Phantom of the Metropolitan Opera Murder: Craig Steven Crimmins killed violinist Helen Hagnes Mintiks, then sentenced to 20 years to life in prison

Helen Hagnes Mintiks
Helen Hagnes Mintiks

Violinist found slain at the Met
Opera house yields body of musician
Metropolitan Opera stagehand arrested in murder of violinist
Doctor says violinist was alive when thrown down airshaft
Metropolitan Opera Murder Suspect Indicted
Met murder trial begins today
Text of statement read at the Met slaying trial
Crimmins confessed
Guilt admitted in Met murder?
Met suspect ‘was too drunk to have carried body’: Witness
Stagehand Convicted n Met Murder
Jury: Stagehand Killed Violinist
Violinist’s killer gets 20 years
Violinist’s husband can sue murderer
Conviction Affirmed In Slaying at the Met
Freedom Is Denied To Opera House Killer
Craig Crimmins, Phantom of the Metropolitan Opera
Murderpedia: Craig S. Crimmins

Books
Murder at the Met: Based on the Exclusive Accounts of Detectives Mike Struk and Jerry Giorgio of How They Solved the Phantom of the Opera Case
Blood On The Table: The Greatest Cases of New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Movies/Documentaries
Motives & Murders: Cracking The Case: Murder at the Met
The 1980’s – The Deadliest Decade: Phantom Killer of the Opera

INMATE INFORMATION

Craig Crimmins

Identifying and Location Information
As of 09/30/13
DIN (Department Identification Number) 81A4063
Inmate Name CRIMMINS, CRAIG
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 03/24/1959
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility SHAWANGUNK
Date Received (Original) 09/10/1981
Date Received (Current) 09/10/1981
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment NEW YORK

Crimes of Conviction
Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

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 09/30/13
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 05/2014
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 05/2014
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 01/30/2001
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE

Mass Murder: John Linley Frazier *The Killer Prophet* aka *Hippie Murderer*

Frazier victims

Victims
Dr. Victor Ohta, 45
Virginia Ohta, 43
Derrick Ohta, 12
Taggart Ohta, 11
Dorothy Cadwallader, 38 (Dr. Ohta’s secretary)

Man Held In Murder Of 5
Young Man Sought In Slayings Is Captured (part 1)
Man Sought In Slayings Is Captured (part 2)
Fingerprints Of Frazier On Typewriter
Jury Indicts Frazier In 5 Murders
Frazier Arraigned In Ohta Deaths
Begin Trial of Frazier
Slaying Sequence Is Described By Friend of Doctor’s Family
Frazier jury instructed
Multiple-murder jury still out
John Linley Frazier Is Guilty In Ohta Murder
Frazier Convicted In Ohta Slayings
Frazier convicted (scroll to left)
Jury Says Frazier Sane When Murder Committed
Jury Orders Frazier Put To Death In Gas Chamber
Frazier now off the row
Police: Mass murderer John Linley Frazier hanged himself in prison
Mass murderer John Linley Frazier hanged himself in prison
CrimeLibrary: Killer Prophet
Crazed Hippy Killer caused horror with 1970 murder of California doctor
Murderpedia: John Linley Frazier

Books
Urge to Kill
Killer Book of Serial Killers: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Serial Killers

Movies/Documentaries
A Crime To Remember: Killer Prophet
Twisted: The Killer Prophet
Born To Kill? The Killer Prophet

John Linley Frazier 1970 and 2005
John Linley Frazier 1970 and 2005

Susan and Shane Hamwi murders 11/1/1983 Fort Lauderdale, FL *John Purvis was wrongfully convicted; Paul Hamwi hired 2 men to kill his ex-wife and child so he would not have to pay alimony or child support*

Susan and Shane Hamwi

Victims
Susan Kay Hamwi, 38
Shane Kay Hamwi, 18 months old

Find-A-Grave: Susan Kay Hamwi
The National Registry of Exonerations: John Purvis
Schizophrenic man held to one reality – his innocence
Possible Murder Evidence Sought Copy Of Fingerprints, Hair Requested To Confront Speculation
Judge Fascinated By Murder Case
One Man’s Word Against Another’s As Murder Trial Opens Today
Hit Man Defends Immunity Deal
Hamwi’s Defense Begins
Jury Begins Deliberations
Developer sentenced in slaying of ex-wife
Man sentenced to life for hiring hitmen
Hamwi gets life sentence in ex-wife’s death
New Trial Sought In ’83 Murder Case
Purvis v Hamwi 1993
Wikipedia: John Gordon Purvis
$1 Million Paid For Man’s Wrongful Imprisonment

