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Monsters Among Us: Markum Duff-Smith, Allen Wayne Janecka, and Walt Waldhauser planned and carried out the murders of members of Duff-Smith family

John and Diana Wanstrath
John and Diana Wanstrath

Victims
Gertrude Duff-Smith Zabolio, 57 [10/15/1975]
John Wanstrath [7/5/1979]
Diana Wanstrath [7/5/1979]
Kevin Wanstrath [7/5/1979]

Murderpedia: Markham Duff-Smith
Johnny Bonds, a Cop Who Wouldn’t Quit, Breaks the Murder Case That Became His Obsession
Making a Killing
A Killer By Any Other Name
Markham Duff-Smith v Texas Dept of Criminal Justice (habeas corpus denied)
Killer confesses before his execution
Texas executes man who had mother killed
Killers executed in Georgia, Texas
Harris Officials Fight Release Of Triggerman in 3 Deaths
Ex-officer tries to keep man linked to Texas murders locked up
Hitman who killed Houston toddler executed
Allen Wayne Janecka #869
An investigator who simply won’t quit his case

Books
The Cop Who Wouldn’t Quit

Movies/Documentaries
On The Case With Paula Zahn: Unmistakable Truth

Walt Waldhauser
Walt Waldhauser aka Michael Lee Davis

Defendants
Markham Duff-Smith – convicted, sentenced to death; Executed on 6/29/1993
Walt Waldhauser – convicted, sentenced to 30 years in prison [new name Michael Lee Davis]
Allen Wayne Janecka – convicted, sentenced to death; Executed on 7/24/2003
Paul MacDonald – sentenced to 16 years, paroled 11/04/1984

INMATE INFORMATION

Markham Duff-Smith

Last Statement:

I am the sinner of all sinners. I was responsible for the ’75 and ’79 cases. My trial was not just; it was not fair; they lied against me. I love all of those on Death Row, and I will always hold them in my hands. Those who stood by me, I will always love you. Jim and Judy Peterson and Chaplain Lopez, I thank you for staying by my side.

Inmate Information: Markham Duff-Smith

INMATE INFORMATION

Allen Wayne Janecka

Last Statement:

First of all, I want to say God bless everyone here today. For many years I have done things my way, which caused a lot of pain to me, my family and many others. Today I have come to realize that for peace and happiness, one has to do things God’s way. I want to thank my family for their support. I love you. I am taking you with me. You all stay strong. I love you. I also want to say thanks to the Chaplains who I have met through the years and who have brought me a long way. And I cherish you as my family and at this time…oh, Ken, my little son, I am coming to see you. Oh Lord, into your hands I commit my spirit. Thy will be done.

Inmate Information: Allen Wayne Janecka

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Monsters Among Us: Ray Lamar Johnston killed Janice Nugent and Leanne Coryell, sentenced to death

remembering the victims

Victims
Janice Nugent [2/2/1997]
Leanne Coryell [8/19/1997]

Judge sentences man to die for strangling woman
Murderer is guilty again
Second jury to consider murderer’s sentence
Man gets death for murder of neighbor
2nd jury agrees: Killer should die
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2002
1 death row inmate wins stay, 2 others lose
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2002 (appeal brief)
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2003
Ray Lamar Johnston sex offender
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2011 (habeas corpus, denied)
Murderpedia: Ray Lamar Johnston

Movies/Documentaries
On The Case With Paula Zahn: A Ray of Darkness

INMATE INFORMATION

RayJohnston prison mug

DC Number: 927442
Name: JOHNSTON, RAY L
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/24/1954
Initial Receipt Date: 08/24/2001
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Aliases:
RAYMOND LAMAR JOHNSON
RAY JOHNSTON
RAY L JOHNSTON
RAY LAMAR JOHNSTON

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM USAF
TATTOO RIGHT ARM AIRPLANE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/19/1997 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 DEATH SENTENCE
08/19/1997 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/19/1997 ROBB. NO GUN/DDLY.WPN 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 15Y 0M 0D
08/19/1997 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/19/1997 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 SENTENCED TO LIFE
02/06/1997 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 08/22/2001 HILLSBOROUGH 9911338 DEATH SENTENCE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
12/20/1988 BD. PARDONS & PAROLE DETAIN 08/07/1989

