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Execution Alert: Keith Leroy Tharpe for the murder of his sister-in-law, Jaquelyn Freeman

From Tharpe’s appeal: Tharpe’s wife left him on August 28, 1990 and moved in with her mother. Following various threats of violence made by the defendant to and about his wife and her family, a peace warrant was taken out against him, and the defendant was ordered not to have any contact with his wife or her family. Notwithstanding this order, Tharpe called his wife on September 24, 1990 and argued with her, saying if she wanted to “play dirty,” he would show her “what dirty was.”

On the morning of the 25th, his wife and her sister-in-law met Tharpe as they drove to work. He used his vehicle to block theirs and force them to stop. He got out of his vehicle, armed with a shotgun and apparently under the influence of drugs, and ordered them out of their vehicle. After telling the sister-in-law he was going to “f––– you up,” he took her to the rear of his vehicle, where he shot her. He rolled her into a ditch, reloaded, and shot her again, killing her.

9/27/2017 – He was granted a temporary stay of execution.

Tharpe then drove away with his wife. After unsuccessfully trying to rent a motel room, Tharpe parked by the side of the road and raped his wife. Afterward, he drove to Macon, where his wife was to obtain money from her credit union. Instead she called the police.

Tharpe v Head 2000 (habeas corpus remanded for a decision)
Keith Tharpe v Warden 2016 (habeas corpus denied)
Execution Date Set for Keith Leroy Tharpe, Convicted of Murder
Execution date set for man convicted in decades-old grisly murder
Tharpe Execution Media Advisory – Last Meal
With his execution date set, Jones County killer requests final meal
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror’s racial bias
The Latest: Board Denies Clemency for Condemned Prisoner
Parole board declines to spare life of inmate set to die
Condemned Georgia man loses clemency bid after lawyers cite juror’s racial bias
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
GA Supreme Court rejects stay of execution; killer set to die tonight
Keith Leroy Tharpe – Georgia Execution – September 26, 2017
Murderpedia: Keith Leroy Tharpe
The Latest: Supreme Court grants temporary stay of execution
U.S. Supreme Court grants stay of execution to Georgia killer

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: THARPE, KEITH LEROY
GDC ID: 0000173325

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1958
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’09”
WEIGHT: 195
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: GA DIAG CLASS PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: DEATH

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE

KNOWN ALIASES
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH L
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH LEROY
A.K.A. THORPE,KEITH L

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/18/1991
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 04/04/1988
INCARCERATION END: 06/23/1988

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Execution Alert: Thomas Douglas Arthur executed for the murder of Troy Wicker Jr. on 2/1/1982 in Muscle Shoals, AL


Troy Wicker Jr

Find-A-Grave: Eloise Bray West
Find-A-Grave: Troy L Wicker Jr
Niece of victim: Tommy Arthur execution delays have put family through ‘living hell’
Judy Wicker breaks silence after 27 years
Murderpedia: Tommy Arthur
Thomas D. Arthur v State of Alabama 1984 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Ex Parte Arthur 1985 (denied)
Thomas D. Arthur v State of Alabama 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Thomas D. Arthur v Kim Tobias Thomas 2014 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Thomas Arthur to be executed Thursday evening
Alabama Inmate Tommy Arthur Faces Eighth Execution Date
Alabama Death Row inmate Tommy Arthur asks US Supreme Court to stop execution for 8th time
Clock ticks down for Tommy Arthur execution
Alabama executes Tommy Arthur: Inmate dies for 1982 murder-for-hire
Alabama executes man for 1982 murder

Defendants
Judy Wicker – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; released in 1992
Thomas Douglas Arthur – convicted 3 times, sentenced to death

INMATE INFORMATION

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

jessie-carter-prison-mug

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

Execution Alert: Ricky Jovan Gray for the murders of the Harvey Family

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Victims
Treva Terrell Gray, 35 (Ricky’s wife) [11/5/2005] (no one has been charged with her murder)
Sheryl Ann Embrey Warner, 37 [12/18/2005]
Ryan Carey, 26 [12/18/2005] (survived) no picture
Bryan Harvey, 49 [1/1/2006]
Kathryn Harvey, 39 [1/1/2006]
Stella Harvey, 9 [1/1/2006]
Ruby Harvey, 4 [1/1/2006]
Mary Baskerville-Tucker, 46 [1/6/2006]
Percyell Tucker, 55 [1/6/2006]
Ashley Baskerville, 21 [1/6/2006]