Books
The Wrong Man

Movies/Documentaries
On The Case with Paula Zahn: A Call for Justice

Defendants
John Gordon Purvis – wrongfully convicted, freed after 9 years in prison
Paul Hamwi – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Paul Serio – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, died in prison in 2004
Robert Wayne Beckett, Sr – confessed, turned state’s witness for immunity, sentenced to life in California for a 1981 murder

INMATE INFORMATION

PaulHamwi prison mug

DC Number: 965980
Name: HAMWI, PAUL
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6’00”
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/21/1945
Initial Receipt Date: 07/07/1994
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
PAUL HAMWI

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
11/01/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 06/24/1994 BROWARD 9300633 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 07/07/1994
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

PaulSerio prison mug

DC Number: 965983
Name: SERIO, PAUL
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 247 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/14/1946
Release Facility: UNKNOWN-2
Custody: CLOSE
Release Date: DECEASED
Aliases:
PAUL SERIO
PAUL MICHAEL SERIO

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
11/01/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 06/24/1994 BROWARD 9300633 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 11/07/1995
Date Out-of-Custody 02/20/2004

Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. murder 9/27/2013 Lake Charles, LA *Gunned down during a nighttime revival service; Woodrow Karey charged with his murder*

Ronald Harris Sr.
Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr.

Lake Charles pastor shot to death during church service
Louisiana pastor shot and killed during sermon
Lake Charles Pastor Ronald Harris Murdered In Worship Center
Daughter of Lake Charles pastor details father’s killing
Pastor shot, killed in front of congregation during Louisiana church service
Pastor Shot, Killed During La. Church Service
Memorial arrangements for Lake Charles pastor set for this week

Woodrow Karey
Woodrow Karey

Deadly Wives: Gina Spann hired 4 teenage boys to kill her husband, Army Staff Sgt Kevin Leroy Spann

DVawareness

kevinspann
Kevin Leroy Spann

Locate a grave: Kevin Leroy Spann
Augusta slaying
Kelley found guilty of murder
Teenage boys recruited by wife to kill Fort Gordon soldier
Murderpedia: Gina Lynn Spann
Kelly v The State of Georgia

Books
The Mother’s Day Murder

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Affairs: Special Delivery
Deadly Women: Killer Cougars
Killer Kids: Are You Trying to Seduce Me

Defendants
Gina Lynn Spann – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Larry Kelly – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Matthew Piazzi – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Gerald Lewis Horne – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Christopher Bargeron – pled guilty to conspiracy, sentenced to 5 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

GinaSpann prison mug

SPANN, GINA LYNN
GDC ID: 0000959639
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1966
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: FEMALE
HEIGHT: 5’04”
WEIGHT: 132
EYE COLOR: HAZEL
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: ARRENDALE STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE, W/O PAROLE
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. SPANN,GINA LYNN
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 388759
OFFENSE: POSS OF FIREARM DUR CRIME
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 05/11/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: 5 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 388759
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 05/11/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN 03/25/1998
INCARCERATION END ACTIVE

INMATE INFORMATION

LarryKelly prison mug

KELLY, LARRY WAYNE
GDC ID: 0000953076
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1978
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’08”
WEIGHT: 140
EYE COLOR: HAZEL
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: JOHNSON STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. KELLEY,LARRY WAYNE
A.K.A. KELLY,LARRY WAYNE
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 386174
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 05/11/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 386174
OFFENSE: POSS OF FIREARM DUR CRIME
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 05/11/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: 5 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN 01/02/1998
INCARCERATION END ACTIVE

INMATE INFORMATION

MatthewClark prison mug

PIAZZI, MATTHEW CLARK
GDC ID: 0000951430
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1980
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’06”
WEIGHT: 175
EYE COLOR: HAZEL
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: DOOLY STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. NICKNAME,CHICO
A.K.A. PIAZZI,MATHEW CLARK
A.K.A. PIAZZI,MATTHEW CLARK
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 385584
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 05/11/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN 01/06/1998
INCARCERATION END ACTIVE

INMATE INFORMATION

GeraldHorne prison mug

HORNE, GERALD LEWIS
GDC ID: 0000952059
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1979
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’11”
WEIGHT: 170
EYE COLOR: GREEN
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: JOHNSON STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. HORNE,GERALD LEWIS
A.K.A. NICKNAME,LOCO
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 385839
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 05/11/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN 12/18/1997
INCARCERATION END ACTIVE

INMATE INFORMATION

ChristopherBargeron prison mug

BARGERON, CHRISTOPHER LEE
GDC ID: 0000952096
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1980
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’10”
WEIGHT: 190
EYE COLOR: BLUE
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: CONSPIRACY
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: CENTRAL STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: 05/10/2002
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: 05/10/2002
CURRENT STATUS: INACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. BAGERON,CHRISTOPER LEE
A.K.A. BARGERON,CHRISTOPER LEE
A.K.A. BARGERON,CHRISTOPHER
A.K.A. BARGERON,CHRISTOPHER LEE
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 385851
OFFENSE: CONSPIRACY
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: N/A
SENTENCE LENGTH: 0 YEARS, 60 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN 12/18/1997
INCARCERATION END 05/10/2002

