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Deadly Duo: Lawrence Edward Cannon and Jennifer Elam charged in the murder of their landlord, Mary Ring, and living with her body for about 2 weeks

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Mary Ring

Pinellas County Couple Killed Landlord, Lived With Body For Weeks: Police
Clearwater pair killed landlord, lived with body for two weeks, police say
Body hidden for two weeks after pair fatally shoot Clearwater landlord, police say
Police: Tenants killed landlord, lived with body for two weeks
Florida pair accused of killing landlord, living with body for two weeks
Tenants arrested after death of landlord in Clearwater
Police: Tenants killed landlord, lived with body for two weeks

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Defendants
Lawrence Edward Cannon
Jennifer Elam

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Deadly Duo: Traci Y. Wolfe and Thomas W. Walters killed Blake Alan Wolfe, Traci’s estranged husband; Both sentenced to LWOP

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Blake Wolfe

Blake Alan Wolfe obituary
Family: Victim Feared Estranged Wife
Wife accused of murdering estranged husband
Portage County woman charged with aggravated murder in death of her estranged husband
Two arrested following suspected homicide in Portage County
Death penalty on the table for Portage County murder
Windham murder suspects held on $1 million bond
Portage County man sentenced to life for Thanksgiving murder
Shalersville man sentenced to life in jail for Thanksgiving murder
Paris woman gets life in prison for murder of estranged husband in Windham

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Traci Wolfe

Defendants
Traci Y. Wolfe – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Thomas Walter – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

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TRACI Y WOLFE
Number: W087067
DOB: 10/24/1972
Gender: Female
Race: White
Admission Date: 07/08/2013
Institution: Dayton Correctional Institution
Status: INCARCERATED

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INMATE INFORMATION

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THOMAS W WALTERS
Number: A641946
DOB: 11/27/1969
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 05/23/2013
Institution: Mansfield Correctional Institution
Status: INCARCERATED

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Deadly Duo: ‘Mountain Men’ Don and Dan Nichols kidnapped Kari Swenson, to be a wife for Dan, and killed her friend, Alan Goldstein

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Victims
Kari Swenson, 23
Alan Goldstein, 36 (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Alan L Goldstein
Mountain men’s trial opens in kidnapping-murder case
Mountain Logic: Kidnap A Bride, Keep A Son
Mountain Man, 20, Guilty Of Kidnapping
Mountainman gets 85 years in murder-kidnap case
Kidnap Victim Decries Myth of Mountain Men
The ‘Victims’ story
Twenty years after the murder, kidnapping near Big Sky
‘Mountain men’ kidnap-murder captured world’s attention
Kidnapping victim Kari Swenson: ‘Mountain man’ Nichols still a threat
Board denies parole for Nichols
Wikipedia: Kari Swenson

Books
Victims: The Kari Swenson Story

Movies/Documentaries
The Abduction of Kari Swenson
Your Worst Nightmare: Into The Wild

Defendants
Donald Nichols – convicted, sentenced to 85 years in prison; denied parole
Daniel Nichols – convicted, served 6 years in prison, released on parole in 1991

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Dan Nichols

INMATE INFORMATION

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DOC ID# 23297
NAME: Donald Boone Nichols
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Saturday, February 11, 2017
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Hazel
HEIGHT: 6 FT 1 IN
WEIGHT: 150 lbs
BUILD: Slender
RACE: White
SKIN TONE: Light
L/R HANDED: LEFT
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1931
BIRTH PLACE: Unknown
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

AKAs
None

SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
TYPE: Scars Abdomen
DESCRIPTION:

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Committed w/Dangerous Weapon
CODE: 4618221
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 120

DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 900

DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Aggravated Assault Felony Assault
CODE: 455202
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 240

DOCKET: 1066
COUNTY: MADISON COUNTY
JUDGE: DAVIS
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON OFFENSE: Kidnapping
CODE: 455302
OFFENSE DATE: 7/16/1984
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 9/27/1985
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 120 Home Try the Demo

