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Derrick Todd Lee denied request for new trial

 

By Quincy Hodges, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A Baton Rouge judge has denied convicted killer Derrick Todd Lee’s appeal for a new trial in the killing of former LSU graduate 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace. Lee was sentenced to death in 2004.

Lee’s case automatically goes to the Louisiana Supreme Court, and if his claims are rejected, the case would go to the federal post-conviction relief stage. Lee made 28 claims, arguing the state has improper death penalty laws, East Baton Rouge Parish systemically discriminates against people of color, misconduct of trial counsel and he had ineffective defense counsel. All his claims were denied by District Judge Richard Anderson Tuesday afternoon.

Lee, 45, of St. Francisville, was also convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of Geralyn Barr DeSoto, 21, of Addis in 2002.

Lee is also suspected of killing seven women between in 1998 and 2003 in south Louisiana.

Article

I do not understand why he is still being allowed to torment people, the families and communities that these ladies lived in. It is not right that he is allowed to keep inflicting pain and fear.

 

Victims on about.com

Of course that does not include everyone he has hurt.

Wikipedia article

Crime Library article

20th anniversary of John Wayne Gacy’s death

It’s been 20 years since John Wayne Gacy was put down, I hope that it has been 20 years of suffering.

There is an interesting article about him here.

Chicago’s most notorious serial killer was put to death at Stateville Correctional Center twenty years ago today. One of his Death Row attorneys still feels the way in which her life and career were altered by him and recalls just what a sick, twisted, and funny son of a bitch John Wayne Gacy was.

Like the time Gacy noted he didn’t enjoy movies like most people—he rooted for the bad guys.

One of the things that makes many serial killers so dangerous is that they know how to get you to like them.

Once when Gacy called their home, Joe Conti answered. “You should request strawberries for your last meal, John, you know why?’’

“No, Joe, why?’’ replied Gacy, happy to play along.

“Because they’re out of season.’’

Yet even a father whose profession is humor can’t prepare you for the comedic stylings of John Wayne Gacy.

Like the joke in which Adamski’s sister died and Gacy sent a card with a sensitive and tender message on the front. Inside was a picture of a naked woman in a casket with her legs spread wide. The caption: “We wanted to remember her in death as she was in life.’’

I have to say that IMO joking about a last  meal and a dead sister is different. Both messed up but…..

By the time Gacy lay lifeless from lethal injection, Conti and Adamski had invested more than $400,000 in billable hours (adjusted for inflation) and a good portion of their mental health.

How did they ever expect to collect? I am sure that they took this case for the experience not the money. They had to know that even if he did not get a death sentence he would still be locked up. The article also states that they offered to represent him again at a later time to try to over throw the DP. i really doubt that they ever expected payment, they just wanted to be the ones to represent him.

They were subjected to death threats (none of which were investigated, Conti notes). For years, an unknown man would send Conti disgusting pictures of mutilated bodies, and they were ostracized by people on both sides of the death penalty debate.

I have to wonder if the person that sent pictures was mad that they were representing Gacy. I think that is a sick way to express that but it is possible that there was no direct link to Gacy.

As Gacy’s execution approached he joked he would be at Adamski’s next birthday, a chronological impossibility. Conti got Gacy to record a birthday greeting and then put it on Adamski’s overnight messages the night before his 44th birthday.

“Hi ho, I told you I’d be at your birthday,’’ Gacy’s voice chirped brightly in Adamski’s ear, only moments after he awoke, but months after the execution.

That would not be funny.

It is really a great article.

John Wayne Gacy

 

His victims:

John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

Known victims

Tim McCoy (the “Greyhound Bus Boy”), 15 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

 John Butkovich, 17 years-old.
He worked for Gacy as a ‘roof carpenter’ his body was buried under Gacy’s garage

 

Darrell Sampson, 18 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

Randall Reffett, 15 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

Samuel Stapleton,  14 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace 

Michael Bonnin,  17 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

William “Billy” Carroll, 16 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

Rick Johnston, 17 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

Gregory Godzik, 17 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

John Szyc, 19 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

 Jon Prestige, 20 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace 

Matthew Bowman , 19 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace 

 

Robert Gilroy, 18  years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

John Mowery, 19 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

Russell Nelson, 21 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 

Robert Winch, 16 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

 Tommy Baling, 20 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace  

David Talsma, 19 years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

William Kindred, 19years-old.
His body was found in the crawlspace

Tim O’Rourke, 20 years-old.
His body was found in the Des Plaines River

 

Frank Wayne “Dale” Landingin, 19 years-old.
His body was found in the Des Plaines River
Investigators found Landingin’s driver’s license in Gacy’s home 

 

James Mazzara, 21 years-old.
His body was found in the Des Plaines River 

 

Robert Piest, aged 15 years-old.
His body was found in the Des Plaines River 

 

The ones that got away

 

Name: Jeff Rignall, 26years-old.
Has written a book. 

