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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.

Serial Killer Robert Gleason Jr Executed in Virginia

Serial Killer Robert Gleason Jr Executed in Virginia

Massachusetts murderer who boasted ‘Only way to stop me is to kill me’ gets electric chair in Virginia.

Well, he was stopped.

Robert Gleason Jr has been executed in Virginia by electric chair for the murders of at least three people.

Gleason, 42, from Massachusetts, vowed to continue killing if the state did not execute him and said he deserved to die for his crimes.


It was the first execution in the US this year and the first time the electric chair has been used since 2010.

Virginia is one of the nine states where inmates can choose the method of death. Gleason wanted to die by electrocution because he believed the lethal injection would be painful and he could not see himself dying lying down.


“I can’t do that. I’d rather be sitting up,” he said.


The article goes on to discuss how even though the killer  gave away his right to appeal other people tried to stop the execution claiming he was insane. I can not understand why someone would do that. This guy was a threat even while in prison.

In 2009 he strangled his cellmate, 63-year-old Harvey Watson Jr, and spent 15 hours with his dead body before the murder was discovered. 

At the time, he said: “Someone needs to stop it. The only way to stop me is put me on death row.”

He went on to kill 26-year-old Aaron Cooper by strangling him through the wire fence that separated their cages in the recreation yard at the prison.

Gleason said he had killed dozens more but has refused to provide details other than that he has only ever murdered criminals.

I guess he thought he was some kind of  Dexter.

“I ain’t saying I’m a better person for killing criminals, but I’ve never killed innocent. I killed people that’s in the same lifestyle as me, and they know, hey, these things can happen.”

I am sure that the families of the men that he killed would agree. I also wonder how he judged innocent, what about prostitutes? There have been other killers that ‘justify’ their crimes by blaming the victims.

He was executed at the Greensville Correctional Centre. His last words were “pog mo thoin”, which is Irish Gaelic for “kiss my ass”, Larry Traylor, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections said.


Classy guy. 


Serial killer Michael Hughes sentenced to death

As the judge handed down the death sentence for convicted murderer Michael Hughes, the room murmured in agreement. Heads nodded and a few people even smiled.

The 56-year-old South Los Angeles serial rapist and murderer was sentenced to death Friday for killing three women between 1986 and 1993.

Adell McKinley had been waiting four years for this day.

“It brings some closure in the fact that my sister has been vindicated and justice has been served,” said McKinley, who was notified by detectives four years ago that they had linked the death of her sister, Deborah Jackson, to Hughes.

I am so happy that she is finding some kind of closure.

Hughes was convicted in November of first-degree murder in the slayings of Jackson, 32; Yvonne Coleman, 15; and Verna Williams, 36. A month later, a jury ordered that he be sentenced to death. He was already serving a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole for four other killings.

4 other victims that we know of making 7 victims for this one guy.

All of the women’s bodies were found in public places, at least half-naked and posed in an explicit manner. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe said these acts “show[ed] an intent to shock the public.”

At the sentencing, Rappe rejected an automatic motion to reduce the sentence to life without the possibility of parole, citing later that the “aggravating evidence substantially outweighs the mitigating evidence.”

I appauld this judge. There is no reason to let this predator off easy, or to put the staff of the prison at risk for the resrt of his life. Michael worked hard to earn that death sentence, let him have it.

Hughes is “nothing short of a sadistic sexual predator…. [We’re] looking at a man that is a serial killer,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Beth Silverman said in opening arguments.

Defense attorney Aron Laub argued that early life circumstances should be taken into account when considering punishment. Hughes was beaten as a child and witnessed his mother perform a forced abortion on his sister.

Several victims’ family members who arrived in the morning at the downtown courtroom said Hughes had to take responsibility for his actions.

“I’m not a serial killer,” said McKinley, who said she was sexually molested until she turned 12. “That’s his choice.”