West Philly’s Lorena Grocery triple homicide: Ibrahim Muhammed and Nalik Scott sentenced to LWOP for killing 3 at the bodega

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Victims
Juana Nunez, 44
Porfirio Nunez, 50
Lina Sanchez, 48

Family Shot to Death in Front of Teen
Witnesses describe bloody triple killing at West Philly grocery
Witness says correct man is charged with killing her parents, aunt: ‘I am sure of that’
Accused killer allegedly confessed that “it was just supposed be a robbery”
Prosecution rests, defense begins in trial in triple murder at West Philly bodega
Deliberations set in West Philly triple murder trial
Guilty verdicts in West Philly triple murder trial
Two men convicted in West Philly triple killing at grocery store
Defendant takes stand in penalty phase of West Philly triple murder
Men Who Killed 3 During West Philly Grocery Store Shooting Learn Fates
Convicted killers get life in bodega murders
Ibrahim Muhammed and Nalik Sharif Scott Sentenced to LWOP for 2011 PA Triple Murder

Defendants
Ibrahim Abdullah Muhammed – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Nalik Shariff Scott – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

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Inmate Number: MU3416
Name Name Type
HASSAN JOHNSON Also Known As
HASSAN MOHAMMED Also Known As
IBRAHAM MUHAMMAD Also Known As
IBRAHIIM MUHAMMAD Also Known As
IBRAHIM MUHAMMAD Commit Name
IBRAHIM ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD True Name
ISHMEAL MUHAMMAD Also Known As
TYRONE MUHAMMAD Also Known As
IBRAHIM MUHAMMED Also Known As
IBRAHUM MUHAMMED Also Known As
Age: 36
Date of Birth: 01/29/1981
Race: BLACK
Height (in): 6′ 02″
Gender: MALE
Citizenship: USA
Complexion: MEDIUM
Current Location: CAMP HILL
Permanent Location: CAMP HILL
Committing County: PHILADELPHIA
Last Updated Time: 2/3/2017 4:00:15 AM

INMATE INFORMATION

nalik-scott

Inmate Number: HK2030
Name Name Type
MALIK SCOTT Also Known As
NALEEM SCOTT Also Known As
NALIK SHARIFF SCOTT Commit Name
JAHBREE WOODS Also Known As
Age: 35
Date of Birth: 08/30/1981
Race: BLACK
Height (in): 5′ 08″
Gender: MALE
Citizenship: USA
Complexion: MEDIUM
Current Location: GRATERFORD
Permanent Location: GRATERFORD
Committing County: PHILADELPHIA
Last Updated Time: 2/3/2017 4:00:15 AM

Deadly Duo: James David Majors and Robert Reese killed 3 people for their drugs, money and jewelry; Majors sentenced to death

remember-the-victimsFrom Major’s appeal: Donald Hobbs, who was 10 years old at the time of trial, lived in a house on Kaula Drive in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks with his mother, Jeanine Copeland (Copeland), and Thomas Probst (Probst), her live-in companion.   On the morning of January 26, 1989, after finishing his breakfast, Hobbs found Copeland lying on the floor and noticed blood next to her head.   When Hobbs was unable to awaken her, he called “911.” 2  Sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene discovered the bodies of Copeland, Probst, and Patrick Mungavin (Mungavin).

 Copeland was lying facedown on the living room carpet.   She had been struck by a gunshot, fired at close range, that entered at her right temple and exited on the left side of her neck.   A forensic pathologist testified that such a wound would have caused an immediate loss of consciousness and that death would have ensued within a matter of minutes.   In his opinion, Copeland had been killed between midnight and 6 a.m. on January 26.   Tests of Copeland’s blood showed evidence of methamphetamine use.

