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    December 10: 1994: Darrel Cooley was shot several time in Jethroe’s Steakhouse in Erie, PA. Vance Haskell was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Curtis Mathis convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 3-7 years in prison.

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Monsters Among Us: William Wayne Nix Jr. had one of his salesmen, Salvatore Thomas Ruscitti, killed because of a lawsuit; Sentenced to LWOP


Salvatore Thomas Ruscitti

Death Knocked on Door : Killing of Car Salesman Embroiled in Lawsuit Baffles Many
Ex-San Diego Car Dealer Arrested After Murder-for-Hire Indictment
Ex-Car Dealer Indicted in Murder Plot
Ex-Car Dealer Pleads Not Guilty in Plot to Kill Salesman
Ex-Car Dealer, Others Indicted in Slaying
3 to Face Death Penalty in Murder-for-Hire Trial
Three Plead Guilty in Murder-for-Hire Plot
Suspect in Murder for Hire Due to Be Released on Bail
Hit Man Hired, Prosecutor Charges2 to Testify in Car Salesman’s Death
Nix Bragged About Hit, Witnesses Say
Mechanic Testifies That Car Dealer Gave Him $10,000 to Hire Hit Man
Nix: Worker Planned Hit on His Own
Car Dealer Found Guilty of Murder
Car Dealer Is Given Life Sentence for Hired Murder
Mechanic Is Given 11 Years in Killing of Car Salesman
Once a Felon, Is Man Now a Victim?
Death of a Salesman
United States of America v William Wayne Nix Jr and Ralph Osborn 1994
TV Crime Show Retells 1988 Encinitas Murder

Movies/Documentaries
The Prosecutors: Deadly Commission
On the Case with Paula Zahn: That’s Him!

Defendants
William Wayne Nix Jr. – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Jose Tonto Miranda (actual gunman) (not found yet)
Paul A. Gonzalez Sr. – pled guilty (arranged the murder)
Paul Gonzalez Jr. – pled guilty,
Albert Vargas – pled guilty,
David Charles Hernandez
Steven Vernon Gates- pled guilty (accessory after the fact), sentenced to 3 years in prison, served 17 months
Timothy Rocky Holton – pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 11 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name NIX, WILLIAM WAYNE
CDCR Number H46218
Age 64
Admission Date 08/27/1992
Current Location California State Prison, Los Angeles County
Location Link Directions
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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The Dixie Mafia and Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife Margaret – Why were they executed in their own home?


Vincent and Margaret Sherry

Murder and the Dixie Mafia
The Dixie Mafia Murders
At A Loss
An ‘ice cold’ murder conspiracy ended Margaret and Vincent Sherry’s lives 30 years ago
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat released from prison after serving time for conspiracy that led to murders
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat released from halfway house, ending sentence in murder plot
Biloxi’s Tale of Murder, Extortion and Racy Photos
Angola Calling
Dixie Mafia

Books
Mississippi Mud

Movies/Documentaries
City Confidential: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0971464/
The 1980’s – The Deadliest Decade:

Defendants
Pete Halat – acquitted of murder, convicted of conspiracy, sentenced to
Kirksey McCord Nix Jr. – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, sentenced to life in federal prison
Mike Gillich Jr – sentenced to life in prison (released from prison 2012, died of cancer)
Thomas Leslie Holcomb – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, died in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

PETER HALAT
Register Number: 20918-077
Age: 75
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 04/24/2013

INMATE INFORMATION

KIRKSEY MCCORD NIX
Register Number: 20921-077
Age: 74
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: El Reno FCI
Release Date: LIFE

INMATE INFORMATION

MIKE GILLICH
Register Number: 02624-043
Age: 87
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 07/25/2000

INMATE INFORMATION

THOMAS LESLIE HOLCOMB
Register Number: 72967-079
Age: 52
Race: White
Sex: Male
Deceased: 04/08/2005

Monsters Among Us: David Malcom Strickland raped and then shot both Mollie Judith Olgin and Mary Kristene Chapa, killing Mollie; Sentenced to LWOP

Victims
Mollie Olgin, 19
Mary Kristene Chapa, 18 (survived)

