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    Kim Marie Swann

    November 9: 1984: Kim, 21, was raped and killed in Tampa, FL by serial killer, Bobby Joe Long, who now resides on FL death row.

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Marie Odette Huckins murder 12/1/1979 Nicholville, NY *Dennis J. Mitchell convicted, sentenced to 20-years to life in prison*

On December 1, 1979, at approximately 10:00 P.M., defendant, using a friend’s car, left a bar in St. Regis Falls, New York, in the company of Marie Odette Huckins. At about 1:00 A.M. the following morning, defendant returned to the bar, covered with blood, screaming and crying that he had killed a woman. Although his friend and other patrons helped clean him up and alerted the State Police, they were unable to calm defendant who went to the nearby residence of a relative. From there he telephoned his mother telling her also what he had done. When the State trooper arrived and came into defendant’s presence, defendant immediately stated: “I’m Dennis Mitchell. I’m the one that killed the woman. She tried to roll me and I took a knife and started stabbing her.” When asked if the woman was dead, defendant replied that he had stabbed her at least 15 times. In response to further questioning he led the police to the scene and later to the area where he had discarded his knife. Defendant’s assigned counsel made no pretrial motions for discovery or suppression. Notice was furnished of defendant’s intention to rely upon the defense of mental disease or defect. However, during the third day of this nonjury trial, defendant informed his attorney that his oft-repeated story was fabricated, that a man he did not know and could not describe, other than very generally, had murdered Huckins, and that defendant dared not reveal this earlier for fear of reprisals against his wife and child. After his request for a continuance to investigate this version of the events was quite properly denied (see People v Messina, 73 A.D.2d 899), defendant’s counsel proceeded with his case as planned, using medical experts and testimony of defendant’s family in an attempt to prove the affirmative defense of extreme emotional disturbance. Defendant himself was not called to the stand. The court found defendant guilty of murder in the second degree and sentenced him to an indeterminate term of 20 years to life imprisonment.

Find-A-Grave: Marie Odette Huckins
Convicted murderer arrested in assault
People of the State of New York v Dennis J. Mitchell, Sr 1982 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Dead Silent spotlights the murder of Marie Odette Huckins

Movies/Documentaries
Dead Silent: A History of Violence

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 11/14/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 80B0843
Inmate Name MITCHELL, DENNIS J
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 10/03/1960
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status RELEASED
Housing / Releasing Facility BARE HILL
Date Received (Original) 05/21/1980
Date Received (Current) 07/26/2012
Admission Type
County of Commitment ST. LAWRENCE
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only) 03/01/13 PAROLE DIV OF PAROLE

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

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 11/14/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date 01/2013
Parole Hearing Type PAROLE VIOLATOR ASSESSED EXPIRATION
Parole Eligibility Date 11/28/1999
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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Another Parole Hearing coming up for killer Edward Seibold – Help stop this killer from being paroled

Victims
Sarah Elizabeth Sinclair, 18,
Mary Lynn Sinclair, 9
Mary “MayMay” Durant, 8 (Mary Lynn’s best friend)
Juanita Sinclair, mother, survived

SAMPLE LETTER TO THE PAROLE BOARD:

State of Alabama
Board of Pardons and Paroles
P.O. Box 302405
Montgomery, AL 36130-2405
Members of the Alabama Board of Parole Hearings:
Re: Parole Hearing Planned for Edward A. Seibold, AIS# 105403, Hearing Date: November 8, 2017

Please DO NOT grant parole to Edward A Seibold, AIS# 105403. As a concerned citizen, I am writing to protest the projected parole of this convicted murderer.

On September 6, 1967, Edward Seibold entered the Sinclair home and proceeded to use a shotgun on the people in the home that he could find. He was obsessed with Cathey Sinclair, age 20. They had dated, but Cathey broke up with him after the summer of 1966, but he would not be stopped. He harassed this family over and over again, until he went there to shoot and kill all in the residence. At the end, killed 3 people, 1 adult, Sarah Elizabeth Sinclair, 18, and 2 children, Mary Lyn Sinclair, 9, and Mary Durant, 8. He also shot and wounded Juanita Sinclair, Cathey’s mother.

The heinous nature of the murders of these girls, and the continued harassment of this family should preclude any consideration of parole for Edward Siebold. His actions have shown that he is extremely volatile and that he has no regard for human life. For this heinous crime, Seibold was originally sentenced to death but it was later changed to life in prison but he sentenced the Sinclair & Durant families and friends to a lifetime of grief and sorrow.

In the interests of justice, public safety, and to lessen the emotional trauma for the victim’s family, please consider giving Washington a three year set off before any future parole reviews.

Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely,
____________________________________________________ Date____________________
City _______________________________________ State ___________ Zip _________

The letter can be sent by US Mail or by email. If by email, send to: Rhonda.Carter@paroles.alabama.gov
Or fax to 334.353.9400 attention Rhonda Carter

Sinclair-Durant murders 9/06/1967 Auburn, AL *Edward Seibold convicted and sentenced to life in prison; denied parole*
Seibold parole hearing letter
Victim’s cousin: Seibold doesn’t deserve freedom
Seibold should remain in prison for crimes
Our View: 1967 murderer still haunts; he must never taste freedom
Living with Murder: Auburn family torn apart in a killer’s rampage… and it’s not over yet
Letter to the Editor: Stop parole of Sinclair family killer

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Edward Seibold

Psycho For Love: William Gray killed his wife, Betty, and her friend, Reeda Roundy, and made it look like a Satanic ritual; Sentenced to life in prison


