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Deadly Wives: Kelly Renee Gissendaner got her lover, Gregory Bruce Owen, to kill her husband, Doug, for the insurance money; She is now on death row

dvawareness3From Kelly Gissendaner’s appeal:

Gissendaner and the victim had been married, divorced, remarried, separated, and reunited between 1989 and 1997. Ms. Gissendaner was in a relationship with Gregory Bruce Owen and at one point stated to a co-worker that she was unhappy with her husband and in love with Owen.

Prior to Gissendaner’s trial, Owen entered an agreement not to seek parole within 25 years, pled guilty, and received a sentence of life in prison. Owen testified at Gissendaner’s trial that it was she who first raised the idea of murder and that she later raised the idea again several other times. Owen suggested divorce as an alternative, but Gissendaner insisted upon murder because she believed she would receive insurance money from her husband’s death and because she believed he “wouldn’t leave [her] alone by just divorcing him.” Gissendaner had previously stated to Owen’s sister that she intended to use the victim’s credit to get a house and then “get rid of him.”

During the days leading up to the murder, Gissendaner made 47 telephone calls to Owens and paged him 18 times. Telephone records also showed that the pair were together at a bank of payphones several hours before the murder. *Update

On the evening of February 7, 1997, Gissendaner drove Owen to her family’s home, gave him a nightstick and a large knife, and left him inside the home to wait for the victim. Gissendaner then drove to a friend’s house, and, upon Gissendaner’s insistence that the group keep their plans for the evening, she and her friends went out to a nightclub.

The victim arrived home shortly after 10:00 p.m. Owen confronted the victim from behind, held a knife to his throat, forced him to drive to Douglas Gissendanera remote location, forced him to walk into the woods and kneel, and then killed him by striking him with the nightstick and then stabbing him repeatedly in the back and neck with the knife. As instructed by Gissendaner, Owen took the victim’s watch and wedding ring before killing him to make the murder appear like a robbery.

Gissendaner returned home from the nightclub at about the time the murder was being carried out, paged Owen with a numeric signal, and then drove to the crime scene. After inquiring if her husband was dead, she took a flashlight and went toward the body to inspect it. Owen burned the victim’s automobile with kerosene provided by Gissendaner, and the pair returned to their respective homes in Gissendaner’s automobile. Owen disposed of the nightstick, the knife, a pair of his own jeans, and the victim’s stolen jewelry by placing them in the garbage. A pair of Owen’s sweat pants also worn on the night of the murder was recovered, however, and DNA analysis of blood found on them showed a likely match with the victim’s and Owen’s blood.

After the murder, Gissendaner concealed her relationship with Owen from police and claimed not to have initiated contact with him for some time. Telephone records, Owen’s testimony, and other witness testimony proved otherwise. After her arrest, Gissendaner called her best friend and confessed to her active and willing role in the murder, although she then called a second time and claimed that she was coerced into participating. Gissendaner wrote a letter while in jail in an effort to hire someone to give perjured testimony and to rob and beat witnesses.

**Update**
Kelly Renee Gissendaner’s execution is temporarily on hold due to a problem with the execution drugs. Hopefully it will be resolved soon. Her sentence has not been changed. Also, please remember that Doug Gissendaner is the victim in all of this, NOT Kelly. *Update* 9/30/2015 Kelly Renee Gissendaner was executed early this morning

Find-A-Grave: Douglas Morgan Gissendaner
Family: Kelly Gissendaner’s murdered husband ‘is the true victim’
Gissendaner v State of Georgia 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Kelly Renee Gissendaner
Kelly Renee Gissendaner – Georgia Death Row
Sentence upheld against only woman on Georgia’s death row
Ask A Convict: Kelley Gissendaner
WriteAPrisoner: Kelly Gissendaner
Georgia’s only female death row inmate to be executed
Parole board to hear clemency plea before planned execution of Barrow County woman
Ga.’s female death row inmate’s last meal request
Only woman on Ga. death row denied clemency, set for execution
Georgia woman’s execution back on, as supporters cry for clemency
Georgia inmate Kelly Gissendaner executed after failed appeal
Georgia death row inmate requests 2 whoppers and more for last meal

