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    July 11: 2000: Sandra Tester, 25, was strangled to death and then her mobile home set on fire in Charlotte, NC. Her husband, Jimmy Tester, pled guilty and was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison. He was released on parole 6/8/2013 and ended parole on 3/5/2014.

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News Archive: DiNardo Farm murders

Victims
Dean Finocchiaro, 19 (identified)
Jimi Tar Patrick, 19
Mark Sturgis, 22
Tom Meo, 21

DiNardo Farms murders: Remains of 4 men found buried on the property; Cosmo DiNardo has allegedly confessed to being involved in their deaths
Update: DiNardo Farm murders *Second suspect, Sean Kratz in custody; Both formally charged with 4 counts of murder*

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: DINARDO, COSMO
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 01/21/1997
BCP #: 123288
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: KRATZ, SEAN MICHAEL
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 02/14/1997
BCP #: 123323
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

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Update: DiNardo Farm murders *Second suspect, Sean Kratz in custody; Both formally charged with 4 counts of murder*

Victims
Dean Finocchiaro, 19 (identified)
Jimi Tar Patrick, 19
Mark Sturgis, 22
Tom Meo, 21

News Archive: DiNardo Farm murders
Latest on Bucks slayings: No bail for cousins DiNardo, Kratz
Cousins charged in homicides of four Pennsylvania men
2 cousins charged in multi-day killing spree
How Bucks slaying search, confessions and charges unfolded
Missing man’s cellphone signal led police to Cosmo DiNardo’s farm
Court docs reveal grisly new details in killings of 4 Pennsylvania men
Drugs and deception: How Cosmo DiNardo and cousin Sean Kratz killed four men
Sean Kratz’s journey from dishwasher, to thief, to murder
Parents worry about fate of missing son, 22, last seen in Bucks

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: DINARDO, COSMO
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 01/21/1997
BCP #: 123288
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: KRATZ, SEAN MICHAEL
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 02/14/1997
BCP #: 123323
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

DiNardo Farms murders: Remains of 4 men found buried on the property; Cosmo DiNardo has allegedly confessed to being involved in their deaths

Victims
Dean Finocchiaro, 19 (identified)
Jimi Tar Patrick, 19
Mark Sturgis, 22
Tom Meo, 21

Bucks County Missing Men: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Facebook: Dean Finocchiaro
Facebook: Jimi Patrick
Jimi Tar Patrick: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Facebook: Mark Sturgis
Mark Sturgis: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Facebook: Tom Meo
Lawyer: Cosmo DiNardo confesses role in Bucks County missing men murders
Bucks DA: Remains of multiple bodies found in field
Human Remains Found in ‘Common Grave’ in Pa., 1 Victim ID’d
Friends, neighbors seek answers in Bucks Co. missing men case
Quiet Pennsylvania town shaken by murder suspect’s confession
Human remains found as DiNardo’s parents face grand jury Thursday
AP Source: Cosmo DiNardo killed 4 men separately, burned them
Attorney: Cosmo DiNardo confesses to killing Bucks County men
Cosmo DiNardo confesses to killings of four men
Inmate confesses to killing 4 men, says where bodies are
Jailed Man Admits Involvement in Killings of 4 Men
Cosmo DiNardo confesses to murders of 4 missing Pennsylvania men, will be spared death penalty, lawyer says
Source: Man killed 4 Bucks County men over marijuana and gun
Lawyer: Man admits involvement in murders of 4 missing men
TIMELINE: Disappearance of 4 men in Bucks County
Antonio & Sandra DiNardo, Cosmo’s Parents: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Facebook: Cosmo DiNardo
Source: Second person of interest in custody in Bucks County case
News Archive: DiNardo Farm murders

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: DINARDO, COSMO
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 01/21/1997
BCP #: 123288
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

Judge Eugene Berry murder 1/16/1982 LaBelle, FL *Bonnie Kelly wanted her husband out of prison, so she killed the Judge; Sentenced to LWOP

In Memory of Judge Eugene Berry
Mrs. Berry Testifies In Murder Trial
Slain Prosecutor’s Wife Testifies At Murder Trial
Co-Conspirator Gives Testimony In Murder Trial
A man released from prison in June was ordered…
Fla. Prosecutor’s Killer Dies in Prison
Death Row Prisoner Dies of Natural Causes
Vance found guilty of helping to plan Fla. murder
US v Henry Vance 1989 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Samuel Andrew Pettit v State of Florida 1992

