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Boyfriends From Hell: Cyrano Marks killed Deleane Briskey, her children and her sister, when she tried to break up with him


Briskey scene

Deleane Briskey, 33
Craig DeCarlo Briskey, 15
Tosha Briskey, 16
David Antonio Lucas Jr., 13
Santonio Lucas, 11 [survived]
Antwan Lucas, 9
Essie Jo Hugley, 37

11-year-old pretended he was dead
How Atlanta kid survived massacre
Atlanta killer had violent past
Alleged mass killer’s motive still puzzles relatives, police
Murderpedia: Cyrano A. Marks
A Tale of Two Massacres

Cyrano Marks
Cyrano Marks

Blog Tour: An Exciting New Book: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

TMS Blog Tour

TMS left sideTitle: The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook The Nation
Author: Harold Schechter
Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Order Here: Amazon

As part of The Mad Sculptor (Of True Crime) Blog Tour, Harold will answer questions about the book, his writing process, and the MADNESS in his topics of study as a preeminent true crime writer: murderers and the media!

Book Synopsis
Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: “SKYSCRAPER SLAYER,” “BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB” read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again—and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed the murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

Caught up in the Easter Sunday slayings was a bizarre and sensationalistic cast of characters, seemingly cooked up in a tabloid editor’s overheated imagination. The charismatic perpetrator, Roger Irwin, was a brilliant young sculptor who had studied with some of the masters of the era. But with his genius also came a deeply disturbed psyche; Irwin was obsessed with sexual self-mutilation and was frequently overcome by outbursts of violent rage.

Irwin’s primary victim, Veronica Gedeon, was a figure from the world of pulp fantasy—a stunning photographer’s model whose scandalous seminude pinups would titillate the public for weeks after her death. Irwin’s defense attorney, Samuel Leibowitz, was a courtroom celebrity with an unmatched record of acquittals and clients ranging from Al Capone to the Scottsboro Boys. And Dr. Fredric Wertham, psychiatrist and forensic scientist, befriended Irwin years before the murders and had predicted them in a public lecture months before the crime.

Based on extensive research and archival records, The Mad Sculptor recounts the chilling story of the Easter Sunday murders—a case that sparked a nationwide manhunt and endures as one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century. Harold Schechter’s masterful prose evokes the faded glory of post-depression New York and the singular madness of a brilliant mind turned against itself. It will keep you riveted until the very last page.

About the Author
Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York. Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter.

If you have any questions for Harold Schechter, please feel free to comment and he will answer those questions. Also, he will be answering questions on other blogs for the next couple of weeks, and I will post those links as the days arrive.

Where did the initial inspiration for The Mad Sculptor come from?

Harold’s Answer: I came across the case while researching my previous book, PSYCHO USA: FAMOUS AMERICAN KILLERS YOU NEVER HEARD OF, which includes a concise account of the Mad Sculptor murders. The story was so fascinating me that I decided to expand my brief narrative into a book.

I will also be posting my review of his book this week here on my blog.

Book Launch: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter, with Robert Kolker
UPCOMING EVENTS- Join us to hear new work from some of the best mystery authors writing today!
2014 Whitehall Lecture Series – Crimes of the Century

Psycho For Love: Mark Alan Koper killed his pregnant wife, Tammy Crossley Koper, then dumped her body in a wooded area in another county; Now, he is up for parole again


From Mark Alan Koper’s appeal:

On Saturday, March 10, 1990, Koper and his wife, Tammy, visited a state park in West Virginia with their 15-month old daughter, Bethany. Koper’s wife was six months pregnant. On their return from West Virginia, Koper turned onto a side road in Frederick County, Virginia, and stopped the car. Koper then killed his wife by shooting her in the back of the head, placed her body in the trunk of the car, and drove approximately 60 miles to a secluded, wooded location in Fauquier County, Virginia, where he deposited his wife’s body. On the way home, Koper stopped at a car wash and cleaned the trunk of the car. Koper, a weapons specialist with the United States Marine Corps, also interchanged parts of the gun with which he had killed his wife with parts from another gun.

The following day, Koper contacted the police at approximately 10:00 am and reported that his wife was missing. Koper told the police that his wife had left at approximately 8:00 pm Saturday night to walk four blocks to an IGA store, and she never returned. The police found Tammy Koper’s body on March 15. The police subsequently obtained a search warrant for Koper’s car and found a pistol and a pair of bloody boots. The police arrested Koper on March 16, 1990.

