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Murder In The Family: Dushaan Gillum killed his mother, Phyllis Jackson, sentenced to 32 years in prison; His cousin, Brent Crockett, was acquitted at trial

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Phyllis Jackson
Phyllis Jackson

Man charged in aunt’s case
Second man linked to vanishing
Victim tied to Borger case
Borger man to face charge of murder in mother’s vanishing
Borger man innocent of killing aunt
Crockett sentenced for burning aunt’s body

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: House of Lies

Defendants
Dushaan Gillum – pled guilty, sentenced to 32 years in prison
Brent Crockett – convicted of burning her body, sentenced to 10 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 06171658
TDCJ Number: 01256533
Name: GILLUM,DUSHAAN TARIK
Race: B
Gender: M
DOB: 1982-04-16
Maximum Sentence Date: 2032-01-22
Current Facility: COFFIELD
Projected Release Date: 2032-01-22
Parole Eligibility Date: 2017-01-21

Offense History
Offense Date: 2001-12-10
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2004-08-25
County: HUTCHINSON
Case No.: 8783
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 30-00-00

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Deadly Women: Ana Lilia Trujillo killed her boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson with a stiletto heel after an argument

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Alf Stefan Andersson
Alf Stefan Andersson

Alf Stefan Andersson obituary
Man stabbed to death with stiletto in Museum District highrise apartment
UH professor identified as victim of stiletto stabbing in Museum District
Accused stiletto heel killer’s request for lower bond denied
Woman accused of stabbing man 25 times with stiletto shoe
Stiletto Trial
Stiletto shoe attacker found guilty of murder
Jurors find woman guilty in stiletto-stabbing case
Stiletto killer convicted in slaying of boyfriend
Punishment phase in stiletto shoe stabbing case begins
Stiletto killing wasn’t murderer’s first violent act, witnesses testify

Ana Lilia Trujillo
Ana Lilia Trujillo

Candy Montgomery killed Betty Gore with an ax, hitting her 41 times but at trial, she was aquitted

Betty Gore
Betty Gore

Self defense claimed in ax murder trial
Murder victim’s spouse had affair with suspect
Mental competency hearing set today for alleged ax murder defendant
Accused housewife describes ax murder
Woman found innocent after ax murder trial
Many Stunned By Acquittal Of Woman In Ax Murder
Some in Wylie don’t know of 1980 ax slaying; others can’t forget
Ax Murder Will Haunt Candace Montgomery, Lawyers Say
Murder By the Book: Candy and Betty
Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part I: Candy Montgomery’s Affair
Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part II: The Killing of Betty Gore
Wikipedia: A Killing in a Small Town
Murders still haunt some homeowners in North Texas
LEFT TO WONDER 20 years after the ax slaying of Betty Gore, victim’s
daughters still have questions

Books
Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs

Movies/Documentaries
A Killing in a Small Town
Secret Lives of Stepford Wives: Playdate with Death

Candy Montgomery
Candace Montgomery

Murder In The Family: Brandon Dale Woodruff killed his parents, Dennis and Norma Woodruff; Sentenced to LWOP

dvawareness3From Brandon Dale Woodruff’s appeal: Charla Woodruff, Brandon’s sister, attempted to contact Dennis and Norma by telephone when she reached her college apartment at 11:00 p.m. on the night of the murders.3 Several other family members, including Brandon, attempted to contact Dennis and Norma. The following day, the police were requested to conduct a welfare check. Although no one responded to the police officers, the police did not force entry into the residence. At the request of Linda Matthews, Brandon’s aunt, Todd Williams forced entry into the residence and discovered the deceased.

The crime scene indicated Dennis and Norma were killed without a significant struggle. They were sitting next to each other on their living room couch, covered in blood, and obviously dead. Dennis’ spit cup was still in his hand. Norma was found seated facing her husband, and the police theorized that Norma may have been attempting to duck behind her husband. The crime scene investigation did not reveal any signs of forced entry, any signs of a struggle, or any signs the house had been ransacked. Investigator Tommy Grandfield testified he did not believe the position of the bodies was suggestive that the victims had been taken by surprise. The wallets of Dennis and Norma were missing, but many valuables, including a handgun, a computer, jewelry, and appliances remained.

The police noted blood droplets in front of the couch and a trail of blood droplets leading from the couch toward the guest bathroom and bedroom. Neal Martin, a crime scene investigator with the nearby Smith County Sheriff’s Office, testified the blood droplets in front of the couch and the trail of blood droplets were the result of “`passive blood flow’ or simply free-falling blood.” There were hairs in the bathtub of the guest bathroom that were very dark with light roots.4 The scene also contained blood stains on mini-blinds behind the couch, which were most likely caused by a high-velocity impact, such as a gunshot wound. No shells were discovered at the scene, which suggested the murderer either used a revolver or had picked up the casings before he left. Due to the soot and stippling, Dr. Sheila Spotswood, the pathologist who performed Norma’s autopsy, testified the murderer discharged the firearm at less than twelve inches from Norma.

