Deadly Wives: Donna Arnold got her boyfriend, Carl Stuffel, to kill her husband, Robert Daniel Arnold

dvawareness3From Donna Arnold’s appeal: The principal perpetrator of the murder, Carl Stuffel, pled guilty to second degree murder. Stuffel testified that he was a drug addict and habitual criminal. He began taking drugs when he was ten years old. He has engaged in numerous larcenies and has been convicted of conspiracy to break and enter and felonious possession of a handgun. The deceased, Robert Daniel Arnold (Dan), first met Stuffel on Valentines Day 1984 at the Valley Style Shop in Raleigh where Stuffel worked as a barber. Stuffel had learned his trade in prison from which he recently had been released. Stuffel cut Dan’s hair and later joined him for dinner. Upon Dan’s invitation, Stuffel joined him for that night at a cheap motel where they engaged in a homosexual relationship. In the following weeks, Dan stopped by the shop from time to time to talk to Stuffel, but Stuffel testified that he and Dan did not engage in further homosexual acts. At this time, Stuffel was twenty-two years old and Dan was in his early thirties.

Dan later brought his wife (the defendant) and their two children from their home in Clinton, North Carolina to meet Stuffel in Raleigh. In April 1984, Dan invited Stuffel to Easter Services at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton where Dan acted as Minister of Music. Shortly thereafter, at the end of April, Stuffel moved into the Arnold’s house which was close to the church. The defendant testified that she opposed this move because Stuffel was a criminal and a drug addict, and she did not want him in the house with her two little girls. However, at Dan’s insistence, she acquiesced in his purported desire to help Stuffel overcome drugs.

A few days before Stuffel joined them, Dan also expressed his desire that the defendant allow herself to be impregnated by Stuffel. Although her initial refusal brought forth Dan’s anger and tears, he later agreed to drop the idea. Stuffel testified that the defendant agreed to have a child by him, but that Dan later changed his mind.

On the day that Stuffel moved in with the Arnolds, the defendant confronted Dan with the canceled check with which Dan had paid for the motel room earlier shared with Stuffel. At that time Dan lied to his wife about it, but the next day he gave her a letter in which he not only divulged the details of his relationship with Stuffel, but he also informed her that he had been a homosexual since childhood. He finally admitted to having male lovers wherever they had lived, including Clinton. The defendant testified that she was stunned by these revelations, but she eventually decided that her relationship with Dan was worth working on.

The next day Stuffel began a sexual relationship with the defendant. Stuffel testified that it was voluntary and that they engaged in sexual intercourse about every other day for the next few weeks. The defendant testified that he coerced her to have sexual intercourse three times by threatening to tell the community about Dan’s bisexuality and by insinuating threats against her children. The defendant’s statements to the police about the nature of her relationship with Stuffel lend themselves to varying interpretations.

The Arnold household deteriorated such that by May 22, 1984 Dan threw Stuffel out, resulting in an angry confrontation. Stuffel went to Raleigh, but by early June he returned to the Arnolds seeking assistance since he was ill from drug abuse. They took him into their house again briefly, and then at his request committed him to Dorothea Dix Hospital for a month to detoxify. The Arnolds visited Stuffel at Dix together several times a week. Stuffel’s therapist at Dix observed that both the Arnolds were frequently engaged with Stuffel in physical contact which he described as a “sexual feeling type of thing.” Since their behavior was so inappropriate as to be distracting to other patients, Stuffel’s therapist asked them to cease their displays of affection.

The Arnolds planned to entertain Stuffel at their home on a weekend pass from Dix, but on the preceding Thursday Dan called Stuffel’s therapist to cancel the plans. Dan told the therapist that the defendant had told him of the sexual relationship between her and Stuffel. Although Dan had been “hysterical, shouting, [and] crying” when calling that night, he called back the next day to say he had changed his mind. Stuffel’s therapist, having learned that Stuffel had homicidal ideations about Dan, had encouraged Dan to terminate the Arnolds’ relationship with Stuffel. Dan had replied that in spite of the fact that his church told him he would lose his position if he did not give up Stuffel, he did not care. He would work elsewhere rather than terminate the relationship. However, Dan soon changed his mind again, and he brought Stuffel’s belongings and car to Dix, telling Stuffel never to return to Clinton. Stuffel was discharged from Dix around July 12, 1984.

