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    January 16: 1936: Serial Killer Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish was executed in the electric chair in Sing Sing Prison. He was responsible for at least 5 murders, including 10-year-old Grace Budd whose murder he was sentenced to death for.

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Deadly Duo: Douglas Edward Kay and Norman Lee Newstead killed 3 people in a robbery at The Playhouse Bar in Cedar City, UT

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Victims
Patricia Frei, 23
Robert Bull, 33
Ronald Schmid, 24

Federal magistrate aloof, for now, in Cedar murder case
Jury selection will begin in Cedar City murder trial
Man’s Guilty Plea Leads To Life Term in 3 Murders
Admission by killer in ’84 case may save life of co-defendant
Man Admits Primary Role In Slayings at Utah Bar
State of Utah v Douglas Edward Kay 1986
Playhouse bar building demolished

Defendants
Norman Lee Newstead – convicted, sentenced to life in prison [executed in OK for a murder there]
Douglas Edward Kay – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison [natural life]

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 38746
Offender Name: DOUGLAS EDWARD KAY
DOB: Mon, 17 Feb 1947
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 155
Sex: M
Race: White
Location: CENTRAL UTAH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Housing Facility: CUCF HENRY
Parole Date: N/A
Aliases:
DOUGLAS EDWARD KAY

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James Pappacostas murder 11/25/1922 Helper, UT *John Martin convicted; Sentenced to life in prison*

main-st-helper-utFrom John Martin’s appeal: The trial was had in May of 1929, while the homicide was committed November 25, 1922. James Pappacostas, the deceased, operated a place variously called the Last Chance Resort or the Last Chance Pool Hall in Helper, Utah. In the front part of the building was a soft drink parlor wherein were card tables, chairs, and a piano. In the rear were a kitchen and several bedrooms. Two girls, Eunice Russell and Ruby Balotis, occupied separate bedrooms in the rear of the building. The deceased lived in an adjoining room, and others occupied rooms in the building. Ruby Balotis was called as a witness and testified that on the morning of the homicide at about 11:30 or quarter of twelve she was in bed in her room, when she heard “someone knocking at Eunice’s window, and I got up to look out and see who it was.” That she then saw the defendant, Mr. Gibson, and that “he was cursing and told her to open the back door and get her things on and get out.” Thereupon Eunice Russell opened the back door and let him in. That: “He came in the back door and went in her room and he and Eunice were arguing, so Mr. Pappacostas went down and told him to be quiet, people wanted to sleep around there; and Mr. Gibson told him he didn’t have to be quiet, and kept telling Eunice to get on her coat and get out, and Mr. Pappacostas told him to leave the place again, so Mr. Gibson told Mr. Pappacostas that he would leave when he got ready, and about that time I heard a shot, and I jumped up and shut my door —. After I heard the shot fired I jumped up and shut my door and as soon as I heard the back door slam I goes out and looks out the back door and Mr. Gibson was running towards the river.” That Pappacostas was lying in the hallway where the kitchen was.

She heard three shots fired, but did not see who did the shooting and did not see any weapon in the hands of the defendant. At about the time of the first shot she heard Eunice Russell and Gibson arguing, and then the deceased talking to them, and as the first shot was fired she heard the deceased say, “Don’t shoot.” On cross-examination she testified as follows:

Utah’s Strangest Murder Tangle Faces Pardon Group
State of Utah v John Martin 1931 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Psycho For Love: Alvin Heaton Jr. killed his girlfriend, Mary Steavens, after she wanted to get married; Sentenced to life in prison, released in 1917

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Alvin Heaton Jr died 7/2/1924

Murder in Zion (EXCELLENT article!)
Postlude to Murder (part 2)
Mary Stevens’ Murder: A Conversation with Roger Bloomquist
Utah Young Murdered Sweetheart
School boy confesses that he murdered girl
Roger Bloomquist site

Books/Magazines
Utah Historical Quarterly Spring 2016 Volume 84 Number 2: A Most Horrible Crime:The 1908 Murder of Mary Stevens in Orderville, Utah

Deadly Duo: Leonard Thomas Lake and Charles Chi-Tat Ng killed between 11 and 25 people; Lake committed suicide and Ng is on death row

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Victims
Harvey Dubs, 29
Deborah Dubs, 33
Sean Dubs, infant
Lonnie Bond Sr., 27
Brenda O’Connor, 19
Lonnie Bond Jr., infant
Clifford Peranteau, 24
Robin Scott Stapley, 24
Jeffrey Dean Gerald, 25
Michael Carroll, 23
Kathleen Allen, 18
Donald Giuletti, 38* (no picture)
Paul Steven Cosner, 39*
Randy Johnson*
Donald Lake (Leonard Lake’s brother; missing)*
(*not charged)

Find-A-Grave: Robin Scott Stapley
3 bodies found on coast ranch; key suspect dies
Human Bones Found In Isolated Cabin
More Bone Pieces Found At House
Cabin horror unfolds; 25 possibly murdered
Peranteau, Clifford, 1985, Calif
CA – Deborah, 34, Harvey, 30 & Sean Dubs, 1, San Francisco, 25 July 1984
Mass murderer can represent self
Ng Murder Trial Opens With Chilling Videos
Videos Continue in Ng Prosecution
Accused California serial killer convicted
Ng Convicted Of Serial Killings
Father of Serial Killer Ng Says He Severely Beat Son as Child
As Jury Meets to Decide His Fate, Ng Expects Death
Killer Charles Ng Sentenced to Death
Murderpedia: Leonard Lake
Wikipedia: Leonard Lake
bio: Leonard Lake
Murderpedia: Charles Chi-tat Ng
Wikipedia: Charles Ng
bio: Charles Ng