Mungavin was seated on the living room couch with his hands folded in his lap, his head over to one side, and blood coming from his right nostril.   He had a loaded .22-caliber handgun under his left armpit, but there was no evidence that the handgun had been fired.   Mungavin had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including a fatal wound to the back of his head.   The forensic pathologist estimated the time of Mungavin’s death to be between midnight and 6 a.m. on January 26;  he could not determine to a medical certainty that Mungavin had been shot at the location where his body was found.   Although Mungavin had methamphetamine on his person, there was no evidence of either drugs or alcohol in his system.   A criminalist testified that .38-caliber bullets removed from Mungavin’s body had most likely been fired from either a “.38 special” or a .357 magnum.   A hollow-point slug found underneath Mungavin’s right leg, between his leg and the couch, appeared to have been fired from the same weapon.

Probst was lying on the floor of a bedroom that had been turned into an office.   Probst had sustained a fatal wound to his left cheek by a gunshot fired at close range.   He also suffered an abrasion to the right side of his face consistent with falling as a result of the gunshot wound.   The forensic pathologist estimated the time of Probst’s death to be between midnight and 5 a.m. on January 26;  he could not be certain that Probst had been shot at the location where his body was found.   Probst’s blood tested positive for Valium and methamphetamine.   A criminalist testified that an expended .32-caliber bullet removed from the right side of Probst’s neck had been fired from either a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol or a .32-caliber revolver.   The contents of a wallet were strewn about the office, and Probst’s pants pockets were pulled out.

In the office where Probst’s body was found, deputies found evidence of drug sales, including a scale, packaging material, a cutting agent, a pay-owe sheet, and powder residue on the surface of a mirror.   Deputies also found a loaded, sawed-off .12-gauge shotgun leaning up against the wall in the corner of the room.   A number of witnesses confirmed that Probst was a methamphetamine and marijuana dealer.

In the hallway of the residence, deputies found a screwdriver, a hammer, and a strongbox or safe that appeared to have been pried open.   They also  noted a depression in the carpet of the office closet floor that was approximately the same size as the strongbox or safe.   Probst was known to keep a safe in this location, where he stored jewelry, drugs, and proceeds from drug sales.   Although both Probst and Copeland were known to wear jewelry, there was no jewelry on their bodies except for an anklet around Copeland’s ankle.   Jewelry boxes in the residence were empty, and there was evidence of ransacking.   There was no sign of forced entry into the residence itself and no evidence of a struggle.

During the course of their investigation, deputies alerted Probst’s parents to the possibility of an Arizona connection to the homicides.   Subsequently, while going through Probst’s belongings, his mother found a note with the name “Robert Reese” and the address 14031 North 72d Lane in Peoria, Arizona.   According to Probst’s mother, the note was not in his handwriting.

At trial, the prosecution theorized that the three victims had been killed by defendant and Robert Reese (Reese) during the course of a drug-related robbery.   The prosecution offered extensive circumstantial evidence in support of this theory.

In December 1988, Reese lived in a house on 72d Lane in Peoria, Arizona.   Defendant also had a room at the house, although it was not his primary residence.   Both defendant and Reese moved out shortly after Christmas of 1988.

According to a neighbor of Reese’s aunt, defendant and Reese visited the aunt at her apartment in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, sometime between December 27 and December 29, 1988, at approximately 10:30 to 11 p.m. Reese was acting in a hyperactive fashion and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.   Other witnesses confirmed that Reese sold and used methamphetamine.   Reese was also known to carry firearms.

Several witnesses testified that Probst was planning to conduct a drug transaction with someone from out of state the night he was killed.   Probst’s brother, Wayne Probst, who was at Probst’s house until about 9:20 or 9:30 p.m. on January 25, 1989, testified that Probst told him he had arranged a deal to sell a pound of methamphetamine later that evening.   According to Wayne Probst, his brother had an established clientele and dealt only with customers he knew.

James Pluskett, who talked to Probst on the telephone between 8 and 10 p.m. on January 25, offered similar testimony regarding Probst’s plans to sell $10,000 worth of methamphetamine to someone who was flying in from Las  Vegas.   Pluskett understood this to be about a pound of methamphetamine.   He thought two people were involved in the purchase, the person actually making the purchase and the person providing the money.   Pluskett assumed these were the same regular customers from Arizona who purchased a half-pound of methamphetamine from Probst every couple of weeks.