 

Name: Robert Donnelly, aged ?? years-old.
Date: sometime in December of 1977

 

Unidentified victims

Eight of Gacy’s victims are still unidentified. It is also believed that there may have been other victims never identified or found who were buried at other locations.

 

Case File 954UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: July 31, 1975 to April 1976
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 15 – 17 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 5’11”
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium brown, curly hair.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History

The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 955UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: June to December 1976
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 19-21 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’11” to 6’2″
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark brown hair.
  • Dentals: Available. Most likely suffering from a bad toothache at the time of his disappearance.
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History

The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 956UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: June to December 1976
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 22-28 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’2″ – 5’6″
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium dark brown hair.
  • Dentals: Available. Two upper front teeth were missing. Most likely wore a denture.
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History

The victim was located
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 957UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: Undetermined
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 18-20 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7 – 5’11”
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Prior fractured left collarbone.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History

The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 958UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: December 20, 1976 – March, 1977
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 25 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 5’11”
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark brown hair. Prior fractured nose.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History

The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 960UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: June – December 1976
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 17 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’5″ – 5’10”
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark brown hair.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History
The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 961UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: July – September 1977
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 18-20 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’1″ – 5’6″
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair. Fracture of right elbow within 2 months prior to his death.
  • Dentals: Available. Both upper eye teeth extracted prior to death.
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not Available

Case History

The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

 

Case File 962UMIL

Unidentified White Male

  • The victim was discovered on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: June 13 1976 – December 1976
  • Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 20-24 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’8″ – 6’0″
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown hair.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not available

Case History

The victim was located on December 28, 1978 in Norwood Park, Illinois.
One of 9 unidentified victims of convicted and executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Twenty-nine of Gacy’s victims were located buried in the crawl space of his home or under his garage. Four were found in the Des Plaines River. There are 33 known victims.
It is suspected that there may be more.

From Murderpedia

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJCPdZnRc-Y

 

 

Richard Hutton found alive.

Death penalty upheld for serial killer William Suff

Another serial killer who really should have been stopped LONG ago.

In 1974 William Suff and his wife at the time beat their 2 MONTH old daughter to death. He was sentenced to 70 years but got out in ten.
>enter sarcasm: Isn’t parole a great thing for baby killers?<

 

There is very little that can be said about this guy that is ‘good’. I heard that he came across as

grandfatherly, a mild-mannered guy in the courtroom

but look at his track record:

Sept. 25, 1973 – Suff kills 2-month-old daughter, Dijanet. She dies of ruptured liver and numerous broken bones.
April 11, 1974 – Suff and his first wife Teryl convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 70-year prison terms. Teryl’s conviction later overturned.
Feb. 3, 1984 – Suff paroled from Texas to California.
Oct. 9, 1986 – Suff hired by Riverside County as a warehouse clerk.
March 9, 1987 – Suff discharged from parole but required to continue annual reporting. Jan. 18, 1988 – Body of Lisa Lacik, 21, of San Bernardino, found near Highway 330 in San Bernardino National Forest. Suff is prime suspect but not charged.
January 1989 – Prostitute Rhonda Jetmore attacked in Lake Elsinore. She escapes and reports attack to police, but crime wasn’t linked to serial killings until 1992, when she identifies Suff as her attacker.
June 28, 1989 – Body of Kimberly Lyttle, 28, found in Cottonwood Canyon area.
Dec. 13, 1989 – Body of Christina Leal, 23, found off Goetz Road in Quail Valley area.
Jan. 18, 1990 – Body of Darla Ferguson, 23, found in Cottonwood Canyon area south of Canyon Lake, a half-mile from where Lyttle’s body was found.
Feb. 8, 1990 – Body of Carol Miller, 34, found in Highgrove.
Nov. 6, 1990 – Body of Cheryl Coker, 33, found in northeast Riverside.
Dec. 21, 1990 – Body of Susan Sternfeld, 27, found in dumpster near where Miller and Coker were found.
Jan. 19, 1991 – Body of Kathleen Milne Puckett, 42, found northwest of Lake Elsinore.
April 26, 1991 – Body of Cherie Payseur, 24, found in Riverside.
July 4, 1991 – Body of Sherry Latham, 37, found in Lake Elsinore.
Aug. 16, 1991 – Body of Kelly Hammond, 27, found in Corona.
Sept. 13, 1991 – Body of Catherine McDonald, 30, found in Lake Elsinore.
Oct. 26, 1991 – Suff’s 3-month-old baby, Bridgette, suffers serious injuries in the home and is removed by San Bernardino County authorities.
Oct. 30, 1991 – Body of Delliah Zamora, 35, found in Mira Loma near Highway 60.
Dec. 23, 1991 – Body of Eleanore Ojeda Casares, 39, found in Riverside orange grove, a half-mile from a police station.
Jan. 9, 1992 – Suff is stopped for traffic violation in Riverside. He is questioned and later jailed for failing to report to authorities under Texas parole.
July 28, 1992 – Grand jury indicts Suff on 14 murder counts and one attempted murder count.