Thank you Ms. McKinley. That is so important a serial killer makes the choice to kill. There are so many abused, mistreated, neglected kids that do not become serial killers as adults and it is almost insulting that someone would make that claim. That someone would say that they for some reason have a ‘right’ or excuse to kill others because of what someone had done to them.

“Everyone in here has been through something as a child,” said Jackie McFarlin, mother of one of the victims in the earlier case, Theresa Ballard. “I have no love for this man.”

Very true, we all have our histories but none have a right to harm another because of our past.

At the time of his conviction in the current case, Hughes was already doing time for the slayings of Theresa Ballard, 26; Brenda Bradley, 38; Terri Myles, 33; and Jamie Harrington, 29. At the time the killings took place in the 1980s and ’90s, Los Angeles was facing a rash of violence. At least five serial killers were active in the South Los Angeles area, authorities said.

I know that this is California and that more than likely he will die of natural causes but the sentence fits and should be seen through.

Suspected Serial Killer Asks For Death Penalty

Suspected Serial Killer Asks For Death Penalty

William Clyde Gibson Writes Letter To Prosecutor, Newspaper

INDIANAPOLIS — A man suspected in a series of killings in southern Indiana said he plans to plead guilty and wants the death penalty.

In a letter written from the Floyd County Jail, William Clyde Gibson told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he will be plead guilty and accept the death penalty in the slayings of three women because “after all, I am guilty,” the paper reported.

Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, had been missing for about a month before her body was found in a makeshift grave in the back yard of Gibson’s home in April, police said

Gibson was already charged with murder in the deaths of two other women — Christine Whitis, 75, and Karen Hodella, 45.

 Gibson told the paper he has written to the prosecuting attorney and told him, “I will pled (sic) guilty to the death penalty … just to save some more heart ache.”

 The Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to the newspaper that it had received a letter from Gibson.

 Indiana law does not allow defendants to plead guilty and receive the death penalty.

I see a game being played. If he really wanted the death penalty he would just help the defense build a strong case then let the jury sentence him to death.

 Not guilty pleas have been entered on Gibson’s behalf in all three cases. His first trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Personally I say grant his wish. He says he did it and he wants to die. ‘Nuff said.

Fla serial killer executed for girl’s 1983 death

Fla serial killer executed for girl’s 1983 death.

STARKE, Fla. —

A Florida inmate was put to death Thursday, nearly three decades after the murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliott, whose failed escape attempt ended a string of rapes and slayings that shook the quiet coastal town of Vero Beach.

David Alan Gore, 58, was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. Thursday after receiving an injection at the Florida State Prison, officials said.

Asked if he had a final statement, Gore said as he lay strapped to a gurney: “Yes, I do.”

“I want to say to the Elliott family, I am sorry for the death of your daughter. I am not the man I was back then, 28 years ago. I am a Christian. Christ lives within me. I hope you all can find peace today,” Gore said.

Making no eye contact with the family, he added that he hoped the family could “find it in their hearts to forgive me” and concluded: “I don’t fear death.”

After watching Gore die, Carl Elliott, Lynn’s father, said he planned to celebrate. He also scoffed at Gore’s final statement.

“He said he was a Christian. You know what I said to myself? ‘I condemn your soul to hell, sir,'” Elliott said. “He had it easy compared to my daughter.”


Conservative senator apologizes for saying jailed killers should have suicide option

OTTAWA—A Conservative Senator was forced to apologize for controversial comments suggesting the country’s most heinous killers should commit suicide rather than run up millions of dollars in prison costs.

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu said his comments were made off the cuff and were offensive to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

“The senator finds his commentary inappropriate. He regrets not having been able to clarify the idea he wanted to express about serial offenders,” his office said in a statement Wednesday.

Boisvenu, a well-known victims’ rights advocate whose daughter was raped and killed by a serial offender in 2002, said that while he is against the death penalty he is troubled by the cases of certain offenders who are unlikely to reform themselves.

“I always say that every killer should have the right to a rope in his cell and be able to decide on his life, but I’m against the death penalty,” he told reporters earlier while discussing the work of a Senate committee that will have the final say on a sweeping government crime bill.

