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Monsters Among Us: John William Kelley cleared 2 cold cases when he pled out to the murders of 3 people; Sentenced to LWOP


Victims
Annette Thur, 17 [12/6/1986 Ben Lomond, CA]
Douglas Neal Anderson, 26 [8/14/1988 Crescent City, CA]
Rozina Marie Anderson, 31 [8/14/1988 Crescent City, CA]

Find-A-Grave: Douglas Neal Anderson
Find-A-Grave: Rozina Anne Rousett Anderson
DNA evidence in 1986 killing ends mother’s 25-year wait for an arrest
After DNA match, man pleads no contest to ’86 killing of girl, 17
Placerville man pleads no contest to San Mateo County cold-case rape, murder
Man sentenced to life in killing of Boulder Creek teen; also faces murder charges in Del Norte County
Steve Duin: A confession in the 1988 murders of a Lake Oswego couple
27 years later, killer’s confession solves murders of Lake Oswego couple
Killer admits 1988 murder of Lake Oswego couple
Kelley receives 2 life sentences
John Kelley sentenced to life in double murder cold case
CA – Annette Thur, 17, raped & murdered, Ben Lomond, 6 Dec 1986
CA – Douglas, 26, & Rozina Anderson, 31, Crescent City, 15 Aug 1988

Movies/Documentaries
Dead Silent: Till Death Do Us Part

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name KELLEY, JOHN WILLIAM
CDCR Number AY7518
Age 54
Admission Date 01/07/2016
Current Location California Correctional Institution
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

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Monsters Among Us: Karl Myers killed 2 women, Shawn Marie Williams and Cindy Michelle Marzano; Sentenced to death; Also a suspect in others

Victims
Shawn Marie Williams, 22 [4/16/1993]
Cindy Michelle Marzano, 29 [3/15/1996]
Lori Lee Farmer, 8 [6/13/1977] suspect
Michelle Heather Guse, 9 [6/13/1977] suspect
Doris Denise Milner, 10 [6/13/1977] suspect

From Myers’ appeal: The victim, Cindy Marzano, and Appellant were acquaintances. She left home for work on March 14, 1996, bearing no bruises or wounds on her face or head.   She drove her 1984 silver Chevrolet Impala to work for her 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. shift.   While at work she spoke to Appellant twice between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and was overheard agreeing to meet Appellant after work.   She checked out at 9:09 p.m. and was seen thereafter at Denny’s restaurant where she and a man remained about thirty (30) minutes.

At 11:51 p.m., Appellant was at a convenience store, where he had been a regular customer, and remained two to two and one-half hours.   He washed his truck while there and told the clerk he had been at a relative’s house.   At 12:30 a.m., Cindy Marzano was found floating face down in the water at the Highway 33 Landing on the navigation channel near the Port of Catoosa.   Her blouse and bra were pulled up and she had bruises on her forehead, upper left arm and neck.   She had cuts on her face and an abrasion between her shoulder blades.   She had bruises on her right thigh and left leg.   These injuries were suffered prior to death.   Asphyxiation was determined to be the cause of death.   DNA testing established that spermatozoa found in her vagina matched Appellant’s DNA.

Appellant first denied that he had seen the victim that night.   He finally admitted talking to the victim that night at her work.   He said they agreed to meet at Denny’s for coffee, and he was home by 11:45 p.m. He denied any physical contact with the victim.   He later admitted to having consensual sex with the victim that night.

Inmate Sidney Byrd testified that Appellant admitted killing two women, and further admitted that (concerning Cindy Marzano) “he was fucking her from behind when he strangled her and she died.”

Find-A-Grave: Shawn Marie Williams
Find-A-Grave: Cindy Michelle Miller Marzano
Hunch Leads to Slaying Suspect’s Arrest
Arrest Puts Light on Unsolved Killings
Myers Found Guilty in Murder of Marzano
Jury convicts man of woman’s death
Karl Lee Myers v State of Oklahoma 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Oklahoma death-row inmate dies of suspected natural causes
Man Convicted Of Broken Arrow Murder Dies In Prison
Murderpedia: Karl Lee Myers
Karl Myers – Oklahoma
The Girl Scout Murders
Girl Scout Murders: 40 years later and new eyes are looking at the notorious case

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Lost Highway

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: Karl L. Myers
OK DOC#: 78224
Status: INACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Weight: 182 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown

Alias
Earl L. Myers

IDs
OK DOC#: 78224
Birth Date: 3/29/1948

Monsters Among Us: Chester Lee Wicker killed Suzanne Clydene Knuth after a failed sexual assault; He was executed 8/26/1986


Suzanne Knuth

LU librarian found dead near beach
Buried alive on the Bolivar Peninsula (GREAT article)
Chester Lee Wicker v State of Texas 1984 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Chester Lee Wicker, who kidnapped and buried a woman…
Texas Executes Killer Of College Student
Murderpedia: Chester Lee Wicker
Chester Lee Wicker – Texas – August 26, 1986
1980 murder of Beaumont woman recounted on TV’s ‘Swamp Murders’
Suzie Knuth, Chester Wicker: Investigation Discovery’s ‘Swamp Murders’ Profiles Texas Woman Who Vanished From Mall, Buried Alive On The Beach

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Good Friday, Deadly Friday


Chester Lee Wicker

Final Statement: “I love you,” he told his friend Judith Lamblion – his sole personal witness.