Freddie Gregg, who was at Probst’s house until about 11 or 11:30 p.m. on January 25, testified that Probst told him he was expecting a visit from someone from Arizona who would be bringing drug paraphernalia.   During Gregg’s visit, Probst took him into the kitchen and showed him a plastic freezer bag filled with methamphetamine.   The bag was approximately the size of a tissue box.

Sandra Morgera, who was at Probst’s house until about 11:15 or 11:30 p.m. on January 25, testified that Probst told her he had another two deals scheduled that night, one of which was a deal with Gregg, which occurred before she left.   The second deal was a $10,000 deal with people from Arizona for a pound or a pound and a half of drugs.   On cross-examination, Morgera admitted she might have gotten the $10,000 figure from newspaper articles about the case, admitted Probst had told her about both a drug purchase and a drug sale scheduled for that evening, and admitted it was not until trial that she stated one of the two deals was the deal with Gregg.

Catherine Bailey, who spent the day at Probst’s house on January 25, testified that Probst told her he had just bought a pound of methamphetamine and was planning to conduct a drug transaction with someone from Arizona.   According to Bailey, Probst told her he had completed another transaction with the same person about a month earlier and the person felt he had been “burned.”   Although she was unclear as to how she acquired the information, Bailey identified the person as Robert Reese of Peoria, Arizona.3  Before Bailey left, Probst had her sample the methamphetamine to make sure it was okay.   While Bailey was in Probst’s office, she saw a large amount of cash.   Probst told her it was about $2,000.

Several witnesses from Arizona offered details regarding a trip defendant and Reese had taken to California.   Michelle Blouir, Reese’s former girlfriend, testified that defendant and Reese had taken an evening trip to California sometime in January.   Shortly before they left, Blouir saw defendant with two brand new pairs of dark cotton garden-type gloves still in their  original packaging.   She watched defendant hand one of the pairs to Reese.4  Later, on Valentine’s Day, while Blouir was talking on the telephone to a detective from Sacramento, Reese asked whom she was talking to.   When she told him, he appeared frightened, bolted out of the apartment, and drove away.   To the best of her recollection, defendant and Reese’s trip to California had been about two weeks earlier.   Blouir also talked to defendant about a week after he came back from the trip.   He told her he had gone to California to get drugs and that Reese had left him in a motel room for six hours and had never come back, so defendant flew back home.

Kristi Crancer, a friend of Blouir’s, verified the timing of the trip, testifying that it had occurred about a week after her January 19, 1989, graduation.   When Reese returned from the trip, he showed Crancer jewelry, a plastic bag of drugs, and two handfuls of money.   Crancer also confirmed that Reese had left abruptly when he found out that Blouir was talking to a detective from Sacramento.

The parties stipulated that if Karen Brott were called as a witness she would have testified that Reese showed her a plastic bag of drugs, a large amount of cash, and two items of jewelry after he returned from Sacramento.   Reese told her the bag contained a quarter- or half-pound of methamphetamine and that he had approximately $12,000 in cash.   Reese later called Brott on February 14, 1989, and asked her if anyone was looking for him.

Richard Hartley, a housemate of defendant’s at the residence on 72d Lane, testified that defendant was involved in both the methamphetamine and gun trades.5  When defendant used methamphetamine, he ingested the drug by sprinkling it on tissue paper, which he then wadded up and ate.   Hartley acknowledged he had previously told investigators only about “suspicions” defendant used methamphetamine and had not told them about being involved in several drug transactions with defendant.   On February 14, 1989, detectives from Sacramento came looking for Reese as a suspect in a triple homicide.   After meeting with the detectives, Hartley met with defendant, who told him about a trip he and Reese had taken to Sacramento.   According to defendant, he had sold a pound of marijuana there.   Defendant told Hartley he had stayed in a motel room with a prostitute and that Reese was gone overnight with their rental car.   When Reese returned the next day, he was acting in a paranoid fashion and said he wanted to go home.   Defendant and Reese ended up taking separate flights home.