He said he was referring to serial killers like Paul Bernardo, Robert Pickton and Clifford Olson, who died recently.

Boisvenu also raised concerns about the life sentences handed to Mohammad Shafia, Tooba Yahya, and their son Hamed for the first-degree murders of the family’s three daughters and Shafia’s first wife.

“The three of them will be imprisoned at a cost of $10 million to the Canadian government,” he said. “That’s an economic problem because it’s $10 million we can’t put elsewhere. We have to spend it on people with no possibility of rehabilitation.”

Boisvenu’s comments sparked opposition outrage on Parliament Hill and Prime Minister Stephen Harper distanced himself from the remarks, but said he understood Boisvenu’s feelings.

“We all understand that Senator Boisvenu and his family have suffered horribly in the past and, obviously, I think we understand his emotions in that regard,” he said during question period in the Commons.

Liberal interim leader Bob Rae called the senator’s comments “completely unacceptable,” and noted it’s illegal in Canada to counsel an individual to commit suicide.

Excuse me 1 minute, Bob, shut up. He was not counseling an individual, he was making a general statement based in part from his opinions and his life experiences.

“I have worries about these attitudes, because at the end of the day, these people sign bills. So, it reflects his thinking. I dare hope it is not the thinking of the other senators,” said NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel.

Fellow Tory Senator Bob Runciman said Boisvenu’s comments were made in the “heat of the moment” but didn’t speak for the rest of the government.

Runciman also defended Boisvenu’s continued membership on the committee that is studying Bill C-10, the government crime bill that will raise minimum sentences.

“I think he is a significant asset to the committee in terms of representing the concerns of the victims of crime. He has a huge credibility in Quebec, especially with respect to the tragedy that befell his family and the loss of his daughter,” Runciman said. “So, I think he’s a valuable member of the committee.”

The CSC says that since 2008 there have been 28 suicide deaths of individuals in federal custody.

Full Article

Why is he apoligising? Was it due to him having a thought? Him having opinions and feelings? What did he do?

Personally, I think what he said is great. Hey, I am pro death penalty especially when it comes to serial killers or baby rapers but just giving them a rope and hoping is not so bad. I can back that.

Death Senctence Upheld for Ray Jackson

DAYTONA BEACH — A drug dealer will stay on Florida’s death row for the 2004 kidnapping and slaying of a woman who stole money and drugs from him, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Ray Jackson, 36, of Daytona Beach told Circuit Judge R. Michael Hutcheson he had nothing to do with the death of Pallis Paulk, 23, whose skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave near Williamson Boulevard in April 2005.

Although Paulk’s death was clearly a homicide, the exact cause of her death was never determined, giving Jackson’s appellate lawyers room to raise speculation.

“I’m asking this court to please give me a fair chance at saving my own life and getting my freedom back,” Jackson said in court Wednesday.

But the speculation didn’t get far. The evidence against Jackson included testimony that he was seen carrying Paulk to a car on Nov. 9, 2004. Some testified Jackson was heard telling people later, if there was “no body, they ain’t got no case.”

Witnesses said Jackson went looking for Paulk after she stole cocaine and $800 from him. The Daytona Beach woman was never seen alive again, prosecutors said.

When Paulk’s remains were found six months later, a medical examiner could not determine the exact cause of death because the body was so badly decomposed.

The Florida Supreme Court in 2009 upheld the death sentence and conviction, finding unanimously that evidence in the case was consistent with Jackson’s guilt and “inconsistent with any reasonable hypothesis of innocence.”

In the appeal that was shot down Wednesday, lawyers for Jackson tried to prove his lawyers were ineffective at trial.

The pair of court-appointed lawyers handling the appeal for Jackson argued in court that the lawyers in Jackson’s 2007 trial didn’t call all the witnesses they could have to avoid the conviction and death sentence.