Books
First We’ll Kill My Husband: The Dark Desires of the Only Woman on Georgia’s Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: For The Money Honey
Wicked Attraction: Dial 123

Defendants
Kelly Renee Gissendaner – convicted, sentenced to death
Gregory Bruce Owen – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Kelly Renee Gissendaner prison mug

GISSENDANER, KELLY RENEE
GDC ID: 0000357507

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
YOB: 1968
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: FEMALE
HEIGHT: 5’10”
WEIGHT: 220
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: SLT&PEP
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: ARRENDALE STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: DEATH
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE

KNOWN ALIASES
A.K.A. BROOKSHIRE,KELLY R
A.K.A. BROOKSHIRE,KELLY RENEE
A.K.A. GISSENDANER,KELLY RENEE

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 405001
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: GWINNETT COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/07/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 405001
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: GWINNETT COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/07/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY
INCARCERATION BEGIN
INCARCERATION END ACTIVE

INMATE INFORMATION

Grgory Bruce Owen prison mug

OWEN, GREGORY BRUCE
GDC ID: 0000955082

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1971
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’07”
WEIGHT: 146
EYE COLOR: BLUE
HAIR COLOR: BROWN
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: WASHINGTON STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE

KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. OWEN,GREGORY BRUCE
A.K.A. OWENS,GREGORY BRUCK

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 387120
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: GWINNETT COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/07/1997
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN
INCARCERATION END ACTIVE

Monsters Among Us: Murderer and rapist Peter John Peters sentenced to life in prison

Charlene Brittain and Sandie Bellows

Victims
Charlene Brittain, 25
Albert Philip, 63 (no picture)
Sandie Bellows (survived)

He smelled like death: Sandie Bellows recalls vicious attack
Murderer-rapist back in custody
Darlene Brittain will face her sister, Charlene’s, killer Dec. 4 in a bid to keep the convict behind bars
Victims brace for murderer-rapist’s application for day parole: DiManno
PC candidate fights for victims — like herself
Darlene Brittain fought to ensure the national parole board denied day parole for the man who killed her sister, Charlene, in 1990

Movies/Documentaries
Crime Stories: Peter John Peters
Surviving Evil: Killer Smile

Peter John Peters
Peter John Peters

Cold Case: Mary Jayne Jones murder 4/6/1974 Ottumwa, IA *Robert “Gene” Pilcher pled guilty, sentenced to 10 years in prison*

Mary Jayne Jones
Mary Jayne Jones

Iowa Cold Cases: Mary Jayne Jones Homicide
Suspect arrested in 38-year-old murder case
DNA technology helps solve 38-year-old cold case
COLD CASE: Man Arrested In 38 Year Old Murder
Opening arguments begin in Pilcher Trial
Girlfriend: Pilcher said he ‘offed’ someone
Witnesses Testify in Cold-Case Trial
Pilcher guilty of 1974 murder
Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 1974 slaying of teenager at Iowa farmhouse

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Evil Repeats Itself

Robert Pilcher
Robert Pilcher

Serial Killer: Tony “Chop Chop” Costa

remembering the victims

Victims
Bonnie Williams
Diane Federoff
Barbara Spaulding
Sydney Monson
Susan Perry
Patricia Walsh
Mary Anne Wysocki
Christine Gallant
Barbara Spaulding

Serial Killers Podcast: Antone Costa
Profile: Antone Costa
Murderpedia: Antone Charles Costa
Wikipedia: Tony Costa
March 6 – 1969: Tony Costa is arraigned in 16 Cape Cod murders
Find-A-Grave: Antone Charles “Tony” Costa

Books
In His Garden: The Anatomy of a Murderer (The Cape Cod Murders)