Books
Die For Me: The Terrifying True Story of the Charles Ng & Leonard Lake Torture Muders
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng – Serial Killers
No Kill, No Thrill: The Shocking True Story of Charles Ng – One of North America’s Most Horrific Serial Killers
A Long Way To Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
Journey Into Evil
The Prosecutors: In Pursuit of Justice: The Bone Yard
Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil: Dungeon of Dread
Ng (short, can be watched at the link)
It Takes a Killer: Partners in Evil

leonard-lake
Leonard Lake

INMATE INFORMATION

charles-ng

Name: NG, CHARLES CHITAT
CDCR#: P46001
Age: 56
Admission Date: 06/30/1999
Current Location: San Quentin

Cold Case: Peter and Jaylin Kema killed their 6-year-old son, Peter Boy Kema Jr; Both have pled guilty

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peter-boy-kema
Peter Boy Kema Jr

‘Peter Boy’ Kema: Parents charged with son’s murder 19 years after he went missing
Parents indicted in cold case murder of Hawaiian boy
Parents of ‘Peter Boy’ Kema charged with murder
Mother confesses in disappearance of 6-year-old that shook Hawaii nearly 20 years ago
‘Peter Boy’ Kema’s mother pleads guilty in 1997 death of son
Mother of ‘Peter Boy’ Kema pleads guilty, will testify against husband
19 years after boy’s disappearance, mother pleads guilty to manslaughter
Father’s trial in death of ‘Peter Boy’ delayed until January, meeting request
Peter Kema Sr. pleads guilty to manslaughter for son’s death
‘Some degree of closure’: Peter Boy’s father pleads guilty to manslaughter
“Peter Boy” case: Father of boy missing 20 years pleads guilty to manslaughter
“Peter Boy” Kema case: The good & bad
FBI joins hunt for body of Hawaiian child missing for two decades

peter-and-jaylin-kema

Defendants
Peter Kema Sr – pled guilty,
Jaylin Kema – pled guilty,

Murder In The Family: Charles Fuss killed his mom, Jackie Fuss, with an ax; Sentenced to 10 years to life in prison

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From Charles Fuss’ appeal: The victim was Fuss’s mother. Fuss did not deny committing the homicide and robbery, but raised insanity as a defense. According to the State’s evidence, Fuss, who has a history of mental illness, was angry with his mother and methodically planned to kill her. He hid an ax in his bedroom and, when his mother came to assist him with the cleaning, he asked her to look under his bed. As she complied with this request, Fuss retrieved the ax and struck a fatal blow to her head. He then cleaned the ax and returned it to its original location. After stealing money from his mother’s purse, Fuss took a taxi to a local bar. The next morning, he began hitchhiking to California. He traveled only as far as Arkansas, where he voluntarily surrendered to police and gave incriminating statements. A psychologist called by the defense testified that, in his opinion, Fuss was legally insane at the time he killed his mother and stole her money. However, the State produced its own expert who testified to the contrary opinion.

Charles Fuss v State of Georgia 1999

Books
Blood Relatives: A True Story of Family Secrets and Murders

Movies/Documentaries
Evil Kin: Don’t Turn on Me

INMATE INFORMATION

charles-fuss-prison-mug

NAME: FUSS, CHARLES
GDC ID: 0000655782

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
YOB: 1965
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 6’01”
WEIGHT: 170
EYE COLOR: HAZEL
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS
MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: AUGUSTA STATE MED. PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. FUSS,CHARLES
A.K.A. FUSS,CHARLES A
A.K.A. FUSS,CHARLES ALLEN

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES
CASE NO: 388887
OFFENSE: ARMED ROBBERY
CONVICTION COUNTY: DEKALB COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/21/1996
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 388887
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: DEKALB COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/21/1996
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 08/12/1998
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE

Monsters Among Us: James Eugene Schnick killed family members so he could inherit money

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kirk-buckner-and-the-schnick-home

Victims
Julie Schnick, 30
Steve Buckner, 35
Jeanette Buckner, 36
Kirk Buckner, 14
Dennis Buckner, 8
Timmy Buckner, 6
Michael Buckner, 2

In the beginning of the investigation, investigators believed Kirk Buckner killed his parents and brothers. However, they were able to dismiss this theory and found that Kirk had put up a fight for his life.
Find-A-Grave: Steven James Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Jeanette Ann Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Steven Kirk Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Dennis Lee Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Timothy Ray Buckner
Find-A-Grave: Michael Brian Buckner
Boy, 14, Kills 6 in His Family; Is Slain by Uncle
In 7 Deaths, Town Knew What Experts Didn’t
A Shocking Arrest Breaks the Case of a Missouri Farm Family’s Murder—and Rescues a Boy’s Reputation
Missouri Police Say His Confession Clears Dead Nephew He Tried to Frame
Trial of dairy farmer enters second day
Death sentence imposed in multiple murder
State of Missouri v James E Schnick 1991
Man pleads guilty, gets life sentences in family slayings
Man Given Life Terms for Slayings of Family
Investigator reflects on tragedy
Murderpedia: James E Schnick
Excerpt from “Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption”

Books
Murder in the Heartland

Movies/Documentaries
The 1980s – The Deadliest Decade: The Heartland Massacre

INMATE INFORMATION

james-schnick

SCHNICK , JAMES E
SCCC #185723
Age 66
South Central Correctional Center
255 WEST HIGHWAY 32
LICKING, MO 65542

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