The lawyers handling the appeal, Raheela Ahmed and Carol Rodriguez, were especially critical of the defense strategy that claimed Paulk was slain by a serial killer.

Back then, veteran trial lawyer Gerard Keating had called upon a Daytona Beach police detective to raise the possibility that Paulk could have been killed by the same serial killer who had preyed on three local prostitutes between Dec. 26, 2005, and Feb. 24, 2006.

Rather than bolstering the defense theory, Ahmed argued, Capt. Brian Skipper on cross-examination pointed out differences between Paulk’s murder and the still-unsolved slayings of Laquetta Gunther, Julie Green and Iwana Patton.

The serial killer’s victims had not been buried or concealed as Paulk had, Skipper testified.

The slayings of the three women appeared to have been “sexual in nature,” unlike Paulk’s murder, according to his testimony.

The three had been shot, while there was no evidence a gun was used in the Paulk murder.

Ahmed called the defense strategy “reckless.”

Called upon to defend the conviction, Assistant State Attorney Rosemary Calhoun and Assistant Attorney General Barbara Davis pointed out the defense strategy could have worked.

There were similarities between Paulk’s death and the other murders, they argued.

Paulk’s remains were found in the general proximity of two of the others, and Paulk had engaged in prostitution, as had the other three.

From the witness stand, Keating explained his strategy was intended to raise “grains of doubt” in the state’s case.

After hearing from all sides, Hutcheson found the defense strategy was sufficient and there were no grounds to overturn the conviction.

“I find the trial counsel acted reasonably,” he concluded. “Even if they didn’t, there was no prejudice. It was a very strong case for the state.”

I do not think he is a serial killer. It also bothers me that the deaths could be used in some wild card shot at scaring the jury into convicting this guy.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that he is innocent at all nor do I doubt that he killed Paulk I just disagree about the accusations against him in reguards to the serial killings.

Serial Killer Gets Death Penalty

A jury on Tuesday voted for the death penalty for a former security guard already serving a life sentence for multiple murders.

Michael Hughes, 55, was convicted last month for three additional slayings. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated just under 30 minutes before voting for the death penalty, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He will be sentenced March 29 before Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe.

In 1998, Hughes was convicted of killing four women, three of whom were choked to death and dumped in alleys in a commercial area of Culver City. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He was linked by Los Angeles Police Department cold-case homicide detectives using DNA evidence to the strangulation slayings of four more victims, ages 15 to 36. Last month, he was convicted in three of those killings: of Yvonne Coleman, 15; Verna Patricia Williams, 36; and Deborah Jackson, 32, also known as Harriet McKinley.

The killings came in an era when authorities say at least five serial killers, possibly more, were active in the South Los Angeles area. During the 1980s and early ’90s, these killers primarily targeted young African American women, dumping their bodies in alleys, vacant buildings or parks.

At the time, the eight killings were footnotes in an era of unprecedented violence in Los Angeles that began in the 1980s. By the early 1990s, the number of homicides had soared to more than 1,000 annually compared with around 300 today.

Authorities have long suspected that Hughes was linked to killings beyond Los Angeles because of his frequent movements. He lived in Long Beach, San Diego and Michigan.


Let’s hope he dies from his sentence before he dies from old age.

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.


Serial Killer’s Appeals Are Delaying Justice Again

Additional cases pending against convicted capital murderer Elroy Chester apparently will remain on the shelf until all his appeals in the 1998 shooting death of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III are exhausted.

Court procedure had dictated that a hearing be set this week, but because the appeals still are active, the hearing was canceled. The 42-year-old death row inmate is being represented in his appeals by the Alaska law firm of Feldman, Orlansky and Sanders.

According to the firm’s website, Chester has a history of having been diagnosed by Texas schools and prisons as mentally retarded. Attorneys are trying to establish that his death sentence is unconstitutional because the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of mentally retarded offenders.