Stuffel testified that before his discharge from Dix, he had, at the defendant’s request, asked his friend Jerald Junius Tart (Tart) to murderremembering the victims Dan on July 4, 1984. Although Tart purportedly agreed to do so, he did not carry it through because a police officer had noticed him loitering near the Arnold home.

After his discharge Stuffel resided with Tart. Tart and Stuffel had been friends since their teen years. Together they had engaged in various criminal acts. Stuffel testified that a few days after moving in with Tart, they broke into a scuba diving shop, stealing an assortment of equipment including knives and spear guns. According to Stuffel they intended to murder Dan with spear guns, but after target practice in Tart’s yard they deemed the weapons unsuited to the task. Tart swore that he did not participate in Stuffel’s burglary of the scuba shop, and that he never had any spear guns at his house. However, Tart’s former girl friend testified that Tart and Stuffel visited the scuba shop the day before the burglary, and she saw a spear gun in Tart’s closet.

Stuffel testified that he, Tart and the defendant plotted to kill Dan both before and after Stuffel’s release from Dorothea Dix Hospital. By at least July 17, 1984, Dan apparently also plotted to kill Stuffel. On that day he sent a letter to his friend Bill Poole stating that he would kill Stuffel if he thought he could get away with it. Dan asked his friend to contact various drug dealers on a list drawn up by Stuffel in anticipation of Stuffel’s assistance to the police. Stuffel intended to aid in the prosecution of these drug dealers to gain a more favorable sentence in a pending firearms prosecution against him. Dan hoped the drug dealers would kill Stuffel. Dan concluded: “I want him [Stuffel] dead and I will not rest until he is.” On July 18, while in his church, Dan asked his friend Daniel Staten (Staten) to kill Stuffel. Upon Staten’s refusal, Dan informed him that he intended to contact the drug dealers on Stuffel’s list so that they would kill Stuffel. Staten discouraged Dan from this pursuit telling Dan that he would more likely end up dead himself.

On the evening of July 18, 1984 Dan and the defendant participated in a service at Emmanuel Baptist Church, after which they returned to their home nearby. Michelle Honeycutt (Honeycutt) joined them to receive a piano lesson from the defendant. Honeycutt testified that during the lesson the defendant sought her contact lens materials to soothe her irritated eyes. Upon discovering that she had left her pocketbook, containing the desired materials, at the church, she informed Dan. According to Honeycutt: Dan said he would go back to the church and get her pocketbook, and Donna, she offered first, she said she would go with him, and he said, “no, you say [sic] here and you and Michelle practice,” and then she said, “well, I don’t have to have it tonight, I have some stuff in the bathroom.”

Dan then went to the church by himself anyway. About forty-five minutes later, after making some phone calls trying to locate Dan, the defendant and Honeycutt, with the defendant’s children drove to the church. There they noticed on the ground what appeared to be the crumpled figure of a man. The defendant began screaming and wanted to get out of the car, but Honeycutt, who was driving, immediately put the car in reverse and pulled away not allowing the defendant to exit. They went to a nearby gas station, called the police and then returned to the scene. The police arrived and found Robert Daniel Arnold dead from numerous knife wounds including a slashed throat.
Stuffel testified that he and Tart killed Dan. He stated that he and the defendant were in love and that she asked him to kill Dan because she feared that a divorce would be too hard on the children. He agreed to kill Dan only because he loved the defendant.

Stuffel further testified that he and the defendant agreed that she would leave her pocketbook at her church on the evening of July 18 and then send Dan for it, giving Stuffel an opportunity to attack. On that evening Stuffel and Tart lay in wait in the woods near the church until Dan appeared. Tart first hit Dan with a slap jack, and then Stuffel stabbed Dan in the chest. Tart then finished Dan off by cutting his throat.
Tart testified that prior to July 4, 1984 Stuffel and the defendant asked him to kill Dan, but he decided not to do so. Regarding the July 18 incident, he admitted bringing Stuffel to a shopping center near the Emmanuel Baptist Church, but he remained in the parking lot until Stuffel’s return. Although he claimed not to have known of Stuffel’s murderous intent, he admitted to helping Stuffel dispose of a bloody knife and clothing. Tart testified under a limited grant of immunity which required that he testify in the trial of any other defendants of the Arnold murder.

