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Monsters Among Us: Nicholas Stofer abducted and killed 5-year-old Alie Berrelez; Stofer died of a drug overdose in 2001

Alie Berrelez
Alie Berrelez

DNA Evidence Shows Neighbor Killed Alie Berrelez
1993 killing of Englewood 5-year-old Alie Berrelez solved: It was neighbor long suspected and now dead
Cold Case of Murdered 5-Year-Old Alie Berrelez Solved
DNA in child’s murder matches suspect – years after his death
Alie Berrelez Murder: DNA from underwear links chief suspect Nicholas Stofer 18 years later
Resolving 1993 murder of Englewood 5-year-old took an advances in forensic science
Ridgeway case brings up difficult memories

Nicholas Stofer
Nicholas Stofer

Michael T. LaHood Jr. murder 8/15/1996 San Antonio, TX *Mauriceo Mashawn Brown executed, 2 others sentenced to life in prison*

Palo Duro Street San Antonio
Michael LaHood’s home, where he was shot and killed

In all of the controversy surrounding this case with Kenneth Foster and his death sentence (later commuted to life in prison), the real victim, Michael T. LaHood Jr. has been forgotten. Web pages and articles about Foster and Brown are all over the web. But nothing for Michael LaHood. So please, take some time to remember Michael and his loved ones. There are many who still miss and love him. No matter your stand on the death penalty, here, Michael is the one to be remembered.

Mauriceo Mashawn Brown #1033
Mauriceo M. Brown # 999234
New Criminologist
ProDeathPenalty about 1/2 way down
Killer Appealing Date With Death
Death Row Inmate From SA Granted Hearing
SA Man Set To Die Wednesday For Killing Law Student
San Antonio man executed for killing law student
San Antonio Man executed for killing student
San Antonio man executed for 1996 slaying
Point Austin: One Small Step
Execution Report: Mauriceo Brown
Murderpedia: Mauriceo Mashawn Brown
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Kenneth Eugene Foster v. Doug Dretke 2006 (habeas corpus – denied)
Governor calls off execution in controversial Texas case
Murderpedia: Kenneth E. Foster Jr.

Defendants
Mauriceo Mashawn Brown – convicted, executed 7/19/2006
Kenneth Foster – convicted, sentenced to death, sentence to death, commuted to life in prison
Julius Steen – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
DeWayne Dillard – charged but never tried, in prison for another murder

Mauriceo Mashawn Brown
Mauriceo Mashawn Brown

Last Statement:
Yes, I do. To the victim’s family, I am sorry you lost a brother, loved one, and friend. To my family, I love you all. Keep your heads ups and know I will be in a better place. And you all look after Aleda and make sure she is a part of this family. I appreciate you all and love you. I apologize that you lost a loved one this way. God bless you all. O.K. Warden.

TX Inmate Info: Mauriceo Brown

INMATE INFORMATION

Kenneth Foster

SID Number: 05331848
TDCJ Number: 01451768
Name: FOSTER, KENNETH
Race: B
Gender: M
DOB: 1976-10-22
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: ALFRED HUGHES
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2036-08-19

Next Parole Review Date
08/19/2036

Foster offense history

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 05560425
TDCJ Number: 01162056
Name: STEEN, JULIUS
Race: B
Gender: M
DOB: 1976-11-04
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2026-08-15

Next Parole Review Date 08/15/2026

Offense History
Offense Date: 1996-08-15
Offense: AGG ROBBERY
Sentence Date: 2003-03-24
County: BEXAR
Case No.: 1996CR5255D
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 9999-99-99

Fetal Psycho: Darci Pierce killed Cindy Ray and cut out her baby to keep as her own; Sentenced to life in prison

Cindy Lynn Ray
Cindy Lynn Ray

A mother, a baby – and a murder
Pregnant woman killed for baby
Innocence claimed in murder-kidnap
Jury finds ex-Oregon woman guilty of murder, mentally ill
Woman gets life term for murder, kidnap
Killer of pregnant Utahn will appeal conviction
Baby theft pierces Utahn
The Murder of Cindy Ray
Desperate for a Child : On a Muggy Summer Day, Darci Pierce Decided She Would Kill to Have a Baby
Psychologist recalls evaluating woman who cut baby from mother in ’87
10 Cases of Fetal Abduction in the US

Books
Hush Little Baby

INMATE INFORMATION

Darci Pierce
Details

Last Name: PIERCE
First Name: DARCI
Middle Name: KAYLEEN
NMCD#: 36678
Offender#: 43635
Offender Status: INMATE
Facility/Region:NMWCF
Probation/Parole Officer:

Demographics

Height: 5ft 4in
Weight: 140
Eye Color: HAZEL
Hair Color: BROWN
Complexion:
Ethnicity:
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Education: 12
Alias: RICKUR, DARCI KAYLEEN

