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Deadly Wives: Michele Donohue killed and dismembered her husband, Byron Wright; Sentenced to only 16 years in prison

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Byron Wright

Murder victim’s family held out hope Wright was alive for almost a decade
Informant’s tip leads to buried human bones
Body buried under Arlington garage, wife arrested
Body found under concrete slab; Arlington woman held
Woman says she killed husband, buried him in backyard
She got away with murder for 9 1/2 years
How did Arlington woman get away with murder?
Arlington woman gets 16 years for killing husband
16-year sentence for Arlington woman who killed, buried husband
Arlington woman sentenced to 16 years for killing, burying husband 10 years ago
Snapped Preview 1903: Michele Donohue

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Michele Donohue

INMATE INFORMATION

michele-donohue

DOC Number: 376178
Offender Name: DONOHUE, MICHELE L
Location: Washington Corrections Center for Women

Deadly Wives: Irene Smith Maxcy and her lover, John Sweet, hired William Harold Kelley to kill her husband, Charles Von Maxcy; Kelley was sentenced to death

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Charles “Von” Maxcy

Find-A-Grave: Charles VonCanon Maxcy
Attorneys Want Conviction Erased In Maxcy Killing
Murder Mystery Has Taken On Life Of Its Own
’66 Killing Of Citrus Grower Reopened
Death Row Inmate May Be Freed
Sentence Reinstated In 1966 Murder Case
Death verdict in sensational case restored
Commission on Capital Cases: Kelley, William Harold
Murderpedia: William Harold Kelley
Gets Life Term in Kill-for-Hire Murder
John J. Sweet v State of Florida 1970 (overturned)
William H. Kelley v US Court of Appeals 2004
Florida: Delray Beach
Excerpt from “World Encyclopedia of 20th Century Mur

Movies/Documentaries
Truth Is Stranger Than Florida: Murder in the Groves

Defendants
William Harold Kelley – first trial hung; then convicted, sentenced to death
John J. Sweet – first trial hung; then convicted, sentenced to life in prison; then overturned (has since died)
Irene Von Maxcy – convicted of perjury, sentenced to life, served 4 1/2 years in prison

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John J. Sweet

INMATE INFORMATION

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DC Number: 093417
Name: KELLEY, WILLIAM
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 6’05”
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/08/1942
Initial Receipt Date: 04/06/1984
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Aliases:
WILLIAM KELLEY
WILLIAM HAROLD KELLEY
BILLY KELLY

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date 10/03/1966
Offense 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.
Sentence Date 04/02/1984
County HIGHLANDS
Case No. 8100535
Prison Sentence Length DEATH SENTENCE

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 04/06/1984
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Deadly Wives: Tomiekia Johnson killed her husband, Marcus Lavar Lemons; Sentenced to 50 years to life in prison

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Marcus Lavar Lemons

Find-A-Grave: Marcus Lavar Lemons
CHP officer arrested for husband’s murder
California Highway Patrol Officer Tomiekia Johnson Charged with Husband’s Murder
California Highway Patrol officer charged with husband’s murder
CHP officer suspected in husband’s slaying was allegedly ordered to take anger management class
Former CHP officer accused in husband’s death reenacts struggle for gun
Trial begins in former CHP officer’s slaying of husband
Former CHP Officer Convicted In Shooting Death Of Husband
CHP officer found guilty in husband’s shooting death
California Patrol Officer Collapses After Found Guilty of Murdering Husband
Ex-CHP Officer Gets 50 Years to Life in Prison for Killing Husband
Former CHP Officer Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison For Husband’s Murder

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Anger Mismanagement

INMATE INFORMATION

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Name: JOHNSON, TOMIEKIA
CDCR#: WE4176
Age: 37
Admission Date: 04/05/2012
Current Location: Womens Facility

Deadly Wives: Delpha Spunaugle, along with Edwin David Woodward, killed her husband, Dennis Leon Spunaugle; Both sentenced to life in prison

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Dennis Spunaugle

Find-A-Grave: Dennis Spunaugle
Witnesses Tell of Cult, Affair Edmond Wife Offered Hit Money, Man Says
Edmond Woman Given Death Penalty in Murder
Delpha Jo Spunaugle v State of Oklahoma 1997 (conviction and sentence overturned)
Woman Admits Role in Husband’s Death
Excerpt from “Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998”

Books
Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998
Women and Capital Punishment in the United States: An Analytical History

Movies/Documentaries
Women Behind Bars: Delpha Spunaugle & Carmen Ortiz
Deadly Women: Unspeakable Acts

Defendants
Delpha Jo Spunaugle – convicted, sentenced to death; overturned; pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Edwin David Woodward – convicted, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

