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Monsters Among Us: James Fountain stabbed Cynthia Epps to death and nearly decapitated her after sex; Sentenced to 23 years to life in prison

Cynthia Epps
Cynthia Epps

James Fountain Reported Finding Body in 1994, Now Charged With Murdering Neighbor
Cold-Case Murder Solved With DNA Evidence
Gruesome Cold Case Solved After 18 Years
Man killed woman, stuffed body in stand
Man pleads guilty to cold case murder
Buffalo Man Sentenced for 1994 Murder
Cynthia Epps Murder, 1994

Nightmare Next Door: Deadly Intentions

James Fountain

Identifying and Location Information
As of 01/07/13
DIN (Department Identification Number) 12B2305
Date of Birth 12/24/1957
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility CLINTON
Date Received (Original) 08/02/2012
Date Received (Current) 08/02/2012
County of Commitment ERIE
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences.
As of 01/07/13

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 01/07/13
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0023 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 05/05/2035
Parole Hearing Date 01/2035
Parole Eligibility Date 05/05/2035
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

8 Responses

  1. What a pretty woman! She is so pretty with such a beautiful smile. To think that this monster took her life and destroyed her body! He deserves the death penalty. My death penatly. Tossed from an airplane into an alligator swamp!


  2. I watched this episode, very sad. My condolences to the family. I can’t help but wonder though WTF is wrong with the Buffalo Police Dept. The detective stated that he didn’t have Fountain’s prior criminal history due to a lack of computer technology? That’s BS, because NYSPIN rap sheets were available in ’94. They had three suspects and the case went cold for 16 years? Disgraceful.


    • He didn’t have a criminal record til 97′ three years after he murdered Cynthia Epps.


      • I don’t recall that. I’m pretty sure the program said he had a prior record in NYC before he moved to Buffalo. Nonetheless, even if you’re correct, why didn’t Buffalo PD run updated rap sheets periodically? Its a murder case and they only had a handful of suspects.


  3. I saw this story yesterday on ID Discovery after reading the profile on here on Monday. This was so very sad. I live in NYC. What is going on with the Buffalo police? I have only been to Buffalo once when I was visiting my college friends who attended the State U many years ago.

    The NYC police would have had this guy already. What the hell were the police in Buffalo doing all of these years? What a demonic, and reprehensible monster! He is beyond sick and sad. NYS needs to reinstitute the death penalty once again just for monsters like this creep! It is beyond despicable that the family has been waiting all of these years for justice for Ms. Epps. Ms. Epps is a beautiful human being. Her smile alone lights up the entire page. She resembles a family member that I have who lives in South Carolina. I know that she RIP with Jesus where no one can ever harm her again. My love and thoughts with the family of Ms. Cynthia Epps and her daughters who can now sleep peacefully knowing that their mom is at peace.


    • One would think that the Buffalo PD would’ve at least contacted NYPD since Fountain was a “transplant” resident. To think that this program portrayed this detective as a “heavy hitter” is a joke. Also, they were told that Fountain was reluctant to contact the police when he found the body in his yard because he didn’t want the police “snooping around.” I think its safe to say that an innocent person would call 911 immediately if they found a body in their yard. Furthermore, they didn’t even consider the serial rapist as a suspect until they were informed he was being paroled??? Unbelievable.


  4. This is so sad. My prayers go to her family. Thats actually my father smh I never met him though. But im glad I didnt. This is crazy.


  5. Very sad story, but the murder is not the most shocking thing about this case; there are murders every day. Take a look at his criminal record prior to the murder. What killed Cynthia Epps was a justice system that allows these animals to walk among us.


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