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Update: Skylar Neese murder *Shelia Eddy is 2nd suspect, will be tried as an adult*

Skylar Neese
Skylar Neese

News Archive: Rachel Shoaf murder
Prosecutor names 2nd suspect in teen murder plot; says W.Va. girl will stand trial as adult
Prosecutor IDs 2nd suspect in W.Va. teen’s murder
Skylar Neese Update: Prosecutors ID 2nd suspect in W. Va. teen’s murder
Shelia Eddy Indicted for Murder in Connection to Death of Skylar Neese
Close family member of Shelia Eddy reveals more details that the authorities won’t share
Wikipedia: Murder of Skylar Neese

Shoaf and Eddy

Rachel Shoaf
Sheila Eddy

Darole Carpenter murder 7/8/2013 Emmett, ID *Douglas Anderson charged with his murder*

Darole Carpenter
Darole Carpenter

In Memory Of Darole LeRoy Carpenter
Emmett man, 78, found dead under ‘suspicious circumstances’
Emmett police investigate homicide of 78-year-old man
Emmett man murdered at home
Carpenter’s church releases statement on murder as police continue their investigation
Police: No suspects in possible Emmett slaying
Police make arrest in murder of 78-year-old Emmett man
Idaho State Police Make Arrest In Murder Of Emmett Man
Idaho State Police Make Arrest in Murder of Emmett Man
More details in Emmett murder and arrest

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson

Grandparents Gone Wild! Raymond Matthew Brittle charged with the death of his stepgrandson, 2-year-old Robert Dean Watkins

Say NO to Child Abuse

Md. Man Charged With Child Abuse After Boy Dies
Thurmont man charged with child abuse in death of 2-year-old denied bail
Man Charged With Abuse in Toddler’s Death
2-year-Old Boy Dies in Hospital As Result of Alleged Child Abuse
Child Abuse Victim Dies
Raymond Matthew Brittle of Thurmont, Md. charged in death of 2-year-old Robert Dean Watkins

Raymond Matthew Brittle
Raymond Matthew Brittle

Serial Killers: Briley Brothers 1979 Rampage *11 dead during their killing spree*

remembering the victims

Orline Christian, 57 [1/28/1971 – Linwood Briley]
William Bucher [3/12/1979] survived
Virginia Bucher [3/12/1979] survived
Michael McDufie [3/21/1979]
Mary Gowen [4/9/1979]
Christopher Phillips, 17 [7/4/1979]
John Gallaher [7/9/1979]
Mary Wilfong, 62 [9/30/1979]
Blanche Page, 79 [10/5/1979]
Charles Garner, 59 [10/5/1979]
Harvey Wilkerson [10/19/1979]
Judy Diane Barton, 23 [10/19/1979]
Harvey Wayne Barton, 5 [10/19/1979]

Joint Police Effort Leads to 4 Slaying Arrests
Brothers, teen-ager face charges in 3 slayings
Briley brother found guilty, gets 5 life sentences in killings
Briley Brothers: Captured and condemned (video)
Town in fear of escaped killers
Only the Briley brothers remain at large
Briley brothers captured
Briley brothers tell nun they have children
Appeals, Prison Uprising Fail To Block Briley’s Execution
Second Briley brother executed
James Briley Executed In Virginia Electric Chair
Escape From Death Row: The Briley Brothers
Rampage: The Briley brothers terrorized Richmond area
Jailbreak: Briley brothers busted out of death row
Murderpedia: Linwood Earl Briley
Murderpedia: James Dyral Briley
Briley Brothers
I Survived An Encounter With The Briley Brothers
Officials seek release for Briley brothers accomplice
Duncan Meekins, Briley Brothers Gang Member, Denied Parole in Virginia
Former Talk Show Host Weds Killer : Bride Wore White, Groom Prison Blue
Wounds Deep 10 Years After Nation’s Largest Death Row Escape
Anthony Briley denied parole 12/13/2013
Briley gang member Duncan Meekins denied parole

Twisted: The Blood Brothers

Linwood and James Briley

Linwood Earl Briley – convicted, sentenced to death (executed 10/12/1984)
James Dyral Briley, Jr – convicted, sentenced to death (executed 4/18/1984)
Anthony Ray Briley – convicted, sentenced to life in prison plus 139 years(parole eligible)
Duncan Eric Meekins – pled guilty, sentenced to life plus 100 years (turned state’s evidence)


Offender ID Number: 1015001
Offender Name: Anthony Ray Briley
Gender: Male
Race: Black
VADOC Release Date: Single Life Sentence
Location: Powhatan Correctional Center
3600 Woods Way
State Farm, VA 23160
(804) 598-4251


Duncan Eric Meekins
Duncan Eric Meekins

Psycho For Love: Dale Bruner killed his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, and sentenced to 112 years in prison