Current Offense(s) Court Judgment
CHILD ABUSE NOT GBH/DEATH 1ST OFF (CR 43635) GUILTY-MNTL ILL
KIDNAPPING (CR 43635) GUILTY-MNTL ILL
MURDER 1ST DEGREE (CR 43635) GUILTY-MNTL ILL

Psycho For Love: Joseph Kent McGowen shot and killed Susan White because she refused to date him

3407 Amber Forest
Susan’s home: 3407 Amber Forest

Killer behind the badge
The Death of Susan White
Joseph Kenton McGowen v The State of Texas 2000 (conviction overturned)
Rogue cop’ gets 20 years in killing
Transcript: American Justice: A Warrant to Kill
Jason Aguillard, et al. v Joseph K. McGowen et al. 2000

Books
A Warrant to Kill: A True Story of Obsession, Lies and a Killer Cop
Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill

Movies/Documentaries
American Justice: A Warrant to Kill
Tabloid: Law and Disorder

INMATE INFORMATION

JosephMcGowen

SID Number: 05023469
TDCJ Number: 01090641
Name: MCGOWEN,JOSEPH K
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1965-04-03
Maximum Sentence Date: 2022-03-10
Current Facility: PACK I
Projected Release Date: 2022-03-10
Parole Eligibility Date: 2007-03-10

Last Parole Decision
Denied on 02/07/2014

NEXT REVIEW (01/2016)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.
Denial reason(s): 2D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

Next Parole Review Date
01/2016

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1992-08-25
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2002-04-02
County: HARRIS
Case No.: 647853
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 20-00-00

Prison Escape: William Timothy Kirk, aided by his lawyer Mary Evans, escape from prison when he was supposed to be seeing a psychologist for his upcoming murder trial

remembering the victims

Escaped inmate convicted in absentia
Trial For Convict Makes U.S. Legal History
Convict Who Escaped Found Guilty in 2 Deaths
Convict Believed to ‘Control’ Lawyer
Fugitive convict, lawyer on lam 5 months arrested
Fugitive Lawyer, Con Nabbed
Escaped convict, lawyer captured
Judge Gives Kirk 40 Years; Evans Sentencing Set Today
Disbarred lawyer moving to Florida
Kirk Book Details Escape

Books
Against The Law

Movies/Documentaries
Tabloid: Bad Boys
FBI: The Untold Stories: Evans vs. Evans

Mary Evans
Mary Evans

INMATE INFORMATION

Timothy Kirk

KIRK, WILLIAM TIMOTHY
TOMIS ID: 00085329
Birth Date: 01/22/1947
Race: W
Sex: M
Supervision Status: INCARCERATED
Location: WTSP
Sentence Begin: 02/21/1978
Sentence End:
Parole Eligibility : 06/08/2010
Parole Hearing: 08/20/2015
Hearing Result:

Robert Cohen murder 1/20/1993 Peekskill, NY *Killed over a debt by Chris Oscar DeJesus for Richard Balter and 2 other associates*

remembering the victimsRichard Balter was the president and sole shareholder of Northeastern Poly Products, Inc. (“NPP”) of Fairfield, New Jersey. NPP sold and distributed plastic bag products. Balter met Kenneth Cutler in the mid-1980’s when Cutler was working for one of NPP’s customers. Balter and Cutler had an arrangement under which Balter paid cash kickbacks to Cutler in exchange for the purchase of NPP’s products. The cash for these kickbacks was generated by issuing checks to the fictitious payee “Robert Katz.” In 1992, Balter hired Cutler to work at NPP, and shortly after Cutler arrived, Balter and Cutler formed another plastic bag product company, International Syndication of America (“ISA”).
Robert Cohen owned and operated Uneeda Manufacturing Corporation (“Uneeda”) in the Bronx, New York. Uneeda was an NPP customer that manufactured garbage cans and distributed plastic garbage bags. Uneeda was NPP’s most delinquent account. By the early 1990’s, Uneeda’s outstanding balance had grown to approximately $600,000. Balter initially tried to collect this debt by calling Cohen, and Cutler became involved with these collection efforts soon after joining NPP. Cutler had known Cohen for many years prior to his involvement with Balter. In fact, Cutler had been Cohen’s best man at his wedding. Cutler believed that NPP could not withstand the “financial blow” if Uneeda defaulted. At one point, Cutler commented to an NPP employee that “something had to be done” and that “he was going [to] take care of the Uneeda problem.”

