

This will be a speedy set of trials unlike many serial cases in the United States and elsewhere.


Can You Identify This Woman?

The FBI has released the photo of a woman believed to be an additional victim of sexual torture and murder at the hands of suspected serial killer David Parker Ray of New Mexico.

Ray was convicted and sentenced to 223 years in prison for kidnapping and torturing two women. In 2002, he died in state prison, but the FBI has retrieved evidence, they believe link another woman to the murderer.

ImageAt a press conference in Albuquerque, Frank Fisher, spokesman for the bureau said, “We have a suspicion that this woman may have had contact with him, And we would really like to know what her name was, and if we could talk to her.”

In 1999, Ray was arrested after one of his victims managed to escape.

Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo was found naked, wearing only a dog collar and chain. She told police she was tortured in Ray’s home, and in 2001 he was sent to prison where he died the following year.

Though he wrote of more than 40 victims, the FBI has only been able to identify two of them.

Recently, the FBI released photos of itemsfound in Ray’s possession in the hope that someone would recognize something and help them identify to whom it belonged.

Jaramillio, now 33, spoke at the conference Friday, saying, “These people need to be returned to their families, whether they’re gone or not. They didn’t have to go through what I went through but they did. And they probably didn’t make it (out) like I did.”

She stated that while she was held by Ray, he bragged about those he had killed.

Anyone with information regarding possible victims of David Parker Ray is asked to contact FBI Albuquerque at (505) 889-1300.Image









Original Article 


Hopefully someone can identify her. Maybe she will see her photo and let the police know that she is fine.



Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving for those that celebrate.

For those that don’t have a great Thursday.

Long Island Serial Killer Article in British GQ

This article kind of brings all the information together as well as showing the reaction in the area. It is kind of long but really interesting.

America’s eyes are trained on a quiet coastal corner of the country where a murderer has claimed ten victims and remains at large, despite the efforts of investigators. Now, as Alex Hannaford reports for GQ, a growing band of self-styled ‘superheroes’, including ‘Samaritan Prime’, is joining in the hunt and attracting as much attention as its quarry. 

There are some pretty interesting photos that go with the article including the one of Samaritan Pride.

Gilbert was a 23-year-old prostitute from upstate New York. She had moved to New Jersey a few years earlier to try to make it as a singer, but had drifted into escort work to make ends meet. Since she’d begun posting ads on Craigslist, Gilbert had started to make good money, but occasionally, perhaps unsurpris­ingly, there was a price to pay. Once, she was beaten up by a boyfriend and a surgeon had to insert a titanium plate in her jaw. Her taste for recreational drugs, too, meant she wasn’t left with much at the end of the day, but despite this, she had started taking a college course and moved into her own place for the first time.

On the night of 1 May 2010, a client called Joseph Brewer contacted her via Craigslist, and her driver – a man called Michael Pak, whom Gilbert had worked with before – drove her to Brewer’s gated community by Oak Beach.

Pak waited outside in his car while Gilbert, wearing a blonde wig, leather jacket and jeans, went inside. At around five o’clock in the morning, Brewer came out asking Pak for help. Pak found Gilbert distressed, speaking to police on her phone. She was saying she feared for her life, and in those twilight hours she kept the 911 dispatcher on the line for 23 minutes. But she didn’t say why, didn’t give an address and refused to leave with Pak, her trusted driver. Instead, Gilbert ran out of the house, screaming for help, banging on the door of one of Brewer’s neighbours, 75-year-old Gustav Coletti, who offered to call the police. Gilbert, sobbing, begged him not to and instead disappeared into the night. The only trace, a set of footprints in the sand.

By the time Pak pulled up outside Coletti’s house, Gilbert was gone. Suffolk County police, tasked to the case, searched Brewer’s house and questioned both him and Pak but publicly said neither was a suspect. Coletti was cleared as well. Sometime in early summer, police stopped searching for clues among the brush scrub and marshes along Ocean Parkway. As summer 2010 turned to autumn, you could feel a chill in the breeze on Long Island. But as the fallen leaves blew along this remote stretch of road, with them, it seemed, went any leads.

On 11 December last year, just a few miles up the road from where Gilbert disappeared, a Suffolk County police officer, out training his cadaver dog on the grassy bank that lines the road, noticed his animal had picked up a scent on the wind. He walked over to the brush scrub and thorns, and peered in. A few feet in, he saw human remains.