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
09/29/1988 05/01/1996
08/24/2001 Currently Incarcerated

Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983)
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
01/21/1988 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/26/1988 DUVAL 8807086 18Y 0M 0D
06/12/1988 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/26/1988 DUVAL 8807087 18Y 0M 0D
06/12/1988 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 09/26/1988 DUVAL 8807087 18Y 0M 0D

Deadly Wives: Gaile Owens had her husband, Ron Owens, killed with a tire iron; Sentenced to death, which was overturned; Released on parole 10/07/2011

DV 2014

Ron Owens

Police report
Woman ruled accessory in murder of husband
Murderpedia: Gaile Kirksey Owens
Murderpedia: Sidney Porterfield
Sidney Porterfield v State of Tennessee 2013
Bredesen commutes death sentence of Bartlett’s Gaile Owens
Former Death Row inmate Gaile Owens released
Former death row inmate Gaile Owens released on parole
Gaile Owens’ hitman dies on death row
Hit man for Gaile Owens dies on Tennessee’s death row
No Angel, No Devil

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: To Have and To Kill

Owens and Porterfield

Defendants
Gaile Owens – convicted, sentenced to death, commuted to life; Released on parole 10/07/2011
Sidney Porterfield -convicted, sentenced to death; Died on death row on 5/21/2014

Monsters Among Us: Richard Haberstroh raped and killed Donna Marie Kitowski; Sentenced to death

Donna Kitowski
Donna Marie Kitowski

S.L. heart transplant patient in stable condition
State of Nevada v Richard Haberstroh 2003
New penalty sought for man convicted in rape, killing
Feeling pain three times over
Richard Haberstroh – Nevada Death Row
Appeal denied in Vegas woman’s kidnapping, strangling death
Man again sentenced to death in Las Vegas rape-killing
Man again sentenced to death in Vegas rape-killing

Movies/Documentaries
Motives and Murders: What Happened in Vegas?

INMATE INFORMATION

Richard Haberstroh

Name: RICHARD HABERSTROH
Offender ID: 25189
Gender: Male
Ethnic: CAUCASIAN
Age: 59
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 190lb
Build:
Complexion: Hair: BROWN
Eyes: BLUE
Institution: ELY STATE PRISON
Custody Level: MAXIMUM
Prior Felonies: YES

Update: Beverly Lyn Carter murder *Her body was located in a shallow grave; Suspect Arron Lewis has implicated a ‘second suspect’*

Beverly Carter
Beverly Carter

The Carter’s released two statements today, the latest one this afternoon, which reads:
“We’re so lost right now. Mom was the heart and rock of our family. A husband, two sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren (and one on the way) have been robbed of their most significant source of joy on this earth. Her drive, spirit, and love of life and people were nothing short of incredible. We urge you not to be discouraged by the evil in this world. God is greater, and good always prevails. Bless you all.”

Earlier today, the family released this statement:
“We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to the know the magnitude of her greatness. As we grieve, we thank law enforcement for their diligence in finding her, every person that aided in the search efforts, New Life Pentecostal Church, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, our community for their love and support, and for every prayer that has been spoken. We draw some comfort in knowing that she is now in the arms of Jesus. God bless you all.”

News Archive: Beverly Lyn Carter murder
Statement Released by Beverly Carter’s Family
Police: Body of missing Ark. real estate agent found
Body of missing Arkansas realtor found
Realtor’s body found in shallow grave; suspect charged with murder
Police Aren’t Seeking Second Suspect in Beverly Carter Murder
Suspect in Arkansas real estate agent slaying: ‘I just want this all over with’
‘She was a rich broker’: Suspect in murder of Arkansas realtor offers insight into motive

Aaron Lewis
Arron Lewis

Monsters Among Us: Alton Nolen charged with killing Colleen Hufford and injuring another after being fired from Vaughan Foods; Faces the death penalty