Cohen began to worry that his business relationship with NPP had deteriorated to such a point that Balter would refuse to supply him with products. Fearing that this would thwart Uneeda’s ability to make sales and generate income to pay its debts, Cohen discussed this problem with his long-time insurance agent, Jefferey Liederman, at New York Life Insurance Company (“New York Life”). Liederman suggested that Cohen take out a life insurance policy and that he name Balter as the beneficiary as a sign of good faith to convince
Balter not to cut off Uneeda’s product supply. Cohen agreed.

Balter and Cutler were also Liederman’s clients, and Liederman discussed the Uneeda account deficit with them over lunch on several occasions. After Cohen agreed to take out the life insurance policy, Liederman reviewed with Balter the tax advantages that he would
gain as the owner and beneficiary of that policy.

In February 1992, New York Life received an application for a $600,000 life insurance policy designating Cohen as the owner of the policy and his estate as the beneficiary. The application was accepted. About a month later, New York Life received a change of
beneficiary form changing the ownership of the policy to Richard Balter and designating “Richard Balter-Creditor” as the new beneficiary. Balter paid the first month’s premium on the policy and each monthly payment thereafter.

In September 1992, Cutler contacted Gustavo Gil, a former co-worker. Cutler and Gil had worked together at the Chrysler Corporation beginning in 1979, but they had not spoken in several years. Cutler told Gil that he wanted to introduce him to a friend, but would
not explain the reason for the introduction.

Gil met Cutler and Balter at a diner in Secaucus, New Jersey. After introductions, Balter told Gil that “there was a person who owed him a lot of money and who ha[d] insulted him and he wanted this man shot and killed.” Balter described the victim as a businessman in the Bronx, but he did not name him. Balter asked Gil if he knew anyone who could do the killing, and Gil indicated that he did. Balter explained that he was willing to pay “ten thousand dollars or more if necessary” for the murder. Cutler instructed Gil to call them when he located someone to commit the murder. Balter and Cutler also offered to set Gil up in NPP’s warehouse so that Gil could start his own business.

Over the course of the next month, Balter and Cutler pressed Gil to find someone to commit the murder. NPP’s bankers were threatening to withdraw NPP’s line of credit due to concern about the Uneeda account. Balter gave Gil an office in the NPP warehouse and other assistance to start his own business reconditioning automotive engines. During this period, Gil learned that Cohen was the intended victim. On one occasion, he travelled with Balter’s driver to Uneeda at Balter’s behest. Gil met Cohen at Uneeda and engaged him in conversation for approximately five minutes.

In December 1992, Gil contacted Manuel Garcia at a video store in Brooklyn, New York, to help him find someone to kill Cohen. Garcia had worked for Gil in 1989, and Garcia had often talked about the people he knew in a gang called the “Tigres.” Garcia had told Gil that the “Tigres” were involved in drug sales, murders, and other violent crimes.

Gil told Garcia that the people he represented would pay $10,000 to have Cohen killed. Garcia expressed interest and said that he had “just the guy” to carry out the murder. Garcia immediately introduced Gil to DeJesus. DeJesus acknowledged that he had done this type of work in the past, but stated that he had not done it recently. However, he admitted that he needed the money and therefore agreed to commit the murder. DeJesus demanded half of the money in advance. Gil then drove DeJesus to Uneeda and explained to him the details of the plan to kill Cohen.

Gil went to Balter that same day and informed him that DeJesus would do the job for $10,000, if half was paid up front. Balter gave Gil $5,000 in cash that he had generated by writing checks for fictitious expenses. Gil delivered the $5,000 to DeJesus the following day.

Meanwhile, Balter and Cutler were planning the details of the murder. On January 8, 1993, they drove to Cohen’s home near Peekskill, New York. They considered ambushing Cohen in his own neighborhood but concluded that Cohen’s business in the Bronx would be a better location for the killing. While Balter and Cutler were near Cohen’s house, his housekeeper spotted them and became suspicious. She told Cohen what she had seen and described Balter’s car to him. Cohen became concerned and contacted Liederman. He told Liederman that he believed that Balter meant to harm him and indicated that he wanted Balter removed as the beneficiary of the insurance policy. Liederman explained that Balter owned the policy and that Cohen therefore could no longer change the beneficiary.

Gil and DeJesus drove to Uneeda on the morning of January 19, 1993. Garcia was originally supposed to drive DeJesus, but the two had had a disagreement, and Gil had assented that morning to drive DeJesus to the murder scene. Cohen arrived late for work. By the time he arrived, the street was too busy to attempt the shooting. Gil and DeJesus left Uneeda and went directly to Balter’s office at NPP to tell him of the aborted attempt. They agreed to try again the next morning. Balter stressed to DeJesus that he wanted Cohen dead, not injured. He told DeJesus to shoot Cohen in the head and to drop a bag of cocaine by the body to give the appearance of a drug-related killing. DeJesus assured Balter that he knew what to do and that he had done this before. Balter also told DeJesus that “if there are
other people there when [Cohen’s] there . . . shoot them all.”

