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

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