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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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Monsters Among Us: Duane Edward Hiser killed 11-year-old Carolyn Ann Hahn; Sentenced to 99 years in prison


Carolyn Ann Hahn

Find-A-Grave: Carolyn Ann Hahn
Facebook: Friends of Carolyn Hahn
Duane Edward Hiser v State of Texas 1992 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The Low-Rent Zodiac Killer and the Mysteries of Texas (EXCELLENT article, mostly on the murder of Mary Stiles)

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04007120
TDCJ Number: 00572044
Name: HISER,DUANE EDWARD
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1961-05-16
Maximum Sentence Date: 2089-09-12
Current Facility: ESTELLE
Projected Release Date: 2023-11-06
Parole Eligibility Date: 2010-09-11
Parole Review Status: Not in Parole Review

Last Parole Decision: Denied on 04/05/2017

NEXT REVIEW (04/2020)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D

NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THE INSTANT OFFENSE HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS, SUCH THAT THE OFFENDER POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Next Parole Review Date: 04/2020

Offense History:
Offense Date 1985-09-10
Offense MURDER W/DEADLY WPN
Sentence Date 1990-11-19
County CHAMBERS
Case No. 6517
Sentence (YY-MM-DD) 99-00-00

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Monsters Among Us: Joseph Lee Fordham killed 11-year-old Mary Stiles on Halloween 1985; Sentenced to 25 years in prison


Mary Stiles

The Low-Rent Zodiac Killer and the Mysteries of Texas (EXCELLENT article)
National TV show focuses on murder of San Antonio journalist’s sister
Program To Feature Baytown Murder

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Deadly Riddle


Joseph Lee Fordham

Teresa Beaty and Thomas Morris murders 10/27/1973 Kanab, UT *Kenneth Lee Standrod convicted, sentenced to life in prison*

From Standrod’s appeal: The appellant and his fiancee owned a mountain cabin in the process of construction. There were seven people occupying the various finished portions of the cabin, three men engaged in helping the appellant build the cabin and two transient hitchhikers who had been picked up the day before the killing and invited to spend the night at the cabin.

After breakfast all except the two hitchhikers ingested some drugs. (T.H.C. Tetrahydrocannabinol and cocaine were available to them.)

About 1:00 p.m. the three workmen were working. One of them entered the room where the two hitchhikers were lying on a foam mattress apparently asleep. While he was searching for a tape measure, he heard loud shots behind him. He turned around and saw the appellant standing in front of the two hitchhikers. He saw shots fired and also saw a hole in the temple of the female hitchhiker and numerous gunshot wounds in the midsection of the male hitchhiker.

Another worker, hearing shots, armed himself with a shotgun and entered the cabin. He testified that the appellant had a strange look on his face and said, “So what? You’ve got a little blood on you,” and that the appellant was looking at the bodies of the hitchhikers when he spoke.

The third worker testified that he heard shots, approached the appellant, and asked him why he shot the two people. The appellan replied, “Oh, it just had to be done.” He also testified that appellant’s fiancee was questioning the appellant as to why he had shot the people and that appellant only answered, “They will wake up.”

Two of the workmen testified that appellant ordered them back to work and picked up a rifle. The two men ran and hid in the woods for a period of time. They later left the state. One went to Washington, the other to Nevada where he notified the police of the killings.

The third workman dug a hole and buried the bodies. He testified that he removed the bloody mattress from the cabin and that appellant washed the blood from the floor.

The police arrived at the cabin the day after the killing, and according to the testimony of the remaining workman the appellant then became agitated and upset and attempted to hide the mattress by covering it with plywood.

The workman, the appellant and his fiancee were all three arrested and charged with murder. Later the workman and the fiancee were granted immunity from prosecution.

My daughter is dead and I don’t know why (part 1)
Teresa part 2)
Section petition filed
Boca girl murderer convicted
State of Utah v Kenneth Lee Standrod 1976 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Killer pleads not guilty to aggravated assault

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

Roy Daniel Tucker murder 10/16/1994 Auburn, NY *Inmate Donald Nash convicted, added 25 years to life to his 100 year sentence*

Killer Serving 100 Years Is Held in Death of Inmate
Convicted killer accused in gruesome prison murder
Multiple murderer accused of killing inmate
People of the State of New York v Donald Nash 1997 (conviction and sentenced affirmed)
Monsters Among Us: Irwin Margolies hired hitman Donald Nash to get rid of 2 witnesses to his fraud scheme

INMATE INFORMATION

Donald Nash 1994

Identifying and Location Information
As of 02/13/13

DIN (Department Identification Number) 83A4150
Inmate Name NASH, DONALD
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 12/09/1935
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility ATTICA
Date Received (Original) 06/24/1983
Date Received (Current) 06/24/1983
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment NEW YORK
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences. As of 02/13/13

Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Crime: CONSPIRACY 2ND
Class: B

Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Crime: PROM PRISON CONTRABAND 1ST
Class: D

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate. As of 02/13/13

Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0125 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 06/15/2107
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 02/2107
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 06/15/2107
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

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