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    September 20: Mark Mueller, 32, was fishing in Waukegan, IL when Jared Fitch and Walter Hains beat him to death with a baseball bat. Fitch was sentenced to 54 years in prison (on parole now on Interstate Compact – probably in Barberton, OH) and Hains was sentenced to 70 years in prison (still incarcerated)

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Monsters Among Us: James William Tolbert killed Elizabeth Ann Poulson while he was on parole for killing his wife, Janie Heller-Tolbert

Victims
Janie Heller-Tolbert, 26 [5/5/1987] (no picture)
Elizabeth Ann Poulson, 68 [10/09/2007]

Janie Heller-Tolbert grave info
Elizabeth Ann Maxwell Carling Poulson obituary
Find-A-Grave: Elizabeth Ann Maxwell Carling Poulson
Wanted to kiss wife – not kill her, defendant says
Jury convicts Tolbert of 2nd degree murder
Man who murdered wife gets life prison sentence
Woman Found Dead in Her Home
Friend sought in woman’s ‘very suspicious’ death
Police seek parolee for questioning in Murray homicide
Police Looking for Person of Interest in Death of Murray Woman
Family Reacts to Capture of Accused Killer
Tolbert charged with murder
Parolee Charged With Murder
Family Explains Relationship of Murder Victim and Convict
Man who killed while on parole sentenced to life in prison
Man gets life without parole for killing Poulson

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 50178
Offender Name: JAMES WILLIAM TOLBERT
DOB: Mon, 25 Oct 1965
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 190
Sex: M
Location: CENTRAL UTAH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Housing Facility: CUCF BOULDER
Parole Date: N/A – LWOP
Aliases:
JAMES WILLIAM TOLBERT

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Monsters Among Us: Brian David Steckel *The Driftwood Killer* raped and killed Sandra Lee Long then set her bed on fire; He also confessed to at least 2 other murders – Executed 11/4/2005

Victims
Sandra Lee Long, 29
Frances Mary Kiefer, 44 [confessed to]

Brian Steckel was a despicable excuse for a human being. He raped and killed Sandra Lee Long, then set the bed she was on on fire. She actually died of smoke inhalation. During his trial, he sent a copy of her autopsy report to her mother, with a note saying, “Read it and weep. She’s gone forever. Don’t cry over burnt flesh.” During his trial, mind you. And there were death penalty opponents who thought he could do some good if he was allowed to live. But of course, none of those people said anything about Sandra Lee Long and what she suffered. What her loved ones continue to suffer to this day. Sometimes punishment just needs to be punishment. Not something to hope he can make good. He proved that he was not a good person and he even said several times that he deserved the death penalty.

While he was in prison he also mailed confessions to another murder [Frances Kiefer, a neighbor] but nothing has come of it that I am aware of. I am still including her as a victim of his, since he willingly and voluntarily confessed to her murder.

In Loving Memory of Sandra Lee Long
CharleyProject: Frances Mary Kiefer
Pennsylvania Missing Persons: Frances Mary Kiefer
Whatever Became Of … Frances Kiefer Who Myseriously Disappeared From Her Fountain Hill Home?
State of Delaware v Brian Steckel 1996 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Brian D. “Red” Steckel #991
Murderpedia: Brian David Steckel
Wikipedia: Brian Steckel

Movies/Documentaries
Shattered: The Driftwood Killer


Brian David Steckel

Final Words: “I want to say I’m sorry for the cruel things I did. I’m not the same man I was when I came to jail. I changed. I’m a better man…I walked in here without a fight and I accept my punishment. It is time to go. I love you people.” He told his cousin and a friend, who were witnesses at his execution, to tell his 12 year old daughter, “I said no excuses.”

Charles Kenneth Maness murder 12/27/1998 Oxford, MS *James Ray Sanders pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison*

Authorities investigate weekend shooting motive
James R. Sanders v State of Mississippi 2003 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
James Ray Sanders v State of Mississippi 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Escaped Parchman prisoner has Lafayette County ties
2 ‘armed and dangerous’ inmates escape Parchman
Two Inmates, Including Murderer, Escape Mississippi Prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Duo: Jared Fitch and Harold Hains III beat Mark Mueller to death with a baseball bat; Both sentenced to 54+ years in prison

2 AWOL sailors charged in killing
Police tell how they linked 2 sailors to fisherman’s slaying
Police tell how sailors were found
Lake County Jury Indicts 4 In Slayings
2 Navy Men Plead Not Guilty In Killing
2nd Ex-sailor Enters Guilty Plea In Slaying
Sailor Is Sentenced In Slaying
Ex-sailor Seeks A Lighter Sentence
Plea In Slaying Stands, Judge Says
New Trial Denied In 1989 Killing

