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    August 28: 2014: 5 children killed by their father, Timothy Ray Jones: he is facing the death penalty. His trial begins Oct. 15, 2019.
    Nahtahn, 6 (beaten to death)
    Merah, 8 (strangled)
    Elias, 7 (strangled)
    Gabriel, 2 (strangled)
    Elaine, 1 (strangled)

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Monsters Among Us: David Katz killed 2 people and wounded several others before killing himself at a Jacksonville Landing video game tournament

Victims
Elijah Clayton, 22
Taylor Robertson, 28
Timothy Anselimo, 26 [survived]
David Echevarria, 28 [survived]
George Amadeo II, 27 [survived]
Alexander Madunic, 27 [survived]
Christopher McFarland, 31 [survived]

Taylor Robertson ‘SpotMePlzzz’: A Tribute to the Madden Shooting Victim
Family of Jacksonville Landing shooting victim has hole that will never be filled
3 dead, including suspect, in mass shooting at Jacksonville Landing
Jacksonville deadly shooting: Fellow gamer says ‘something was off’ about suspect David Katz
Taylor Robertson, Elijah Clayton named as victims in ‘Madden’ shooting
Jacksonville shooting victims identified as father, former high school football player
Gunman at Jacksonville Landing gaming event kills 2 before killing himself, investigators say
Career Tampa gamer shot 3 times at Landing ‘destroyed’ over injuries to hand
FBI swarms family home of Jacksonville Landing gunman David Katz
Who is David Katz? What we know about the Jacksonville Madden shooting suspect
What we know about Jacksonville shooting suspect David Katz
Jacksonville shooting: Leading YouTube gamers pay tribute to competitors who were shot dead at e-sports tournament in Florida
gogundme: Madden Community Fallen Angels
gofundme: Taylor Robertson Memorial Fund


David Katz

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Monsters Among Us: Cristhian Bahena Rivera charged with the murder of college student Mollie Tibbetts


Mollie Tibbetts

Mollie Tibbetts’ boyfriend speaks about her disappearance
Mollie Tibbetts is still missing after nearly 4 weeks; investigators hope a website will help in the search
Mollie Tibbetts missing for nearly a month
Mollie Tibbetts’ father says he is putting his faith in the investigators
Mollie Tibbetts, University of Iowa student, found dead: A timeline of events
Mollie Tibbetts: Timeline of Iowa student’s death; Cristhian Bahena Rivera updates
Mollie Tibbetts search: An undocumented immigrant has been charged with first-degree murder
Read the criminal complaint, arrest warrant in the Mollie Tibbetts case
Mollie Tibbetts: Everything we know about the case
Mollie Tibbetts Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Mollie Tibbetts died from ‘multiple sharp force injuries,’ preliminary autopsy finds
Cristhian Bahena Rivera: What we know about suspect in Mollie Tibbetts murder case
Wikipedia: Disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts


Cristhian Bahena Rivera

Execution Alert: Billy Ray Irick for the murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer


Paula Dyer

Looking back at the1985 murder of Paula Dyer
Remembering Why: Rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer
‘He knew what he was doing:’ Looking back on Paula Dyer’s last day on Earth
Tennessee convicted child killer Billy Ray Irick picks deluxe burger combo as last meal before execution
Countdown to execution: Why it took over 30 years to execute Billy Ray Irick
Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade
Paula Dyer Killed 32 Years Before Potential Death Penalty Will Be Carried Out
A Look Back: Billy Ray Irick to be executed for 1985 murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer
U.S. Supreme Court will not stop Irick’s execution; Sotomayor says we have ‘accepted barbarism’
Detective in death row inmate’s case: ‘How could you do that to a 7-year-old child?’
Tennessee execution: What will happen on the day of Billy Ray Irick’s execution?
Watch live: Billy Ray Irick’s execution press conference
Billy Ray Irick execution: Inmate says “I’m really sorry” before death

