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Monsters Among Us: Convicted Sex Offender Christopher Leon Smith raped and killed Carol Davidson; 28 years later, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison in addition to the 50 years he was serving for raping a child

Carol Davidson
Carol Davidson

Man Charged With 1986 Tacoma Cold Case Homicide
Murder charge comes nearly 27 years after death of Tacoma woman
Man charged in 1986 ‘cold case’ homicide
Convicted rapist gets 33 years for 1986 murder of Tacoma woman
Family of 1986 murder victim says they can move on now
Inmate already serving 50 years to life sentenced to another 33 years for 1986 Tacoma cold-case murder
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2011 (for child rape case – affirmed)
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2013 (for child rape case – affirmed)
Tacoma cold case to be featured on TV show

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Blurred Truth

INMATE INFORMATION

Christopher Leon Smith

DOC Number: 291523
Offender Name: SMITH, CHRISTOPHER L
Location: Monroe Corrections Center
16550 177th Avenue SE
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 794-2600 Main Number

Monsters Among Us: Wilfred “Bill” Morrisey killed 9-year-old Dolana Clark; Sentenced to LWOP

Dolana Clark
Dolana Clark

Suspect in ’88 slaying found in Colorado
Man Suspected in 1988 Slaying Found in Colorado
Officials decide to exhume body of Dolana Clark
Morrisey found guilty in Dolana Clark murder
Man found guilty in Great Falls girl’s murder
Morrisey sentenced life for murdering 9-year-old girl
Man sentenced to life for murder of 9-year-old girl
Former Weston man gets life for murder
State of Montana v Wilfred Morrisey 2009 (affirmed)
Cable network to air program on Great Falls murder

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Little Girl Lost

INMATE INFORMATION

WilfredMorrisey prison mug

Wilfred Eugene Morrisey
DOC ID# 2103713
NAME: WILFRED EUGENE MORRISEY
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Sunday, March 29, 2015
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Partially Gray
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5 FT 7 IN
WEIGHT: 200 lbs
BUILD: MEDIUM RACE: WHITE
SKIN TONE: LIGHT
L/R HANDED: R YEAR OF BIRTH: 1940
BIRTH PLACE: Illinois
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

AKAs
BILL MORRISEY

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: ADC-02-356
COUNTY: CASCADE COUNTY
JUDGE: MCKITTRICK
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: LIFE OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 8/2/1988
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 1/27/2006
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 0

Serial Killer: David Carpenter *Trailside Killer*

Carpenter victims

Victims
Heather Scaggs
Ellen Hanson
Richard Stowers
Cynthia Moreland
Shauna May [no picture]
Diana O’Connell
Anne Alderson
Anne Kelly Menjivar
Cecelia Ann Sheppard
Bryan Hartnell
Mary Frances Bennett, 23

Defense attorney admits client killed
‘Trailside’ jury begins murder deliberations
Jury hears closing arguments in trial
Carpender guilty Trailside Killings
Jury Asks Death For ‘Trailside Killer’
Jury Urges Death For ‘Trailside Killer’
People of California v David Joseph Carpenter 1999 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
DNA links Marin ‘Trailside Killer’ to ’79 San Francisco slaying
David Carpenter, “The Point Reyes Killer”
Serial Killers Podcast: David Carpenter
Serial Killers Podcast: Victims of David Carpenter
Murderpedia: David Joseph Carpenter
Wikipedia: David Carpenter
Detective’s Daughters Recall ‘Trailside Killer’ Case

Books
The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate
The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers
Inside the Criminal Mind: Revised and Updated Edition [very good book]
Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

Movies/Documentaries
Twisted: Trail of Tears

INMATE INFORMATION

David Carpenter

Name: CARPENTER, DAVID JOSEPH
CDCR#: C96500
Age: 84
Admission Date: 11/26/1984
Current Location: San Quentin
San Quentin, CA 94964
(415) 454-1460

Monsters Among Us: Travis Trevino Runnels killed Stanley A. Wiley, a prison employee

Stanley A WileyFrom Runnels appeal: Appellant did not enjoy working as a janitor at the prison boot factory. On the morning of the day of the murder, he expressed anger at the fact that he had not been transferred to being a barber as he had requested. He told fellow inmate Bud Williams that he was going to be “shipped one way or another” and that “he was going to kill someone.” Appellant said that he would kill Wiley if Wiley said anything to him that morning. Appellant told another inmate, William Gilchrist, that he planned to hold the boot-factory plant manager hostage in the office after the other correctional officers had left. Finally, after appellant had arrived at the boot factory, he told fellow inmate Phillip Yow that he was going to do something.

During the first shift at the boot factory, appellant approached Wiley, raised a knife, tilted Wiley’s head back, and cut his throat. Appellant then wiped the knife with a white rag and walked back toward the trimming tables. When Yow later asked appellant why he had attacked Wiley, appellant said, “It could have been any offender or inmate, you know, as long as they was white.” In response to Yow’s explanation that appellant could get the death penalty if Wiley died, appellant responded, “A dead man can’t talk.”