Chester’s two murder and capital murder charges stem from the Sept. 20, 1997 shooting death of John Henry Sepeda, 78; the Nov. 15, 1997 slaying of Etta Mae Stallings, 87; the Nov. 20, 1997 death of Cheryl DeLeon, 40; and the Dec. 21, 1997 death of Albert Bolden Jr., Chester’s brother-in-law.

Chester admitted killing the four. In the Ryman case, after Chester pleaded guilty, it only took a Jefferson County jury 12 minutes to sentence Chester to death.

Ryman was killed on Feb. 6, 1998 in his sister’s Port Arthur home while trying to stop Chester from sexually assaulting his teenage nieces. Chester then took jewelry from the home and fled, according to the prosecution case.

Chester testified in his trial against the advice of his defense attorneys, Doug Barlow and Layne Walker, according to Enterprise reports from the time.

Chester said on the stand that his sexual assault victims were “lucky they ain’t dead” and that he had “a whole lot of fun” committing crimes.

He told jurors if they gave him the death penalty he would order his “homeboys” to kill a Port Arthur police officer. If he received a life sentence, he said he would kill a guard in prison.
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I say give him the death penalty just for those 2 last statements.

The courts have already ruled that he is not retarded.

Elroy Chester ruled not retarded, still faces execution

February 28, 2007

Thompson said that nothing in Chester’s background tests indicated mental retardation.

“By the findings presented in court, it was obvious by his adaptive behavior that he was not mentally retarded. You have to look at more than IQ scores, but at his behavior indicators. He functions normally and was never diagnosed as mentally retarded, but only that he was learning disabled, which is not the same thing at all,” Thompson said.

One of Chester’s IQ tests when he was a student in Port Arthur public schools did show that he was mildly mentally retarded, but another test also showed him with an IQ above 70, considered the threshold for retardation. When he was 18 and in prison for three burglary convictions, a Texas Department of Corrections test put his IQ at 69.

While finding evidence of “subaverage intellectual functioning persuasive,” the appeals court noted Chester did not show any deficits in his adaptive behavior, which the judges acknowledged while “inherently subjective (in) nature, is consistently the most problematic issue for factfinders to resolve when dealing with these types of claims,” according to an Associated Press story on the hearing.

“The Supreme Court really never gave solid guidelines (on determining mental retardation), and the court of Criminal Appeals has been struggling with that,” Thompson said.

The court specifically pointed to Chester’s actions when he offered to lead Port Arthur police to the gun used in his crimes. When police, acting on his directions, couldn’t find a gun he insisted was unloaded and hidden in a hole in a ceiling, he took his handcuffed and shackled hands in an opposite direction in the hole and attempted to pull out a gun officers found was fully loaded.

He is not mentally deficient, he is a predator and a jackass.