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Deadliest Catch

Defendants
Jared Lee Fitch – pled guilty, sentenced to 54 years in prison; paroled 11/03/2016 to Interstate Compact (probably Barberton, OH)
Harold Francis Hains III – pled guilty, sentenced to 70 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

B11823 – FITCH, JARED
Alias: None Reported
Parent Institution: CENTRALIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: PAROLE
Location: INTERSTATE COMPACT

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 09/17/1970
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hair: Black
Sex: Male
Height: 6 ft. 01 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Hazel

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT UPPER – TRIBAL ART WITH FEATHERS
TATTOO, ABDOMEN – TATTOO STOMACH SHIELD W/NS
TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT UPPER – CROSS WITH CROSSING SWORDS
TATTOO, THIGH, RIGHT – HILLBILLY”GARFIELD”

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 02/22/1991
Parole Date: 11/03/2016
Projected Discharge Date: 11/03/2019

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 89CF2238
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/08/1989
SENTENCE: 54 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: LAKE
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

INMATE INFORMATION

B07921 – HAINS, HAROLD III
Parent Institution: ILLINOIS RIVER CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: ILLINOIS RIVER

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 11/01/1970
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Blue

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, BACK – DRAGON AND MAN WITH SWORD
TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT – TWO HEARTS AND LOCK “HFH”
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – ROSE AND BUTTERFLY “LOVE MOM”
SCAR, FACE, NONSPECIFIC –

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 10/26/1990
Projected Parole Date: 11/18/2024
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 11/18/2027

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 89CF2238
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/08/1989
SENTENCE: 70 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: LAKE
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

Dave Schultz murder 1/26/1996 Newtown Square, PA *John Du Pont shot & killed him in his driveway; Pled guilty but mentally ill, sentenced to 13-30 years in prison*


Dave Schultz

Dave Schultz remembered as a friend to all wrestlers
Remembering The Horrifying Murder Of Wrestler Dave Schultz, 20 Years Later
Du Pont Accused of a Killing Holds Off Police at His Home
Police talk to du Pont, but standoff drags on
Du Pont attorneys challenge insanity rule
Jury picked in murder trial of John du Pont
John du Pont goes on trial in death of star wrestler
Du Pont guilty but mentally ill in Olympic wrestler’s murder
Heir Sentenced Up to 30 Years For Killing of Olympic Wrestler
Justice Story: Millionaire John du Pont kills Olympic wrestling gold medalist David Schultz
The Story Behind Foxcatcher: The Real-Life Murder of Dave Schultz
A millionaire madman murdered my Olympic champion brother
Wikipedia: Dave Schultz (wrestling)
Inside Foxcatcher: Widow of slain wrestler Dave Schultz pleased with movie portrayal
Biography: John du Pont
Wikipedia: John du Pont
‘Team Foxcatcher’: Dave Schultz’ widow says John Du Pont stalked family even from jail
John E. du Pont, Heir Who Killed an Olympian, Dies at 72

Books
Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold

Movies/Documentaries
Team Foxcatcher
30 for 30: The Prince of Pennsylvania
Foxcatcher
Guilty Rich:


John du Pont

Serial Killer: Todd Alan Reed – killed 3 women, known as the Forest Park Killer; Sentenced to LWOP


Alexandria Nicole Ison

Victims
Lilla Faye Miler, 28
Stephanie Lynn Russell, 26
Alexandra Nicole Ison, 17 [6/2/1999]

Find-A-Grave: Alexandria Nicole “Alex” Ison
Portraits differ on suspect in killings
Murderpedia: Todd Allen Reed
Portland homicides profiled on Investigation Discovery series, ‘Main Street Mysteries’

Movies/Documentaries
Main Street Mysteries: Before Another Girl Dies
Shattered: The Wood


Todd Alan Reed

Monsters Among Us: Dwaine Lee Little – convicted of 1 murder, person of interest in at least 4 more

Victims
Orla Fay Fipps, 16[11/2/1964]
Richard Cowden [9/1/1975]
Belinda Cowden, [9/1/1975]
David Cowden, 5 [9/1/1975] (no picture)
Melissa Cowden, 5 months [9/1/1975] (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Orla Fay Fipps
Find-A-Grave: Richard Gale Cowden
Find-A-Grave: Belinda June Cowden
Find-A-Grave: David James Phillips
Find-A-Grave: Melissa Dawn Cowden
Dwain Little Sentenced to Life Term
Hearing to Decide Transfer of Little
Universally frustrating for police officers, family members and the community are Southern Oregon’s … UNSOLVED MURDERS
In 1974, An Entire Family Vanished Into Thin Air From Their Campsite. Nearly 8 Months Later, They Were All Found Dead. After 43 Years, Will Police Ever Catch Their Killer?
Murderpedia: Dwaine Lee Little

Books
But I Trusted You: Ann Rule’s Crime Files #14

INMATE INFORMATION

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