Monsters Among Us: Rodney L. Donelson killed 2 women in the apartment complex where he worked; Sentenced to LWOP

remember-the-victimsDefendant worked at the daycare where Scott worked, and Defendant’s brother lived in the apartment below Scott’s apartment. Although police investigators questioned Defendant about Scott’s death approximately two months after her body was found, Defendant stated that he did not know anything about the murder. However, Defendant told investigators that he had been in Scott’s apartment to repair a VCR three days prior to her murder. Defendant told investigators that he might have left a bag of clothes in Scott’s apartment, including a pair of white boxer shorts. Defendant claimed that he left the clothes there because he liked to flirt with women at the daycare center and he wanted to look clean. Defendant then changed his story and said that he had been in Scott’s apartment on the night of her murder and that they were preparing to engage in sex when they heard a car door slam. Scott suspected her boyfriend was there, so Defendant gathered his clothes, ran down the rear stairs into his brother’s apartment, and left the building. Defendant’s brother, however, denied that Defendant was in his apartment on the night of the murder. When investigators confronted Defendant with his brother’s denial about Defendant’s whereabouts, Defendant subsequently changed his story again and claimed he had been at Scott’s apartment to repair a VCR.

In September 2005, Defendant was living in an apartment above the apartment of Barbara Hampton (Hampton). On September 14, 2005, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Hampton was having a telephone conversation with her daughter. Hampton interrupted the conversation to answer a knock at the door, then told her daughter that Defendant was there and wanted to use Hampton’s telephone to make a call. Hampton ended the call with her daughter.

The following day, Hampton was found dead in her apartment. She was lying on the bedroom floor with a gag tied around her mouth. Hampton’s dress and slip were pushed up, and her underwear had been removed and left near her feet. Hampton had sustained an injury to her vaginal area. Several bottles were located near Hampton’s body: dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, and an empty bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Near Hampton’s body, police investigators found the cap from the bottle of isopropyl alcohol, dried liquids and powders, a kitchen knife, and a telephone cord. An autopsy revealed that Hampton died from suffocation caused by the gag pushing her tongue back so that it blocked her airway. The autopsy also showed that Hampton had sustained a fresh injury to her vaginal area that could have been caused by a sharp object or by something stretching the tissue. Blood was found on Hampton’s slip, on a pillowcase, and on the cap from the bottle of isopropyl alcohol. DNA tests revealed that Defendant was the source of the majority of DNA found in the blood on the bottle cap. Defendant’s DNA also was found in some of the blood stains on the pillowcase. Trace amounts of DNA consistent with Defendant’s DNA was found on telephone cord and on Hampton’s slip.

Victims
Cassandra Scott, 24 [2000]
Barbara Hampton, 54 [2005]

Man simultaneously convicted of separate St. Louis murders
State of Missouri v Rodney Donelson 2011 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

INMATE INFORMATION

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DOC ID 1212123
Offender Name Rodney Donelson
Race Black
Sex Male
Date of Birth 10/24/1971
Height/Weight 5’8″ / 220
Hair/Eyes Black / Brown
Assigned Location Eastern Reception Diagnostic Corr Center
Address 2727 Highway K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Assigned Officer Phone Number (573) 358-5516
Sentence Summary Life W/O {life W/O, Life W/O CS}
Active Offenses MURDER 1ST DEGREE (2 CTS)
Completed Offenses Completed sentence not found
Aliases Rodney Lamont Donaldson; Rodney Lamont Donelson; Rodney L Donelson; Rodney L Donaldson; Rodney Donelson

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