Stuffel admitted that he first implicated the defendant in the murder only on the morning before his plea bargaining. Stuffel’s plea bargain required that he testify against the defendant. His sentencing was scheduled for after her trial. In addition, Stuffel testified that he hoped his assistance to the State would gain him the privileges of an “honor” prisoner. Furthermore, he stated that while in custody he came to believe that the defendant only used him to kill her husband since he now believes that she was having an affair with someone else at the time. At the defendant’s trial, Stuffel swore that he was finally telling the “whole truth” in spite of the fact that he had lied to the police repeatedly in the preceding months.

The State also produced three xerox copies of love letters purportedly from the defendant to Stuffel. Although none directly implicated the defendant in the murder, they tended to support Stuffel’s story of romance. Tart’s mother purportedly made these copies from originals she found in Stuffel’s belongings. Stuffel later burned the originals. Although no evidence linked Tart’s mother to the murder, she had engaged in various criminal acts with Stuffel and Tart, including chauffeuring them around to burglarize houses.

The defendant produced evidence showing that the Arnold home was visible from the shopping center parking lot from which Stuffel had launched his foray against Dan Arnold, thus giving Stuffel an independent opportunity to discern Dan’s travels from his house to the church. The defendant also testified that she was not forthcoming to the police about the relationships or incidents between Stuffel, Dan and herself because she wished to protect her deceased husband’s reputation in the community. Regarding the xerox copies of the purported love letters, the defendant stated that while the handwriting looked like hers, she had never written letters of that content. A State Bureau of Investigation handwriting analyst concluded that the handwriting could be hers, but could not establish that fact with certainty without viewing the originals. Furthermore, the defendant testified that she had no way of knowing whether Ms. Tart had photocopied original letters or had taken many originals, cut them up and then pasted them together before xeroxing the new compositions. Lastly the defendant produced numerous character witnesses, including Dan’s parents, who testified as to her honesty, generosity, caring and loving nature, her gentleness and peacefulness.

Regarding the murder charge, the trial court instructed the jury that it could (1) acquit the defendant; or (2) find her guilty of first degree murder on an accessory before the fact theory; or (3) find her guilty of second degree murder on an accessory before the fact theory. The second degree murder instruction was made over the defendant’s objection. The trial judge stated that he was submitting the second degree murder charge to the jury to be fair to the defendant since Stuffel had an opportunity to plead guilty to that offense. The defendant did not object to the trial court’s instruction on conspiracy to commit murder.

Upon the defendant’s conviction of second degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the trial court found one aggravating and five mitigating factors for each offense. On the murder charge he sentenced the defendant to fifteen years, and he added ten more years for the conspiracy charge.

Donna Arnold allowed to return to Virginia pending trial
Donna Arnold did not see murdered husband’s body (part 1)
Trial (part 2)
Carl Stuffel invokes 5th in Arnold murder case
Mrs. Arnold repeats murder denials
Donna Arnold found guilty, gets 25 years
State of North Carolina v Donna Jones Arnold 1990

Redrum: O Come All Ye UnFaithful

Donna Jones Arnold – convicted, sentenced to 25 years in prison, finished parole in 1991
Carl Stuffel – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison; finished parole in 2011


Donna Arnold

Offender Number: 0010497
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 07/19/1952
Age: 62

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: INACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term:
Conviction Date:
Projected Release Date: UNAUDITED
Primary Crime:
Primary Crime Type:
Special Characteristics: REGULAR
Current Status: N/A
Admission Date: 03/16/1988
Admitting Location: NC CI WOMEN
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MEDIUM
Next Custody Review: UNKNOWN
Previous Location: NCCI WOMEN
Last Movement Date: 12/05/1991
Escapes?: N

Sentencing Information:

Donna Arnold sentence info


Carl Stuffel

Offender Number: 0394304
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 12/09/1962
Age: 52

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: INACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: LIFE
Conviction Date: 03/17/1988
Projected Release Date: LIFE
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics: LIFE
Current Status: N/A
Admission Date: 03/18/1988
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MINIMUM 3
Next Custody Review: 06/01/2006
Current Location: LOCATION UNKNOWN
Previous Location: BUNCOMBE CC
Last Movement Date: 08/17/2011
Escapes?: N

Sentencing Information:

Carl Stuffel sentence info


Murder In The Family: Rodger Allen Gran killed his mother, Lynnea Gran, using a hammer; He was sentenced to 15 years in prison


Lynnae Gran
Lynnae Gran

Superior man charged in 1986 death of his mother
New lab tests lead to confession, prison in ’86 slaying
After 20 years, son’s guilt established
Man who killed mom gets 15-years in jail
Man gets prison time for killing his mother

Forensic Files: Fresh Heir (also named Cause of Death)


RodgerGran prison mug

DOC #: 00256998
Birth Year: 1968
Age: 46
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 187
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Photo Date: 04/29/2014

Region Unit Office: Unit 506
Region Unit Agent: 5 06 27
1310 14th ST
Suite 260
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 392-7915
Maximum Discharge Date: 07/30/2020
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: 07/30/2015
Parole Eligibility Date:

Residence *

Address Reported
SUPERIOR, WI, 54880, County of DOUGLAS 06/25/2014
* Please Note: Municipality listed may pertain to an offender’s
postal address and may not necessarily be the offender’s actual municipality of residence.