Detectives closed off Ocean Parkway in both directions and combed the area for more clues. A few days later, the grisly body count had risen to four as they came across the badly decomposed bodies of two more young women and the skeletal remains of another, each wrapped carefully in coarse, brown burlap sacks – jute bags usually used for grain or, around here, more likely as sandbags. Each body lay spaced about 500 yards apart, and it was clear that the number of victims and the way in which they’d been arranged along this desolate, windswept stretch of road, bore all the hallmarks of a serial killer.


It wasn’t long before the four women were identified as prostitutes: Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of the Bronx; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Connecticut; Megan Waterman, 22, of Maine; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, New York, a town just across Oyster Bay. And all had offered their services on Craigslist, just like Gilbert.

Then came more chilling news: the teenage sister of victim Melissa Barthelemy told police she may have been contacted by the killer back in August 2009. Shortly after her sister went missing, a man phoned Amanda Barthelemy several times from her older sister’s mobile phone. In the final call he said: “Do you think you’ll ever see her again? You won’t. I killed her,” before hanging up.

After the snows had thawed in spring, Nassau police got involved in the search. Behind the “no parking” and “emergency stop­ping only” signs that line Ocean Beach Parkway, the impenetrable brush and dense under­growth make access to the beach via anything other than designated paths or deer trails impossible. It wasn’t long before the thorns and poison ivy had taken their toll. “My guys got shredded, torn apart,” Smith explains.

There was only a small window of time before the dunes once again became strangled with spring vegetation. On 29 March, however, police in Nassau County found another body, half a mile east of where the first four were uncovered. A few days later, searchers hovering over tick-infested foliage on ladders attached to fire trucks, discovered three more sets of human remains, bringing the total to eight. But there was still no trace of Shannan Gilbert.

Nassau County detectives, with park police, officers from New York state and cadaver dogs, worked their way west from the Suffolk-Nassau line. Some time around noon they came across a black bag 30 feet from the roadway; inside were what appeared to be human bones. Three hours later, a few yards from the entrance to the John F Kennedy Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, detectives found a human skull – later identi­fied as belonging to another former prostitute, Jessica Taylor – in the undergrowth.

The days following these finds saw high activ­ity in the area: roads were closed, cordons set up, helicopters swooped overhead looking for potential “dump sites”. One hundred and fifty officers combed the roadside along the barrier island, but they found nothing further – just some debris, a makeshift shelter that Smith says could have been there for years and a lot of animal bones.

There were now ten bodies – the four bodies initially found last December and six more – although Suffolk County police made it clear they were sure they weren’t all victims of the same killer. It was obvious the first four were connected, but then there was Taylor’s skull, a bag of bones, and the body of a small child and an Asian man in his twenties.

Like the Suffolk detectives, Smith didn’t link the bodies to the same killer. Until the forensic evidence came back, he wouldn’t even say they were all murder victims. “People do strange things,” he tells me. “Some people go off into the woods to die. Sometimes family members are embarrassed by a suicide and they may move the body. Who knows – it could have been a medical student with a cadaver throwing it in there.”

But it was the four initial bodies, those of the missing prostitutes, that really shook the local populace, and nothing was going to allay the fears of the people who lived on the island: a place that had now, whether they liked to admit it or not, become an open-air charnel house. Fear turned to panic turned to anger, and there was a growing sense that something, by someone, had to be done to stop any more girls like Shannan Gilbert going missing.

The author now writes about what has happened in the community.

In summer the population of this sleepy beach community multiplies overnight, and this year the message from the au­thorities was clear: this summer, like every other, the beaches were open. It echoed the scene from Jaws in which Mayor Vaughn, fearing reports of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season, overrules a plan to close the beaches.

But it didn’t change the fact that there was, if not real fear, then a paranoia among the locals who had been told of the likelihood that a serial killer was among them. Such warranted fear is as ripe as it was back in December – and building. Frustrated by the lack of progress made by the local police, un­covering the killer’s identity has for some people become an obsession; while for others, turning vigilante and helping the murderer meet his demise is a dark compulsion.


It is an interesting article and there is much more to read.

