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Daryl Bruce Barber and James Richard Boucher murders 8/12/1978 Dayton Beach, FL *Earl ‘Spider’ Smith (Theodore Bassett) and John ‘Snake’ Cox convicted of their murders; sentenced to life in prison*

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Books
The Snake and The Spider

INMATE INFORMATION

TheodoreBassett prison mug2

DC Number: 071745
Name: BASSETT, THEODORE A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6’01”
Weight: 216 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/21/1959
Initial Receipt Date: 01/18/1980
Current Facility: Martin C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE
Aliases:
GUS BASSETT
SPIDER BASSETT
THEODORE BASSETT
THEODORE A BASSETT
THEODORE AUGUSTUS
BASSETT GUS
EARL L SMITH
EARLEE SMITH
SPIDER

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM FOREARM–SPIDER
TATTOO OTHER LEFT EYE—TEAR DROP
TATTOO RIGHT ARM FOREARM–%
TATTOO RIGHT ARM UPPER–PIC OF HARLEY DAVISON EMPLM
TATTOO RIGHT HAND #13

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/12/1978 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 01/18/1980 VOLUSIA 7802704 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/26/1979 SEX BAT/COERCES BY THREAT 02/14/1980 VOLUSIA 7902204 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 01/18/1980
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

JohnCox prison mug2

DC Number: 032191
Name: COX, JOHN C JR
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 161 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/12/1948
Initial Receipt Date: 02/08/1980
Current Facility: S.F.R.C SOUTH UNIT
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE
Aliases:
JOHN C COX JR
SNAKE COX

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO RIGHT ARM SKULL W/DAGGER ON UPPER RIGHT ARM

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/12/1978 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 02/01/1980 VOLUSIA 7802704 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 Date Out-of-Custody
02/08/1980 Currently Incarcerated

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17 Responses

  1. […] Daryl Barber and James Boucher murders 8/12/1978 Dayton Beach, FL *Earl ‘Spider’ Smith (… […]

  2. If you still want a picture of Jim Boucher there is one on Living Lapeer Site on Facebook taken the same year he was killed.

  3. Snakes life sentences didn’t mean life. He could have been released after 25 years. That is why the judge reduced Spiders sentence to life instead of death. Haven’t found if he’s back on the streets though.

    • Bonnie,

      If you scroll down the post, you will see that both Spider and Snake are still in prison. Neither one has a parole date. Neither one of them may ever get out of prison. What they did to the victims (that you never even bothered to mention) is heinous and horrific and they should never step foot out of prison.

      • Agreed

      • It says “02/08/1980 Currently Incarcerated.” I think Bonnie Akridge was looking for a more current update. I also would like a more current update, if available. I sincerely hope neither one of them ever sets foot out of prison, except in a pine box. That’s what they deserve, and it’s also what is best for society.

        • I agree. I will see what I can find this week. Don’t let me forget.

        • Okay, I got the info! Theodore Bassett will not have a first parole hearing until 8/2029. John Cox will go to the parole board in 12/2018. But parole is never guaranteed and I will start a drive for parole opposition letters before either goes. That is very helpful.

          • Thank you so much for the update! Cox was the leader, the instigator, the worst of the two. I can’t understand why he comes up for parole first. I guess because he took a plea and Bassett went to trial. I sure don’t want to see Cox get out because of prison overcrowding or whatever.

            By the way, I keep trying to subscribe with no success. I’m not finding the link in my email or junk folder. What can I do?

          • I sent the email to you. Hopefully it will go through. I don’t handle the subscriptions myself. So I hope it works.

          • Nope, the email didn’t come through. Darn it.

          • Let me check a few things and see if I can figure it out.

  4. They should have been given the death penalty. Many of us come from screwed up families, but we dont go around killing people. They are evil and dont deserve to live after killing those two boys.
    I just read the book and really feel for the boys and their families. RIP.

  5. I would not have a problem taking either one of their lives! they should have been killed by old sparky years ago. I hope the rest of their lives they are someone bitch in prison! It’s a trip i often wondered if i or another friend who was asked to go, would they be alive today. Jim was a great person and so was Daryl.

  6. There are pictures of Jim and Daryl in the book; such handsome young men with beautiful smiles. They were the best of friends, as close as brothers – except, unlike brothers, they never had any disagreements or arguments.

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