Wiley did die from the injury. It was later determined that the cut was a twenty-three centimeter long neck wound that transected the external carotid artery and the internal jugular vein and extended in depth to the spine. A medical examiner found that the force required to inflict the wound was “moderate to severe.” Appellant was twenty-six years old when he committed the offense.

Stanley A. Wiley obituary
Officer Down: Supervisor Stanley A. Wiley
Local prisons honor state’s fallen officers in ceremony
Clements fatal attack first since unit opened in 1990, official says
Texas Prison Supervisor Killed in Inmate Attack
Amarillo inmate charged with murder after attack on prison factory supervisor
Capital murder trial moves to punishment phase
Travis Trevino Runnels – Texas Death Row
Death Row Offender Information: Travis Trevino Runnels

Movies/Documentaries
The Mind of a Murderer: Cut Throat Criminal

INMATE INFORMATION

Runnels, Travis Trevino - TDCJ inmatePic Loc: NR2/ EA/ Local News

SID Number: 05134562
TDCJ Number: 00999505
Name: RUNNELS,TRAVIS TREVINO
Race: B
Gender: M
DOB: 1972-12-17
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW

Runnels history

Monsters Among Us: Alan Bryant, along with 3 others, killed Arthur Venecia and his elderly mother, Bessie Fischer

remembering the victims

Find-A-Grave: Authur H Venecia, Jr
Trio’s ‘Perfect Crime’ Is Foiled
Talkative accomplice foils a Miami ‘perfect crime’
Lawyers say confessions in 2 murders no good
Judge must decide on sending 4 to Death Row
Despite empathy from prosecutor, waitress gets death
Dade prosecutor shares the pain as waitress gets death

Books
Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence

Defendants
James Allen Bryant – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Dee Dyne Casteel – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison (died in prison)
Michael Irvine – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison
William Rhodes – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

DeeCasteel prison mug

DC Number: 161033
Name: CASTEEL, DEE D
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 98 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/05/1938
Custody: CLOSE
Release Date: DECEASED
Aliases:
DEE D CASTEEL DEE DYNE CASTEEL

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT,$300 LESS &20,000 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
08/20/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 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 Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/06/1990
08/13/1992 10/07/2002

INMATE INFORMATION

JamesBryant prison mug

DC Number: 109244
Name: BRYANT, JAMES A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/19/1957
Initial Receipt Date: 11/10/1993
Current Facility: FSP WEST UNIT
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
ALAN
JAMES A BRYANT
JAMES ALLEN BRYANT

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
08/20/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D

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 Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/06/1990
11/10/1993 Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

MichaelIrvine prison mug

DC Number: 384893
Name: IRVINE, MICHAEL R
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/03/1944
Initial Receipt Date: 07/19/1993
Current Facility: MARTIN C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MICHAEL IRVINE
MICHAEL R IRVINE
MICHAEL RHAE IRVINE
MIKE IRVINE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 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 Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/31/1990
07/19/1993 Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

WilliamRhodes prison mug

DC Number: 109245
Name: RHODES, WILLIAM E
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 159 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/26/1949
Initial Receipt Date: 10/16/1987
Current Facility: DESOTO ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
WILLIAM E RHODES
WILLIAM E. RHODES

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK HARLEY DAVIDSON
TATTOO LEFT ARM MOTORCYCLE W/ INSIGNIA
TATTOO LEFT ARM PYRAMID W/ EYEBALL
TATTOO RIGHT ARM 2 DOVES – CATHY

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURG/N/ASSLT/OCC.STRUCT. 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 15Y 0M 0D
06/19/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 HOMICIDE,MANSL.CUL.NEGLI 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 15Y 0M 0D

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 Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/08/1990
07/14/1993 Currently Incarcerated

Monsters Among Us: Tracy Beatty killed his mother, Carolyn “Callie” Click; Sentenced to death

dvawareness3From Tracy Beatty’s appeal: Appellant and Click had a volatile and combative relationship. Appellant moved into Click’s house in early October 2003. Although Click told her next-door neighbor and close friend, Betty McCarty, that appellant had assaulted her several times in the past, Click said that she was excited about appellant’s arrival. Click’s excitement, however, vanished shortly after appellant moved in. McCarty testified that Click told her that she asked appellant to leave sometime in October and a second time on November 25, 2003–two days before Thanksgiving and the last day Click was seen alive. Around 4:00 p.m. on November 25th, Click went to McCarty’s house. Click was “stressed out and crying.” Click told McCarty that she was unhappy about the way things were going with appellant and that she had asked appellant to leave:

[Prosecutor:] What did [Click] tell you?

[McCarty:] That she had asked him to leave that day, and that – she said, “I put up with all I’m going to put up with, and I had asked him to leave,” and she was upset about it. And that’s the last time I saw her.

[Prosecutor:] Did she tell you what time that day she had told [appellant] to leave?

[McCarty:] No, sir.

Although McCarty initially testified that Click said that she “asked” appellant to leave, she later clarified that Click said, “I told [appellant] to leave today.” McCarty did not know exactly when the conversation with appellant had occurred that day or when appellant was supposed to leave:

[Defense counsel:] Did [Click] say specifically when . . . she had that conversation with [appellant] or when he was supposed to leave by?