Defendants
Stephen Vance Taylor – pled guilty, sentenced to 99 years in prison
Bonnie Kelly – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Samuel Pettit – convicted,sentenced to LWOP (died on death row)
Henry Vance Jr. – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 092012
Name: TAYLOR, STEPHEN V
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/10/1952
Initial Receipt Date: 11/28/1983
Current Facility: HOLMES C.I.
Current Custody: MEDIUM
Current Release Date: 08/25/2022

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 151239
Name: KELLY, BONNIE
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5’06”
Weight: 143 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/15/1952
Initial Receipt Date: 05/26/1983
Current Facility: LOWELL RECEPT CENTER
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
BONNIE LYNN GEE
BONNIE KELLY
BONNIE LYNN KELLY
VIRGINIA DORIS BURNS

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date 01/16/1982
Offense 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.
Sentence Date 05/24/1983
County CHARLOTTE
Case No. 8200082
Prison Sentence Length SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 05/26/1983
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 082167
Name: PETTIT, SAMUEL A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 145 lbs.
Birth Date: 01/26/1962
Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DECEASED

Monsters Among Us: Gregory Bowman killed 3 teenage girls, but managed to escape true justice

Victims
Velda Joy Rumfelt, 16 [6/6/1977 Brentwood, MO]
Ruth Ann Jany, 21 [1978 Belleville, IL]
Elizabeth West, 14 [1978 Belleville, IL]

Find-A-Grave: Velda Joy Rumfelt
DNA Match Leads to Arrest of Suspect in 1977 Murder
Gregory Bowman guilty of capital murder
Man may now face death penalty for 1977 Brentwood murder
Bowman sentenced to death in 1977 killing of Missouri teen
Gregory Bowman Sentenced to Death in 1977 Missouri Murder
Missouri Supreme Court reverses death sentence for Bowman
Prosecutors still seeking death penalty for St. Louis County killer, despite delays, terminal illness
Death penalty sought again for St. Louis County killer
Killer of St. Louis County teen, once also convicted in 2 Belleville murders, dies in prison
64-year-old convicted killer dies in Missouri prison
The People of the State of Illinois v Gregory Bowman 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Missouri v Gregory Bowman 2011 (sentence overturned)
St. Louis-area 1977 murder explored on Investigation Discovery show
State of Missouri Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Stranger Among Us


Gregory Bowman

Movies Based On True Crimes: In the Company of Darkness (Serial Killer Jon Dunkle)

Victims
John Davies, 15 [11/8/1981 Belmont, CA]
Lance Turner, 12 [10/2/1984 Belmont, CA]
Sean Dannehl, 12 [7/2/1985 Sacramento, CA]

High court OKs death for killer / Findings on mental competence stand
The cop that cried big time (great article)
People of the State of California v Jon Scott Dunkle 2005 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Jon Scott Dunkle profile
Murderpedia: Jon Scott Dunkle
Serial Killer’s Podcast: Jon Dunkle
Serial Killer’s Podcast: Victims of Jon Dunkle (interesting comments)
Serial Killer’s confession tapes uncovered
Jon Scott Dunkle – California Death Row

Books
The Boy Next Door

Movies/Documentaries
In the Company of Darkness

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: DUNKLE, JON SCOTT
CDCR#: D30423
Age: 56
Admission Date: 05/23/1986
Location: San Quentin

Monsters Among Us: Subject of AMBER ALERT, Shavon Le’Feye Randle, found murdered; 5 persons of interest identified – 1 found dead*


Shavon Randle

Shavon Randle: Kidnapped teen found dead in East Oak Cliff
Body of 13-Year-Old Girl at Center of Amber Alert Found in Dallas
Lancaster Girl Kidnapped, Killed Over Stolen Drugs: Police
Shavon Randle was kidnapped, held for ransom over drugs
Lancaster girl was kidnapped, killed over stolen drugs, police say
Shavon Randle case: Girl found dead after ransom call; possible motive detailed
Four people possibly connected to kidnapping of 13-year-old girl now in police custody
Who are the suspects in Shavon Randle’s kidnapping and murder?

Defendants/Persons of Interest
Laquon Wilkerson – Charged with aggravated kidnapping for ransom or reward
Devontae Owens – Charged with aggravated kidnapping for ransom or reward
Desmond Jones – Charged with failure to report a felony that resulted in serious bodily injury or death
LaPorshya Polley – Charged with possession of marijuana between five and 50 pounds
Darius Jamal Fields – Charged with possessing drugs and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon
Kendall Perkins – Charged with aggravated robbery
Michael Titus (found dead)

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