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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
State of Minnesota v Stuart Willis Knowlton 1986

Movies/Documentaries
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
Man wanted for 1999 killing
America’s Most Wanted Profiles Local Murder of 17-Year-Old Girl
Young woman pleads guilty in teen’s stabbing death
Getting away with murder in America
Jay Luis Ferrel v The State of Texas 2003
Detectives search for murder suspect’s mom
Ten years and counting: Humble couple continues hunt for daughter’s killer
Parents of Murdered Children: Felicia Ruiz, 17 years old
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones: Will there be justice for Felicia Ruiz

Movies/Documentaries
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones: A Halloween Horror Story

Defendants
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

INMATE INFORMATION

Lisa Huerta

SID Number: 05713069
TDCJ Number: 01076599
Name: HUERTA,LISA ANETTE
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).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

Next Parole Review Date
10/2016

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 06299905
TDCJ Number: 01121114
Name: FERREL,JAY LUIS
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
Carol 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

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Blurred Truth

INMATE INFORMATION

Christopher Leon Smith

DOC Number: 291523
Offender Name: SMITH, CHRISTOPHER L
Location: Monroe Corrections Center
16550 177th Avenue SE
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 794-2600 Main Number

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

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Little Girl Lost

INMATE INFORMATION

WilfredMorrisey prison mug

Wilfred Eugene Morrisey
DOC ID# 2103713
NAME: WILFRED EUGENE MORRISEY
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Sunday, March 29, 2015
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Partially Gray
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5 FT 7 IN
WEIGHT: 200 lbs
BUILD: MEDIUM RACE: WHITE
SKIN TONE: LIGHT
L/R HANDED: R YEAR OF BIRTH: 1940
BIRTH PLACE: Illinois
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

AKAs
BILL MORRISEY

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: ADC-02-356
COUNTY: CASCADE COUNTY
JUDGE: MCKITTRICK
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: LIFE OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 8/2/1988
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 1/27/2006
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 0

Ahmed Al-Jumaili murder 3/04/2015 Dallas, TX *Nykerion Nealon charged with his murder*

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

Nykerion Nealon
Nykerion Nealon

Update: Aliyah Faye Wild murder *Tyler Ryan Geary, mother’s boyfriend, pled guilty; Sentencing will be May 7, 2015*

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

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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