Court Cases
Case # County Statute # Convicted
05CF242 DOUGLAS 940.02(1) 07/21/2006
92CR791 DOUGLAS 943.01 , 943.14 , 943.20(1)(A) 02/16/1993
93CF474 DOUGLAS 943.10(1)(A) , 943.12 08/13/1993

Psycho For Love: Carl Brown killed girlfriend Judy Burgin when she tried to leave him; He was sentenced to

Judy BurginFrom Carl Brown’s appeal: Brown and Judy Burgin met in August 1992. By January 1993, Burgin spent most of her time at Brown’s house. Both Brown and Burgin were extensively involved in drugs. Brown had been dealing drugs for some time prior to meeting Burgin, and Burgin was a user of drugs, primarily cocaine and heroin. Burgin occasionally assisted in Brown’s drug-dealing and invested her own money in some of Brown’s heroin deals. Brown controlled access to the drugs, cash proceeds, and Burgin’s personal funds by locking them in a safe.

Brown and Burgin also had a history of domestic violence. Brown hit Burgin on a number of occasions, leaving bruises and cuts on her arms, face and back. On one occasion, her face was swollen, her lip was split and her shirt was torn. Twice Burgin visited her friend Leta Belardi after fighting with Brown, and both times she exhibited signs of physical abuse. Burgin would also visit other friends, including Leah Blue and Willette and Vance Nelson, after her fights with Brown.

Approximately one month before Burgin disappeared, she called her mother in the middle of a fight with Brown, saying that Brown was assaulting her. Burgin’s mother advised her to come home, but Brown grabbed the phone from Burgin and said that nothing was going on.

In early April, Burgin appeared at a 7-11 store on Arctic Boulevard in Anchorage “covered with blood,” shaking and crying. She was carrying a plastic bag with what appeared to be clothes. The clerk, Virgil Brevak, asked if he should call the police, but Burgin said no. Shortly thereafter, Brown walked in the store, took Burgin by the arm, and they walked out. Brevak, who recognized both Brown and Burgin because they regularly came to the store, said this was the last time he saw Burgin.

Burgin told friends and family members that she feared Brown and wished to leave him. In the days preceding Burgin’s disappearance, her drug use contributed to a serious decline in her physical condition.

On the afternoon of April 22 or 23, 1993, Burgin was drinking at O’Toole’s restaurant at the Samovar Inn with two women, Simone Greenway and another woman known only as “Monique.” Both women left Burgin after about forty-five minutes. At one point, Burgin took the bartender, Sheryl Peterson, aside to the bathroom. Burgin showed Peterson bruises and told Peterson she was upset and afraid. Burgin said that she had left Brown, had taken some money, and had a ticket to Hawaii. Burgin continued to drink with other patrons at the bar and later went to one of the rooms to visit with a man who sold scrimshaw knives. When Burgin returned from that visit, she seemed intoxicated and under the influence of some drug. Burgin attempted to serve herself a salad from the waitress station, but Peterson removed her from there and gave Burgin some food. Burgin again expressed fear that Brown was going to hurt her.

Peterson got off work at 7:00 p.m. and called a Checker Cab for Burgin. While Peterson cautioned Burgin to go directly to the airport, Burgin insisted on going to Brown’s residence to pick up belongings. Knowing that Burgin had a large sum of cash on her person and the “business” that Brown was in, Peterson believed that Burgin had stolen either money or drugs from Brown. At approximately 8:00 p.m., Peterson put Burgin in the cab, heading for Brown’s residence.