Mark Alan Koper is now up for parole. For all of those who want to join in protesting his possible parole, there is a letter below that you can copy and paste (there is also one you can download if that is easier for you – it is the last link). You can mail the letter to:

Virginia Parole Board
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23225

Letters need to be received by March 20, 2014. Thanks to all who help!


Virginia Parole Board
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225

RE: Mark Alan Koper – ID# 183116

Dear Chairman and Parole Board Members:

On March 10, 1990, Mark Alan Koper murdered his wife, Tammy Crossley (Koper), who was six months pregnant, in front of their seventeen-month-old daughter, Bethanie. The couple had become involved in an argument while out for a family drive in Frederick County, Virginia. Koper claims that he accidentally shot his wife, as they struggled for his gun. But investigators revealed that Tammy was shot in the back of the head from at least three feet away. After he shot his wife, he placed her body in the trunk of the car and drove to Fauguier County, Virginia, where he dumped her body in a wooded area.

Koper then proceeded home to clean the car and clothing, and prepare dinner for his daughter, one of his girlfriends and her nine-month-old son. She ended up spending the night. The next day, Koper filed a missing person report with the Front Royla Police Department. Five days later, a man stopping to relieve himself, found Tammy’s body.

Mark Alan Koper plead guilty to First Degree Murder. He was sentenced to sixty (60) years in prison and an additional two years for felonious use of a firearm. Koper has served less than 25 years in prison and, because his conviction pre-dates Virginia’s Truth-In-Sentencing Law, he is eligible for parole once again. His ninth (9th) parole hearing is scheduled for March 20, 2014.

Mark Koper must be held accountable for his personal choice to murder Tammy Crossley (Koper). Because of his complete disregard for human life and the heinous nature and brutality of this crime, justice demands that this convicted murderer be denied parole. He must remain behind bars where he cannot again harm another innocent human being.

Please help Tammy’s family and friends by keeping her murderer behind bars and deny parole to convicted murderer Mark Alan Koper for the maximum time allowed by Virginia law.

Thank you for your consideration.

(Your Name)

For your confidentiality, do NOT put your return address on the letter, only on the outer mailing envelope.

Please send a copy of your letter to the victim’s family:
Eleanor Crossley – 304 Longview Avenue, Mingo Jct., OH 43938

Mark Alan Koper v Ronald J. Angelone 1997 (habeas corpus – dismissed)
Parole Opposition Letter for Mark Alan Koper


OFFENDER ID: 1074006
OFFENDER NAME: Mark Alan Koper
RACE: White
LOCATION: Coffeewood Correctional Center
Samuel V. Pruett, Warden
12352 Coffeewood Drive
P. O. Box 500
Mitchells, VA 22729
(540) 829-6483

Pamela Sharon murder 8/20/1983 Great Neck, NY *Bruce Haims convicted of her murder, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison; He is up for parole now*

From Bruce Haims appeal:
The defendant admitted that he killed the victim by beating her over the head with a shillelagh. He admitted that after having spent some time with the victim at her parents’ home, he began to fantasize about compelling the victim to submit to sexual intercourse. As the urge to fulfill this fantasy became greater, the defendant decided to commit a forcible rape.

The defendant confessed that he prepared to rape the victim as she was taking a shower. He approached the master bedroom, arming himself with the shillelagh, which he intended to use as an instrument in the enactment of his violent fantasy. He lay in wait in a hall alcove, saw the victim come out of the shower, approached her from behind, and then began to strike her repeatedly over the head. He continued unrelentingly, eventually causing the injuries which led to the victim’s death, and only stopped because she was unconscious and covered with blood.

Bruce Haims is now up for parole. For all of those who want to join in protesting his possible parole, there is a letter below that you can copy and paste (there is also one you can download if that is easier for you – it is the last link). You can either mail a copy or you can also email it to: victimservices@pap.state.ga.us Letters need to be received by March 20, 2014. Thanks to all who help!