INMATE INFORMATION

IRICK, BILLY RAY
Alias: IRICK, BILLY

TOMIS ID: 00113945
Birth Date: 08/26/1958
Race: W
Sex: M
Supervision Status: INCARCERATED
Location: RMSI
Sentence Begin: 11/03/1986
Sentence End:
Parole Eligibility :
Parole Hearing:
Hearing Result:

Monsters Among Us: Brett Boettler and his family are charged in the horrific murders of Alize Smith and Jarron Moreland, who were dismembered and chained to cinder blocks before being thrown into a pond

Victims
Alize Smith, 21
Jarron Moreland, 21

I am so saddened that these victims have basically been forgotten by the media. And why? There is no valid reason. This is a horrific case with 2 young men being executed and then dismembered. And after that they are chained to cinder blocks and thrown into a pond. Who does that? A teen is charged with the murders, and 3 others, including his mother, are charged with helping him cover it up. HIS MOTHER helped. Wow. What a shining example of motherhood. I am disgusted by this. How can they even think is was okay to do? It’s not. Now 2 families are without their loved one forever. A child has lost his father. Mothers lost their sons. For what? Nothing. And no one cares. I beg of all of my readers to not forget them. Remember them and their loved ones. They deserve to be remembered. After all, they did have lives, too.

Man shot, possibly abducted from grocery store parking lot in Moore
Moore police searching for missing men, believed to be in danger
Remains of 2 men found dismembered, chained to cinder blocks in pond
Four charged in connection to double murder; bodies “found dismembered” in OKC pond
Family Mourns Loss Of Moore Shooting Victim
2 black men found dismembered and chained in Oklahoma pond not victims of hate crime, prosecutor says
2 Men Accused Of Being Accessories In Moore Murder Investigation
Family Accused of Killing, Dismembering and Hiding Bodies of Two Men in Craigslist Gun Deal Gone Wrong
Teen, family members charged after two men found dismembered in Oklahoma pond
Multi-million dollar bond set for men connected to Craigslist double murder
Mother of dismembered murder victim in Craigslist exchange calls for justice
Jarron Moreland & Alize Smith: 5 Fast Facts You need to Know
Crystal Boettler & Brett Boettler: 5 Fast Facts to Know
OK – Alize Smith, 21, & Jarron Moreland, 21, Moore, 14 Apr 2018 *Arrest*
Prosecutors Are Not Pursuing Hate-Crime Charges in the Oklahoma Killings of Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland
gofundme: Trust for Jarron Jr.

Defendants
Brett Boettler
Kevin Garcia-Boettler
Crystal Boettler
Johnny Barker


Brett Boettler

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: GARCIA-BOETTLER, KEVIN DON
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 23
Location: Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
Race: White
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 88239
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 05/11/1995
Additional Information:

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: BOETTLER, CRYSTAL RACHELLE
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 40
Location: Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
Race: White
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 128346
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 04/22/1978
Additional Information:

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: BARKER, JOHNNY SHANE
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 43
Location: Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
Race: White
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 1794
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 08/12/1974
Additional Information:

Psycho For Love: Steven Vargas killed his wife, Rebecca; Convicted, sentenced to 5 years to life; Up for parole now

From Vargas’ appeal: In January 1994, Steven and Rebecca Vargas married each other for the second time.   Less than a month into the second marriage, Vargas was eating lunch at an Ogden restaurant with his aunt, Vicki Pubela.   Pubela noted her pleasure at seeing the couple back together and asked him what he would do if his marriage failed again.   Vargas told her he “would kill Rebecca first.”   Pubela then replied that he did not really mean that, to which he responded, “Oh, yes, I do.”

Similarly, about eight months later, the Vargases had a fight at the North East Flagging Company, where the couple worked.   Immediately afterward, Steven Vargas told several witnesses, “If she ever leaves me again, I’ll kill her.”   Finally, in October of 1995, Steven Vargas and Gary Heward, a deputy Weber county attorney were discussing the O.J. Simpson murder trial, when Vargas stated, “If a black man can do that and get away with it, so can a Mexican.”