Timeline from this very detailed article.

Murderpedia with pictures of victims and more detail into their brutal deaths.

 

He did not just kill these women, he made them suffer. This is just an example of what he did to 1 of his victims.

The young woman was later identified as 23-year-old Michelle Yvette Gutierrez, a former resident of Corpus Christi, Texas.   An autopsy revealed she suffered severe trauma to the anal and vaginal areas and multiple stab wounds were discovered on her face, chest and buttocks.  Ligature marks on her neck suggested that she had been strangled as the gruesome mutilations took place.  In the end, investigators had a brutal murder on their hands and few clues to follow.

 

Sadly, this is in California so this piece of crap will probably die of old age before the sentence is fulfilled but at least he is locked up.

Tommy Lynn Sells is finally dead.

I know, I am a bit late to the party but…..

Tommy Lynn Sells was executed by the state of Texas on April 3, 2014.

No tears were shed here, trust me, He was a rapist and a killer who did not care about the age of his victims. He is known to have killed at least 1 four year old boy, a thirteen year old girl and he attempted to kill another young girl, ten years old, but she survived.
He is also suspected to have murdered at least 19 others and he has bragged that he has killed more than 70.

Rot in Hell Tommy.

Wikipedia on Sells

Tommy Lynn Sells gets his execution date

HOUSTON (AP) – A Texas death row inmate who’s been linked to more than a dozen slayings and who’s claimed to have committed as many as 70 murders around the country has an execution date.

Fox report and video

Tommy Lynn Sells is set for lethal injection April 3 in Huntsville.

Sells is 49 years old.

Sells’ lead appeals attorney said Friday lawyers were “kind of surprised” when they received a copy of the order.

Why??? The man brags about killing 70 people! He calls hiself “Coast to Coast” bragging about killing from coast to coast. I am surprised it is taking this long to rid the world of this piece of crap!

Wikipedia article on Sells

From an interview with Sells

INTERVIEWER

But, so, are you telling me that you walked in there intending to kill the woman with your bare hands?

TOMMY

I walked in there intending to do something, yeah.

INTERVIEWER

To whom?

TOMMY

Well, maybe once I get in there I went to the first room, and there he was, so there I went…

INTERVIEWER

But again, you’re saying maybe.

TOMMY

I’m speculating on, on, on, uh, seven, how many years ago?

INTERVIEWER

Seven.

TOMMY

Seven. I mean, you remember what you had for breakfast? I’m, I’m… Uh.

INTERVIEWER

But, but in fairness, it’s difference when it’s a murder than what you had for breakfast.

TOMMY

Well, it is until you let all of them run together. I, I mean, there’s thirteen that we know that, that we, we put a coffin in, a nail in that coffin. We know there’s thirteen of them that, that we, we went through, and each one of them had their own little P’s and Q’s, and you had to dot the I’s a certain way and cross the T’s. This is just another one.

Basically, having breakfast amd killing someone was all the same to him.

Charles Manson in the news again

Charlie just can not seem to behave and stay out of trouble even in prison. I mean, I am sure he had no idea that his follower (yes, Charlie still has plenty of them)  was trying to sneak him a cell phone. Just like Charlie had no clue that his other followers were murdering people.

probability-wat-duh-ffff

CORCORAN, Calif. — A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed, authorities said Tuesday.

Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested Sunday for investigation of conspiracy, possession of an illegal communication device and attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections.

He was taken to jail and was released after posting bail. He is scheduled to be in court next month.

Craig Carlisle Hammond mugshot

Hammond had a wrist watch cell phone that was found by a correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison in an area where the device is prohibited, authorities said. The phone never got into Manson’s hands.

However, the notorious cult leader who is serving a life sentence for orchestrating a series of gruesome murders more than 40 years ago has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in the past four years.

In 2009, Manson was found with a phone and he had been calling and texting people in California, Florida, New Jersey and British Columbia. Two years ago, he also was found with a phone.

Recent legislation in California makes it a misdemeanor to smuggle a cell phone into a prison, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.