During the autopsy, large caliber bullets were removed from Norma’s neck and from Dennis’ cervical vertebrae. Norma died from five gunshot wounds5 and a four-inch-deep stab wound across her neck. Dennis died from a gunshot wound to the face and nine stab wounds to his face, neck, and chest.

Brandon had been attending Abilene Christian University and had kept a dagger in his dormitory room.6 When the room was searched after the murders, the police did not discover the dagger. Kathy Lach, Brandon’s aunt, discovered the dagger in the barn at Dennis and Norma’s residence in Heath, Texas,7 two and a half years after the murders. The dagger was approximately sixteen to eighteen inches long with a twelve-inch blade. Eric Gentry admitted he had previously told the Texas Rangers that the knife blade of Brandon’s dagger was only about six inches long, but testified he was absolutely certain the dagger introduced into evidence was Brandon’s. A spot of Dennis’ blood was discovered under a skull located on the guard of the knife.

Although the police searched the barn after the murders, they did not find the dagger. Approximately ten days after the murders, the police, with the consent of Charla, searched the Heath house. Grandfield testified that they “looked everywhere,” including underneath the house. Charla testified the barn at the Heath house contained items which were moved from a prior residence and never unpacked, as well as items that had piled up over the years. Investigator Joel Gibson conceded that the dagger could have been placed in the barn by someone other than Brandon. The barn was not locked until years after the murders. After the murders, but before the discovery of the dagger, the barn had been cleaned out and items from the Heath house were stored in it.

Woodruff trial underway in Hunt County
Attorney for Woodruff has already filed appeal, says prosecutors tried to use defendant’s orientation to prejudice jury
Autopsies questioned in murder trial of former ACU student
Woodruff trial testimony: ‘There was a lot of blood around the bodies’
Friends of man accused of killing parents in Hunt County testify he was late, jumpy that night
Woodruff found guilty of capital murder in parents’ deaths
Woodruff found guilty of capital murder in parents’ deaths
Woodruff found guilty of capital murder in parents’ deaths
Brandon Dale Woodruff v State of Texas 2010 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
DNA testing approved in murder case
More DNA tests sought in Woodruff murder case

Movies/Documentaries
Nightmare Next Door: Lone Star Mystery

INMATE INFORMATION

Brandon Dale Woodruff

SID Number: 07606256
TDCJ Number: 01559439
Name: WOODRUFF, BRANDON DALE
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1986-09-06
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Current Facility: ALFRED HUGHES
Projected Release Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Parole Eligibility Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

Offense History
Offense Date: 2005-10-16
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-03-20
County: HUNT
Case No.: 23319
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 5555-55-55

Psycho For Love: Robert Atlas charged with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Tracy Anderson

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Tracy Anderson
Tracy Anderson

Bedford Woman Murdered, Police Concerned About Missing Roommate
Capital murder warrant issued for boyfriend of slain Bedford woman
Roommate Wanted For Bedford Woman’s Murder
Capital murder warrant issued for man who shared apartment with Bedford woman found stabbed to death
Texas man sought in pregnant girlfriend’s murder found in La.
Bedford Murder Suspect Caught In Louisiana
Texas murder suspect captured in Shreveport

Robert Atlas
Robert Atlas

News Archive: Caffey Family murders

Caffey Family

Victims
Penny Lynn Caffey, 39
Terry Caffey, (survived)
Matthew Ryan Caffey, 13
Tyler Paul Caffey, 8

Breaking News: 3 Dead, A mother and her 2 sons, in Emory, TX *4 teens arrested*
Update: Caffey Family murders *Suspects names released; Daughter of victim involved*
Update: Caffey Family murder *Capital Murder Indictments issued*
Update: Caffey Family murders *Daughter, Erin Caffey, being tried as adult*
Update: Caffey Family murders *All 4 defendants have pled guilty and been sentenced to prison*

Books
Terror by Night: The True Story of the Brutal Texas Murder That Destroyed a Family, Restored One Man’s Faith, and Shocked a Nation

Movies/Documentaries
Finald Witness: The Kids Aren’t Alright
Redrum: Burn the Hand that Feeds You