Movies/Documentaries
Twisted: Cape Cod Casanova

Antone Costa
Tony Costa

Serial Killer: Randy Steven Kraft *Scorecard Killer*

remembering the victims

Victims
Joey Fancher, 13 [3/1970] (survived)
Wayne Dukette, 30 [10/5/1971]
Edward Moore, 20 [12/24/1972]
Kevin Bailey, 17 [4/9/1973]
Ronnie Wiebe, 20 [4/22/1973]
Vincent Cruz Mestas, 23 [12/29/1973]
James Cox, 17 [9/29/1974]
Oral Alfred Stuart, Jr., 18 [11/1974]
Malcolm Little, 20 [11/1974]
James Reeves, 19 [11/1974]
John Leras, 17 [1/3/1975]
Craig Jonaitis, 21 [1/17/1975]
Keith Crotwell, [3/29/1975]
Kent May [3/29/1975](survived)
Mark Hall, 22 [12/31/1975]
Paul Joseph Fuchs, 19 [12/10/1976]
Scott Michael Hughes, 18 [4/16/1978]
Roland Young, 23 [6/11/1978]
Richard Keith, 20 [6/19/1978]
Keith Klingbell, 23 [7/6/1978]
Richard Crosby, 20 [9/29/1978]
Michael Inderbieten, 21 [11/18/1978]
Donald Crisel, 20 [6/16/1979]
unidentified male, 8/29/1979]
Gregory Jolley, 20 [9/14/1979]
Jeffrey Sayre, 15 [11/24/1979]
Mark Alan Marsh, 19 [2/18/1980]
Michael O’Fallon, 17 [7/17/1980 Portland]
unidentified male, 35-40 [7/18/1980 Portland]
Robert Wyatt Loggins, 19 [9/3/1980]
Michael Cluck, 17 [4/10/1981]
Christopher Allen Williams, 17 [8/20/1981]
Raymond Davis, 14 [7/29/1982]
Robert Avila, 16 [7/29/1982]
Arne Mikeal Laine, 24 [11/1/1982]
Brian Whitcher, 26 [11/1982]
Anthony Jose Silveira, 29 [12/3/1982]
Dennis Alt, 24 [12/5/1982 Grand Rapids]
Christopher Schoenborn, 20 [12/5/1982 Grand Rapids]
Lance Taggs, 19 [12/8/1982 Portland]
Eric Church, 21 [1/27/1983]
Geoffrey Nelson, 18 [2/12/1983]
Rodoger DeVaul, 20 [2/12/1984]
Terry Lee Gambrel,25 [5/14/1983]

Randy Kraft Found Guilty
Californian guilty of killing 16 young men
Serial killer of 16 men given death sentence
Killer of 16 sentenced to death
Profile: Randy Kraft
The Kraft Case: A Special Report
Long Road to Kraft’s Execution
crimelibrary: Randy Kraft, the Freeway Killer
Murderpedia: Randy Steven Kraft
Wikipedia: Randy Steven Kraft
Why Isn’t Randy Kraft Dead?
Center Of The Universe
1970-1983: Randy Kraft, The Freeway Killer

Books
Angel of Darkness: The True Story of Randy Kraft and the Most Heinous Murder Spree

Movies/Documentaries
Most Infamous: The Scorecard Killer

INMATE INFORMATION

RandyKraft

Name: KRAFT, RANDY STEVEN
CDCR#: E38700
Age: 69
Admission Date: 11/30/1989
Current Location: San Quentin
San Quentin, CA 94964
(415) 454-1460

Update: Catherine Janet Walsh murder *Gregory Scott Hopkins convicted, sentenced to 8-16 years in prison*

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Catherine Janet Walsh

Boyfriends From Hell: Gregory Scott Hopkins, Bridgewater Councilman, charged with the 1979 strangulation murder of his girlfriend, Catherine Janet Walsh
Man Goes On Trial In Beaver Co. Cold Case
Ex-Pa. Councilman Denies Killing Woman In 1979
Jury Deliberations To Continue Friday In Beaver County Cold Case Trial
Former Councilman Found Guilty In Beaver Co. Cold Case Trial
Verdict ends 34-year odyssey for victim’s brother
Ex-councilman gets 8-16 years for 1979 Beaver Co. murder
Former Bridgewater councilman Hopkins sentenced in 1979 cold case
Former Beaver Co. Councilman Sentenced To 8-16 Years In Prison
Janet’s Secret

Movies/Documentaries
48 Hours: Janet’s Secret

INMATE INFORMATION

GregoryHopkins

GREGORY SCOTT HOPKINS
Age: 68
Sex: MALE
Date of Birth: 03/10/1946
Citizenship: USA
Race: WHITE
Complexion: LIGHT
Height: 5′ 05″
Current Location: PITTSBURGH
Permanent Location: PITTSBURGH
Committing County: BEAVER