[McCarty:] No, sir. I saw her at 4:00, and I didn’t know anything about it until that time. So I don’t know what time she told him.

Appellant’s cousin, Stacey Killough, testified that appellant arrived at her house later that day between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. driving Click’s car. Killough testified that the drive from Click’s house to her house takes approximately forty-five minutes. Appellant smelled of alcohol but was not intoxicated. Noting Click’s absence, Killough became suspicious because Click was “very protective” of her car and never let anyone else drive it. In fact, Killough had previously seen Click refuse to let appellant drive the car. When Killough asked appellant where Click was, appellant told her that Click was out of town with a friend and would not be back for a few weeks. Because Killough was busy, appellant stayed at Killough’s house for only five to ten minutes.

Lieanna Wilkerson testified that she lived across the road from Click and that they had become close friends. Click told Wilkerson that appellant had assaulted her on several occasions in the past. Once appellant had “beaten her so severely that he had left her for dead.” Click was nevertheless excited that appellant was coming to live with her and hoped that she and appellant could mend their relationship. After appellant moved in with Click, Wilkerson hired him to do odd jobs around her house because he was unemployed. The two became friends, and Wilkerson referred to appellant as “Trey.” Appellant went to her house when he and Click would argue, which was daily. Toward the end of October and the first part of November, appellant house-sat for Wilkerson while she was out of town for several days. Wilkerson extended the offer to appellant because she was concerned about appellant and Click fighting, and she thought it would give them an opportunity to separate from each other. When Wilkerson returned home, appellant’s suitcase was sitting in the living room. Appellant told Wilkerson that Click had packed his things and brought them over. Wilkerson understood this to mean that Click had packed appellant’s suitcase in an effort to kick him out. Appellant, however, returned to Click’s house and continued to live with her. According to Wilkerson, appellant and Click fought daily in November.

Wilkerson described a conversation that she had with appellant in the middle of November in which he expressed his anger with Click. Appellant told Wilkerson about missing a job interview with an electric company that he had been very excited about. Click refused to drive him to the interview, saying that “she just didn’t feel like it.” Wilkerson knew that appellant could not drive himself because Click refused to let appellant, who did not have a driver’s license, borrow her car. Around the same time, appellant told Wilkerson that he thought about harming Click:

[Wilkerson:] I know [appellant] had said they were underpinning her house, and he had gotten upset . . . . And they had gotten into a huge fight, and she was yelling at him, and he just made an offhand comment, “I can’t believe she handed me that hammer.” He said, “Because all I could think about was hitting her in the head with it.” And I said, “Trey,” and he goes, “Well, I couldn’t do it.” He said, “If I shoved her under there, she would have just started stinking.”

Tracy Beatty v State of Texas 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Man on Death Row for Mother’s Slaying Loses Appeal
Tracy Lane Beatty v William Stephens 2014 denied COA (certificate of appealability)
Murderpedia: Tracy Lane Beatty
Tracy Lane Beatty – Texas Death Row
Pen Pal request

Movies/Documentaries
The Mind of a Murderer: Bad to the Bone

INMATE INFORMATION

TracyBeatty

SID Number: 02579594
TDCJ Number: 00999484
Name: BEATTY,TRACY
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1961-01-23
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2003-11-25
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER (DEATH)
Sentence Date: 2004-08-10
County: SMITH
Case No.: 241-0978-04
Sentence (YY-MM-DD) death

News Archive: Petit Family murders


Petit Family

Victims
William Petit, (survived)
Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48
Hayley Petit, 17
Michaela Petit, 11

Three killed in Connecticut home invasion 7/23/2007 Cheshire, CT *2 men, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, arrested*
Update: Deadly Home Invasion in CT *Suspects named: Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steve Hayes; charges include Aggravated Sexual Assault *
Update: Petit Family murders *Deaths ruled homicides, more charges expected; suspects arraigned in court, bail set at $15 million each*
Update: Petit Family murders *State is seeking the death penalty*
Update: Petit Family murders – Private funeral held for family
Update: Petit Family murders *Search warrants released – new details given*
Update: Petit Family murder *Trial for Steven Hayes begins Monday*
Update: Petit Family murders *Steven Hayes convicted; faces death penalty*
Update: Petit Family murders *Both defendants convicted and sentenced to death*

Books
Murder in Connecticut: The Shocking Crime That Destroyed A Family And United A Community

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Family on Sorghum Mill Drive
The Cheshire Murders

INMATE INFORMATION

StevenHayes

Inmate Number: 97425
Inmate Name: HAYES,STEVEN JOSEPH
Date of Birth: 5/30/1963
Latest Admission Date: 5/5/2003
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 12/2/2010
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE

INMATE INFORMATION

Joshua Komisarjevsky

nmate Number: 299047
Inmate Name: KOMISARJEVSKY,JOSHUA A
Date of Birth: 8/10/1980
Latest Admission Date: 3/11/2002
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 1/27/2012
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: 10/5/2017
Detainer: NONE

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