Monsters Among Us: Brian David Steckel *The Driftwood Killer* raped and killed Sandra Lee Long then set her bed on fire; He also confessed to at least 2 other murders – Executed 11/4/2005

Victims
Sandra Lee Long, 29
Frances Mary Kiefer, 44 [confessed to]

Brian Steckel was a despicable excuse for a human being. He raped and killed Sandra Lee Long, then set the bed she was on on fire. She actually died of smoke inhalation. During his trial, he sent a copy of her autopsy report to her mother, with a note saying, “Read it and weep. She’s gone forever. Don’t cry over burnt flesh.” During his trial, mind you. And there were death penalty opponents who thought he could do some good if he was allowed to live. But of course, none of those people said anything about Sandra Lee Long and what she suffered. What her loved ones continue to suffer to this day. Sometimes punishment just needs to be punishment. Not something to hope he can make good. He proved that he was not a good person and he even said several times that he deserved the death penalty.

While he was in prison he also mailed confessions to another murder [Frances Kiefer, a neighbor] but nothing has come of it that I am aware of. I am still including her as a victim of his, since he willingly and voluntarily confessed to her murder.

In Loving Memory of Sandra Lee Long
CharleyProject: Frances Mary Kiefer
Pennsylvania Missing Persons: Frances Mary Kiefer
Whatever Became Of … Frances Kiefer Who Myseriously Disappeared From Her Fountain Hill Home?
State of Delaware v Brian Steckel 1996 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Brian D. “Red” Steckel #991
Murderpedia: Brian David Steckel
Wikipedia: Brian Steckel

Movies/Documentaries
Shattered: The Driftwood Killer


Brian David Steckel

Final Words: “I want to say I’m sorry for the cruel things I did. I’m not the same man I was when I came to jail. I changed. I’m a better man…I walked in here without a fight and I accept my punishment. It is time to go. I love you people.” He told his cousin and a friend, who were witnesses at his execution, to tell his 12 year old daughter, “I said no excuses.”

The Sausage King Rampage: Stuart Alexander, feeling harassed by inspections of his factory, shot & killed 3 inspectors; Sentenced to death, but died on death row

Victims
Jean Hillery, 56
Thomas Quadros, 52
William Shaline, 57

Ceremonies Honor Meat Inspectors Killed in 2000
Three meat inspectors killed at sausage factory
Meat Inspectors’ Deaths on Video
‘Sausage King’s’ Own Surveillance Tapes in His Factory Prove His Guilt in Murders
Video shows killings
Sausage king convicted of murder charges
Guilty verdict in triple slaying
Girlfriend says ‘Sausage King’ wanted to grind up inspectors
Where San Leandro’s ‘Sausage King’ snapped
Sausage king dies in his cell on Death Row
Wikipedia: Stuart Alexander (murderer)
Review: Brian Copeland’s The Scion is a grisly retelling of the San Leandro sausage factory killings.

Movies/Documentaries
City Confidential: San Leandro, CA: The Sausage King
Fatal Encounters: The Sausage King


Stuart Alexander

Monsters Among Us: Kevin Brian Dowling sentenced to death for killing Jennifer Myers, so she would not testify against him in a robbery case


Jennifer Myers

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Kevin Brian Dowling 2005
Dowling execution stayed
Dowling faces execution next month for 1997 murder
Evidence Photos: ‘Shadow of a Doubt”
Kevin Brian Dowling – Pennsylvania Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
Solved: Truth in Shadows
Forensic Files: Shadow of a Doubt
American Monster: The Wrong Man

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Number: DY6243
Name Name Type
KEVIN BRIAN DOWLING Commit Name
Age: 59
Date of Birth: 06/12/1958
Race: WHITE
Height (in): 5′ 11″
Gender: MALE
Citizenship: USA
Complexion: LIGHT
Current Location: GREENE
Permanent Location: GREENE
Committing County: YORK
Last Updated Time: 9/10/2017 4:00:15 AM

Monsters Among Us: Jay Kelly Pinkerton – Raped and killed 2 women; Executed 5/15/1986

Victims
Sarah Donn Lawrence, 30
Sherry Welch, 25

Find-A-Grave: Sarah Donn Lawrence
Mug Shot Monday! Jay Kelly Pinkerton, 1979
Town still chilled by brutal crime
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 1)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 2)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 3)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 4)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 5)
Rape-slayer Pinkerton put to death by TDC
Two-time murderer executed
Murderpedia: Jay Kelly Pinkerton


Jay Kelly Pinkerton

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