Stephanie Roller Bruner
Stephanie Roller Bruner

Facebook: Find Stephanie
Mysterious Death Is Tragedy For Stephanie’s Family
Silverthorne Woman’s Death Ruled A Homicide
Silverthorne Man Arrested In Connection With Wife’s Death
‘Prior Bad Acts’ Filing Considered In High Country Murder Case
Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing His Wife
Murder victim’s brother testifies husband’s reaction to death ‘phony’
Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Killing His Wife
Murder Victim’s Brother Testifies About Sister’s Relationship With Husband
Jurors In Trial Of Dale Bruner Take Field Trip To His Home
Summit County Man Found Guilty Of Murdering His Wife
Bruner found guilty on all counts in wife’s murder
Husband Found Guilty In Summit County Woman’s Slaying
Former Silverthorne photographer Dale Bruner gets 112 years in prison for the murder of his wife
Summit County Man Sentenced 100+ Years For Wife’s Murder
Dale Bruner sentenced to 112 years in Stephanie Bruner’s death in Silverthorne in 2010
NBC Dateline reveals new information in Summit County murder

Dateline: Secrets in the Snow (you can watch it here)


DaleBruner prison mug

Date of Birth: 09/30/1962
Ethnicity: WHITE
Gender: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 6′ 02″
Weight: 200
DOC Number: 159210
Est. Parole
Eligibility Date: 02/23/2072
Next Parole Hearing Date: Dec 2071
This offender is scheduled on the Parole Board agenda for the month and year above. Please contact the facility case manager for the exact date.
Est. Mandatory Release Date: 02/23/2092
Est. Sentence Discharge Date:

Sentence Date Sentence County Case No.
09/28/2012 48Y-48Y SUMMIT 11CR129
09/28/2012 32Y-32Y SUMMIT 11CR129
09/28/2012 32Y-32Y SUMMIT 11CR129
09/28/2012 18M-18M SUMMIT 11CR129
09/28/2012 18M-18M SUMMIT 11CR129
09/28/2012 18M-18M SUMMIT 11CR129

Monsters Among Us: Gerald Lee Powers sentenced to death for the murder of Shannon Marie Sanderson

Sams TownOn April 18, 1996, the victim, Shannon Sanderson, spent the evening gambling at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Tunica, Mississippi.   She originally planned to spend her evening at the casino with her husband, Robert Sanderson, to celebrate his birthday. However, an argument occurred between the couple.   After leaving her children with their paternal grandparents at approximately 6:30 p.m., Mrs. Sanderson departed for Tunica alone.

Shannon Sanderson played blackjack most of the night and won $5,000.   She cashed in her chips shortly after 3:00 a.m. on April 19, 1996, receiving her winnings in one-hundred dollar bills.   She was then escorted to her car by a Sam’s Town security officer and began the fifty-six mile drive back to Memphis to pick up her children.

At around 4:45 a.m., Shannon Sanderson’s former father-in-law, Edward Holland, awoke to the sound of barking dogs.   He looked outside and saw Mrs. Sanderson bending over beside her car.   He heard her say, “Don’t-don’t” and thought she was talking to her husband.   By the time Mr. Holland dressed and went outside, Mrs. Sanderson was gone, but her car remained in the driveway.

At the same time, the Hollands’ next-door neighbors, William and Anna Dillon, were also awakened by the barking.   Mr. Dillon looked out his window and saw a person wearing a red baseball cap crouched in the Hollands’ driveway near Mrs. Sanderson’s car.   Mrs. Dillon heard a scream and a thud.   When she looked out her living room window, she saw a car parked at the curb with its dome light on.   She saw a person behind the steering wheel of the car lean over the seat and push something down in the back.   The person then drove away at a high rate of speed.

Another neighbor, Johnnie Rose, was returning from work around 4:30 a.m. when he saw Mrs. Sanderson’s car drive by his house.   A second vehicle followed her.   The vehicle was dark-colored and shaped like a Chevrolet Beretta.   He watched the second car turn down his street, turn around in a driveway, and park in front of the Hollands’ house.   When he was later shown a photograph of the maroon Beretta owned by Powers’ wife, he stated that the car in the photograph “looked like” the car he had seen following Mrs. Sanderson.

At approximately 6:40 a.m. on April 19, 1996, Alonzo Jeans, a school bus driver, was heading north on Highway 301 near Eudora, Mississippi.   He saw a white male backing into the driveway of an abandoned house.   In the ten years he had been driving this bus route, he had never seen anyone coming from or going to that house.   Mr. Jeans was later shown a photograph of the maroon Beretta owned by Powers’ wife.   He confirmed that the car in the photograph was the one he had seen in the driveway.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 19, 1996, Powers returned to his Clarksdale, Mississippi home in his wife’s maroon Beretta, after a night of gambling in Tunica.   He was wearing the same yellow shirt, blue jeans, red baseball cap, blue denim jacket, and white tennis shoes that he had worn the night before.   According to his wife, Sharon Powers, he was in a good mood, but he was also “kind of wired up.”   He appeared nervous and kept looking out the blinds.   Powers told his wife that he had won a large amount of money at the casino and gave her a one-hundred dollar bill from the stack he had in his wallet.   Mrs. Powers also noticed that her husband had washed her car and had cleaned and vacuumed its interior.