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DELPHA J SPUNAUGLE
ODOC# 233059
Alias
Delpha J Spunaungle

IDs
ODOC#: 233059
Birth Date: 08/10/1949

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INMATE INFORMATION

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EDWIN D WOODWARD
ODOC# 233398
IDs
ODOC#: 233398
Birth Date: 05/26/1964

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Deadly Wives: Emma Jean Raine killed her husband, Ernest Smith; She is a suspect in at least one of her other husband’s murder (she has had at least 3)

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Victims
Ernest Smith, 38 [4/15/2006]
James Raine (suspect) [2011]

Hit man convicted of killing first of three men who died linked to same woman
Police arrest woman in 2006 murder-for-hire plot in eastern New Orleans
Coast woman, accused of hiring hit man to kill third husband, faces fraud charges
Thrice-widowed Mississippi woman on trial in 2nd husband’s death
‘Greed…and infidelity’: Widow’s murder trial begins in New Orleans
3-time widow on trial in 2nd husband’s death
Thrice-widowed Mississippi woman convicted in 1 murder
Thrice-widowed woman found guilty of murdering 2nd husband in New Orleans
Thrice-widowed woman convicted of killing her second husband
Thrice-widowed Emma Raine gets life sentence for New Orleans murder of 2nd husband
4th husband of thrice-widowed woman convicted of murder says she’s innocent

Defendants
Emma Jean Raine – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Alfred Everette – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

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Offender Name: RAINE, EMMA
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 52
Location: St. Charles Parish Jail
Race: African American
Contact Facility: St. Charles Parish Jail

INMATE INFORMATION

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Offender Name: EVERETTE, ALFRED T
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 31
Location: Louisiana State Penitentiary
Race: African American
Contact Facility: Louisiana Department of Corrections

Deadly Wives: Loretta Doyle Burroughs killed and dismembered her husband, Daniel Burroughs; Sentenced to 55 years in prison

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Daniel Burrough

Burroughs investigation ‘open and active’ since 2007, Hamilton Township police chief says
Ventnor Woman Charged With 2007 Murder After Human Remains Found In Closet
NJ woman killed husband in 2007, hid remains in closet, prosecutors say
Victim’s Daughter Speaks Out After Father’s Remains Found In Closet
Discovery of Body Parts of Missing Man Was Accidental
Ventnor Woman Indicted In Husband’s 2007 Murder
Opening Arguments in Case of New Jersey Woman Accused of Dismembering, Moving With Ex-Husband
Wife guilty of killing husband, dismembering, storing remains
‘Decomposed in two Tupperware containers’: Killer wife guilty in dismemberment of New Jersey husband, stored remains in closet
News Release: Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
N.J. woman gets 55 years in murder of husband whose body parts were found in her closet

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Loretta Burroughs

INMATE INFORMATION

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Loretta C Burroughs
SBI Number: 000194994C
Sentenced as: Burroughs, Loretta C
Race: White
Ethnicity: White
Sex: Female
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birth Date: May 31, 1951
Admission Date: April 22, 2015
Current Facility: EMCF
Current Max Release Date: February 14, 2060
Current Parole Eligibility Date: February 14, 2060

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Deadly Wives: Gail Hutchinson Gash killed her husband, Donald Larry “Don” Gash; Sentenced to 15 years in prison

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Don Gash

Find-A-Grave: Donald Larry Gash
Timeline of the Gash murder case
Slain fire chief’s son named as suspect in father’s murder
Community stunned by killing, wife’s arrest
Unresolved (part 1)
Case (part 2 – scroll down)
Slain North Carolina Fire Chief Said He Suspected Wife Trying to Kill Him
Murder attracts tabloid’s attention
Gail Gash speaks out
Gail Gash originally rejected first-degree murder plea
Gail Gash pleads guilty to second-degree murder
NC – Fire chief Don Gash, 48, found dismembered, 25 March 2004
Convict in dismemberment dies
Why did she do it?

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Darkness Before Don

INMATE INFORMATION

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GAIL H GASH
Offender Number: 0712933
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
Birth Date: 12/22/1953
Age: 62

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: INACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: 18 YEARS 9 MONTHS
Conviction Date: 11/07/2006
Projected Release Date: 07/19/2021
Primary Crime: MURDER SECOND DEGREE (PRINCIPAL)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics: REGULAR
Current Status: N/A
Admission Date: 11/09/2006
Admitting Location: NC CI WOMEN
Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MEDIUM
Next Custody Review: 06/01/2010
Current Location: NOT PUBLIC INFORMATION
Previous Location: NCCI WOMEN
Last Movement : DEATH
Last Movement Date: 02/04/2010

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