Monsters Among Us: Justin DeRyke charged with the murder of his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long

Willow Long
Willow Long

Apparently, according to Justin DeRyke, Willow accidentally scratched him while he was babysitting her. This really made him mad and he chased her outside, where she “tripped and fell into a brush pile, which caused a stick to impale her through her neck. She began twitching and he decided he had to end her suffering by slitting her throat and stabbing her in the heart several times.” Yeah, right. Somehow, that story just does not work for me. It did not seem to work for the police either, as he has been charged with first degree murder with a bail of $5 million dollars.

Uncle Charged With Murder Of Willow Long, Claims He Put Girl Out Of Her Misery (EXCELLENT post)
Hundreds continue search for missing 7-year-old Illinois girl
Girl allegedly killed by uncle eulogized as loving
Willow Long Update: Uncle charged with murder in stabbing death of 7-year-old niece
Uncle charged with murder of missing 7-year-old Illinois girl
Uncle of Willow Long Faces Murder Charges
Willow Long Update: Justin DeRyke, Ill. man, pleads not guilty in niece’s stabbing death, report says
Willow Long’s uncle pleads not guilty in death of niece, 7
Debbie DeRyke, Willow Long’s grandmother, speaks out for the first time
Update; Willow Long murder *Justin DeRyke pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP*

Justin DeRyke
Justin DeRyke

Tiffany Cabreja murder 9/20/2013 Miami, FL *Fernando Granados has been charged with her murder, police still looking for another possible suspect*

Tiffany Cabreja
Tiffany Cabreja

Body Found At SW Dade Construction Site Identified
Man Questioned in Connection to Tiffany Cabreja Murder Investigation Released
Arrest made in murder of South Miami-Dade teen dumped at construction site
Fernando Granados, Fla. man, charged in the death of a teen whose body was found at construction site
Arrest Made in Murder of Tiffany Cabreja: Miami-Dade Police
Man arrested for brutally killing teenage girl and dumping her body at a construction site
Exclusive: Parents Of Murdered Teen Ask For Help

Fernando Granados
Fernando Granados

Murder In The Family: Lars Helgeson charged with shooting his father, Brian Helgeson, to death

DVawareness

Brian Helgeson
Brian Helgeson

Jackson County authorities investigate ‘suspicious disappearance’
Body identified as missing father
Rural Hixton man’s body found buried on his property
Deputies recover remains believed to be Brian Helgeson, son expected to be charged
DOC–Lars Helgeson news release
Police: Man shot father, hid body
Lars Helgeson faces homicide charge in father’s death
Son admits to shooting father and hiding body
Autopsy results show Brian Helgeson died of multiple gunshot wounds
Autopsy: Helgeson shot multiple times

Lars Helgeson
Lars Helgeson

Murder In The Family: Naquia Catching found dead in her Hawthorne, CA home by her mother; Her stepfather, Alvin Hunt, is the “person of interest”

DVawareness

Naquia Catching
Naquia Catching

Homicide Report: Naquia Danielle Catching, 22
Stepfather Is Person of Interest in Slaying of Hawthorne Woman
Naquia Catching, Calif. woman found fatally stabbed, stepfather a person of interest, report says
Stabbing Murder: Mother Told There Was A ‘Surprise’ For Her At Home, Finds Body Of Daughter
Hawthorne stabbing suspect made chilling call to victim’s mom
Stepfather ID’d As Person Of Interest In Fatal Stabbing Of Young Woman
Stepfather Sought in Fatal Stabbing of Hawthorne Woman
News Archive: Naquia Catching murder

Alvin Hunt
Alvin Hunt

Monsters Among Us: Julia Rodriguez-Diaz kills 7-year-old Javier Angel and stuffed him into a plastic trash bag

Javier Angel
Javier Angel

Julia Diaz was denied parole in July 2011, with a rehearing date of 15 years (July 2026)

Woman Arrested In Death Of Boy, 7
Plea Entered
Woman Honored for Tireless Dedication to Slain Brother
Press Release: Supporting National Crime Victims Rights Week
1978 Santa Barbara murder gets national attention

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Heartless Souls

INMATE INFORMATION

Julia Diaz

Name: DIAZ, JULIA RODRIQUEZ
CDCR#: W14425
Age: 55
Admission Date: 09/27/1979
Current Location: Women’s Institution
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA 92880
(909) 597-1771

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