A month before Vargas’s conversation with Heward, Rebecca Vargas told Melinda McClain, Steven Vargas’s youngest sister, that she was considering leaving her husband.   Two months later, in November 1995, the couple told the Vargas family that they were divorcing.

On December 22, 1995, Robert Escobel, Steven Vargas’s half-brother, called Steven Vargas to arrange a visit.   During the conversation, “out of the blue,” Vargas asked Escobel if he would kill his wife:  “All you gotta do is, I’ll fly you down here, you can hit her over the head with a bat a couple of times.   She’s so small, she’ll die.   I’ll fly you right back.   You’ll be in and out in a few hours.”   Escobel refused, and his brother responded, “If you don’t do it, I’ve got something else in the works.”

Rebecca Vargas met with McClain three days later, on Christmas, at a local bowling alley and bar, Ben Lomond Lanes, for drinks.   The two were joined by Monty Vorwaller, a police officer whom Rebecca Vargas was dating.   Rebecca Vargas told McClain that in three days (December 28) she would be moving out of the trailer house in which she was then living with her husband and Mike Reid, his nephew, and into an apartment.

On December 27, Rebecca Vargas called Vorwaller and told him she was moving that day.   Around noon, Reid helped her load some cleaning supplies into her Jeep. She then drove to her new apartment, which was one of three apartments she and her husband maintained and managed.   After cleaning there for several hours, she returned to the trailer house, and Reid drove the Jeep to work.

After working until about 5:00 p.m. on that same day, Steven Vargas went to the Sand Trap, a private club, and then to Ben Lomond Lanes, where he talked with Garrett Bell and told him he was breaking up with his wife.   At about 6:15, Steven Vargas went home.   Before leaving, he told Bell he would be back at around 7:30 that evening to meet a woman;  however, he did not return.

At about 6:30 p.m., the Vargases and their two children ate dinner at a buffet restaurant in Ogden.   From this point until about 10:30 that evening, there are two versions of events.1  According to Steven Vargas, after eating dinner, the family went to a theater and watched the movie “Toy Story.”   At 9:00 p.m., they went to another restaurant to get drinks and returned home at about 9:30 p.m. At this time, Rebecca Vargas left to go check on her apartment.

However, the State contends that between 6:30 and 7:00 that evening, Steven Vargas’s nephew, Ryan Hawley, arrived at the trailer house to babysit the couple’s two children so that they could go out for the evening.2  Because Reid had driven the Jeep to work, the Vargases left in their other vehicle, an Oldsmobile.   At trial, the State theorized that sometime that evening between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Steven Vargas attacked and seriously wounded his wife outside her new apartment, then left her for dead.   Afterward, he returned to the trailer house alone, arriving at about 10:00 p.m. He told Hawley that his wife had gone to make some minor repairs at her apartment.   Hawley left shortly afterward.

Both sides agree that at about 10:30 p.m., Steven Vargas telephoned Melinda McClain, asking if Rebecca Vargas was with her.   On learning that she was not there, Vargas asked McClain to check on her at the apartment, explaining he was unable to do so himself because Reid had taken the Jeep to work and his wife had taken the Oldsmobile to the apartment.   McClain agreed to go to the apartment.

At about 11:00 p.m., Melinda McClain and her husband David arrived at the Vargases’ trailer house.   Reid had just returned with the Jeep, as well.   The McClains told Steven Vargas that they had driven by the apartment and had seen the Oldsmobile parked out front. After talking for about forty-five minutes, the McClains prepared to leave, telling Steven Vargas they would drive by Ben Lomond Lanes to see if Rebecca Vargas had gone there, and, if they did not see her car there, they would again drive by the apartment.