Victims
Thomas Kenneth Probst, 30
Jeannine Annette Twiggy Copeland, 30
Patrick James Mungavin, 24

A blast from the past
People of the State of California v James David Majors 1998 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
San Quentin inmate dies of unknown causes on death row
Condemned Inmate James Majors Dies of Unknown Causes

Defendants
James David Majors – convicted, sentenced to death; died on death row 1/26/2017
Robert Reese – shot to death a month after the murders in Arizona

INMATE INFORMATION

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Inmate Name: MAJORS, JAMES DAVID
CDCR#: E86700
Age: 69
Admission Date: 02/14/1991
Current Location: San Quentin

Execution Alert: Mark Christeson executed for the murders of Susan Brouk and her 2 children

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Victims
Susan Brouk, 36
Adrian Brouk, 12
Kyle Brouk, 9

Find-A-Grave: Susan Jo Southard Brouk
Find-A-Grave: Adrian K. Brouk
Find-A-Grave: Kyle C. Brouk
BROUK MURDERS: From Bolin’s Hill to Bonne Terre
Missouri sets October execution date for triple murderer from Maries County
State of Missouri v Jessie R. Carter 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Missouri v Mark A. Christeson 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Mark A. Christeson v State of Missouri 2004 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Mark A. Christeson v Don Roper, Warden 2015 (habeas corpus)
Missouri inmate faces execution today for killing family in 1998
Missouri Inmate Faces Execution for Killing Family in 1998
Inmate Faces Execution Tuesday for Killing Family in 1998
Missouri inmate faces execution for killing family in 1998
Murderpedia: Mark A. Christeson
Missouri executes death row inmate Mark Christeson for 1998 murders
Missouri man executed for 1998 murder of mother, 2 children

Defendants
Mark Christeson – convicted, sentenced to death
Jessie Carter – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

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DOC ID 1031687
Offender Name Mark A Christeson
Race White
Sex Male
Date of Birth 02/20/1979
Height/Weight 5’11” / 198
Hair/Eyes Brown / 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 Death (Death, Death, Death CC)
Active Offenses MURDER 1ST DEGREE (3 CTS)
Completed Offenses Completed sentence not found
Aliases Mark Christeson; Mark A Christeson

INMATE INFORMATION

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DOC ID 1050450
Offender Name Jessie Carter
Race White
Sex Male
Date of Birth 09/20/1980
Height/Weight 5’7″ / 138
Hair/Eyes Brown / Green
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, Life W/O CS)
Active Offenses MURDER 1ST DEGREE (3 CTS)
Completed Offenses Completed sentence not found
Aliases Jessie R Carter; Jessie Carter

Bryan Brooks murder 1/30/2017 Layton, UT *Drug deal gone bad; Isaac Valdez and Bostin Crookston have been arrested*

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Bryan Brooks

Teen killed in Layton shooting was working to turn his life around, friends say
Ogden man, 19, dies after being shot in Layton robbery, police say
Two Ogden men accused of murder
Layton drug deal-turned-robbery shooting leaves man dead
19-year-old dies after shooting in Layton
2 in Custody After Deadly Drug Deal
Ogden 19-year-old dies after Layton shooting, 2 suspects in custody

Defendants
Bostin Osborn Crookston
Isaac Cain Lee Valdez

INMATE INFORMATION

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Booking Number: 201700793
Name: OSBORN CROOKSTON, BOSTIN COLE
When Booked: 1/30/2017 1:34:13 PM
Age: 19
Gender: M
Arresting Agency: LAYTON PD
Housing Unit: Fox

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INMATE INFORMATION

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Booking Number: 201700792
Name: VALDEZ, ISAAC CAIN LEE
When Booked: 1/30/2017 1:26:48 PM
Age: 18
Gender: M
Arresting Agency: LAYTON PD
Housing Unit: Echo

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