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Murder-Suicide: Robert Dean Peterson ‘loved’ Gailen Eugene Thurnau II who did not feel the same way, so Peterson shot & killed Thurnau, then turned the gun on himself

Gailen Eugene Thurnau
Gailen Eugene “Gene” Thurnau II

Bizarre disappearance in Lutz may spell “foul play”
Missing Pasco men found dead in Safety Harbor home
Bob kept his love for Gene secret until tragic end
Bodies of missing men found; police suspect murder-suicide
Police: Missing Ellenton man dead in murder-suicide

Movies/Documentaries
A Stranger in My Home: Star-Crossed Murder

Robert Peterson
Robert Dean Peterson

Parents Gone Wild! Chekayla Ariel Dampier charged with killing her baby, Emilio Jesus Bautista, by holding him under the scalding tap water; Why? Because he would not stop crying.

Say NO to Child Abuse

Emilio Jesus Bautista
Emilio Jesus Bautista

In the memory of Emilio Jesus Bautista
Baby Held Under Scalding Water Dies, Mother Jailed
Port Richey woman accused of scalding infant until his skin began ‘bubbling’
“Here’s a lock of his hair.”
Mother accused of scalding 2-month-old baby arrested, charged with murder
Baby Held Under Scalding Water Dies, Mother Jailed
Two Month Old Emilio Jesus Bautista Dies After Mother Chekayla Dampier Holds Him Under Scalding Water
‘His skin was coming off and bubbling’
Tragedy as tiny baby dies two weeks after mother ‘held him under scalding tap for THREE MINUTES because he wouldn’t stop crying’

Chekayla Ariel Dampier
Chekayla Ariel Dampier

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Charles Gouveia murder 10/7/2000 Fort Lauderdale, FL *Girlfriend, Donna Buchanan convicted, sentenced to 35 years in prison*

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Was it self-defense? I do think it was. Not much information available.

Man, 80, Found Dead
The Donna Buchanan Story: You Think You Know…But You Have No Idea
Inmate Connection: Donna Buchanan
Donna Buchanan with Boyd and Lucinda
Movie To Tell Story Of Stripper Tale Of Teen’s Suicide Sold By Grandfather

Books
Second Chance Runaway

Movies/Documentaries
Women Behind Bars: Donna Buchanan and Marion Faye Cason
Wives with Knives: Donna Buchanan

INMATE INFORMATION

Donna Buchanan

DC Number: 686241
Name: BUCHANAN, DONNA
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’04”
Weight: 141 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/30/1962
Custody: MINIMUM
Release Date: 07/04/2013

Stated Residence Upon Release:
4801 HOPKINS RD
RICHMOND, VA 23234 23234

Aliases:
DONNA BUCHANAN
DONNA L BUCHANAN
DONNA LYNNE BUCHANAN

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
10/06/2000 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 01/15/2003 BROWARD 0017438 15Y 0M 0D

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.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 01/22/2003
Date Out-of-Custody 07/04/2013

Dr. C. Leroy Adams murder 8/3/1952 Live Oak, FL *Ruby McCollum was then declared incompetent to stand trial and sent to the Florida State Hospital

C Leroy Adams
Dr. C. Leroy Adams Jr

Find-A-Grave: Dr Clifford LeRoy Adams, Jr
Ruby McCollum Is Judged Insane (part 1)
Ruby McCollum Judged Insane (part 2)
Ruby McCollum Is Adjudged Insane
Ruby McCollum shooting creates widespread scandal in 1952
Murderpedia: Ruby McCollum
Wikipedia: Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum, Murder Trial Figure, Faces New Court Action
Memory Of Murder Fades After 28 Years
No Animosity Against Ruby
17 Years After Doc’s Murder, She sits in State Hospital

Books
State of Florida Vs. Ruby McCollum, Defendant
The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in the South
Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum,: Woman in the Suwannee jail
The Trial of Ruby McCollum: The true-crime story that shook the foundations of the Segregationist South!

Movies/Documentaries
Curtain of Secrecy: The Ruby McCollum Story (movie trailer)
A Crime To Remember: The Shot Doctor

Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum

Psycho For Love: Michel Escoto killed his wife of four days, Wendy Trapaga, to collect the insurance money; Instead, he got LWOP

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Wendy Trapaga
Wendy Trapaga

Husband On Trial For Alleged Murder Of Wife For $1 Million Insurance Policy
Newlywed Murder Trial Continues, “The Other Woman” Cross-Examined
Michel Escoto Cross Examines Former Girlfriend in Newlywed Murder Trial
State Rests Case In Escoto Newlywed Murder Trial
DNA Expert Takes Stand In “Newlywed Murder Trial”
Closing Arguments Underway In “Newlywed Murder Trial”
Guilty Verdict In Newlywed Murder Trial
Newlywed guilty of murder in bride’s bludgeoning
Newlywed Bride Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison
Miami man who killed bride for insurance money gets life

Movies/Documentaries
Scorned: Love Kills: I’ll Have What She’s Having

INMATE INFORMATION

MichelEscoto prison mug

DC Number: M00510
Name: ESCOTO, MICHEL
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 6’02”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/29/1971
Initial Receipt Date: 05/21/2014
Current Facility: FRANKLIN C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MICHAEL ESCOTO
MICHEL ESCOTO

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM HEART WINGS
TATTOO RIGHT ARM SCORPION

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
10/14/2002 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 05/07/2014 MIAMI-DADE 0525794 SENTENCED TO LIFE

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.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 05/21/2014
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

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 Women: Morgan Jane Smith killed Andrea Lynn Stranko – girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend, Daryl Smith; Sentenced to life in prison

DV 2014

Andrea Stranko
Andrea Lynn Stranko

Andrea Stranko obituary
Woman killed in North Port shooting
Woman killed when love triangle turns deadly in North Port
Love triangle turns deadly in North Port
Sarasota County Woman Charged in Murder of Ex’s Girlfriend
Mistrial in love triangle murder case
Woman convicted of killing rival in love triangle
Smith Guilty In Stranko Murder
North Port woman faces life in prison
Morgan Jane Smith Sentenced To Life

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Mad or Bad

INMATE INFORMATION

MorganSmith prison mug

DC Number: 164017
Name: SMITH, MORGAN J
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’06”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/16/1974
Initial Receipt Date: 10/06/2011
Current Facility: FL.WOMENS RECPN.CTR
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MORGAN JANE HALL
MORGAN SMITH
MORGAN J SMITH
MORGAN JANE SMITH

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK LOWER BAT
TATTOO LEFT ARM LOGO OF THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
TATTOO LEFT ARM WRIST TRIBAL UPPER ARM CAT AND
TATTOO LEFT LEG TRIBAL HEART
TATTOO OTHER 6 TATTOOS IN TOTAL.
TATTOO STOMACH PROPERTY OF DARYL P. SMITH

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
03/28/2010 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 09/30/2011 SARASOTA 1003660 SENTENCED TO LIFE
03/28/2010 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT(ATTEMPTED) 09/30/2011 SARASOTA 1003660 25Y 0M 0D

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.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 10/06/2011
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

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