Betty Gray and Reeda Roundy

Find-A-Grave: Reeda Larene Jensen Roundy
Wyoming man sought in slayings
Justices Uphold Idaho Murder Conviction Life Sentence Stands For Man Convicted Of Killing Two Women
William L. Gray v Joseph Klauser 2002 (habeas corpus reversed)
William Katlynn Gray v Ken Bennett, et all 2014
Idaho double homicide to be featured in Discovery Channel TV Show
TV show to air story of I.F. women murdered, found near satanic message written in blood
Idaho double homicide to be featured in Discovery Channel TV Show

Books
When Greed Turns Deadly

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Nightmare in Idaho Falls

INMATE INFORMATION

IDOC Number: 38910
Offender Name: GRAY, WILLIAM LYNN
Age: 77
Status: Discharged – 11/16/2010 (deceased)

Serial Killer: H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer, and the Murder Castle “I was born with the devil in me.”


The Pitezels

Victims: 9-20+ (confessed to 27, but some of those victims were, in fact, still alive!)

Known:
Pitezel Family: 1894
Ben Pitezel, 38 – father [convicted, sentenced to death]
Alice Pitezel, 15 – daughter
Nellie Pitezel, 11 – daughter
Howard Pitezel, 8 – son

Assumed:
Julia Connor – 1891
Pearl Connor – 1891
Emeline Cigrand – 1892
Minnie Williams – 1893
Nannie Williams – 1893
George H. Thomas – 1894

Find-A-Grave: Benjamin Freelon Pitezel
Find-A-Grave: Alice Pitezel
Find-A-Grave: Nellie Pitezel
Find-A-Grave: Howard Robert Pitezel
Hotel of Horrors: The Murder Castle of Dr. H.H. Holmes
1896: How a Philadelphia murder led to discovery of H.H. Holmes’ Chicago ‘House of Horrors’
Master List of HH Holmes Victims
9 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s First Serial Killer, H.H. Holmes
Mysterious Chicago
The Master of the Murder Castle
Crime Museum: H.H. Holmes
Biography: H.H. Holmes
Wikipedia: H. H. Holmes
Exhumation confirms gravesite of notorious Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes

Books
H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil
Holmes: A serial killer in his own words
The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America
The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes

Movies/Documentaries
H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer
Slaughtered at the Murder Hotel
American Ripper
The Murder Castle

Name: Herman Webster Mudgett
aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes
aka H.H. Holmes

Cold Case: Thomas Spear charged for the robbery and murder of 71-year-old Illa Venard in 1994

23 years later, Peoria man charged in Lisle cold-case murder
Peoria man charged in 1994 murder in suburban Chicago
Man charged in 1994 Lisle break-in, murder
<a href="http://wgntv.com/2017/10/23/man
2 decades later, man charged with killing elderly Lisle woman in 1994

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate # 107098 : SPEAR, THOMAS
Status:
Date of Booking: 09/29/2017

Inmate Description
Gender: Male
Race: WHITE
Height: 6′ 2”
Weight: 265
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BLU

Monsters Among Us: John William Kelley cleared 2 cold cases when he pled out to the murders of 3 people; Sentenced to LWOP


Victims
Annette Thur, 17 [12/6/1986 Ben Lomond, CA]
Douglas Neal Anderson, 26 [8/14/1988 Crescent City, CA]
Rozina Marie Anderson, 31 [8/14/1988 Crescent City, CA]

Find-A-Grave: Douglas Neal Anderson
Find-A-Grave: Rozina Anne Rousett Anderson
DNA evidence in 1986 killing ends mother’s 25-year wait for an arrest
After DNA match, man pleads no contest to ’86 killing of girl, 17
Placerville man pleads no contest to San Mateo County cold-case rape, murder
Man sentenced to life in killing of Boulder Creek teen; also faces murder charges in Del Norte County
Steve Duin: A confession in the 1988 murders of a Lake Oswego couple
27 years later, killer’s confession solves murders of Lake Oswego couple
Killer admits 1988 murder of Lake Oswego couple
Kelley receives 2 life sentences
John Kelley sentenced to life in double murder cold case
CA – Annette Thur, 17, raped & murdered, Ben Lomond, 6 Dec 1986
CA – Douglas, 26, & Rozina Anderson, 31, Crescent City, 15 Aug 1988

Movies/Documentaries
Dead Silent: Till Death Do Us Part

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name KELLEY, JOHN WILLIAM
CDCR Number AY7518
Age 54
Admission Date 01/07/2016
Current Location California Correctional Institution
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.

Cold Case: Psycho For Love: Scott Purk killed his pregnant wife, Margaret, trying to make it look like a suicide; Sentenced to life in prison


Margaret Purk

Husband Scott Purk charged with murder in 1985 death of Akron woman
Stow arsonist fighting charges that accuse him of killing his pregnant wife in 1985
Violent strangling detailed in 1985 cold-case murder of pregnant Akron woman as trial begins
Trial to begin for man accused of killing wife 30 years ago
Witness in trial of man charged with killing his pregnant wife 30 years ago says she was not suicidal
Jury finds Scott Purk guilty of strangling his wife in 30-year-old crime
Man found guilty of murdering pregnant wife in 1985 cold case
Ohio jury convicts man for 1985 murder of pregnant wife
Man sentenced for strangling pregnant wife in 1985 cold-case murder

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Speaking From the Grave

INMATE INFORMATION

SCOTT DAVID PURK
Number A634667
DOB 10/12/1962
Gender Male
Race White
Admission Date 02/01/2013
Institution Pickaway Correctional Institution
Status INCARCERATED

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