On April 24, Burgin called her friend Simone Greenway at approximately 11:30 a.m. and spoke for twelve minutes; phone records showed that Burgin called from Brown’s house. Burgin agreed to come to Greenway’s residence in Big Lake the following day to help take care of Greenway’s children because Greenway was scheduled to have wrist surgery on April 26. Burgin never showed up at Greenway’s residence.

dvawareness3When Burgin did not arrive, Greenway made several calls to Burgin’s friends and family, including calls to Brown, to determine Burgin’s whereabouts. Brown told Greenway that Burgin took off while he was in the shower and that she had “just vanished” with no explanation and he had no idea where she had gone. Burgin’s mother began making calls to friends and to jails and hospitals, but could find no trace of her daughter. At no time did Brown offer to help find Burgin.

Shortly after Burgin’s disappearance, Brown changed the carpet in his bedroom from a red-toned multicolored shag to a gray pile. Brown’s sons helped move furniture, rip up the old carpet and carry the carpet out of the house. According to friends and Brown’s sons, Brown changed the carpet because it was old, ugly, worn, torn, or stank and was stained because the pets had urinated on it. When Brown was later interviewed by the state troopers, Brown did not say that he changed the carpet or the pad due to heavy use, wear and tear, or pet urination.

Sometime during the summer of 1993, Brown, Theodore (“Tee”) Flack, and Leah Blue, friends of Burgin and Brown, drove to Portage. During the ride, Brown scared Blue by complaining that she was too nosy and asking too many questions about Burgin, and by commenting how people can have a way of disappearing. Both Brown and Flack told Blue not to speak to Greenway about Burgin, because Greenway was asking too many questions about Burgin’s disappearance. Flack had also previously warned Blue not to go over to Brown’s house because she might end up like Burgin.

On August 28, 1993, several bicyclists discovered a body in the woods near Grey’s Creek at mile 81.5 of the Parks Highway. The body was wrapped in sheets and covered with leaves. One of the bicyclists stopped a truck and asked the occupants to call the troopers. Alaska State Trooper Michael Sears was the first to arrive at the scene. Trooper Dallas Massie, who was assigned to investigate the case, arrived approximately an hour later. The body was decomposed and it was apparent that it had been there for awhile.

An autopsy of the body was conducted on August 31 – September 1, 1993, at the state crime laboratory in Anchorage. The remains were identified as Burgin’s by examination of fingerprints. The sheets that were wrapped around Burgin’s head and body were a white or off-white Martex brand with orange stitching at the hem, a type of sheet used at the Sheraton hotel in Anchorage in the early- to mid-1980s. Brown worked at the Sheraton Hotel in the early 1980s. A long strand of red shag carpet fiber was found between the sheets.

The medical examiner determined that Burgin died as a result of multiple blows to the head by a blunt object that caused numerous fractures, and that her death was a homicide.

Trooper Massie contacted Brown on September 4, 1993. At that time, the discovery of a body at Grey’s Creek was public information, but the identification of the remains as Burgin’s had not been announced. When Trooper Massie interviewed Brown, he introduced himself as an officer from missing persons. Brown inquired if the officers were there to investigate Burgin’s death, even though knowledge of her demise was not yet publicized. That information was not publicly released until September 14, 1993.

On September 9, 1994, the troopers learned that Brown no longer lived in the house that he owned when Burgin disappeared. The troopers obtained permission to search his former house and found two tufts of red shag carpet underneath the newer grey pile carpet in the bedroom to compare with the sample found on Burgin’s body. Analysis of the fibers established that the fiber found with Burgin’s body and the fiber found at Brown’s residence had the same fiber, dye, and dye color patterns. The State’s expert testified that the carpet fragments could have only come from a single sheet of carpet, in a “once in a lifetime” combination of fibers and dye.

In June 1996, Troopers Massie and Jerry Graham re-interviewed Brown. Brown explained how Burgin left and why he thought she left. Brown told the troopers that he and Burgin were very close, that they never fought and that he never hit her. Brown provided theories why Burgin left and discussed why and how he had changed his carpet.

The troopers asked Brown if he knew how Burgin had died. Brown said that he had read in the paper that she had been bludgeoned to death. That information had not been released to the press nor was it in the paper or on television. When the troopers pointed this out, Brown said that he learned this from a brother of a former girlfriend, Russell Evans. Evans testified that he assumed that he learned that Burgin had been bludgeoned from Brown.

The troopers told Brown that they had enough evidence to prove that Burgin died in the bedroom where the carpet was changed. Since Brown had previously stated that other occupants of the house could not have harmed Burgin, the troopers asked who else could have done the killing and Brown said, “Me.”