The hunt for Long Island’s serial killer

Parole Denied for New Zealand Serial Killer

A man labelled New Zealand’s first serial killer who killed two prostitutes and a massage parlour boss in Auckland in 1996 is on the verge of having his prison security risk reduced but won’t be released any time soon.

Hayden Poulter admitted raping and killing prostitute Natacha Hogan in October 1996 and confessed to stabbing sex worker Ladda Nimphet and her boss Herbert Richard Norris on the same night later that year.

Poulter, a 35-year-old labourer at the time of the murderers, became eligible for parole this month after being jailed for at least 15 years in 1997.

He told police that his second personality “Hell” drove him to commit the murders and also the attempted murder of another sex worker Angkana Chaisamret.

He still blames drugs and “Hell” for the murders. That means that he can not have real remorse.  He is still lessening his role, what he did. It means that he is also still lying.

Dissociative identity disorder is extremely rare and it comes with other signs and symptoms This sounds like he took a page from Kenneth Bianchi’s book.

His murders were violent brutal acts that according to Judge Carruthers had “marked aspects of planning”. These were not drug crazed murders. They were the murders of a predator.


At his first appearance before the parole board via video conference last month Poulter said he was deeply remorseful and sad about what had happened and that he felt strongly for the families of his victims.

Judge David Carruthers said the board has been told that Poulter was assessed as a low-medium security risk in prison and that was due to be downgraded to minimum.

Poulter, now 50, had gained a university qualification in prison and some of his artwork sold on online auction site TradeMe last month.

He admitted being a drug addict after undergoing a drug treatment programme and was now mentoring others on the programme. He was due to undertake a sex offenders treatment programme.

It is very easy for serial criminals to behave in custody. The schedules, the fact that they know that they are being watched and the fact that the possibility of future freedom will be based on their actions all lend to how they behave. It also allows them to learn to manipulate others better.

Look at Arthur Shawcross or Edmund Kemper. Both had been convicted of serious and violent crimes but did well in custody.  Of course once released they killed again and again.


Judge Carruthers said despite Poulter being offered a place to stay by a supporter upon his eventual release and doing well in prison he would not be granted parole any time soon.

That is a scary thought. How would you like to find out that your neighbor befriended a serial killer and they are going to let them move in?

“We have been at pains to tell him that that must be regarded as it is some distance away,” he said in the decision.

“There is no question that he cannot be released on parole.”

Why is it so hard to tell him that it will be a long while off? He is a killer.

Poulter will go before the board again in a year’s time.



Hopefully they keep him locked up for a very long time.


The Liebster Blog Award

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers, all in the spirit of fostering new connections. Leibster is German & means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’ .

From The Tale of My Heart

The Mad Hatters  nominated me for this award!!!


I am at a loss.

Besides ” Thank You” I have NO clue what to say.

So thank you Mad Hatters. I enjoy reading your blog and I am thrilled to know that you enjoy reading mine.

If you have not visited the Mad Hatters do so NOW! You will laugh, you will cry and sometimes make that head tilt that dogs make. It is a great blog!

Part of the nomination is nominating at least 5 others. I have no problem with that considering the great blogs that I read.

I do not know if I can send the nomination back to The Mad Hatters (a little bit of this; a little bit of that kind of blog), if i can, I do!

Friggin Loon (Randomness at it’s best)

Hey From Japan (The next best thing to moving to Japan yourself)

Anguished Repose (Science, Poetry, Gifs. Really smart, makes me itch. )

Socialpsychol (The Horrors, Oh The Horrors)

I Want Ice Water (Anarchy and Zen)

The Blog Of Otis (Kitties lead the congregation)

The Charlie Project Blog (True crime / Missing Persons)

The Byronic Man (I still haven’t figured this one out.)

Gimcrack Hospital (Odd and Interesting Facts and History)

Sh*t My 6-year-old Says (The wisdom of youth. Seriously, this kid will one day rule the planet)

PUMA Bydesign (Political insight)

I Hakiku  (Art in so many forms)

Rumpydog (Pets writing blogs and on Facebook)

The Writer’s Forensics Blog (Title kind of says it all)

The Good Greatsby (His Ego makes me giggle)

Evil Sits At The Dinner Table (Child Abuse Advocate / True Crime)

Aussie Criminals and Crooks (Australian True Crime)

Prawned and Quartered (The A-Team, Autism and so much more)

(I think they all fit the criteria)

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