Hammond goes by the name Gray Wolf that was given to him by Manson and regularly visits the 78-year-old, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/10fOUVL).

From Huffington Post

More info from L.A. Times

Manson has been caught with a cellphone in his cell twice. Manson called people in California, New Jersey and Florida with an LG flip phone found under his prison bunk in March 2009. For the offense, 30 days were  added to his sentence. The cult leader was again found with a cellphone in his cell Jan. 6, 2011.

That fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a Senate bill that makes it a misdemeanor to possess an unauthorized cellphone in prison or to try to take one into a prison. Violators face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

The proliferation of cellphones in prisons is a significant public safety concern, officials say. Inmates have run street gangs from behind bars, intimidated witnesses and orchestrated assaults on guards, they said. In 2011, 15,000 cellphones were found inside prisons.

Manson sees few visitors, but Hammond is among his regulars. Hammond controls a copyright on Manson’s music and is a self-described follower of the the inmate.

A Manson website maintained by followers and believers of Manson’s ATWA group –an acronym for Air, Trees, Water, Animals — reported that Gray Wolf was detained at Level 4 visitation entrance. According to the website, Manson was meeting with another friend when Gray Wolf was detained by guards. Manson and the two visitors were subsequently searched and the two visitors also consented to their vehicles being searched. Gray Wolf was then taken into custody and asked for a lawyer, according to the website.

I am not linking to ATWA, if you are curious it is easy to find.

I actually giggled when I read this article. Do not get me wrong, it is sad, disturbing and a concern that Manson still has people willing to go to jail for him but the fact that the dummy was busted and Charlie did not get his way makes me happy.

I kind of felt like this

charles manson loses

His crimes are in no way a joke but really, his legacy has become one to most people.

People have not forgotten, it is just that many see him as something to make fun of rather than to follow and that’s not such a bad thing.
It would have been better to rid the world of him, but I can stomach him being an object of ridicule (by most) much better than as an object to follow.

Authorities on Monday said they have arrested a 72-year-old man in connection with the slayings of three women in the late 1980s, alleging he is a serial killer who operated in Los Angeles as well as in Florida and the Gulf Coast region.

Samuel Little, 72, has been extradited to California from Kentucky, where he was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in early September on an unrelated criminal warrant, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Little was charged Monday by the L.A. County district attorney’s office with three murder counts and special circumstances for multiple murder. No immediate decision has been made whether to pursue the death penalty against Little.

DOCUMENT: Read the criminal complaint

LAPD Detectives Mitzi Roberts and Rick Jackson, who investigated the case, said there is DNA evidence linking Little to the Los Angeles slayings but would not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation. The crimes are all sexually motivated strangulations, they said.

Police identified the Los Angeles victims as Carol Alford, 41, found dead on July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, whose body was discovered Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, from Sept. 2, 1989. Their bodies were discovered in the Central Avenue-Alameda Street corridor, just south of downtown.

The bulk of Little’s arrests — which numbered in the dozens — were for crimes such as drunk driving, shoplifting and burglary; but detectives said he had a far more sinister side that included bursts of violence such as murders, robberies and assaults directed at those with “high-risk lifestyles” including prostitutes and substance abusers.

“It was theft by day and murder by night,” Jackson said of Little.

Little, also known as Samuel McDowell,” committed crimes in 24 states but served relatively little time in state prison or county jail, the detectives said. In the early 1980s, Little was accused of a two murders and two attempted murders in the Gainsesville, Fla., and Pascagoula, Miss., areas.

Little, at the time identified in press accounts as Samuel McDowell, was acquitted by a Florida jury in the strangulation murder of 26-year-old Patricia Ann Mount, whose body was discovered Sept. 12, 1982.

He was never brought to trial in the three Mississippi cases, which include the strangulation death of Melinda LaPree, 24, on Sept., 14 1982. That case has been reopened by the Pascagoula Police Department in light of new evidence, authorities said.

Little served limited prison time relative to his crimes and kept a step ahead of authorities by constantly moving among states. According to LAPD detectives, he had an arrest record in nearly every region of the continental U.S. except the north central states.

After avoiding convictions in the South, Little headed to California, where he lived in the mid- to late 1980s in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.

He served more than two years in state prison after being convicted of assault and false imprisonment of two San Diego women in separate cases, police said. Shortly after being paroled, detectives say, he killed the three Los Angeles women.

His exact movements after leaving Southern California are not entirely clear, but detectives say they believe Little is responsible for further violent crimes, including murders.

“We believe he is good for many more crimes — including murders — throughout the United States,” Roberts said. “If any law enforcement agencies have similar killings that occurred between 1960 and the present, they should contact LAPD Cold Case Detectives.”

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