NEWSWATCH 1 killed, 1 wounded in Texas park shootings
Texas Lesbian Couple: Survivor Remembers Night of Shooting
Man and wife jailed in 2-year-old attack on female couple near Corpus Christi
Two Years Later, Shooter of Texas Teenage Lesbian Couple Arrested For Murder and Sexual Assault
Attorneys for accused killer: witness could exonerate client
Officer testimony reveals initial suspect confessed to Portland shootings
‘Hitman’ letter read in trial of Helotes man accused of raping, shooting South Texas lesbian couple
Jury convicts Strickland of capital murder for Portland park shootings
Killer Who Sexually Assaulted, Shot Teen Lesbian Couple in Texas Sentenced to Life in Prison
Judge Denies New Trial for Man Who Assaulted Lesbian Couple, Killed One
Kristene Chapa speaks out about brutal attack, girlfriend’s murder in ‘Dateline’ special
Wikipedia: Murder of Mollie Olgin
gofundme: Mary Kristene Chapa medical bills

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects – Deadly Intent: Terror Under the Moonlight
Dateline: A Texas Twist

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 50522061
TDCJ Number: 02098157
Name: STRICKLAND,DAVID MALCOM
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1986-08-24
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Current Facility: MICHAEL
Projected Release Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Parole Eligibility Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2012-06-22
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Date: 2016-09-28
County: SAN PATRICIO
Case No.: S-14-3187CR
Sentence: life without parole

Deadly Daughters: Jennifer Pan set up a home invasion at her parent’s home which was meant to kill both of them, however, her father Huei Hann Pan survived

Victims
Huei Hann Pan, 57 (survived)
Bich-Ha Pan, 53

Arrests made in fatal Markham home invasion
4th arrest in Markham home invasion homicide
Jennifer Pan plotted to have parents killed, says Crown
Pan played ‘sickest games’ with boyfriend, trial told
Jennifer Pan’s father testifies at murder trial
Jennifer Pan found guilty in attack on parents that left her mother dead
Jennifer Pan, Toronto woman whose plot to kill parents left mother dead, gets life in prison
Jennifer Pan: Life with no parole for 25 years in murder of mother, attempted murder of father
Carty gets 18 years for his part in Markham’s Pan murder
Regina vs. Pan et al
Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead
A murder in Toronto and the dark side of the Asian immigrant dream
The story behind the confession of Jennifer Pan
Wikipedia: Jennifer Pan

Books
A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped – Killer Couples: Jennifer Pan & Daniel Wong
Deadly Women: Keep in the Family

Defendants
David Mylvaganam – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 30 years
Eric Carty – convicted, sentenced to 18 years in prison, on top of 25 years for another murder, of Kirk Matthews)
Daniel Chi-Kwong Wong – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 30 years
Jennifer Pan – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 25 years
Lenford Crawford- – convicted, (no picture)

Psycho For Love: Anthony McClanahan arrested for the murder of his wife, Keri “KC” McClanahan


Keri “KC” McClanahan

Woman found dead in Park City hotel room, police investigating as possible homicide
Former NFL player is a suspect in a Utah killing, ‘but this story should be about her’
Ex-NFL Player Named Primary Suspect in His Wife of Less Than a Year’s Homicide
Keri McClanahan, “KC”: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Former pro football player accused of murdering his wife in Park City
Ex-pro football player suspected of killing wife in Park City
Former NFL player named as suspect in Park City homicide
Ex-Cowboys player accused of stabbing his wife to death
Former NFL Player Named Prime Suspect in Wife’s Stabbing Death
Ex-NFL Player Named Suspect in Wife’s Homicide
Anthony McClanahan, Former Calgary Stampeders Linebacker, Suspected Of Killing His Wife

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: MCCLANAHAN, ANTHONY DARNEL
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 46
Location: SUMMIT COUNTY JAIL
Race: African American
Contact Facility: SUMMIT COUNTY JAIL
Offender ID: 273673
Gender: Male

Monsters Among Us: Austin Boutain charged with the murder of ChenWei Guo, during a carjacking at the University of Utah; He is also a person of interest, along with his wife Kathleen, in a Colorado murder

Victims
Mitchell Bradford Ingle, 63
ChenWei Guo, 23

Statement from ChenWei Guo’s family:
“We are devastated by the loss of our son ChenWei, who brought immense joy into our lives and the lives of all who knew him. It is hard to capture in words his happy, positive outlook on life. ChenWei aspired to work in the future helping others to feel better about themselves. He was outgoing, adventurous, highly intellectual and a deeply faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was thankful to be able to share his testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ with many as a missionary in Provo.