Gil and DeJesus drove to Uneeda the next morning, January 20, 1993. When Cohen arrived, DeJesus engaged him in a short conversation and then shot him at least three times in the chest with a pistol. An eyewitness to the shooting described the shooter as a light-skinned Hispanic man, between 21-27 years old, approximately 5’6,” of medium build, with straight black bangs and a mustache.

After the murder, Gil and DeJesus drove back to NPP. Balter gave DeJesus more money and told him that he would give him additional money “in a couple of months.” Cohen remained unconscious until he died on March 5, 1993. Balter and Cutler then submitted a claim form requesting payment on the life insurance policy.

In the meantime, federal law enforcement agents began investigating the murder. Shortly after the investigation commenced, Gil admitted his role in the killing and secretly began cooperating with federal officers. He surreptitiously recorded numerous live and telephone conversations with each of his co-conspirators. The taped conversations include discussions about the murder, the cover-up, and payments made to DeJesus for committing the murder. They largely corroborate Gil’s extensive testimony identifying the different roles
each of the defendants had in the murder scheme.

Moore man charged in shooting death of NYC businessman
United States of America v Richard Balter, Kenneth Cutler,and Chris Oscar DeJesus 1996
United States of America v Manuel Garcia 2001 (denied reduction of sentence)
United States of America v Manuel Garcia 2002
United States of America v Richard Balter 2010

Defendants
Chris Oscar DeJesus – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Richard Balter – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Kenneth Cutler – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Manuel Garcia – convicted, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

CHRIS OSCAR DEJESUS
Register Number: 17025-057
Age: 44
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Tucson USP
Release Date: LIFE

INMATE INFORMATION

RICHARD BALTER
Register Number: 17432-050
Age: 68
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Petersburg Medium FCI
Release Date: LIFE

INMATE INFORMATION

KENNETH CUTLER
Register Number: 17433-050
Age: 67
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Otisville FCI
Release Date: LIFE

INMATE INFORMATION

MANUEL GARCIA
Register Number: 17434-050
Age: 48
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Schuylkill FCI
Release Date: LIFE

Sutherland, NE Mass Murder: Erwin Charles Simants killed 6 people; First sent to death row, then he was sent to Lincoln Regional Center Psychiatric

Kellie Family

Victims
James Henry Kellie, 66
Audrey Marie Kellie, 56
David Kellie, 32
Florence Kellie, 10
Deanne Kellie, 7
Daniel Kellie, 5

Find-A-Grave: James Henry Kellie
Find-A-Grave: Audrey Marie Matson Kellie
Find-A-Grave: David LeRoy Kellie
a href=”http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61855945″>Find-A-Grave: Deanna Lynn Kellie
Find-A-Grave: Daniel LeRoy Kellie
Neighbor called loner held in family murder
Man charged with murder for shooting family in home
Simants is found guilty of six counts of murder
Simants convicted, sentenced to death
State of Nebraska v Erwin Charles Simants 1977
Ten years later, memory of murder lingers
Murder Verdict Shocks Town
Two Mass Murder Trials Resolved
38 years later, Simants murder case still raises tough questions
Lincoln Life blog: Charles Simants at the Regional Center, the man who tended plants and patients
Erwin Charles Simants, who killed 6 in 1975, could be released from psychiatric care 2013
Darkside of Nebraska: Erwin “Charles” Simants
#30312

Simants retains privilege of supervised outings
Kellie family survivors oppose ever freeing Erwin Charles Simants
Judge orders Simants to stay at regional center
If found sane, Erwin Charles Simants will be released, danger or not
Judge won’t ‘gamble’ on releasing mass killer Erwin Charles Simants
Erwin Charles Simants still dangerous, will remain at regional center, judge rules
The Kellie Family Murders

INMATE INFORMATION

Erwin Simants 1975 and 2014

DCS ID: 30312 — ERWIN SIMANTS

Demographics
Inmate Committed Name
Last: SIMANTS
First: ERWIN
Middle: CHARLES
Suffix:

Details
Gender: MALE
Race: WHITE
Date of Birth: 10/04/1945
Facility:

Sentence Information
Sentence Dates
Facility:
Total Sentence: DTH Years Months Days To DTH Years Months Days
Sentence Begin Date: 01/17/1976 Good Time Law: 567 Projected Release Date: DTH

Parole Information
Parole Eligibility Date:
Parole Hearing Date:
Next Parole Board Review Date: 01/1980
Parole Discharge Date:
Parole Discharge Type:

Release Information
Release Date: 01/15/1980
Reason for Release: OTHER

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