The grand jury indicted Brown for first-degree murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Carl E. Brown v State of Alaska 2001
Anchorage man tried again for 1993 homicide

Forensic Files: Northern Exposure (Also known as Cause of Death)


Carl Brown

Offender Name: CARL E BROWN
Offender ID:66096
Date of Birth:10/18/1951
Age: 63
Race: African American
Gender: Male
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Spring Creek Correctional Center

Scheduled Release Date: 10/11/2054

Monsters Among Us: Stuart Willis Knowlton killed 6-year-old Cassandra “Cassie” Hansen, then threw her body in a dumpster

Cassie HansenFrom Stuart Knowlton’s appeal: At approximately 6:40 p.m. on November 10, 1981, Cassandra Hansen, age 6, accompanied by her mother and sister, arrived at a church in St. Paul’s Midway area for a “family night” program which was to begin at 7 p.m. Sometime between 6:50 and 7 p.m., Cassandra received her mother’s permission to use the bathroom. Although there was a bathroom on the lower level of the church where the auditorium was located, the evidence revealed that Cassandra most probably intended to use another bathroom on the upper level. Three witnesses saw her in the lower hallway and on the stairway leading upstairs. Two of those witnesses also identified defendant as a man they had seen walking in the hall and heading up the stairs shortly after they saw Cassandra. Shortly after 7 p.m., Cassandra’s mother realized Cassandra had not returned to the auditorium. A subsequent search of the premises by church staff members revealed no sign of the child and the police were called.
Shortly before 11 a.m. on the following day, November 11, Cassandra’s body was
[383 N.W.2d 667]
found in a dumpster behind the Auto Clinic located on the corner of Grand and Grotto in St. Paul’s Crocus Hill area. The cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation having occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight on November 10. The victim had been beaten about the face, head, ribs, and shoulder, and marks found on her face were consistent with someone’s hand tightly placed over her mouth. A sexual assault examination revealed no signs of sexual penetration, but police investigators discovered the presence of semen on the victim’s clothing.
Defendant was working on the evening of November 10 at his normal job as a taxicab driver. His cab contained a two-way radio over which he communicated with his dispatcher on a regular basis. The dispatchers on duty that evening were not able to make contact with nor did they receive any communications from defendant that evening between 5 or 6 p.m. and approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Both dispatchers testified this was unusual, especially for defendant.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on November 10, defendant was seen in an Arthur Treacher’s Restaurant at Grand and Grotto. A witness observed defendant for nearly 30 minutes in the restaurant and testified that defendant had made him nervous. As the witness left the restaurant, he saw defendant standing outside staring in the direction of the Auto Clinic.

Defendant was later seen sitting in a parked car on Milton between Goodrich and Fairmount by another witness. The same witness was bicycling down Milton the following morning and noticed a girl’s black patent leather shoe in the street in the area where he had seen the parked car and defendant the previous evening. This shoe was later identified as a shoe Cassandra Hansen had worn to the church on November 10. Her other shoe was found November 12 in the same vicinity.

Defendant was next seen at 3 a.m. on November 11. He had gone to a massage parlor in St. Paul purportedly to get acquainted with employees and to give them his business card. Dorothy Noga noticed defendant was hunched over, breathing heavily, shaking, and talking “real fast.”
Shortly thereafter, defendant called his dispatcher on the cab radio and reported that a fare had stolen his briefcase which contained his trip sheets. Trip sheets are records that the city requires cabdrivers to maintain. The following morning, defendant telephoned the owner of a cab company for whom he had previously worked and asked if he could buy trip sheets from her. He told her his new employer did not supply them. His new employer, however, disputed this representation and stated that several hundred trip sheets were on hand and available to defendant on the evening in question.

Three occupants of a fourplex located in the 900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul testified they saw defendant standing across the street throughout much of the morning of November 11, the morning the victim’s body was found. The witnesses noted his gaze was constantly fixed to the east, in the direction of the Auto Clinic a few blocks away. They observed defendant leaning against a retaining wall and he would walk from the wall to the curb, apparently to get a better view up the street. They testified defendant also seemed oblivious to passersby. Later that day, defendant went to work as usual. The dispatcher on duty testified that shortly after defendant took his cab out, defendant called in twice on the cab radio and “ranted and raved” about the Cassandra Hansen murder. Both times the dispatcher had to cut off defendant and explain it was an improper use of the cab radio.

The police investigation quickly focused on defendant. The police called defendant in for questioning on November 12, but he was released because the police had insufficient evidence at that time on which to charge him. Defendant was properly read his Miranda rights at that time.