Defendants
Erin Michelle Caffey – pled guilty, sentenced to 2 consecutive life sentences plus 25 years (parole eligible after about 40 years)
Charlie James Wilkinson – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Charles Alan Waid – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison (parole eligible after about 40 years)
Bobbi Gale Johnson – pled guilty, sentenced to 40 years in prison (parole eligible after about 20 years)

INMATE INFORMATION

erin-caffey

SID Number: 04889597
TDCJ Number: 01548417
Name: CAFFEY,ERIN MICHELLE
Race: W
Gender: F
DOB: 1991-07-27
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE CUMULATIVE OFFENSES
Current Facility: HILLTOP
Projected Release Date: NOT AVAILABLE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2038-03-01

Offense History
Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-02
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4974
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 25-00-00

Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-02
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4975
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 9999-99-99

Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-02
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4976
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 9999-99-99

INMATE INFORMATION

CharlesWilkinson

SID Number: 08121223 TDCJ
Number: 01548505
Name: WILKINSON,CHARLIE JAMES
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1990-02-06
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Current Facility: DARRINGTON
Projected Release Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Parole Eligibility Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

Offense History
Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-06
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4866
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 5555-55-55

INMATE INFORMATION

CharlesWaid

SID Number: 08152878
TDCJ Number: 01548504
Name: WAID,CHARLES ALAN
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1988-02-17
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: STILES
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2048-03-01

Offense History
Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-06
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4867
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 9999-99-99

INMATE INFORMATION

bobbi-johnson

SID Number: 08152884
TDCJ Number: 01544729
Name: JOHNSON,BOBBI GALE
Race: W
Gender: F
DOB: 1989-06-12
Maximum Sentence Date: 2048-03-01
Current Facility: CHRISTINA MELTON CRAIN UNIT
Projected Release Date: 2048-03-01
Parole Eligibility Date: 2028-03-01

Offense History
Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-02
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4971
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 40-00-00

Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-02
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4972
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 40-99-99

Offense Date: 2008-03-01
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2009-01-02
County: RAINS
Case No.: 4973
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 40-99-99

Deadly Duo: Beunka Adams and Richard Aaron Cobb – Robbed BDJ’s, took the employees and a customer hostage, killed one

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Victims
Kenneth Wayne Vandever, 24
Nikki Ansley Daniels, 29 (survived)
Candace Driver (survived)

Four inmates, including Victoria man, lose appeals
Victim’s families react to execution
Buenka Adams no longer taunts victims during execution
East Texas man’s final hours on death row
Murderpedia: Beunka Adams
Beunka Adams #1294
Beunka Adams has been executed, last statement
Cobb set to die today for 2002 murder, sex assault
Survivor has been waiting 11 years for execution of Cherokee Co. man
Murderpedia: Richard Aaron Cobb

Movies/Documentaries
House of Horrors: Kidnapped: Field of Nightmares

Defendants
Buenka Adams – convicted, executed [4/26/2012]
Richard Aaron Cobb – convicted, executed [4/25/2013]

Offender Information

Beunka Adams

Name Adams, Beunka
TDCJ Number 999486
Date of Birth 12/10/1982
Date Received 08/30/2004
Age (when Received) 21
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 10
Date of Offense 09/02/2002
Age (at the time of Offense) 19
County Cherokee
Race Black
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Height 5′ 06″
Weight 179
Eye Color Brown
Native County Cherokee
Native State Texas
Prior Occupation
Laborer

Prior Prison Record
None

Summary of Incident
On 09/02/2002 in Cherokee County, Texas, Adams entered a convenience store and robbed a twenty-four year old white male and shot him one time in the head. Adams then attempted to rob, kidnap and sexually assault two other adult white females. Adams then fled the scene with an unknown amount of money.

Race and Gender of Victim
White Male and Two White Females

Beunka Adams last statement:
First, I want to let my mom know not to cry, there is no reason to cry, everybody dies. Everybody has their time, don’t worry about me. I’m strong. To my family: my old man, my kids, daddy is sorry. I love each and every one of you. I’ll be looking for you. To my wife, I love you. The last two years have been the best. All my kids, mom, nieces, and nephews, I am proud of all of ya’ll. I love each and every one of ya’ll. I really love ya’ll.

To the victims, I’m very sorry for everything that happened. I am not the malicious person that you think I am. I was real stupid back then. I made a great many mistakes. What happened was wrong. I was a kid in a grown man’s world. I messed up, and I can’t take it back. I wasn’t old enough to understand. Please don’t carry around that hurt in your heart. You have got to find a way to get rid of the hate. Trust me, killing me is not going to give you closure. I hope you find closure. Don’t let that hate eat you up, find a way to get past it.