Not finding the Oldsmobile at the bowling alley, Melinda and David McClain returned to the apartment.   They parked behind the Oldsmobile, which was still there, and knocked on the apartment door. When nobody answered, Melinda McClain began to walk around the building.   Before getting all the way around the building, however, she heard moaning.   She brought her husband to the northeast corner of the porch to listen.   In addition to the moaning, they also heard a low, calm, indiscernible, masculine voice.3  Melinda McClain also thought she saw somebody crouched over in the bushes;  however, her husband believed she was simply imagining things.   Based on what they heard, the McClains concluded Rebecca Vargas was having sexual relations with someone.   It was now about 12:30 a.m. The McClains left, went to a nearby convenience store, and called Steven Vargas, telling him his wife was at the apartment and “it sounded like she was having sex with someone.”   Vargas told them to “let her have her fun” and go home.

Instead of going home, the McClains returned to the apartment for the third time that night.   This time they heard nothing.   They went to Ben Lomond Lanes and then returned, once more, to the apartment.   It was now about 1:00 a.m. As the McClains approached the apartment, they discovered the Vargases’ Jeep parked next to the Oldsmobile.   They drove to an adjacent street and waited. Shortly afterward, Steven Vargas walked out from the east side of the apartment building wearing his robe and shaking his head.   As he approached the Jeep, he ducked down and appeared to wipe something off himself.   The McClains drove away without confronting him, but he saw the couple stopped at a nearby intersection.   Vargas pulled over in the Jeep, and the McClains got out of their car to speak with him.   He stated that he did not want his wife to think he was spying on her and asked them to not “tell anybody I was here.”   As they parted, he reiterated, “Don’t tell anybody I was here, and whatever happens, don’t tell anybody I was here.”   The McClains again returned to the apartment, for the fifth time that night, but heard nothing and went home.

At about 6:00 that morning, Vargas called the McClains and once more asked them to check on his wife.   Melinda McClain told him to call the police and ask them to go to the apartment.   He did so, but the police refused to send anyone over because Vargas said he had no reason to believe Rebecca was in danger.   He again called the McClains and they went to the apartment.

Melinda McClain knocked on the door and, after getting no response, entered the apartment.   She did not find Rebecca Vargas inside.   She then began searching outside the building.   As she came around the east side of the building, she found Rebecca Vargas’s body lying on the ground.   Rebecca Vargas was lying on her back.   Her sweatshirt and bra had both been pulled up to her chin, exposing her chest and abdomen.   The temperature that morning was about 20 degrees, and Rebecca Vargas’s hair, face, and clothes were covered with frozen blood.   There was a pool of blood by her head and a larger pool at her feet.   Nearby was a battery-operated lantern, a set of keys, and a cigarette lighter.   The lantern was covered in her blood and a clump of her hair.   Later investigation revealed that Steven Vargas owned a similar lantern;  however, it could not be found at his trailer house after the murder.   Steven Vargas’s fingerprints were identified on the lantern’s battery.

Rebecca Vargas died from repeated blows to the top of her head, which extensively fractured her skull and resulted in swelling of the brain and loss of blood, as well as hypothermia.   Some of the blows were inflicted while she was either standing or sitting upright.   These injuries were located toward the back half of the top of the skull, and the weapon that inflicted these injuries was not found.   The more serious injuries, however, were located toward the front of the skull and were inflicted while she was lying on the ground or pressed against a stationary object, such as a wall.   Dr. Maureen Frikke, a forensic pathologist and the State’s expert witness, testified that these injuries could have come from the lantern found at the scene.   Dr. Frikke could not determine whether the injuries were all inflicted in one attack or in two separate attacks, as the State contended at trial.4

Dr. Frikke concluded that Rebecca Vargas likely survived for several hours after the initial attack and was lying on her stomach for some time.   She was discovered lying on her back, however, and the pool of blood at her feet was several feet away from any of her injuries at the time she was discovered.   Thus, someone had moved her body after the initial attack but before Melinda McClain discovered it.   Again, at trial, the State contended that this occurred when Vargas returned to the scene of the crime at about 1:00 a.m. Additionally, Dr. Frikke found that some of the injuries to Rebecca Vargas’s face occurred after her death.

Shortly after the discovery of the body, the McClains went to the Ogden police station.   At about 8:30 that same morning, Steven Vargas also went to the police station, explaining that he was there to pay traffic tickets and fees for expired license tags for the McClains.   Upon Vargas’s arrival, Officer Scott McGregor told him that he needed to talk to him.   Vargas agreed to answer questions, but was not informed of his wife’s death.