Stuart Willis Knowlton died in prison in 2006

Find-A-Grave: Cassandra L Hansen
Woman Risks Her Life Trying To Secretly Record Killer To Solve Girl’s Mysterious 1981 Murder
Cops who nailed little girl’s killer — and witness who almost lost her life helping — honored
State of Minnesota v Stuart Willis Knowlton 1986
Stuart Willis Knowlton

A Monster In The Church

Forensic Files: Church Disappearance (sometimes called Cause of Death)

Monsters Among Us: Felicia Ruiz was murdered by those she thought were friends: 2 have been sentenced to prison, but, the third suspect is on the run

FELICIA RUIZFrom Jay Luis Ferrel’s appeal: Jesus Salazar decided to kill Felicia Ruiz because her gossiping about him was starting trouble with another gang. One night, he met with two friends, appellant and Lisa Huerta, and told them he wanted to get rid of Felicia. He asked appellant to help him find Felicia a ride for the following night. Appellant told Jesus he was unable to find Felicia a ride, even though he never looked for one.

The day after Jesus declared his intent to kill Felicia, he, appellant, and Lisa rented a motel room near a vacant field. While inside the motel room, appellant noticed Lisa brought a knife and a bat. He also heard Jesus tell Lisa that cutting someone s throat would ensure more bleeding. That night, Jesus called Felicia from the motel room and told her that he would pick her up for a Halloween party. After he left to pick her up, Lisa and appellant walked to the field nearby. A few minutes later, Jesus and Felicia arrived. As they were walking across the field, Jesus punched Felicia in the face and she fell to the ground. He immediately called for Lisa and appellant to help hold her down. Lisa tried to cut Felicia s throat, but the knife was too dull. Jesus then took the knife from Lisa and began repeatedly stabbing Felicia. Lisa tried to hold down Felicia s upper body while appellant held down her legs. After Jesus stabbed Felicia 26 times, all three accomplices abandoned her body in the field. Felicia bled to death. Jesus and Lisa walked back to the motel room and appellant went home.

In Memory Of: Felicia Nichole Ruiz
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Jesus Gerado Salazar – fugitive
Lisa Anette Huerta – pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison
Jay Luis Farrel – convicted, sentenced to 20 years in prison

Jesus Salazar
Jesus Salazar


Lisa Huerta

SID Number: 05713069
TDCJ Number: 01076599
Race: H
Gender: F
DOB: 1979-12-23
Maximum Sentence Date: 2030-01-15
Current Facility: CHRISTINA MELTON CRAIN UNIT Projected
Release Date: 2030-01-15
Parole Eligibility Date: 2015-01-15

Parole Review Status
Offender is currently in the Parole Review Process

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1999-10-30
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2001-11-20
County: HARRIS
Case No.: 840645
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 30-00-00

Last Parole Decision
Denied on 10/27/2011

NEXT REVIEW (10/2016)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.
Denial reason(s): 2D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).


Next Parole Review Date


SID Number: 06299905
TDCJ Number: 01121114
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1981-11-27
Maximum Sentence Date: 2021-11-28
Current Facility: DOLPH BRISCOE
Projected Release Date: 2021-11-28
Parole Eligibility Date: 2011-11-28

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1999-10-29 (10/30 I think is the correct date)
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2002-08-16
County: HARRIS
Case No.: 894606
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 20-00-00

Monsters Among Us: Convicted Sex Offender Christopher Leon Smith raped and killed Carol Davidson; 28 years later, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison in addition to the 50 years he was serving for raping a child

Carol Davidson

Find-A-Grave: Carol A Davidson
Man Charged With 1986 Tacoma Cold Case Homicide
Murder charge comes nearly 27 years after death of Tacoma woman
Man charged in 1986 ‘cold case’ homicide
Convicted rapist gets 33 years for 1986 murder of Tacoma woman
Family of 1986 murder victim says they can move on now
Inmate already serving 50 years to life sentenced to another 33 years for 1986 Tacoma cold-case murder
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2011 (for child rape case – affirmed)
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2013 (for child rape case – affirmed)
Tacoma cold case to be featured on TV show

On the Case With Paula Zahn: Blurred Truth


Christopher Leon Smith

DOC Number: 291523
Age 57
Gender Male
Race Black
Ethnicity Unknown
Date of Birth Feb 23, 1963
ID Number 291523
Custody Status Date Jan 22, 2021 02:35 PM PST
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Stafford Creek Corrections Center
Book Date Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM PST
Scheduled Release Jun 19, 2077 11:00 PM PST

