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    Kim Marie Swann

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The Tom Monfils Murder: Were six innocent men convicted? Or did they take revenge for his whistle-blowing?


Tom Monfils

The Tom Monfils Case Revisited
Timeline: Key events in the Thomas Monfils murder case:
Joan Treppa (a blog with a lot about this case)
State of Wisconsin v Dale M. Basten, et all 1997 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Reporting a Crime, Then Dying for It
For a mill worker, blowing the whistle had deadly results ‘Justice for Tom’
Man admitted killing Monfils, woman says
1st Of 6 Defendants Takes Stand In Paper Mill Murder Trial
State of Wisconsin v Michael L. Piaskowski 1997 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Group defends six convicted in paper mill death
Arguments heard in new fight over Monfils conviction
Detective still confident Wis. murder case is solved
Michael Hirn’s request for parole denied
Kutska denied 1st bid at parole in Monfils murder
Prosecutors: Kutska has no basis for new trial
Kutska defense responds to state in appeal
Wisconsin Supreme Court won’t hear Kutska appeal
The other Wisconsin murder case that haunts many
Trailer released for documentary on Monfils’ murder
Beyond Human Nature
Facebook: Beyond Human Nature

Books
The Monfils Conspiracy: The Conviction of Six Innocent Men
Reclaiming Lives

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Alibis or Accomplices?
Beyond Human Nature

Defendants
Keith Kutska – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 4/01/2018
Michael Hirn – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 7/01/2017
Reynold Moore – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 10/01/2017
Michael Piaskowski – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; overturned and released
Dale Basten – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 12/17/2017
Michael L. Johnson – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; ?


Michael L. Johnson

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: KUTSKA, KEITH
DOC #: 00304566
Birth Year: 1951
Age: 66
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 218
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: GRAY
Eye Color: GREEN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: LEFT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Jackson Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 406
Region Unit Agent: 4 06 03
200 Jefferson ST
Suite 328
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-5383
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 04/01/2018

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: HIRN, MICHAEL
DOC #: 00304725
Birth Year: 1964
Age: 53
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 233
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Oakhill Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 403
Region Unit Agent: 4 03 01
200 Jefferson ST
Suite 328
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-5406
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 07/01/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: MOORE, REYNOLD
DOC #: 00023717
Birth Year: 1946
Age: 70
Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 225
Race: BLACK
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Prairie Du Chien Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 414
Region Unit Agent: 4 14 16
2000 American BLVD
Suite B
De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 337-4560
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 10/01/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: BASTEN, DALE
DOC #: 00304567
Birth Year: 1941
Age: 76
Height: 5′ 11″ Weight: 223
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Dodge Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 406
Region Unit Agent: 4 06 03
200 Jefferson ST
Suite 328
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-5383
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 12/17/2017

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One Response

  1. I remember reading about that murder many years ago, although I didn’t hear much about it after the original news story, so I never knew what happened to those 6 men. I’m glad 5 of them are still in prison. At least they’ve done more than 20 years each.

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