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Suspected Serial Killer: Glenn Isaac Goins

Melissa Haferman Januskevicius, 20 [1999]
Amanda Wood, 24 [2004]

I could not find any pictures of Amanda Wood. If you have one that you would like to share, please let me know. Thanks!

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Glenn Isaac Goins


11 Responses

  1. Melissa was a wonderful young woman with a bright future. I have lost a big part of my life and will never be the same. and as much as I dont feel sorry for Glenn Goins I am angry at Tn for putting him on house arrest! after reading his arrests and convitions he was clearly not one for house arrest!! and I hold the judge an district attorney responsilble for her death.

  2. I cant believe I didnt mention that Glenn Goins had also confessed to several other murders, but he couldnt remember to much about them. and no one seems to be looking for these 6-7 other young women he murdered. He was in KY, WV, NC, Ga and Tn he might have also been in IN and OH as well. The other young women he confessed to murdering also sang and was light haired she was I think 24 and with child. we need to find these other young women so the families can finally know what happened to there loved ones. thank you Melissa’s mom Brenda.

  3. I was/am a relative of Isaac Goins. (His father was Glenn, he used the name Isaac.) Though I believe he certainly deserved the death penalty for what he did – and he did confess to several murders – I understand what made him the monster he was. Its no excuse for his actions. I hope to someday talk to Melissa’s family to help them understand how he became what he was. Some children are survivors and others become consumed and just can’t recover from tragic circumstances. I have written numerous letters to Ms. Schmidt with the intent of mailing them, but I don’t know if she is at a place where she WANTS to hear the history. I know if it were me, I would want to know what made Isaac the person he was. Again, no one believes he was a monster more than I do, but I know the circumstances – the story- the why. I feel so very sorry for Melissa’s family as well as any other families Isaac’s life destroyed. I can’t imagine the pain the loss of a child could bring. I just know that the world is a better place without Isaac regardless of how his life was ended.

    • I have been wanting to hear what his life was to try an make some sense of him. now that I see part of his confession I now want to see the whole thing.. im still shaking my head..

  4. Yes I would love to talk to you about Glenn. my email is
    I just got Melissa’s buckle back from Mt. Silversmiths, I couldnt leave it the way Louisville gave it back to me. It had to be the way it was before that night, when she was happy. I must say it is so beautiful again. Im sorry I didnt respond before this but I havent been on here for sometime. Im not sure what made me look this time. Please email me.

  5. I went to school with Isacc and was in shock when I heard what he was accused of. He was always such a quiet kid. I do remember kids used to pick on him on the bus. My heart goes out to the families that unfortunately had loved ones that met with the monster known as Isacc Goins. I was unaware that he had been released on house arrest and allowed to kill again or of the fact that he had confessed to other murders.

  6. He is a nasty man that deserved everything he got!!!! He killed my sister! !!! Amanda lynn wood (miller) she was 4 months pregnant and was my best friend my everything, its been 12 years and I still til this day cry, pray, and talk to my sister, now my mom and dad r passed away also and I really need my sister in my life im so sorry for those of u who think glenn was innocent yall got issues he was a danger to society, thank god hes FOREVER GONE!!!! if you still need a picture of amanda let me know im susan

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