Mrs. Powers became suspicious and accused her husband of having an affair.   After repeated questioning, Powers confessed to kidnapping, robbing, and killing a woman he had seen playing blackjack at Sam’s Town the night before.   He described in specific detail how he watched the woman play blackjack from the second floor balcony of the casino, followed her home, and abducted her from her driveway.   He drove her approximately forty miles to an abandoned house in Mississippi, stopping at one point to move her from the back seat of the car to the trunk.   He then stole her jewelry as well as $5,000 in cash.   After killing the woman, he threw her purse and his gun into the river behind the site where the Splash Casino had been located.   Powers also told his wife that a school bus driver may have seen him at the abandoned house and that a neighbor may have seen him take Mrs. Sanderson from her driveway.   He did not believe that either person could identify him.

That afternoon, Powers visited his neighbor, Margaret York, and asked her to provide him with an alibi for the night of April 18, 1996.   Laughing, Ms. York agreed to say that he had been with her as long as he “didn’t kill anybody.”   According to Ms. York, Powers’ expression did not change when she made this remark, and he left shortly thereafter.

The next evening, Powers and his wife saw a television news report of the victim’s abduction.   The report described the perpetrator as a man wearing a red baseball cap and driving a maroon Beretta.   After hearing the report, Powers packed a bag and left home in his wife’s car.   Before leaving, he told his wife to tell anyone who asked that he was visiting his mother in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   He also told his wife that there was some money buried in the backyard.   Soon after he left, Mrs. Powers called the police and told them that her husband may have been involved in Mrs. Sanderson’s abduction.   However, she did not inform the authorities about his confession.

Powers returned a week later.   He retrieved some of the money he had buried and told his wife where he had hidden Mrs. Sanderson’s jewelry.   As his wife watched, he wrote a note stating that he was leaving because he was not happy with his marriage.

On May 9, 1996, the badly decomposed body of Shannon Sanderson was discovered in a storage room at the back of the abandoned house on Highway 301 in Eudora, Mississippi.   The body was clad in the same clothing Mrs. Sanderson had been wearing the night she disappeared.   Her jewelry was missing.   An autopsy disclosed that Mrs. Sanderson had died from a single gunshot wound to the right side of the head.   An examination of the skull revealed that she had also suffered at least one major blow to her face that had knocked out her upper right front tooth, chipped another tooth, and fractured her jaw and other facial bones.

On May 22, 1996, Powers was stopped by an Immigration and Naturalization Services (“INS”) agent in Hebronville, Texas, after making a suspicious turn in an apparent attempt to avoid a checkpoint.   When ordered to step out of the vehicle, Powers pulled a knife on the agent.   The agent was able to subdue Powers.   Upon arrest, the agent discovered fourteen one-hundred dollar bills in Powers’ pockets.   Powers was on parole for a prior offense at the time of his arrest.

State of Tennessee v Gerald Powers 2003
Gerald Lee Powers v State of Tennessee 2012
Murderpedia: Gerald Lee Powers
Gerald Lee Powers – Tennessee Death Row

Forensic Files: Skirting the Evidence
On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Fateful Decision
The F.B.I. Files: Death in the Delta


Gerald Powers

TOMIS ID: 00206046
Birth Date: 09/22/1954
Race: W
Sex: M
Supervision Status: INCARCERATED
Location: RMSI
Sentence Begin: 09/16/1997
Sentence End:
Parole Eligibility:
Parole Hearing:
Hearing Result:

Psycho For Love: Steven Arthur Rios killed Jesse Valencia because he was going to reveal their relationship

Jesse Valencia
Jesse Valencia

Find-A-Grave: Jesse James Wade Valencia
The Rios Trial
Police officer convicted of killing gay lover
Letter: Mother dreads second trial in son’s murder
Cop found guilty in Missouri murder of Boyle man
Prosecutor quizzes police in ex-cop’s murder trial
Testimony dwells on Rios’ actions
DNA a focus in murder retrial
Rios is guilty a second time
Rios receives life plus 23 years
Cop wants sentence tossed in Danville man’s murder
Judge denies Steven Rios’ appeal
Appeals court upholds Rios conviction
Murderpedia: Steven Arthur Rios
SPECIAL REPORT, Part One: Steven Rios and Family Break Silence
SPECIAL REPORT, Part Two: Ex-Wife, Former In-Laws Stand by Convicted Murderer
SPECIAL REPORT, Part 3: Former Chief Offers Details in Rios Case
Mother Reacts To Son’s Convicted Killer’s Jail Interview
The Ethics of Contacting a Murder Victim’s Mother
Excerpt from “Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill”

Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill

Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: A Secret Affair



Steven Arthur Rios
South Dakota State Penitentiary
1600 North Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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