February 14, 2014

Dept of Corrections & Community Supervision
Office of Victim Assistance
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12226-2050

Re: People v Bruce Haims
DIN #84-A-3401
NYSID #5110007Q
IND. No. 57458


Dear Members of the Parole Board,

Please DO NOT grant parole to murderer and sexual predator Bruce H. Haims. As a concerned citizen, I am writing to protest his release because society would not be safe with him wandering free.

Haims forfeited his right to freedom after he brutally murdered Pamela Sharon by beating her to death with a club. With more than 25 blows to her body, Haims inflicted unspeakable pain and suffering on Pamela and left the entire Sharon family to suffer with lifelong grief. A violent sexual predator poses a threat to all of society and should remain behind bars for his entire life.

Knowing what we know today about recidivism and about the threats posed by high level sexual offenders, I urge you to DENY PAROLE to Bruce Haims in the name of public safety.

Thank you for your consideration.


Your Name Here

Shillelagh killer gets 25 years to life in jail
The People of the State of New York v Bruce Haims 1991 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
People v Haims 2001 (appeal denied)
Parole Opposition Letter for Bruce Haims


Identifying and Location Information
As of 02/17/14
DIN (Department Identification Number) 84A3401
Inmate Name HAIMS, BRUCE
Date of Birth 02/09/1959
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility CLINTON
Date Received (Original) 05/25/1984
Date Received (Current) 05/25/1984
County of Commitment NASSAU
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction

Class A1

Class B

Class C

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 02/17/14
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 04/2014
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 04/2014
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 08/20/2008
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expi

Victoria Cushman murder 8/11/1989 Providence, RI *Jeffrey Scott Hornoff wrongfully convicted of her murder until Todd Barry finally pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison*

remembering the victims

Please remember, here the focus is on the victim, Victoria Cushman. There are many sites focusing on Jeffrey Scott Hornoff, the wrongfully convicted man. However, it seems like Victoria Cushman, the actual victim, has been forgotten. I was able to find pictures of Hornoff and Barry, but nothing of Victoria Cushman. If you have a picture of her that you would like to share, please let me know. Thanks!

‘Killer’ free after another confesses
Cranston carpenter arraigned for a murder that sent innocent man to prison for 6 years
State of Rhode Island v Jeffrey Scott Hornoff 1999
‘Killer’ free after another confesses
Former detective exonerated following killer’s confession
Exonerated man’s case analyzed
Injusticebusters: Jeffrey Scott Hornoff

Redrum: Blue Blood


Todd Barry

Inmate ID: 122332
Last Name: BARRY
First Name: TODD
Name Type: Real
Sex: Male
Age: 57
Last Residence: Cranston

Case No.: K1020768A
Count: 1
Date Imposed: 1/06/2003
Retro Date: 11/04/2002
Term YR-MO-DAY: 30-00-00
Good Time Release Date: 9/27/2028

Jean Schwartz murder 9/25/1997 Topanga Cayon, CA *Antonio Rodriguez found guilty of her murder, sentenced to LWOP*

remembering the victims

Fear Creeps Into Haven
Man Pleads Not Guilty in Killing
Ranch Hand Convicted of Woman’s Murder

Unusual Suspects: Wicked Impulse


CDCR#: P23540
Age: 34
Admission Date: 12/28/1998
Current Location: North Kern
2737 West Cecil Avenue
Delano, CA 93215
(661) 721-2345 (General)

Dena Michelle Raley-McCluskey murder 10/13/1999 Modesto, CA *Russell Todd Jones convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 11 years in prison*

Dena Raley
Dena Michelle Raley-McCluskey

Search for Raley-McCluskey ends at the grave
Modesto Police Press Release
Ex-detective says he first suspected victim’s boyfriend in Modesto murder
Modesto Man Arrested in 1999 Disappearance of Dena Raley
Man arrested in 1999 disappearance; police believe they’ve found Raley-McCluskey’s body
Friends say suspect told them about old murder
Dena Raley’s Stepmother Discusses Murder Case
Raley-McCluskey family surprised by manslaughter conviction
Modesto man gets maximum sentence in death of Raley-McCluskey
Callous killer gets 11 years
Dena Raley: Modesto, California (several articles)

On The Case With Paula Zahn: Cry On My Shoulder


Russell Jones

CDCR#: AK4853
Age: 54
Admission Date: 12/20/201
Current Location: Deuel
Address: 23500 Kasson Rd
Tracy, CA 95304
Phone:(209) 835-4141


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