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Monsters Among Us: James Allen Bryant, along with 3 others, killed Arthur Venecia and his elderly mother, Bessie Fischer

Find-A-Grave: Authur H Venecia, Jr
Trio’s ‘Perfect Crime’ Is Foiled
Talkative accomplice foils a Miami ‘perfect crime’
Lawyers say confessions in 2 murders no good
Judge must decide on sending 4 to Death Row
Despite empathy from prosecutor, waitress gets death
Dade prosecutor shares the pain as waitress gets death
She Was Nice, For A Killer

Books
Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence (My Review

Defendants
James Allen Bryant – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Dee Dyne Casteel – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison (died in prison)
Michael Irvine – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison
William Rhodes – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

DeeCasteel prison mug

DC Number: 161033
Name: CASTEEL, DEE D
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 98 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/05/1938
Custody: CLOSE
Release Date: DECEASED
Aliases:
DEE D CASTEEL DEE DYNE CASTEEL

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT,$300 LESS &20,000 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
08/20/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 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
10/16/1987 12/06/1990
08/13/1992 10/07/2002

INMATE INFORMATION

JamesBryant prison mug

DC Number: 109244
Name: BRYANT, JAMES A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/19/1957
Initial Receipt Date: 11/10/1993
Current Facility: FSP WEST UNIT
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
ALAN
JAMES A BRYANT
JAMES ALLEN BRYANT

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
08/20/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 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 Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/06/1990
11/10/1993 Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

MichaelIrvine prison mug

DC Number: 384893
Name: IRVINE, MICHAEL R
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/03/1944
Initial Receipt Date: 07/19/1993
Current Facility: MARTIN C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MICHAEL IRVINE
MICHAEL R IRVINE
MICHAEL RHAE IRVINE
MIKE IRVINE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 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
10/16/1987 12/31/1990
07/19/1993 Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

WilliamRhodes prison mug

DC Number: 109245
Name: RHODES, WILLIAM E
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 159 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/26/1949
Initial Receipt Date: 10/16/1987
Current Facility: DESOTO ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
WILLIAM E RHODES
WILLIAM E. RHODES

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK HARLEY DAVIDSON
TATTOO LEFT ARM MOTORCYCLE W/ INSIGNIA
TATTOO LEFT ARM PYRAMID W/ EYEBALL
TATTOO RIGHT ARM 2 DOVES – CATHY

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURG/N/ASSLT/OCC.STRUCT. 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 15Y 0M 0D
06/19/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 HOMICIDE,MANSL.CUL.NEGLI 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 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 Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/08/1990
07/14/1993 Currently Incarcerated

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