We are grateful for the experiences ChenWei had in Utah and at the University of Utah. We are very moved by the outpouring of support and sympathy we have received from so many of his friends and even from those who did not know ChenWei personally. These expressions of remembrance and condolence have given us comfort.

We know many are interested in ChenWei’s story, but we respectfully ask for privacy at this time as we grieve our beloved son.”

Funeral for slain international U. student set for Monday
Friends, officials mourn death of U. student killed in shooting
Family of murdered U of U student ChenWei Guo releases statement
gofundme: Chenwei Guo Family Fund
1 dead, classes canceled at U. amid reports of shots fired
Suspect in U of U shooting a person of interest in Colorado homicide
Suspect in U of U homicide in custody, police say
Alleged U. shooter arrested following search
University of Utah shooting suspect shouted, ‘I love you Katie’ while being led to police vehicle
Police arrest suspected gunman in U. student’s death
Police arrest suspect in fatal carjacking at Univ. of Utah, also wanted for homicide in Colorado
Alert librarian credited with spotting suspect in fatal shooting of University of Utah student
Victim named in homicide connected to Austin Boutain
Couple Arrested In Murder In Golden RV Park
Arrest warrants issued to married couple suspected of Golden RV park homicide
Gunman who killed U. student tried to kidnap witness, police say
Austin Boutain: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Homeless man suspected in Golden trailer park murder wore his victim’s clothes, shoes
Court Records: Utah Suspect Admitted Killing Colorado Man

Defendants
Austin Jeffery Boutain
Kathleen Elizebeth Boutain

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Rampage: At least 26 people shot dead and 20+ wounded; Gunman said to be Devin Patrick Kelley

Victims
Crystal Holcombe
Karla Holcombe
Bryan Holcombe
Marc Daniel Holcombe
Noah Holcombe
Emily Hill
Megan Hill
Greg Hill
Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, 14
Rylan Ward, 6 (survived)
Emily Ward, 8 (survived)
Joann Ward
Brooke Ward
Robert Corrigan
Shani Corrigan

First Baptist Church – Sutherland Springs
Facebook: First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas
28 dead after shooting at Sutherland Springs church
What we know about the victims in the church shooting
Photos: Some victims of Texas church shooting identified
Pastor’s 14-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Texas Church Shooting
High school sweethearts among Texas church shooting victims
Texas church shooting: 8 members of one family killed
Multiple victims in shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs
At least 20 killed in Sutherland Springs church shooting, official says
Up to 25 People Killed in Texas Church Shooting: Police
27 dead, 30 injured in Sutherland Springs church shooting, sources say
28 dead after shooting at Sutherland Springs church
Sutherland Springs Church Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
At least 20 feared dead in mass shooting at Texas church
At least 20 people killed in shooting at Texas church
Wikipedia: Sutherland Springs church shooting
Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Two officials tell The Associated Press that the Texas church shooter was Devin Kelley
Gunman in Sutherland Springs church shooting ID’d as Devin Kelley, authorities say
A look inside Sutherland Springs’ First Baptist Church before mass shooting
Gunman’s in-laws attended First Baptist Church, Wilson County Sheriff says
‘Nearly everyone’ in church hurt or killed, Sheriff says in Monday update
Gunman ‘walked down center aisle’ of church before opening fire, killing 26, says sheriff
Texas gunman escaped mental health facility in 2012
After Texas church shooting, ‘most of our church family is gone’
Texas church gunman escaped from mental health facility in 2012 after threatening military superiors
Texas shooting suspect escaped from mental health hospital in 2012, attempted ‘to carry out death threats’: Police report


Devin Kelley

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