Harvey Family murders 1/1/2006 Richmond, VA *Ricky Gray and Ray Dandridge arrested for the murders of Richmond family*
Ricky Gray Set to Be Executed for Virginia Family Murders
Ricky Gray’s execution day has arrived — 11 years after murder spree
Governor won’t stop Ricky Gray execution; lawyers file emergency request to Supreme Court
Ricky Gray set to be executed for 2006 murder wave that claimed two Richmond families
Ricky Gray to be executed Wednesday for 2006 murders
Gov. McAuliffe says he won’t stop Wednesday’s execution of Ricky Gray
Ricky Gray apologizes; more than 50 mental health experts urge clemency
Ricky Gray makes last-minute appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to stay execution
Ricky Gray executed by lethal injection for Harvey family killings
Virginia executes convicted family killer Ricky Gray
Virginia executes inmate convicted of murdering family of four

Movies/Documentaries
Wicked Attraction: Evil in the Blood

INMATE INFORMATION

ricky-gray-2017
OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1100057
OFFENDER NAME: Ricky Jovan Gray
SEX: Male
RACE: Black
VADOC RELEASE DATE: Death Sentence
LOCATION: Greensville Correctional Center

INMATE INFORMATION

ray-danridge

OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1159354
OFFENDER NAME: Ray Joseph Dandridge
SEX: Male
RACE: Black
VADOC RELEASE DATE: Single Life Sentence
LOCATION: Keen Mountain Correctional Center

Murder In The Family: Lowell Lee Andrews was executed for the murders of his parents and sister

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Victims
William Lowell Andrews, 50
Opal Andrews, 41
Jennie Marie Andrews, 20

Find-A-Grave: W Lowell Andrews
Find-A-Grave: Opal Halley Andrews
Find-A-Grave: Jennie Marie Andrews
Held In Triple Slaying
Youth, 18, Guns Parents, Sister To Death
The nicest boy in Wolcott: ‘Polite’ Lowell Lee Andrews proved to be another ‘cold’ Kansas killer
A crime for all time
Murderpedia: Lowell Lee Andrews
Wikipedia: Lowell Lee Andrews
KS – William, 50, Opal, 41, & Jennie Andrews, 20, murdered, Wolcott, 28 Nov 1958

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Lowell Lee Andrews

Monsters Among Us: George Joseph Cvek was executed for the murder of Catherine “Kitty” Pappas *The Aspirin Bandit*

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Catherine “Kitty” Pappas

‘Aspirin Bandit’ Admits Slaying
Catherine ‘Kitty’ Pappas: A Crime To Remember (GREAT article)
The aspirin bandit
Tramp Rapist Executed for Slaying N.Y. Woman
Murderpedia: George Joseph Cvek
Find-A-Grave: George Joseph Cvek
Crime Flashback
Excerpt from “World Encyclopedia of 20th Century Murder”

Books
George Cvek Strangler of Women (eBook)

Movies/Documentaries
A Crime To Remember: The Gentleman Killer

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George Joseph Cvek

Monsters Among Us: Martin Link executed for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Elissa Self-Braun

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Elissa Self-Braun

Find-A-Grave: Elissa Self-Braun
Martin Link v State of Missouri 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Martin Link v Al Luebbers (warden) 2006 (habeas corpus denied)
Quest for girl’s killer became personal for pair
Martin Link execution date set
Elissa Self-Braun’s family prepares to watch her killer be executed
Martin Link #1239
Martin Link Executed: Missouri Puts Murderer of 11-Year-Old Girl to Death
Man executed in 1991 slaying of St. Louis girl
Murderpedia: Martin C. Link

Movies/Documentaries
Ice Cold Killers: Frozen Innocence

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Martin Link

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