Vaughn Foods victims

Victims
Colleen Hufford
Traci Johnson (survived

Colleen Hufford Beheading: Woman Killed in Grisly Oklahoma City Workplace Slaying
Woman fatally stabbed at Oklahoma food distribution plant
Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace
Woman Beheaded In Oklahoma By Muslim Convert
New details released in Moore warehouse attack
Learning more about the victim of a beheading at a Moore warehouse (video)
Oklahoma County reserve deputy heralded as ‘hero’ in warehouse attack
Beheading suspect was recently fired, Oklahoma police say
Oklahoma beheading suspect described as “a little odd”
Woman beheaded in Oklahoma attack was grandmother who just lost her home in tornado as it emerges attacker was let out of jail early
Police: Beheading suspect may have tried converting employees to Islam
Mosque congregation speaks out against Moore attack
Muslim convert ‘who beheaded colleague’ is charged with murder as it emerges he returned to Oklahoma food plant for ‘revenge’ after he was fired earlier that day for ‘not liking white people’

Alton Nolen
Alton Nolen

Deadly Wives: Kelly Renee Gissendaner got her lover, Gregory Bruce Owen, to kill her husband, Doug, for the insurance money; She is now on death row

Doug GissendanerFrom Kelly Gissendaner’s appeal:

Gissendaner and the victim had been married, divorced, remarried, separated, and reunited between 1989 and 1997. Ms. Gissendaner was in a relationship with Gregory Bruce Owen and at one point stated to a co-worker that she was unhappy with her husband and in love with Owen.

Prior to Gissendaner’s trial, Owen entered an agreement not to seek parole within 25 years, pled guilty, and received a sentence of life in prison. Owen testified at Gissendaner’s trial that it was she who first raised the idea of murder and that she later raised the idea again several other times. Owen suggested divorce as an alternative, but Gissendaner insisted upon murder because she believed she would receive insurance money from her husband’s death and because she believed he “wouldn’t leave [her] alone by just divorcing him.” Gissendaner had previously stated to Owen’s sister that she intended to use the victim’s credit to get a house and then “get rid of him.”

During the days leading up to the murder, Gissendaner made 47 telephone calls to Owens and paged him 18 times. Telephone records also showed that the pair were together at a bank of payphones several hours before the murder.

On the evening of February 7, 1997, Gissendaner drove Owen to her family’s home, gave him a nightstick and a large knife, and left him inside the home to wait for the victim. Gissendaner then drove to a friend’s house, and, upon Gissendaner’s insistence that the group keep their plans for the evening, she and her friends went out to a nightclub.

The victim arrived home shortly after 10:00 p.m. Owen confronted the victim from behind, held a knife to his throat, forced him to drive to a remote location, forced him to walk into the woods and kneel, and then killed him by striking him with the nightstick and then stabbing him repeatedly in the back and neck with the knife. As instructed by Gissendaner, Owen took the victim’s watch and wedding ring before killing him to make the murder appear like a robbery.

Gissendaner returned home from the nightclub at about the time the murder was being carried out, paged Owen with a numeric signal, and then drove to the crime scene. After inquiring if her husband was dead, she took a flashlight and went toward the body to inspect it. Owen burned the victim’s automobile with kerosene provided by Gissendaner, and the pair returned to their respective homes in Gissendaner’s automobile. Owen disposed of the nightstick, the knife, a pair of his own jeans, and the victim’s stolen jewelry by placing them in the garbage. A pair of Owen’s sweat pants also worn on the night of the murder was recovered, however, and DNA analysis of blood found on them showed a likely match with the victim’s and Owen’s blood.

After the murder, Gissendaner concealed her relationship with Owen from police and claimed not to have initiated contact with him for some time. Telephone records, Owen’s testimony, and other witness testimony proved otherwise. After her arrest, Gissendaner called her best friend and confessed to her active and willing role in the murder, although she then called a second time and claimed that she was coerced into participating. Gissendaner wrote a letter while in jail in an effort to hire someone to give perjured testimony and to rob and beat witnesses.

Find-A-Grave: Douglas Morgan Gissendaner
Gissendaner v State of Georgia 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Kelly Renee Gissendaner
Kelly Renee Gissendaner – Georgia Death Row
Sentence upheld against only woman on Georgia’s death row
Ask A Convict: Kelley Gissendaner
WriteAPrisoner: Kelly Gissendaner

Books
First We’ll Kill My Husband: The Dark Desires of the Only Woman on Georgia’s Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: For The Money Honey
Wicked Attraction: Dial 123

KellyGissendaner

Defendants
Kelly Renee Gissendaner – convicted, sentenced to death
Gregory Bruce Owen – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison

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