Deadly Wives: Joyce Cohen hired men to kill her husband, Stanley Cohen, rather than getting a divorce

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Stanley Cohen
Stanley Cohen

Find-A-Grave: Stanley Alan Cohen
Judge extends freeze on Cohen proceedings
Police: Arrests Expected Soon In Killing Of Millionaire Builder
Convicted robber indicted in Stanley Cohen slaying
Accused Cohen killer ‘didn’t do that’
Millionaire’s wife guilty in slaying
Cohen Found Guilty In Husband`s Murder Woman Faces Life In Prison Or Death Penalty
Woman who had husband killed sentenced to life in prison
Widow gets life sentence in murder of husband
Miami Murderer Could Get New Trial
Stanley Cohen: A Miami Fairy Tale Gone Wrong
Murderpedia: Joyce L. Cohen
The Imperfect Murder
Convict In ’86 Socialite Murder Bids To Reopen Case
Anthony Caracciolo v James McDonough 2006
Coconut Grove socialite Joyce Cohen will stay in prison much longer in ’86 killing of developer husband

Books
In the Fast Lane: A True Story of Murder in Miami

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Affairs: The Art of Murder

Defendants
Joyce Cohen – convicted, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison
Frank Zuccarello – pled guilty,
Thomas Joslin – pled no contest, sentenced to 40 years in prison
Anthony Caracciolo – pled no contest, sentenced to 40 years in prison

Zuccarelio and Caracciolo
Frank Zuccarello and Anthony Caracciolo

INMATE INFORMATION

JoyceCohen prison mug

DC Number: 161701
Name: COHEN, JOYCE L
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 4’11”
Weight: 144 lbs.
Birth Date: 07/18/1950
Initial Receipt Date: 12/07/1989
Current Facility: HOMESTEAD C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
JOYCE L COHEN JOYCE LEMAY COHEN

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
03/07/1986 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 11/21/1989 MIAMI-DADE 8730066 SENTENCED TO LIFE
12/01/1985 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.(CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT) 11/21/1989 MIAMI-DADE 8730066 15Y 0M 0D
03/07/1986 THREATENS TO USE ANY FIREARM 11/21/1989 MIAMI-DADE 8730066 15Y 0M 0D

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 12/07/1989
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

ThomasJoslin prison mug

DC Number: 656772
Name: JOSLIN, THOMAS W
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: 07/26/1959
Custody: MEDIUM
Release Date: 08/01/2006

Stated Residence Upon Release:
7766 PANAMA ST
MIRAMAR, FL 33023 33023

Aliases:
BOBBY CIMINO THOMAS W JOSLIN
THOMAS WAYNE JOSLIN TOMMY LAMBERTI

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM HARLEY DAVIDSON
TATTOO RIGHT ARM DUCK

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
03/10/1986 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 05/31/1989 BROWARD 8713573 12Y 0M 0D
03/10/1986 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 05/31/1989 BROWARD 8713573 12Y 0M 0D
03/10/1986 ROBB. GUN/DEADLY WPN 05/31/1989 BROWARD 8713573 12Y 0M 0D
03/10/1986 AGG BATTERY/W/DEADLY WEAPON 05/31/1989 BROWARD 8713573 12Y 0M 0D
01/10/1986 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO(CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT) 06/14/1991 MIAMI-DADE 8607926 27Y 0M 0D
01/10/1986 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 06/14/1991 MIAMI-DADE 8607926 27Y 0M 0D
01/10/1986 ROBB. GUN/DEADLY WPN 06/14/1991 MIAMI-DADE 8607926 27Y 0M 0D
01/10/1986 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 06/14/1991 MIAMI-DADE 8607926 27Y 0M 0D
03/07/1986 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 10/04/1991 MIAMI-DADE 8730066 30Y 0M 0D
12/01/1985 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT(CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT) 10/04/1991 MIAMI-DADE 8730066 15Y 0M 0D
02/22/1985 AGG BATTERY/W/DEADLY WEAPON 03/10/1988 BROWARD 8502267 2Y 6M 0D

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.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
05/01/1992 170-P&P NTFY/P&P 08/01/2006

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 10/21/1991
Date Out-of-Custody 08/01/2006

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