Monsters Among Us: Wilfred “Bill” Morrisey killed 9-year-old Dolana Clark; Sentenced to LWOP

Dolana Clark
Dolana Clark

Suspect in ’88 slaying found in Colorado
Man Suspected in 1988 Slaying Found in Colorado
Officials decide to exhume body of Dolana Clark
Morrisey found guilty in Dolana Clark murder
Man found guilty in Great Falls girl’s murder
Morrisey sentenced life for murdering 9-year-old girl
Man sentenced to life for murder of 9-year-old girl
Former Weston man gets life for murder
State of Montana v Wilfred Morrisey 2009 (affirmed)
Cable network to air program on Great Falls murder

Unusual Suspects: Little Girl Lost


WilfredMorrisey prison mug

Wilfred Eugene Morrisey
DOC ID# 2103713
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Sunday, March 29, 2015
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

HAIR COLOR: Partially Gray
WEIGHT: 200 lbs
CITIZENSHIP: United States


DOCKET: ADC-02-356
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 8/2/1988

Ahmed Al-Jumaili murder 3/04/2015 Dallas, TX *Nykerion Nealon convicted of his murder, sentenced to 38 years in prison*

Ahmed Al Jumaili
Ahmed Al Jumaili

DPD: Man Shot Dead While Taking Pics Of Snow
Iraqi immigrant watching his first snowfall shot and killed, Dallas police say
Dallas Police Release Video of Suspects in Fatal Shooting of Man Taking Pictures of Snow
Police seek help in Iraqi refugee’s shooting death
Iraqi refugee’s slaying isn’t far northeast Dallas’ first ‘senseless’ crime
Teen charged with murdering Iraq immigrant outside Dallas apartment
Police Say Iraqi Man Was Shot ‘For No Apparent Reason’
Arrest Made In Murder Of Iraqi Man
17-year-old arrested in slaying of Iraqi refugee shot while taking pictures in snow
Wife Of Iraqi Native “Relieved” Shooting Suspect Caught
Boy, 17, charged in shooting death of Iraqi man in Dallas
Teen Gets 38 Years Prison For Killing Dallas Iraqi Man
Man convicted of murder in Dallas shooting of Iraqi man
Dallas teen gets 38 years for murdering Iraqi immigrant who was enjoying first snowfall
Teen sentenced for killing Iraqi man photographing snow in Dallas


Nykerion Nealon

SID Number: 50458835
TDCJ Number: 02070086
Race: B
Gender: M
DOB: 1997-05-24
Maximum Sentence Date: 2053-03-12
Current Facility: ROBERTSON
Projected Release Date: 2053-03-12
Parole Eligibility Date: 2034-03-12

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2015-03-04
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2016-05-24
County: DALLAS
Case No.: F-15-75310-R
Sentence: 38 years

Update: Aliyah Faye Wild murder *Tyler Ryan Geary, mother’s boyfriend, pled guilty; Sentenced to two consecutive sentences of 1 to 15 years in prison*

Say NO to Child Abuse

Aliyah Faye Wild
Aliyah Faye Wild

Boyfriends From Hell: Tyler Ryan Geary charged with child abuse homicide in the shaken baby death of Aliyah Faye Wild
Facebook: Justice for Aliyah Faye Wild
Mother of shaken infant urges frustrated parents to just ‘walk away’
Guilty plea from Layton man who shook, killed infant
Layton man sentenced for shaking baby to death in 2013
Layton man sent to prison in baby’s death
Utah man sentenced to prison for fatally shaking girlfriend’s child

Tyler Ryan Geary
Tyler Ryan Geary

Parents Gone Wild! Roy Allen Stephens and Ruby Angeline Stephens charged with the malnutrition and starvation of their 22-day-old daughter, Betsey Kee Stephens

Say NO to Child Abuse

Betsey Stephens
Betsey Kee Stephens

Visiting infant’s death ruled a homicide
Parents charged with murder after baby girl starves to death
22-day-old baby dies from malnutrition, Lakeland Police arrest parents for murder
Medical Examiner: 22-day-old baby girl in Florida starved to death
Warrick Co. Couple Charged with Murder for Infant’s Death
Lakeland police charge parents in death of infant

Roy Allen Stephens and Ruby Angeline Stephens
Roy Allen Stephens
Ruby Angeline Stephens

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