Linda, I love you, I appreciate you. I hate the way things turned out. Ms. Sheri, thank you. To the victims again, I hate the way all of this happened to ya’ll. I don’t think any good will come of this. I am going to see ya’ll again. I love ya’ll, be strong for me. Keep your heads up. I came into the world strong. I’ll leave the world strong. Warden, go ahead. I am sorry for the victim’s family. Murder isn’t right, killing of any kind isn’t right. Got to find another way.

Offender Information

Richard Cobb

Name Cobb,Richard Aaron
TDCJ Number 999467
Date of Birth 04/02/1984
Date Received 01/23/2004
Age (when Received) 19
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 11
Date of Offense 09/02/2002
Age (at the time of Offense) 18
County Cherokee
Race White
Gender Male
Hair Color Brown
Height 05’10″
Weight 150
Eye Color Blue
Native County Smith
Native State Texas
Prior Occupation
Laborer

Prior Prison Record
None

Summary of Incident
On 09/02/2002, in Cherokee County, Texas, Cobb and co-defendant, abducted three victims, a male and two females. Cobb and his codefendant fatally shot the male victim, sexually assaulted and shot the two female victims and left their bodies in a field.

Co-Defendants
Adams, Beunka

Race and Gender of Victim
1 White/Male; 2 Unknown/Females

Richard Cobb last statement:
Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to and an end. Life is too short. I hope that anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that. Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That’s it.

Marjorie Nugent murder 11/19/1996 Carthage, TX *Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede II convicted of her murder, sentenced to life in prison*

Marjorie Nugent
Marjorie Nugent

Millionaire’s friend to stand trial for murder
Mortician to serve life in prisons for killing of widow
‘I just snapped,’ Bernie Tiede speaks out from prison about the movie based on his life
How My Aunt Marge Ended Up in the Deep Freeze . . .
Midnight in the Garden of East Texas
Wikipedia: Bernie Tiede
Over 15 Years, a Town’s Stance on a Convict Shifts
Report: New evidence could mean Bernie Tiede released as soon as this week
Hearing date now set for Bernie Tiede
Judge orders writ unsealed in Bernie Tiede case

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Sins: The Millionairess & The Mortician
Bernie

Bernie Tiede in prison
Bernie Tiede

Gregory Joseph Fleniken murder 9/16/2010 Beaumont, TX *Lance Robert Mueller pled no contest, sentenced to 10 years in prison*

Gregory Fleniken
Gregory Joseph Fleniken

Wisconsin man arrested for death at Beaumont’s Elegante hotel
Wisconsin man charged in Beaumont hotel death was drinking, playing with gun
Mysterious Murder of Lafayette Man Solved
Plea In 2010 Hotel Shooting
Update: Lance Mueller gets 10 year prison sentence for shooting
Susan Fleniken’s witness statement
The Body in Room 348
What Caused This Man’s Mysterious Death in a Texas Hotel Room?
Wife of man found dead at MCM Elegante proceeds with lawsuit

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Murder in Room 348
20/20: The Mystery Is Finally Solved

INMATE INFORMATION

LanceMueller

SID Number: 08870041
TDCJ Number: 01820489
Name: MUELLER,LANCE ROBERT
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1963-01-10
Maximum Sentence Date: 2022-10-10
Current Facility: BRIDGEPORT
Projected Release Date: 2016-11-11
Parole Eligibility Date: 2013-11-11

Offense History
Offense Date: 2010-09-15
Offense: MANSLAUGHTER
Sentence Date: 2012-10-29
County: JEFFERSON
Case No.: 11-12084
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 10-00-00

Cold Case: Christopher Allen Daigle murder 11/7/2002 Sugar Land, TX *Friend, Richard Mendoza Jr., convicted, sentenced to 50 years in prison*

Christopher Daigle
Christopher Allen Daigle

Find-A-Grave: Christopher Allen Daigle
Teenage jealousy cited as motive in Fort Bend murder case
Texas Murder Suspect Free After DA Fails To Fill Out Paperwork
Texas Murder Suspect Let Out of Jail After DA Forgets to Indict Him
Cold case resolved by Missouri City Police
Richard Mendoza, Jr. sentenced to 50 years in prison for 2002 murder of Christopher Daigle

Movies/Documentaries
Frenemies: Three’s A Crowd

INMATE INFORMATION

Richard Mendoza Jr

SID Number: 07521472
TDCJ Number: 01838640
Name: MENDOZA,RICHARD JR
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1984-12-31
Maximum Sentence Date: 2062-10-27
Current Facility: BILL CLEMENTS
Projected Release Date: 2062-10-27
Parole Eligibility Date: 2037-10-27

Offense History

Offense Date: 2002-11-07
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2013-02-11
County: FORT BEND
Case No.: 11-DCR-058694
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 50-00-00

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