 Even before Chester’s arrest, Port Arthur police had recognized that the series of recent burglaries, assaults, rapes and murders in the Port Arthur area shared a similar modus operandi.  For instance, at many of the burglarized homes, Chester would cut the telephone lines, unscrew outdoor security lights, and wear a mask to conceal his identity.
The evidence later presented in trial suggested that Chester used the .380 pistol in the shooting deaths of Willie Ryman, John Sepeda, Cheryl DeLeon, Etta Stallings, and Albert Bolden.  Shell casings found at the crime scenes and bullets removed from the victims bodies matched characteristics of the pistol found in Chester’s home.
Chester had also attempted to use some object to alter the physical characteristics of the barrel and had filed off the serial number.
The Port Arthur police arrested him. While in custody, and after being asked to provide a blood sample, Chester told investigator Timothy Smith that he would take him to where the gun that was used in the crime was located. Chester knew Smith and seemed to trust him more than he did the other officers. Smith, two other investigators from the District Attorney’s office, and two local detectives then accompanied Chester to his father’s house. He was wearing a jail jumpsuit, as well as leg restraints attached by a chain to another chain around his waist, which in turn connected to a pair of handcuffs, thereby shackling his wrists to his waist, such that his mobility was extremely limited.
Upon reaching his father’s house, Chester attempted to move ahead of the others. Smith had admonished him that he would not be allowed to handle or touch the gun himself, but Chester insisted that he would have to locate the gun personally because it was in a place that was difficult to reach. He assured the detective that the gun was unloaded, and that he himself was the only one who would be able to reach it.
Chester led the others to his bedroom and, despite efforts to prevent him from moving ahead too quickly, walked over near his bed and dragged a small nightstand to a position directly underneath a hole in the ceiling. He began to climb on top of the nightstand, but was quickly told to stop. One of the investigators, Reginald Rose, climbed on top of the nightstand to look in the hole, and Chester directed him to look in a specific direction for the gun. Rose looked and reached around inside the hole as directed by Chester, but could not find the gun. Chester then climbed atop the same nightstand where Rose was standing and, while continuing to direct Rose to look in the same direction he had previously indicated, attempted to reach with his shackled hands in the opposite direction from where he had told Rose to look.
Smith had been watching him the entire time and, when he saw Chester reach with his hands in the other direction, drew his gun and ordered him to stop moving. He was taken down from the nightstand and escorted to sit on a nearby couch. Smith then climbed atop the nightstand himself and looked in the direction where the applicant had attempted to reach. He immediately saw the gun and retrieved it. The gun was fully loaded.
After being sentenced to death, the lawyer’s for Chester sought relief from the sentence on the ground that he was mentally retarded and it would be cruel and unusual punishment to put him to death.  The court in which he was convicted found the evidence insufficient to support the claim.
The trial court also found that Chester was capable of hiding facts and lying to protect his own interests, as demonstrated by the episode in which he told the investigators that he would take them to where he had hidden his gun, all the while apparently planning to get to the gun himself before the investigators could. Finally, the court found that the specifics of the various crimes to which he confessed, including the use of masks and gloves, his practice of cutting exterior phone lines before entering homes to burglarize, and his deliberate targeting of victims like Cheryl DeLeon and his brother-in-law Albert Bolden, showed persuasively that he was capable of forethought, planning, and complex execution of purpose.

More info about the crimes and the killer.

It is disturbing that a ‘man’ like this can claim to be retarded yet manipulate the justice system the ways that he has.

An Article from 2004 when another judge ruled Chester was not retarded. It also quotes family members of his victims.

Walter Bell’s family is celebrating today’s decision, but the family of Elroy Chester told KFDM News it isn’t ready to talk about Judge Charles Carver’s ruling.

Judge Carver decided Chester is not mentally retarded based on guidelines for the State of Texas.

Chester confessed to killing five people during a five month killing spree.

He was sentenced to death for killing Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III.

Camille Eaton spoke with Ryman’s family about today’s decision.

Willie Ryman, Jr./Victim’s Father:

“He didn’t care who he killed. He killed and raped anybody.”
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Just in case you wondered, he has found Christ, how special. He is also looking for pen pals!


My name is Elroy Chester. I’m an african American man who has been on Texas Death Row since 1998. I’n of light complexion with dark brown eyes. I’m 5’11”  and 190 pounds. I’m from Port Arthur TX and i was born June 14th 1969. During my years of incarceration I’ve turned my life over to Christ. Some of my interests include music from the 80’s (Rap and R&B) Movies (Drama, Action and Horror), Basketball, Checkers and Dominoes. I’m looking for a friend. Someone who is willing to communicate openly and who is caring and has the time to dedicate to writing in order to build a friendship.

Having a real friend on the outside can be a big support for one in a position like mine. I also want to be able to be supportive of yo while we share our good and bad times. But I’d prefer those close to my age range (38/44) Race is not a factor. I look forward to exchanging many letters. Hope to hear from you soon. I prefer to write to  a woman (note from me; aka future victim)in (38/44) and I would like to ask you if you could write in print please.  (Note from me Hahahaha!!) I would love to write to a person from Switzerland or France

Elroy  Chester


If you actually want to write this monster you will have to find the address and link yourself. Sorry. I am going to give the link.


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