For six hours, the police intermittently, but extensively, questioned him about his whereabouts the previous night and his relationship with Rebecca Vargas.   He never asked about his wife or why he was being questioned, although he was read his rights and asked how to contact Rebecca’s family.   Vargas confirmed that he had driven by the apartment the previous night, but asserted that he had remained in his car and not stopped.   Later, however, he stated that he did get out of the car and went around to the east side of the building.

A subsequent search of the trailer house and Jeep revealed that the clothes Steven Vargas wore to the apartment the night before had been cleaned.   Additionally, in the Jeep, police noted that the driver’s side floor mat was “unusually free of leaves and cleaner than the rest of the jeep’s floor areas, including the other floor mats.”   Nevertheless, the police found leaf fragments under the driver’s side floor mat.   On one of the fragments, they found blood that matched Rebecca’s DNA.

Steven Vargas was later arrested and held in the county jail.   While there, two inmates alleged that he confessed to the killing.   Don Baize was in jail on a charge of attempted murder.   Following a conversation with Vargas, Baize asked his probation officer to talk to prosecutors about a plea bargain in exchange for information.   The State agreed, and Baize gave a statement that Vargas had told him, “I knew Becky was going to leave, she was seeing someone else, it drove me crazy, and that is why I killed the f* * *ing bitch, I beat the f* * * out of the bitch.”   The other inmate, Jeff Combe, was a previous acquaintance of Vargas’s and was in jail on forgery charges.   According to Combe, Vargas confessed the killing to him to “get it off his chest.”   He allegedly told Combe that “I won’t put up with her leaving me for a cop [i.e., Vorwaller].   I warned her if you ever leave me again I will kill you.”

A jury convicted Vargas of murder, and he appeals.

Ogden man arrested in wife’s bludgeoning death
Vargas found guilty of 1st-degree murder in December 1995 beating death of wife
Man seeking parole in wife’s death says he killed her
Man gets 5-to-life term for killing his wife a year ago
Stephen Vargas admits to killing wife years after her beating death in 1995
Next parole hearing for Ogden killer Stephen Vargas set for 2026
State of Utah v Stephen 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
American Monster: Backyard Daddy

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 121479
Offender Name: STEPHEN ELLIARD VARGAS
DOB: Tue, 6 Sep 1955
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 230
Sex: M
Location: UTAH STATE PRISON
Housing Facility: WASATCH
Parole Hearing:
Aliases:
LEFT FIELD
STEPHEN ELLIARD VARGAS

Execution Alert: Jose Antonio Jimenez for the murder of 63-year-old Phyliss Minas

Governor signs death warrant in ’92 murder
More than 25 years after she was killed, her killer will be executed
Florida man scheduled to be executed for 1992 murder of North Miami woman
Florida man schedule to be executed for 1992 murder
Crime and Punishment: Jose Antonio Jimenez – Florida Execution – August 14, 2018 (has a lot of information including a timelime)

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 406677
Name: JIMENEZ, JOSE A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 302 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/12/1963
Initial Receipt Date: 07/01/1998
Current Facility: FLORIDA STATE PRISON
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Monsters Among Us: John D. Miller charged with the 1988 rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley


April Tinsley

Grabill man charged with the cold-case murder of April Tinsley
Police make arrest in April Tinsley murder, 1988 Fort Wayne cold case
Police make arrest in April Tinsley case
Arrest made in notorious April Tinsley cold case
Man arrested in notorious April Tinsley cold case
Man arrested in connection with 30-year-old cold case rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley
DNA evidence credited for arrest in April Tinsley’s 1988 killing
Cold Case Confession: April Marie Tinsley’s Killer Caught, Say Police
Community reacts to Tinsley case arrest
Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery
DNA evidence credited for arrest in April Tinsley’s 1988 killing
Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Notes from a Killer


John D Miller

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